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All History Is His Story

There has never been a time like the one we currently live in. Think about it. The accessibility of information about what is happening in every far-flung corner of the world is almost immediately available. Those living in Mongolian yurts, Bedouin tents, Vietnamese sampans, and Manhattan apartments are connected in ways science fiction storytellers only fantacized about at the close of the Twentieth Century. All one needs is a computer or smart phone and access to the internet. The availability of real-time news and its accompanying commentary by global pundits of all persuasions is both a bane and blessing.

Definition of Bane:
1. Killer, Slayer, Death, Destruction
2. A source of harm or ruin

The demonically inspired attacks of 9/11 were seen around the world as they happened. Untold millions (perhaps billions) sat glued to screens of all types, unable to pull themselves away from the unfiltered images Islamic terrorists intended for worldwide distribution. Planes were grounded. Wall Street stopped trading. Schools closed. Survivalist enterprises hit the jackpot. People everywhere were immobilized. All wondered, “What’s next?” Make no mistake. The scenes of destruction and death were intended to demoralize the entire world. What was unleashed on our country was evil. Period. No discussion needed.

At the same time this instant access event was being viewed around the globe, lines of communication were opened up. Loved ones were located and found safe. First responders were dispatched. Survivors were freed from mountains of cement and steel. Stories of hope broke through the dust and devastation. As horrific as it all was, hope was found. Heroes stepped into the darkness and there was light. 
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Timothy Team Israel Tour – Day 13

Itinerary
January 13, 2017

Every morning of this journey, the daily schedule of Timothy Team Israel Tour has began with a gathering for coffee and a time of reading the Bible together. We have been working though the Gospel of Matthew. This account of Yeshua’s life was written to Jewish people who had knowledge of the the prophecies related to the coming Messiah, the Son of David from the Hebrew Scriptures. Matthew used more Old Testament scripture than any other Gospel writer. He built an iron-clad case for the the fact that Jesus is who He says He is, did the things the Bible said He would, and that He is not finished yet. 

Today, on foot once again, we traced the last hours of Jesus’s life from the Last Passover to the Garden of Gethsemane where He prayed and was arrested. The dungeons at Caiaphas House were a sober reminder of that what had to be done to defeat Satan forever. Following an illegal nighttime trial, Yeshua was taken to Pilate, Herod and then back to Pilate where He was handed over to the soldiers to be led in shame to Golgotha. There He was crucified as a criminal, between criminals. It might just as well have been you and me. Six hours later the King of Glory was laid in a rich man’s tomb. It could have been on the site of the Holy Sepulcher or the Garden Tomb. Maybe even someplace else. It really doesn’t matter where. We saw it all today.  More

Timothy Team Israel Tour – Day 12

Itinerary
January 12, 2017

The Timothy Team Israel Tour is on the road again for day number twelve. Being on the move as witnesses for the Lord is what this training is all about.

Its is an interesting fact that God never asked David or Solomon to build a temple. The Tabernacle was another thing altogether. There was a splendor to the simplicity of the Tabernacle. God provided the instructions for it’s building to the craftsmen who made it. Once completed, God took up residence there among His people. When He moved, they moved. Where He stopped, they set up camp. This activity from the Hebrew Scriptures also reflects the life of a disciple of Yeshua. We are to move when and where He tells us to. When He tells us to stop and take up residence somewhere, that is what what we are to do. Why? We are to be His image bearer wherever he wants us to be with whatever people He wants us to hang out with, until He tells us to move on.

Today, our focus is on the Temple, crisscrossing the city on foot to explore the idea and expression of the Tabernacle and the Temple from the time of David to its destruction in 70 AD. 
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Timothy Team Israel Tour – Day 3

Itinerary
January 3, 2017

After a long flight, the members of the Timothy Team Israel Tour landed at Ben Gurion Airport mostly bushy tailed if not totally bright eyed. Shortly before landing, Joseph who was sitting across the aisle from me with his wife and baby, asked… “Why are you coming to Israel?”

Thus began a remarkable conversation, overheard by the people around us. Not only was Joseph fully engaged, so too, were those sitting next to me. All of them are Ultra-Orthodox Jews. They were curious as to why we wanted to see the sites in the southern part of their country. “Wasn’t Jesus supposedly born in the Galilee?” “No, He was born in Bethlehem, He grew up in the Galilee,” I said. “His story is the story of your people. Without your story, ours is really just a fairy tale?” They had many questions. This is how our time in Israel began. We were on the road south from the airport by 10:15 AM. Here is the itinerary for the first day.
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Timothy Team Israel Tour – Day 1 & 2

Itinerary
January 1 & 2, 2017

This morning, New Year’s Day, we left Texas while it was still dark. Our destination is Israel, the land where heaven met earth in the person of Yeshua HaMashiach. To most He is known as Jesus, the second person of the Triune Godhead. According to John’s Prologue (John 1:1-18) it was Jesus who said, “Let there be light!” And, there was. Yeshua spoke into the darkness, chasing the darkness away. That is what the Light always does. Enroute to Newark, the sun came up. Here above the white pillowy clouds below, with the blue sky illuminated in a manner never seen on the surface, I am contemplating what lies ahead. For fifteen days, the little flock Keith Myer (T-Bar-M Timothy Team Director) and I shepherd will explore Israel according to the timeline of Scripture. More

Chanukah & Christmas

The Seed of the Woman Has Come

Devilish Disconnect

This is rare. So rare that this alignment of events begs answers to questions most never ask. Today, all around the world, Christendom acknowledges in some way the first coming of the Jewish King of Creation. Last night, Jewish people began their annual celebration of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights commemorating the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabean Revolt. As recorded in John 10, Jesus observed this very Jewish holiday.

Christmas or Chanukah, it makes no difference. Religious tradition has all but obscured what should be so plainly evident. This time of year, Gentiles and Jews enjoy their respective holidays oblivious to what the Bible teaches concerning the convergence of a potentially unifying force. This force at one time challenged the status quo and rocked the world. What force am I talking about? Jews and Gentiles united by a common faith in Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah! More

Chayei Sarah

Life of Sarah

Life Of Sarah


This Week Read:
Genesis 23:1-25:18
1 Kings 1:1-31
Matthew 1:1-17
1 Corinthians 15:50-57

I love the accounts of people’s lives contained in the Bible. The people that God points our attention to are real. They are not dressed up in their Sunday best, portrayed as something more than they really are. Warts, wrinkles, and all, we see them as people not that much different than us. Because of this, we see their story as being much the same as our own. In them, we see ourselves.

This week’s portion of Scripture is known as Chayei Sarah, meaning Life of Sarah. The text we will be looking at is Genesis 23 – 25. This portion of Scripture marks an important transition. Abraham and Sarah leave the earthly stage in their part of God’s grand story. Isaac and Rebekah take their place.

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Vayera

Shabbat Candles

And He Appeared


This Week Read:

Genesis 18:1 – 22:24
2 Kings 4:1-37
Luke 1:26-38, 24:36-53
2 Peter 2:4-11

Have you been to one of those big limestone caverns like the one in Carlsbad, New Mexico? Deep underground water filters through the limeslimestone-cavestone. A chemical reaction occurs producing an acidic solution. The acid carves huge holes in the solid rock. Over time spectacular caverns are formed. All of this activity happened in absolute darkness. The existence of caves like this are unknown until some spelunker wiggles his way into an opening, flicks a flashlight switch or lights a candle and chases the darkness away. What was once unknown appears.

In this particular passage, God revealed two very important things to Abraham. First, within the year Sarah would conceive and bear a son, even in her old age. They would name their son Isaac, which means laughter. Second, God told Abraham of His intention to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Evidently, Abraham already understood his role to be a blessing to his own family and the whole world. Accordingly, Abraham appealed to God for His wrath to be withheld if just ten righteous people were to be found there. Sadly, they were not. Only Lot (Abraham’s nephew) and his family were spared, escaping the city just before it was destroyed by fire from the sky.

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Lekh Lekha

Highway (1)Go You Forth!

This Week Read:
Genesis 12:1 – 17:27
Isaiah 40:27-41:16
Romans 4:1-25

The portion of Scripture some Jewish people are considering this week is known as Lekh Lekha, meaning “Go you forth!” This passage is filled with promises to Abraham and his physical descendants through Isaac and Jacob forever. These promises apply directly to a specific people group, the people known today as the Jews. However, the unconditional covenant ratified between God (Genesis 15:8-21), Abraham, and his extended contains spiritual blessings that benefit all of humanity, particularly those of us who believe in and follow Jesus.

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house to the land which I will show you; and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” – Genesis 12:1-3
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Noach

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This week read:
Genesis 6:9-11:32
Isaiah 54:1-55:5
Matthew 24:36-46
1 Peter 3:18-22

The second set of weekly Bible readings from the Torah is known around much of the Jewish world as Noach, or Noah. We sometimes forget how richly these Old Testament accounts inform our understanding of Jesus and the teaching of the New Testament. Here are are two thoughts for your consideration.

Unconditional = No Conditions
If God had forgotten His covenant to one day produce from the “seed of the woman” someone who would crush Satan forever (Genesis 3:15), there would have been no reason to save Noah and his family from the worldwide flood that destroyed everything else. God had unconditionally bound Himself to His own covenant with mankind, to His own Word. He obligated Himself to preserve the “seed of the woman”!

God’s faithful observance of the unconditional covenants He made throughout the Old Testament is seen time, after time, after time throughout the entire Bible. God’s commitment to His own credibility can be observed throughout all of human history. The fact that God has indeed kept His Word what He has unconditionally promised is one of the best arguments the Christian has for a powerful proclamation of the Gospel. We need not be timid or ashamed of the facts.

  • Our God exists!
  • He acts in the affairs of the world according to the promises of His Word!
  • As followers of Jesus, we have the privilege of sharing the story of His glory with all who will listen!

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