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Posted July 14, 2013 - 4:26pm

When we speak of the Gospel, we need to know what we are talking about. We need to know what the Bible calls the Gospel, rather than what our doctrines and traditions have called the Gospel. Let’s begin by looking at the Gospel message of John the Immerser.

Posted June 11, 2013 - 4:58am

Genesis 12:5 records an event early in the life of Abraham. It says,

Posted June 4, 2013 - 5:25am

Recently, I was asked to be a guest blogger for Derek Leman, a Messianic Jewish leader and prolific blogger in Atlanta, Georgia. I had spoken at his congregation at the beginning of May and he specifically asked me to share my thoughts on discipleship with his readers. I wrote a series of three blog posts breaking down the basics of discipleship, each with illustrations and practical measures for both understanding and pursuing discipleship.

As I have said many times, as disciples of Yeshua, we have the ability to change the world. However, if we are not really a disciple, but only a fan of Yeshua or a believer in Yeshua, then we have no means, no ability to affect change. My teachings on disicpleship are to affect personal transformation and to spark personal discipleship in order that we may be sold out to our Rabbi and begin to change this world for his glory. Here are the three posts. I hope you enjoy.

Part 1

Overview of discipleship and what it means to be a disciple of Yeshua. It contains a list of the Four Responsibilities of a Disciple.

http://www.derekleman.com/musings/guest-blog-becoming-a-disciple-1-by-darren-huckey/

Part 2

Breakdown of the first two responsibilities of a Disciple: Devotion & Memorization.

http://www.derekleman.com/musings/guest-blog-becoming-a-disciple-2-by-darren-huckey/

Part 3

Breakdown of the first two responsibilities of a Disciple: Imitation & Replication.

Posted May 31, 2013 - 6:04am

Being a disciple of Yeshua, one of our primary responsibilities is in regard to memorization. We are to memorize, properly interpret and transmit his teachings. However, in order to properly interpret his teachings, we must have the proper filter and foundation with which to interpret his instructions. There are some basic assumptions Yeshua and his apostles make when they give instructions. They assume we have a fundamental understanding of the Hebrew Scriptures, along with a sense of cohesion as to how these relate to our life in Messiah. Some of the very basics of these assumptions are found in the book of Hebrews.

In the sixth chapter of the book of Hebrews we have listed for us six foundational principles with which every disciple of Yeshua should be well familiar. As a matter of fact, the author of Hebrews mentions these at a point of frustration, referring to them as “milk” and not “solid food.” But I’m afraid that the bulk of Believers today are still choking on the milk due to our lack of understanding of these, what the author of Hebrews calls the most “elemental” of all the doctrines of Messiah. So let us take time to understand these six things which comprise the “elementary doctrine of Christ” as found in the book of Hebrews in order begin rebuilding a proper and firm foundation upon which we can build without the risk of our theological house collapsing. 

The passage under examination is as follows:

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. (Hebrews 6:1-2)

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The Magerman Edition

Author: Daniel Rose & Jay Goldmintz
Publisher: Koren Publishers
Year: 2014

The Koren Ani Tefilla Siddur is one of the latest in Koren’s growing collection of siddurim (prayer books) geared towards a specific demographic. Koren describes Ani Tefilla as “an engaging and thought-provoking siddur for the inquiring high school student and thoughtful adult.” Koren says that Ani Tefillah has been developed in order “to help the user create their own meaning and connection during the Tefilla [prayer] experience.” The name of the siddur is connected with its objective. Ani Tefilla means “I pray.” 

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