Blog http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:03:26 +0000 en-gb Did You Miss Kosherfest? http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/kosherfest-is-here http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/kosherfest-is-here

Did You Miss Kosherfest?

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Blog Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:25:47 +0000
If Madison Can Be the Name of a Pitcher, Why Can’t Jesus be the Name of the Messiah? http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/if-madison-can-be-the-name-of-a-pitcher-why-can-t-jesus-be-the-name-of-the-messiah http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/if-madison-can-be-the-name-of-a-pitcher-why-can-t-jesus-be-the-name-of-the-messiah

If Madison can be the name of a pitcher, why can't Jesus be the name of the Messiah? Check out our World Series blog and leave us your comments.

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Blog Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:12:51 +0000
Juggle at the Circus Not the Office http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/juggle-at-the-circus-not-the-office http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/juggle-at-the-circus-not-the-office

Tired of multitasking? God agrees with you!

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Blog Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:58:43 +0000
The Gospel According to Starbucks (or at least the Starbucks playlist) http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-gospel-according-to-starbucks-or-at-least-the-starbucks-playlist http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-gospel-according-to-starbucks-or-at-least-the-starbucks-playlist

My local Starbucks has recently been playing Paul McCartney’s cover of the Harold Arlen–Johnny Mercer song “Accentuate the Positive.” According to Wikipedia, the song “was published in 1944. It is sung in the style of a sermon, and explains that accentuating the positive is key to happiness.”

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Blog Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:34:54 +0000
A GIANTS FAN PONDERS HIS TEAM'S FATE... http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/a-giants-fan-ponders-his-team-s-fate http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/a-giants-fan-ponders-his-team-s-fate

When injuries downed many of our beloved San Francisco Giants, our super subs came through!

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Blog Fri, 03 Oct 2014 23:14:35 +0000
Atonement of the Highest Order http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/atonement-of-the-highest-order http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/atonement-of-the-highest-order



For Jewish people, the Day of Atonement (which begins this Friday at sundown) is the holiest day of the year.  It is the day when the books are opened in heaven and God determines who gets their name written in the Book of Life and who doesn’t.  It is a day to fast, to contemplate, to pray, to ask forgiveness, to make atonement for wrongs done to others and to God.  But what is atonement?  And how does one get it?

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Blog Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:39:23 +0000
How to Make Yom Kippur Every Day of Your Life http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-to-make-yom-kippur-every-day-of-your-life http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-to-make-yom-kippur-every-day-of-your-life

Looking for a better way to observe Yom Kippur?

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Blog Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:23:36 +0000
Kosher Goes Gourmet http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/kosher-goes-gourmet http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/kosher-goes-gourmet

Kosher Goes Hip for the Holidays

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Blog Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:21:20 +0000
The Jewish New Years —Collect Them All! http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-jewish-new-years-collect-them-all http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-jewish-new-years-collect-them-all

Check out the four Jewish New Years—or maybe even five!

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Blog Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:48:59 +0000
Feeling The Squeeze? http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/feeling-the-squeeze http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/feeling-the-squeeze

Feel the squeeze. But not from God.

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Blog Fri, 05 Sep 2014 03:14:38 +0000
“Hey, Dude, Does that Resonate with You?” http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/does-that-resonate-with-you http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/does-that-resonate-with-you

Hey, Dude, Does that Resonate with You?

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Blog Wed, 03 Sep 2014 22:00:03 +0000
How to Make a Mess of Things http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-to-make-a-mess-of-things http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-to-make-a-mess-of-things

Gap living is not for sissies. It’s for those who have vision.

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Blog Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:29:03 +0000
Movie Review: Wish I Was Here http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/movie-review-wish-i-was-here http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/movie-review-wish-i-was-here

Movie Review: Wish I Was Here, directed by Zach Braff, 2014

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Blog Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:34:04 +0000
Reflections on the death of Robin Williams http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/reflections-on-the-death-of-robin-williams http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/reflections-on-the-death-of-robin-williams

"You sit down to dinner, and life as you know it ends," writes Joan Didion in her book The Year of Magical Thinking.  She captures what feels most punishing and cruel about our existence: that it might end without notice.

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Blog Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:53:18 +0000
So Are We Blood Brothers? http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/so-are-we-blood-brothers http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/so-are-we-blood-brothers

We have this common bond and it sets us apart.

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Blog Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:29:21 +0000
Open Letter to Evangelical Christians from Jews for Jesus http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/open-letter-to-evangelical-christians-from-jews-for-jesus http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/open-letter-to-evangelical-christians-from-jews-for-jesus Now is the time to stand  with Israel

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our hearts are heavy as we watch the images of violence and bloodshed in Israel and Gaza.

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Blog Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:04:35 +0000
A Dronie Is Coming Near Your Face http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/a-dronie-is-coming-near-your-face http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/a-dronie-is-coming-near-your-face

The selfie is dead. Now it's the dronie, also known as the sky selfie.

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Blog Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:55:47 +0000
The (real) wall that divides http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-real-wall-that-divides http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-real-wall-that-divides

Conflicts are inevitable. I don’t know of any one family that doesn’t have them, so how could we expect the absence of conflict between entire people groups?

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Blog Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:02:27 +0000
Gaza and the God of Israel http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/gaza-and-the-god-of-israel http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/gaza-and-the-god-of-israel

Despite the circumstances, God is keeping Israel safe and reversing attempts to destroy her.

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Blog Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:42:22 +0000
How to Be Confident in Sickness and in Health http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-to-be-confident-in-sickness-and-in-health http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-to-be-confident-in-sickness-and-in-health

What is dying like? Only Jesus can tell us.

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Blog Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:03:00 +0000
How the World Cup Teaches Me about Jesus http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-the-world-cup-teaches-me-about-jesus http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/how-the-world-cup-teaches-me-about-jesus

It's in the overtimes of life where you discover if you have what it takes to live with your eyes fixed on the goal and to do it with grace and perseverance.

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Blog Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:08:20 +0000
Heaven: Experiencing It & Sean Trank http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/heaven-experiencing-it-sean-trank http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/heaven-experiencing-it-sean-trank

Two months ago my brother-like friend and co-worker, Sean Trank, asked me to write something about heaven for others to read. In light of his recent passing, I honor his request today.

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Blog Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:30:14 +0000
The Ultimate World Cup! http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-ultimate-world-cup http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/the-ultimate-world-cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup continues! Brazil vs. Columbia! France vs. Germany! Belgium vs. Argentina! They say over 715 MILLION people watched the final match of the 2006 World Cup—and that more people view the World Cup than the Olympics.

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Blog Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:56:17 +0000
Does God Like Social Media? http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/does-god-like-social-media http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/does-god-like-social-media

Face-to-face is the original social media.

Conversations that used to take place over a meal or drinks after work is now happening on Facebook, Skype and Tweets.

Whatever the delivery system, online gurus say it has to have at least these four components to be meaningful:

  1. relevance
  2. practical value
  3. emotion
  4. stories 

But even if all these components are there, I've noticed something - people are hungry for human interaction, not just cyber chats. They want face-to-face. They need to feel connected to others they can see, hear, touch and laugh with.

And no virtual delivery system can produce what a personal encounter can.

God knew that.

God, with all his supernatural abilities, could have designed a mechanism (better than Skype or Zoom) whereby he could communicate with us without leaving heaven to do it.

He could have sent angel messengers.

He could have boomed his voice from heaven.

He could have scared the life out of us with flashes of lightning and peals of thunder.

Instead, he sent his own flesh and blood Son to live among us, suffer alongside us, and die a horrible death and conquer the grave.

Where's the value in that?

God knew the kind of mess we were in - we were dead in our sins and unable to rescue ourselves. So he fixed the problem by sending his Son Yeshua (Jesus) to live a life of perfect obedience to the law of God for us, and then die in our place and rise from the dead in order to pay the price for our sins.

So how is that relevant to me? 

If Jesus hadn't done that, you would have no hope of measuring up to God's standards and being loved by him.

Only Jesus measured up and secured your relationship with God, so when you place your faith in his finished work for you, God fully accepts you as his cherished child.

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Messiah – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Messiah Yeshua." – Ephesians 2: 4-7 ESV

By believing in him, for the first time in your life you have face-to-face communication with God through Jesus.

Now that beats anything you can have online!

Want to plug into the best conversation today?

Visit here: http://www.jewsforjesus.org/how-to-know-god

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Blog Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:43:12 +0000
Enlightenment http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/enlightenment http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/enlightenment

In a way, enlightenment has been a goal or achievement of both the Eastern and Western worldviews for quite some time. In Buddhism, starting with its founder in the fifth century B.C.E., individual enlightenment is a follower's highest goal. "Buddha" means "awakened" or "enlightened one." For the Buddhist, this means freeing oneself from the cycle of rebirth emptying oneself in meditation. The West has also emphasized the individual's role in enlightenment, though in the European intellectual movement of the late 17th and 18th centuries. It weighed reason and individualism as of higher importance than revelation and tradition. Key individuals in the Western enlightenment included 17th-century philosophers such as René Descartes, John Locke, and Isaac Newton. This longing for enlightenment, it could be argued, is an essential component of being human, made in God's image.

A traditional Western text, Genesis, holds great wisdom that is universally applicable, especially here. Genesis includes the story of two individuals who experienced enlightenment. In fact, these were the first two people, the infamous Eve and Adam, the parents of all cultures. They gained great consciousness of themselves, but not through meditation.  It was through their actions. They reasoned against the only tradition around at that time, the one law that God had created for them. They violated that law by deciding to eat from a tree that held tantalizing fruit and promised with its ingestion, insight. Their eyes were opened to the difference between right and wrong. They then realized their stark nakedness and were suddenly ashamed of their vulnerability.

So, had they found what they were looking for? Without realizing it, Adam and Eve activated the catalyst for God's plan of salvation. This plan was to bring a future, divine messiah, whose arrival is subsequently predicted throughout all Hebrew Scripture, starting in Genesis 3. There Eve asks if she might be the mother of this child. Instead, history unfolds, centuries go by and the Jewish people are established and chosen to carry that promise on.

The Bible holds a universal truth about the search for enlightenment. Humans are drawn to it. Ultimately, the box of undesirable consequences that Adam and Eve—not Pandora—flung open, affects each human seeking truth. The Bible, in Genesis and beyond, outlines a narrative in which God is always seeking to be in harmony with creation. It creates a tradition of animal sacrifice and fulfills the need for it forever with God's own death and resurrection on our behalf.

Are you seeking the ultimate enlightenment? It's available now. God desires to give us insight if we fully seek Him.  His presence can fulfill the deepest needs with which we were designed. The illumination provided in Scripture of who He is and how we can know Him is the most crucial truth we can find.

There are many people who have devoted their whole lives to helping other people discover this for themselves. Some of those people are the staff who work for Jews for Jesus.

If you would like to talk to someone now who can help you with this quest for enlightenment, please go to our live chat.

Have general questions about Jews for Jesus?

Check out our about page.

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Blog Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:11:39 +0000