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My Story is One of Many

The early years were difficult and there were many hardships, but I knew first hand of God's love for his people and giving up was never an option. I did not know then I would eventually become the director of the MJBI in Odessa Ukraine. Being a part of the MJBI has been a continual blessing in my life because I see lives changed through the teachings of the Gospel and graduating hundreds of students that have established ministries, congregations and outreaches to the meet the needs of the Jewish people throughout my country and former Soviet Union. Your gifts have changed my life and the lives of other Jewish people. Now being equipped we can make a difference in our communities. My story is just one of many. On behalf of myself and the other MJBI Directors around the world. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

This is Heartbreaking, but You Can Change it

Statistics say that 92% of all spiritual leaders worldwide have NO BIBLE TRAINING. This is both sobering and heartbreaking. We desperately need to develop leaders who can guide and disciple in the Jewish harvest fields that are ripe and ready today! Although there is great upheaval in Ukraine, spiritual fervency is on the rise among God’s ancient people. While some are immigrating to Israel, others feel God’s call to stay…

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Hanukkah 5775: A Hammer and a Flame

Jewish Days of Distinction A Messianic Study of the Jewish Feasts and Holidays Feast – Hanukkah, Feast of Dedication, or Festival of Lights Summary In 167 BC, Antiochus IV persecuted the Jews by prohibiting study of the Torah and outlawing Jewish religious practices. He defiled the Temple by requiring that pigs be sacrificed on the altar. A remarkable and faithful band of fighters vanquished the enemies in Israel. Marching into Jerusalem…

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Ancient Traditions Bring New Life

The Jewish Lemba of Zimbabwe are known for carrying Kohanim genes. They have not intermarried and have been isolated for years maintaining ancient Israelite customs. When the Lemba chief and headmen accepted Yeshua, a great door opened to spread the Good News — even to the Muslim Lemba who are being saved and renouncing Islam. The first MJBI graduation among the Jewish Lemba took place in July. Thirty-nine graduated, and…

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Apple Swirl Bread With Orange Glaze

Yiddish Mama’s Kitchen Baking for Rosh HaShanah! Apples and honey are eaten during Rosh HaShanah to symbolize the sweetness of a new year. Below you will find a wonderful original recipe by Mary Jo Pierce, Pastor of Prayer and Intercession at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. Mary Jo is an expert bread maker, and you will love this special sweet offering for Rosh HaShanah, Apple Swirl Bread with Orange Glaze. You will also find…

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Yom Kippur 5775: Ancient Ritual Still Speaks

  Yom Kippur 5775 Jewish Days of Distinction A Messianic Study of the Jewish Feasts and Holidays “In addition to the Sabbath, these are the LORD’s appointed festivals, the official days for holy assembly that are to be celebrated at their proper times each year”  (Leviticus 23:4 NLT). Feast Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement Summary Yom meaning “day” and kippur from Hebrew root meaning “atone” sets the stage for the holiest day of…

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SMT Learns a New Language

By Giuseppe Rispoli, Media & E-Learning Director After 15 years of ministry and teaching in many countries of the world, the MJBI leadership had a vision to capture Messianic truths from world-renowned teachers and make them available to students globally. A format was needed that would overcome time barriers, classroom capacity limits, and teacher availability. In 2011 the MJBI officially launched the online School of Messianic Theology (SMT), and it…

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Yeshua: The Eternal Memra

By Raymond L. Gannon, Ph.D. MJBI Vice-President for Academic Affairs It has always been easily recognized by Spirit-quickened believers that Yeshua is the Eternal Word of God, Ever-Present with the Father, and that He is the Agency for divine actions past, present, and future. But this truth, after many centuries, is now being rediscovered in Jewish academic circles as well. Christian students of Scripture have long acknowledged “theophanies” in the Hebrew Bible, occasions upon which the supernatural Eternal Master of the Universe would manifest or appear in the natural realm for a divinely assessed purpose. Recall “Then ADONAI appeared to him by Mamre’s large trees” (Gen 18:1; all passages taken from the “Tree of Life Bible” -TLV). Or remember the LORD’s (ADONAI’S) appearance to Gideon as the Eternal “sat under…

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HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY – A Tale of Two Calls

By Alisa Stephenson, Director of Events and Partner Relations MJBI Welcomes Phil and Alan Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty November 1st at the Fort Worth Convention Center “HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY” is the way Phil Robertson describes his life. It’s rare person who gets to do so, but he is living the American dream. Phil, a.k.a. the “Duck Commander,” (a title given him by a hunting buddy that later became the name of his thriving duck call business) has proven it IS possible with persistence, hard work, and a bonafide call…or two. With expertise and creativity in product sales marketing, Phil has made millions as the “Duck Commander.” Eventually the company’s success led to the A&E reality TV series Duck Dynasty. Phil reluctantly agreed to do the show, feeling with 100% certainty it would fail.…

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5 Ways to Bless the Jewish People

By Bonnie Saul Wilks, Senior Writer, MJBI I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed (Genesis 12:3). Sadly, the fragmented branches of Christianity have taken the Church so far from its root that some believers are shaken to the core to discover the Jewishness of Jesus. He was raised as a Jew, keeping the laws of Torah, remembering the feasts, and honoring the patriarchs who burned with faith and love for the God of Israel. Christianity is deeply rooted in the Jewish faith. Profoundly faithful Jewish men penned the Scripture by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The Ten Commandments are the rule of law for Western civilization. Society unwittingly strives to…

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For Zion’s Sake

Jewish people around the world will enter into a period of time this fall called the High Holy Days. These are three Jewish feasts filled with soberness, repentance, fasting, celebration, and feasting. Although non-Jews are not biblically bound to celebrate these holidays, there is much richness to glean in studying them, understanding what they foreshadow, and seeing Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel and the nations, in their fulfillment. As we approach this season, may we join our elder brother in support and wonder as the days turn in cycle. They usher in both solemnity and joy as we learn to keep and appreciate God’s appointed times. This issue of Zealous is chocked-full of good things! We have an academic article from Dr. Raymond Gannon, MJBI Vice President for Academic Affairs, which will…

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