Jesus Brings the Kingdom

When Jesus came, He entered a highly religious society.  This was not a time like the one where people half thought about God’s Law and spent most of their time visiting temples to other gods.  This was a society who knew their theology better than anyone.  They knew God’s ways better than He did! They…


The Cross – A Review

Man chose the path of sin, death and distance from God.  Adam & Eve were given a wide road to life and a narrow road to death, but they chose to eat of the tree of death.  All future generations of men were born eating only of this fruit and knowing only this existence.  Yet,…


Jesus was the First-Fruit Offering

The following is an email our team received on April 11th from our team leader as we prepare for this coming mission trip back to “the Land” of Israel.  We leave in a couple of days for this trip, and I wanted to spend these next days sharing more about the Jewish roots of our…


New Mission Trip Israel – Preparing in Mind

As Kara and I prepare to return to the Israel in several days, I’m prompted to think of the unrest boiling, as always, over there. Have you ever thought about what that struggle really represents?  And who is actually battling? “And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will…


The Real Reason

Jesus’ purpose in sending out the disciples went beyond the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom.  Rather, He wanted them to experience the power of the Holy Spirit themselves, and thus be strengthened in their faith to continue learning and growing as disciples of the Kingdom.  Today many people confuse this purpose of the…


The Gospel of the Kingdom of God

If the Gospel is not merely about the salvation of human souls, then what is it about?  Well, the New Testament states it clearly: it is about the Kingdom of God. Let’s take a look at the Gospel preached by NT characters to give a clear picture of this. John the Baptist 1In those days…


Mission Trip Israel – Day 10: Saturday, May 26, 2007

Today, we enjoyed the Sabbath rest by having a picnic with a local congregation youth group.  They were mostly teenagers, but some who were younger and others who were older attended.  We were at a beautiful park that had a cliff down to the ocean, but we stayed up in the grass and shared a…


Mission Trip – Day 3: May 19, 2007

Shabbat!  The Holy Sabbath.  If you read Genesis Ch. 1, you will notice that the way God views it, a new day begins with the darkness and ends with the light.  The evening that comes after sunset is the beginning of that next day which will also end in light.  I love these tiny pictures…


My Journey of a Lifetime

My trip to Israel in 2007 was lead by David Schiff, who also led my trip to Mexico and the trips to Choctaw, MS and New Orleans that Kara (who is now my wife) and I also took in 2006. Before this trip, he told us that a major calling in his life was leading…