“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” Psalm 118:26

For centuries, the Jewish people have rejected Jesus of Nazareth as the promised Messiah despite overwhelming biblical prophecy. Many Christians may find it difficult to understand why. The Jews’ beliefs are usually not personal. Instead, they are based on what has been taught by a long line of rabbis and sages, who rely on the Torah and religious commentaries called Mishnah for what they perceive to be the truth.

So, what are the reasons why the Jews reject Jesus, that He is the Messiah and Son of…

“When he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance.” Hebrews 12:17

When Isaac and Rebekah gave birth to twins, the Bible tells us Isaac loved Esau, and Rebekah loved Jacob. And the boys loved their parents. But as the boys grew, Esau became a confident son while Jacob sought his blessings by devious methods. Later in their lives, God blessed them both, but Jacob’s blessings were more challenging to obtain. But, when he finally got it right, God made sure he didn’t forget.

In the book of Genesis, Jacob’s life shows us…

“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:4

Every late Spring, people around the world celebrate Pentecost. Unfortunately, it is a holiday that many churches never mention, yet it is very significant and deserves proper attention. Its history directly affects both Christian and Jewish faiths, and it fulfills one of God’s greatest promises. Here are five ways Pentecost is a special day worth celebrating.

What is Pentecost?

Approximately seven weeks after Moses led them out of Egypt, the Israelites camped at the base of Mount Sinai. The people stayed in the camp while God called Moses to go up the…

“We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.” Hebrews 13:10

According to statistics, more and more people do not attend church regularly. Many do not even identify as a Christian or to any religious philosophy at all. The reasons vary. Some have experienced church hurt. Others have been led to believe their sin is beyond grace. And some have walked away from the faith (or even considered joining it) out of confusion because of rituals, ceremonies, and false doctrines that make no sense leaving them to wonder if Christianity is a farce.

“He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:8

Before Jesus carried His cross to Golgotha, He had already experienced incredible physical trauma and shock. It began in the Garden of Gethsemane when He sweated drops of blood and continued during His scourging at the hands of the Romans. He lost a lot of blood and fluids, His body was ripped and bruised by a flagram (a kind of cat-o-nine tails), He had excruciating, shooting pain from the crown of thorns forced into His head, and He was exhausted. …

Many believers naturally love to focus on Jesus. We study His parables and commands and the events of His life, including His miracles. But sometimes we forget about the cross.

The day Jesus died, onlookers who were present remarked, “He’s saved others; Himself He cannot save (Mark 15:31).” Of course, the response here is He didn’t need to save Himself. The only reason He was on the cross was to save us.

But why was it necessary? Isn’t God so powerful that He could have defeated sin without a cross? …

“So will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:39–40

Many of us somberly commemorate Jesus’ death on the cross on what we call Good Friday. We then think ahead to Sunday, the day of His glorious resurrection. Since every word of the Bible is true and accurate, we know He did indeed die and rise again the third day as He said He would. But exactly when was the third day?

Was the time between Jesus’ death and resurrection literally three days and three nights precisely as He said…

“In those days and in that time, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together.” Jeremiah 50:4

After you read the Old Testament, it’s very clear the nation of Israel has had a historically difficult time. It’s probably one of the most hotly contested pieces of land on earth. Though the Jewish people had periods of oneness, most of the time, the nation was divided into two kingdoms — Judah and Israel.

These two kingdoms didn’t divide just land; it also divided hearts and, eventually, culture. And, evidence of the division continues to this day.

“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21

A recent hot topic in a Facebook group I’m in was about tithing. Specifically, whether Christians are required to tithe under the new covenant of grace. And let me tell you, it got very heated. It is obvious people have definite beliefs about tithing.

But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what we believe. All that matters is what the Bible says. …

“We count them blessed who endure.” James 5:11

In Part One, we explored what the first four Beatitudes in Matthew 5 mean. Jesus gave us these Beatitudes, the building blocks of the Christian faith. As a quick review, the first four Beatitudes concerned being poor in spirit, mourning over sin, becoming meek, and seeking God’s righteousness in every situation.

Once we recognize the sin in our lives and the world (Beatitude #1), mourn over it enough to accept salvation (#2), then clothe ourselves in humility and grace (#3) and eagerly seek God’s righteousness every day (#4), we are ready to…

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