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Posted May 3, 2013 - 3:31pm

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“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:13-16)

I opened the Discipleship seminar last night with the word "Imagine." I then proceeded to tell the participants to imagine a world in which Christ rules the hearts and lives of every single person on this earth… A time when hypocrisy and pride have been subjugated… A time when deception has vanished and trust has been restored… A time when children can once again be free to walk alone in our cities… And a time when war has been vanquished and all men love their neighbors as themselves…

Then I brought us back to reality recognizing that this vision will never come to pass this side of our Master's return. However, knowing this doesn't free us from our obligation to work towards this vision as set out in the Great Commission — that we would make disciples of all nations and teach them to live lives that are in submission to the King of the Universe and bring glory to His name on this earth. Pirkei Avot 2:21 says:

Posted April 26, 2013 - 8:04am

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To what can our current understanding of the Good News be compared? 

Once there was a man who went to a bicycle shop to purchase a new bike. He walked in the store and saw no bicycles. He did, however, see a shop full of wheels and tires. When the shop owner approached, he asked if he had any bicycles for sale. Smiling, the shop owner replied, “We’re a bike shop! That’s what we have! Just look around you … we have bikes lining the walls and covering the floors! Look them over and see if we have something that you can’t live without.”

Confused, the man replied, “I don’t understand. I’m looking for bicycles. All I see is a shop full of wheels and tires. Where are the frames?”

“Aren’t wheels and tires all you need for a bicycle?” the shop owner responded. “They are what make the bicycle go. They take you from one place to another! You can’t get anywhere with a bicycle that has no tires. Frames are optional. It’s the wheel and tire that do the job. They are the real bicycle. How about we fix you up with a bike?”

Mark Twain is quoted as saying that it is much easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled. Have we been duped when it comes to the Gospel? What is the Gospel and why is important that we properly understand it? If we really are incorrect in our understanding of the Gospel how difficult will it be for us to recognize and correct our understanding?

Posted April 25, 2013 - 9:50am

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"There can be only one permanent revolution — a moral one; the regeneration of the inner man. How is this revolution to take place? Nobody knows how it will take place in humanity, but every man feels it clearly in himself. And yet in our world everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself."1

The heart of discipleship asks the question, "What will it take to change the world for our Master?" After many years of searching, my answer is that it has to start with a Personal Revolution. Here's what I mean…

There's a story told of a rabbi from the late nineteenth century who set out to change the world, but very soon realized that he could not. So, he decided to focus on changing the Jewish community of his country but failed there as well. He then decided to focus on changing the people of his hometown but didn't get any further. Finally, in a last effort, he believed he could change his family and sought to do so. Failure was the end result there as well. In the end he realized that the only person he could really change was himself. So, he began to do so. And today, long after his death, his teachings are the cornerstone of Jewish life, particularly in proper speech and ethical conduct.

This is our path. Too many times we want to go out and change the world and start off by trying to "fix" everyone else. But the path to permanent, lasting, sustainable change has to begin with ourselves. Yes, we should be working to change the world, but it must begin with ourselves.

Yeshua said,

Posted March 18, 2013 - 12:37pm

The Search for Chametz

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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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