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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Thought Life: Creepy Jungle or Fertile Field

May I ask you a personal question? What are your thoughts like when you first wake up? Frankly, mine are not always positive, helpful or encouraging. At that moment I have a decision to make. Will I continue to entertain the moldering leftovers from that weird dream? Or will I push myself out of bed… Read more »

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How Does Yeshua Feel About Israel?

Israel often becomes a geopolitical argument or a matter of detached theological controversy. To avoid these I believe it is vital to connect with the Lord’s HEART regarding this topic. The first priority is to receive Yeshua’s heart and then live through His heart regarding perspectives concerning Israel. I remember praying at the Western Wall… Read more »

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Youth in Search of Identity

It hit me while worshiping with some 70 youth from all over Israel, at the conclusion of this summer’s Katzir-Harvest teen conference: Identity. We all want to know who we are. But during the teen years the quest is both intensified and, at times, desperate ― even excruciating. These kids are faced with a tsunami… Read more »

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GRIEF: What to do with it?

“And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. So the days of weeping and mourning for Moses ended” (Deuteronomy 34:8). Mourners with shovels and hoes moved a massive amount of earth to cover Eliahu’s casket. Stately pines, standing as silent witnesses, surrounded the grave and the many who… Read more »

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