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Please forgive me! I started this post last Friday morning, but failed to publish it! Here it is…

This coming week begins a new adventure for us in a few different ways. First, my family and I will be traveling throughout the Southeast (Mississippi, Florida, Alabama & Georgia) sharing the message of discipleship with churches, messianic congregations, home groups and individuals. It will be a short trip, but one which we believe will be fruitful. We look forward to meeting to people, making new friends and sharing the message of discipleship.

The second exciting thing is the release of a booklet I have written on discipleship, called The Four Responsibilities of a Disciple. I feel it is a tangible "walk away" that will help both people who attend the meetings retain their understanding of these concepts, as well as get these principles into the hands of those who are not able to attend a meeting. It's a stripped-down version of my full book which, God-willing, I hope to eventually finish. 

Lastly, we have had an overwhelming number of people reach out to us with encouragement and support for our trip. We are very thankful to each and every one of you!

Please continue to be in prayer for this coming week.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)

The Gospel of Jesus

Lest we forget our purpose for our Gospel exploration, our objective is to examine the various gospel proclamations by John the Immerser, by Jesus and also by the Apostles in order to see if the Gospel we are proclaiming today is the same Gospel they proclaimed. Otherwise our Gospel is one which would be foreign to Jesus and his disciples. Our goal is to try and recapture the original gospel message of Jesus and his disciples and let that be the Gospel we proclaim. 

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:1–9)

We have recorded for us in the Synoptic Gospels a parable of the soil. I do believe it is significant the Master uses the concept of soil since the Hebrew words for man אדם (Adam) and soil אדמה (Adamah) are derived from the same word אדם (adam). 

With the above in mind it is not a far stretch to realize that the condition of the soil is likened to the condition of the life of a human being. How the seed (the Word of G-d) is received and transformed into productivity for the Kingdom is determined by the condition of our hearts and minds.

Do we want to be productive for the Kingdom's sake? How would we classify ourselves? What kind of ground would we most likely represent?

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.

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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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