In the days leading up to the close of 2016, I was diligently seeking and entreating the Lord for an answer about how I was to proceed in 2017—and particularly proceed with the newfound time that has been granted to us as Messianic people, via the results of the U.S. presidential election. The answer that I received to my prayers was very clear, but for me personally, also was quite heavy: You need to approach ministry as philanthropy, and you need to live your life as one giant tithe.
One of the direct words of Yeshua to His Disciples was indeed, “Freely you received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). While there are legitimate expenses that need to be taken care of in ministry and for one’s life (Matthew 6:25-33), the Lord hardly sent out His Disciples into the Mediterranean to establish hippodromes akin to some of the mega-churches that we see today. Ministry takes places as the spiritual and mental needs of men and women are answered, as the various situations present themselves—and those called to full time service decisively contribute to the objectives of the Kingdom! In my case, God has granted me significant gifts as they involve researching the issues of the day, and providing Messianic people with answers to some of their significant questions.
Today in 2017, these answers need to be “freely” provided—definitely provided “freely” in the sense that they are readily available, upon point of need. For many, having such answers available might very well be a matter of continuing in Messiah faith, or denying Him. As I have noticed throughout my social media interactions of 2016, there is a great deal of information floating around the Internet via the label of “Messianic” or “Hebrew Roots,” which is going to do far more to confuse people than provide a fair resolution to legitimate questions and inquiries. Sitting on the sidelines is not going to do anything, if those who have a better approach just passively wait for people to visit their website. So, after a year in 2016 of getting my “feet wet” with some of the social media tools available to me via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest—and having redesigned websites compatible with all mobile devices—what is my “vision” for the future?
In no uncertain terms, I want the Messianic Apologetics website to be a massive online depository of information and teaching, addressing the theological and spiritual issues of the broad Messianic movement. I want every written article to have an associated audio or video teaching to be accessible with it. I want to be able to offer at least one new audio or video podcast for every four out of the seven days of the week. When people see a teaching from a sensationalist in an online venue such as YouTube, I want a Messianic Apologetics podcast to be listed right alongside it. I want a completely free and open voice to speak about the issues which matter to today’s Messianic people, no matter how inconvenient they may be to the establishment, or how frequently we have dismissed them. But most importantly, given the fragility of many in today’s Messianic world of ideas—I want to be a significant, stabilizing influence, as we enter into this final stretch of history before the Messiah’s return, with the 2020s soon on our doorstep.
Thank you for joining with us in these endeavors. Your support—be it simply following us on social media, receiving our e-mails, but most especially joining with us in your regular offerings and donations—is really going a long way!
Until next month…