Shifting Seasons

As I write, winter rains have finally arrived in earnest, here in the Galilee. And though few areas of israel experience truly cold weather, we are bundled up in our apartments, enjoying a soaking rainfall so desperately needed. While the meteorological winds bring shifts in season, geopolitical winds bring shifts in the climate of nations…. Read more »

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“Follow Me”

The Golan Heights provided a stunning backdrop for the Katzir(Harvest) National Youth Conference held a few weeks ago during Chanukah 2017. In August, during the previous Katzir event, the youth (ages 14-18) experienced a profound and gracious move of God’s Spirit, leading 24 of them to publicly declare their heart’s desire to turn to God in repentance and… Read more »

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Rebuilding in the Promised Land

Twenty five centuries ago, Nehemiah returned on a donkey from the exile of dispersion, to rebuild the ruins of the House of God in the Land of Israel (Nehemiah 2). Twenty five years ago, on November 12, 1992 we rode an airplane and landed at Ben Gurion Airport as brand new Israeli citizens, embarking on… Read more »

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Sound of the Shofar: Past, Future, Present

As denizens of the 21st century, the shofar conveys to us a primitive mystique – a voice from the distant past. Even the fact that this ancient instrument has survived through the ages is tribute to its enduring eloquence. Seeking to unlock the secrets carried within the ram’s horn, we encounter its poignant sound in… Read more »

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Father to Sons: A Relay Race

A respected Korean pastor once sat in my office and asked me a deep question: “What are the keys to transferring leadership from one generation to the next?” This question is being asked by ministry leaders around the world. Other Asian Christians with passionate hearts for Israel, also perceive this same need. As a result, they… Read more »

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Fanning the Flame… or Just Getting By?

  Newlywed couple for whom I officiated On a recent summer evening in the foothills below Jerusalem I stood under the chuppah wedding canopy with an Israeli princess bride and her prince charming. The chuppah is just about my favorite place to be in the universe. Why? Because there we experience the holy presence of… Read more »

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Renewed Idealism

  Eitan with harmonica and dog The exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum was called “Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest”. We walked into one of the alcoves, entitled “Placitas”. This was the name of the small town outside of Albuquerque where Connie and I enjoyed our January 1969 honeymoon in a cave, and… Read more »

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Baruch Haba 2017

Praying for Jewish and Arab pastors in Akko Andre our guide with mustard seeds With congregational leader Avishalom Hearing that I chose to accompany a ten day, two bus, ninety person, ten nation intercessory tour 24/7, several of my Israeli Messianic leadership colleagues cautioned me against over-exertion. But, honestly, I had a blast. We laughed,… Read more »

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Meeting Moussa

We thought it would be cool to film in an old olive grove in the Galilee. The gnarled trunks and endless rows of trees took us back in time. It was only when we met Moussa that we realized just how far back in time the olives had taken us. Author with Moussa Moussa (Arabic… Read more »

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New Life in Nazareth

On a vibrantly beautiful Shabbat spring morning I am greeted at Netzer HaGalil Congregation with warm smiles and loving hugs. This fellowship was planted in Nazareth in 2004 by our own daughter congregation in Haifa, Shavei Tzion (Return to Zion). Netzer, in Hebrew, is a sprout, shoot, offspring, young branch, or a descendant. “New life budding in the Galilee,”… Read more »

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