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Acts 11.26 and the term “Christian”

In order to take a proper look at this term, we will need to get into some first century history and what was going on “behind the scenes.” This verse does not imply that a new “religion” was being formed

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I Have a Question IV

Q. Why do some people say that Rosh ha Shannah is the head of the year, and some say that the head of the year is really in the spring, based on Exo 12.2? A. The term “Rosh ha Shannah”

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I Have A Question-III

Q. Is Yeshua and the Holy Spirit God? A. The Scriptures are very clear that they are, but there are many believes who have a different idea on this concept called the “trinity” (not a biblical term but describes this

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I Have a Question II

Q. Why does God say “Remember the Sabbath” in Exo 20, and when the Ten Commandments are repeated in Deut 5 he says “Observe the Sabbath?” A. The Sabbath is the only “ritual” mentioned in the Ten Commandments. It is

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I Have a Question I

The Scriptures and the Faith given by God are built on questions. When you read the Gospels and Epistles, you will see many, many questions being asked. Periodically, we have received questions and so we are going to put some

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Heart, Mind, Soul and Spirit in Hebrew Thought-Part 2

We have discussed the fact that the heart, mind, soul, spirit, kidney, bowels and liver are synonymous terms used in the Scriptures. The “heart” (and all the terms just listed) was seen as the “person” and understanding and reasoning comes

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Heart, Mind, Soul and Spirit in Hebrew Thought-Part 1

In Jewish thought, the “heart” was seen as the spirit, soul, mind, kidney, bowel and liver and were seen as synonymous terms. Understanding and reason comes in the heart, not the head. That is why the Lord talks about the

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First Century Congregational Structure-Conclusion

Rom 9.4 has a list of certain things that the Lord gave to the Israelites, and one of them is “the service” which is the Temple service (1 Chr 28.11-19). The Hebrew word is “avodah” and the service is what

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First Century Congregational Structure-Part 7

We are going to begin to discuss other congregational functionaries beginning with the Shaliach Tzebur, which means an “apostle (sent one) of the congregation.” He officiates as a leader in prayer and stood before the people to represent those who

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First Century Congregational Structure-Part 6

We left off last time talking about the fact that you must that you must first decide to learn, then decide what to learn and find out how to accomplish it. Then you need to develop a plan. Once you

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First Century Congregational Structure-Part 4

The Nasi, or Rosh Knesset< of the believers in Jerusalem was Ya'akov (Jacob or James). He is a zekan, an elder or "overseer." For an example of this structure, let's say there are five messianic synagogues in Jerusalem. Each of

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First Century Congregational Structure-Part 3

The Synagogue was not just a place of prayer, but a community center where various groups could meet, like the trades, to discuss current issues and events. The building itself was usually divided into two main areas. The first area

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First Century Congregational Structure-Part 2

What we are going to do now is assess a few things and try to do it without being critical. In Christianity today, there are two types of churches, Evangelical and Liturgical. In an Evangelical church, what type of message

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First Century Congregational Structure-Part 1

As we look around in todays religious world, there is a glaring thing that stands out, and that glaring thing is how many congregations are structured and how they function. Anyone who has a basic knowledge of how the congregations

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The Truth about the Lunar Sabbath

Many people are coming to the conclusion that the Sabbath day is valid and are keeping it every week. But for some, that day was “changed” from the seventh day of the week (Saturday) to the “first” day of the

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The Sovereignty of God and the Elect-Conclusion

In every day life, we don’t choose what to believe, we simply believe it. For example, you can’t make yourself believe you are not sitting on a chair. You can deny that you are, you can lie about it, but

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The Sovereignty of God and the Elect-Part 8

Why does the Bible say “whosoever will come” will be saved? The question here concerns God’s sincerity. Does he really mean it? If a person has been “elected”, and the Lord has begun his saving work in you, and you

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The Sovereignty of God and the Elect-Part 7

We are going to continue to look at more questions that come up when studying or discussing the subject of the Sovereignty of God and the Elect. One question that comes up often is “Did God send Yeshua for believers

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The Sovereignty of God and the Elect-Part 6

We are going to take a look at some commonly asked questions when dealing with this subject. When teaching this concept, many people will ask “Why would God create a world and control it like a “puppet show?” This is

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The Sovereignty of God and the Elect-Part 5

We are going to talk about the subject of free will in regards to man and how it impacts this subject of the sovereignty of God and the elect. Free will is the ability of men to make choices that

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