Monthly Archives: October 2015

“Are We There Yet?” (Part 9)

 The Two-Covenant Theology was pioneered in this century by the non-Messianic Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929), and since elaborated by such liberal Christian theologians as Reinhold Niebuhr and James Parkes. This theory holds that the Jewish people were brought close to God by means of the covenant with Avraham (Abraham) and the Torah of Moshe (Moses), so that they have no need to “come” to the Father through Yeshua (Jesus) or anyone else, because they are already with Him. Accordingly, Yeshua’s word is not for the Jews, but for the Gentiles and is to be understood thusly: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; and no Gentile comes to the Father except through Me.”

The Two-Covenant theory enables the Jewish Community to live in apparent peace (from its point of view) with its Christian neighbors by alleviating the pressure on Judaism to downgrade Jesus, the New Testament, and Christianity; for a non-Messianic Jew can say, “We Jews have our way, Judaism; and you Gentiles have your way, Christianity. We will each serve God best by following the way provided for us. It is a manifestation of God’s grace that He has provided Jesus for you Gentiles and Torah for us Jews.” Thus Jesus can be held in high regard because His claims are not taken as posing any threat to the structure of non-Messianic Judaism. (Excerpt from Jewish New Testament Commentary by David H. Stern, 1992, Jewish New Testament Publications, p. 196-197)

However, this whole theory falls to pieces when you consider that Jesus (Yeshua) was a Jew and mainly preached His Gospel of the Kingdom of God to Jews. All of the early evangelism was done by Jews and focused on Jews with the message being, “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus.” (John 14:6)

Paul the Apostle stated:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)

Jews and Gentiles alike need a Savior named Jesus (Yeshua).

(Continued in Part 10…if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)


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If We Just Ignore Gays, They’ll Go Away, Right? (Part 7)


In a back and forth discussion, the Pharisees stated that Abraham was their father, but Jesus hit them right between the eyes when He said, “You are of your father the devil [Satan], and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning…and the father of lies.”

Let’s put on our thinking caps for a moment:

Did God create a murderer and a liar when He created Satan?

You [Satan] were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. (Ezekiel 28:15)

God created Satan as a perfect spirit being that was obviously given a free will of sorts. He eventually used his freedom to sin.

Plus, who could Satan have murdered when he was first created? Not God or the other angels who were also eternal spirit beings.  Man and other animals were not created as yet, leaving no one to murder at the time of Satan’s creation.

Thus, Jesus’ use of the words murderer from the beginning could not refer to when Satan was first created as a spirit being. But rather, it most likely referred to when the evil one sinned and became known as Satan. This probably happened sometime soon after Adam and Eve were created.

Jesus called Satan a murderer. Who did the evil one murder?

And the Lord God commanded Adam, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)

Without a gun, knife, or club, Satan murdered mankind by relying on God’s integrity to honor His word when he deceived Eve and caused Adam to rebel against God’s revealed word.

For your information: the deception by Satan did not negate Adam’s responsibility to obey God’s words because Romans 12:12 states that sin and death entered into the world through Adam and then spread to all men.

But still and all, we have to realize that the father of lies and the deceiver of mankind is a murderer.

(Continued in Part 8…if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)


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Thursday’s Prayers for America (10/29/2015)



The vibrant sounds of Mozart’s Piano Concerto Number Seven swirled through the Beacon Hill mansion’s ballroom. The fifteen females seated around the grand piano, listening to the maestro, had proper Brahmin names like Cabot, Coolidge, Forbes, Lodge, or Shaw. Each traced her ancestry back to the earliest Puritan settlers of Boston. This blueblood lineage insured their invitation to the social tea, no nouveau riche Johnny-come-latelies were among the invitees.

When the pianist completed the piece, he stood and bowed. The women showed their appreciation with warm applause. One of the ladies put her white-gloved hands to her mouth and said, “Oh, I would just do anything to be able to play the piano like that.”

The maestro turned and stared at her. His eyes exploded with fire.

“No you wouldn’t,” he said.

The crowd collectively gasped. All felt sorry for the woman who had been openly rebuked by the man’s insensitive words.

As for the lady, she sat stunned, paralyzed by his harsh eyes, tears rolled down her cheeks. Then, as if she remembered her privileged pedigree, she mouthed three defiant words at the pianist: “Yes, I would.”

“No you wouldn’t,” he said again, leaning over the piano toward the lady.

“Because if you really meant what you said, you would have been willing to give up your youth, your teenage years, and eight to ten hours every day practicing on the piano. You see, there is a price to sit on this bench. I’ve been willing to pay it, and you have not!”

(Excerpt from Deceived Dead and Delivered by Larry Nevenhoven, 2013, Amazon eBook)

My prayer for America:

Lord, raise up American believers that are willing to deny themselves, pick up their crosses daily, and follow You. And Lord, show me how to be one of them.  (Based on Luke 9:23)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

Join with me on Thursdays to fast and pray for America.


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Tuesday’s Prayers for Prisoners (10/27/2015)

The first time I heard the term “religious nut” was in the 1950’s when my mom spit those words out of her mouth. It happened when we shopped at Meiners’ Grocery Store in Forreston, Illinois. Mom picked a few items off the shelves and carried them up to the checkout. Lillian Meiners, the cashier, attempted to talk about the Lord to Mom while totaling the purchases on the cash register. It was a one-sided conversation with Mom saying nothing.

“She’s a religious nut!” Mom proclaimed as we walked to our 1955 Pontiac, parked outside the door.

From that day forward, Lillian Meiners personified a religious nut to me. I would often see her and when I did, Mom’s words popped into my mind. Lillian never knew my true feelings about her. It was one of those inner character assassinations I never spoke aloud to anyone.

Lillian’s name was filed on a forgotten corner shelf of my mind until late 1985. It would still be there covered with layers of dust and cobwebs except for the question I asked the Lord one morning during prayer.

“Jesus, why did you save me?”

A clear voice whispered to my heart.

“Because of Lillian Meiners’ prayers for you.”

His words shocked me, but a few years later, I talked with her pastor, Rev. Orin Graff. He told me Lillian was a diligent prayer warrior for kids who attended Bible Camp.

The first saint I am going to hug upon my arrival in heaven will be Lillian Meiners. I want to thank her for faithfully praying for an agnostic who always thought she was a religious nut. We can have a good laugh about my ignorance and how Jesus set me straight.

(Excerpt from The Hunt for Larry Who by Larry Nevenhoven, 2014, Amazon eBook)

My prayers for today:

Lord, I ask that you raise up faithful prayer warriors that keep on praying for Asia, no matter what others think or what they themselves see, believing that You are just as influenced by a single voice as You are by a million.

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for prisoners in Asia, according to Hebrews 13:3.


Why Asia?

1. 4.4 billion people live in Asia.

2.. 85.4% of world’s unevangelized people live in Asia. (Unevangelized means they may have heard the gospel but have no understanding on how to respond.)

3. The world’s three largest non-Christian religions – Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhists – are based in Asia.

4. Of the 37 countries of the world that are less than 10% Christian, 32 are in Asia. Of the 14 countries, that are less than 2% Christian, 12 are in Asia.

5. 85-90% of unreached people live in Asia. (Unreached means that they have never heard the name of Jesus.) (Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation)


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“Are We There Yet?” (Part 8)

Señor Luiz introduced himself to our Brazilian Portuguese class at the beginning of my sophomore year at the University of Illinois. He stated that he was from São Paulo, Brazil, and looked forward to teaching us. He then went around the room, asking each student his or her name. When the student mentioned his name, Señor Luiz asked, “Would you mind if I called you  by the Brazilian Portuguese translation of your name?”

Thus, William became Guilherme, Mary became Maria, Edward became Eduardo, and so forth.

After I had told him my name, he said, “Do you mind if I call you Señor Lourenço?”

“I never liked the name Lawrence. So, if it’s okay with you, just  call me Señor Larry,” I said.

He nodded his head and said, “Sim.”

Now, most of us want to be called by the names given to us by our parents. It’s the names which our parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, teachers, and everyone have called us all through our lives. Our names reflect our family heritage and often contain the dreams and hopes pinned on our lives at our births by our parents.

For instance, my wife was named Carol, not Carole. She was born just after the holidays and her mom thought of her as a Christmas carol. Interesting enough, Carol went off to college, studied music, and became a singer.

Okay, what about New Testament names?

This may come as a shock to you, but almost every character in the New Testament has had their names changed. This is due to the fact that our New Testament has been translated from the Greek into the English language. All of the Hebrew and Jewish names have been changed into a Greek form of the same name.

The Greek name – Jesus Christ – was really Yeshua HaMashiach. Mary was Miryam. Joseph was Yosef. Matthew was Mattityahu. Simon Peter was Shim’on Kefa. James was Ya’akov Ben-Zavdai. John was Yochanan. T’oma was Thomas. Judas Iscariot was Y’hudah from K’riot. Saul or Paul was Sha’ul. Barnabas was Yosef or Bar-Nabba.

It was almost as if Señor Luiz went around to each New Testament character and asked, “Do you mind if I call you by a Greek name instead of your Hebrew one?” They, of course, said nothing because they were dead.

Sadly, the name changes removed the Hebrew-ness from our New Testament.

(Continue in Part 9…if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)


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Thursday’s Prayers for America (10/22/2015)



Most people have seen the movie, Titanic, and its fictional love story about a poor boy, Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio), and a rich girl, Rose (Kate Winslet), on an ill-fated ocean voyage. The movie won the 1997 Oscar for Best Picture. Its box-office sales of over $1.8 billion rank it as the second most successful movie of all time, behind Avatar.

Hollywood created its own fictional heroes for the movie script, but on April 14, 1912, there were many real heroes. One of them was named John Harper.

John Harper, a thirty-nine year old widower and a Baptist preacher, was traveling to Chicago aboard the R.M.S Titanic on its maiden voyage with his six-year old daughter, Nana. He was scheduled to preach some evangelistic meetings at the Moody Church.

At 11:40 p.m., the Titanic hit an iceberg on the starboard side of the ship. As soon as Harper realized the ship was going to sink, he took his daughter to a lifeboat and placed her aboard. “Nana, I’ll see you again someday,” he said to her.

Then, while flares lit up the sky, he marched up and down the decks yelling, “Women, children, and unsaved into the lifeboats!”

At 2:20 a.m., a rumble arose from deep within the ship as it broke in half. Hundreds of people, including Harper, jumped into the 28-degree (-2 C) water as the Titanic slipped into its watery grave.

As soon as Harper hit the surface, he frantically swam from one person to the next, leading them to Jesus before the people succumbed to the icy waters and hypothermia. He asked one young man who clutched a piece of wood, “Are you saved?” The young man answered that he was not.

Harper tried to convince the young man, but the man refused to listen. Harper took off his life jacket and threw it at the man. “Here then, you need this more than I do,” said Harper as he swam off to other people.

A few minutes later, Harper returned to the man and successfully led him to Christ. Then, Harper attempted to swim to other people, but the icy waters were too much for him. “Believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved,” he shouted before he sank under the waters.

Of the 1528 people that went into the icy waters that night, lifeboats rescued only six. One of them was the young man who later recounted how Harper had led him to Christ.


Harper wasted no time swimming around in the icy waters talking about his Baptist credentials or the five pillars of Calvinism. He asked one question: “Are you saved?” He acted on what was the most important need at that tragic moment on April 14, 1912. Today, like John Harper, we must focus our efforts on what’s needed now.

Yes, there are those who are crossing their fingers and praying for a national revival. And if the Lord sends one, hallelujah, thank You Jesus, I will join in. But I’ve listened to prophecies about a soon-coming revival, which will wash our nation clean of sin for the last thirty years. It hasn’t arrived as yet. So, do we keep walking down the same path for twenty-five or ten or five more years, hoping for a revival?

Not me! I’m jumping off this path and walking on a new one.

(Excerpt from New Wind Blowing by Larry Nevenhoven, 2013, an Amazon eBook)

My prayer for America today:

Lord, I pray that we believers lay down every one of our plans, our hopes, our dreams, our visions, our prophetic words for America, which have ensnared us, so that we can run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. (Based on Hebrews 12:1-2)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

Join with me on Thursdays to fast and pray for America.


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If We Just Ignore Gays, They’ll Go Away, Right? (Part 6)


God looked at Adam and saw that he needed a helper, a person providing him assistance and support in good times or bad. The person that God created to help Adam was like him, but different. She was a woman.

Adam and Eve then became God’s pattern for humans. God blessed the first couple and gave them His plan for mankind —

“Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over living thing that moves on earth. See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” (Genesis 1:28-29)

God’s plan for mankind was given to a couple: a husband (male) and wife (female) team, not to two men or two women. 

Satan also knew God’s plan for mankind. The evil one understood that if man and woman followed God’s plan, mankind would continue to be blessed forever and ever by God. Satan’s desires to be like the Most High and a god would then never happen. So, he had to do something to further his ambitions, but what?

From experience, Satan knew he could not defeat God, but he also knew that God would not put up with the sin of rebellion. His plan was simple: deceive Adam and Eve into rebelling against God.

“You will not surely die…you will be like God…” (Genesis 3:4-5)

Eve saw that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was good for fruit, it was pleasant to her eyes, and she desired it. She took the fruit and ate it.

Adam watched Eve eat the fruit and noticed she didn’t die. He then ate the forbidden fruit, too.


And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:1-2)

(Continued in Part 7…if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)


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Tuesday’s Prayers for Prisoners (10/20/2015)

The above photo was taken by Mark Pedder on December 25, 2008. Mark is a missionary to the slums of Manila and wrote about this scene:

It’s a family we know who are scavengers and they’re having their Christmas meal…

The father got permission to scavenge from a local fast food outlet’s bins for Christmas. So they have three big bags of rubbish which they’re going through and sharing the scraps of food with the kids. While I was there they opened up a styrofoam container with chicken bones and a part of a hamburger crust in it. It was given to their little girl because the boy got the last bit of chicken they found. Some of the food is being unwrapped from servettes, some is still in the packaging, sauce sachets are found and squeezed for that last drop of sauce, a plastic cup with the lid on it still has a mouth full of drink for someone. The family is not ashamed or shy, we know them and they just have to do this, it’s how they live.

But on the positive side, they were all having Christmas together and they actually had something special – three whole bags of rubbish. They really were happy. The kids were smiling and laughing, no one was arguing or fighting over the food, there was plenty for all of them.

If there was ever a picture or an event that really shows us what Christmas is about, this was it for me as I sat by a fire, in a muddy rubbish dump, with two adults and three kids having Christmas. What a world we live in. But in all honesty, I really felt special, they were happy I was there, not embarassed or ashamed in anyway – it was sad, but at the same time it was great. (Mark Pedder’s Weblog, December 25, 2008)

My prayer today:

Lord, I ask for You to open American believers’ ears to hear the cries of the poor in Asia so that in our times of need You will hear our cries for help. (Based on Proverbs 21:13)

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for prisoners in Asia, according to Hebrews 13:3.

Why Asia?

1. 4.4 billion people live in Asia.

2.. 85.4% of world’s unevangelized people live in Asia. (Unevangelized means they may have heard the gospel but have no understanding on how to respond.)

3. The world’s three largest non-Christian religions – Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhists – are based in Asia.

4. Of the 37 countries of the world that are less than 10% Christian, 32 are in Asia. Of the 14 countries, that are less than 2% Christian, 12 are in Asia.

5. 85-90% of unreached people live in Asia. (Unreached means that they have never heard the name of Jesus.) (Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation)


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Is God A Good God?

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Perkins Pancake House, on the east edge of Fort Dodge, was quiet that cool March morning at 7 a.m. Three other men and I sat in a booth toward the back of the restaurant. Five or six people sat scattered here and there throughout the place. Dave had invited me to his men’s breakfast fellowship.

The waitress brought us coffee and took our orders. In the midst of the clanking of spoons and coffee cups, Dave said five words that forever changed my life. The words were the opening clause for a statement he spoke and was not even his main emphasis.

“God is a good God…” Dave said.

He went on to make his point, but I did not hear him. The words − “God is a good God” − echoed through my mind. Up until that moment, I had not considered whether God was a good God. He was my Lord, my Savior, my Shepherd, my Master, my Life, and so forth, but was He a good God? Did He really care about me? Did He have my best interests in mind? Did He love me regardless of what I did? Was He good toward me?

I sat there batting these thoughts back and forth. Then an idea stuck in the walls of my mind: my earthly dad was a good father. He loved me no matter what I did. He always wanted to talk with me. He was always willing to help me. I could not ask for a better father in the whole world.

Using simple logic, I reckoned that if my dad was a good father then God has to be a better one. Thus, God is a good God.

This simple revelation, which occurred nine months after my salvation, has been a major part of my Christian foundation since that morning. I now understand that no matter what I may go through, what I may suffer at God’s hand, or what the enemy may do to me, God means it for good in my life. He is my Daddy who is head over heels in love with me. He would never allow anything to happen to me, which would hinder our relationship.


What if a person does not have a good dad like mine? What if the person’s dad is an abusive father, an alcoholic, murderer, thief, or a dad who was never there for the individual as a role model? Is that person then relegated to never having a revelation that God is a good God?

The quick answer is “no.”

God chooses the manner in which He reveals Himself to believers.

He chose to use my dad to reveal His goodness to me, but He could use numerous ways to reveal Himself to other believers. He is the Creator and His deepest desire is to reveal His heart to people, especially that He is for us and never against us. He is a good God.

If you do not have this revelation of God, ask Him. He will be delighted to answer your prayer.

(Excerpt from The Hunt for Larry Who by Larry Nevenhoven, 2014, an Amazon eBook)


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Inside Israel

The Shuk in Jerusalem

The Shuk in Jerusalem

Once again, it’s time to hear from our sister in Jerusalem about what she is witnessing there as a believer in Yeshua. Put your prayer shawls on and pray for Israel and Sister J. Now here she is —

Shabat Shalom from Jerusalem, where I can testify to you that His Peace − His Shalom − is a most blessed gift in a place where peace is a longed for and illusive commodity.  I give Him thanks today that He gave us such a great gift among so many other precious gifts.  May HE be glorified, blessed and revealed, and may each of you be encouraged and blessed.

As I have walked my life through these past days, my observation bank has been filled with things that I wanted to tell you about. Because I suspect that they are unique, and I also suspect that in many ways they contain glimpses into God’s heart toward these days and His purposes.

It seems to me that we are in, what I have learned to call “Israeli stage two,” meaning that the first wave of shock, grief, and fear is passing into the next stage of “strengthening one another, protecting one another, encouraging one another, laughing, don’t let them win, and sadly, anger.”

So let me simply share with you some of the things I’ve seen as these attacks continue, even today:

I was on the train at the beginning of the week when the woman next to me jabbed my arm with her elbow and said, “Ti’ray!” (Look!) ‘There is Nir Barkat.” (the mayor of Jerusalem).

Sure enough, there he was, standing about two people away deep in conversation with a young soldier.  The rest of the car began to listen as they discussed emotions, ideas, and, Israeli style, within a short minute, most of the other people around joined in.  He was riding the train from the Old City to talk with people, calm them, and to see what ideas we had, what were our worries, our solutions, our observations.

It was nice, and yes, comforting and strengthening to see the mayor with no body guards riding the train to talk to his people.  That night on the news he asked everyone in the city who had a weapon license to please carry their weapon. And for those who didn’t, to arm themselves wisely with pepper spray or an umbrella or the like.  He explained that he WASN’T telling people to kill Arabs or become vigilantes, but for each one to guard his brother’s back. We needed to become soldiers since the battlefront was our streets.

I thought, what a contrast to America and other countries, where crazies are committing mass murders and guns are being outlawed.  As part of the current situation, our gun licensing laws have been slackened somewhat.

A bit later that same night, the security cabinet established new emergency measures:  In flash points, particularly Jerusalem, army units were called up to join the police and border guards, which were being stretched to their limits.  Certain Jewish communities outside of Jerusalem, which seemed particularly vulnerable to attack, were to be off limits to Arabs with their gates closed.  Many people do not realize − particularly with Israel being accused of being an “apartheid state” that Israeli Arabs generally walk as freely EVERYWHERE that Israeli Jews do.

I share again that the Palestinians are a people who CHOSE to NOT ACCEPT ISRAELI CITIZENSHIP WHEN ISRAEL AGAIN BECAME A STATE IN 1948, THEREFORE CHOOSING INSTEAD − NOT TO MOVE TO THE STATE GIVEN TO THEM AT THE TIME: JORDAN. BUT TO CLOTHE THEMSELVES IN PERPETUAL “REFUGEE STATUS.” (UNHCR was created FOR THEM ALONE) They are THE LONGEST EXISTING REFUGEE POPULATION IN THE WORLD, refusing other citizenships. Most of these refugee camps have neighborhoods rarely seen on TV news with mansions and all sorts of luxuries.  The Palestinian and even Gaza hotels and malls have been very popular among liberal European travelers. Admittedly less so since the war last summer with Gaza)

At the same time, 2 or 3 of the Palestinian villages (I believe they were all refugee camps but one may not have been) that most of the terrorists were from in Jerusalem were sealed off for 2 days.  (Wed and Thurs) That is the first time that this has been done since 1967.

There was now a security plan in effect so Israeli humor could kick in Stage 2, despite the daily stabbings.

Now remember, MOST Israelis are also soldiers. There is never a past tense to the word soldier here.  Once you are a soldier, you are always one.

However, those of us without gun licenses became more creative as the main venue for these attacks have been public transportation along with the bus and train stops themselves.  Although these places where women, children and old people are abundant are vulnerable − from the very first attacks we saw that the “guard your neighbor’s back” policy was becoming very effective, and a number of attackers were subdued by a blow from a selfie-stick, umbrella, or a good dose of pepper spray.

By day 3, photos were appearing of rolling pins sticking out of religious women’s handbags, to very un-sporty looking men carrying a baseball bat.  A friend told me that the idea she had decided to use was a big potato in a sock as it could pack a good whallop.  Despite the sunshine, there were abundant umbrellas, canes, even healthy people with crutches.

Yes, it really did serve as comic relief and it worked.

Just to let you know: possession of a gun without a license or explosives, of a knife [even a pocket knife] or a rock can get you up to 5 years in jail. No questions asked.

The streets have been much emptier than usual.  I wondered how my trip to work would go on Wednesday morning, although having spent my time with The Lord I was confident in Him and not afraid. Just a bit curious.  The train, even for 6:30 a.m., was unusually empty and there were NO Arabs.

Usually half of the people that I travel with in the morning are Israeli Arabs.  My bus stop, however, is in a spot much more vulnerable and usually more than half of the passengers are Palestinians (NOT Israeli Arabs) and the agitation can be felt on a good day.  I approached my stop prayerfully and looking all around, but there were NO Palestinians there that morning as they must have been in closed villages.  Everyone on the bus looked at one another. There was a collective sigh of relief: no terrorists.

By the time that I left work, there were more Israeli Arabs out and the feeling was calmer.  There were many soldiers everywhere and two at each bus stop.  One would get on the bus and inspect it while the other waited outside closely watching him.

At my stop, the one outside was a girl. Remember: our daughters are also soldiers.   The first soldier rode the bus with us to the next stop and got off.  There was a strong feeling that everyone was doing their job.  By the end of the day, although there had still been several attacks, people felt much more secure.

Thursday I took time to go downtown after work.  The Palestinian villages were still sealed and I hadn’t been to the shuk (market) all week.  I was hoping that by now the prices were down a bit, but I was wrong.  As I walked toward the shuk, I heard singing.  Down Agrippas Street came perhaps 50 young men carrying big Israeli flags, some also draped in them, singing and dancing and encouraging people as they went.  “Am Ysrael Chai” (Israel Lives). “Chazak vey emetz lebcha” (be strong in your heart and of good courage) and many other songs from scripture.  My heart lifted.  I watched soldiers join in and people clapped or sang along.

At the shuk, I greeted my usual shopkeepers and was THRILLED to see that ALL of my favorite Arab vendors were there. So I particularly stopped to talk to them and ask how they were.  Again, except for the high prices, I was encouraged.

I called Anam, an Christian Arab patient of ours whom I’ve befriended, to see how she and Boutrous and their family were doing.  She was on the way to the hospital near our house to visit with the Jewish wife of a stabbing victim still in extremely critical condition.  Ironically he is a very active Jewish leader in the co-existence movement.

Yesterday morning (Friday), there were many more Arabs and Palestinians on the streets and transportation again, but the tangible fear in the air was much less although there were rolling pins and vigilance.  The attacks continued but soldiers, police and general public have been alert to subdue many of them.  On the bus stop coming home I saw a poster: “Dear soldier and police.  We thank you so much for what you are doing.  Please come by (address nearby) for coffee, sandwiches, cake or call this number and we will bring it to you.  Anything that you might need, be in touch.  We love you.”

Yep!  We have a motto here:  FEED THEM! Every soldier on the train was being offered food from someone’s bag.  They are all family.

A couple of further observations:  Last Sunday I met a dear sister downtown for coffee: the streets were certainly bare and there were police with sniffer dogs patrolling along with police and ambulances racing up and down the tracks. But we sat having our coffee when suddenly a very skinny, sickly looking young Arab woman in black from head covering down, came through begging for money with her hand out.  She did NOT look AT ALL like the usual beggar in this area and alarm bells went off in all of us as this was a HIGHLY unusual event for this place and time.  Everyone shook their heads no − also unusual − and an older woman alerted the police.

The following day I mentioned this to Mali.  She had been in the border police.  When I shared what had happened she looked alarmed and said, “No No!  NEVER go near them!  They are sent out because they have aids or some other very bad sickness.  When you give them money they will touch you and seek to kiss you and leave saliva. They will even suddenly lick you!  It is a tactic that was much used in the intifada!”

I thought about the kiss of Judas Iscariot betraying Jesus.

Also at work we began getting new requests for anti-anxiety meds from those who do not normally use them.  But sadly from those who had been in attacks before.  Yosi, a dear bus driver, whose bus had blown up during the intifada and many had died.  How amazing that he could even return to driving bus, but now he requested anti-anxiety meds.  Maya came in.  She had been in a bombing. Others followed.  Elisheva, who is mentally challenged and very timid, came in.  It also made me think of those young people who are doing the attacking.  So many of them are also mentally challenged and impressionable, manipulated, used by their “handlers” who wouldn’t DARE put themselves in harm’s way.

Later that evening, the singing flag waving encouragers, the same age as the attackers, came singing and dancing up past our apartment and we stood on our merepesset (terrace) as they sang  “HaTikva” (The Hope), our national anthem.

Last night there was another group and a different singing.  It began at about 8 p.m. and they were still singing at 11:30. A different, but bigger group and not regular singing. They were praying and crying out to God − The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob − singing their prayers as Jews do and as believers do when we worship. The singing was plaintive, insistent and passionate.  I have not heard this during a time of struggle before and I was, again, encouraged.  For our people NEED to know that God is calling us to Himself.

I have spent this time only reporting to you what I witness around me.


Yesterday at IFI I got a copy of Chuck Cohen’s news letter and I want to send you the first 2 paragraph’s as I feel such an urgency that THE BODY OF CHRIST is at a critical crossroad concerning EVERYTHING, but that the way the body embraces GOD’S PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING ALL AROUND US AND THAT INCLUDES ISRAEL, WILL DETERMINE MUCH IN THE DAYS TO COME.  If you wish, you could read the rest of his letter on the IFI website

How do we respond to the events in our world possibly having prophetic significance? Events such as: anti-Israel, pro-Hamas Jeremy Corbyn elected to lead the UK’s Labour party; Pope Francis meeting US President Obama on Yom Kippur; the Pope speaking to the UN General Assembly [GA], saying he came in his own name (John 5:43); the flag of “Palestine” raised at the UN two days after the 4th red moon – the only ‘blood’ moon that appeared over Jerusalem; an Islamic immigration-jihad invasion of post-Christian Europe with most EU leaders paralyzed by their political correctness; Iran accepted by the global community, especially the EU, as the EU tries to boycott Israel; Russian and Iranian troops in Syria, just north of Israel’s border; a floodtide of anti-Semitism and an increase of aliyah [Jews returning to Israel].

We live in the final days before Messiah’s return. Yeshua has already told us how to respond: lift up our heads and watch and pray (Luke 21:28; Mark 13:33). 

An unbiblical view of God… leads to deception about who God is, what He is doing and what He is about to do. At a time like this, as nations come against Jerusalem, but Jews increasingly return to Israel; as deception grows in the Church and violence permeates societies as in Noah’s day; as immorality smothers believers and non-believers, and Islam acts upon its threats against all that is holy, it is crucial for followers of the Lamb of God to know this God and His nature – as He has chosen to reveal Himself in His Word.

An unbiblical view often emphasizes one aspect of His nature while de-emphasizing others. Is He a God of love? He also is a Man of War (Ex. 15:3; Psa. 24:8; Isa. 42:13; Rev. 19:11). Is He a God who forgives? He is also the Judge of all the earth (Gen. 18:25; Rev. 20:12). An incomplete view of the biblical God blinds believers to some of His work today as coming from His hand.

The vilest fruit of replacement/fulfillment theory is just this – the proclamation of an unbiblical God, with an accompanying blindness to His current works. If Israel is no longer essential or central to biblical theology, then why bother with the rediscovery of our Hebraic roots, the land of Israel, aliyah and the IDF, threats from Islam to destroy the Jews and Yeshua’s return to Jerusalem, and so much more?

The divine ointment for healing this spiritual blindness is to accept all of His Word as it truly is – the Word of the Living God! Instead of us judging God’s Word, His Word must judge us. Study the Word, but approach it with a fear of His absolute purity, so that even if we do not fully grasp what is written, it still remains in our spirits and minds as God’s Word, awaiting His illumination.

May The Lord be glorified in all that we think and do and say…may we rest in His great grace which is able to accomplish in us all of His purposes…for the glory of His Name!


your sister J in Jerusalem


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