JEWISH VOICE BLOG

Shavuot, A Musical Interlude | Day 4

May 25, 2020

Hope implies an expectation of something good. When you and I hope for something, we have at least a slight expectation that it will happen. When it comes to our faith, hope is the confident expectation that what God has promised will come to pass, and the strength of our hope rests in His faithfulness alone. There have always been seasons of hope and expectation in the history of Israel, and they have often been sandwiched in the midst of troublesome times. We've seen this in the story of E...

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In the Midst of Opposition | Day 3

May 25, 2020

"Thus says Adonai-Tzva'ot: 'This people say the time has not come - the time for the House of Adonai to be rebuilt. Then Haggai, the messenger of Adonai, spoke to the people with the message of Adonai, "I am with you!" - it is a declaration of Adonai. Then Adonai stirred the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak, high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people, and they came and did work on the House of Adonai-Tzva'ot the...

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The Stirring Begins | Day 2

May 25, 2020

“Now in the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, in order to accomplish the word of Adonai from the mouth of Jeremiah, Adonai stirred up the spirit of King Cyrus of Persia…” (Ezra 1:1). Ancient Israel had a hope: to return to the Land God had promised to give her. Yet, she had been in exile in Babylon for so long that I’m sure the hope of many began to wane, if not completely disappear. Those who were old enough to have witnessed it told the story to their children and grandchildren. Family ...

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Ezra-Nehemiah: In 3-Part Harmony | Day 1

May 25, 2020

For thus says Adonai: “After 70 years for Babylon are complete, I will visit you, and fulfill My good word toward you – to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans that I have in mind for you,” declares Adonai, “plans for shalom and not calamity – to give you a future and a hope. —Jeremiah 29:10-11 God's plans for His people are often deeper than we know or can figure out, but they are not a mystery to Him. He knows them, and He knows them well. Speaking to those who would g...

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Encouragement and Hope | Day 7

May 24, 2020

And pray in the Ruach (Spirit) on every occasion, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, keep alert with perseverance and supplication for all the kedoshim (saints). —Ephesians 6:18 The Apostle Paul wrote four letters, known as the prison epistles, while he was under house arrest in Rome. These letters, three to groups of Believers and one to an individual, contain words of instruction, correction, encouragement and hope. Paul set his mind on building up the followers...

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Get Dressed, Even If You Have Nowhere to Go | Day 6

May 23, 2020

Working from home is one of the biggest changes to my life over the last few months. I’ve found that little things like stopping for my morning coffee, complaining about traffic, and listening to my favorite morning talk show bring me joy. One thing I don’t miss is picking out what I’m going to wear every day. I’m challenged when it comes to fashion ☹. Despite my struggle and even though I’m working from home; I still get dressed every day. The action helps me prepare my mind to work and I’m rea...

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New Day | Day 5

May 22, 2020

My home is a little bit busier now. It has become an event center, an office and conference room, a school (high school and college), a playground, movie theatre and so much more. Not that long ago, most of these activities happened somewhere else. Almost every day is starting to look the same and all the activities are beginning to mix together into a symphony of busyness. Make the most of your time because the days are evil. For this reason, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord...

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The War that Won Jerusalem

May 21, 2020

At the outset of a war, no one knows how long the fighting will last. The longest war in history persisted 781 years, between the Spanish Empire and the Moors. The shortest battle, the Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896, lasted a mere 38 minutes. Jerusalem Day commemorates the second shortest war in history, which arose between the enemies of Israel and the young Jewish country. It occurred from June 5 to June 11, 1967, and is aptly named the Six-Day War. Jerusalem Day, or Yom Yerushalayim, 2020 b...

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Israel finally has a new government. Now what?

May 21, 2020

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV) It’s been more than two months in isolation for most of us across America and in other countries as well. Let me encourage you with the words of Jesus from John 16:33 above. We live in a fallen world which means we will have trouble. But we can take heart because our Messiah has overcome the world. That means we are overcome...

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My Words Matter | Day 4

May 21, 2020

We all have a comfort zone. When it comes to interacting with people, I think I’ve been practicing physical distancing my entire life. I prefer a few feet of separation. We are living in a time where six feet separation is the standard. Good thing our love for God is not measured by how close we get to each other but rather on how we communicate with one another. A famous quote from Francis of Assisi says, “Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” Whether spoken, texted or po...

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