Category Archives: Sin and Righteousness

Fear … Anxiety … Worry

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Image: galleryhip.com, as accessed at Lightwriters (https://5wise.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/overcoming/) — One shall never fear Who conquers With perfect love ♥ 2015 S. Michaels Ambrosia (micro haiku)

Recently, it seems that many folks are experiencing fear or anxiety of one sort or another.   It certainly has crept up on me a time or two!   Admittedly, the world we live in gives us lots of reasons to fear.   Nevertheless, the scriptures tell us that fear of anything (other than the sovereign authority of YHVH) has no place in the life and emotions of a believer. Continue reading Fear … Anxiety … Worry

Equality, Fairness and Me

This is one of the ‘fairest’ and most objective discussions of the topic of fairness and equality that I have ever seen, and is well worth a careful reading with some sincere, meditative prayer.

We are called to abandon our ways and be conformed to His Ways, which are so radically different from those of human nature that many (most!) of us spend a lifetime trying to get the ‘old man’ unplugged so that we can plug in to His ways. May we all take a fresh look at the way we walk out the Father’s desires for His children!

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I recently read an article on equality and fairness titled, surprisingly, People Don’t Actually Want Equality, by Paul Bloom published October 22, 2015, in the Atlantic. This seems like an heretical statement in the home of the brave and the land of the free where we grew up on a diet of equal rights. Of course, equality will never happen. Genes, heritage, place of birth, physical and mental disabilities and other things we do not control frustrate true equality.

The evidence in the article suggests we do not even really want equality. Studies show that “younger children actually have an anti-equality bias” and prefer distributions where they get a relative advantage.” One for you, two for me, sits well with the one who gets two. Small children and primates will complain bitterly if they get less, but are perfectly satisfied to receive…

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Obeying Torah is Not About Salvation

Some of our friends worry that we have become ‘legalistic’ and think we have to earn our salvation. Nothing could be further from the truth! “Cold Waters To A Thirsty Soul” does a good job of summarizing the point of Torah observance, which was never intended to be a means of salvation.

Cold Waters to a Thirsty Soul

afraid and runningBOYMany Believers in Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] are hearing about the ‘Hebrew Roots’ of the Faith, and are frightened to see their fellow Believers becoming involved in this movement.

For those who have been frightened into thinking that Believers should avoid obeying God’s Law, there is one thing we would do well to consider.

According to the New Testament, our obedience to ‘the Law’ — the Torah [teachings and instructions given by Moses] — is not about achieving righteousness, or about salvation (Gal 3:11; Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).

It is, however, about walking as Messiah walked (1John 2:6).

It is about loving Messiah, and about loving others, in the way Messiah has told us (John 14:15, 15:10; 1John 5:2-3).

And, it is about sanctification – walking in holiness (1Pet 1:14-16).

Many Believers today, having been Born-again, and saved by grace through faith, are sensing the inner promptings of the…

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The God that We Judge

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.

Navigating by Faith

CourthousePeople say that they reject Christianity because of the Old Testament. They say that they cannot believe in a God who strikes people dead and instructs His people to wipe out (kill) other people.

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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EVIDENCE THAT TORAH WAS GIVEN TO ALL MEN AT CREATION

Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws [torah]. Gen 26:5

Why is it of interest to know whether or not Adam or Abraham were aware of and kept multiracial_diasSoliTorah? It is important because they were not ‘Jewish’ [1]they represent all of mankind.  If Torah was given to Adam and his early descendants, it indicates that Torah is not just for the Jews and not just for a particular time in history, but rather that Torah is for all men in all ages.  It is of the utmost importance to determine the true status of Torah! Continue reading EVIDENCE THAT TORAH WAS GIVEN TO ALL MEN AT CREATION

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]
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