Peter’s Pentecost sermon not only made A’s for power of the Spirit but also for being “politically incorrect” in condemning the listeners. Why did Peter say what he said this particular Pentecost? What are the consistent lessons of Pentecost, called Shavuot in Hebrew for “sevens” or “weeks”? Continue reading Acts 2 — Peter preaches with power purposefully on Pentecost
Is the book of Acts the record of God’s creation of "the church"? Or is it a continuation of the story of God’s reaching out into the world through Israel, a people who "struggle with God and men" and prevail in bringing a blessing from God to the nations? Jeff explores the continuum between the writings of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Gospels and the Apostolic Writings. Continue reading Acts — a Greek masterpiece about the witness of Jews to the adoption of the nations as God’s people
Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) had a special encounter with seven of His closest students and was out to rebuild a special one, Peter, following a heart-breaking betrayal. Yeshua taught Peter that to truly love God, he must have not just brotherly love but self-sacrificing love. Continue reading John 21 — tearing down & rebuilding Peter
Why does God tell us to remove leaven — "yeast" in the NIV translation — from our mouths, homes and community during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the seven days right after Passover? Why does God tell us then to put leaven in our mouths at Shavu’ot (Pentecost) a short time later? What does this have to do with Messiah? The connection is startling. Continue reading Feast of Unleavened Bread: Get the leaven out
Why are we to teach our children about plagues, blood, and death of animals and people 3,500 years ago? Continue reading Why should we care about Passover today?
God’s ways may be mysterious, but when He lays out patterns and times important historical events accordingly, He is inviting us to learn more about what He is doing. There’s a "new beginning" lesson in the spring festivals of the LORD on Yeshua (Jesus). Continue reading Patterns and lessons of God’s spring appointed times
More than 2,000 years of debate lies behind the question of when Messiah Yeshua rose from the dead. Rather than an esoteric inquiry, timing matters because Yeshua’s life, death, and resurrection happened “according to the Scriptures.”