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Clogged Wells: Religiosity vs Living Faith — 27 Apr 2013

We have spoken about clogged wells earlier, and about how not giving tithes and offerings can be a cause of stoppage of the living water in our life and in the congregation.  Giving from our money according to the appreciation of God’s grace and for His purposes is one defense against stinginess and greed. 

Today I want us to look at … Continue reading

BIBLE VERSES FOR BEER SHEVA

Viewing Beer Sheva from God’s perspective  Gen. 21:31-33  — named Beer Sheva by Abraham, who planted a tamarisk tree and called there on the name of YHVH, the everlasting God

Gen. 21:12-20  —  Hagar and Ishmael encouraged and comforted and blessed in the wilderness of B-S, after being cast out of Abraham’s and Sarah’s house

Gen. 22:19  —  after offering up Isaac, Abraham and his seed were blessed by God, and Abraham with his son returned to … Continue reading

SOME INFLUENCES UPON BEER SHEVA IN PERSPECTIVE

The Faithfulness of God to Beer Sheva, the City of the Fathers

Good and hopeful beginnings Troublesome present Glorious future

ISRAEL:  The People and The Land

Gen. 50:24  — Israel promised the Land of Canaan by the Word of – and on oath from-  YHVH God

Rom. 9:4-5  —  To Israel belong the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the Law, and the service of God, and the promises; whose are the fathers, and of … Continue reading

STREAMS IN THE NEGEV AND THE RETURN OF THE JEWS TO ISRAEL

“Return our exiles, O Lord, like watercourses in the Negev. Those who sow in tears shall reap with songs of joy. He who goes along weeping, carrying the seedbag, shall come back with songs of joy, carrying his sheaves” (Psalm 126:4-6).

In this beautiful and beloved psalm, the return of the exiles to Israel is compared to the “watercourses in the Negev.  “Why the Negev and not simply “the desert”?  The Negev streams come from collecting basins incomparably larger than those … Continue reading

SALVATION OF ISRAEL AND GREAT HARVEST OF GENTILES

(Korean Israel Conference, “The Kingdom of God”, October 6, 2010, in Seoul)

There is hope for the nations:  Jesus Christ is coming again!  This has been my hope ever since being saved, and over the years it has not only not diminished, it has intensified.  Praise God!

Acts 1:6-8   Therefore, when they had come together, [the apostles] asked [Jesus], saying, ‘Lord, will You at … Continue reading

LETTER TO MAYORS ITZHAK RAGER AND RUVIK DANILOVITCH

26 August 1991; 4 October 2009

Shalom,

I have only recently taken the opportunity from personal interest only to peruse the Renewal and Development Plan for Beer Sheva and the Negev, which was presented in three parts in 1989.  Even though I may be late, I did notice that public involvement would be restricted to dialogue, and I do not know whether the plan has been accepted as proposed, or whether recent developments related to aliyah necessitated any substantial changes.  … Continue reading

FREEDOM OF RELIGION IN ISRAEL – 18 Nov 2006

Almost eight years ago, our congregation was attacked by up to 1000 religious Jews, in which they succeeded to prevent us from worshipping God together on that Shabbat.  Nearly one year ago, on the day before Christmas and Hanukkah, we were attacked again by up to 500 religious Jews, who prevented us from conducting two baptisms but could not stop us from eventually worshipping the Lord together, even it was three hours later.  When I say “religious” Jews, let us … Continue reading

BEER SHEVA ON THE HIGHWAY – Nov 2005

Covenant History:  Past, Present, Future

–the first covenant between the chosen of God with those outside His covenant was between Abraham  and the Philistine king, Avimelech (Gen 21:27).  BEER SHEVA was named by Abraham on the basis of that agreement, which has held up remarkably well through the centuries in which Jews have lived there.    Isaac also made (confirmed) the same covenant with Avimelech, and the name of the city as Beer Sheva.

Hagar and … Continue reading

Prayers and Intercessions for Beer Sheva

–We are in the world, and God commands us to pray for and to bless those in the society, for He loves them. –We are all priests in Christ, and we are called to intercede on behalf of the Lord for all nations, and to reflect His qualities. –It is a principle that the LORD works with and through His people in … Continue reading

AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACK – 3 Sept 2004

Mt 24:6-14   signs of the end of the age and the return of Jesus

This evening we have obeyed with faith the Lord Jesus Christ in the two ordinances which He left believers:  baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Faith and life go on in the face of evil and suffering.  Love is stronger than death, and so is the power of an endless life.  Jesus said, “I AM the LIFE”.  By participating in the baptisms, by participating together in the … Continue reading

Messianic Congregation — Beer Sheva –12 June 2004

1Tim 3:15b   . . .so that you may know how to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the Living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Yesterday the national leadership conference met here, and the central topic was “Building an Israeli Jewish Messianic Assembly”. This subject has been discussed for over 20 years, and still eludes clear definition. Last week Dima Lavrov taught on three things which should be present in any local congregation: … Continue reading

BEER SHEVA AND THE GOSPEL – 8 June 2002

Gen 21:29 – 22:19

   –Beer Sheva a place of covenant, under oath, with other nations of the land    –Abraham called on YHVH, the Everlasting God    –from Beer Sheva, God called Abraham to his ultimate test of faith:  to sacrifice his only and beloved      son, Isaac, on themountHewould show him    –the Angel YHVH called to Abraham from Heaven, after the interrupted sacrifice, to promise him with      an oath that in his seed all the nations … Continue reading

BEER SHEVA IS YHVH’s

(Our congregation was attacked by over 1000 ultra-orthodox religious Jewish men, women, and children the following Shabbat after this message was given.)

I have been preaching recently on the need and responsibility we each and all have to dig up the clogged wells of our inner lives in order for the water of life in Christ Jesus to flow freely in us and through us for blessing and fruitfulness unto God our Father. We have a need and responsibility for … Continue reading

WATCHMEN IN/OVER BEER SHEVA AND THE NEGEV – Oct 1998

Ps. 127:1  —  Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain

Watchmen protect and guard the interests of the owner/sovereign – in this case God the Father and His Son Yeshua the Messiah.  In the eternal wisdom of God, His strategy to win the war between the devil and Himself was that the Son of God/Son of Man would come into … Continue reading

CLOGGED WELLS: UNPAID TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Last week I spoke about digging up our stopped-up wells so that the spiritual life in Messiah can flow through us more freely.  We spoke of some of the “stones, dirt, and garbage” which can clog up our wells.  It had been my intention to speak today on another subject related to God’s purposes for us here in Beer Sheva, but during the week the Holy Spirit convicted me of another stone in both … Continue reading