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"Though we may slumber, and forget, and grow careless in intercession, never in the almost two thousand years that have passed since He went up into the heavenlies, has He for one moment ceased to make intercession for His people and His Kingdom. If Jesus the Son of God is living in the glory in ceaseless intercession, surely we poor earthlings dare not belittle nor disobey His call to us to live with Him the life of prayer." James McConkey

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Scripture of the Day (Through Jeremiah)

Hear the word of Yahweh, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says Yahweh, What fault did your fathers find in Me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves. Jeremiah 2:4-5

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"He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep." Psalm 121:4

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

"He has remembered His covenant forever...the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, 'To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion of your inheritance.' "
Psalm 105:8-11

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Feast of Purim

Happy Purim

Purim is one of the most joyous holidays in the Jewish calendar. It celebrates how the Jewish people in the Persian Empire were saved from extinction during the reign of Xerxes (486-465 B.C). The telling of this whole event is the subject of the Book of Esther. The hero and heroine in the story are Mordecai and his younger cousin, Esther, a beautiful young girl whom he had raised as his own daughter. Through a fascinating series of events, Esther becomes Xerxes' queen, her identity as a Jewess unknown. The villain in the story is Haman, who hated Mordecai and therefore plots to destroy all the Jews throughout the empire. Mordecai tells Esther of the plot, and she tells the king. The result is that the Jewish people were saved, and this "vile Haman" was hung on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. "Purim" is the plural of pur, meaning lot. Haman had cast a lot to pick the day for the destruction of the Jews (Esther 3:7), and Esther 9:18-28 directs that the day the Jews gained victory over Haman's plot should be called Purim and celebrated yearly as a joyous feast. This year Purim begins sunset, March 4; it lasts one day. (Read our notes on the other biblical and post-biblical Jewish holidays.)

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We have long lamented the lack of depth in the preaching within Evangelical churches today. Many Christians possess only a shallow knowledge of both the Bible and theology. Check yourself with two questions that should be very simple to any Christian who attends a Bible-believing church.

  • Bible knowledge: The Psalmist wrote, "Sing the glory of his name" (Ps. 66:2). What is his name? What is the name of the God of the Bible, the God you worship?

  • Theological knowledge: What is the meaning of the word propitiation, which is used, for example, in 1 John 2:2?

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Our Sister Web Site:
Messiah Studies

We have another Web site, Messiah Studies, that is devoted to a detailed study of Messianic prophecy. However, it is a new Web site, and so far there are only a few papers posted. It is our goal, however, to develop a series of papers dealing with the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament in historical order. The site is designed for Jewish inquirers, but Christians can gain much from these studies as well. There is also some Jewish music you can listen to, including HaTikvah (Israeli National Anthem), Hava Nagila, Jerusalem of Gold, and the Yigdal (on which the Christian hymn, "The God of Abraham Praise," is based). Please take a look and send us your suggestions.

Judaism and Christianity

What common belief forms the fundamental foundation of both Judaism and Christianity? For the answer, read this encouraging article by Orthodox Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, "Growing in Our Understanding of God."

Nicky's Children Youtube Video

For a 4-minute version taking you back to Sir Nicholas in 1938, see this Youtube video.

The "British Schindler"

Beginning in 1938, Nicholas Winton organized the rescue of over 600 Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia. Here is a very touching video from a BBC television program reuniting Sir Nicholas with many of these children, now adults. How cold our own hearts must be if we cannot thank Jesus for saving us from eternal death with the same emotion that Vera Gissing shows in this video when she meets Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved her as a young girl from the Nazi death camps.

NIV Translation Unreliable

In many ways, we are living in a dangerous age. Some dangers are where you would least expect them, as for example the degree to which feminism has infected even evangelicalism. What translation of the Bible are you using? The NIV has become an unreliable translation. Read "An Evaluation of Gender Language in the 2011 Edition of the NIV Bible" produced by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

Replacement Theology and Amillennialism

Anyone at all familiar with this Web site knows that we are at the opposite end of the theological spectrum from replacement theology and amillennialism. At our sister Web site, Messiah Studies, we have posted a number of lectures from perhaps the best book on Messianic prophecy that I have read: The Messiahship of Jesus by Alexander McCaul (1852). He does argue that the Messianic prophecies point to fulfillment by Yeshua (Jesus), but in his discussions he gives considerable attention to the Jewish objections to Christian interpretations of these prophecies. However, the point I would like to emphasize here is that he also argues for a literal fulfillment of the prophecies dealing with the future of national Israel and forcefully critiques replacement theology and amillennialism, which sees no future for Israel in an ethnic and national sense. I suggest that those who hold to replacement theology and amillennialism should examine this book carefully. See the the McCaul page . The Messiah Studies site also has a short paper written by me "The Messiah: An Overview," which summarizes what the prophets indeed predict for national Israel--God's chosen, covenant people, the apple of his eye (Zech. 2:8) and the nation written on the palms of his hands (Isa. 49:15-16). You might also be interested in a short paper here on Rediscovering the Bible, "Does Eschatology Matter in Jewish Evangelism?"

Psalm 107

Ship In Storm

"He that cannot pray, let him go to sea, and there he will learn."

John Trapp on Ps. 107:23-29, cited by Charles Spurgeon, The Treasury of David.

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