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.
Al 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
While 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
I received a somewhat cryptic text yesterday morning from a dear friend and regular reader.
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.
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
Recently, Al McCarn and I have been having 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
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 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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The new American President, Donald Trump,
has 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
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!
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.
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…
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.
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!!
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.
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
I 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
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).
As 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!