Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, “My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good from a far country. Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it. (Isaiah 46:8-11 NASB)
I hear people judge God on a regular basis. “The God of the Old Testament is cruel.” “Why does God allow pain and suffering?” This thought-provoking article helps us stand away from our limited perspective and offers us a clearer view of God.
There are other reasons, of course, that people give for not believing. My focus in this writing is only this pop culture view of Christianity and the God of the Bible.
I think what people are saying when they say they cannot believe in the God who is described in the Old Testament is that they cannot believe in a God who seems so arbitrary, angry and jealous as God seem to be portrayed in the Old Testament.
There are many things that can be said in response to this popular sentiment. For one thing, if there is a God, it does not matter what I believe or what you believe: God is God regardless of our beliefs. There…
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Community – a crucial issue for Messiah’s people, since we are called to love and encourage. Can’t do that unless you’re in regular contact! Whenever we talk to Hebrew Roots people, it isn’t long before we hear a statement along the line of, “We feel so isolated. We’d love to be able to live among or at least near other believers.” This is such a common refrain that I cannot help but believe it is a longing placed in our hearts by The Spirit. Pete Rambo (natsab blog) has written a very intriguing article concerning his own thoughts and experiences regarding Community. Enjoy, and perhaps be inspired!
Some would call it synchronicity, I would point to the Ruach (Spirit). This week has pulled together several very interesting threads that I’d like to share.
For years, we have desired to live in community with like-minded Torah pursuant followers of Yeshua. In fact, even before we began keeping the Feasts of Yehovah, the doorway through which we became aware of all of our Father’s commands, we were in regular conversation with some friends bantering ideas about how to come together in community. I was raised on the missionfield in Colombia, SA living in a community of 60 or so families on several hundred acres hued from the jungle. To me, the Biblical model has always been a close-knit body of believers functioning as a clan or family.
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It would have taken me a book to say what Nancy says in a few well-phrased paragraphs! Thanks for a good synoptic article, Nancy Ryall!
“…for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.” Ex 30:17
My first posting on the topic of God (Elohim) as Creator discusses why we should believe that YHVH is the Creator of everything in the universe. In my second posting on this topic, I talked about the vast storehouse of evidence that points to a super intelligent Designer for our universe. One of the most controversial and divisive topics in the creation-evolution debate, even within the Christian community, is the actual time-frame for the creation of the world.
The best place to begin our study is Genesis 1. It is significant that the Hebrew word for Genesis is bereshit, which means “beginnings”. Starting with Genesis 1:5, each passage that describes an element of God’s Creation uses the Hebrew word yom (day), plus a…
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