Shomair Yisrael, TN

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El Shaddai, MD

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Rosh Pina, Owings Mill, MD

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Brit Hadasha, TN

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Romans 1:18-20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. In unrighteousness they suppress the truth, because what can be known about God is plain to them – for God has shown it to them. His invisible attributes – His eternal power and His divine nature – have been clearly seen ever since the creation of the world, being understood through the things that have been made. So people are without excuse – Last time, we ended by promising more answers to the question, “What can be known about God?” Romans 1:18-20 seems to speak in riddles. God’s invisible attributes are plainly seen and what can be known about God is plain because God has showed it. David wrote about this in Psalm 19. Psalm 19:2-7 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky shows His handiwork. Day to day they speak, night to night they reveal knowledge. There is no speech, no words, where their voice goes unheard. Their voice has gone out to all the earth and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens He pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his bridal chamber. It is like a strong man rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other end. Nothing is hidden from its heat. Everyone is capable of looking at the world and knowing there has to be a creator. Can disorder produce order? Can a tornado create a jumbo jet? Picture this … you’re on a hike and come to a clearing in the woods. There is a cabin positioned in the corner of the meadow. You look through the window and see the fireplace is lit and the smell of bread is coming from the oven. Would you suppose there is probably no owner or master of the house? Of course not! We easily see the owner of this house has given attention to every detail. Surely, God is supreme in His creation. And more good news, He is coming again. Revelation 1:7 Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye shall see Him, even those who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth shall mourn because of Him. Yes, amen! Matthew 24:27 For just as lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man. (Read the rest of Matthew 24) Revelation 22:20-21 The One giving testimony to these things says, “Yes! I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Yeshua! May the grace of the Lord Yeshua be with all! The day of judgment is coming. And let’s wrap this up next time. [...]
We are in the midst of summer and the days are uncomfortably hot and dry and it has been nine months since the war started. For most of us, time passes quickly. I looked forward to my trip to the States and now its two weeks since we came back and already it seems like a dream! And then my heart goes to the hostages who have suffered each and every day of these months and I know that for them, the days are long, unending and blur into one horrible ongoing nightmare. Although we have had incredible moments of joy and victory when the Israeli Forces were able to rescue four hostages in broad daylight last month and three others several months before, the reality of the ones still languishing somewhere in Gaza is a dark cloud hovering over the nation at all times. The latest news in Israel is that there is some cautious optimism concerning a cease fire agreement. The nation is tired of war and of having their young sons die in battle but want to see victory with Sinwar eliminated and Hamas defeated. And there are a growing number of Gazans who want the same thing. Lately, there have been reports that Hamas has been greatly weakened by the non stop Israeli barrage on their infrastructure, leaders and power and control centers. A few days ago, Israel announced an attack on a Hamas command center and that they eliminated the #2 and #3 generals in the hierarchy under Sinwar. Reports are that Hamas leaders are pushing Sinwar to accept the cease fire agreement. The situation in the north continues to be extremely volatile although it seems that both sides want to avoid a declaration of war. Israel has been very successful in assassinating Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad leaders in Lebanon and Syria. There is no doubt they are significantly affecting the organization of these terror groups. Within Israel, the division among the people is exerting great pressure politically. Huge demonstrations continue against the government every Thursday and Saturday night. The hostage families are crying out daily for an agreement and feel that Netanyahu is not willing to stop the war in order to get the hostages back. It is a complex situation as the Prime Minister is committed to destroying Hamas and it does appear that we are achieving those goals which will in the end give us a more advantageous agreement. And yet, each day is a critical day for each hostage. The nation’s heart breaks to hear the mothers speak about their daughters who have been taken captive. In addition, the Haredim ultra orthodox are also demonstrating and not always peacefully against the conscription legislation requiring the young religious to serve in the army. They believe that it is anti-Torah to serve and their rabbis are telling them to rip up the conscription notice. Among the more extremist groups, they are saying they would rather die than be in the army. One haredi said on national news that it is “holy to die” for this. I was struck by the amazing similarity with the terrorist jihad spirit which glorifies death and doesn’t honor life. Please pray for this embattled nation on all these issues as we draw closer to the end of this war. We are a nation that is fighting for its survival on so many fronts. The enemy, who never succeeds in his plans against Israel also never gives up trying! In this hour, he is unleashing his fury both outside and inside our borders and in the hearts of our people. And throughout the world, anti-semistism is at an all time high. Happily, there are increased numbers of Jews who want to return home but sadly it’s in the midst of division, war and uncertainty. We know that what the enemy means for harm, God will turn around for the good and we will yet see a prosperous, vibrant and unified Israeli society filling the world with blessing and light! Although everything seems to be shaking, I feel an excitement in the spirit that we have turned a corner and will soon begin to see the fulfillment of all that we have asked of the Lord. Trump’s miraculous escape from assassination and the call for Biden’s exit from the Presidential race has heralded something new in the spiritual realm in the US and it’s inevitably connected to Israel. Please pray for the exact timing of the Lord for a ceasefire and for strength for PM Netanyahu. He is being pressured and besieged in the spirit and we pray that he would hear the wise counsel from heaven and he would stand firm. The end of the war will no doubt result in a change of government and we pray it will be able to take this country into a new era. Israel is a great nation with the favor of God resting on it but has yet to realize its full destiny. Pray that our deep and profound sufferings will lead this nation to see and identify with the cross of their Messiah. May God change our mourning into joy and give us a mantle of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Pray especially for the salvation of our young soldiers who enter the army right out of high school. This generation has seen evil face to face in combat at such an early age and they have fought valiantly with incredible bravery and courage and with broken hearts as over 600 of their fellow soldiers have fallen. In the days to come, these young soldiers who have been trained to be fearless in battle will be the ones God will use to be His mighty men of valor and who will lead the Body of Messiah world wide in spiritual warfare. We will yet see great and awesome victories! In addition to our regular meetings on these hot summer days, our congregation has been organizing some fellowship focused activities which give a break from the intensity of the war as we gather together and simply enjoy each other. A few weeks ago, we went to the Sea of Galilee and enjoyed a beautiful boat ride across the lake with a great lunch provided by a local hotel. This week we will be having a dinner together followed by a day at the beach the following week. Please pray that we would see ourselves more and more as family as we walk together through these incredible days. I will be hosting a “Third Season Gathering” on August 3. Please pray that we would have a special time in the Lord as we come together as the grandparents of this generation and recognize God’s continuing purposes in our lives. Thank you for praying for our trip to the States. It was a great blessing and a wonderful time of refreshing. It was especially gratifying to speak about Israel to a prayer group from Morningstar Fellowship in Kingston, NY, where Eddie brought me when I came to faith 45 years ago, almost to the day. It was such a joy to have Evan share about, the media ministry he manages here in Israel. Most of them knew him as a young boy and haven’t seen him in all these years! I was also very deeply touched by what I believe is Eddie’s legacy – the depth of all the relationships that we have had for all these years. What joy to know that these relationships will never end but just grow ever deeper into eternity. God is beyond wonderful and it is a great privilege to know Him and to serve Him. Thank you for walking with me and for being such an encouragement. With love from Zion, [...]
Romans 1:18-20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. In unrighteousness they suppress the truth, because what can be known about God is plain to them – for God has shown it to them. His invisible attributes – His eternal power and His divine nature – have been clearly seen ever since the creation of the world, being understood through the things that have been made. So people are without excuse – There it is, in verse 19 of Romans 1 … “what can be known about God …” That verses uses it as a statement, “… what can be known about God is plain to them …”, but I want to use it as a question. What can be known about God? Verse 20 starts to answer the question … His invisible attributes. God’s invisible attributes are further described as “His eternal power and His divine nature.” Let’s dig even deeper. The Rambam ( famously wrote the Thirteen Principles of the Jewish Faith, which became reduced to the “Yigdal,” a hymn ( Rabbi Trail: It might seem strange for a Messianic Rabbi (me) to be espousing the Rambam’s Thirteen Principles (I’m not espousing, but simply referencing) because numbers 2 and 3 were written to make it difficult for Jewish people to believe in Yeshua. Number 2 is that there is only one God and number 3 is that God cannot have a body. As for number 2, there is but one God, (3 in 1). Part of His oneness is His Son, Yeshua. As for number 3, God had a body when He visited Abraham and when He wrestled Jacob, and in many other places of Scripture. See Asher Intrater’s book Who Ate Lunch With Abraham?. Besides, why is the virgin birth so hard to believe. Can’t God, the Creator of the Universe, bring forth His own Son, without a natural man? The harder thing to believe is Abraham and Sarah having a son while in their 90s, but Jewish people don’t struggle with that. End RT. The Rambam’s Thirteen Principles are a great start to understanding the invisible attributes of God. He is all powerful, all knowing, and omni-present. There is but one thing He cannot do. God cannot lie. This is Satan’s great assignment, to make God out to be a liar. It was the basis of his initial discussion with Eve in the Garden of Eden. Yeshua is that promised seed, (Women don’t have “seed,” men have seed, women give birth.) Who will bruise the head of the serpent. That is the promise of God. God has provided testimony of His truthfulness through creation. This leaves mankind without excuse. So, what’s your excuse? Too many liars in church? Don’t let their lies keep you from God’s promises. Too many rabbis don’t believe in Yeshua? (After all, how could they all be so wrong?) This is too important to allow some long dead rabbis’ mistake govern your future. Better agree with the Scripture, people (including you and me) truly are without excuse. What can be known about God? More than I wrote in this short piece, so let’s pick this up again next time. [...]
I recently took up lap swimming. I am a fine recreational swimmer, but I am not adept at swimming continuously for some distance. I must stop to catch my breath after swimming each length of the pool. Other swimmers glide gently through the  water, breathe with every few strokes, make the turn at the wall, and swim back to the other end. Try as I might, I have not yet even begun to sniff their level of swimming prowess. They just have a rhythm of the swim  strokes and breathing which I presently lack. Just as in swimming, we need rhythm in life. God’s creation has a rhythm which many lack in today’s world. Read the full article here: Issue 35 [...]

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