Remembrance Day Ends, Independence Day Begins

Yesterday we went to the shopping area of Ein Bokek. As we sat at a table outside the mini-market we heard a clean-cut young man about 17 or 18 years old ask a question of an Israeli woman in English. We took up a conversation with him. He is from Vancouver B.C. and in this Land with a Jewish youth group. We talked a while and explained  who we are—Zionist Christians and what that means, etc. 

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A Day of Remembrance. A Day of Celebration.

I just came back inside my room. I had stepped outside on this balmy desert evening a few minutes before 8 PM. I knew that a one-minute siren would sound throughout the state of  Israel to mark the start of Yom HaZikaron. In English that’s Remembrance Day. A Day for the Fallen Soldiers of the Wars of Israel and Victims of Terrorism.

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Very Early Shabbat Morning

3:50 AM I was wide awake. That’s how it goes—at first. Glad to see my kumkum (קוּמְקוּם). Every hotel room in the Land has one. A super-fast-heating electric kettle. Very hot for tea or coffee.

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Cabin Ministry

We work with a group called Pastoral Care who minister to pastors, ministers and their families. From time to time, they send ministers who need a little Holy Spirit R & R to stay in our cabins here at Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks free of charge.

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Migdal Arbel: Rising Out of the Ground

In the picture above, I am standing on a balcony in Building 2. In the background you can see Mount Arbel and the Sea of Galilee. I was in Israel in December. I had planned to take a tour and call it a “Hanukkah Tour.” The Bible calls Hanukkah the “Feast of Lights,” a festival which Jesus observed. We normally take two buses, at about forty-five per bus.

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New Year’s Day – Jerusalem, Israel

This blog is for me. Remember, I said the blogs would serve as my journal. So I feel free to express my personal feelings. My emotions are very much mixed today. I miss my family, colleagues, and friends. (We left home the end of November.) But I don’t really want to leave these people and this Land in such an hour as this.

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Stewardship

The Lord used two mountains to drive home to the Jews the difference between blessings and cursings. Through Moses the Lord had differentiated between the two, especially in Deuteronomy 28. Then when Joshua and the people entered the land, they followed instructions given through Moses to plaster, write, and call out upon one mountain the blessings (Mount Gerizim).  On the other they were to write and call out the cursings. (Mount Ebal). (See Deuteronomy 27; Joshua 8:33).

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