Topical Commentary

BUSINESS CONFERENCE © mbbirdy | iStockPhoto.comInformed by Scripture, history, and the languages of the Bible, we share our thoughts on various matters of faith and offer unique perspectives that are sure to be a source of enlightenment and encouragement.  Always grounded in Scripture, we aren't wed to any denominational traditions, so we can find and share the good news!

 

The following is a compilation of thoughts and ideas that I wrestled with early in my walk of faith and especially in my Messianic journey. I have used the New American Standard Version for Scripture quotations. My questions are in blue. All bold, bracketed, or italic emphasis in Scriptural references is my own.

 

Starting with faith in Jesus

In August 1996, shortly after the birth of my daughter, I confessed Jesus as my Lord and Savior for the first time in my life. That day I began a journey and a relationship that will continue until and (I pray) after my death. Initially I did not ask many questions about my Savior, my faith, or my life with Him. I just showed up with joy regarding my salvation and served the congregation where I attended however I was able to do so.

Here is where I started out:

John 3:16

For G-d so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of G-d- not by works, so that no one can boast.

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

dreamstime 7025211b1d 300During a recent reading and discussion of the book of Revelation, this passage in chapter 19 caught everyone's attention:

It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. (Revelation 19:8)

 

Immediately questions arose:

  • What are the righteous acts?
  • Can we do them?
  • Should we do them?

 

The further study of these "righteous acts" reveals some fascinating insights from Scripture...

G-d is a G-d of miracles.
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Every day the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
is opening the eyes of people just like you
to the wonderful things of His Torah.

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Shalom!
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The mission of Psalm11918.org is to honor G-d and serve the body of Messiah as an instrument in the fulfillment of our namesake verse.

In doing so we desire to educate and promote the spiritual growth of our readers by providing insight from Scripture, broadening their faith, and encouraging them in walking out that faith.

We do this through articles, online Bible studies, blogs, and other resources.

May we all join in the prayer of King David from Psalm 119:18:

“Open my eyes that I may behold wonderful things from your Torah”.

 

There has been significant discussion among the Psalm11918.org staff about this specific topic.
Our primary observation at this time:
  • We are not saved by works (Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Timothy 1:9) so there is no requirement to speak the sacred name of G-d for the purpose of salvation.
 
Update 12/09/2010:
The Psalm11918.org ministry is pleased to announce our partnership with Gary Mink in delivering his insightful observations and commentary about the Sacred Name Movement and the use of the Sacred Name of G-d. The Psalm11918.org team has designed and implemented Mr. Mink’s library of information on a new website at www.sacredname.com.
 
We also highly recommend this excellent article offered by Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship in St. Paul, Minnesota.

dreamstime 8495180 300As more and more believers come to recognize Yeshua as the Jewish Messiah, questions arise about how to walk out G-d's Law. First, let us state that we at Psalm11918.org do not have all the answers.

Be cautious of anyone who claims that they do.

This article is only intended to offer the collective thoughts, experiences, and opinions of the Psalm 11918.org team as a guide to individuals who are new to walking out G-d's commandments.

As each of us approaches the Torah with a unique background, experience, maturity level, personality, and relationship with G-d so we also each walk out our faith according to the commandments in different ways and at different speeds.

In other words, your mileage may vary. :)

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ראה (Re'eh)

 

 

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Yom Shishi, 24 Av, 5780

Friday, August 14, 2020

 

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