Dec 042016


The writer of the beloved Christian hymn, AMAZING GRACE, was John Newton. The original title was FAITH’S REVIEW AND EXPECTATION, published in 1779.

Newton led a difficult life as captain of slave ships before his conversion to Christianity in the 1750’s.

The title ascribed to the hymn, “1 Chronicles 17:16–17”, refers to David’s reaction to the prophet Nathan telling him that God intends to maintain his family line forever. Some Christians interpret this as a prediction that Jesus Christ, as a descendant of David, was promised by God as the salvation for all people.

Newton became acutely aware of four things taught in the Bible:

(1) I must realize that in my present condition I am a sinner before God.

“All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).

(2) I cannot save myself from eternal punishment in hell.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

“As it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

(3) Christ has paid for my sins and my punishment with His death on the cross.

“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life”
(John 3:16).

(4) I must accept His crucifixion as payment for my sins, personally.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

“But as many as received Him (Christ), to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).

Click on the blue headline link at top to read about the Scripture messages behind the lyrics of “Amazing Grace”.


Dec 012016


JPost: “Congressmen from both parties are issuing support for direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians and urging the Obama administration to refrain from taking action at the United Nations over the decades-old conflict.

A “sense of” resolution adopted by the House of Representatives on Tuesday night put a majority of members on record in favor of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that lead “to a sustainable two-state solution,” and against efforts at the UN Security Council that would “impose a solution” on the parties.”

Opinion: This is wrong on so many levels.

solutionFirst: The two-state solution that has Israel giving up the West Bank (Judea, Samaria), Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, and a Jew-free corridor connecting Judea with Gaza, would cut the tiny nation in half making it indefensible from attack and forever putting away the prophesied Third Temple.

Second: Whatever Obama does at the UN can be undone by incoming president Donald Trump who along with his party have removed the two-state solution from their platform.

Third: The land of Israel is God’s land (Joel 3:1-2) and the only people that are supposed to inhabit that land are Abraham and his descendants after him (Genesis 17:7-8).

Any move by Obama to join the French peace plan “Two States For Two Peoples” will further obliterate what is left of his legacy.

Nov 272016


The Midrash says, “If Torah had been given in the land of Israel, Israel might have said to the nations of the world: ‘you have no share in it.’ Therefore the Torah was given in the wilderness, ie., in public for all to see; and everyone who wishes to receive it let him come and receive it” [Mekhilta]


“There is a good deal of confusion in our minds when we read on the one hand in Romans 6:14, “You are no longer under law but under grace,” but on the other hand in Romans 3:31, “Do we then overthrow the law by faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.”

Jesus said in Luke 24:44, “These are my words which I spoke to you . . . that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” … Many in Israel twisted the Mosaic law into legalism. That is, they severed it from its foundation of faith, failed to stress dependence on the Spirit, and thus turned the commandments into a job description for how to earn the wages of salvation.

That is legalism. But there is no Greek word for legalism, so when Paul wanted to refer to this distortion of the Mosaic law, he often used the phrase, “works of law” (e.g., Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16, 3:2, 5)… sometimes he simply used the word “law,” as when he said, “You are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:14).

This does not mean: you don’t have to keep the law. It means you are not burdened by it as a job description of how to earn the wages of salvation.”  (John Piper)

For we know that salvation is only through faith in Jesus Christ and not in works of any law (John 6:29).


Click on the blue headline link at top to read a beautiful commentary on the giving of the Law to Moses.


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