How do you feel when someone makes you a promise and then breaks it? Depending on the importance of the promise or the person, it might be anything from mild disappointment to a deep sense of betrayal. Or maybe you know what it’s like to be the one who broke a promise. The time when […]
As David mentioned, one way that we deal with the Christ-less Christmas culture around us is to step up efforts to engage people in meaningful conversations about Jesus. That includes extra sorties (tract-passing expeditions). In Russia and Ukraine, our evangelists usually conduct what they refer to as mini-Hanukkah campaigns. Last year they named their special […]
Was the New Testament Influenced by Pagan Religions?
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It never ceases to amaze me how much fighting takes place over the celebration of Christmas. Legal battles about public displays of crèche or Christmas trees are fodder for the news media. One of the most bizarre examples was when Jewish comedian Jackie Mason made news by standing up to stores that banned employees from […]
The notion that God would want to appear alongside his creation to care for and instruct us is not just a comforting thought. That a Creator would not want to be close to what he created is contrary to instinct and understanding. The theological term that designates Yeshua (Jesus) as the presence of God in […]
Isaiah 9:6-7 6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On […]
Question: On which day (or night) of the year are Israeli Jews most likely to set foot in a church? Answer: Christmas Day (or Eve). Surprised? It’s true. Add to that the annual “December dilemma” discussions in synagogues, Jewish newspapers, magazines and websites about Jewish participation in cultural/secular Christmas activities . . . and you […]
Yes! There are many places in Tenach (the Hebrew Scriptures) that establish the fact that the Messiah must be no one less than God Himself who has come to us in the flesh. As the Son of Man, He is humankind’s representative before a holy and righteous God. As the Son of God, He’s God’s […]
It was September of 2006. Jews for Jesus had just finished their largest-ever effort to proclaim to the people of New York that Jesus is the Messiah. They’d written many new pamphlets to draw attention to their message, using various icons from popular culture as the theme. They distributed the pamphlets in public venues throughout July, and were surprised to find a lawsuit filed against them in September from, of all people, Jackie Mason, the subject of one the pamphlets. To so many he was like their own Zeyde with such a superb and canny ability to see what is so funny in what is so ordinary.
Do you ever think about what it cost God to be with us? We used to get what I’d call serial crank calls” from a man who was beside himself at the thought of God coming to earth in the flesh. He would leave long messages asking us in various colorful ways if we really […]
The identity of the mother of Immanuel in Isaiah 7:14 has been a subject of debate over the centuries: Was the prophet Isaiah speaking of a virgin or not?
“The purpose of the celebration of Hanukkah is to welcome the Messiah. Peace is the Messiah. We light candles of peace to renew our faith in the ultimate triumph of peace over war. And we rededicate ourselves and our efforts to bringing this about.”1 Rock of Ages let our song Praise Thy saving power; […]
I have always enjoyed the tradition of giving and receiving presents at Christmas, although I must admit the reason why people do it has escaped me, if indeed it was ever within my grasp. But I do believe that Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection on this earth was God’s colossal gift to mankind. Sound strange […]