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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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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60/60 Vision

Eitan Shishkoff wrote this article in 2008, the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. Even today, a year after Israel’s 70th brithday, it still bears reading … It was a pivotal year in history; 1948 – only three years after a war that had engulfed the world. That conflict introduced weapons… Read more »

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Heroes of the Faith

The phrase “heroes of the faith” conjures up images from the Bible, the likes of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Saul the Apostle. But are there heroes of faith around us today? In your life and mine? A thoroughly inspiring encounter answered that question for me recently. Connie and I sat in a living room in… Read more »

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The End Is Near! So What?

The Harvest is the end of the age  (Mark 13:39). “Work while it is yet day, for the night is coming when no man can work.”  My dear friend Marty Shoub heard these words in a dream one night when he was here in Israel working on team at Tents of Mercy. You’ve likely heard… Read more »

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Fire On The Mountain

Worship on the Mountain Nobody knows where the fire fell on Mt. Carmel in the days of Elijah.  Nevertheless, gathering our congregations together there on the Day of Shavuot (Pentecost) one year, I couldn’t help feeling enhanced expectation for our time. Firefalling from heaven is a phenomenon signaling God’s sovereign intervention. At key moments in… Read more »

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Gentile Kings and Jewish Prophets

As a high school student in the early 1960’s I dreamed for world peace. The concept of one benign government that could unify the globe in justice and compassion appealed to me. After graduation, I advanced to the draft-dodging, demonstrating in the streets phase. By late 1968 I had failed to unify the world. It… Read more »

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