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How I Came to Faith

I was born in Israel into a secular Jewish family with roots in the Land stretching back generations. My great grandfather was a pioneer farmer in the Galilee. My father was a commander in the Palmach naval fighting units, starting before the Israeli War of...

Surprising Psalms

Beginnings are important. They are foundational. In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit was poured out on Shavuot/Pentecost and the church was born. Over the next 2.5 chapters, the disciples (mostly Peter) proclaim the Gospel, several times, to all the Jewish people gathered in...

Anchor in the Storm

We find ourselves in a time of isolation and ruptured routine. The world health crisis has affected every one of us. Consequently, something at the core of my being is searching for solid ground. Life’s circumstances have changed radically, in a way that threatens my...

Taking up the Sword?

The Bible makes a distinction between “taking up arms” and “bearing arms.” Understanding this difference has wide implications on the political situation today.   There have been modern cases of misuse of weapons by police, even what appears to have been manslaughter...

You MUST be…

One of the most famous sayings of Yeshua was, “You must be born again…” – John 3:3.  This was also a landmark “theological” statement, if we could call it that.  It was said to Nikodemos, one of the leaders of the Jewish religious council...

Accusation Narrative

In Zechariah chapter three, the prophet sees a vision concerning the High Priest of his day, Yehoshua (Joshua).  The passage has a triple meaning: The historical events around the restoration of Jerusalem. A pre-figure of the Messiah (who has the same name: Yeshua =...

Praying for Prodigals

A prodigal is a loved one who has known the Lord and yet has turned away toward the temptations of the world. There is a limitation to what you can pray, because the person’s free will is running against God. While God does not force anyone to believe, we can...

Hoshana Rabba

The seventh day of Sukkot is called Hoshana Rabba in Judaism.  I am sending this out to you since this day began last Thursday evening.  I previously sent a post on the meaning of Sukkot in general.  Now I want to concentrate on this Seventh day.  Remember the 8th day...