One year out…

Jerusalem, Jerusalem… Matt. 23:37

I am so excited! March 2018 I plan on re-visiting the Holy Land Of Israel, this will be my fourth visit. I can barely contain myself! Why, would you want to go someplace and spend significant amounts of money… to a place you have been before, you might ask.

It’s simple really. In Zechariah 2:8 we read: For thus says the LORD of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. Israel and the Hebrews are very special to God Almighty.

Also, in Genesis 12:3 we read: And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” God shows favor on those who show favor to His people and the land.

So First, I go to Israel to bless and glorify God and to honor Him by blessing the people and nation. Secondly, I go because everything that I believe and trust in the Bible began there- I will never be able to read the Bible the same again, because of my visits there. Truly, God’s living, powerful word comes alive there. Biblical history is supported at every turn by archeological unearthing’s. It is incredible really.

So, as Israel approaches this upcoming Passover season, I end today with the traditional phrase said by Jews for thousands of years: phrase “le-shanah ha-ba’ah bi-Yerushalayim,” “Next Year in Jerusalem!”

 

Joy in the LORD!!

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Recently, I was honored and blessed to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for a new facility in Leyte, Philippines at the Center For Change ministry.

Center For Change is a ministry that was started by God in the heart of Miss Margaret Pashely. She had a godly desire to take the many street orphans of Leyte and provide them a home, schooling, safety and the Gospel of Jesus. God has blessed this ministry over the past fifteen years by literally and spiritually “saving” them through the love of Jesus.

The happy faces in this picture are of children who have experienced abandonment, poverty and hopelessness. But, as seen from this picture, in Jesus they have hope, love and joy.

It reminds me of the words of Peter in 1 Peter 1:8… and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory…

As these children… and I can attest to… the world is a very lonely, dark place without the love, hope and joy that Jesus offers.

But, you need to accept the gift of salvation, which will remove your sin and shame and replace it with a joy inexpressible. Romans 10:9 says that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

If you haven’t done that… won’t you? So that you can experience the same joy as these children!