Judeo-Christian Devotionals

Judeo-Christian devotionals are seasonal devotionals oriented around the Appointed Times. What is the true Biblical basis of Lent and Pentecost as traditionally celebrated in the church? What do the fall feasts of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur have to teach us about Yeshua's second coming? What is the true purpose of Advent, and what lessons can we glean from a Christian celebration of Hanukkah? These are a few of the questions addressed in these devotionals.

Lenten

March 2, 2015

Part 1: Intro

Lent is not about giving up cake and cookies, but about giving up the sins that keep us from walking in newness of life.

March 4, 2015

Part 2: Transfer of Ownership

As we prepare during this time of Lent, we must understand what we are preparing for, and it's not the Easter bunny and chocolate eggs. What we are actually preparing for is the second coming of Yeshua (Jesus).

March 11, 2015

Part 3: Giving Up

As we saw in part two of our Lenten devotional, it is not about giving up cake or cookies for Lent that prepares us, but the giving up of sin. It's about death to self, the flesh, and life in the Spirit.

March 18, 2015

Part 4: Crucify the Flesh

As we prepare for the season of the crucifixion, let us consider what it's all about: "The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua our Lord."

March 25, 2015

Part 5: A Difficult Statement

Yeshua (Jesus) is the Word made flesh; in other words, we must eat, as it were, the Word of God. We must allow the Word of God to change us and transform us into His likeness.

April 1, 2015

Part 6: As the Prophets Foretold

Many believers today do not totally understand that the prophets prophesied about the sufferings of Yeshua (Jesus). Many believe that the Jews crucified our Messiah, and so they have had ill feelings toward them, calling them Christ killers, when in fact it was not them, but it was God's plan from the beginning.

Pentecost Countdown

April 8, 2015

Part 1: Road to Emmaus

Because the drama of the crucifixion and the resurrection is over, we think that nothing else is important for us to know regarding the Scriptures, but Yeshua had a lot to say to His disciples before He left them, and we are going to take a closer look. Today we want to look at the road to Emmaus.

April 8, 2015

Part 2: Peace Be With You

Because the drama of the crucifixion and the resurrection is over, we think that nothing else is important for us to know regarding the Scriptures, but Yeshua had a lot to say to His disciples before he left them, and we are going to take a closer look. Today we want to look at the road to Emmaus.

April 22, 2015

Part 3: Come and Eat

As we countdown to Pentecost we want to look once again at one of Yeshua's (Jesus') appearances after His resurrection. How excited they all were to see and hear from the Messiah! Can you say the same thing about yourself? Would you stop what you are doing and run to the Master?

April 29, 2015

Part 4: Do You Love Me?

This week we want to continue our story from last week. The disciples and Yeshua (Jesus) are having breakfast by the seashore. We want to start now at John 21:15 where Yeshua turns to Peter to confront him about his loyalty as a disciple. So now Yeshua asks Peter, "Do you love Me more than these?"

May 6, 2015

Part 5: The Great Commission

We have looked at the various times at which Yeshua (Jesus) revealed Himself to His apostles but today, as we continue our countdown to Pentecost, we want to look at what the church calls the Great Commission or our Great Commission.

May 13, 2015

Part 6: The Ascension

We have been counting down to Pentecost from Resurrection day and now we have reached the 40th day, the day of the Ascension. Very little is said about this day, maybe because Yeshua had accomplished all that He was going to, and all that was left was His leaving. But we find that the disciples had one very important question to ask Him.

May 20, 2015

Part 7: Pentecost is Here!

From two days after the crucifixion (Passover, which is the day of the resurrection) till now (the 50th day, Pentecost), we have been counting the Omer. Because of the counting of the Omer, these two feast days (Passover and Pentecost) are linked together. The Passover season is now ended. We began with the death and resurrection of Yeshua our Passover Lamb and we end with the giving of the Holy Spirit. So what is the connection between the two feast days?

Second Coming Reflections

August 12, 2015

Part 1: Blow the Trumpet

Fall is the time when we celebrate the birth of the earth on the feast day of Rosh HaShanah, September 14th, also called the Feast of Trumpets.If you look at the creation account you will see that it says that it was evening then it was morning. The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar, God's calendar from creation. By this God set up His Appointed Times like the Spring feasts and the Fall feasts and everything that God does He does during these Appointed times.

August 25, 2015

Part 2: The Kingdom of God

We saw last month that Yeshua is coming back and He will rule and reign for 1,000 years. This time will be called the Messianic Age, the time of the kingdom. Let's go through Scripture and see all that Yeshua (Jesus) has to say about His kingdom to get a better understanding of what it is and what we need to do to enter into it.

September 8, 2015

Part 3: Parables of the Kingdom

Yeshua (Jesus) spoke a lot about the Kingdom of God. Many of His teachings were done in the style of parables. These parables about the kingdom are what we are going to look at today.

September 22, 2015

Part 4: Signs of His Coming

The Bible tells us a lot about Yeshua's (Jesus's) second coming, not only by the prophets but also by Yeshua (Jesus) Himself and His apostles. We want to look at a few of these Scriptures.

Advent

November 29, 2015

Part 1: What Are We Waiting For?

This is the season of Advent. We know that this time is not for us to do our holiday shopping or for decorating our homes or trees. Those have nothing to do with Yeshua's birthday or His first advent. Let's start by looking at the traditional song which is sung when the Advent candles are lit each week.

December 6, 2015

Part 2: The Christian Celebration of Hanukkah

You may say to yourself, "I have never heard of the Christian celebration of Hanukkah." Yeshua (Jesus) celebrated Hanukkah. We see this in John 10:22-24. Why is this significant?

December 13, 2015

Part 3: He is Coming!

Yeshua (Jesus) rebukes the Pharisees and Sadducees for not recognizing the signs of the time. This is why it is important to know what the Bible says and what Yeshua tells us we should be looking for. Let's take a closer look.

December 20, 2015

Part 4: Time to Light the Lamps!

We have seen that Advent began as a time of fasting and preparation not for Yeshua's (Jesus's) first coming, but for His second coming. So how do we prepare?