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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Shabbat in Jerusalem

I am writing this Friday afternoon here in Jerusalem where most are preparing for a family dinner tonight after Shabbat has officially come in. Shelli and I are invited to the home of Nir, our Migdal Arbel project head. 

As we talked on the phone, he told me it would be noisy. His brothers and their families will be there. Lots of children. I told him I was used to that.

Family—so important to the Father. I think there are no people who exemplify this more than the Jews. They practice family. Shabbat after Shabbat. Pesach after Pesach (Passover). Sukkot after Sukkot. Etc. Families gather. And more often than not, they eat!

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The Knesset

Albert Vexler, Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast, arranged a meeting with Parliament member Tatiana Mazarsky. She was born in Russia, and after graduating from high school in the USSR she made Aliyah. Here in the Land her accomplishments brought her to the Knesset.

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Kibbutz Be’eri, Second Visit

Julie Sironi came to our hotel to join us for breakfast. Such a good time sharing with this lady, now so well known in Israel for her own heart for Israel and for her coordinating the work of Kenneth Copeland Ministries here. It’s so pleasurable to communicate with a kindred spirit.

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Shepherd’s Field – City of David

We began this last day with the troopers walking through a rather desolate weedy area to an ancient structure over a cave which Guy said could be the place of the birth of Jesus. Guy explained his reasons for thinking it could be from the Scriptures, however, I haven’t had time to study the Scriptures he referred to for you. But having been in Nazareth and this “shepherd’s field,” we really touched the first coming of our Lord. We could not go into Bethlehem because there are no soldiers available to man the entry.

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Shabbat in Israel

It is Shabbat. And I am taking a shabbat. Resting in the hotel while most of the others went to Masada and the Dead Sea (Yam HaMelach).
Oops. I’ve been coming back to the hotels and writing the blogs after very busy days. And then arising early for what the next day holds. So I got behind. To fix the matter, I wrote three days in one. When I checked to see what your comments were, I saw the 3-day post was not posted. This morning I checked. Still not there. I thought, Oh my! The work week is over, and they didn’t get it posted.

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Our First Day in Jerusalem

Just after breakfast, we gathered in a room where we would have two lectures.

The first gentleman holds the very important position of Ministry of the Diaspora.
I was shocked when he presented me with a plaque.
You can read it from the picture posted here. We will take it home, but it will find its way back to the walls of Migdal-Arbel Prayer and Study Center.

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Entry into Jerusalem

As we walked out from Hotel Ramat on the Galilee to board the bus south for Jerusalem I snapped a picture of a “parking lot” just outside the door.
Families evacuated from Kiriyat Shmona in the North are staying here. We saw many older ladies occupied with needlework, filling in artsy coloring books, etc. to pass their time. The littlest kids here spend a lot of time driving. See their parking lot.

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