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A Lesson-Filled Doughnut

Surprise! Here in Israel, we can’t get doughnuts all year round. “Sufganiyot” (the Israeli equivalent for doughnuts) appear in bakeries in November, and stay around only through Hanukkah and the end of December.  As a multicultural family, it seems there is always some holiday we are working towards or recovering from. We recently celebrated Sigd,… Read more »

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Ex-Orthodox Crisis

There is a phenomenon among Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel. A high percentage of them feel as though they are dressed in a costume. They may still be living within the Orthodox community, but many do not believe in what they are doing or even in God. Many that look Orthodox do not define… Read more »

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War in the Heavenlies

The book of Revelation describes spiritual warfare in the end times. That warfare is between angels loyal to God and angels that fight against God (demons). “There was war in the heavenlies. Michael and his angels fought with the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought” (Revelation 12:7). Our primary battle is not with… Read more »

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Should We Indoctrinate our Children?

The way this question is phrased already assumes the answer ‘no’ – that we should not – because indoctrination is a negative word today.  One young adult objected to teaching our children biblical perspectives because this was indoctrination.  Rather we should ask, should we disciple our children?  And of course, my answer is certainly, for… Read more »

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Discipline: The Proof of Love

Some years ago, I came into contact with some people that are connected to a very famous European church. One of these folks expressed distress that many of the young adults were living together out of wedlock, and others were having sexual relations without the commitment of marriage. Because they had attended my leadership seminar,… Read more »

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John 17 Prayer

This High Priestly prayer of Yeshua (Jesus) is a high water mark for intercessory prayer, a gold mine of revelation. Many people refer to John 17 as Yeshua’s prayer for the unity of the Church. Certainly that is part of the prayer. However, the prayer as a whole is much more. The reference to our… Read more »

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Prophecy is not Fortune Telling!

Prophecy is not fortune telling or merely predicting the future. Prophecy that is biblical has a redemptive component. WHY is God giving this word? Joseph did not merely interpret Pharaoh’s dreams, he gave him wisdom (what we would call, in the NT, a word of wisdom) about how to prepare for the coming famine. When Paul speaks about… Read more »

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Where Am I on the Presidential Election Controversy

Some of my Facebook friends have made it clear that they believe that there was massive voter fraud in the last election and but for that fraud, President Trump would have won.  Others of my friends, even those who voted for Trump, think that the whole voter fraud claim is foolish and will get nowhere. … Read more »

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Approaching Rabbinic Tradition

Controversy over Rabbinic Tradition Some years ago an intense controversy was ignited in the Messianic Jewish community here in Israel. An Israeli leader in the Messianic community who is supportive of Rabbinic Judaism, sent an invitation to fellow leaders to come together to discuss our relationship to Jewish rabbinic traditions. Another leader replied to all… Read more »

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Unloved, but overcoming! The story of Leah

Jacob leaves his family to find a wife. You know the story. He meets Rachel, who according to the Bible, “had a lovely figure and was beautiful.” He falls in love with her and asks Laban for her hand in marriage in exchange for seven year’s work. After seven years, he is so excited to… Read more »

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