In a reincarnation of the spirit of Amalek, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime instigated the most aggressive program to annihilate the Jewish people in the history of mankind.
You can choose to ignore the animus focused on the Jewish community and delude yourself into thinking you have no responsibility. Or, you can choose to follow Esther’s example and stand in solidarity with and as an advocate for God’s Chosen People.
Much to the disgrace of humanity, history is replete with attempts to exterminate the Jewish people. Even though it would be instructive, those intent on harming the Jewish fail to take into account a consequential principle demonstrated in the Old Testament book of Esther.
While God set the stage for a dramatic intervention, the players who had been strategically positioned to meet a clear and present danger still had a choice as to whether they would fulfill their destiny.
Each person’s conduct toward Israel and the Jewish people has both broad and personal implications. It’s a simple choice. Intentionally choosing to benefit Israel in a practical way invites the corresponding blessing God promised.
Israel belongs to the Jewish people; and, God’s plan does not include abandoning the land of Israel for any other chunk of dirt no matter how attractive—including the Baja Peninsula.
The living breathing organic church—not the organizational infrastructure or physical edifice— but rather, people of authentic biblical faith are the crucial component in restoring society’smoral compass.
God’s holiness so deeply impacted Isaiah he thought his life was over. In all likelihood, he recalled the words of God to Moses saying, “no man shall see Me and live” (Ex.33:20). Whether a vision or a view into the heavenly realm, we know Isaiah was never the same.
Mothers in every generation—including my own—have asked provocative questions like, “If your friends jump off a cliff, does that mean you have to?” And, that’s exactly the point.
Unfortunately, your moral compass can easily be skewed making you vulnerable to spiritual desensitization, deception and cauterization. Whether aggressive and highly visible or subtle and understated, aberrant influences can skew your ability to make proper judgments.
When it comes to plotting your course through life, make sure you have the “right stuff.” Go directly to the source of true wisdom—God’s Word.
As a biblically authentic Christian committed to a literal, historical, grammatical interpretation of Scripture, loving Israel and standing in solidarity with the Jewish people is the only morally viable response.
The Word of God provides the supreme compass pointing to the truth for establishing our moral bearings while venturing through life’s realities.
From sundown last night through sundown this evening, Tu B’Shevat is celebrated with tree planting and enjoying the fruit of trees. It also marks the beginning of the agricultural year for the purpose of biblical tithing.
Failure to speak and act on behalf of God’s Chosen People is nothing less than the reticence of complicity.
When people of faith earnestly seek God on a personal level with every concern in life, we are acknowledging that He alone has the ability to intervene for good on our behalf in spite of the challenges.
Without a God’s-eye view of Israel, perceptions can be easily skewed. People of faith must be serious about getting the historical facts right and communicating biblical truth.
Now is not the time for people of faith to sit huddled together with hands folded, heads bowed and eyes closed intoning that we are to be “in the world and not of the world” while nations convene in Paris for the purpose of shackling Israel. Failure to speak and act on behalf of Israel is the reticence of complicity.
Visitors from the heart of the Parthian Empire seeking a legitimate Jewish king were particularly distressing. Herod’s extreme suspicion prompted him to summon the religious leaders. He demanded an answer to one question: where the Christ [Messiah] was to be born.
You can boldly face challenges with determination and seize the opportunities in the New Year! Use your passion to make a difference in 2017!
As you gather with family and loved ones, take time to read the account of the Nativity together!
As you enjoy the lights of the season, remember that tonight the Judeo-Christian world celebrates the reality that light conquered the darkness!
While there is no indication of angelic GPS or even verbal directions to guide the shepherds to the manger, astonishingly, there is no mention of confusion or frantic discussion concerning an extensive search for the baby. The narrative candidly asserts, “And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger” (Lk. 2:16).
Temple shepherds were the first to hear the angelic announcement of Jesus’ birth. The angel’s message brought overwhelming joy to the shepherds because their knowledge of Scripture undoubtedly included the prophecies concerning the Messiah.
The drama unfolding on the night of Jesus’ birth has captured the imagination of Christians through the centuries. By God’s grace, we share in the benefits of the awesome angelic announcement!