Turning Up the Heat?

Is it hot where you are?  It’s unseasonably hot here in Israel as I write. Is this a meteorological message from the Lord that He’s “turning up the heat?” I find myself drawing that conclusion. The Corona pandemic wears on and, at least here in Israel, we wear our masks to comply with health precautions…. Read more »

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Not Just Nostalgia

When we arrived in Israel, Asher and Betty Intrater were already here. I remember the first time we visited them, driving up the Judean hills to Jerusalem from Haifa. It was Thanksgiving, 1992. I was ecstatic. Here we were together as immigrant families returning to Zion, privileged to join the growing Messianic movement in the… Read more »

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AT EASE? Wake Up!

“Woe to you who are at ease in Zion … Woe to you who put off the day of doom” (Amos 6:1, 3)                                                                                                                        I don’t think God is fooling around. Could it be that a plague blankets the world, yet has no spiritual, biblical meaning? I don’t think so. It looks to me as though… Read more »

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Together?

As an American teenager I had an unusual goal. I longed for world peace to come about. It was obvious that we as humanity were not “fitting” together. This pursuit took me from the anti-war demonstrations of the 1960s to a farming commune in the high mountains of New Mexico. Yet not until Jesus found… Read more »

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Fearful in Heart?

Fear is a major by-product of the coronavirus crisis across the globe. I recently listened to an impassioned message from Israel’s President, Reuven Rivlin. He urged the citizens of Israel not to fear, not to panic, not to give way to anxiety. He addressed the very present danger of our hearts giving way to fear…. Read more »

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The Way of the Burning Heart*

“And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?’” (Luke 24:32)  “But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones.” (Jeremiah 20:9) What a tangible description of the… Read more »

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What Are You Searching For?

“You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) We usually think of searching for something that is lost. I spend a good amount of time looking for stuff around the house or inside my computer—with the accompanying challenge of not losing my cool when it… Read more »

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Jim…and the value of a life

Jim was buried under a light rain. The white powdered soil that covered him spoke of the purity of his soul. His friends and family gave glowing tribute to him as a modest man who never spoke ill of anyone, who conveyed love to all he met, who loved nature, who loved God, and who… Read more »

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With All your Heart 

At my grand-daughter’s violin recital, along with the many small children eeking out squeaky notes, there was a 14 year old young woman on the program. Her form and tone were impeccable, remarkable. However, what struck me was not her technique, but the passion with which she played.  Closing her eyes, her body swayed, her… Read more »

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Pride Divides; Humility Heals

As we round the corner from 2019 to 2020 many nations are facing crises of confidence in their government. In November, Israel’s Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit handed down a three point indictment of our head of state, Benjamin Netanyahu. I’m not saying guilty or not guilty on the charges. That is not my place. But… Read more »

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