Messiah Magazine #7

Messiah Magazine 7

Messiah Magazine #7

Fall 2014 (October, 2014)

Grace Alone?

A look at how the “law versus grace” paradigm can stunt spiritual growth and limit our mastery over sin.

Hanukkah Lessons

Reflections on God’s faithfulness and the dedication we can rekindle in our families during this season.

Ingathering

The words of the prophet Zechariah are literally coming to pass today as the Nation of Israel is inhabited.

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Director's Letter

Every year during the festival of Hanukkah, the Jewish people celebrate the story of our liberation from the wicked Seleucid king Antiochus Epiphanes. Boaz introduces readers to the festival.

Update

Learn about new resources and highlights.

The Ingathering of Israel

Do you have a mental picture of what it will be like when the Messiah returns to the earth for his second coming? Do you picture him riding on a white horse through the clouds? Read this synopsis from episode 7 of the FFOZ TV show, A Promise of What is to Come.

Woman Caught in Adultery

A story about the "end of the law." Most readers of the Gospels are familiar with the story of the woman caught in adultery and how Yeshua exonerated her. A closer look at the story reveals that it does not imply the grace-versus-law agenda that interpreters so often see in it. Read the story in its historical context.

Cornelius, the God-Fearer of Caesarea

Not all the Gentiles of Caesarea despised their Jewish neighbors. Learn what the Scriptures record about Cornelius, a Gentile, a centurion, and how he was attracted to the God of Israel and became a quintessential God-fearer.

God’s Faithfulness and Our Children

Hanukkah is a time for us to consider the mighty works of God on behalf of the Jewish people and to become inspired to grow in our reverence of his miracles in our own lives. It is a time for us to think about what it means to be a light in the face of darkness, how important it is to have “oil” in our spiritual lamps, and what it means to be dedicated to a life of godliness and personal growth.

Five Reasons

Why would anyone celebrate Hanukkah. Here are five reasons why this festival is not only relevant to Jews, but to all believers.

A Fight We Cannot Afford to Lose

A personal essay from K.J. Kruger on her understanding and experiences about Hanukkah.

Difficult Sayings of Yeshua

Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. —Matthew 24:28

After Yeshua described the Temple’s destruction and the end of the age, he made a cryptic comment. There is more to this comment than most people understand.

The Siege of Jerusalem

Part 2 — England, 1947, and the rise of anti-semitism. Read the second part in this series from Pauline Rose's eyewitness account of events in Jerusalem during 1948. Pauline's first-hand accounts, her eyewitness testimony, diary notes, and letters of correspondence written in Jerusalem between 1946 and 1949 have been published in her book Siege of Jerusalem, which we now proudly present here.

Resource Review: Light

A short review of the book, Light (Rededication, Miracles, Enlightenment, Celebration), all about Hanukkah.

Law and/or Grace

Is it really one or the other? Outside of seminaries and other high-level academic settings, the contrast between law and grace is usually portrayed very simply: law old, grace new; law bad, grace good. In this section of New Testament Backgrounds, Jacob Fronczak challenges this simplistic approach.

Disciple Detectives

Kids, have fun while you discover treasures from the Bible in stories, solving mysteries and playing word games!

Dear Avi

Answering your everyday Messianic questions. In this issue we answer a question about the Shmitah year in the land of Israel. You must have read about it somewhere in the Bible—and yes, it's still honored in Israel.

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