How I came to know the Messiah

How I came to know the Messiah

My guest today is Dr. Phil Gigliotti. He is a retired medical doctor, teacher, speaker, and lover of the Messiah. He teaches the Jewishness of Scripture online at the Messianic LAMB Network as well as He also has class at Calvary Chapel of Cleveland. #OneinMessiah

We had a wonderful conversation about Phil’s amazing redemption story, and how the Lord led him to a Messianic congregation as a Gentile, and we talked a lot about Scripture. You won’t want to miss it!

The Albino Turkey

The Albino Turkey

Today’s special Thanksgiving post is by Eric and Joy McPherson. They are contributors to my and co-author, Starr Ayers’, recent book, Room at the Table: Encouraging Stories from Special Needs Families. Eric and Joy live in Mid-Michigan and love spending time with their family. They are the parents of two children and a very animated puppy named Ike, who has inspired many light-hearted tales.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV

           In my attempt at family bonding, I like to bring crafting projects, yummy treats, and table decorations to my parent’s holiday parties. It doesn’t happen at every get-together, although I try to incorporate it into our yearly festivities.

You see, I lived away from my family for many years, and those holiday seasons brought me an indescribable amount of sadness. When I moved back home, I changed my focus and tried something different during the holiday season — doing table projects.

The Perfect Thanksgiving Craft

Last year was no exception; I spent a good part of thanksgiving week researching the perfect craft project. I perused Pinterest diligently, creating a Thanksgiving board of perfection with all of my top choices for the year’s family holiday crafting projects. There were so many to choose from, and with my son, Eli having autism, this was becoming quite a challenge. He has a limited attention span and it was important to me that everyone at the table enjoyed their time together.

Finally, after hours of contemplation, my husband Eric and I decided we would all color turkey hats together. This was a good idea, of course. I convinced myself everyone would just love it and participate. At the end of the day, we could take a picture of our masterpieces and each other; this was a win, win in my book!

As I reflect on this Thanksgiving day, I love to think about how much fun we all had making those silly turkey hats. Sharing our colored markers and pencils across the long table, helping Grandpa put his hat on correctly. Taking pictures of everyone smiling, laughing, and having fun.

The Albino Turkey

I’m giggling now as I think about my brother Jim and my nephew Sam on this day. They would not color their turkey hats! Telling me their turkeys were special because they were ALBINO TURKEYS—ones that couldn’t be colored.

 It makes me laugh to this day how unique and hilarious the two of them were. They joined forces to remind me how special an albino turkey was, how rare it was to find one, and how being different is not only ok, it’s beautiful. Tears come to my eyes even now as I think about how much those two taught me on my journey toward celebrating and giving thanks for everything. 

This Thanksgiving

This year, Thanksgiving will be at my parent’s house. I looked for a craft on Pinterest this weekend, searching diligently for that eye-catching idea to make a memory last a lifetime.

Things are different this year, as we lost Jim in February.

With an unbearable loss, I only know to reach out to the Lord and hold on to his word. I grasp onto it and repeat it as it sinks into the depths of my troubled heart. I’m reminded of the verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 about giving thanks in all circumstances.

Sometimes, it’s hard for me to give thanks, especially now when my heart hurts. But remembering God’s promises gives me the strength to walk in faith and try to put one foot in front of the other. Believe me, this is not easy, but all things are possible with God.

So, this year, I’ve decided to do something unique and something a little of the same for our Thanksgiving crafting tradition at the table. I will put those crayons and markers out, and I’ll pull out some paper, and we will see what happens. As we all found last year, an albino turkey is rare and special. This is just beautiful.

You can purchase Room at the Table: Encouraging Stories from Special Needs Families here.

The Greek and Hebrew Minds and their Differences

The Greek and Hebrew Minds and their Differences

Best-selling author Lois Tverberg joins me on today’s podcast. She has authored many books including Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus, and Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus.

Lois Tverberg has been speaking and writing about the Jewish background of Christianity for the past twenty years. Her passion is translating the Bible’s ancient setting into fresh insights that deepen and strengthen the Christian faith. Lois grew up with plenty of Sunday school knowledge. Still, it wasn’t until after she had earned a Ph.D. in biology and was teaching as a college professor that a seminar at her church ignited her fascination for biblical study. She has since studied several times in Israel, taking courses in biblical Hebrew, Koine Greek, and the physical and cultural context of the Bible.

What does Yogurt have to do with Bible Study?

What does Yogurt have to do with Bible Study?

Gena and I had a great time on my podcast talking about how she came to learn the Jewish Roots of Christianity and so much more!

Gena is first a Christ-follower and a Bible student of many decades. She is also a wife and mother of two young adult sons. Gena writes this expository Christian blog to share what she learns in her own personal devotions. She writes for her own learning, and the edification of her readers, but most importantly, for the glory of God.

Do We Really Need to Study the Old Testament?

Do We Really Need to Study the Old Testament?

Dr. Debbie Burd talks to me today about the importance of the Old Testament in understanding the New.

Debbie is the president of the Besorah Institute for Judaic-Christian Studies & Biblical Research.

The vision and mission of the Besorah Institute are to help increase understanding among the members of the Body of Christ (The Church) of their Jewish roots, to train individuals for lay ministry to share the Gospel message with non-believers from a Judaic-Christian perspective, and to add to the literature on Biblical research.

Register Here for the Free Called Out: Being the Body of Mashiach Conference Sunday, November 13th, 2022.