The best kind of education gives roots and wings: the roots of a secure identity as God’s children, and confidence in His truth. But also the wings of training, equipping students to attain more than they previously could, and arise to do all that God would call them to.
On Thursday, we started a new semester here at Israel College of the Bible, and it also happened to be on the Feast of Purim! So staff and students came in a celebratory mood, as we worshiped and studied the word of God together.
Purim is a holiday based on the book of Esther in the Bible, and it is traditional for Israelis to dress up, and have fun. So even as the staff led the prayers and time in the word, we were also in costume!
We heard a great report from the mission team back from Berlin, and looked together at First Thessalonians 5 and the return of Messiah Yeshua.
This semester the track for Russian-speaking students has become so popular that we have had to rearrange the classrooms to accommodate everyone!
We praise God for the blessing of growth and the opportunity to serve people from all kinds of backgrounds – both Israelis and students from all over the world.
Esther: The Upside Down Drama
I’m sure you don’t believe in fairy-tales, but I have to tell you, the Bible is rammed full of real life rags-to-riches miracles and total turnarounds where the underdog overcomes against all odds. The Scriptures knock Disney and the Brothers Grimm out of the water – the Bible wins hands down when it comes to wonderful stories of intrigue, drama, passion and the triumph of good over evil. Perhaps the best example of all is the book of Esther. It’s a fantastic story. I want to draw your attention to some aspects of the way the story is told, because I believe that the entire book is also telling us a greater story. Not a story within a story, but a story outside the story.Continue reading…
What Happened When Billy Graham Came to Israel
Even in his death (perhaps promotion would better describe the event), Reverend Billy Graham has once again spread the Gospel far and wide, as tributes flood the mainstream media.
People all over the world are now hearing about his life, along with the message that he lived and breathed: That the cross expressed God’s great love for mankind, and the invitation to receive His forgiveness and spend eternity with Him. The unstoppable evangelist even managed to share the Gospel in large public events in Israel; no mean feat today, and back in the 1960s, considerably more so. Continue reading…