Big Shabbat at the Rambo’s (Lots of pics…)

About once per quarter we are blessed to host a gathering of multiple area home fellowships.  One most encouraging thing about Western SC is that there are home fellowships springing up everywhere and we are striving to walk in peace and harmony as a testimony to our King.

The Torah and the Body of Messiah was NEVER meant to function as a ‘church,’ rather, we are to function as a community!!  Israel, kol Israel, is to function as a community with gathering for worship and prayer at the center of all other community activities.  We are learning to walk together and function more and more as  a community.

Following is a gallery of a bunch of pictures from yesterday.  Continue reading

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North Korea Threatens Israel!!!

A couple days ago I posted a quick blog about the interesting development that North Korea may have been prophesied as an endtimes player.  Then, imagine my surprise when this morning I wake and find a Jerusalem Post article titled, “North Korea threatens Israel with ‘merciless, thousand-fold punishment’.”

REALLY?!  You can’t make this stuff up.  Now, I am pondering this new development and considering that if Ephraim was scattered to the ends of the earth, why would the redemption not begin from the ends of the earth?  Does not the enemy come from the North?

Ironic (or, not) that Pyongyang was once known as the Jerusalem of the East!

Watching this carefully as it unfolds….

Breaking Israel News also has a related article up.

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Kickstarter Update #1

The campaign is underway and it is exciting to see pledges come in.  Currently, we are sitting at 10% with about 10% of our time gone…  Please pass the word, share, etc.  If you need a banner or sidebar to promote this, check out what Hebrew Nation Radio has on their home page…

This is a very special opportunity to reach many, many people with the message of the Hebrew roots of our faith!!

To make a contribution, the Kickstarter page is here.

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North Korea and Prophecy? say, ‘WHAT?’

I have been watching the drama unfold on the Korea Peninsula with quite a bit of interest.  I was stationed in an armor battalion near the DMZ a half a lifetime ago, and I feel for the men and women, both American and South Korean, who have served protecting a sometimes tenuous truce for nearly 70 years.  Lately, the saber rattling, particularly by the North has intensified to an alarming cacophony.

MORE interesting is the fact that just maybe, in this remotest location from Israel, there is a prophetic connection!  Is it possible that this is where the final great war begins??  Whoddathunk?

Eliyahu Berkowitz, a friend and author who writes for Breaking Israel News, covers many, many threads dealing with the prophetic and the footsteps of Messiah from a Jewish perspective.  This week he introduced some sensational material Continue reading

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Yom haShoah

We remember.  

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Repairing the Breach! Kickstarter campaign!!

WorldNetDaily’s World Ahead Press would like to republish Repairing the Breach and advertise it through WND’s powerful media voice.  This is an incredible opportunity to introduce the Hebraic roots message to a very large audience with potentially millions hearing the message.  We need your help!!

After prayer and considerable discussion with wise counsel, we are undertaking a Kickstarter campaign. Together, I believe we can have a major impact!

Please pray, share this campaign on Facebook and your other social media accounts, and strongly consider helping.  Blessings!!

Repairing the Breach Kickstarter Campaign

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From the heart of the Torah…

Now Moses diligently inquired about the goat of the sin offering, and behold, it was burned up! And he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the surviving sons of Aaron, saying,
Leviticus 10:16 ESV

http://bible.com/59/lev.10.16.ESV

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Here is a ‘firstborn’ mindbender, sure to stretch you!!

Following is a link to a Scripture image and thought from thebarkingfox.com.  Friend Al McCarn has assembled a couple verses that will totally stretch your understanding of YHVH’s plan and purpose….

Picture of the Week 04/21/17 – http://wp.me/p4cMjG-1tC

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My beautiful new handmade Negev tallit!!

The day before Pesach, my new tallit arrived at the door!

Friend and fellow sojourner, Chana, has had this on her ‘to-do’ list for a while, but a broken arm from a fall prevented her from being able to weave while she was mending.  Now, she is back to work and catching up on her several projects in addition to the normal weaving she has creating vintage auto fabrics for restored classic cars.

I have shared some of Chana’s talent before in several posts, but am now the proud recipient of some of her beautiful work.  Following are some pictures and a little more story.  Enjoy!

Chana measured me last year when we dropped in to visit as we passed through Tennessee.  She must have written down a number of details, because Continue reading

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It’s not that I have to, I get to!!

Chag Same’ach!!

Curried lamb, lemon sauteed asparagus, spiced carrots, salad, avocado and wonderful matzah along with a glass of Josh.

Mmmmmmm…..  

This Feast stuff is such a burden…  NOT!!

And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord ; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.
Leviticus 23:6 ESV

http://bible.com/59/lev.23.6.ESV

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Can we accelerate the coming of the Messiah?

Last night, as we sat around the Pesach table, we enjoyed a wonderful romp through Scripture.  A small affair, with only three guests besides my family, we embraced the freedom to pursue Scripture and thought trails induced by the haggadah.  Two of the three guests, never having participated in a Passover, had insightful questions and opened doors for significant discussion.

As we discussed Scripture and the scattering of the house of Israel, I brought up an interesting connection in Scripture: Both Matthew 24:31 and Deuteronomy 30:4 use the phrase ‘from the ends of the sky’ when speaking of the gathering of Yah’s people.  (I have discussed this connection before and recommend this article as background.)

This morning, I woke thinking about the coming of the Messiah and how to speed it!

Christian and Rabbinic thought differ on whether we can speed or affect prophecy, a point that I made at our table last evening.  We were enjoying a wonderful bottle of Jozef from Har Bracha Winery in Samaria, Israel, my selection for Pesach.  I explained to our guests that the bottle is a fulfillment of prophecy and poignant reminder of the difference in Christian and Judaic perspectives on prophecy.

Nir (pronounced, Neer), the owner of Har Bracha, Continue reading

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Things that make you go, “Hmmmm…”

If the Sabbath is no longer relevant, why did Yeshua invoke its latter-day significance in the last week of his life?  Hmmmm…

The everlasting and unchanging Word says multiple times that the seventh-day Sabbath, the Shabbat, is ‘olam.’  (Forever.)

Verse image by Dorothy Wilson, YouVersion friend.

Pray that your escape will not happen in winter, or on Shabbat.
Matthew 24:20 TLV

http://bible.com/314/mat.24.20.TLV

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Taste and see that the Lord is good!!

While generally understood in a metaphorical sense, yesterday, I was reminded of the real physical sense that our Father expects us to understand His Word when it says,

Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! Ps. 34:8

We gathered with a dozen or more families yesterday to participate in a mock Seder (Passover) meal.  Most all of us will celebrate Passover in the coming day or so, but we had guests and visitors who had never experienced a Passover and, planning to celebrate with families in their homes for the first time, needed to ‘see’ and experience in order to more fully understand the meaning of the feast and how to lead it.

This will be about our sixth Passover and each is more rich than the previous as I learn and understand more fully the great depth of YHVH’s Word.  Yesterday was no different as I made new connections with Scripture and even this morning, I woke thinking, ‘Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!’

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Matzah Truffles and Pesach Delicacies…

Two years ago, I offered a terrific compilation of delicious Pesach recipes using matzah.

Well, the truffles have been so well received the last two years that I thought I’d kick the dark chocolate and sea salt truffles up a notch…  Here is a selection of what I made late yesterday a I relaxed in the kitchen.

Dark chocolate truffles made with matzah. Clockwise from top left: Coconut, Raspberry, White Chocolate with Macadamia Nut, Manischewitz Glaze, Fireball Whiskey Glaze and Cappuccino. (Poor photography: mine.)

Because we have been improving our diet and have been particularly intentional about adding coconut oil to our diet (google: health benefits of coconut oil!!), I made a few little substitutions to the base recipe.  Continue reading

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Should Christians celebrate Passover?

A recent commenter on my blog asked the question, “Should Christians celebrate Passover?”  While this is certainly a controversial topic, it is absolutely one that needs to be visited on a regular basis, and the answer needs to be Scriptural, not based on man’s traditions and doctrines.

I will seek, in a short post, to demonstrate that Scripture clearly points Christians to celebrating Passover.  Numerous links to expanded explanations in previous blog posts will be provided.

The early chapters of Exodus recount the miraculous redemption of Israel from Egypt.  Central to the story is the celebration of Passover ‘as a sign’…’on your hand and on your forehead.’  (13:9)  As part of the commandment, the Lord (YHVH) states clearly, multiple times, that Passover is an ordinance that is to be celebrated annually, forever.  Here are a few verses from Exodus 12 and 13:

Ex. 12:14 ‘Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as [a]a permanent ordinance.

Ex. 12:24 And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever.

Ex. 13:10 Therefore, you shall keep this ordinance at its appointed time from [a]year to year.

Clearly, from these verses and their surrounding context, someone is supposed to be keeping Passover every year!  But, who?

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