The outward expression of our faith is bound up in doing good to others—not works-based salvation, but rather salvation-based works.
Charles E. McCracken
Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. He is known for authenticity in communicating biblical truth that makes his presentations relevant for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church in Bible prophecy. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.
For the past decade, I have taught that the elements of the predicted alliance in Ezekiel 38 could occur at any time. In 2015, one significant piece of the puzzle fell into place. . .
From sundown to sundown the next 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.
The tragic reality is that when Hitler targeted the Jewish people, the faith community turned a blind eye.
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.
Commonly called “The Lord’s Prayer,” Jesus emphasized the personal nature of prayer. Prayer is not speaking to an impersonal force, but literally to “Our Father in heaven” who always seeks the welfare of His children and always does what is right.
Our prayers should not only thank God for what He has already done, but also anticipate what He will do in answer to our petitions.
The religious leaders were certain. They were unanimous. They agreed on the birthplace—Bethlehem. Acting swiftly, Herod instructed the Magi to go to Bethlehem, find the young child and bring word back to him again.
Ecclesiastes teaches there is more to success than overcoming challenges and realizing goals. In one brief but profound six-word sentence, Solomon provides the defining secret for meaning and fulfillment in life.
Do you see the Jesus pictured on Christmas cards, in great works of art, TV shows and movies? Or are you looking at the awesome One prophesied in the Bible?
Focused on the manger, we often overlook the truth that the Babe lying there was none other than Israel’s promised Messiah and the Redeemer of mankind who will ultimately rule the world in righteousness and peace.
“And you, O tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, to you shall it come, even the former dominion shall come, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”
While the angel spoke to the shepherds as representative of the Jewish people, the implications went beyond the scope of national Israel.
Just as the sunrise signals a new day, the birth of the Redeemer some 2000 plus years ago was the dawning of hope for forgiveness of sin and new life for all who put their faith in Him.
Hanukkah demonstrates that the actions of a small group of devout individuals who are empowered by God can have lasting influence.