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Helping the fire victims in Israel

We’ve sent our donation. Thanks, Pete, for posting this.

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As I am sure we are all aware, the recent fires in Israel have caused an incredible amount of loss, both in physical property and emotional loss.  By Yah’s grace, there was no loss of life and it does appear that what man meant for evil, god is using for good as He draws His people together.

I have received several requests for guidance on where to send funds.  Frankly, I do not want to promote a particular group or organization, but will share a couple trusted options.  Please choose one and offer some financial assistance as you are able.  And, more than anything, keep Israel in prayer.

Israel365.com

Israel Fires Fund
c/o Mike Clayton/Joined to Hashem
PO Box 361
Franklin, North Carolina 28744

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Love of God and Wrath of God though the Filter of Human Experience

One of the best and most thoughtful articles I’ve read in a long time!

Navigating by Faith

by Treasure Noel Tatum by Treasure Noel Tatum

We should never be afraid to confront the most difficult questions or statements. Truth us truth, and God and truth necessarily must necessarily be harmonious. Richard Dawkins says,

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
― Richard DawkinsThe God Delusion

The angry God of the Old Testament problem is often a line of first defense (or is it offense?) for those who do not believe in God, or at least do not believe in “the God of the bible”. It is a problem that believers wrestle with too.

The sermon in church today was on the book of Ezra. Ezra 8:22 reads,

“The gracious hand of our God…

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Fox Byte 5775 #46: Eikev (Because)

In this article, Al McCarn shows the correlation between and even the synthesis of the Old Testament and New Testament scriptures regarding the Law (Torah). Outstanding!

The Barking Fox

עֵקֶב

Since the first stage production of Of Mice and Men in 1937, the play has gripped audiences and readers for its deep and disturbing probe into human nature.  It has also spawned innumerable parodies and references in popular culture that have diluted the power of the piece.  (Photos:  Lon Chaney Jr & Burgess Meredith in the film 'Of Mice and Men' in 1939, Chris O'Dowd & James Franco in 'Of Mice and Men' in 2014 on Broadway, from "Dogs, Bromance & James Franco: 12 Things Your English Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Of Mice and Men", by By Pete Croatto, April 12, 2014, Broadway.com)John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men has gripped audiences with its disturbing probe of human nature since 1937.  (Photos: Lon Chaney Jr & Burgess Meredith in the 1939 film version; Chris O’Dowd & James Franco in the 2014 Broadway production, from “Dogs, Bromance & James Franco: 12 Things Your English Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Of Mice and Men”, by By Pete Croatto, April 12, 2014, Broadway.com)

What is this tendency of human minds to discard unpleasant things and cling to what is pleasant, nice, and amusing?  This can be useful in remembering loved ones who pass from this earth.  Whatever annoyances or difficulties they presented us in life fade from our memories, leaving only the glow of happy moments – of childhood kindnesses, of good smells and kind voices, of triumphant moments when a cooperative effort and patience brings victory over a harsh trial.  This is good…

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They Shall Know that I Am Yehovah

Thanks, Peter Ryall, for an excellent article about the Father’s Name. As you said in your article, “If Yeshua made Abba Father known to us by revealing His true Name, then I do not want to waste Yeshua’s hard-earned work while He was here on the Earth. I hope you will also want to know YHVH’s true Name and that you will want to speak it in your praise and prayers to Abba – Yehovah wants His name to be known, spoken, praised, feared, and glorified throughout the Earth!”

Missing Pieces

they shall know that I am YHVH

So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am YHVH, the Holy One of Israel.” Eze 39:7

In my previous postings on the Name of the Creator and sovereign God or the universe, Yehovah, I talked about the importance of knowing and speaking His Name, as well as the sad history of the silencing of God’s Name for the past 2300 years (see There is Power in the Name). If you recall from that blog, after the return from exile on Babylon, priests of the Second Temple era decided that God’s name was too holy to pronounce, and they banned the speaking of the Name among the Jewish population in general and even within the Temple. In this blog, I wanted to present…

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An Arab Who Loves Israel

Mosab Hassan Yousef
Mosab Hassan Yousef

This is an amazing speech made by an amazing young Arab.  I found it posted on the web page of Avner Valer’s Blog.   Avner is an Israeli messianic Jew, and he has provided Hebrew translation for non-English-speaking Hebrew viewers.

To quote Avner’s introduction to the video: “Mosab Hassan Yousef (Arabic: مصعب حسن يوسف) (born 1978), also known as “Son Of Hamas”, is a Palestinian and son of a Hamas founder and leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef.   From 1997 to 2007, he worked undercover for Israel’s internal security service “Shin Bet”, which considered him its most valuable source within the Hamas leadership.  Here he speaks about Peace between Islam and Judaism.”

I haven’t figured out how to ’embed’ the video, if that is even possible, but if you click on the link below, you will be able to view it.

Palestinian Born Terrorist Finds Christ and Fights for Israel! – Mosab Hassan Yousef

(originally posted at Aver Valer’s blog)

Covenant-Sign-Forever….

Beautiful 🙂

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I love the YouVersion Bible app for several reasons. Chief is the ability to take a Scripture, connect it with an image and then share it through multiple channels. Well, friend Steve King and I swap images all of the time and we constantly play with ways to pose questions that will make people think.

Most of my readers are familiar with my love of showing the inconsistent thought in Christendom concerning Genesis 9:8-17 and Exodus 31:12-17. Either, we keep the Sabbath or we need to build an Ark. It doesn’t work any other way.

Here, Steve has captured the whole idea in one easily processed image. Bravo!

Check out YouVersion and ‘friend’ me.

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http://bible.com/59/exo.31.16-17.ESV

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Video of Trip to Israel

Pete Rambo (of natsab blog) has visually captured our trip to Israel better than I could ever have hoped to!! Thank you, Pete, for a truly beautiful and meaningful memento of an amazing time. (PS – for those interested, I am the chubby – ok, fat! – lady in the white hat in quite a few of the shots.)

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Here is a short video overview of our recent trip to Israel and a taste of the First B’ney Yosef National Congress.  A few minutes of music and video can’t begin to encapsulate the incredible experience, but I pray this whet your taste buds to make the trip yourself!!

I will have a much fuller video of yesterday’s report to some supporters that gives details…  We had some audio video glitches, but I think we can salvage and assemble something that will be worth watching and sharing!

Go. to. Israel!  Hanoch Young of Kol Yehuda and Mike Clayton of Joined to Hashem will be leading a ‘Connect with the Land’ tour in the fall!  HIGHLY recommended.

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Hermeneutics: How to Break the Law

As faithful followers of our Messiah Jesus/Y’shua, the single most important commitment we can make is to honesty and Truth: Jesus said, “I AM the Way, the TRUTH and the Life.” This article by Pete Rambo talks about the kind of dishonesty that we use to convince ourselves that what we want to do is the ‘right’ thing to do, even when scripture flatly tells us otherwise….

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I was pondering a little Christian theological conundrum this morning.

Oxygen Volume 11Every seminary student is taught sometime early in his Masters program how to interpret Scripture according to the rules of hermeneutics.

[As an aside, my son is over my shoulder asking about the origin of the word ‘hermeneutics.’  Well, I explain it comes from the Greek ‘messenger god’ Hermes to which he reminds me that Hermes was also the god of deception, thieves, the conductor of souls to the underworld, trickster, etc…  Hmmmm.  Seminarians ought to get a clue here, but, I digress.]

Continuing, hermeneutic rules have to do with how to interpret the text.  While the list of rules can vary depending on the teacher/text and denominational/religious division, almost always, on every list, near the top is a rule that says obscure or unclear passages must be interpreted by or through the lens of clear passages.  Further, all…

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