Category Archives: Discipleship

Peter’s “Mussar” Teaching, Part 1

The wisdom sages said, “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline” (Proverbs 3:11), the Lord’s mussar. And wisdom sages understood that there are many kinds of knowledge. Mussar is a kind of practical knowledge about ourselves and our relationship … Continue reading

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9 Tips from Yeshua in a Bad Economy

We all have August 2 on the brain. I thought some tips from Yeshua that get right to the heart of our own personal struggles in this economy might be encouraging. #1 – “Life is more than food.” And more … Continue reading

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The Way to Have a Message

The discussion this week is about MJ having an intelligent message for promoting Yeshua-faith. It is about the cause of representing hope and faith in the Jewish community and showing that there is a better way to live and know … Continue reading

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Life of Loving Deeds #2

As part of my belief that the life and message of Yeshua is relevant for people today, and that he came to make disciples to join in kingdom work, I am blogging each week on loving deeds. In “Life of … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Kingdom Winners – Yeshua in Context

Last week’s podcast (“Pentitent Disciples”) brought in a lot of email. Many wanted to know more about Rabbi Sack’s book, To Heal a Fractured World, and Scot McKnight’s book, One.Life. This subject, the practical application of the concept of God’s … Continue reading

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Life of Loving Deeds #1

This series is about practical teachings from Jewish and Christian sources for living out the way of love, justice, and goodness. I am particularly interested in texts that correlate to Yeshua’s (Jesus’) teaching for his disciples. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (To … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Penitent Disciples – Yeshua in Context

Love as deed. Hesed (the Hebrew word for loyal love or lovingkindness). If we think about the practical side of Yeshua’s teaching (like the teaching of the Israelite prophets), we see it’s about hesed. And the core of our service … Continue reading

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Rulers vs. Disciples

Just a line from today’s Daily D’var (daily commentary on the Torah portion and gospels portion I send out to an email list). This is part of a comment on Luke 18:15-34: Rulers are like those who “rely on themselves … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Wealth Wisdom – Yeshua in Context

No, not a “personal finance and the Bible” podcast. Although, actually, Luke 16:1-13 does have a lot to say about personal finance (but not like the maximize-your-money sort of teaching we often hear in religious self-help teaching). Neither is the … Continue reading

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"Knowledge" Transcending Knowledge

I’m giving a Skype seminar next Wednesday to a small group in Texas. With the cost of airline travel and gasoline, it only makes sense for a small group to find an alternative. I’m interested to see how it all … Continue reading

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