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Exodus 23:13 Decoded

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Have you ever heard anyone say that you are breaking Exodus 23:13 if you say, “God,” “Lord,” “Jesus,” etc.? Is that true? Are they right?

“Pay attention to all that I have said to you, and make no mention of the names of other gods, nor let it be heard on your lips.” – Exodus 23:13

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Jewish “Stuff”

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When presented with the Appointed Times (special days, holidays, etc.) outlines in Scripture there is an often repeated response that many seem to instinctively give.  It usually sounds a little something like this; “Those are Jewish holidays!” (Or, “That’s just for the Jews,” etc.).  The reason, we believe based upon experience, that response is so common is because that is what they’ve been told. Anyone who hears something over and over again will believe it if it is not challenged or critically thought over (and even then it can be rejected even if shown to be false if acceptance of it would upset their world view too much).   Perhaps you hold to this view.  Perhaps that is what you’ve always been told.

BUT did you know that THREE TIMES in one chapter (Leviticus 23) God Himself says that they are HIS Appointed Times? It’s true!

Leviticus 23:2 – These are the appointed feasts of the LORD….they are MY Appointed Feasts
Leviticus 23:4 – These are the appointed feasts of the LORD
Leviticus 23:37 – These are the appointed feasts of the LORD

The question now is this; Whose Word will you take for it?

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Eight Levels of Giving

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Tzedekah is the Hebrew word for acts that are referred to as “charity.” Giving aid, assistance, and money to the poor and needy and to other worthy causes are examples of tzedekah.
However, when we give, we don’t do so simply to be generous and altruistic. We do so because it is an act of righteousness and justice. Something that as followers of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and Messiah Yeshua, we are beholden to do!

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Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands – The Consequences of Fear

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I’ve always been a little bit uncomfortable when I’ve heard others teach on the story of Avram and Sarai’s (i.e. Abraham & Sarah) journey to Egypt. Specifically I am referring to how Avram is characterized for ‘lying’ to the Egyptians, stating that Sarai is his sister and not his wife. (See Genesis 12). The reason is that Avram is the ‘father of our faith’ and noted for his faith in the ‘Faith Hall of Fame’ of Hebrews 11.

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Reflections from Passover

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Did you celebrate Passover recently?  If so, we have two questions for you that came to mind as we were gathered together for the community Seder we at Coastlands Congregation of Messiah participated in together.

1. Did you celebrate Passover in order to earn your salvation?
2. Did you feel as if you were in bondage while participating in the Seder?

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Coastlands Radio Interview

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On April 13th, 2016 Nathan Mancuso, Congregational Leader of Coastlands Congregation of Messiah, was invited to participate in a radio interview along with his good friend Stan Randall, the genius behind Torah Puppets, on the Hebrew Nation Morning Show on Hebrew Nation Radio (HNR). The interview took place after the Gather the Scattered 2016 conference hosted by Coastlands with the purpose speaking to how it went. Torah Puppets played an integral role in the conference as they ministered to over 40 children for two days and made their time there memorable.

A Shadow of Things to Come

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Colossians 2:16-17 (ESV) “Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.”

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