Pesach Delicacies… (Pics!!)

Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Matzah Truffles with Manischewitz Glaze

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Speaking of “Greater Israel”….

Just yesterday, I posted a bit about Greater Israel and the explosiveness of hte topic.  well, imagine my surprise when I received the following news analysis and prayer points email today that delves into the very topic!!  And, it all ties in very closely to a prayer tour regarding the Land that we are taking during our upcoming trip to Israel.  Fascinating synchronicity!

greaterisrael5Abba is up to something MAJOR in our days and potentially in the next few months!  Please read all of the following:

Israel Headline News, Analysis, and Prayer Targets ~ 3.8.18
Prepared for Bney Yosef North America

Scripture Focus:
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? For shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God. Isaiah 66:7-9 Continue reading

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The Moving Cloud and Difficult Truth


Numbers 9:15-23 explains in detail the travel habits of the Children of Israel in the wilderness.  The abbreviated version is that they followed the Pillar of Cloud.  When the Cloud moved, they moved.  When the Cloud stood still, they camped.

Some camp locations were mere days long. Others, like Kadesh Barnea, were lengthy, up to 19 years.

Imagine having lived in a location for a year or two and the cloud suddenly moved.  You would have had to make the decision to move or to stay.  While most moved, I am sure that there were those who, at every move, decided to stay put.  Kadesh must have been the hardest!  Houses had been built, stables had been fortified and even orchards planted and harvested from.  Then, boom!, time to move.

This Hebrew roots/Messianic walk is much like that journey through the wilderness.  We’ve been pulled out of Egypt in a glorious but difficult awakening, Continue reading

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“Greater Israel” explosive Topic!

Recently, while reading comments from an occasional commenter on my blog, I saw a link to a website with an intriguing name: “The Greater Israel”   Immediately, I was intrigued and went to peruse the site.  The first and, unfortunately, only post correctly identifies the topic of ‘Greater Israel’ as “explosive.”

A map of Greater Israel according to the promises of God to Abraham and the twelve tribes of Israel.

Indeed, this is a topic that sets the teeth of many, and I do mean MANY, on edge.  But, why?  It is another Biblical and truthful topic that is an inconvenient truth.  This just happens to offend a different crowd than I am used to offending…  Still, it must be dealt with.

Israel is and will be much, much bigger than the little sliver of land that Judah currently occupies and this should excite us.  It means that in the future, there will be room for us and the hundreds of millions more who will latch onto the tzitzit of Continue reading

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Post National Shabbat Party

Several of the National Shabbats have been in locations where we could camp or rent a cabin. This is one of those times and the worship and fellowship spilled into one cabin. How cool to hang with friends on this walk that we only see every couple months!!

Teens loving the fellowship, too!

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SC National Shabbat!!

Underway!! Seventh SC National Shabbat. Moncks Corner SC on Lake Moultrie.

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Does God have two brides??

The knee jerk reaction from both Jews and Christians is a resounding, “NO!!!”  But, does Scripture bear this out, or are we willfully blind to a most difficult topic that we relegate to some ancient culture and time?

Buckle your seat belt and let’s examine Scripture without doctrinal or cultural filters.

Ezekiel 23 is a vile and gut wrenching chapter that few read with any pleasure.  Jerusalem and Samaria, capital cities of Judah and Israel respectively, are vividly described as sister brides, wed to God Himself, who commit adulterous acts.

23 The word of the Lord came to me again, saying, “Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother; and they played the harlot in Egypt. They played the harlot in their youth; there their breasts were pressed and there their virgin bosom was handled. Their names were Oholah the elder and Oholibah her sister. And they became Mine, and they bore sons and daughters. And as for their names, Samaria is Oholah and Jerusalem is Oholibah.

Begin by noting that while the language is metaphorical, God is making a very specific point.  This chapter begins with a bold and direct statement: two women, daughters of one mother became His and bore sons and daughters.  This is marriage language that is confirmed again multiple times through the text.  Oholah and Oholibah pursue other lovers and play the harlot to the anger, frustration and embarrassment of God the Husband. Continue reading

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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….

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

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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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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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.


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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: 

  • 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:

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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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 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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