JEWISH VOICE BLOG

Prayers for Israel: Security within Your Citadels

January 29, 2014

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” Psalm 122:6-7 A citadel is defined as a strategically fortified place or stronghold which is able to serve as “command central” in times of strife, attack, and war. Understanding this military or governmental description is an encouragement to pray for the corresponding seats of authority in Israel. Our prayers include the governing authorities, civi...

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Yeshua Out of the Box - For Israel then...and us now

January 28, 2014

The Pharisees in Israel were always trying to fit Yeshua (Jesus) into the box of their expectations. Luke 6-11 tells us two stories in a row where they questioned and judged Him because of His actions on Shabbat (the Sabbath). Yeshua knew that the purpose of Shabbat was not to restrain or restrict, but to create a specific space of time each week that would act as a vessel, and ultimately an overflowing container, for an experience of God's rest and goodness. Much to the dismay and fru...

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2014

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This is a day we look back and reflect on one of the most tragic events in Jewish history. Over six million Jewish people were massacred in the Holocaust and many Holocaust survivors are still suffering today. 200,000 Holocaust survivors are living in Israel and many of them in poverty. On this day we take a moment to remember those who have been affected by this horrific event and pray blessings on them and their families and that they can come...

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Medical Missions: Love in Action

January 24, 2014

A woman walks the dirt road outside JVMI's medical missions outreach in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2013. The woman stood to her feet and began crying out in Amharic, the language of Ethiopia. The Prayer Room of a JVMI medical missions outreach is normally abuzz with multiple conversations as several small groups talk and pray at once. The woman's anguish began to rise above all other voices. In another part of the prayer room RC's translator, Messay, leaned closer to him and explained, "She's say...

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More elderly in poverty in Israel than any other developed country

January 23, 2014

A new study released yesterday by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies revealed that Israel's elderly population suffers from the highest poverty rate of any nation in the developed world. The way the pension system in Israel is structured contributes to the problem, according to the report which described the situation this way: “Israel’s low old-age allowances and limited access to income supplements contribute to its relatively higher rates of disposable income poverty.” Only one in f...

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Moving into 2014 with Prayer

January 22, 2014

WOLISO MEDICAL OUTREACH Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 9, 2014. Please pray: For medical volunteers to join us and get all their documentation in place in good time For a full team of volunteer participants as this outreach comes shortly after the first of the year ADDIS ABABA OUTREACH Friday, April 25 – Monday, May 5, 2014 This exciting outreach includes a medical clinic and an international Jewish Celebration. Please pray: For the Addis Ababa Specialty...

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Jesus Made Me Jewish . . . Again

January 19, 2014

Kevin, 12, with "Potch" (Sidney Cohen) in 1981 I grew up in Rockville, Maryland, an upper middle class suburb of Washington, D.C. My father’s parents, the Bergers, hailed from Brooklyn, N.Y., having emigrated as children from Poland before WWII. On the Cohen side, “Potch” (my maternal grandfather, so named by me as a toddler) was an immigrant to the U.S. from Lithuania; and “Mimi,” my maternal grandmother, was born a first-generation American Jew. But for all my fully Jewish parents, grandpar...

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Israel: Is Another Intifada on the Horizon?

January 17, 2014

When former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was buried earlier this week at his Sycamore Ranch in the Negev of southern Israel, there was an unusual accompaniment. Because of the proximity of Sharon's home to the Gaza border and the ever present conflict between Israel and Gaza, the Israeli Defense Forces deployed an Iron Dome missile defense unit nearby to protect against terrorist attack. In addition, security forces sent messages to Palestinian leaders encouraging them to take steps to ...

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He wasn't going to let anything stop him, an incredible story of perseverance...

January 14, 2014

A few weeks ago, the newly established Messianic congregation in Buhera, Zimbabwe, born out of our Jewish Voice outreach, held their first service. When the leaders arrived at 8:30 in the morning, they found one man already there. He walked nearly four miles to get there … on crutches! He had come to our medical clinic and was miraculously born again. When he learned of the new congregation, he wasn’t going to let anything stop him from coming and growing in his new faith. This is why we go. ...

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Moving into 2014 with Prayer

January 13, 2014

As we enter a new calendar year, we are looking forward to many new opportunities to see God at work in and through Jewish Voice Ministries International. We know as never before that we need the Lord in every detail of all we do! Join us in these prayers for Jewish Voice as we move ahead in taking the Good News of Yeshua around the world in 2014! Lord, in light of all You have done and are continuing to do, we praise You! As this next year rises up before us, we ask for an even great...

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