Updated!! – Come to Israel with us for Pesach 2018!!

***Only 3 spots left!!  Contact us if you would like more information or want to join us for Pesach in Jerusalem!!  (Why say, ‘Next year in Jerusalem,’ when you can BE there?)

Al McCarn and I, along with our wives and a couple of our teen age boys, are going to be in Israel for the Third B’ney Yosef Congress in Ariel, followed by about 12 days just outside Jerusalem.  The house that we are renting can sleep up to 14, so there is room for about 6 to 8 others who may want to join us!!  If you think you might want to, keep reading!!

Sukkot, last year, was an amazing stay in a little village just minutes west of Jerusalem in the hills where Saul roamed.  We rented a house on the top of a hill with expansive views and quiet streets to walk.  We had a couple rental cars and jetted all over the country to see the places tour buses don’t go and to find the roots of the house of Israel. We also had a number of very special Divine appointments with Orthodox Jews who are understanding a bit about the Torah awakening.  This coming Pesach will be no different!  We expect to be able to visit in some Orthodox homes and interact with our brothers of Judah as well as worship in a local Orthodox synagogue.  (The same synagogue we walked Torah scrolls in for Sukkot 18 months ago!)

Already, we have a couple meetings arranged as well as several important tours on our agenda.  We invite you to prayerfully consider coming along.

Dates we have the house are from March 27 to April 8.  We will celebrate Pesach and may have other joining us in the large great room that can seat 25+.  Those who wish to attend the Congress before hand, dates are 23-27 March. We can provide contact info for the organizers.

So, if you are interested in hanging with us for a couple weeks, celebrating Pesach in the Land, seeing what kind of cool adventures we can scare up and just generally breathing deeply the air of Israel in a Jewish community just outside of Jerusalem, drop me an email and I will give rough prices and further details!!

Shalom, shalom!!

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Ten Parts in the King now available for pre-order!!!

Ten Parts in the King will begin shipping on January 25, 2017.  The first print run is only 2500 copies, and I know 150 are already spoken for, so you may want to pre-order now!!

Pre-order here!

Also, for those interested, we plan to have a book launch and signing in mid-January in Greenville, SC.  Watch this blog and tenpartsintheking.com for details!  It will be open to the public and we hope you will attend!!

Now, skip on over to the Key of David Publishing website to read the cool snippet about the book and put a couple in your cart!  😉  (Every pastor you know needs a copy of this book…)

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Ever wonder why most pastors and ‘theologically trained’ people don’t get this Torah awakening?

It is a common lament: “My pastor just doesn’t see this,” or, “My family knows their Bible forwards and backwards, why don’t they understand?”

For me, as a former pastor who began Torah observance and see clearly it’s current relevance and continuity, I am in an exceedingly small minority. Why?

We’ll, this morning my good friend Al McCarn sent me a link that totally explains a most mystifying set of parables and answers the question concerning why the Hebrew Roots and Messianic community is so full of seemingly brigands and theologically untrained. Perhaps, Abba has done this intentionally, because, He has done this before….

http://www.bethimmanuel.org/articles/new-wine-and-old-wineskins-parable-luke-536-39-re-examined

After reading this, much suddenly snapped into focus! Enjoy!! (and, discuss…)

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Counting down the days…. (And, I’m EXCITED!!!)

Several countdowns are running at our house.  There’s the countdown to our third trip to IsraelWe also have the countdown to the 2 p.m. launch of Ten Parts in the King on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at M. Judson Booksellers in Greenville, SC.  And, the countdown to the release and shipping of the book a week from tomorrow!  (Graphic at left from tenpartsintheking.com.)

That is a LOT happening in our neck o’the woods….  But, there is more!

Recently, co-author Al McCarn and I have been interviewed a couple times about Ten Parts in the King and not long ago were filmed for a major Christian TV web program that will soon be released.  And, someone (thank you, Laura!) sent us a couple memes to help with promotion (hint, hint).  We have those on our Media Page and included below. Continue reading

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You may not like it, but….

Whether we like or don’t like what the Torah says is immaterial.  It is still TRUTH.  It is the definition of righteousness. 
It is okay to wrestle with it, but in the end we have to make a decision: obey or disobey.  We are accountable for every jot and tittle.

Selah!

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Help ‘The Way’ documentary get in Netflix. Easy. Fast.

Hey guys, this is quick and easy!!  Let’s help Luke and Kayte, creators of The Way documentary, to get it added to Netdflix for broader exposure!!  See the following details, of just hit this link:  www.thewaydoc.com/netflix 

  • Oh, and be sure to share with your friends!!

Hi everyone!

Netflix welcomes the public’s recommendations, so from now until January 15th, we’re mobilizing our community to suggest that Netflix add The Way documentary to their library of films. Head here to do it: www.thewaydoc.com/netflix

By condensing our film suggestions into a set period of time, we’ll raise the volume of our collective voice.

So join in with your friends, family and Shabbat fellowship! Suggesting the film only takes a few seconds and you only need to suggest it once per person.

Here’s why we’re super excited about this possibility:

1. You (and your friends) would be able to watch The Way for FREE when you sign up for a FREE 1-month trial on Netflix!

2. Netflix’s 99 million subscribers around the world will have a chance to encounter the message of The Way.

Thank you so much for your prayers, encouragement and support! No matter what happens, we’ve seen our Heavenly Father take this film to the far corners of the earth, and we pray that He’ll continue to use it in whatever way He has planned.

– Luke & Kayte

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This quote is a KEEPER!!

Friend and co-author Al McCarn has just reviewed Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler’s groundbreaking (ground shaking?) Ten From the Nations.  I highly recommend the review, but especially want to share a quote that is worthy of framing!

“…those who persevere in reading and studying even when the subject matter is uncomfortable tend to come out much better in the end – smarter, wiser, more tolerant, and better able to cooperate with others in the interest of a greater good.”

Truth requires reading and studying hard subject matter, sometimes even things to which we may be strongly opposed.  Be willing to pursue truth, even the uncomfortable parts!

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UPDATED!!! – Torah School for the Nations at Pesach!!! (See Special Note and Lower Price!)

Yesterday, I received a very exciting email from friend and fellow sojourner, Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler, the author of Ten From the NationsAs an adult educator, for some months she has been pondering starting a Torah School for non-Jews who visit the Land and want to learn some of the deeper things of Torah while connecting in a meaningful way with Orthodox Jews.  Following is her email explaining this really neat opportunity in Jerusalem during the week of Pesach.  It is on my ‘to do’ list.  Come join me!!


Are you coming to Jerusalem for Passover?

Here’s a chance to learn Torah from Jewish educators in Israel. On Sunday, April 1, 2018, Torah School for the Nations will be in session for a day of intensive study.

SPECIAL NOTE: Torah School for the Nations stands firmly against proselytization of all kinds and focuses on the twin goals of delving into what we share and helping us understand one another better.

Classes are especially designed for students from the Nations and no prior background is required.

11:15-12:10Introduction to the Rabbinic Tradition in Judaism
Many people have been taught to fear or distrust the Talmud and other expressions of rabbinic Judaism. This introduction will dispel the myths and help you understand the role of rabbinic literature in Torah.
Faculty Member: Rabbi Elan Adler
Rabbi Elan Adler was a synagogue rabbi in the United States for 25 years before making aliyah (moving to Israel) in 2010. He is known for his warm and gentle humor and for making Judaism accessible to adults. Continue reading

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YOU are invited to witness the launch of Ten Parts in the King!!!

We have secured a really neat place for the launch of Ten Parts in the King!  With books set to begin shipping on Thursday, January 25, 2018, we thought a book launch a couple days before would give some of our treasured local supporters and prayer partners first opportunity to hold these beautiful volumes!

  • Where: M. Judson Booksellers, m-judson-exterior-e1510176881186130 S. Main St, Greenville SC
  • When: 2:00 PM, Jan. 21, 2018
  • The Plan: Co-authors, Pete Rambo and Al McCarn will give a short presentation and dedicate the book before signing copies for sale.
  • The Book: Available for $12.95  (Unsigned pre-orders currently available here.)

TPinK bk cvr sm50Our hope is to film and possibly live stream the event for many from across the planet who can’t be there but have expressed excitement at the book’s release.  Watch for details.

We would LOVE for all who are within driving distance of Greenville to attend and mob the place!  (Good coffee, bakery and cafe…)

Mark your calendar, share this to your media circles and bring a friend!!  We would love to see you there!

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\o/ Can I get a witness? \o/

So, I’m learning a new job that will have me doing some classroom instruction.  Typically, I can be anywhere in western SC with a class that will last four days or so.  Yesterday, as I shadow my trainer, I began with a class of 12, just north of Greenwood.

This morning, while setting up, I asked if there were any questions and a hand immediately went up.  The late 20’s lady hesitantly said, “Uhm, what, uhm, are those string things you have on your side?”

I smiled, inside and out, and took three minutes to quickly explain my background, what my tzitziot are, what they mean and where I get that from Scripture (Numbers 15:37-41).  At least seven of the students were very interested with one even asking to look more closely and ask follow on questions.

There is a debate that has gone on for a long, long time as to whether this command is a private or corporate command.  I.e., do I tuck them in and let them remind only me, or, as a peculiar people, do I wear them out as a reminder to others to keep the commandments and as a witness to who I am as a keeper of the Commandments.  Personally, I have always worn them out and been convicted of such.  I do not intent to fuel the debate so much as say, “If they had been tucked in, would I have had opportunity to give a witness to the veracity of the Torah and walking as the Messiah?”

Shalom!!

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My ‘must have’ T-shirt….

Comma Chameleon T courtesy of SnorgTees

So, this week, co-author Al McCarn unintentionally whetted my taste buds for a funny t-shirt!

To understand, you really need to read his short update on the publication progress of Ten Parts in the King.

Publication Update: The Ten Dollar Comma

 

So, if you see me wearing this t-shirt, you’ll know the inside joke…  😉

 

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Ezra, Two Sticks, Two Witnesses and Chanukah

Yesterday was Shabbos Chanukah and if you check your Chumash or Torah reading cycle, you will find that the Haftarah was Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7.  Certainly, because one of the main topics in Zechariah 4:2-14 is the giant menorah, this can be connected to Chanukah, but if we dig a little deeper, this Haftarah connects all of Scripture!!

It is hard to know exactly where to begin pulling threads, so let’s just jump right in!

Last week’s Torah portion, Miketz, is part of my very favorite series of Portions, the Joseph Portions, about which I have written much.  With multiple levels of understanding hidden in the life of Joseph, it is no surprise to find considerable prophecy and allusion to the Two Houses of Israel from the interplay of Judah and Joseph.  While we will not delve into that in this post, I want to demonstrate from this Haftarah that the interplay was on display yesterday in every synagogue that read this, whether they recognized it or not.

Popular among Christians is trying to understand, or guess, who the two witnesses of Revelation 11 are.  Al McCarn and I, in Ten Parts in the King: The Prophesied Reconciliation of God’s Two Witnesses that is now being printed, spend chapters collecting and connecting data points not just from Scripture but also Rabbinic and historic sources demonstrating not only the veracity of the Two House position, but explaining and examining God’s intent.  One passage we touch on is this Zechariah passage.

Quoting from the soon to be released book, Continue reading

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Prophetic thresholds….

This year has been a string of prophetic pearls being revealed, one after another.  Yesterday proved another gem in the string as President Donald Trump officially recognized Zion, the Eternal City, as the capital of Israel.  Much, much has been running through my head ever since, but the very first thought that hit me was,

Ezra 1

Cyrus Helps the Exiles to Return

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:

“This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

“‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them. And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.’”

Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem

How many of you remember last year about this time when Trump’s win and Presidency was being met with declarations that he was a type of Cyrus.  Continue reading

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Might 40 years = 40 Jubilees?


I have been rereading Joshua this week and seeing some interesting parallels.  Here’s one…

As hard as it is for us to imagine, Israel, all 13 tribes had the Torah and knew what was righteous, but still didn’t do it for 40 years of wilderness journey.  Kinda like the ‘church,’ led by another Joshua, who has had Torah for the last 50 Jubilees, but has refused to observe some/certain of the commandments.

Stiff-necked then. Stiff-necked now.

Interesting that in Ezekiel we are told that it will not be until Abba brings us into the Land that He’ll sprinkle clean water on us and remove our filth.  Here, Joshua does similarly after they cross the Jordan into the Land.

This is the reason why Joshua circumcised them: all the people who came out of Egypt who were males, all the men of war, died in the wilderness along the way after they came out of Egypt. For all the people who came out were circumcised, but all the people who were born in the wilderness along the way as they came out of Egypt had not been circumcised. For the sons of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, that is, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished because they did not listen to the voice of the Lord , to whom the Lord had sworn that He would not let them see the land which the Lord had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.
Joshua 5:4‭-‬6 NASB

http://bible.com/100/jos.5.4-6.NASB

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Riddle me this….

The rest of this and the previous chapter reveal details that lead to the correct answer….

 

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