Study with Israel College of the Bible

Hi friends!  I want to recommend a fantastic resource I have used in my own study of things such as:

  • The Jewish Roots of our Christian Faith
  • The Historical Jesus of the New Testament
  • Jewish-Christian Relationship

I first became aware of Israel College of the Bible (part of the One for Israel ministry) several years ago when I took an online course, and I have been very impressed with course content, the depth of knowledge of instructors, the ease of use of their student portal and the exceptional courtesy of the staff.  Over the years, I have taken several more ICB online courses, and have gleaned valuable knowledge and insight from an Israeli/Messianic Jewish perspective.

Though there are options to study on campus in Israel (which I have not done, but would like to!), many courses are offered online, with the benefit of going at your own pace.  Quality instructors provide on-site (in Israel) video lessons, and students are tested following each segment.  (Check out this sample lesson.)  These are college-level classes, with the option to take them for credit, or audit.  Students who audit the course are not graded, but those taking the class for credit will have in-depth homework assignments that must be submitted electronically.  Either way, you leave with very valuable Biblical wisdom in the subject matter.

What better way is there to study the languages of the Bible, the history of the Bible, the faith of the Bible and more, than in the place where it all began?
~ICB Website

If you are interested, check out their website.  They are currently offering 25% off all classes during “feast season” (through the end of October).  Also, return students have a permanent discount on additional courses.

ICB is accredited and all faculty are believers in Yeshua (Jesus the Messiah).  Take a look…and jump into a fantastic class!

Join us for “What in the World is Going On?”

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When Jesus’s disciples asked Him what the signs of the last days would be, Jesus gave them specific answers, recorded in Matthew 24:

  • False messiahs (verse 5)
  • Wars and rumors of wars (verse 6)
  • Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom (verse 7)
  • Famines and earthquakes (verse 7)

And what do we see today?

  • Hurricanes and wildfires decimating the United States
  • The worst earthquake in at least 100 years in Mexico
  • Half of Bangladesh under water
  • Record-breaking floods elsewhere in Asia
  • Life-threatening food and water shortages for at least 40 million people worldwide
  • Roughly 400 extreme weather events per year (up 400% since 1970)
  • Russia poised to move 100,000 troops to the border of NATO nations for a “military exercise” in a few days
  • Iranian troops sitting on Israel’s border in Syria
  • North Korea ignoring all nuclear agreements and testing missile after missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads (which they possess)
  • Iran’s continued march toward nuclear weapons
  • Terrorism on the increase around the world
  • Continued genocide in Syria

So, what in the world is going on?  What are we to think of the prophecies of Matthew 24 in light of what we see in our world today?  Indeed, creation is groaning (Romans 8:22-23) and Matthew 24:8 tells us these are the beginning of birth pangs.

Haggai 2:6-7 speaks of God shaking the heavens and the earth, and the nations.  Some would call this God’s judgment.  I don’t necessarily think so.  I believe it is His attempt to get our attention.  There is a reason I say that.  Please read Hebrews 12:25-29 carefully:

See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.  [Emphasis mine]

Friends, God is shaking us in order that we might receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken.  He desires our worship in reverence and awe.  He is a consuming fire, so we should give Him what He desires!  We must loosen our grip on things of this shaken world in order to lay hold of the unshakable kingdom that awaits us!

Please join us on Sunday mornings as we consider What in the World is Going On?  The study lasts through November and will be taught at both campuses of Calvary Community Church in Phoenix.  (9:00am in the Prayer Room at NW campus, 11:00am in Room 403 at Central campus)  For directions and more information, click here.

See you there!

“I’ve Gone to Prepare a Place…and I will Come Again!”

Oh, the words of Jesus sooth our troubled hearts, don’t they!  It seems our world has taken another spin toward insanity this week as we witnessed evil and hatred in Charlottesville, veiled anti-Semitism in Chicago, terrorism in Barcelona, and a president who seemingly has not figured out how or when to keep his mouth shut!

Friends, we live in a world of chaos and, according to Scripture, we can predict that it will get no better until the King of Kings comes again!  But, good news dear friends: He is coming soon!

On this Lord’s Day, I want to join together in moments of reflection on a special promise that Jesus spoke to His disciples, and that we can latch on to in these distressful days.  Earlier this week Pastor Mark (Calvary Community Church, Phoenix AZ) posted a couple of short devotionals, and I think it is time we all stop for a moment and meditate on this promise!  Please sit down, clear your mind, and just soak in Jesus’s words.  There are blessings in it for each of us!

Pastor Mark’s Devotional – Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pastor Mark’s Devotional – Friday, August 18, 2017

Can I get an “Amen!”

Joel Rosenberg to Lead Epicenter Conference in SoCal

I don’t get too excited about most “prophecy experts” online. In fact, my warning is to be very, very careful about who you “follow.”  Many have theories and philosophies about current events and end times that are simply not founded in Scripture.  I prefer to study Scripture for myself, then gather thoughts from those with unique experience in Israel, and who look to God’s Word first and foremost for their teaching.  Even in those cases, if I can’t find it in Scripture, I discard what they say.

By the way, I hope that is the strategy you take in following this blog!  While my desire is always to provide Biblically accurate information and teaching, our plumbline should always be God’s Word.

With that disclaimer, there are a handful of ministries I recommend for their well-founded teaching from Scripture.  One such teacher/writer is Joel Rosenberg, president and founder of The Joshua Fund.  I’m happy to report that he will be joined by pastors and ministry leaders from Israel at the Epicenter Conference in Costa Mesa CA, October 6-7.

If you live in southern California, or can get there for this conference, I highly recommend it.  Each Epicenter Conference Rosenberg has done has been filled with informative, Biblically accurate teaching.  Click the link above for more information, and plan to be there if you can!  You will be blessed!