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Blessings of Elul (September 4 – October 3, 2016)

Special Grace for Intimacy with God On September 4 we entered into the month of Elul. Elul is the 6th month of the year on the holy calendar God assigned to Israel in Exodus 12:2. It is also the 11th month of the year on Israel’s civil calendar that some…...

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Arab-Israeli Reconciliation: Important New Stride

Last week we had the joy of participating in a reconciliation summit focused on healing spiritual wounds from the ancient breach between the two mothers Sarah and Hagar. Arab, Jewish and international prayer leaders came together in an amazing level of unity. We committed to surrender to the leadership of…...

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Tu b’Av: the Jewish Holiday of Love (August 19, 2016)

  Tu b’Av (translated, 15th [day of the month] of Av) is known as the holiday of love. It is not a Levitical feast, nor is it directly referenced in the Scriptures. There are, however, interesting biblical associations with this historical celebration. Tu b’Av falls this year on August 19,…...

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Tisha b’Av: Mourning Destruction of the Temple in Light of a “New and Living Way”

  The Jewish observance of Tisha b’Av (translated “9th day of [the month of] Av”) falls this year on August 13-14.  Marked by fasting, prayer and Scripture readings, Tisha b’Av is considered the saddest day of the year. This is because on precisely Av 9, devastating calamities have befallen the…...

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Biblical Feasts: The Sabbath

The Sabbath existed well before God’s law was written and given to Israel; indeed, before Israel ever came into being. When Deity designed from dust the climax of His creation—-mankind made in His image—-the universe experienced a holy hush, its first divine pause: “By the seventh day God had finished…...

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Biblical Feasts: Passover

Passover is one of seven Levitical Feasts or “appointed times,” according to the Hebrew meaning of “feast.” The feasts are dates God has calendared to meet with His people according to seasons He has set. Passover was never meant to be mere ritual, but an encounter with the Eternal One.…...

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Biblical Feasts: Shavuot

In Leviticus 23:15-22 God commands that after seven full weeks transpire following the Feast of Firstfruits, we are to celebrate the Feast of Shavuot. Shavuot is the Hebrew word for “weeks” and the feast is also known as the Feast of Weeks. In Greek it is referred to as Pentecost…...

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Biblical Feasts: Tisha b’ Av

The Jewish observance of Tisha b’Av is so infamous it is known only by its date. The 9th day of Av, the fifth month of the biblical calendar, or Tisha b’Av, marks many of the worst calamities in Israel’s history. Tisha b’Av is preceded by a three week period of…...

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The Fall Feasts of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Succoth

Rosh Hashanah “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen.1:1) Jewish tradition teaches this beginning occurred on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishri. Rosh Hashanah, which literally means “head of the year” begins this year at sunset on October 2, and marks the beginning…...

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Biblical Feasts: Hanukkah

HANUKKAH: Herald to the Messiah “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” Zechariah 4:6 The holiday of Hanukkah is literally translated, “Dedication.” This year it starts December 12, 2017 at sundown and continues for eight days. The events of Hanukkah are recorded in…...

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