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Experience the Kingdom of Heaven Today!

In our January newsletter, Did Jesus Promote Violence or Shalom, we learned that Yeshua, aka Jesus, taught that the requirement for entering the Kingdom of Heaven was this -- do acts of tzedaqah in the normal course of life today.
Almost everything Jesus taught was linked to teaching people how to do acts of tzedaqah. He made it clear that this was what God had anointed him to do – his mission as “the Christ” was to do and teach people how to do acts of tzedaqah. And, he taught that those who did tzedaqah, as part of the normal course of life, will enter into eternal life.
So, what is tzedaqah? Every “follower of Yeshua” knew the answer to that question by heart. But today, most “believers in Jesus” have never heard the question, much less know the answer. How could they, because the word tzedaqah doesn’t appear in English translations of their Bibles. The word they see is “righteousness,” and most people don’t actually know what that word means either.
Many of the teachings of Jesus …

Be the Kingdom of Heaven Today!

If you had been a follower of Yeshua, aka Jesus, what would he have told you to do? The answer is found in his announcement about being the “Anointed One” – the Christ. This happened at his hometown synagogue at Nazareth when he was called to read a section from Isaiah (Luke 4:16-21). He read the following (Isaiah 61:1-2a):
“The Spirit of Yahweh is upon me, for he has anointed me to proclaim the good news to the poor; He has sent me to has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
When he finished, he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. All of the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him. And then he said:
Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your ears.”
Imagine what the people looking at him thought when they heard Yeshua, someone many had known all of his life, declare that he is the Anointed One prophesied by Isaiah. And then when they …

Rediscovering the Power of Yeshua's Prayer

In the Jewish culture of Yeshua a primary purpose of prayer was educational, unlike prayer in the American culture which is mostly petitionary – asking God to do something or for something. Yeshua taught this prayer to his disciples as a way for them to remember the lessons about living in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth that he taught. This prayer empowers us to take actions to make the words of the prayer realities in our lives. Click on this link and rediscover Yeshua’s Prayer –

Did Jesus Promote Violence or Shalom?

From the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
The English translation of the verse above has influenced Christian theologies and Western cultures for centuries. Some Christians have used it to promote violence as part of their mission. You can even find graphics of Jesus in military gear with an AK-47 urging people to use violence and force in Google searches. But for most Christians, the thought of Jesus promoting violence simply feels wrong. However, some of them also believe the English words of their Bible are the inerrant and infallible word of God -- God said it so that means it is true! It’s a crazy religious matrix that we live in. So, did Jesus actually say those words? Read the complete blog by clicking here.

Anchoring Beliefs to the Real World Instead of Just Arguing About Them

Beliefs are memes and memes only exist in the neural networks of brains. When people talk about their beliefs, they often do it as if their beliefs are facts that anyone can see. Facts are things that can be sensory perceived by anyone.
● The Statue of Liberty and the Rocky Mountains exist. That’s a fact. They can be sensory perceived (seen, felt, smelled, tasted) by a group of people with very different belief systems.
● The Trinity and Original Sin are beliefs. They cannot be sensory perceived (seen, felt, smelled, tasted, heard). They are not real for people with different belief systems.
In order to view beliefs in the evolutionary contexts required to evaluate them, we must anchor them to the world outside the brain. Read the complete blog at --

Unleashing the Power of Yeshua’s Key Words - Tzedaqah

TZEDAQAH is the transliteration of the Hebrew word above; ZAH-DAKH-AH is how it sounds. It is one of the most important words Yeshua taught. Yeshua said:
1. Those who do tzedaqah will enter eternal life.
2. Unless your acts of tzedaqah are greater than the scribes and Pharisees you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
3. You love and serve God by doing tzedaqah.
4. Those who pursue opportunities to do tzedaqah are blessed.
5. People that do tzedaqah will let their light shine before people and glorify God.
6. Doing acts of tzedaqah will lay up treasures in Heaven.
What does tzedaqah mean? For Yeshua and many Jewish teachers of his time period, the answer to that question was found in many places in their Scriptures from the first chapter of Genesis to the last book. The Scriptures provide us with an important key to understanding tzedaqah -- view God’s relationship with mankind as that of “a shepherd to a flock of sheep.” Think about how shepherds must continually pay close attention to the…