Immigration: the Strangers Among Us

I am so grateful that this brother wrote this article: his perspective is scriptural and therefore accurate and godly. After reading this I realized that I had been approaching the immigrant issue from a patriotic, tax-paying American perspective, rather than from the godly, biblical perspective that Y’shua expects of me. I have repented, and have remembered that my own Irish ancestors arrived in this country as despised intruders, perceived as savages and destroyers of American culture, yet nevertheless the ORIGINAL American principle of ‘loving the stranger’ allowed my ancestors to flourish in this land and to eventually be accepted as just plain Americans. May I have the same supportive attitude as did the Americans of four generations ago. Shalom!

Navigating by Faith

Latin Teenager Portrait in a Sunset

In the wake of Obama’s executive orders on Immigration and all of the outcry and fallout from it, I wondered exactly what the Bible instructs us on the issue of immigration. Christians tend to be conservative and Republican…

at least that is how they are portrayed. But, if Christians are to be instructed by the Word of God, what would that instruction be?

I did a simple word search in the New American Standard version of the Bible. There were 36 times that words in the Old and New Testaments were translated as “stranger” (non-citizen, immigrant). The word was often accompanied by the word, “sojourner”. Determining the Biblical view of dealing with strangers among us was simple and easy, and the picture that appears is perfectly clear and consistent. It could not be easier to understand.

The Israelites were instructed in the Old Testament not to wrong or oppress the…

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THE SECOND EXODUS

WildernessMost believers in the Christian church have never heard of “The Second Exodus” nor is it taught as it relates to His Kingdom.  Is there a basis for such a teaching and what role does it play in Y’shua’s return?

We are still examining the various teachings pertaining to this subject, but our focus is to learn what Scripture has to say about it.  What we are finding in Scripture is totally different from the teachings we have come across thus far.  We have studied this topic fairly thoroughly in the Word, but there is still more to be considered.  Nevertheless, at the request of friends and family, we present what we have learned so far. Continue reading THE SECOND EXODUS

Y’shua and the Torah in the Kingdom

REBLOGGED from The Coming Kingdom, by John and Sue Wyatt, originally published July 12, 2014.

King YehoshuaY’shua rejoices that His Kingdom will be known for its adherence to the wonderful Word of YHVH – His Torah!  His Kingdom will be a righteous Kingdom, its citizens displaying the Character of YHVH for all to see!   Continue reading Y’shua and the Torah in the Kingdom

Shakshuka

Of course I’d use turkey bacon, but everything else sounds great!! 

Quiche-a-Week

Shakshuka

If you ogle food photos on the regular like everyone ever, you’ve probably come across Shakshuka. After initial thoughts of “HEY WHAT A FUN WORD” subside, you have a choice: Make the Shakshuka that basically just undressed you with its eyes, or button up and move along to more food porn. Being a BWOACIS (Bitch Without A Cast Iron Skillet) myself, I always thought Shakshuka was just another unreachable dream. The dragon of my post-meal stupors.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “WOW SHAKSHUKA IS STILL SUCH A FUN WORD,” but also “Hey Molly, just buy a cast iron skillet already.” Excellent argument. But they look so heavy and I don’t have a car. The better, equally extremely obvious answer is just use a baking dish. Dipshit. So that’s what happened. What an exciting turn of events!

Shakshuka

Shakshuka

Let’s talk about Shakshuka (FUN!) for a bit. It’s a Tunisian dish of poached eggs in…

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ‘RIGHTEOUS’?

What is RighteousnessMany Christians have, without realizing it, equated righteousness with ‘sinlessness’ and have accepted as ‘doctrine’ that it is impossible to be righteous apart from the atoning death of Y’shua.  We, the authors, believe that this is an incorrect understanding of the scriptural concept of righteousness – a misunderstanding which prevents believers from grasping and benefiting from the true meaning of atonement, forgiveness, and righteousness, as well as preventing us from having a clear understanding of the Plan of Redemption and the role of Y’shua. [1]
Continue reading WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ‘RIGHTEOUS’?

The Authorship of the 4th Gospel: The Disciple Whom Yeshua Loved

This is an excellent study on the Gospel of John, examining the actual authorship.

The Authorship of the 4th Gospel: The Disciple Whom Yeshua Loved

Well I wonder, wonder who, who oo oo oo –

Who Wrote the “Book of John”?

By David M Rogers

www.BibleTruth.cc

Published: December 2009

Updated: May 2012, February 2014

Anyone who has been reading the articles and Bible studies on BibleTruth.cc knows that traditional Christian teachings and interpretations are routinely called into question.  Our approach to biblical interpretation is to let the Scriptures speak and have authority as the proper way and walk of faith without consideration to the traditions and commandments of men.  This requires that we give no weight to man-made traditions which tend to steer people away from the truth.  Much of what our fathers were taught and passed down to us is fraught with the errors of misinterpretation and misunderstanding of the culture and context of the writings of Scripture.  Our fathers have taught us lies because they were taught lies.

Read the remainder of this article at:  The Authorship of the 4th Gospel

Thanksgiving in the Kingdom, Part II

“To put it another way, the sacrifices have never brought atonement for sin, nor have the sacrifices alone ever brought God’s people close to Him. It’s the other way around: God’s people present sacrifices and offerings because He has brought them near in spite of themselves. This is the perspective not only of the sacrificial system, but of God’s entire Torah (Law). We do not keep His commandments so we can get close to Him. We keep the commandments because He has brought us near to Himself by providing the only sacrifice that could do so: His very own Son, the Lamb of God.” 

The Barking Fox

The various offerings for guilt, trespass, or sin were important elements of the Temple service, but they were only a small part of the many types of offerings God specified for His table.  (The Sin Offering, Christian Image Source)  The various offerings for guilt, trespass, or sin were important elements of the Temple service, but they were only a small part of the many types of offerings God specified for His table. (The Sin Offering, Christian Image Source)

More Than Just Sin

At the heart of our misunderstanding of the sacrificial system is the assumption that it is all about sin.  Since the blood of the animals foreshadowed the atonement that would come in Messiah’s sacrifice, and since that atonement came to pass through Messiah’s sinless death on the cross, the assumption is that sacrifices are no longer necessary.  Sadly, such reasoning betrays incomprehension of the reason God instituted sacrifices.  Messiah Yeshua did indeed die as the “Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29-34; see also Isaiah 53 and Revelation 5).  His death most certainly provides the only

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