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The Messiah and His Kingdom
Confusion over the Messiah
As the “latter days” prophesied in scripture draw ever closer, we need to consider the relevance of the Feast of Tabernacles. On this first day of the festival we look forward to a new age ushered in by the coming of the Messiah. But what is the nature of our Messiah? Many religions teach the concept of a Messiah, a deliverer. But few understand the nature of the Messiah who is revealed in the Judeo-Christian scriptures. Some in the Christian world have grasped the nature of the Messiah’s first coming. But when Jesus began his ministry even John the Baptist was a little confused. Jesus did not seem to be fulfilling the Messianic expectations of the people. Why? More
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Can We Trust God to Really Care?
On the journey up to the Feast of Tabernacles, travellers could face many hardships. They may also have been concerned about the safety of those left behind. Yet those who would trust God to really care were heartened by the assurance in the Psalms of ascent. “The Lord will preserve you from all evil…” In our age of doubt and disbelief do we as Christians truly rely on God’s loving care. Do we trust God to really care about our needs? Is he invested in his creation? More
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Feast of Trumpets
A Day of Reflection
For many Yom Teruah, the day of blowing, or Feast of Trumpets is a time of reflection. It is a time to symbolically cast off sins, and plead before the “heavenly court” Both Jews and Christians alike, consider the Feast of Trumpets, an important time to seek and receive deliverance and forgiveness. In searching the scriptures there are few dramatic historic events that are linked to this Holy Day. However, there are many prophecies that link the blowing of trumpets to a special future time. It is the “day of the Lord” and many events will occur, “in that day” that will touch the lives of all humanity. More
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Luke’s Message of Warning
The warning message of Luke resonates with people today. He wrote in a time of turmoil just prior to the time when the temple was to be destroyed. It was to be a destruction so complete that not one stone would be left upon another. The devastation would be heralded by a series of world events, national and ethnic conflicts, earthquake and famine. And though the world continues to experience these things the “end” has not come. The Messiah has not returned — not yet! So Luke’s admonition to believers was that “in your patience you will preserve your soul.” What did Luke mean? And what is God’s message for us, in our time. More
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God’s Treasured People?
As a series of hurricanes rocks coastal areas of the United States, and fires consume vast areas of the West, people begin to wonder if we are still God’s “treasured people.” Some are crying out to God, asking for the prayers of others, as they deal with flood or fire. Yet, others do not see God in the equation at all. What do the scriptures have to say to our time? Is God the same yesterday, today, and forever? And if he is, what does that mean for our nations? More
God Loves You (the most important lesson)
In the months before my father died, I would go with my youngest son, JJ, who was 6 years old, and give Grandpa a big hug and a kiss before bed. This had been my nightly ritual from my earliest childhood. But, in his last months, my usually undemonstrative Dad , perhaps as a way of saying goodbye if that night were to be his last, said every evening, “Always remember I love you. ” It was something that has stuck with me…