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Welcome to my blog!

Since Israel became a state, Christianity faced many challenges. The question raised: What about the Jews? They prominently came into picture, and wouldn’t it be the Jews so much, then the political Jerusalem would be. A review of the churches own history came along and developed a new view on quite a bit important matters like covenant views, replacement theories, eschatology, etc. Many questions are not answered yet. It’s going on. Not only theological problems arise, even world orders are changing. This certainly got my interest. I wonder, how couldn’t it have one’s interest. Old prophecies came to life, the old dusty bible appears to be true.Now we are driven into the most challenged times of history: near to the arrival of the Messiah. When the Almighty draws His hand to the Jews, I’ll watch them, and learn from them. And share things with the readers of my blog, in this context. It’s a blessing for me to do this work. And I hope I’ll put some little bricks in the spiritual building of the great King, the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). I’ll pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm122).

Don’t pay too much attention to my language, because Dutch is my first language. I just use English because of my friends online all over the world and because of the great resources there are in the English speaking world. Glory to God who establish His name on earth. May He be revealed to us!

I have a background in an orthodox Christian reformed church in the Netherlands. I’m attending a Sunday service weekly. And I appreciate the place we have to worship as long as I experience the existence and guidance of God.

For now I think we live in the days of great apostasy.

I hope and pray the day will come soon when God will raise up the tabernacle of David. (Amos 9:11) And until that time I will go on with my journey, praying He will guide me on His way with a heart full of love to Him. And my heart will express itself at best with the words from psalm 119: Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy Torah; Yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path (guide me) of thy commandments(mitswoth); for therein do I delight.

I chose the name faithbased works because of the messianic community who cling to obey the Torah and doing “good” works. That’s good and I like that too. But I will stress the faith in it. And when you put “based” in brackets, you’ll read: faith works. This is even to be stressed, it’s both true.

Hopefully you pick something for your benefit.

Baruch HaSjem

Feel free to contact me or leave a comment below!

Jos Westerbeke

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4 Responses to “About”

  1. Deborah Kline-Iantorno Says:

    This is a wonderful site. I believe you share something that should be heard.
    G-d bless you and your family as you speak boldly of our faith.

  2. Helen Hooker Says:

    Shalom, Jos!
    Your site is quite a find for me–as I struggle to maintain a relationship with the best of the evangelical roots I grew up with in America–and yet lean increasingly towards the authenticity I find in the “Jewish” expression of the faith. We are fellow travellers on this road through “No-Man’s Land”!

  3. talmidim Says:

    Shalom Shalom Jos,

    I would like to thank you for the information about Isaac Da Costa. I have not read much of the book you linked to of his, but I am looking forward to reading it. I thought you would be interested in a very unique Messianic site out of Canada. Here is the link: http://bethaderech.com/
    Blessings to you and your family.

    Brete

  4. faithbasedworks Says:

    Thank you Brete, it’s my pleasure to do this.
    I’m already a fan of Beth Haderech on Facebook ;-)

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