Often when people are asked, ‘What is your vision?’, the answers range from: ‘to be used by God for His glory’; or, ‘to see the young people on fire for Jesus’; or, ‘to start a discipleship program for Israeli believers after the army’; or, ‘to plant x number of churches in the next five years’; or, ‘the salvation of Israel’.
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Last night around 9:40 (21:40) a grad rocket launched from Gaza hit near our neighborhood in Beer Sheva. The rocket was the first to hit a major city in Israel since the 2009 war against Hamas, which Israel launched near the end of 2008 because of eight years of thousands of rocket attacks against cities both near to and farther out from Gaza. Thankfully the warning siren worked properly and lives were saved, even though houses and cars were damaged. The Islamic Jihad … Continue reading
What’s in a name?
Words have great spiritual importance. God created the world with words, and rules over the world with words. The power of words is in their meaning, not so much in their pronunciation. I am often asked how the name of YHVH is pronounced (Yahweh or Yehovah)? The very question partly misses the point. There is no discussion in the Torah, the Prophets, or the New Covenant on how … Continue reading
Greetings again, I am forwarding to you an item I received from another brother in Messiah. It is still not too late to appropriate the truth of it as we count the weeks and days leading up to the holy-day of Shavuot/Pentecost. As I mentioned to him, it is hard to break tradition for the Word of God. May the Holy Spirit help us … Continue reading
As the events in the Middle East take on some historic proportions, I am reminded of the beginning of the first Palestinian intifada (uprising) which began in 1987 here in Israel. It brought such an earthquake of change in the whole perception of the conflict here, and its consequences world-wide, that I had to seek the Lord for His answer in the Scriptures. And the Holy Spirit led me to Gen. 27:40b specifically, but within the whole context of the conflict of … Continue reading
Mt 16:16-18 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” Yeshua answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in Heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (Sheol) will not prevail against it.”
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This last month has seen the beginning of rumblings in the Islamic nations of North Africa and the Middle East. There is an uprising against the entrenched leadership of the Arabic Muslim rulers, beginning with the ruler of Tunisia, and moving on to Egypt, and threatening Yemen and Jordan, with other rulers and nations worried about the repercussions within their borders. Israel, the only non-Muslim nation in the region, is rightly concerned with the outcome of these uprisings: only Egypt … Continue reading
This is a telling of the Passover that I wrote as a fairly young believer, which tells the story with the past, present, and future of Passover in view. We use it in our family and in our congregation, drawing out abiding truth each year. You are free to use it, download it, distribute it. . .for free. It is not to be used for any monetary gain to you or to me or to any other party.
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