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How Difficult to Crucify the Flesh

I wonder if it was emotionally difficult for the Roman soldiers 2,000 years ago to crucify someone. Perhaps some of the soldiers were totally sadistic and enjoyed their work. Perhaps some of them were neutral and just “doing their jobs.” Perhaps others were actually good people (like the centurion) and felt compassion for those suffering. Was… Read more »

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To Dwell: The Promise and The Challenge

The first waves of immigration to Israel experienced great hardship. The settlers faced many practical economic challenges and opposition from some Moslem residents as they struggled to create a habitable environment in deserts and malaria ridden swamps. They bought land with donated money, established cities, built villages and kibbutzim. Later, immigrants who came soon after… Read more »

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Fig, Olive & Wine

Yeshua told a parable about the fig tree, which we understand to represent the nation of Israel. “Learn this parable from the fig tree; when you see its branches growing soft and its leaves budding, know that the summer is near” (Matthew 24:32). The softening of the branches can be seen as a softening of the heart… Read more »

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A Land Without a People & A People Without a Land

This phrase was used in the 1800s and into the 1900s for the return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel. The Jews in the diaspora were a people without a land. The Land of Israel, it was said, was a land without a people. The Palestinian Arabs, including many Arab Christians, are greatly offended… Read more »

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Two Sticks of Prophecy

In Ezekiel 37:15-23 the prophet is instructed to take two sticks and write on one: “For Judah and the sons of Israel, his companions” and on the other, “For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and the whole house of Israel”. Then he is to join the two sticks in his hand, symbolizing the healing of… Read more »

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Purim: Consequences & Opposition

The biblical feast of Purim, commanded in the book of Esther, is celebrated this year on March 15th and 16th. There are many facets of the story that could be emphasized, but if we ask the Lord He will pinpoint not only that which is universal but that which is pertinent to each of our lives… Read more »

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A Deeper Look at Atheism

My heart is again burdened in ongoing dialogue with young people in Israel who are wrestling with the faith of their Messianic Jewish upbringing as compared to agnosticism and atheism. The percentage of young people following in the faith of their parents here in Israel is higher than in some Western nations. Yet, I continue to… Read more »

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“Lech Lecha” – Go You!

In Genesis, chapters 12 to 22, the phrase “Lech Lecha” is found twice, once at the beginning and once at the end. “Lech Lecha” is a play on words that can mean either “go you” or “go, go”. It is used to emphasize the personal sacrifice of going somewhere to obey God. In the first… Read more »

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In Due Time

Editor’s note: Sitting in Abebe and Genet’s living room, their smiling joy and unity were as perceptible as the delicate, earthy smell of the Ethiopian food I was being served. Here were a husband and wife whose life-long covenant had held fast through several decades and political regimes in two countries. Their marriage is a testimony… Read more »

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Mutual Blessing

What is our destiny and purpose in life? How do we fit into the ultimate order of God’s redeemed creation? If we know the answers to these questions, we will find great joy and excitement in life. The answers lie in one concept, which is the subject of my latest book, Mutual Blessing.1 Mutual blessing was the… Read more »

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