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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Starting Over

“Therefore, if any man be in Messiah, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold all things have become new” (II Corinthians 5:17). Life, with its ups and downs, its burdens and blessings, poses this question time after time: Can I really start over again?  Not always. What was said out… Read more »

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We Became a Family

“We became a family.” “It was a taste of heaven.” “A real sense of community.” You may think these descriptions exaggerate, but we’ve heard them so many times that we agree. Coming from as many as 19 nations, spending 9 days together on two buses, those on the Baruch HaBa tour really mean it. And… Read more »

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Swallowed by the Sea

This morning I threw my sins into the sea. It felt good—really good! Of course they were just stones, not my actual sins. But Micah 7:19 provides an extraordinary opportunity that I like to take advantage of, during this time of year. The biblical feasts of Trumpets and Atonement invite us to prepare our hearts… Read more »

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