The Holy Days
Most Christians think the biblical holy days, are just for the Jews. According to the Bible, they are for everyone. And eventually everyone is going to observe them for the holidays that they are. Why are they for Christians? For starters, all seven of them are about Jesus Christ and the plan for our salvation. Some of them look back toward things he did when he walked the earth as a human, and some look to the future, foreshadowing things Christ has yet to accomplish. Learn more about them in this series, The Holy Days. If you like, you can also check out another series about these days, Jesus and the Holy Days. which documents, from the Bible, Christ’s connection to each holy day.
The Body of Christ – Holy Day Series 2023 – Part 1
The Apostle Paul tells we need to “discern the Body of Christ” when we take the Passover symbols, bread and wine. What does that mean? Learn more in The Body of Christ - Holy Day Series 2023 - Part 1
Jerusalem Old and New – FoT
God tells us in his word that he will send “New Jerusalem” to us. His description of it in Revelation 21-22 is so different it’s difficult to comprehend. Can we learn anything about New Jerusalem by studying the Jerusalem of the past? This presentation explores Jerusalem from the past to discover more about her future.
A New Heart – Day of Atonement
God promised, in the Old Testament, to grant anyone who wants it a new heart, a heart that willing conforms to God’s ways, a heart like God’s heart. Int this presentation, A New Heart, we see that the Holy Days of God also predict this mass change in humanity. “Come and see” how it will work.
Establishing God’s Kingdom on Earth – Feast of Trumpets
Most of the theology schools have made an energetic effort to convince people that the Kingdom of God is the Church. They tell us that everything written by John in the Book of Revelation is nothing but aMost of the theology schools have made an energetic effort to convince people that the Kingdom of God is the Church. They tell us that everything written by John in the Book of Revelation is nothing but a metaphor showing the work of the Church in the world. Still, the idea that Jesus Christ will literally return to the earth and establish a literal kingdom is in the Bible and many people believe he will do exactly that. metaphor showing the work of the Church in the world. Still, the idea that Jesus Christ will literally return to the earth and establish a literal kingdom is in the Bible and many people believe he will establish God's Kingdom on Earth.
Shadows of Things to Come – Pentecost
The Apostle Paul tells us that the Old Testament biblical festivals are “shadows of things to come.” The Feast of First Fruits, gives away the shadow meaning of this Festival in God’s plan. While it was a harvest festival in ancient times, today it is a festival picturing God’s harvest of children for his Kingdom. Jesus founded the Church of God in the New Testament on that same festival (called Pentecost in the New Testament). What do each of the other festivals foreshadow? Not surprisingly, all of them have Jesus Christ stamped all over them.
The Underlying Reason for the Christian Passover
Most would say we observe the Passover to commemorate Christ’s death. Since we are asking what’s most important, it’s acceptable to ask, “Why?“ What’s behind Christ’s sacrifice? This presentation probes some more profound elements of God’s design, things that help us understand more about Christ’s sacrifice and what comes our way from it.
The Truth Shall Set You Free – FoT
Jesus told us, ‘The Truth will set you Free." The context tells us he was talking about freedom from practicing sin—carefully thought out sins and habitual sins as well. This presentation pieces together from the Bible how that can happen for us. Being free from addiction, sexual sins, and more, can happen. Included is a step-by-step process to take advantage of Jesus’ offer.
The Restitution of All Things – Atonement
In Acts 3:21, Peter, while speaking of the return of Christ, said it would be “the restitution of all things.” Why did he say that? Most people think he’s coming to start something new. Understanding his comment opens up a new world of understanding.
The Better Resurrection – Trumpets
Paul called the first resurrection a better resurrection. First, his statement implies that there is more than one resurrection. And lwhy is one better than another? Learn something new from your Bible, or, if it is not new to you, learn how to explain it to others.
Old Time Religion – Pentecost
The Bible tells us to stick to the faith Jesus brought to the earth. Over the ages, that model has been watered down and distorted—added to and taken away from. Yet, the true Gospel Jesus brought to earth is still it available to us in the pages of the Bible. It’s easy enough to compare what we do today to the original faith seen in the New Testament and see the clear differences. How close to the original is your faith and practice?
Passed Over – A Passover Presentation
Today when we use the term “passed over,” it usually means we have been ignored. But in the Bible the term takes on a positive message, namely that we have been granted a pass on punishment. The Passover helps us relive, once a year, how that happens and offers us encouraging implications for living to please God.
Pottery 101 – FoT
The Bible tells us that God is the potter and we are the clay. This is an ingenious connection back to creation when Adam was formed from red clay. However, there is more to the picture than just creation. God has given us life. Now he is forming us, molding us, making us the way he wants us to be. The circumstances of our lives are his hands on us. This presentation explores our part in this process.
The Best Holy Day – Atonement
Is there any way one of God’s seven annual festivals can be “better” than another? Probably not. Each one is the best for the lesson God is teaching. Still, it is permissible for us to have our favorites. Mine is Atonement. Here’s why.
Jesus’ Return Date – TR
Ever since Jesus departed for heaven, Christians have been trying to figure out when he was coming back. Many people, since then, have made dogmatic predictions about the exact date, and many have believed them. But so far, everyone has been wrong. Is there a way to figure it out? Do we even need to know? Or is what Jesus said about his return in the Bible all we need?
God is a Farmer – Pentecost
Jesus told us his Father is a farmer. Our Father is growing a crop of beings for his kingdom. We are those crops. What’s the import of that? God has a plan and we are a part of it. He is tending to us, cultivating, planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting. In our age, disconnected from the land, this might not mean much to us, but if we want to know what God is doing, we would be wise to learn more about his farming efforts.
Becoming Unleavened – A Passover Presentation
Every spring in ancient Israel, God instructed the people to hold a harvest festival in which they ate unleavened bread. It was an annual reminder that their predecessors ate unleavened bread the night they fled Egypt, not having time to let their dough rise. Much later, the Apostle Paul, while writing about this festival, compares leavening to sin in the Christian life. He confirms that we also are to observe the Festival of Unleavened Bread—not only eating unleavened bread but also to become unleavened in our hearts, to strive for a sin-free life, as we strive to follow the example Jesus set for us
Zeroing in on Our Calling – FT
As the pace of life speeds up, the more easily it is to become distracted in every aspect of life. That would also include Christian life. Sometimes it is hard to stay focused on what is important. This presentation, given in September of 2018 at the Common Faith Network Feast of Tabernacles, draws attention back to the reason God calls people into his church. Do you know why God called you and what he wants you to do every day?
Sacrifical Love – Atonement
John the Baptist referred to Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. The sins of the world we know about, but what about the lamb of God? Did you know there is a biblical festival for Christians that teaches us a lot more about Jesus than Christmas?
The Return of Christ – Trumpets
A friend asked us to produce a presentation explaining Christ’s return in a way that children could understand. This presentation is my effort at that—an outline with context. A timely presentation for the Festival of Trumpets, which falls on the first day of the 7th month. A day when ancient Israel blew the 7th Trumpet.
Why So Many Types of Christians? – Pentecost
Jesus said he and the Father are one, and that we are one with them by the Holy Spirit. If that is true, why are there so many different denominations, reorganizations, splits, schisms, and sects? Shouldn’t there be just one? Or does God have something way beyond anything we can imagine in store for us? Consider the situation in this presentation.
Discerning the Body – Passover
The Apostle Paul says that the Passover, as he got it from Jesus Christ, is an annual spiritual self-evaluation. One of the things he tells us to think about is our discernment of the Body of Christ. What does that mean? If you think you already know, consider that with God, there is always more to learn.
The Courts of God – Day of Atonement
King David of Israel said he would rather spend one day in the Courts of God than “a thousand other days.” We take some time in this presentation to ponder the meaning of eternal life with God. There is a lot to it.
Giving Care – A Pentecost Presentation
We all know people, whether they be family, friends, or acquaintances, who need help and support. Sometimes their issues seem beyond our abilities to help. Still, there are things anyone can to do help and support others. In this presentation, we cover some of those helpful tools and approaches.
Is Anybody Home? – A Festival Presentation
Humans have a hard time understanding the things of God. Quite often it’s like, “the lights are on but nobody’s home.” Learn more about God and his efforts to connect with you in this presentation.
Make No Provision
We may have heard the saying, “I can stand anything but temptation.” How good are you at avoiding temptation? Would you consider your self a novice or sophisticated in your efforts to avoid it? Many Christians don’t think much about it, drifting thoughtlessly into temptation and the ensuing troubles. Learn more here about how to avoid temptation and stay out of trouble.