Recapping the BYNA Summit, 2017 (Updated with order info)

I really have no idea how or where to begin.  Not having written, or having had the time to write in the last couple weeks, I can tell you that I am ‘full.’  The Days leading up to the Summit and the Summit itself overloaded me physically, mentally and spiritually leaving me with more than I know how to process.  But here is an attempt to share what I can share.  Trust me when I say, there is still more that I can’t share…  Abba has been VERY good and has confirmed again that we are on the right path and His Hands are all over what B’ney Yosef North America is doing on this continent.

In the days leading up to the Summit, the question was asked among the leadership, ‘why Mesa?’  It was not questioning the reason or wisdom in hosting the Summit in the Southwest, but a question of what the Father’s reasoning was for placing us in that particular place.  The Phoenix metro area has 26 townships, Mesa being just one of them.

20170212_125602Al McCarn answered the question with, ‘Mesa means ‘table.’  Dorothy Wilson followed that with a link to a video, ‘He brought me to His banqueting table, His banner over me is love.’  We pondered what the Father might be setting on the table before us.

Getting the Summit together and promoting it was no small task.  Going into the Second B’ney Yosef Congress in Israel last Sukkot, we knew BYNA was to have a Summit in early 2017, but most details had to wait until after Sukkot in order to ascertain the Father’s will from the Second Congress. Continue reading

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Denominations, by definition, will fail

shatteredWhile some may think the following thought is aimed primarily at my brothers in the church, I would offer that most Messianic and Hebrew roots believers have never left a denominational mindset…  Please read on.

Jn 17:20-23 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

‘Denomination’  is rooted in ‘division,’ as in, ‘denominator.’  Denominations define themselves against each other based on minor differences of understanding or belief, often rooted in the teachings of a single man.  Think: Calvin, Wesley, Arminius, etc.

American/Western business mindset has taken the whole process a step further to take the ‘church as business’ model and craft further special ways to add value to their ‘name brand’ and thus attract more members/followers to increase offerings to pay for the new building project.  Continue reading

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Transitioning from congregations to communities

I received a somewhat cryptic text yesterday morning from a dear friend and regular reader.

By definition, moving a large grouip 'by their hosts' requires organization and leaders. Exampled here in picture are Americans troops marching down the Champs Elysees upon the liberation of Paris.

By definition, moving a large group ‘by their hosts’ requires organization and leaders. Exampled here in picture are Americans troops marching down the Champs-Elysees upon the liberation of Paris.

It said,

Bney thought on second exodus-last parsha in 6:26 says they left out in their ranks… not as a mish mosh…..  There was leadership in place.

The single criticism I have heard most often of B’ney Yosef is that it is not our job to become organized.  The Mashiach, according to general criticism, does everything.  We don’t need to do anything, we simply need to, in the words of another good friend, “decide what flavor ice cream we want.”

While I have long been convinced that the Messiah doesn’t magically snap his fingers and make everything better, I am increasingly understanding that the transition from this age to the Messianic age will require a considerable amount of sweat on our part and a willingness to work.  Hard.  And, that includes the hard work of humbling ourselves and coming together to walk in unity!  And, coming together requires organization.

Following is a terrific article by Ephraim and Rimona Frank about what this transition might look like.  Continue reading

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The Dilemma of the Ger: Commentary on “Has an Ancient Biblical Status for Non-Jews Reemerged After 2500 Years?”

Only rarely in each generation does a truly important topic get put n the table for discussion. In this response from Al McCarn to Dr. Rivkah Adler, we find the opening exchange of a most important topic for our generation. Who and what is the ger, and what is their right standing before Judah. Hundreds of thousands of non-Jews across the world are coming to Torah observance with no intent of converting to Judaism. What to do? How are they to be treated? What is their standing before God? Even more important, what is the nation of Israel to do about this phenomenon and the desire of many to come alongside Judah and live in the Land?

Many questions in a most complex issue.

Dr. Adler opens the discussion with a piece in Breaking Israel News about the Biblical ger and the Jewish perspective. Al responds with some significant thoughts from our side…

Check out this most interesting first exchange and ponder the magnitude of what this conversation might mean!!

The Barking Fox

James Tissot, The Return of the Prodigal Son.The Return of the Prodigal Son, by James Tissot.

The Torah Awakening among Christians is creating something the world has not seen for two thousand years:  a growing body of non-Jewish people who are doing the best they can to live by God’s eternal standards (His Torah – Law, Teaching, Commandments), but who do not intend to convert to Judaism.

What is the world to do with such people?  Perhaps the more immediate question is, what are the Jewish people and the State of Israel to do with such people?

Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler explored these questions recently in an article for Breaking Israel News.  Her article, “Has an Ancient Biblical Status for Non-Jews Reemerged after 2500 Years?”, presents the biblical concept of ger, (גָּר, Strong’s H1616), or foreigner, as a possible status for Torah-keeping non-Jews.  Dr. Adler and I have shared some correspondence on…

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Paradigm shift: BE the Kingdom v. TO the Kingdom

Recently, Al McCarn and I have been road-less-traveledhaving a really good running conversation discussing some changing thoughts on the nature of the Millennial Kingdom.  As we continue to study and grow, we continue to re-evaluate the traditions we inherited from our fathers and try to bring them more into line with Scripture.  I will reserve the Millennial discussion for another day because it will be quite long and I have more to sort out.  Suffice it to say that I am experiencing another paradigm shift…

In our most recent exchange, Al said something very profound that immediately brought clarity to that portion of our conversation.  He said,

All this time we [Christendom] have focused entirely on getting to the Kingdom.  If this is so, then our focus should be on how to BE the Kingdom.  It’s the greatest paradigm shift of all.

(brackets and emphasis mine)

Wow! That is a mouthful and enough of a thought to make one’s head explode.  I think back over decades of living in Christendom and the last six years as a Torah-keeping believer in Yeshua and I can tell you, the statement rings true!!

In general there has always been a focus on head knowledge Continue reading

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What did Moses see in the ‘Burning Bush?’

Originally posted Dec. 12, 2013

The first part of Exodus chapter three details Moses’ encounter with the ‘burning bush.’  I re-read this portion of Scripture the other day as part of a recent topical study when I saw something I had never seen before.

moses-burning-bush-slideMoses tells us precisely what he saw in the burning bush.

I shared what I found at Torah Study last night and, with more than 350 years of ‘Bible knowledge’ between the seven of us, not one of us had ever noticed what Moses saw in the burning bush.  That alone was an interesting lesson in how our paradigms can be shaped, even when the text is startlingly specific…

So, what exactly did Moses see?  Continue reading

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But, is this good for Israel??

The new American President, Donald Trump, donald-trump-speeh-inaugurationhas been inaugurated.  Attitudes at my job  ranged from very negative doldrums to positive exuberance.  In my head, I kept asking, ‘but, is this good for Israel?’

As a US Army veteran who undertook this Hebrew roots transformation, my understanding of myself and Israel have been radically transformed such that my view of this election and the last couple years of American policy have changed considerably.  My guiding thought, regarding American politics, has been, ‘but, is this good for Israel?’

Some years ago, even before I began asking the really hard questions of Scripture, I found myself coming to a place where I could no longer pledge allegiance to the United States of America.  Not that I do not love this country, but I could no longer write a blank check of allegiance to a nation that was, and continues to be, so involved in immoral activities and actions, both here and abroad. Continue reading

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Video to share re: BYNA Summit 2017

Hey guys, Tzefanyah has put together a neat video, the first of several, giving some details and insight into the upcoming BYNA Summit.  Take a look and share with your contacts.  Seats are still available and our prayer if for Abba to send those called to be about the work of building bridges and shouldering the task of organizing Ephraim in North America.

Pray.  If you feel called to this work, please be in Mesa, AZ.  If you know someone in your fellowship or congregation who needs to be there…  Please, pass this along!

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Worship and dance!!

Another SC National Shabbat is ‘in the books.’  Incredible anointed day of worship, fellowship and fun with Messianic from around the Southeast. 

Hanoch Young gave the best presentation I have ever seen him give and we spent time in dedicated prayer for Israel in light of tomorrow’s gathering of nations in Paris.  Exodus Road, with their excellent original music and expanding list of covers, led us in precious worship.

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SC National Shabbat 

We are getting started and cars are unloading brothers and sisters from all over SC and surrounding states.  Florida, GA, NC and other states are in the house…

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Shabbat shalom from SC!!

We are staying at the location for tomorrow’s National Shabbat.   The site is a recreation center in a camp complex in central SC.  The beauty is that they have cabins, multiples of which are rented by friends.  We watched the above sunset and are preparing for a meal together…

Life does not get any better.

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Reminder:  SC National Shabbat tomorrow! (1.14.17)

Just a quick reminder that South Carolina’s quarterly National Shabbat gathering is tomorrow.   It is near Camden, SC.  Email me for the address if you do not have it.  Please include enough information so I know who you are.  😉

We’ll start at noon with a covered dish lunch and fellowship followed by a presentation by Hanoch Young, music by Exodus Road, prayer for Israel and a report from the Second B’ney Yosef Congress.  And, as always, lots of dancing, fun and laughter.

Come, meet new members of your Hebraic  family from across SC and much of the Southeast as well reconnect with others.  It is a big family reunion.  300+ expected to attend!!

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What book was Joshua talking about?

Psalm 1 and 19 and 119 among other passages say the same thing!!  What do Christians miss when spending 80+% of time in the back of the book?  … blessings, right understanding, wisdom, obedience, etc.  

Got Torah?

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Joshua 1:8 ESV

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Does Bethlehem belong to Ephraim?

client_part_1483669287684_vzm-img_20170105_212046I have recently begun reading a small book titled Joseph is Alive by B. Michael Blaine.  Published in 1995, I am very surprised that I had not heard of it until Dorothy Wilson mentioned it on a recent visit.

As I read yesterday morning the author made a statement that shocked me and piqued my curiosity.  He said,

Bethlehem, a village in the hill country of Judah, was given to Ephraim, a northern tribe, for a possession. (pg.22)

I dropped my book and grabbed my Bible, but didn’t see anything obvious.  Thinking, “how did I miss that,” I continued reading as Blaine began to assemble a compelling case that indeed, Bethlehem, or part of it, belongs to Ephraim!!  Continue reading

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BYNA Summit 2017: Just 5 weeks away…

I am excited about the upcoming B’ney Yosef Summit in Mesa, AZ, and not just because I expect the weather to be considerably warmer than the 15ºF I woke to this morning.  I am excited to meet others with the same vision for connecting and equipping the thousands and thousands in North America who are awakening to Torah and what it means to be grafted into the family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel).

summit-2017-ad-6As we continue to plan the Summit, we are focusing on three major points, each of which I will talk about in more detail in the coming days.  Specifically, they are:

  • Experience the Family
  • Equip Leaders
  • Establish the Foundation

I can not explain or in any way adequately convey how important and rich it is to spend time face to face with others of like mind.  The First Congress in Israel was amazing and hugely impactful for all in attendance and it was due more to the conversations and connections than the speakers and topics discussed.  Exactly the same occurred with the first Summit last year in St. Petersburg, FL and again at the Second Congress in Ariel, Israel.  The personal connections and interactions are priceless and worth the effort if you get nothing else out of the Summit…  but, there is so much more!!

Prayerfully consider coming to experience the family!!  I look forward to meeting you and talking as we consider what the Father would have us doing for kol Israel and His glory!

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