Christology

Alef-Tav, Yeshua as the

26 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 20 SEPTEMBER, 2011 In what way is Yeshua the Messiah the Alef and the Tav? Some interesting teachings circulate around the Messianic movement about the first and last Hebrew letters, and their association with Yeshua. For a great number of Messianic people, Yeshua the Messiah being associated as the Alef and the Tav, is no different than how Christians see Jesus Christ as the Alpha and the Omega. The first and last Hebrew letters are alef and tav, just as the first and last Greek letters are alpha and ōmĕga. In a publication like the Hebrew Names Version of […]

Afterlife

Afterlife, negates significance of death

26 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 Is it not true that an afterlife in Heaven before the resurrection, would subtract from the significance of death? Psychopannychists or “soul sleep” advocates claim that the power of death is something that is entirely physical. If Believers live a life on Earth, and then in the process of dying go to Heaven to be with the Lord before the resurrection, it is claimed that “death” really has no significance. This is an incorrect assumption about the significance of death—because even if survivors of a deceased person might believe that a loved one is in the […]

Christology

Answering the “Frequently Avoided Questions” About the Divinity of Yeshua

20 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 August, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues answering the claims of the anti-Divinity Messianics Anyone who has surveyed the Messianic movement—whether it be Messianic Judaism, the One Law/One Torah sub-movement, or Two-House sub-movement—knows that it is very broad and diverse. There is a broad array of theologies and opinions evident in the Messianic movement, just as in Christianity or Judaism. There are those who are theologically conservative, and those who are theologically liberal. There are those who believe that God has the ultimate control over their lives, and those who believe that they can determine their own […]

Divine Name

Sacred Name Concerns

16 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

revised edition originally posted 03 February, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues How many of you have been in a Messianic religious setting as of late where you have heard someone use the words God, or Lord, or even Jesus Christ—and then someone gets up and publicly chastises the person? How many of you have been told that if you do not use Hebraic names and terms for the Father and the Son that your prayers will neither be heard nor answered? How many of you have seen people forget the love and compassion of our Savior, and whose faith […]

Christology

Answering the “Frequently Avoided Questions” About the Messiahship of Yeshua

28 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 16 October, 2007 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues answering the claims of the anti-missionary movement The Messianic community of faith presently finds itself at a very serious crossroads, not just a crossroads in determining its long term purpose and where it is going to be in the next few decades, but most seriously in its theology and how we are to approach the Bible. The enemy desperately wants us to get off course and away from the mission of seeing the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel accomplished (Acts 1:6). He wants us to not be a movement […]

Nature of God, Salvation, and Human Destiny

Nature of God, Salvation, and Human Destiny

27 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Another One Bites the Dust J.K. McKee posted 19 May, 2008 Answering the “Frequently Avoided Questions” About the Divinity of Yeshua  J.K. McKee originally posted 01 August, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues Answering the “Frequently Avoided Questions” About the Messiahship of Yeshua J.K. McKee originally posted 16 October, 2007 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues The Assurance of Our Salvation J.K. McKee originally posted 01 March, 2004 reproduced from Introduction to Things Messianic The Breath of Life J.K. McKee posted 02 June, 2009 The Certainty of the Resurrection planned The Christ Who Makes Men Whole Bishop Marvin A. Franklin radio […]

Nature of God, Salvation, and Human Destiny

The Work of the Holy Spirit: Perfection of the Mind

19 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 September, 2006 reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper delivered live at Shavuot 2006, Orlando In my first teaching, which dealt with the perfection of the heart (Chapter 17), I began to speak about our need to have the center of our beings transformed into the character of our Messiah Yeshua. A transformed heart brings forth love, compassion, and mercy toward others, and is concerned about the salvation of the world. When we as individuals experience salvation we are to have a heart that orients itself toward God, and then every other aspect of our being begins to […]

Nature of God, Salvation, and Human Destiny

The Work of the Holy Spirit: Perfection of the Heart

18 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 August, 2006 reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper delivered live at Shavuot 2006, Orlando In the past year-and-a-half (2004-2006), more or less, the emerging Messianic movement has experienced some major upheavals. This is to be expected in any reforming movement, as the history of our faith has demonstrated that when lost theological ideas or forgotten concepts of how we are to relate to God are restored, certain people will “run with it” to promote themselves or a particular agenda. Consider all of the various groups that arose out of the Radical Reformation in the late Sixteenth Century […]

Death

Why Hell Must Be Eternal

17 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 July, 2011 reproduced from Why Hell Must Be Eternal The topic of eternal punishment is one of the most unpleasant and least desirable that any Bible teacher will ever have to discuss. I myself get no sense of enthusiasm, excitement, anticipation—and certainly no joy—out of the requirement that any discussion on death, the afterlife, and human destiny requires an analysis of what happens to the unredeemed. This is something that simply has to be addressed, and one which the author of Hebrews actually considers to be elementary to people of faith (Hebrews 6:2). To only address the positive […]

Nature of God, Salvation, and Human Destiny

What Is Salvation?

16 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 01 MARCH, 2004 Of all the doctrines and teachings of our faith, one remains the most critical: the doctrine of salvation. If a person does not get this right, then he or she has no chance of being in God’s Kingdom. The written Word of God is clear that a person who does not come to faith in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), repent of his or her sins, and is spiritually regenerated will suffer the reality of eternal punishment. We will examine the critical areas of the salvation message, some of which are avoided, knowingly or unknowingly, by […]

Christology

What Does the Shema Really Mean?

12 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 3

originally posted 12 April, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues Shema Yisrael, ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad The Shema of Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!” represents for all Bible readers the most ancient creedal statement of belief. The Shema is repeated in the daily, traditional prayers of Judaism as found in the siddur, and it is certainly a major feature of synagogue worship on the Sabbath. Even in much of Christianity, the words of the Shema are repeated in prayer, song, and worship, as the primacy of the Supreme God over Creation is […]

Afterlife

To Those Who Have Gone Before Us

11 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 01 SEPTEMBER, 2007 The month of August is never an easy time for people in ministry. Statistically speaking, this is the time when the least number of people attend church or synagogue. It’s hot outside, and you wonder when things are going to cool down. Tithing and donations are down, and finances can be tighter than usual. Sometimes, you wonder if the faithful have abandoned their support of your efforts and whether or not you are appreciated. On top of all of this, the month of August since 1992 has been a very hard time for the McKee family, […]

Afterlife

To Be Absent From the Body

10 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 March, 2009 reproduced from To Be Absent From the Body Death is one of the most difficult topics that any human being ever has to deal with. None of us likes dealing with the death of a family member, a close friend, or even people we do not know but still admire. Many people regularly visit the gravesite of a loved one, whereas others have their remains cremated and scattered into the wind. Even if you do not regularly visit a cemetery where your loved one may be buried, thoughts and memories of the deceased will undoubtedly still […]

Nature of God, Salvation, and Human Destiny

Romans 1:18-25: Is Salvation Only Available for those who Profess Faith in Yeshua?

8 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 08 July, 2008 reproduced from Romans for the Practical Messianic Most Believers, be they Christian or Messianic, widely make the assertion that in order to be redeemed one must profess an open faith in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), but questions inevitably arise when one considers the destiny of those who have not heard the gospel. While we often divide the world into two camps: the saved and unsaved, is this a completely valid way of looking at things? What about people who do not hear the gospel not because they reject it or refuse to listen to […]

Afterlife

The Meaning of the Resurrection

5 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

by Kimball McKee sermon delivered 28 April, 1991 Sermon Delivered to CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH April 28, 1991 Order of Worship Call to Worship: Read Psalm 103:1-5 Scripture Readings: Job 19:23-26; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 11:25-26 Pastoral Prayer: Ephesians 1:18-34; 3:14-19 Sermon: The Meaning of the Resurrection Benediction: Jude 24-25 These last few weeks since Easter, Bill (Hughes) has been teaching you on the benefits of the New Covenant. We read as our Call to Worship this morning from Psalm 103—a Psalm of David—of some of the benefits of a relationship with God. Listing those, they are: He pardons all […]

Nature of God, Salvation, and Human Destiny

The Freewill of Humans

4 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 06 NOVEMBER, 2008 reproduced from the McHuey Blog This week the eyes of the world are upon the United States of America. The 2008 presidential election was fought long and hard, with some significant ups and downs, most notably the recent financial crisis. On the one side we had a candidate who had served his country faithfully since the age of 17, commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy, taken as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, representing Arizona as a senator, and now having been defeated in two presidential bids. On the other side we had […]

Nature of God, Salvation, and Human Destiny

Humanity as Our Business

3 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 30 JULY, 2008 reproduced from the McHuey Blog Very late on Sunday night I returned from a 10 day holiday to the United Kingdom. Ever since I was a small child, London has been a city I have always wanted to see, and so for the past year I had been planning an excursion to not only see this wonderful place, but to celebrate my (almost) completed master’s degree (one more class!). Our group of four travelers was able to see many of the great tourist destinations, and much more. I come back home to America rested and refreshed, […]

Christology

The Johannine Prologue: John 1:1-18

2 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

This entry has been reproduced from the forthcoming book Salvation on the Line: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. […]

Christology

The Faithfulness of Yeshua the Messiah

1 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 07 July, 2009 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah New things are being proposed in today’s contemporary Bible scholarship, and they are opening some unique doors to the developing theology and spirituality of our maturing Messianic movement. One such phenomenon is the proposal that when “works of law” (Grk. ergōn nomou) is referred to in the Pauline Epistles (Galatians 2:16; 3:2, 5, 10; Romans 3:20, 28), it is not speaking about “observing the law” (NIV) as such, but more specifically about the halachah of an ancient sect of Judaism (cf. 4QMMT). This has enabled us to see that […]

Marvin Franklin

The Christ Who Makes Men Whole

31 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

by Bishop Marvin A. Franklin radio address delivered 30 May, 1948 “Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?” John 5:6 The increasing need in our nation for the services of the psychiatrist is an alarming fact facing us today. It reveals a lack of wholeness in personality and the presence of a sense of failure and frustration. Vast confusion abounds in human lives. Eyes are blinded, emotions are seared, and men grope in their darkened world like lost children “crying for the light, with no language but a cry.” We recall that in our college days an erudite guest-speaker would tell us […]

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