Thank you for sharing about Emmanuel Messianic Jewish Congregation. I found the information very interesting. I love the way the congregation was able to shake off tradition and make decisions based upon doing the right thing Scripturally.
It sounds like you have had a lot of change in residence and are now settled. I am sure that is a good feeling! Yes, I agree the church is the people. The word Ekklesia http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/ekklesia.html means generally called out assembly. So it doesn’t necessarily matter where the people are gathered. I would encourage you though to try to find some Biblical Christians, whether they call themselves Jewish or not, and worship with them even if they do not follows all of the OT Law and celebrations. I asked you about whether you regarded Paul’s writings because Paul is sometimes called the Apostle to the Gentiles. I was thinking of this passage in Romans 14 http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/romans/14.html .
The reason I encourage you to gather, if you are not and I may have understood wrong, is because of Hebrews 10: 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
I am interested in this statement: “Israel was purchased at an amount significantly higher than market value.” Was the land purchased? I always thought it was a UN Resolution to grant the land.
I am also interested in this: “Sadly, it seems that the promises of the military industrial complex are too good for the Israeli PM's to pass up, and many people are being slaughtered in false flag attacks.” What false flag attacks? You see, I don’t really understand what is going on. I don’t watch the news. I have always understood that they are being attacked and are defending theselves.
I agree: “Ron Paul was right...again. The best way to treat Israel is with respect! Don't tell her what to do, and don't give her any foreign aid. Likewise for the countries surrounding her. We're funding both sides of a war, and it's becoming more and more profitable to them to keep fighting and taking the money. We must stop funding them.” I wonder if people understand we are funding both sides of the war? I didn’t know that. I haven’t been awake very long. I always thought Russia funded one side and the US funded the other side whenever there were skirmishes around the world.
“3) It means I don't consider any part of the Bible to be obsolete or invalid. In other words, I don't see anywhere that said that eating roadkill, marrying your sibling, or cheating your customers is suddenly okay. However, it seems like many practicing Christians consider certain laws of the old testament to be invalid since Jesus came. I must have missed a chapter. (-: Besides, the law is not a curse, it's a gift. Living by the law helps YOU the most.”
I like this: John 13:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it * , Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
• It sounds so easy, and yet it is so hard…Love. John 13:35 KJV
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
I happen to attend a Baptist Church. My husband is the Pastor. There are many different flavors of Baptist because each church is autonomous and self-ruling. There are good and bad. The Bible is the guide.
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