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ORTHODOX JUDAISM

Rev. Dan Bergman   Although the biblical period before the Jewish people returned from Babylonian captivity is linked with “modern Orthodox Judaism,” it differs in many ways from Abraham’s worship of the Creator, Moses’ giving of the Law, and David’s dynamic...

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CONSERVATIVE JUDAISM

Rev. Ken Overby “To be conservative means to ‘conserve’ the Jewish traditions in the Torah and Talmud.” This was the comment of a Conservative rabbi when I asked him to explain his branch of Judaism to me. Only 18% of American Jews follow Conservative Judaism,...

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REFORM JUDAISM

Rev. Mark Robinson Up until the 19th century there was only one form of Judaism - Orthodox Judaism. Certainly there were Jewish people who were atheists and those who claimed to be agnostics. But if one wanted to practice the religion of Judaism it came in only one...

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THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES

Rev. Ken Symes“The term ‘the fullness of the Gentiles’ refers to the present age in which Gentiles predominate  in the church and far exceed Israel in present spiritual blessing... the fullness of the Gentiles will be completed when God’s present task of winning Jew...

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THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES

Rev. Dan Bergman The disciples likely had a sinking feeling in the pit of their stomachs. The Messiah had just prophesied of the Temple’s complete and utter destruction. Things were becoming terribly discouraging. Jesus had already begun to tell them of His coming...

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HISTORY IS HIS STORY

Rev. Mark Robinson “History is His Story” has been an oft-used phrase. For the Bible believing Christian with almost any knowledge of the Bible, there is an instantaneous acknowledgement of this truth. For the humanist, and this would include the secular humanist as...

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MESSIAH AS OUR PASSOVER LAMB

Rev. Dan Bergman          The freshly plucked hyssop branch became heavy, as it soaked up the thick blood from the clay basin. Smelling the pungent copper-like stench of so much blood was difficult to avoid. The air was filled with the cries of children who had just...

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MESSIAH IN THE DAY OF ATONEMENT

by Mark Robinson “Our Rabbis taught: During the last forty years before the destruction of the Temple…the lot [“For the Lord”] did not come up in the right hand; nor did the crimson-coloured strap become white; nor did the western-most light shine; and the doors of...

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MESSIAH IN THE TABERNACLE

Rev. Dan Bergman  "And Let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.”  Exodus 25:8-9      For almost 500 years, this would be the dwelling place...

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MESSIAH AS THE BRIDEGROOM

by Rev. Mark Robinson      With palpable joy, the bridegroom recited the betrothal vow to his prospective bride. “Behold you are consecrated unto me with this ring according to the law of Moses and Israel.” Accompanying this statement would be two benedictions – one...

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WHY DECEMBER 25TH?

By Mark Robinson It has become almost universal in agreement that Jesus was born on December 25th. Children sing about this in their church Christmas plays. Secular media commentators reference this day as Jesus’ birth during the Christmas season. Even the “Jesus is...

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WHEN WAS JESUS BORN?

By Rev. Dan Bergman      There is much in our Christmas culture that makes us find it difficult to imagine any setting for the nativity other than a cold winter’s night. Take the example from the Christmas carol "In the Bleak Midwinter’" which I’ll admit, I really do...

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