An Israeli Glimpse of Shavuot

If you are familiar with the seven Biblical feasts, you understand they are God's calendar, giving us insight into times past and times future! Interestingly, Christians and Jews both celebrate those Biblical events, but with very different perspective. Jews view the feasts as commemoration of their escape from Egyptian slavery. That is not inaccurate. Leviticus …

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Building Jewish-Arab Relationships in Light of Pentecost

Welcome back, Bible students!  Be honest:  Did you struggle with yesterday’s homework assignment?  Was it difficult to “welcome” all those people groups into “our” celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church?  If we are honest, haven’t we knowingly or unknowingly claimed the work of the Holy Spirit and …

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Who was Present at Pentecost…and Why Does it Matter?

Friends, Pentecost just came and went, so it is a great time to talk about the original Pentecost! We’re continuing in our America, Israel and the Church series, but today's discussion will definitely dip into Pentecost. With it, we will make a slight change in direction over the next few days.  We just passed through …

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How did the Feast of Trumpets become Rosh Hashanah?

Before we answer the question above, let's lay the groundwork. In Leviticus 23, God revealed details of His "appointed times," also known as the 7 major Jewish feasts. Three were to be commemorated in short order in the spring. (Feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits) The fourth was Penecost. Then, three fall feasts …

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