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Posted November 2, 2013 - 10:54pm

Recently, I was interviewed for a second time by Gabriel Rutledge of The Grafted In Perspective. This interview covered my perspectives on Hanukkah for followers of Yeshua and my new devotional for Hanukkah, Eight Lights. Be sure to listen and give us some feedback!

Posted October 21, 2013 - 4:54am

Shalom friends and talmidim! I just wanted to give you a brief ministry update and let you know what all was going on here at Emet HaTorah. It is difficult to keep everyone updated with just the monthly newsletter, so we have decided to begin a series of blog posts which will keep you informed on the happenings of this ministry on a more timely manner.

First, the response to my new book, The Four Responsibilities of a Disciple, has been very encouraging. To date we have sent out (whether through gifting, sponsoring or sales) nearly 250 copies. The word is beginning to spread on the value of this resource. We are still working to get this onto Amazon in Kindle format, but have not had the time to complete this project due to the next subject I would like to share with you.

Eight Lights mockupNext, we putting the final touches on a devotional booklet for Hanukkah, called Eight Lights. It will contain a basic overview of Hanukkah, the relationship of Jesus to Hanukkah, instructions for setting up and lighting your hanukkiah (Hanukkah menorah), a devotion for each of the eight nights, and the entire text of 1 Maccabees so that families can read the actual Hanukkah account together. We are enthused about this resource and pray it will be received well. God-willing, it will be ready around the first week of November.

As far as outreach goes, I will be speaking at The Father's House in Conway, AR this coming Sunday (October 27) if you are nearby and would like to support us. I will be sharing the four responsibilities of discipleship with them and introducing them to Emet HaTorah.

Posted October 16, 2013 - 12:39pm

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 … (Hebrews 6:1–2)

The fifth component of the “elementary doctrine of Christ” as found in Hebrews 6:1–2 is “the resurrection of the dead.” When most Believers think of the resurrection, we conjure up images associated with the popular Left Behind book series. We think of the sky cracking open, Jesus appearing in the clouds and people being whisked away from wherever they are into the air to meet him. Cars, motorcycles and airplanes begin to cause worldwide collisions and panic as their drivers are snatched away into the Sweet By and By. This is not the Resurrection. The Resurrection is for the dead, not the living. The living have no need of resurrection; it is only the dead. 

Although the Resurrection is one of the foundational tenets of our faith upon which both the hope of Judaism and Christianity rests, it is a concept long since forgotten in the theological annals of our faith. It is a concept which sets Judaism and Christianity apart from all other world religions. It was this very hope of the Apostles which was confirmed through the physical resurrection of our Master. But yet we have really lost all connection to this basic belief held in high regard by the Apostles.

Posted October 10, 2013 - 6:41am

The Apostolic Gospel (Part 1)

In the last two issues we have looked at both John the Immerser’s Gospel proclamation and that of Yeshua. We found that the gospel message of both John and Yeshua was identical. They both proclaimed, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” This was their good news — their Gospel. Now, we need to take a look at the Gospel the Apostles proclaimed and compare it with that of the Gospel of John and Yeshua. We are trying to find when the gospel message began to change from the original one found with the Gospels.

This next section will look at the Apostolic Gospel. This part will be focused on Peter’s Gospel and the next will be focused on Paul. By examining both of these Apostles we should have a good overview of what the Apostles were teaching in regard to the Gospel. Let’s begin by taking a look at the good news Peter proclaimed as recorded in the book of Acts, his sermon on the Temple Mount on the day of Pentecost. Please take the time to read through Peter’s sermon in Acts 2:14–41 (below) as preparation for my discussion following.

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,

that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,

and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

    and your young men shall see visions,

    and your old men shall dream dreams;


Latest Book Review

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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