We have discussed the origin of Hanukkah previously (See devotional # 22 in the Holiday Devotional playlist). But with that background, we discuss WHY Hanukkah in 2023 will hold special meaning.
It is not uncommon in our churches to find people judging one another. We sometimes call things sins that are not sins because they might go against our "Christian" standard but not God's. We need to be very careful that we do not judge others and condemn them as "sinners" for then we are placing ourselves as equal to God.
Daniel was given a vision of things that were hard for him to comprehend. It was regarding his people and trouble they would face yet. He did not want to hear that. He would rather have heard that his people repented and could be blessed by the Lord.
1:13 - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow says Orthodox believers can atone for their sins in literal wartime battle (in this case such as the Russo-Ukrainian War).
3:08 - By What Standard? Is the Eastern Orthodox Church just as infallible as the Holy Scriptures are? Not according to Mark 7:5-7, " 5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?"
6 He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
'This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 7 And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'" Eastern Orthodoxy exalts traditions of men over the Holy Scriptures. We should believe in Scripture above Church Tradition and Church Councils. Only Scripture is inspired (2 Tim. 3:16). Tradition is never said to be inspired, and church councils are filled with people who have made mistakes (Matthew 15:1-14).
17:11 - The Triumph of Heterodoxy - In both Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, the veneration of icons and images is an important part of faith and practice. Members of both faiths honor portraits of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and many saints and angels whom they believe are worthy of high honor and reverential respect. They pray to these figures through their images, requesting their intercession before God, and they bow before the images, light candles to them, and offer them incense. Such practices are not called "worship" by those who are performing them and are distinguished from a unique level of adoration due only to God.
Greetings and welcome! This is our daily devotional for October 30, 2023. Today we continue our study in the Book of Acts in chapter 16 with Paul meeting Timothy and showing what it means to sacrifice freedom for unity and the cause of Christ. Thanks for joining us!
Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a completely sinless life, and then was accused and crucified, and yet though His own falsely accused Him the Judge in this case said he seen no fault in this man. Jesus is God in the flesh, and created all the universe and yet came to live like a normal man and yet sinless. So He could be crucified and pay our sin debt. Jesus is our advocate before the Father.
The questions of where have we come from and where are we going are questions that immeasurable ink has been spilled. These are two of the crucial questions in life and it is to these two questions that Jesus speaks in this portion of John 7. We need to understand Jesus' origin and destination for in understanding His, we understand our own!
This Week on "The Friends of Israel Today" Radio:
Of all the people in the world, the apostle Paul said, the Jewish people need to hear the gospel most—but they also should understand God's judgment better than all others. Paul used the phrase "to the Jew first and also to the Greek" several times in Acts, demonstrating the Jewish people's central role in God's plan of redemption. As Chris opens a series on the transformational truths of the book of Romans this week, you'll discover the life-changing, major focus of Romans: the hope of the gospel and the eternal redemption we can find in Christ!
Link to Show Notes: https://radio.foi.org/2023/09/08/september-9-2023-pauls-letter-to-the-romans-part-1/
The Gospel of John has profound theological insights regarding Christ and one of its main themes is the crisis caused by the arrival of Christ Jesus into a world where Pagans did not know Him, but His own people did not receive Him