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From: D. Thomas Lancaster

D. Thomas Lancaster is Director of Education at First Fruits of Zion, the author of the Torah Club programs and several books and study programs. He is also the pastor of Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship in Hudson, WI (www.bethimmanuel.org).

 

Join us for the Israel Study Tour

Every disciple of Yeshua should visit the Holy Land at least once. Join me and my brother Steven Lancaster of Biblical Backgrounds for a fabulous study trip to the holy land of our Master Yeshua this fall. This is not just a tourist trip. We will be embarking on a serious study tour. We will be learning the land of the Bible from north to south. We will follow in the footsteps of Yeshua and see Nazareth, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Lake Galilee, Mount Hermon, Jericho, and of course, the holy city of Jerusalem.
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Bush steps in Messianic Judaism

Generally speaking, the Jewish community has had a fairly good relationship with bushes, ever since Moses heard God speaking to him from within a burning bush on Mount Sinai. So how did former President Bush manage to inadvertently infuriate Jews all across America last month? The trouble started when the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) in Dallas scheduled former President George Bush as the keynote speaker at its November 14,...
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Peter's Bones

Simon Peter’s bones have been identified. That’s what Pope Francis suggests.This Thursday (Tevet 9) is the traditional anniversary of Simon Peter’s death according to Jewish tradition. At First Fruits of Zion, we keep Tevet 9 as Peter’s Yartzeit. In honor of the day, I thought I should say something about Peter’s bones, since they were in the news again a few weeks ago. A few weeks ago, Pope Francis and...
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Simple Chanukah Gifts

Tags: Beth Immanuel Messianic Minnesota, Chanukah, Simple Gifts, Thanksgiving, Troy Mitchell

This year, Chanukah and the American holiday of Thanksgiving converge.This convergence has not happened since the 1800’s, and it will not occur again in our lifetimes. Chabad.org features an interesting article about the convergence. In honor of this rare moment, Troy Mitchell has released a mash-up of the traditional Thanksgiving song, “Simple Gifts” and the traditional Chanukah song, “Ma’oz Tzur.” Troy Mitchell is the worship leader at the Minnesota-area Messianic...
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Birth of Jesus at Sukkot

Evidence from an Old Source Was Jesus born on December 25? Is there any ancient evidence that might indicate when he was born? The brand new issue of Messiah Journal (111) goes to press today with an article that presents new evidence from an old source arguing for linking the birth of Yeshua and the biblical Feast of Taberancles, the festival of Sukkot. Christmas or Sukkot? For a variety...
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End of the Chronicles

Today, I finished the Chronicles. About twenty-five months ago, I began work on the largest writing project I have undertaken, a complete re-write of the original Torah Club Volume Four. The original version provided a Messianic commentary on all four Gospels and the book of Acts. The new version does the same, but it splits the material into two separate years of study: YEAR ONE: Chronicles of the Messiah:...
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Tim Keller and the Torah

Tags: gospel coalition, law, Old Testament, Tim Keller, Torah

According to a posting on "The Gospel Coalition" blog last week by the coalition founder Tim Keller, any Christian who follows the mandates of the Torah "denies the power of Christ's death on the cross." Keller says, "Those who really believe in Christ must follow some Old Testament texts and not others." He goes on to explain which laws Christians must not follow. Among the laws that a Christian...
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