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May 08, 2020

There’s an exciting new feature to the Jewish Voice website. You can now access all your giving and shipping information in one convenient place. The JVMI Partner Portal enables you to look up information without having to call in. Of course, we love talking with you, but we know that sometimes it’s just more convenient to log in and find the information yourselves. Now you can. With the new JVMI Partner Portal, you can: View your giving history for the last 10 years With your giving hi...

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Between Passover and Pentecost | Waiting with Expectation w/ Pastor Mike & Rabbi Joshua

May 08, 2020

The world finds itself in a unique and rare moment in history. Each region, country and community is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. While each community is experiencing the effects of coronavirus to different levels of severity, we all have one thing in common. We are in a season of waiting. We are all waiting to see what lies ahead on the other side of this crisis. HOW TO WAIT WITH HOPE-FILLED EXPECTATION Jewish Voice staff members Ezra Benjamin and Carly Berna speak with Rabbi Joshu...

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A Stump of Hope | Day 5

May 08, 2020

In the early chapters of Isaiah hope seems lost. Israel is falling deeper into disobedience and inching closer to a place of no return. Their hearts are hardened to the LORD’s ways and they sink more each day towards the ocean floor. Were all things lost for the people of Israel? Was this their new normal? In this setting, Isaiah is commissioned to take a stand of faith and trust in the LORD – to declare with authority that the LORD is a sovereign, righteous judge who has set the nation of Is...

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Pandemic means some feuds set aside, others not

May 07, 2020

“We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield” (Psalm 33:20 NIV) This past week I’ve been thinking about how we are all doing a lot of waiting because of the pandemic. In last week’s Middle East Update, I shared our podcast about waiting with expectation. If you missed it, you can check it out here. But how are we waiting? I found 130 references in Scripture about waiting – most often in Psalms. We are called to “wait in hope for the Lord” as in Psalm 33. Wait in hope n...

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In a Time of Great Need, We Call on Our Great God – National Day of Prayer 2020

May 07, 2020

Times of crisis expose our deep need for God’s mercy, power, and intervention. Throughout our history, Americans have expressed that need through prayer. From Colonial days to the present, our leaders have called for various days of prayer, and our nations’ citizens have responded. In 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill allowing each U.S. president to proclaim a regular National Day of Prayer. However, it wasn’t until 1988 that the annual observance was designated to occur the first Thurs...

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Holy Boldness | Day 4

May 07, 2020

Isaiah was a visionary. He lived in Jerusalem near the end of Israel’s kingdom period in a time of unrest and yet his life was marked by prophetic vision. On the LORD’s behalf, Isaiah spoke boldly to the leaders of Jerusalem in a way that would impact the entire community. Can you imagine the weight of that responsibility? Isaiah’s dreams and visions concerning Israel were extensive and profound. The people of Israel were rebelling against the covenant of the LORD and they were in great dange...

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Beyond Roadblocks | Day 3

May 06, 2020

Before embarking on a journey, we hope there will be no delays, detours or accidents. It’s only natural, we want to take the path of least resistance. How long will it take to arrive? Is this the most direct route? Is there a shortcut? We want to do whatever is necessary to get to our destination quickly, unencumbered and without expense. The LORD provided the people of Israel with a covenant promise – a one-way, non-stop ticket to a life of hope and peace. The role of the people of Israel w...

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Purified for Purpose | Day 2

May 05, 2020

Don’t you love good news? Now, more than ever, hearing of a happy ending or an uplifting report has become especially newsworthy and poignant. Isaiah was entrusted as a messenger to the people of Israel and he pleaded with the people to humble themselves and fear the LORD. He reported that Israel was in danger of being destroyed and that if they would not to turn from their rebellion, judgement was coming. This was bad news and undoubtedly the people of Israel wanted to change the channel.

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More Than Bread | Day 1

May 04, 2020

We are living in uncertain times. Over the last weeks, the world has been thrown into a whirlwind of panic and fear. The fear of sickness, loss and grief has overwhelmed many of us. Also startling, has been the worry about medical supplies and household resources. It would be natural to ask, LORD, where are you? Is this our new normal? What is my role in your Kingdom today? The prophet Isaiah had experience living in troubling times too. At first, the people of Israel were rebelling against G...

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Cultivating Encouragement in our Communities | Day 7

May 03, 2020

Philippians 2:1-5 “Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Messiah, if there is any comfort of love, if there is any fellowship of the Ruach, if there is any mercy or compassion, then make my joy complete by being of the same mind, having the same love, united in spirit, with one purpose. Do nothing out of selfishness or conceit, but with humility, consider others as more important then yourselves, looking not only to your own interest but also for the interest of others. Have this attitu...

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