The sunset was stunning as we saw hurricane Florence from the Almighty’s perspective. We were not scheduled to fly out until tomorrow, but the deteriorating weather and Abba’s provision carried us out 24 hours early. What a blessing! Miss the storm AND get another day in Israel. Win – win!
In recent months I have watched with some dismay as multiple people around me have strongly considered or actually taken the leap and converted to Judaism. The move itself is not so problematic except that the conversion process generally demands a firm denial of Yeshua as the Messiah and that is monumental.
My journey out of a Christian pulpit and to the Hebrew roots of the faith began when I started to evaluate many of the traditions I had been handed. Each traditional understanding of Scripture, handed down from Christian theologians for up to 1600 years, had to be evaluated against what Scripture actually said. And, central to it all was the looming question regarding Yeshua/Jesus as the Messiah.
I knew coming into the study that Christianity had some things very wrong, but experience told me that somethings were right. The key was to tease out the valuable elements and leave the rest behind. I was a bit perplexed as I began exploring many sources of information to find that Judaism, like Christianity, was filled with traditional interpretations that simply do not add up to Scripture. Continue reading →
Yesterday morning, as I pulled out of my drive to head to work, I glanced west and saw a huge moon sinking toward the horizon and it hit me! Sukkot is a scant four weeks away!
We have been diligently taking care of details for the first Ani Yosef trip to Israel and Abba has been very good. Currently we have about 60 paid participants… Not as many as we prayed for, but more than I originally thought we might marshal on such short notice!
(Plans are already being formed for Pesach next year… Remember? “Next year in Jerusalem?” So, follow the aniyosef.com blog to be sure not to miss any news.)
In interesting news… in the last week we have added an additional activity to the itinerary… A Paul Wilbur Concert! Most exciting, the event is being recorded for a live album and DVD!
Ani Yosef Tees, pictured above, are available to any who want one… Details and to place your order, go here.
Expect lots of pics and updates during the trip. Just keep an eye here and the Ani Yosef blog.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a blog and the first couple posts jumped out at me. They spoke directly to some areas where the Father has been teaching me. The beauty of this blog is that it is a sabra telling her story of ministry to the heart of God and a wound that we unwittingly exacerbate by picking sides.
I pray you will take the time to not only read the first three posts in Orna Grinman‘s current series, but also take the time to peruse her blog. Read her story, and pray for this dear sister that is on the cutting edge of healing and restoration for kol Israel!
And, as a side note…. I am so excited that during Sukkot she is going to be the guest of Ani Yosef one evening to come and share with us! I can’t wait!!
My plans for the summer did not include reading or in any way weighing in on the discussion of Palestinians. Honestly, while I probably should have been more educated on the issue, I can say that aside from driving through Judea and Samaria during each of my last three trips to Israel and avoiding roads that have the big red and white ‘enter at your own risk’ warning signs, the Palestinians have not been on my mind. I’ve been minding my own business. Until a few weeks ago.
While the circumstances and players are not important to this article, a sequence of conversations and confrontations brought me face to face with a simple and very uncomfortable fact: what if I’m related to the Palestinians?
Now, some of you are chuckling because you know well my Swedish blue eyes and very European ancestry, even if I tan easily to a deep bronze. But seriously? What if I am related?
Hey guys, been super busy here, but we continue to be hard at work planning and preparing to take a large team to Jerusalem this year for Sukkot!! Most trips to Israel cost a bundle, especially during the feasts! But, what if I told you that we have something very special planned that is decidedly not your ordinary tour package and at a considerably less expensive rate?
Well, if you have been looking for a chance to be in Jerusalem for Sukkot, plus a few more days, then this is the trip for you! Currently, we have more than 70 names on our list, but we have room for a few more. Try 16 days in Jerusalem at Sukkot on just $50 per day, includes lodging (hostel style) and breakfast/dinner, daily. Details are here and at the Ani Yosef blog. Come join us, but be quick… Time and space is limited.
Now… Maybe you can’t go, but you have been keeping up with Ani Yosef and you know that this is an opportunity to build long term trusting friendships with brothers in Israel. Well, because this is our first time, we have a few extra start up expenses as we get set up to be able to do this next year at Pesach and Sukkot. Cooking and serving the team of about 100 will require some large stainless pots, mixing bowls, serving trays, heavy duty serving utensils, a couple LARGE coffee pots and other incidentals as well as cost to transport some select items from the US. If you or your fellowship can help with any of this, please go here and hit the donate button and select the amount in $10 increments. Your gift will help us immensely!
Be gracious to me, O God, for man has trampled upon me; Fighting all day long he oppresses me. My foes have trampled upon me all day long, For they are many who fight proudly against me.
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can mere man do to me? All day long they distort my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil. They attack, they lurk, They watch my steps, As they have waited to take my life. Because of wickedness, cast them forth, In anger put down the peoples, O God!
You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call; This I know, that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, In the Lord , whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? Your vows are binding upon me, O God; I will render thank offerings to You. For You have delivered my soul from death, Indeed my feet from stumbling, So that I may walk before God In the light of the living.
Psalms 56:1-13 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.56.1-13.NASB
Recently, I was interviewed concerning the upcoming Ani Yosef trip to Jerusalem for Sukkot 2018. This was a fun interview with lots of details shared about the upcoming trip!! Take a listen and then drop by AniYosef.com more information, to sign up or make a donation to help with start up expenses!
Do we have a clue how AMAZING is the time that we are living in?? Check out this incredible video created in Ecuador on the 70th anniversary of Israel!! Can you hear echoes of ‘every tribe, tongue and nation?’ Of special note, the song is sung on the equator… Both hemispheres crying out… Baruch Hashem!!
I want to share a group email I received this morning with excellent thoughts and insight into Shavuot. I pray this challenges and blesses you as it did me.
Shalom Fellow Israelite,
The Counting of the Omer is almost over. Several times in history the marking of time during the seven weeks has culminated in significant events. It is believed that that was the case with the Torah being deposited at Mt. Sinai, and it was certainly true after Yeshua’s post-Resurrection forty day period on earth, and then the following ten days leading to the Spirit’s descent upon those who in thefullness of timebecame the first fruits of Shavuot (Shavuot is also the Feast of Bikkurim – first fruits).
This year in particular, the period marked by the Omer counting has been full of events in the Land of Israel – some ordained by heaven, others by man, while the natural and weather conditions have also been erratic.
Just over five years old and now at a half million views, natsab.com is small by many standards, but has impacted many people’s lives with truth and challenging thoughts. Thank you for being here and sharing this journey as we grow together.
Truly, as the verse above says, doing His commandments leads to understanding. We don’t have understand first, we DO first and then comes understanding.
May each of you be blessed with great understanding.