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The Mark of the Beast from a Jewish Context, pt 1

July 12th, 2019

Okay, we've all heard about it (well, most of us have!)...the dreaded MARK OF THE BEAST. That awful 666 number...or barcode...or wait, maybe RFID chip...or...WHAT IS IT ANYWAY? Before you get all twisted up over the evangelical, westernized Super AntiChrist Boogeyman symbol of absolute power (thanks Left Behind series!) maybe we should back up and take another look at it. Rather than trying to figure this enigmatic mark out from a 21st c. perspective, maybe we can look at it from John's perspective, i.e. Jewish. We have more than enough info to discern not necessarily what it IS, but more importantly, HOW IT FUNCTIONS and WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE. Get ready for a fascinating two-part series from Jay, the Truth Barista!

Jewish-Christian Relations: Christian Zionism

July 5th, 2019

What is a Christian Zionist? Here is the Jewish Virtual Libray definition:

"Christian Zionism can be defined as Christian support for the Zionist cause — the return of the Jewish people to its biblical homeland in Israel. It is a belief among some Christians that the return of Jews to Israel is in line with a biblical prophecy, and is necessary for Jesus to return to Earth as its king. These Christians are partly motivated by the writings of the Bible and the words of the prophets. However, they are also driven to support Israel because they wish to “repay the debt of gratitude to the Jewish people for providing Christ and the other fundamentals of their faith,” and to support a political ally, according to David Brog, author Standing With Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State."

If you love Israel and support the Jewish people out of your love for God and His Word - you're probably a Christian Zionist! Take a listen to find out how YOU can take an active role in supporting Israel and the world-wide Jewish community!

Christian Anti-Semitism: The Ugly Truth

June 28th, 2019

The Ugly Truth? Christian Anti-Semitism. A horrible oxymoron. Over the last 2,000 years, some of the most egregious attacks upon the Jewish community (verbal and physical) have been perpetrated by Christians led by errant theology and motivated by Anti-Semitism. Sad to say, this virulent form of focused hate is still prevalent around the world (and rising to the surface today) and it is still found among Christians. Hey Christians, what would our Jewish Jesus think about this? Please, take a moment to learn about this tragic truth and learn how YOU can stand against Christian Anti-Semitism and greatly support our Jewish family members!

Replacement Theology - Did the Church Replace Israel? NO!

June 21st, 2019

There comes a time to call out wrong theology, especially when it is so absolutely wrong. Replacement Theology is such a theology. Replacement theology (Supersessionism - to supersede - one thing being replaced or supplanted by another) "teaches that the people of Israel have forfeited their special status as the chosen people of God, and their replacement is the Church. The Church, then, is the new true Israel" (Ed Smelser, Bridges For Peace, Israel and the Church: God's Road Map, 186). Sure, that was easy to say after Jerusalem was destroyed and the Jewish people were dispersed in A.D. 70 and 135. But Replacement Theology was totally blown out of the water when the Jewish people began returning home in the late 1800s and throughout the 1900s, and Israel became a nation in 1948, and the Jewish people took Jerusalem in 1967. Still it hangs on today and has contributed to Christian Anti-Semitism and the most horrendous persecution of the Jews over the last 2,000 years. Take 30 mins and listen to Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry discuss this crucial topic!

Jewish-Christian Relations: From Jewish Movement to Gentile Church

June 14th, 2019

Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry take off on a great new series on Jewish-Christian relations. This series is meant to educate Christians about Christianity's roots in Judaism, problems that developed along the way which impact Jewish-Christian relations (Replacement Theology and Christian Anti-Semitism), and how Christians can come alongside the Jewish community and Israel to be a blessing and not a curse. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS SERIES! In this first podcast, Jay and Larry talk about how the church transitioned from a messianic stream of Judaism (one of many streams of Judaism in Jesus' day) to a Gentile church. Yes, this is a real eye-opener!

Death - An Honest, Biblical Talk

June 7th, 2019

Death and taxes - both are sure things...except after death we won't pay taxes, but we'll still be gone. So let's talk about it. What does the Bible have to say about it? What is it? Why do we die?, Can we avoid it or stop it? Do we have to fear death? What do the rabbis teach us Christians about death? Where do we go when we die? These are the questions Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry mull over in this honest look at death podcast. Don't worry, it's an upbeat discussion!

Resurrection - What’s the resurrection body like?

June 3rd, 2019

People spend bazillions of dollars to make their bodies look good and try to put off the aging process for as long as possible. But in the end, we end. However, in the last podcast, the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry talked about Jesus' promise of the believer's resurrection. Ok, great! But what will our new body be like? How similar or different will Body 2.0 be from our pre-death aging physical container? Why is it so important we get an upgraded body? Join Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry as they discuss what the Apostle Paul has to say about this in the Bible!

Resurrection - the Biblical Truth

May 25th, 2019

Jesus' Resurrection from the dead...it's the cornerstone of our Christian faith. Without Jesus' resurrection, Paul says "...if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is in vain, and so is your faith" (1 Corinthians 15:14). Jesus' resurrection is our heavenly Father's assurance that His Son's sacrifice was accepted and the way back to His arms and back into His family is wide open! And Jesus' resurrection is an assurance that though we die, yet shall we live. This life is not the end! Take and listen and be encouraged! [And if you can, please consider supporting this podcast with prayer, emails with encouragements and suggestions, and financially if you are blessed by the Truth Barista! Check to the right to see how you can help! Also, email Bridges For Peace - postmaster@bfpusa.org - and let them know you appreciate their sponsorship of this podcast! Thanks!]

Biblical Accountabilty (pt. 2) - No One Is Immune From Scrutiny!

May 19th, 2019

Are Bible teachers and pastors or even other Christians above examination and weighing to see if they're resting on the truth? The Truth Barista and Amazing Larry had a great discussion in the previous podcast. Now they continue with this vital topic. So...what should we do with all this? First, don't be gullible. Second, learn God's word. Third, if we have questions about a person and their ministry, how do we approach them? How do we deal with the person who seems to have gone off the rails? Take a listen for very practical and biblical ways to evaluate a person and ministry regarding the truth.

Biblical Accountabilty (pt. 1) - No One Is Immune From Scrutiny!

May 10th, 2019

How often have we seen or heard ministers, ministries, Christian groups or individuals do or say some wild things that make us wonder if they're on the up and up or even sane? While we need to see God's power today and God's word preached, this doesn't mean anyone can say or do anything with impunity. Some people assume if a manifestation is unusual or supernatural, it must be of God. Some people elevate Christian leaders to the point of untouchable, uncorrectable celebrity personalities. But is this right? Is there a standard of accountability to which our words and ways are supposed to be weighed? Yes! Check out this must hear two-part series on Biblical Accountability!

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