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Insights from a Jewish Follower of Jesus - pt. 2

January 18th, 2020

Here is part 2 of a fascinating talk Jay the Truth Barista had at the Ersatz Coffee Shop with Trevor Rubenstein of Chosen People Ministries!

Insights from a Jewish Follower of Jesus - pt. 1

January 10th, 2020

Ready for a fascinating perspective on the Christian faith? How about from a Jewish follower of Jesus! Trevor Rubenstein of Chosen People Ministries shares about what it is like for him as a Jew who has embraced Jesus as his Messiah. You will find this first of a two-part series fascinating as Trevor shares his testimony, insights into the Jewish community and struggles with being a Jewish believer in Jesus.

“I Never Knew You!”

August 16th, 2019

Stop whatever you're doing and think about this. Seriously. Ready? So you're a Christian...or at least claim to be. You go to church all your life. You do good works. You're really ringing the bell on cultural Christianity. Then you die. You've crossed the line of no return. You face the One who now sits in judgment of your life. Your life flashes before two sets of eyes simultaneously. "Not bad," you think to yourself. And then these horrifying words..."I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!" (Matt. 7:23). But...but...but... Or imagine that Jesus returns and the world is reeling with His arrival...and He turns to you and says the same thing! Or you die without Jesus and those words come forth as you slip into a place that's too horrible to describe. So what does it mean to be known by Jesus and why is it so important to your eternal life? Born-again or not, you'd better find out now before it's too late and those words, "I never knew you...I don't know you..." echo in your ears.

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!

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!

Kingdom Truths from Jesus’ Parables - “Invitations and Wedding Crashers”

January 25th, 2019

This parable reveals some very powerful things! Put bluntly, if you don't want to come into God's kingdom, you don't have to. However, the repercussions are terrible. But God's invitation is not for an elite group of people, but for EVERYONE! However, we don't "get into the wedding" on our terms, but His! Take a listen to this familiar parable for some amazing insights!

Kingdom Truths from Jesus’ Parables - “Be Productive ‘Til Jesus Returns!”

January 18th, 2019

The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). Okay, what the heck is a talent? "A talent of silver contained 3,000 shekels ( Exodus 38:25 Exodus 38:26 ), and was equal to 94 3/7 lbs. avoirdupois. The Greek talent, however, as in the LXX., was only 82 1/4 lbs." ( WOW! That's a lot of silver! The Master certainly wasn't skimping when he entrusted such a large amount to his servants. Jesus also gives us tremendous amounts of "talent" and asks us to use them to bring Him a return on His investment in us. What does that mean? Why does Jesus link being productive with His return? Listen for a fresh take on this well-known parable!

Kingdom Truths from Jesus’ Parables - “Be Prepared For Jesus’ Return!”

January 10th, 2019

Yeah, a lot of people joke about Jesus coming back...and in a really bad mood. But Jesus' return is no joke. He clearly taught that after a time away with His Father, He would return as Israel's King. Jesus said that there would be a waiting period from the time He left and His return and likened it to a 1st c. wedding celebration and the accompanying bridal attendants - the Ten Virgins. They knew the bridegroom was on his way, but how were they supposed to handle a "delay"? The point of the parable is BE PREPARED! But what does that mean? This question is even more crucial for us as we see the clear signs of Jesus' return - Israel's rebirth, Jerusalem coming under Jewish control, and the earthly events Jesus shares in Matthew 24 (and the other Gospels). How are we to be prepared for His return and not be excluded from His kingdom?

Kingdom Truths from Jesus’ Parables - “God’s Gracious Pay For Joining His Workers!”

January 4th, 2019

The Parable of the Vineyard Workers - How many times have you heard children objecting like this - "Hey! He got more than me! That's not FAIR!!" And then the fight is on. When we receive what we haven't earned, that's grace. When someone decides to do something nice for another "just because", that's grace. Some Christians serve the Lord for many years before they die and enter God's heavenly realm. Others live like hell on earth only to give their last remaining few years, months, days, even minutes to the Lord and receive God's kingdom in the same full measure that Jesus' long-time servants receive. This parable is not about how much we do, but that we join the kingdom. Yes, there are rewards that come to us for what we have done as disciples in this life. But ALL believers receiver the same kingdom regardless of when in life they embrace Jesus. Take a listen and be encouraged!

Kingdom Truths from Jesus’ Parables - “Forgiveness Galore!” pt 2

December 21st, 2018

Forgiveness - so highly sought, so grudgingly given! Last week Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry talked about God's Kingdom Truth regarding forgiveness as revealed in the Parable of the Forgiving King. Jay and Larry continue their Friday morning forgiveness discussion with two central questions - How can I forgive others? and What are the roadblocks to forgiveness? Powerful stuff that we pray helps set you free!

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