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“Kingdom of Heaven” or “Kingdom of God”?

The two terms, “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Kingdom of God,” create a great deal of confusion for readers of English translations of the New Testament. They also caused a great deal of confusion for scholars and theologians who are able to work with the languages of Greek and Hebrew. This is very clear from the number of books and articles they have written. However, much more important is that one must understand what “Kingdom” meant to Yeshua in order to understand his mission and movement. Read the complete article at -- http://www.biblicalheritage.org/real-yeshua-handbook.html

Yeshua on “What must one do to be saved?”

Take a moment and think about your answer to this question. For many, the above question is “the most important question of all.” Why? Because being saved from “an eternity burning in the fires of Hell” is something they definitely do not want to experience! So, what must one do to be saved from an eternity in Hell? Christians do not agree on the answer. Click here to continue reading the article -- http://www.biblicalheritage.org/salvation.html

Prayer Through the Eyes of Yeshua

For Yeshua and his Jewish followers, prayer served very different purposes from those of Christians today. The following will help you understand some of those differences – and probably change the way you pray!
You and God are partners in prayer.
Prayer does not always work in the way you want it to or think that it will. God is concerned with the lives of all of His creatures, not just yours.
Prayer is not speaking magic words that force God to make something happen.
Prayer is not bribing or forcing God to obey you.
Read the complete article at -- http://www.biblicalheritage.org/how-to-pray.html

Spending Eternity Embedded in a Solid Dome

There are lots of stories we could tell about things that happened on our almost three decade’s long journey together (Jeffrey Leynor and Jim Myers). In my religion, Christianity, we spend a lot of time talking about “going to heaven” after we die and spending eternity there. In Jeffrey’s religion, Judaism, people talk about “the world to come,” but not with any details. Read the complete story at -- http://www.tovcenter.org/tov-stories.html

It’s All About The Memes

Using Meme-Structure Models is a very important skill to learn for two reasons – they give you a way to visual things that only exist in the neural networks of human brains and they give people a unique way to discuss them. And, since all beliefs are memes, it gives us new options for discussing one of the most polarizing subjects in our culture. Read the complete blog at – http://www.tovcenter.org/all-about-memes.html

Jesus or Paul? (Part 3: The Breaking of Shalom)

Making the “right to live” a reality requires “loyalty to the community” by God and people. Leaders and members of the community are responsible for creating and maintaining that environment. We see this in the second definition above. The entire community is charged with the responsibility of “the elimination of anything breaking the shalom.” This is the cornerstone of human justice. Read the complete blog at -- https://therealyesua.blogspot.com/2019/05/jesus-or-paul-part-3-breaking-of-shalom.html

A Preacher and a Rabbi Discuss Their BS

Almost thirty years ago I (Jim Myers) met a rabbi (Jeffrey Leynor) and we began discussing our BS (Belief Systems). I was a preacher and pastor of a nondenomination Charismatic church, while Jeffrey was a rabbi of a Conservative synagogue. Our Religious Belief Systems both contained an institutional truth called “monotheism – “the belief that only one God exists.” Read the complete story at -- http://www.tovcenter.org/tov-stories.html

Realities 101

Philosophers have been talking about “realities” for centuries. Neuroscientists are just now beginning to enter the discussions. Many of the discussions about realities come down to answers to two questions:
What is real?
What actually exists?
Our answers to the above questions may surprise you. Read the complete article at – http://www.tovcenter.org/realities-101.html

Thoughts About Death

Perhaps the harshest reality of human existence is death. Intellectually, we all know that some day we will die, but we in the West tend to ignore this reality as long as possible. Our culture is devoted to materialism, youth, and power. We put our old people into homes where they often die abandoned and alone. Many build their lives on models that do not take into account “the fact of death.” Read the complete blog at -- https://tovcenter.blogspot.com/2019/05/thoughts-about-death.html

Jesus or Paul? Part 2

Jesus or Paul? Making People’s Lives Right or Making People’s Beliefs Right? Part 2
The Hebrew Meaning of צדקה‎ (tzedaqah)
Jumping from back and forth from one language to another can be a little confusing. But, simply using the traditional translation of the Hebrew word above “righteousness,” may be more confusing. The word “righteousness” is code word – a religious word lots of people are familiar with but rarely, if ever, use in their daily conversations with friends or in commercial transactions. When was the last time you used it? Learn what tzedaqah meant to Jesus at -- https://therealyesua.blogspot.com/2019/05/jesus-or-paul-part-2.html

Jesus or Paul? Part 1

Jesus or Paul? Making People’s Lives Right or Making People’s Beliefs Right? Part 1
What difference does it make in the real world if Christians, non-Christians or anyone else follow the teachings of Jesus or Paul? This may be a confusing question for some, because for readers of English translations of Bibles, it appears that Jesus and Paul spend a lot of time teaching about the very same thing -- “righteousness.” Read the complete blog at --  https://therealyesua.blogspot.com/2019/05/jesus-or-paul-part-1.html

Am I my brother’s keeper?

All of the Jewish Scriptures and the teachings of Yeshua (the real Jesus) focus on answering one question – “Am I my brother’s keeper?
I have spent a lot of time for over the past thirty years trying to understand those answers. For many of those years, Dr. Ike Tennison and Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor have been involved in that research with me. In this blog, I am going to give you a 21st century reconstruction of the story that is responsible for that famous question.
After Adam failed to guard and protect Eve’s life from a walking, talking religious snake in the Garden of Eden, God evicted them from their luxurious home -- which also cut them off from a life in which God provided everything for them. How many times sitting around the campfire times do you think Adam was reminded of how “he” really messed up a good thing!
Now Adam and Eve had to find water, grow crops, make clothing, find shelter and do all of the things required just to survive. But, somehow, in spite of all of their new r…

Time-Tested Ideas for Living Better Lives Today!

Several time-tested guiding ideas are parts of the foundations upon which Judaism, Christianity and the United States of America are built. They act like lighthouses to keep individuals and human collectives from crashing into unseen dangers. They are recorded in their founding documents which were written by survivors of previous crashes. These documents are the heritages they left to guide future generations to keep them from crashing into the same obstacles as they sailed through the dangerous waters of life. The first two are religious documents -- the Torah and Synoptic Gospels. The third is a political document -- the Declaration of Independence. Very recently, science has produced a fourth document – a scientific understanding of what humans are. We are the only generation in history to have access to all four.
The Torah
The words of the Torah were inscribed on a scroll by Ezra a Jewish Scribe around 450 BCE in Babylon. He lived in Babylon and was the descendant of Judeans who we…

A What Did What in the First Two Verses of Genesis?

How would the most intelligent entity in existence communicate with primitive humans? Let me put it another way -- how would you explain the creation of the Heavens and Earth to a bunch of two-year-olds? I guess we could try reciting tons of complex scientific data. That should keep their attention for about three seconds. Their brains haven’t even developed the capacity to process that kind of information. You will have to turn the points you want to make into a story they can understand. That’s what two-year-old brains are genetically hardwired for – hearing stories. Narratives are the default communications mode of humans of all ages and cultures.
The book of Genesis is treasure chest of some of the most powerful stories ever told. When we began digging into the words of the ancient Hebrew text of Genesis, it was like working on an archaeological dig – we discovered layers of stories linked to those ancient words. One of the amazing things we realized was that embedded in some of t…

One Idea Ezra, Jesus and Thomas Jefferson Agreed On!

One idea lays the foundation upon which Judaism, Christianity and the United States of America are built. It acts like the light of a lighthouse to keep individuals and collectives from crashing into unseen dangers. That idea is recorded in documents written by survivors of those crashes and their words are like maps they passed down to their descendants to prevent them from sailing into the same dangerous waters. The first map is in the Torah, the second is in the Synoptic Gospels and the third is in the Declaration of Independence. Read the complete blog at -- https://tovcenter.blogspot.com/2019/04/one-idea-ezra-jesus-and-thomas.html

God and American Democracy

Every Member has a voice.

Transparency means everyone can see and for that to take place everyone must have a part in the discussion. The BHC Guideline below creates the open safe environment for transparent discussions to take place. Participation in Team discussions requires the agreement to follow the guideline. Click Here to read the complete article.

Do you practice the same religion as Jesus?

Do you practice the same religion as Jesus? Learning About Our Biblical Heritages Series
When we read Acts 2:14-39 in our church, we were told that it was the first revival preached by Peter after Jesus ascended up into Heaven. It sounded a lot like one of the old fashion tent revival our church held in the summer. Peter ended his sermon with these words:
Repent and be baptized in the name of Yeshua the Anointed One for the remission of sins. You will then receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Peter’s revival was a huge success – 3,000 people believed and were baptized that day! What those words meant to us was that 3,000 people were saved and became Christians -- they would go to Heaven for eternity instead of burning in Hell for eternity!
However, for some reason our preachers didn’t spend as much attention on the words that follow. They are very important because they tell us what the 3,000 people did after they were baptized. Pay close attention to what newly baptized people did in P…