Preaching Salvation to Israel and the Nations

Posts from April 2019

What Does God Need?

As English philosopher Edmund Burke once allegedly said “All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing.”  A sad statement to be sure and we have seen that demonstrated amply throughout history in the cases of Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, Rwanda, Bosnia, etc. and those are just examples in the 20th century.  The human heart is naturally evil and without God’s intervention, we would consume each other and all of creation with it.

So what does God need in order to bring glory to Himself and to “save the

Until Heaven & Earth Pass Away

When Yeshua said in Mat 5:17 that until heaven and earth pass away, we interpret that to mean not one tiniest aspect of the Torah shall pass away until all is fulfilled.  Christianity says that on the cross, all was fulfilled in His sacrifice and therefore, since Torah has now been fulfilled, we don’t need to be concerned about it anymore.  The commandments are abolished since in some strange twist of logic, not abolished but fulfilled really means abolished(!)

On the other hand, Messianics, Torah-obedient, Hebrew roots believers et al say that as long as heaven and earth stand, all

The Great Commission – The Command To Go

There are thousands of missions and ministries every day that strive to fulfill their calling.  Feeding the poor, providing love and direction to underprivileged children, building schools and digging wells are all part of the greater calling that Christians have in what the Bible calls the Great Commission.  Before He ascended to heaven, Yeshua commissioned His followers to go into the world and tell everyone about Him, to spread the Gospel (good news) that mankind could now be reconciled to God because He finished the work of atonement on the cross.

Although many Christians do this work because of a

Milk & Meat

In today’s North American church environment of accommodating the culture, seeker-sensitive services and program-oriented solutions, we are breeding a generation of believers who have no foundation in their faith and I’ve often commented that Christians today have very little understanding of what they’re being saved from and what they’re being saved unto.  I really see this as being a two-fold problem; lack of discipleship and lack of sound teaching from the pulpits.

First of all, if we focus on programs to solve the problems in the individual, we’ve eliminated the first part of the great commission which is to make

Did God Turn His Face Away From Yeshua?

As we approach Passover/Easter, many pastors are now focusing on the crucifixion in their sermons.   As they get to the part about Yeshua’s cry “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me,” we very often hear that for the one and only time in history, The Father turned His face away from the Son.  The eternal communion of God had been broken because Yeshua, who knew no sin had become sin for us (2Cor 5:21) and apparently God cannot look upon sin so had to turn away.  The utter desolation Yeshua felt was because for the first time in

Closing The Deal

In 1Cor 12, we see the Body of Messiah is called so because we truly do operate as a body.  Every person is like a different part that has a unique function which is interrelated with all the others.  Even in evangelism people have different roles to play.  Sha’ul (Paul) says in 1 Cor 3:6 “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was giving the growth.”  When we sow the seeds of the gospel, others step into our work and we into others.  Many of the people I have led to the Lord over the years have been during my first

Can We Lose Our Salvation?

Recently, a well known Evangelical Christian radio host joined the Orthodox Christian Church.  The Eastern Orthodox Church, while proclaiming many truths, does not hold as one of its core doctrines the need to be born again.  This is because the Orthodox Church (as does the Roman Catholic Church) teaches that you must be belong to the church itself to be saved.

Many years ago, I struggled with the Orthodox Church because there are many very appealing things about the traditions and stability of the institution which is for the most part lacking in Protestantism. However, I knew there was something

Cain Celebrates Christmas

One of the more famous stories in the Bible is the one of Cain and Able.  It is taught in Sunday schools and most people are at least nominally familiar with it.  The tale of two brothers where they offer their sacrifices but only the younger one’s is accepted.  Cain is upset and God asks him why.  The Lord says in Gen 4:5-7 “So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?  If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And

Building Biblical Community

When in 1998 I stopped fighting God and gave my life to Him, the very first thing He told me was that I was going back to my people to share the message with them.  I knew that my destiny was to speak to the Jewish people on God’s behalf about His Messiah.  Then I believe God made me a couple of promises and one of them was that I would see revival amongst the Jewish community in Toronto.  All these years later, we’re still working to see that promise fulfilled.

The Jewish population of Toronto is about 200,000 and

Are You On Solid Food Yet?

When the writer to the Hebrews wanted to speak of Melchizedek, he was prevented from doing so because those in the community were still spiritual babes.  The priesthood of Melchizedek (melech – king, tzedek – righteousness) is a mysterious one as he lived in the time of Abraham, long before Levi, was chosen to be the priestly tribe.  He is claimed to be a type of Messiah in that he was “without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually” (Heb 7:3).