Life in the Light

The Prayer Paradigm

the prayer paradigm W hat does prayer mean to you? Is it something you do when you're in trouble and have run out of ideas to fix the problem? Do you pray when you want a new job, a new house, or a parking space closer to the mall? Many people seem to look at God as...

Is God Your True North?

How do you know when you're on the right path? Lots of scriptures tell us to follow God's ways. But are we sure we're walking in the Light? When Luke set out to write his gospel to the "most excellent Theopolis," he used his exacting skills as a physician to write an...

The Truth About Faith: A Messianic Perspective

When you think of faith, what comes to mind? Is it a religion ("my faith"), a friend who is always there, or a belief in something, perhaps God? The Hebrew word for “faith” is emunah, pronounced eh•moo•NAH. (Most Hebrew words are accented on the last syllable, as you...

What is Love? A Messianic Perspective

Have you ever wondered what the word love really means? In Hebrew, the word we translate love is a•ha•VAH (אהבה). Interestingly, it is both a verb and a noun, exactly like in English. The root of the word is a-HAV (אהב), which means give. In most of the...

Offerings to God: A Messianic Perspective

For premillennialists (those who believe that Jesus will have an earthly reign after the rapture of the church), it's difficult to understand why there would be animal sacrifices during the millennial reign. After all, Hebrews 10 makes it very clear that God does not...

The King is in the Field

Complete Jewish Bible Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) 5:9 says: "But the greatest advantage to the country is when the king makes himself a servant to the land." A Paradox: Holiness among the common. Elul is the 12th month of the Jewish year, a period of paradox just before...

10 Ways to Appreciate Your Husband

  When was the last time you said that you appreciate your husband? I don’t mean things like saying “I love you.” You may be doing that all day, every day, or you may wait for special occasions to utter the L word. Lea Rose Emery, in writing for Bustle.com, says it...

Taming Dragons: The Crisis of Compromise Part 2

Continued from last week. So far, I’ve used objects that have no volition of their own. Obviously, neither a flame nor a sheet of paper has the ability to want companionship. Nor do bacteria have a conscious desire to do us harm. However, the enemies of our souls—led...

Doesn’t God Want Me to be Happy?

Sometimes we question whether or not God wants us to be happy. If He does, why does He limit our pleasure? How can we tell what is true and when we are believing lies?

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