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Israel, beware of Obama’s Iran deal

Obama’s defense of his framework with Tehran is illogical, and American platitudes for Jerusalem may yet revert to accusations of warmongering. (article reposted from Haaretz by Ariel Ungar. Photo by AFP) It is obviously refreshing to hear solicitude for Israel oozing from U.S. President Barack Obama in his interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, in contrast to his nastiness following Netanyahu‘s election win. Gone were the accusations that Israel spied on the negotiations with Iran and gave the information to the enemy – U.S. Congress. Gone, too, were the trumped-up charges of Israel stealing nuclear material. Obama even warned Iran not to mess with Israel, which would have been reassuring had Obama’s director of National IntelligenceJames Clapper not removed Iran and Hezbollah from the terror threat list after the latest assault on Israel’s Golan Heights by these reformed citizens and indirect beneficiaries of American intelligence.

The Season of Redemption

Dear Friends and Partners: With Passover falling this Friday evening April 3rd: it becomes a high holy day. It is also the 3rd blood moon to occur  this Hebrew year 5775 sequentially on a Biblical Feast. Enjoy the letter. We have amazingly good news. You can download the newsletter here. Hag Samach Pessach! A blessed Passover. Every blessing.

Happy Purim !! – Meridel is Traveling to Kathmandu, Nepal to reflect on her past with old friends from 46 years ago

God willing tomorrow, I will fly to Nepal on a film expedition with our sons David and Chris. We plan to retrace some of my steps of 46 years ago. Kathmandu was ruled by a god-King in those days. I remember, friends and I had enjoyed a sumptuous dinner at the famous Yak and Yeti Hotel. While relaxing in the lounge around the circular fire place we met mountain climbers and tiger hunters. It was a time when such hunting was permissible. A very sophisticated evening unexpectedly turned into a Divine encounter in the Spirit of God. I will tell it all on camera. The result was “my eyes were opened and I realized as never before, truths about the Lord God of Israel. Download newsletter

Evangelical Christians Release Historic Statement Regarding Sexual Abuse in the Church

Recent allegations of child sexual abuse and cover-up relating to Sovereign Grace Ministries, and the subsequent public statements made regarding this tragic situation have distressed and alienated many professing Christians. On July 17, 2013, individuals representing a wide spectrum of evangelical Christendom have joined together and released a powerful public statement entitled, A Public Statement Regarding Sexual Abuse in the Church of Jesus Christ (included below). Individuals ranging from Michael Reagan (son of former President Reagan), Paul Young (author of “The Shack”), Diane Langberg (clinical psychologist and author) Jonathan Merritt (faith and culture writer), and Julie Clinton (president of Extraordinary Women) are just some of the signers of the statement. Continue reading

Still Small Voice …whisperings

The greatest dividing and alternatively uniting force in many private lives and nations is the modern State of Israel. I took a moment to walk from our tiny rented cottage up through the Moshav to the little ‘pinati’ or corner-store. I chose a few yams and dropped them in a bio-degradable paper bag, along with 3 semi-ripe black avocados, a handful of cucumbers and finally Eco-friendly dish soap. The local moshavnik in charge was obviously very upset. I heard him from the back of the store speaking frantically into his phone in rapid-fire French which, ended with the word ‘Toulouse!’

April 2012 Newsletter

Download the PDF version here Still Small Voice  Shalom Dear Friends: March/April 2012 Adar/Nissan 5772 “For the LORD will again rejoice over you for good as he rejoiced over your fathers… IF you obey the voice of the LORD your God… and IF you turn to the LORD with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 30:9b, 10b. God’s Heart and Mine Can you hear our Heavenly Father’s cry? He is asking us to cling to Him. Lovers cling to each other. Are we that committed? Trusting is the hard part is it not? Especially when there is no change to be seen. My challenge for 2012 is, “Will you trust Me?” I am doing my best and I must honestly say that it feels extremely weak at this point. But the truth is, we have no place else to go, no other source of life, no one else that knows what we go through and why we keep hanging on. (clinging for dear life) I do take courage in the fact that …