Category: Messianic Judaism

Passover during a pandemic and free haggadah for you

People of faith are not immune to Covid-19, and we are not immune to the psychological effects of living in prolonged crisis. Holidays always seem to intensify our feelings. But they can also intensify our faith. This may be the first Passover that some of us have spent without our congregations, our extended families, or friends, but we know that we are not alone. We are united in spirit with all people of faith–past, present, and future–who endure hardship. And our Father God walks with us in this journey.

Why Does God Do That?

I think we all have trouble sitting with the idea of no explanation. This spills over into every aspect of my own spiritual life. Maybe yours, too? I struggle with the why of so many things–big things like hell, violence, inequality, suffering, and disease; and small things like why I can’t keep my days and nights straight.

Passover: The Clash of Cultures

The Almighty is working out His vision and goal for this world and is not limited by the natural laws that He established. He can choose to “pass over” the set, natural order of things.

Purim? Lent? Must we choose?

Costumes, dancing and feasting and giving food gifts. Purim is a joyous celebration of deliverance and survival. And it almost always falls during the solemn Lenten season.

Hezekiah’s Passover: Wrong but Still Right

The Biblical account of a particular Passover celebration when so much went wrong, but even more went right.

Celebrating Purim includes these 4 things.

Purim begins Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at sunset and continues until sunset Thursday, March 24. Purim is a freewill offering holiday, not commanded by the LORD under the Law of Moses, but rather instituted by the Jews to commemorate deliverance from a planned systematic genocide, as recorded in… Continue Reading “Celebrating Purim includes these 4 things.”

Sabbath as an Immersive Learning Opportunity

The One who spoke the universe into existence did not need six days to do it. And he wasn’t worn out and needing a break when he finished. He created the seven-day week for us, for all humans, as a natural, immersive learning opportunity, to teach us how to live and how to die.

The Seal of the Spirit

Whoever you are, right this minute, imagine that God accepts you, and that He calls you holy, pure, blameless. And not because He’s just tolerant, but because you are holy to Him. Not after you clean up. Not after you deal with some things. Right now. This minute. What would that feel like?

What is Jesus doing in my Jewish Bible?

Israel Cohen grew up in a Jewish family, believing that Jesus is for Gentiles. He was surprised to see Jesus in his Jewish Bible.

Tu B’ Shevat: Birthday of the Trees!

When God first breathed life into the first human being, the first responsibility he gave that man was to take care of the earth. God gave Adam plants and trees to tend, and animals as companions, before the creation of the first woman (Genesis 2:15-22). Before allowing the earth to be populated by humans, God made sure man understood it was his responsibility to nurture and protect the earth for the coming generations.

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