New Biblically Inspired Life Video

I recently uploaded a new video on the Biblically Inspired Life YouTube channel.  I hope you will check it out.  If you subscribe, you will know when new videos are uploaded.

The subject of head coverings is debated and misunderstood in many circles.  Biblically, the only clear reference to the subject concludes with ““But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.” (KJV) I Corinthians 11:16. Therefore, we need to be very careful not to judge someone who chooses not to cover her head.  It is also important to note that, as I mention in the video, the covering discussed in this chapter of I Corinthians deals with hair, not some other sort of covering.

The reason I taped this short video is because I have recently received questions concerning this topic.  It is not meant to create controversy but rather to help us focus on what the Scripture actually says and not what we think it says.  Secondly, as times get tougher, I’d like to see us draw closer together within our community of believers, and not allow contentions to occur where they ought not.

 

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Helsinki, Finland

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In the morning…

Baruch and I arrived in Helsinki in the early evening on Sunday.  It was 4 degrees Fahrenheit.  Notice the difference between the picture above and the picture I posted from Israel on Friday!

We met with our team coordinator, Marko, and received an update on all that has been accomplished with setting up our Foundation as well as creating promotional materials.  Yesterday we had a meeting with the Christian television network to see about broadcasting on their network.

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Later in the day, after the sun finally came up (behind the clouds)…

The meeting at the network went very well.  In fact, Baruch taped four shows for a special series entitled:  Prophetic indicators revealing that the Last Days are approaching.  This series will only be available for Channel 7 viewers in Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Russia.  He also was interviewed for their network broadcast.  Details should be forthcoming, but we are planning to begin broadcasting our weekly television program throughout Northern Europe also on Channel 7  soon.  We felt very well-received and our Northern European team were there as well and they were instrumental in bringing it all together.  The team consists of Marko, Raimo, Jarmo and me.  Although another gentleman, Reijo, was not able to be in Helsinki with us, he had arranged the meeting and the series which was taped.

After this, we held a meeting for the LoveIsrael Foundation of Northern Europe, as is required by law.  The team is very excited to move forward and has planned promotion and outreach for the coming months. We will be in Sweden in middle of March for Baruch to doing some speaking, including speaking at a large conference of Christian workers which will be in Stockholm.  Another speaker generously gave up his speaking slot in order for Baruch to speak at the Conference.  What a kind and humble act!

Shabbat Shalom! Parashat Yitro!

January in Israel!  Love it!

Nice to come home to warm weather!  Tomorrow evening we have our study and Livestream.  Sunday we head for Helsinki and Romania.

This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Yitro.  The text is Exodus 18:1-20:23.  Here is a brief commentary from Baruch:

In this week’s Torah portion, the Ten Commandments are read. The first commandment is introduced with the words,

I am HaShem your G-d Who brought you forth out of Egypt, from the house of slavery.” Exodus 20:2

In some ways the statement, “I am HaShem your G-d” sounds like an introduction, that is, the L-rd is making Himself known to Israel. Did not the Children of Israel know Whom HaShem was before Mount Sinai? There is a significant difference between knowing that G-d exists and the type of relationship that Israel was being called to experience at Sinai. Why does the verse state, “I am HaShem your G-d“, instead of simply, “I am G-d“? The answer is that the sacred name of G-d appears in this sentence י-ה-ו-ה. This name relates to G-d in a way that transcends human experience. The name refers to knowing the L-rd in a way that is solely dependent upon divine revelation. It is very important that the Exodus is mentioned in the second half of this verse. As I have stated many times previously, there is an inherent relationship between HaShem bringing the Children of Israel out of Egypt and Redemption.

The point here is that it is only by means of the experience of redemption that an individually can know G-d in a personal manner. HaShem had not stated before, “I am HaShem your G-d” until He had brought the Congregation of Israel out of Egypt and to Mount Sinai. HaShem had led the people to Mount Sinai in order that they should worship Him. Redemption is not the purpose, but rather an initial event that is foundational for the primary objective to be fulfilled which is worship. Israel did not worship in Egypt, as those in bondage are not free to worship. Worship demands certain things to be in place for it to be a reality for an individual. Bondage to sin renders one unable to worship as does being in a wrong environment. In short, because G-d wanted His people to worship Him, He moved in a manner that brought about changes in their lives so they were in the right location and in the right condition to worship Him.

Are there changes that must be made in your life so that you can truly worship Yeshua? Your first response might be no; however remember that the Hebrews did not immediately cry out to HaShem to depart from Egypt. It was only after they began to suffer, that they asked HaShem to deliver them from their slavery. Do not wait until the troubles of sin in your life begin to afflict you before you examine your life.

Every synagogue in the world will read the Ten Commandments this Shabbat morning. May I suggest that you also read with special attention the Ten Commandments and then Yeshua’s Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7). I am sure after prayerfully reflecting on these two passages that you and I will find the need for more changes in our lives than we initially thought.

Amsterdam Recap

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Upper photo:  Sunday morning at the Amsterdam conference.  Lower photo:  Baruch and his translator, Paul.  Paul has translated for Baruch many times and does an excellent job.

The conference theme this year was “Torah (the law) Relevance According to Paul”.  This was a study of the book of Romans.  We looked at how the Torah is not an instrument of justification.  It makes known what sin is and that we are sinful.  Through the Torah we learn of our need for salvation, which is only through the redemptive work of Yeshua (Romans 3:28).  The power of the Torah is available only AFTER salvation.  In Romans 7:14, we are told that “For we know that the law is spiritual.”

The conference took place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and was comprised of  11 sessions.

It was a rich time of study and fellowship.

 

We appreciate all that Dirk and Theresa, our team leaders, do to make this conference possible and to also make known LoveIsrael.org in the Netherlands.

For those who are interested, the audio for our Amsterdam conferences and other speaking, is posted on the Dutch website:

http://www.love-israel.nl/conference-audio

This year’s conference will not be available for awhile.

 

Amsterdam Conference Begins!

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Scenes from Amsterdam last night and today.

Last night, Baruch spoke at a congregation about 100 kilometres from Amsterdam. We are very thank to Dirk and William for arranging the evening seminar. We are also thankful to the pastor who made available his sanctuary for this event. Although the room was nearly full, very few of those who attended were from this congregation. The pastor is a preterist. This is one who believes that the book of Revelation is about the past and does not hold any significance for the future. Naturally, Baruch holds to a very different view. The 90 minute seminar was on Yeshua’s command to all of His disciples to watch the Fig Tree (Matthew 24:32) and the implications of this commandment for believers today. There is much confusion over the Last Days and we are encountering more and more  individuals who are not interested in this subject. Failure to discern the events of the End Times will cause one to be unprepared for what is going to take place.

Our conference in Amsterdam begins tonight!  This is an intensive time of study on Erev Shabbat, Shabbat and all day Sunday. There will be 11 teaches, all from the book of Romans, on the Relevance of the Torah according to Paul. We are hoping for a good turn out as our hosts placed advertisements in local religious papers.

Today I took the opportunity to walk around Amsterdam while Baruch was busy preparing.  It is such a beautiful city.  Unfortunately, the old, beautiful churches here are used mostly for concerts and those which do have services are attended by very few people.  We find this throughout much of Europe.

The people here are very grateful for the conference and sound Bible teaching.  As I said, it is very intensive.  People bring their picnic lunches and we have a great time studying the Word and fellowshipping.

This week’s Torah reading is Parashat B’shalach.  This is from Exodus 13:17-17:16.  One of the topics of this reading is complaining.  This is one area of our lives that many of us need to work on.  I know that I am going to pray about it over this Shabbat!

Another lesson we learn about is the double portion of manna on Friday, as none descended on Shabbat.  One thing we learn from this is that G-d will provide a way for us to obey Him.

Shabbat Shalom!

Amsterdam!

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We had an early morning flight to Amsterdam today and arrived on time.  Very grateful for the traveling mercy.  We arrived to a very cloudy, grey day and it is now raining.

Tomorrow we will meet with our friends (who are also our Love Israel team leaders here) and then Baruch will speak in Zwolle, Netherlands in the evening.  Last time we were here Baruch spoke there as well and the response was very positive.

Friday evening the conference in Amsterdam begins.  Each year, we hold it in the same location (Holiday Inn), which is very convenient to get to.  It is right next to the RAI train station, which is one of the main train stations and it connects to just about everywhere in the country.

Thank you to those of you who have subscribed to the Biblically Inspired Life YouTube channel!  We now have 101 subscribers.  I look forward to making new videos, touching on topics some of you have sent to me.

We have some of our upcoming schedule now listed on the LoveIsrael.org website under “events.”  More detailed info is coming for the trip to the States, which is in March.  We will be in Weatherford (Dallas), TX; Merritt Island FL; and La Mesa, CA.  As each event gets closer, I will give more details here as well.

 

New Marriage Mondays Video

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Spotted in the yard of a preschool while on one of my walks last week.

So as we head into the middle of January, I can’t believe how quickly the days are passing.  The weeks, even though each is different, has a rhythm to them as we begin each week at the study center and with our Livestream and end each week with Shabbat.  In between, we have show tapings, Skypes, correspondence, and planning with our teams around the world.

Tomorrow is our last day at home before heading to the Netherlands.  Therefore, Baruch and I taped a new “Marriage Mondays” and it is now up on the Biblically Inspired Life YouTube channel.

 

Wednesday, early morning, we will be heading to the Netherlands.  For those of you who live there, you can find out more information on our Dutch website:

http://www.love-israel.nl

This will be an intensive conference, studying “Torah (the law) Relevance According to Paul”.  We will be studying Romans 2-5, 7-8.