New Video on Biblically Inspired Life

A new video has been uploaded on my YouTube channel, Biblically Inspired Life.  “Marriage Mondays” will be a regular feature on the channel.  I hope you’ll tune in!

Today Baruch and I were in Buffalo, MN.  His message concerning the sharing of the Gospel was well-received and one of his points was the boldness and confidence we should have in presenting the Gospel Message.

It was a great opportunity for us to talk with several supporters of LoveIsrael.org and we were able to express our appreciation for their support.

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Minnesota

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In St. Paul, MN

On Thursday evening, Baruch had the opportunity to speak at Parker’s Lake Baptist Church.  They were gracious to open their facility to us and we were so pleased that the Pastor and his wife and others from their congregation also attended.  Several supporters from the area came to the event.

One special man and his son came.  Carrol, from the Dallas, TX area and his son Nathan, from Arkansas, drove all the way up to Minneapolis to meet Baruch in person.  We were so blessed by them and met with them after the gathering.  Carrol would like to help facilitate a meeting for us in Dallas.  We will keep you updated!

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Nathan, Carrol and Baruch.

On Friday, we met with a group of friends (and supporters)  in the area for lunch at a kosher restaurant.  The restaurant was next to a kosher grocery store and Judaica shop.  They have encouraged us for several years and we appreciate them very much.

As we think about the shooting yesterday at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, it makes us realize that Satan is at work in the world, wanting to thwart the will of G-d.  But he will not succeed!  If any of you have ever been to a Jewish area in an American city, you will know that they are just wanting to live their lives and are not seeking to impose their ways upon others.  The Jewish communities are also some of the largest supporters of hospitals, education and the arts.  It is very easy to recognize that anti-Semitism is a supernatural, evil force in the world today.

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A view of the Mississippi riverfront, downtown Minneapolis.

Last night was our Live Stream.  I always log in to YouTube Live Chat and the LoveIsrael.org Facebook page to interact with others who log in.  I was very touched by the encouragement I received from people who have checked out my new YouTube channel, Biblically Inspired Life.  Tonight I plan to upload my first “Marriage Mondays” video, which I taped with Baruch.  I hope you will check it out and email me if you have a topic (not just related to marriage) which you’d like to see discussed.

Today Baruch and I are heading a little bit outside of Minneapolis, where he will be speaking at the Missions conference at Buffalo Covenant Church, which is a strong supporter of LoveIsrael.org.  We appreciate their Pastor, Max Frazier, who has been a friend and supporter for many years.

Parashat Vayeira–Shabbat Shalom

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Fall in St. Paul, MN

Please find below a brief commentary by Baruch on this week’s Parasha.  The Parasha this week is Genesis 18:1-22:24).

There are many events that take place in this week’s Torah portion, one of which is the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The name of the Parashah is derived from HaShem appearing before Abraham. It is most significant that He did so by means of the appearing of three angels. During HaShem’s visit to Abraham and Sarah, HaShem spoke (one angel to another) saying,

“…Should I conceal from Abraham that which I am doing?” Genesis 18:17

Whenever HaShem asks a question it is not for His benefit, but it is a literary device with the purpose of posing the question to the reader. In other words, what are the implications of HaShem not telling Abraham that G-d is about ready to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? One needs to remember that HaShem invited Abraham into a covenantal relationship with Him. The primary purpose of this covenant was for HaShem to use Abraham (ultimately the Jewish people) to be a blessing to the Gentiles. Since G-d was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah with His righteous judgment, what was Abraham’s responsibility? The answer is to act in a manner so that Sodom and Gomorrah would not be judged, but find redemption.

As HaShem was moving forward with this plan to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, it is very significant that Abraham acted in a manner to influence G-d not to carry out His judgment. Although Abraham pleaded to HaShem not to destroy the cities for the sake of fifty righteous individuals, the real message is that in the end they settled upon the number ten. In Judaism, the number ten relates to a prayer group. The sages state that Abraham knew that his nephew Lot was in that place and assumed that Lot would have organized a synagogue there where at least ten men would have been praying. The lesson for us is that one cannot assume that another is going to do the work that G-d has entrusted to you and me.

Many believers assume that their neighbor, fellow employee, relative, etc. has heard the Gospel. This may not be the reality! Abraham should have gone to Sodom and Gomorrah himself and attempted to influence them to repent and turn to the One True Living G-d.

Who has the Holy Spirit placed upon your heart to inform concerning the Righteous G-d Who judges? All too often today the righteousness of the L-rd is neglected for a presentation of G-d’s grace which is often misleading and unscriptural. Yes Yeshua is gracious and forgiving of sin, but this grace should not cause one to believe that it overshadows His righteousness or would mean that there is no longer any condemnation. Remember the words of Rav Shaul,

None! Therefore now, condemnation to those in Messiah Yeshua, (who) not after the flesh walk, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

Preparation Time

The 9th Annual LoveIsrael.org Conference is quickly approaching!  This year’s theme is “Ministry of the Spirit”.  We hope that you have planned to join us.  For those of you who follow us on Facebook, you know that Saturday night at the conference we will have special music by Carlos Perdomo.  He is a messianic musician you won’t want to miss.

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The past few days, we have been in New York, for a couple of meetings and also giving Baruch some quiet time to prepare and study further for the conference.

Tomorrow we head to Minneapolis where Baruch will be speaking at a couple of locations and we will also have a several of meetings.  Many of you will remember Derrick who used to work with us.  We will also be catching up with him and his family.

Then our final stop will be Orlando, for our annual conference.

Stopping in Kentucky

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Lexington, KY.  Sunday.

Sunday, Baruch spoke at a large congregation in Lexington, KY.  There is a core of LoveIsrael supporters there who love the Word and are facilitating  groups of serious students of the Bible.   We were so encouraged to hear about the impact the Scriptures are making in the lives and families of many people.

Hearing these testimonies of G-d working in families and individuals blesses us so much, as we know that G-d speaking to people through His Word transforms lives.

The pastor of the congregation had just returned from taking a group to Israel and is very supportive of Israel and teaches G-d’s work in the End Times and the inclusion of Israel in that time to come.

One does not need to be a great Bible teacher to make an impact.  We know several people who have put together study groups in their homes or congregations, where they watch Baruch’s teaching and then study and learn together.  This is a great way to study a book of the Bible.  Check out our studies on YouTube.  Invite a few friends to commit to studying a book of the Bible together!

Shabbat Shalom! Parashat Lech Lecha

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A parting view from Florida.

Baruch and I have now made our way to Kentucky.  There is a slight change in temperature…from the 90s to the 50s!  We look forward to Baruch sharing the Word here.  Be sure to check out the events section of the LoveIsrael.org website to see if we will be near you!

Below is this a short commentary by Baruch on this week’s Torah Portion.  This Parasha begins the life story of Abram (Abraham), the first Patriarch of the Jewish people.

At the end of this week’s Torah portion one learns a very important principle from the life of Abraham. When one studies the life of Abraham, he will quickly learn that he was a man of faith. In this short article I would like to share one of the many benefits there is to being a person of faith. Paul informs the Galatians that the Torah was given 430 years after HaShem’s covenant with Abraham (See Galatians 3:17). Yet Abraham, a man of faith, behaved in a manner that fulfilled the righteousness of the Torah. This should be a reality for all believers as this is what Paul states in Romans 8:4.

The evidence of this is found in the very last verse of this week’s parashah,

And all the men of his house, who were born or who were purchased with money from a gentile were circumcised with him (Ishmael).” Genesis 17:27

This act was totally in compliance with the Torah, for Moses commanded the people during the Passover in Egypt to circumcise all the males of one’s household whether they be born into the family or gentiles who were purchased with money (See Exodus 12:43-50). Hence, Abraham did naturally what was not revealed to the Children of Israel for over 400 years later. This is the outcome of a faith rooted in Messiah and anointed with the Holy Spirit—the believer will express the message of the Torah and its righteousness without a cognitive objective of setting out to observe a particular commandment.  In other words, a true believer who walks in faith will express a new nature which behaves like Yeshua behaved, in obedience to the Torah.

Does this mean believers will observe the letter of the law? No it does not! The text from Romans 8 does not say that a true believer will keep the law following every aspect of the Torah, for example laying tefillin (phylacteries). Rather it says,

That the righteousness of the Torah might be fulfilled in us (believers), who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:4

This mean that a true believer may not lay tefillin each morning, but if he walks in obedience to faith he will perform the purpose of Tefillin, which is to remind one to think and behave in light of the word of G-d.

Florida Speaking

Speaking in South and Central Florida.

The past couple of days Baruch has spoken at congregations whose leaders we have known for some time.  We received such a warm welcome and we are so thankful for their support for Love Israel and for their ministries in their communities.  Truly G-d provides ministry opportunities no matter where we live.

One of the principles Baruch taught was that we are to have our desires match up with G-d’s will and then we will receive the desires of our hearts–because then they will be His will.  G-d does not give us the desires of our selfish hearts, but the desires of our heart once it is in line with His will.

We would ask for prayer for a very dear friend of ours’.  Naftali Cohen, a wonderful tour guide from Israel, has suffered a severed heart attack.  You can see him on my previous blog post https://loveisraelconnection.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/magdala/ .

Our tour for April 29 – May 8 is almost full.  We do have another one December 2-11, 2019.  Prayerfully consider joining us for the December tour.

We are flying out this morning to head to Lexington, KY.  Please check out the events section of our website to see if we will be near you!