How God Defines Food

Let’s look closer at the Torah [instructions] of God in Leviticus 11: “These are the animals which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth: “Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves and chewing the cud—that you may eat. “Nevertheless these you shall not eat among those that […]

Set Apart to Be Holy

Peter tells us, “As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:14-15). We’ve already learned that to be holy means to […]

Hating What God Hates

We have been discussing idolatry, and I received comments and emails from many of you, telling me that your heart’s desire was to clean out the idolatry in your lives. Last week, I shared that YHVH used pork (and other unclean foods) to convict me of my own sin and to help me repent. The […]

How to Have Peace

One late night in 2006, I made a decision that changed my life. I decided to read through my entire Bible as if it were written to me personally. I was searching for answers, trying to find truth, seeking to apply it to my life. I started in Genesis, but I quickly moved into the […]

Bible Study 101

We have been talking about the first things that a new believer should do (avoid idolatry, flee from sexual immorality, and so on.) But what is the best way for a new believer to be discipled and to learn to study the Bible for herself? I have mentioned before that my husband gives a teaching […]

Sabbath, the Sign of the Covenant

The fourth commandment gives us very specific instructions on how to remember the Sabbath day. Six days a week are given to us, to labor and work and create. We are made in the image of a Creator, and He has given us dominion over all the works of His hands. “So God created man […]

Choose: Sabbath or Idolatry!

When is the last time you went out on a very dark, very clear night, and looked up at the stars? The longer you stare at the blackness, the more your eyes adjust. You are pulled into the majesty of galaxies far away. And if you believe the Scriptural record of creation, your mind starts […]

Food Offered to Idols

There are only two more parts to the Apostle’s directions for new believers in Yeshua, which we have been studying: “Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from […]

Sexual Immorality

“Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood” (Acts 15:19-20). The first-century Apostles told new believers to abstain from idolatry, but they didn’t […]