Passover Commemorative “BBQ” Meal

Every now and then I get the inspiration to do some BBQ or low and slow cooking. It has become an emotional outlet for me to smoke meat for hours or cook something on an open fire. I receive additional joy when the family graciously complements my amateur cooking. One of my favorite chefs is… Read more »


The Call for Grace

“Do not be overly righteous nor overly wise— why confound yourself? Do not be overly wicked and do not be a fool— why die before your time? It is good to grasp the one and not withdraw your hand from the other. For the one who fears God will escape both extremes.” (Ecclesiastes 7:16-18 TLV,… Read more »


Season of Change

The change of seasons never ceases to amaze me. In Israel, summer is the dominant season. In the long months of sweltering heat, you are in survival mode just trying to keep cool. Then seemingly all of a sudden, in October you notice the air conditioner is no longer ON all the time. Days feel… Read more »


A New Beginning

“One who is gracious to the poor, lends to the LORD, and He will reward Him” (Proverbs 19:17). “Shana Tova Umetuka” is the way Israelis greet each other on Rosh Hashana* (the traditional Jewish New Year). As we approach the fall season, families and friends wish one another “a good and sweet year.” On September… Read more »


What’s Up With 2020?

Oh when is this going to end? I had a hunch in my spirit that 2020 would not be as great as some prophesied, but I honestly was not expecting what we are all witnessing today. Pandemic, social distancing, economical unrest, the evil of racism, anger, violence and epic losses. These are all accumulating into… Read more »


Passover is not Over

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). In the weeks since Passover we have all witnessed an unprecedented time of changes and challenges. Yet through it all God has proven faithful. He has been a present help in this time of trouble. Passover for us in Israel is… Read more »


Passover Season Update

Yeshua sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.’ Luke 22:8 Passing out Food Baskets for Passover This year our Passover outreach goal is to assemble food baskets for eight hundred families in need, and we so appreciate your generosity as we purchase and pack the items needed… Read more »


Rains of Blessing

During Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) it is traditional to begin praying for the fall rains to come. And come they did! We haven’t seen this amount of rain in many years – in fact the last time was in 1969. During the month of January in particular, Israel was deluged day after day with… Read more »


2020: A Year of Prayer and Harvest

Prayer and Harvest are symbiotic terms. Prayer helps birth the harvest into existence, but prayer without a harvest is barren. Prayer is, in a way, our agreement with God regarding a new reality that He has already predestined! This past December the ministry of Tents of Mercy celebrated its 24th anniversary. In this season, we… Read more »


The Battle of Race

“Unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.” (Martin Luther King) June 30, 2019:  “Today was a difficult day. We witnessed the legitimate rage of a community pour into the streets like a volcanic eruption. Whereas Ethiopian Israelis are typically humble, meek, and compliant, the undeserved death of 19 year Solomon… Read more »