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 […]

Creationism

A Flat Earth?

9 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee discusses the social media phenomenon all over Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and hundreds of memes supporting the idea that Planet Earth is a flat disk. While affirming the verifiable scientific position of Planet Earth as a round sphere, that there would be anyone within the broad Messianic movement or independent Hebrew/Hebraic Roots movement adhering to a Flat Earth–serves as evidence that our understanding of the various positions on Genesis 1-11 is in need of some help. There is a greater diversity of views within our faith community on Genesis 1-11 than many leaders and teachers are willing […]

Apocrypha

Apocrypha

9 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 14 AUGUST, 2006 What is your position concerning the Apocrypha? Protestants do not consider the books of the Apocrypha to be canonical because Jews do not consider them to be canonical. Jews do not consider these books to be canonical because the principal copies we have of them are written in Greek, and not Hebrew, and were an adjunct part of the Septuagint. The Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Anglican traditions, however, do consider these books to be canonical. The principal books of the Apocrypha include: 3 Esdras 4 Esdras Tobit Judith The Additions to Esther Wisdom Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) […]

Apostasy

The Strong Delusion

9 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

by Margaret Huey 01 MARCH, 2004 edited for spelling/grammar; minor theological fine tuning 19 December, 2006 As we approach the End of the Age, many people are being restored back to the Hebraic Roots of the faith. It is exciting to watch as the scales fall off of the eyes of our brethren as they embrace a return to the First Century ways of the early Believers! People are returning to the ancient paths! People are starting to walk the way Yeshua walked! They are honoring the seventh-day Shabbat again: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days […]

Appointed Times

Yom Kippur for Messianic Believers

8 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

The following is a traditional order of service for Yom Kippur, which can serve as a template model for Messianic congregations and fellowships.   Yom Kippur for Messianic Believers is available via in both paperback and eBook for Amazon Kindle

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 […]

Appointed Times

Rosh HaShanah for Messianic Believers

5 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 1

The following is a traditional order of service for Rosh HaShanah, which can serve as a template model for Messianic congregations and fellowships.   Rosh HaShanah for Messianic Believers is available via in both paperback and eBook for Amazon Kindle

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 […]

Appointed Times

Messianic Fall Holiday Helper

4 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

The Fall holiday season of Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot—also including Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah—is a very special, sacred time of year for God’s people. It is considered to be the most holy time of year in Judaism. As such, this season can teach us all important things about the great value of corporate repentance of sin, and an annual inspection of our individual spiritual maturity. We can learn lessons about the Lord’s ongoing plan of salvation history, especially the Second Coming of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and the future establishment of His Millennial Kingdom! The […]

Jewish Evangelism

The Terms We Use

4 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Considering passages such as Philippians 2:3-4; Ephesians 5:21; and 1 Corinthians 9:19-21, Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee asks what it means for people in today’s Messianic movement to consider the place of others, their stories, their experiences, and above all what terms will cause them to stop listening. In Jewish evangelism, terms such as Jesus, Christ, Christian, church, and cross can all cause Jewish people to put up barriers and walls, to listen to the good news of Israel’s Messiah. With an English language of over 150,000 words, how can we learn to be more understanding toward others, so when […]

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 […]

Books & Studies

Kashrut: Kosher for Messianic Believers

3 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

Today’s Messianic community widely believes and advocates that our Heavenly Father is  restoring the significance of kashrut or the kosher dietary laws, chiefly found in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, to all of His people. Messianic Believers, in desiring to see themselves fully consecrated to the Lord, find a great deal of not only blessing but also critical focus, in how the Creator God desires His own to consecrate their eating unto Him. Far too many of not only our Christian comrades, but even Messianic Believers’ Jewish brethren, have not understood how the hallowing of something as seemingly mundane as […]

Eternal Punishment

Annihilationism (eternal punishment)

3 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 23 FEBRUARY, 2010 Do you believe that the condemned suffer eternal torment in the Lake of Fire or are destroyed? We believe that the condemned who do not receive Yeshua the Messiah as their Personal Savior will spend a conscious eternity separated from God. This period will be never-ending and is described all throughout Scripture by a number of descriptions such as separation, outer darkness, torment, banishment, etc. It is possible that Biblical language describing fire and smoke in the Lake of Fire may be figurative, or would only be part of the scenery of the dimension that those […]

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, […]

Kosher

Today’s Believers and Kosher

2 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

In a short video podcast entitled “Should Christians Keep the Dietary Laws?” renowned apologist Michael L. Brown demonstrates a broad pessimism to the Bible’s instructions of clean and unclean, even though he is not against people considering them for reasons such as their diet or health. While the issue of the kosher dietary laws is not one where our faith in Israel’s Messiah rises and falls, there are many Messianic Believers today who affirm their continued validity and relevance for the post-resurrection era. Using Brown’s video podcast as a springboard, Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee considers a number of Bible […]

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