"what is man that you are mindful of him, .....?" Psalm 8 v4
We are just a Christian couple with four grown up children. We have been ordinary believers for many years, but were amazed to have our outlook concerning Israel and the Jewish people radically changed after visiting Jerusalem for the first time. We went to a "Jerusalem Jubilee" prayer conference, run by Christine Darg of Exploits Ministries (see Internet page) and received teaching from various well informed teachers. Upon returning home we sought out good teaching in books and on the Internet. We found out how little truth there is in the media picture of Israel and how many traditional Christian beliefs are not really Bible based.
We now see how much we were missing before we experienced the blessing part of God's promise to the patriarchs, "He who blesses you I will bless and He who curses you I will curse."
We have found that a proper understanding of the Jewish roots of our faith and our Bible has changed and enriched our lives. We would like other Christians to experience the same blessings and wish to use this website to offer an introduction to the wonderful ministry we have received.
Yes; I believe it does, but not as mere religious trivia.
In the "God Chasers" by Tommy Tenney, he reviews the state of churches in the West and compares his findings with what the Bible teaches is possible when God's people seek his face, and not just His blessings. He warns that it is not knowing facts about God that brings his power into our lives, our churches and the people around. For that reason we do not offer the teaching on this website for use as religious trivia but as signposts for those seeking to draw closer to the heart of our Heavenly Father who chose to reveal himself to the world through a chosen people. We see that God chose the children of Israel (Jacob) to bring his revelation to the nations of the world. His ultimate revelation was through Jesus who came, lived, ministered, suffered and died for us as a Jew! Since He is the greatest revelation of The Father's glory that we will be able to experience in this life, his Jewishness is very important.
It is so sad that the Church has discarded the Jewish Holy Days that Jesus celebrated and which figure in his teaching. These are divinely ordained teaching events and are prophetic celebrations. The Church is also suffering for its adoption of Replacement Theology and Anti-Semitic beliefs. How much are we suffering for the Church's history of cursing rather than blessing God's chosen people? We have no wish to attack the Church; we are part of it too. We believe our lord is working on all our spots and wrinkles ready for the day he comes as our bridegroom! This may happen soon and we want to be ready. He is coming for his bride, in the singular. Will He find us joined together - Jewish and Gentile believers - and all focused on Yeshua the Messiah rather than on our denominations? We find knowing the Jewish Jesus draws out so much more wonder, praise and worship but we still need to press on to know him personally.
After wrestling all night, Jacob said, "I won't let you go unless you bless me." and that is why Jacob's name was changed to Israel. (Genesis 32 v25-29)
Moses learned great things about God and received a wonderful assurances when he declared, "If your presence doesn't go with us, don't make us go on from here.", but he still asked, "I beg you to show me your glory!". (Exodus 33 v12-23)
We need to seek to know Jesus/Yeshua personally, to be a God Chaser?
(Moses did get to see the glory of Jesus - but he had to wait a long time . . . . . )
It began with one of those God-incidences. The author, along with the other conference delegates in Jerusalem, was exhorted to go home and tell others all about God's purposes for Israel and the Church's error concerning Israel. We learned of a Church of England initiative called "Cybernauts Awake", which examined the dynamics of people browsing the Internet and encouraged Christians to put good stuff on the Internet instead of grumbling about the bad stuff. Then the author was asked by his employer, to learn how to write web sites so that he could teach the students.
Since then God has supplied a steady flow of teaching, books, magazine articles and Bible insights in a sequence which has enabled a steady growth in breadth, whilst still centred around the call to the church to get back to its roots and use its scriptures properly.
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