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Unlike the type of advice you might find in most marriage books, Adam Loves Eve goes straight for the medicine by bringing the Messiah s kingdom message into your marriage. This book, for men-only, will not only change your marriage, it will change your life. Yes, there is still hope for your marriage! This is a book for men only specifically followers of Jesus, especially if they are married men, and especially if they are finding marriage to be perplexing and more difficult than they expected. This is a book about how God s instructions in the Bible can make a man's marriage better. Before getting married, most men think that marriage will be easy. The man assumes that if he finds the right woman, he will be an excellent husband. She will love him; he will love her. What could be simpler? The Bible teaches a different message. The Bible commands men to love their wives as the Messiah loves his people: 'Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.' (Ephesians 5:25) This verse from Paul's letter to the Ephesians means that, according to the Bible, a man must crucify himself, so to speak, for the sake of his bride. That's how Christ loved the assembly of his people. If you are happily married, you might not understand Paul's picture, but if you are struggling in a distressed marriage, you might identify with the metaphor a little too readily. Husbands enduring unhappy marriages might think crucifixion preferable to the torment of an abrasive home life. Drawing insights from the New Testament, Messianic Jewish teaching, and the wisdom of the Jewish people, this is a book about how you can carry out the Bible's instruction to love your wife just as the Messiah loved the assembly and gave himself up for her.Show more
The Epistle of James says that anyone who considers him - or herself to be religious yet does not tame his tongue is self-deceived. James says that such a person's religion is worthless. On the other hand, James refers to the person who tames his or her tongue as a 'perfect' person. That's a stark contrast. There's a big difference between being a self-deceived person engaging in worthless religious practice and being 'perfect' or 'complete.' If we take these words of the Bible seriously, we need to start taking our own words far more seriously then we normally do. Words of blessing and cursing in Scripture do not merely express benevolent hopes or malevolent wishes; instead, they actually accomplish and ensure the very reward, good or evil, which they promise. Taming the tongue is one of the major concerns in Jewish teachings about ethical conduct (mussar). Jewish law strictly forbids gossip, slander, deprecating language, and all types of derogatory remarks. This book, Taming the Tongue, adds to Judaism's ongoing conversation about the laws and principles of proper speech from a slightly different angle. This book contributes to the conversation from a Messianic Jewish perspective, bringing to bear the powerful teachings of Yeshua and the apostles.Show more
We see depictions of him in movies, paintings, and stained-glass windows. We hear about him from the pulpit and the stage. We read about him in the Gospels. As his disciples, we follow him; we revere him; we glorify him. But how well do we really know him? Yeshua Matters is the story of a pastor who discovers that Jesus Christ was not just a Jewish person, but a practicing Jew, a teacher of Judaism"a rabbi, known during his earthly ministry as Rabbi Yeshua of Nazareth. Yet despite this emerging scholarly consensus, Jesus has lost his Jewishness in the collective heart and mind of the church. We simply dont imagine, interpret, or follow him as a part of the broader tapestry of Jewish life and history. If the author is correct, then the root of modern Christianity's maladies is not disconnection between generations, conflict over worship styles, doctrinal differences, or a failure to keep up with cultural trends, but is instead a failure to apprehend and embrace the historical figure of Jesus. What would change if the church were to rediscover that at the very center of its faith stands a practitioner of Judaism? What would change if the Christian world were to rally around a risen Rabbi? What would change if we all realized that Jesus Jewishness changes everything"that Yeshua matters?Show more