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Levitical Feast of Shavuot–May 26-28, 2012

This weekend we celebrate the biblical feast of Shavuot (Weeks), gloriously fulfilled on Pentecost with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. According to rabbinic tradition, God gave Israel the law from Sinai on Shavuot, thus birthing her as a nation. On Pentecost, He birthed One New Humanity, the international Church…...

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Passover: A Key to Peace Amid Birth Pains

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”(John 14:27) At this same season, Yeshua (Jesus) strengthened His disciples facing a fast changing world: “Peace I leave…...

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Israel Independence Day

“Whoever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Is a country born in one day? Is a nation brought forth all at once? For as soon as Zion went into labor, she brought forth her children.” (Isaiah 66:8, Complete Jewish Bible) Shalom Friends, Today is Independence…...

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Reclaiming Passion For Truth: Curing the Global Obsession Against Israel

“The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:4-5) From our place on the walls…...

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Can Israel and Palestine Exist Together in Peace?

To examine this question we look at strategic moves by key leaders at the UN in September 2011, a watershed month in the history of Israeli-Palestinian affairs. President Obama On September 21, President Obama announced before the UN General Assembly that only negotiations, not declarations, could lead to a Palestinian…...

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Happy Feast of Tabernacles from Jerusalem

Today we celebrate Sukkot (Tabernacles), the most joyful of the seven biblical feasts (Leviticus 23:33-44). The mood here is festive as families gather throughout the city in small huts, eating, drinking and filling the streets of Jerusalem with songs of praise. A tangible reminder of God’s provision for us in…...

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The Overlooked Messianic Jewish Root of Christmas

A Messianic Jewish root to Christmas? I can almost hear some of you think aloud, “Impossible… an oxymoron … mishighas!” But I hope you’ll hear me out. If you do, I daresay you’ll be blessed with fresh insight and inspiration. The Messianic Jewish root to Christmas has nothing to do…...

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First Things: The First Jew Speaks at the New Year

Each January 1 the world crosses a threshold in time as measured by the Gregorian calendar. Although January 1 does not represent the Bible-based new year, our loving Father will many times work within the framework of secular time. So on the first day of the first month, it seemed…...

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The Intercessory Sacrifice of Praise

Grace and glory to you, as together we serve the coming Bridegroom King. Those of you who have been faithful friends to Israel for any period know there’s never been a time the 61 year old country has not been in crisis. For years we’ve prepared regular updates about Israel’s critical…...

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The Purim Iranian Threat

And happy Purim to each of you! Purim, falling this year on February 28, is the most joyous festival of the Jewish year. The holiday is based on the breathtaking events of the book of Esther. It celebrates God’s miraculous deliverance of the Jews from a genocidal holocaust planned by…...

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