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Another secular year has arrived with the tug of the world, the flesh, and the evil one constantly vying to distract God’s faithful ones away from the leading of the Holy Spirit. Nonetheless, every Believer should recognize the reality of the incessant unseen spiritual war being fought, summarized in this statement written to Believers in Asia Minor by the Apostle Paul:

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

However, if one remains unaware or ignorant or is blinded to the fact that the “ruler of this world” (John 12:31,14:30,16:11) cleverly manipulates people for his nefarious purposes, one can become subject to his snares (1 Timothy 3:7, 6:9; 2 Timothy 2:26). Hopefully this year, as we all continue to mature in our respective walks with the Messiah of Israel, we will not only bear the fruit of the Spirit, but crucify the flesh in order to live and walk by Holy Spirit of God:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Messiah Yeshua have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-25).

With this being said—given the cacophony of the world system distracting the small, still voice of the Spirit—I want to caution one and all. Do not let the diverse array of spiritual and fiscal prognostications that are inundating Messianic and Christian blogs and social media regarding 2015 paralyze you from being about the work of God’s Kingdom! The Adversary would prefer that followers of the Messiah take a passive approach to being engaged in the marketplace of ideas and thought. Do not succumb to his wily ways, but instead, be everything that the Holy One has created you to be until your very last breath!

For me personally, I have been convicted to take up the banner of seeking revival for America through prayer and outreach efforts. As this month’s lead article Revival Required describes, the Holy Spirit has communicated the critical need for the United States to experience a genuine revival in order to forestall the inevitable judgment that begins in the household of God. Hopefully, an increasing number of dedicated followers of Yeshua the Messiah, who are praying for transformation and/or revival, will begin to see some of the fruit that is evidenced by changed hearts. Perhaps the Holy Spirit has convicted you likewise. If so, please join us not only in prayer, but in taking the message of revival and restoration to all who have the ears to hear.

We continue to work on many writing projects that are part of the ongoing Theological Defense Trust library of resources. The Free Book Prison Ministry Fund continues to need your financial support, as well as the general fund to keep us focusing on preparing materials for the broad Messianic community around the world! Thank you for your prayers and ongoing support of our efforts.

“The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).

Blessings and shalom,

Mark Huey

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Not even two weeks of reading for the Messianic Sabbath Helper, and I (JKM) am personally already being challenged with how much I have overlooked regarding the significance of Shabbat! An excellent resource that I recommend perusal of, is The Sabbath by Samuel H. Dresner, widely reflecting a Conservative Jewish approach. In 1970, he made many observations of how American Jews--who had religious, and often financial freedom--were dismissing the joys and separation brought by Shabbat.

Many people in today's Messianic community treat the seventh-day Sabbath as a kind of "Saturday church" more than as a time to rest from labor, focus on God and one's brethren, and enter into something special. Something is lost by not keeping Shabbat and sanctifying the day. (I suspect that even with its limitations, those Christians of yesteryear who kept a strict "Sunday Sabbath" got more out of it, than many Messianics who keep Shabbat.)

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Today, we are featuring the TNN Press resource The New Testament Validates Torah, which was released in paperback and eBook three years ago. This 432-page publication very much functions as my (JKM's) "flagship" book--the one book I recommend people read, to get a feel for how I think and reason through issues. There is still nothing like it in the Messianic world, as it examines, in detail, many Scripture passages from the Apostolic Writings frequently claimed to abolish God's Torah in the post-resurrection era.

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This evening we will be completing our examination of Acts 18:1-18, "Paul's Visit to Corinth." This important background study is only of an abbreviated record by Luke, of how the community of Messiah followers in Corinth became established, with much more to be deduced in 1&2 Corinthians. Yet Acts 18:1-18 does highlight critical events. Of particular significance is the Believers' expulsion from the local synagogue, and establishing a rival assembly right next door to it!

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I (JKM) have effectively just finished the first full week of work on the Messianic Sabbath Helper. I have been mostly reading, as well as coordinating the material that will go into this publication, and various topics and sub-topics that need to be addressed. While this publication will follow a format similar to the preceding Messianic Kosher Helper, there is much less "tension," as it were, with the topic of Sabbath rest. Very few people I have ever encountered, think that a Sabbath-principle is something evil and immoral. Yet, there are many details and viewpoints that need to be catalogued and evaluated.

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During the Chanukah season around a month ago, I (JKM) read, and preceded to comment, on a Hebrew Roots blog that quoted an entry from the Jewish Encyclopedia claiming that Chanukah had pagan origins. One of the sources referenced in the article was from Julius Wellhausen, one of the main formulators of the JEDP documentary hypothesis--which posits that the Torah is not a product of Mosaic origin in the Fifteenth or Thirteenth Century B.C.E., but rather is a compilation of disparate sources following the Babylonian exile in the Sixth Century B.C.E.

I challenged the reference to Wellhausen, as evidence that claiming Chanukah was pagan was founded on liberal scholarship from the late Nineteenth Century. At least one dissenter claimed that if there were not some truth in this, why was it even mentioned. I retorted back with noting how the Jewish Encyclopedia was a liberal resource, widely a product of Reform Jewish scholarship.

This past week I have been conducting some of the first major note-taking for the Messianic Sabbath Helper. Believe it or not: just about all theological dictionaries and encyclopedias have to mention proposals that the seventh-day Sabbath is thought by some to have been adapted by Israel from Canaanite or some other Ancient Near Eastern practice. Did a day of rest from labor, or a day where no action was performed (to appease the gods)--become Shabbat? Some liberals think so. Others, like myself, agree that Shabbat is a memorial of Creation (Genesis 2:2-3) and the Exodus (Exodus 20:8-10a).

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One of the things that today's Messianic movement is suffering from, is that we are in a theological "catch up" mode at the moment. We have emerged into a faith community with a dual mission: seeing Jewish people brought to Messiah faith, and non-Jewish Believers embrace the Jewishness of Jesus and a Torah foundation. Yet, there are many issues, theological and spiritual, facing us. Some of the theological topics for sure--which are discussed in Jewish and Christian scholarship--cannot really be discussed by Messianics today.

We are now in the second half, of the second decade, of the Twenty-First Century. Where will we be in 2020?

posted 15 January, 2015 to Facebook

Why are we going to be spending the better part of a year researching and cataloguing information on the seventh-day Sabbath/Shabbat? This is a topic which for some time has required "the royal treatment." Shabbat is also a topic which many, both Jewish and Christian alike, are totally primed to "get." The need for the people of God to rest as commanded by Scripture, is most imperative. Messianics need to not think  that they are somehow "alone" in their conviction that a Sabbath rest is an important practice to be physically observed every week.

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Today we begin a new Bible study, anticipated to be a year long or so, on Paul's letter of 1 Corinthians. An important part of understanding the background behind the Corinthian correspondence, is seen from Paul's visit to Corinth in Acts 18:1-18. This passage actually records an eighteen-month block of time during Paul's ministry in Corinth, and provides key clues so as to the complexity of the people of the city, the Jewish presence in this city, and some of the issues that will arise in 1 Corinthians.

posted 13 January, 2015 to Facebook

It is ironic, but a huge amount of reading--work--has to go into a publication intended to address rest. These are some of the main resources we will be consulting for Part I of the Messianic Sabbath Helper, "The Significance of Shabbat." In addition to this, are the many encyclopedia entries and articles to be considered--as well as a wide array of distinctly Messianic writings.

Interestingly enough, Part I will take more concentrated effort to see put together--although Part II, "A Theology of Shabbat," will be longer, as it will address various Bible passages from the Tanach and Apostolic Scriptures.

posted 12 January, 2015 to Facebook

The first full week of 2015 was a definite period of getting some critical busywork completed, in preparation for the two major projects I will be coordinating: the Messianic Sabbath Helper and the 1 Corinthians Bible study. A huge amount of prep work goes into these, in terms of reading, research, note taking, and then the actual writing. And, along with these two assignments for 2015, one inevitably has other open files for projects extending into 2016 and beyond.

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I (JKM) want to wish each of you a Happy New Year 2015! We are now half-way through the 2010s, I have been living back in Dallas, TX for a full two years, and I am in my mid-thirties! Much has happened with Outreach Israel and TNN Online in this decade, and we are most enthusiastic and anticipatory as to what the Lord has on the horizon for all of us!

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