Pentecost: Where Mt Sinai and Mt Zion Intersect

Yesterday was Pentecost, but I want to linger there for just a moment because there is one more fascinating thing I want you to see. Pentecost is the Christian commemoration of the giving of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church. The same day is known as Shavuot to Jews, and represents the …

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Pentecost: Giving of the Torah, Coming of the Holy Spirit and Birth of the Church

Jews and Christians share a very significant day today. For Jews, it is Shavuot (Feast of Weeks); for Christians, it is Pentecost. Both are rooted in Biblical significance and are foundational to our belief systems. Shavuot is the fourth of seven major Jewish feasts described in Leviticus 23. Following Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread and …

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Hope in the Waiting: Lessons from Pentecost for Today’s Crisis

Just as God provided a time of waiting between the Feast of First Fruits and Pentecost, so we find ourselves in a parallel time of waiting during the current COVID-19 crisis. The Jewish feasts serve as a wonderful "road map" of God's plan for His people. But those feasts are simply a shadow of the …

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Chag Pesach Sameach… Happy Passover!

Israelis have already begun their Passover commemoration, as it commenced at sundown today. Here in America, we're still a few hours from sundown. But regardless of where you are in the world, I wish you "Chag Pesach Semaech...Happy Passover!" As followers of Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, our roots are in Judaism. It doesn't mean we …

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