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    Derech Yeshua: The Way of Salvation

    Derech Yeshua: The Way of Salvation, by Daniel Nessim

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    Siddur Sar Shalom, edited by Daniel Nessim

    Siddur Sar Shalom, edited by Daniel Nessim

  • Introducing Your Jewish Friend to Yeshua

    Introducing Your Jewish Friend to Yeshua, by Nessim and Surey

    Introducing Your Jewish Friend to Yeshua, by Nessim and Surey

Thy Kingdom Come: A Conference on the Bible, Theology and the Future


Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come: A Conference on the Bible, Theology and the Future

It was a tale of two cities… Two centuries ago, Britain was a place awash with apocalyptic expectation. Napoleon’s armies were bringing the Enlightenment across Europe, feudalism was collapsing, and the Jewish people were experiencing emancipation from the ghetto and their own enlightenment, the Haskalah.
Fast forward to the present, and the opposite seems to be the case. The famous British reserve has given rise to a general abhorrence of the speculative and extreme. Sadly, in many cases, this has meant that what the Bible has to say theologically about the future has fallen into disregard and disrepute. In some quarters there is a fear of the extremes of the past, but is this justified? Does the Scripture have anything relevant to say about our current situation and God’s plans for our world?

I am really thrilled to be part of Thy Kingdom Come: A Conference on the Bible, Theology and the Future, which brings together leading Bible scholars from the UK and USA to explore what the Bible says about our world. With human rights abuses, the environment, and the threat of war, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction constantly in the news, what is our hope as Christians and what does the Bible say about what the future holds? Surveying a broad cross-section of biblical passages, the Thy Kingdom Come conference seeks to equip believers with the tools to discern properly what the Scriptures teach about the world and the future.

Information is available at http://www.thykingdomcome.org.uk. Maybe I’ll see you there – at Emmanuel Centre in Westminster, 17-18 October!

Siddur Sar Shalom – סדור שר שלום


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Siddur Sar Shalom – the Prince of Peace Prayer Book – a Siddur for Messianic Jews who want traditional prayers set in a way that elevates Messiah Yeshua – has just been sent to the printers. Baruch Hashem!

Siddur Sar Shalom has been in process for over two years. Its genesis came upon viewing a Siddur that David Taylor (thank you, David!) wrote for Chosen People Ministries back in 2001. Then came Davka Writer Platinum, and the whole thing became feasible.

One Messianic publisher friend had severe reservations. ‘Do we REALLY need another Messianic Siddur?’ was the jist of his query. Well, he may have a point, and as a publisher he must think that way. On the other hand, I believe that we REALLY do! Much gratitude goes to this siddur’s fore-runners, by John Fischer, David Bronstein and Jeremiah Greenberg. However, there was nothing that really met the need that exists in my congregation. My congregation needs something that is complete and all-inclusive, with transliteration for those who are new to Judaism and the Jewish prayer book. Other people have siddurim in the works, but it might be years before they come to print, and we need our siddur NOW. That’s why our siddur is available NOW. (£20 GBP or $32 USD). At 320 pages the siddur includes prayers for Erev Shabbat, the welcoming of Shabbat, the Shabbat evening service, and the Shabbat morning service, as well as a Torah service and additional ‘mussaf’ service that can follow that, and much more. Commentary, especially where prayers have an overt Messianic significance, is include at the bottom of the page.

Now my son is grabbing my ear to tell me about The Green Lantern, Batman and the Joker, so I have to go….

Publications Available for Download


Shalom,

It’s a terrible shame to go to all the trouble of writing something, have it published, and thereafter relegated to the dustheap of history. In an effort to counter this inexorable sequence, at least for a time, I am putting everything I can think of up on my website, available for download should anyone find it useful. Of course, please remember that everything is copyright, but feel free to quote with appropriate attribution, and to print out for academic purposes.

http://daniel.nessim.org/publications.html

The History of Jewish Believers in the Canadian Protestant Church, 1759-1995 (Master’s Thesis), Regent College, Vancouver, 1996.

The History of Jewish Missions in Canada, Paper presented to the LCJE North American Consultation, Toronto, 27 April, 2004.

Jewish Missions in Canada – A History, LCJE Bulletin issue 76, May 2004.

Reflections on LCJE Lake Balaton 2007, LCJE Bulletin issue 89 (Sept. 2007).

The Messianic Congregational Movement and its Fruit, LCJE CEO conference (Lumières, 2009).

Communicating the Deity of Yeshua to Jewish People. Borough Park Symposium, 2010.

Reflections on LCWE 2010 in Cape Town. LCJE Bulletin issue 102 (November 2010).

The European Re-birth of Anti-Semitism and its Effect on Jewish Evangelism. Mishkan, Issue 62 (2010)

Introducing Your Jewish Friend to Yeshua. By Daniel Nessim and Mark Surey (London: 2011).

The Hebrew Christian Shoah and its Soteriological Legacy. European Messianic (Jewish) Theological Symposium (February, 2011)

Back to the Future (via The Rosh Pina Project)


I really appreciate Gev’s post, so would like you to have the chance to read it too.

Back to the Future Jewish disciples of Yeshua have been a massive blessing as Jews in British churches since before the start of the British Messianic Jewish Alliance (as it is known today) in 1866. They made their positive impact as Jews in a predominantly Gentile church. Some of the names of those Hebrew-Christian heroes of faith are well-known, others are not. Just … Read More

via The Rosh Pina Project

Nitzavim -Vayelech


The following is my son Samuel’s Bar Mitzvah sermon for נצוים-וילך on 4 September 2010

I.      נצוים-וילך

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

I am greatly honoured today to be called to the Torah for the first time. I want to thank everyone here today for coming to celebrate this occasion with me. The portion that I read (part of נצוים-וילך) says much about the choice that we all have between life and good, and death and evil. Could you please turn to Deuteronomy chapter 30, verse 15. Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaki who lived from 1040 to 1105 CE) points out that there is a relationship between life and good. If you do good, you will have life. Likewise, if you do evil, you will have death. We really do have a choice between life and death. The choice boils down to loving G-d and straying from Him.

II.    Love for G-d (30:16)

In verse sixteen we are commanded to love G-d, to obey Him, so that we might live and that He might bless us. It is easy for us to love all kinds of things. I’ve been a long time fan of LEGO for example, although I don’t have as much time for it as I used to. The command to love G-d is more difficult, because if we love G-d we have to obey his commandments and we don’t always want to do so. Nowadays people think love just happens, but Moses is saying here that this type of love is a choice.  We can choose whether or not to love G-d.

We can never seem to keep the things that we love.  I have loved many pets during my life. There was my favourite chicken and a duck in Snohomish, Washington that were both eaten by hawks. There was a lovely duck that when I was three I sat on to warm it up and ended up killing it. We had Bernie the cat who poisoned himself by eating poison ivy. We had a canary that died of fright, and at least four other small birds that have died of various causes. Our cat Poppy was hit by a car on Wentworth Road. We had a hamster that died of wet-tail (a disease) and another that died of old age, and so on. If we love God, however, the result is life, not death.

III.  Straying from G-d (30:17-19)

Verse seventeen, which says ‘but if your heart deviates and you do not listen, and you will be drawn astray, and you will prostrate yourself to other deities and serve them’ reminds me of when I first moved to this house. I spotted a so-called ‘elephant god’ idol in the garden and smashed it several times against a brick until it was reduced to dust, even though it wasn’t mine. Shame on the people who forgot their god in the garden! I did that because I did not like an idol with the head of an elephant in my garden.

Believe it or not, some people actually bow down to clay idols! The people of Israel are commanded not to do this. Today I am a bar mitzvah, which means I am a ‘son of the commandment’.  As one of the people of Israel I am commanded to avoid idolatry. The Torah promises me that if we as a people practice idolatry, we will surely perish. Isn’t it interesting how similar the words idolatry and adultery are?

Rav Sha’ul tell us in 1 Corinthians 10:14 that we must flee from idolatry. The book of Revelation chapter 21 tells us that in the heavenly Jerusalem no one who practices idolatry will be able to enter. From this we know that all people, not just Jews, are commanded not to bow down to idols, but to choose life. The Torah tells us to choose life so that we and our children and our children’s children will live.

IV. Love for G-d (30:20)

Verse twenty tells us more about what we are to do. First we have to love G-d. Second we have to listen to his voice. Third we have to cling to him. Every time in history we have as a nation turned to idols we have been prevented from living in the Land of Israel. For every Jewish person, how he behaves before G-d has a part to play in how secure the Jewish people as a whole are in the Land of Israel. We are all responsible for one another. The L-rd our G-d has given us the Land that he swore to our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  

Every Erev Shabbat we read from Psalm 95 that tells us not to be like our ancestors who hardened their hearts at Meribah in the desert, and refused to enter the Land of Canaan to possess it. In the book of Hebrews chapter three we are told to keep our faith in Yeshua. The book tell us ‘See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Messiah if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”

V.   Conclusion

In conclusion, this Parshah comes just before Rosh HaShanah. It doesn’t seem like a coincidence that just before the new year we are reminded of the choice that we have between life or death. Yeshua our Messiah defeated death and symbolises life to us. Yeshua said (John 11:25) ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, even if he dies, shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.’

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