Joyful and Triumphant

O’ come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant. O’ come ye, o’ come ye, to Bethlehem … Christmas is over, but I can’t stop thinking about these words. I can’t stop thinking about what it means to come – joyful and triumphant – to Bethlehem. To small, forgotten Bethlehem. The least likely of all locations, … More Joyful and Triumphant

Great Expectations

Tomorrow morning I’ll be sitting on a plane headed to Israel. My heart is always filled with excitement when I go to Israel — but this time is different. This time my heart is also filled with something else … EXPECTATION. In fact, I have great expectations. But this isn’t just about Israel. For me personally, Israel does … More Great Expectations

Redirected Steps

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. —Luke 10:1 The nudge of the Holy Spirit was unmistakable. The emphasis seemed to be on the “sending them out two by two” part of the verse but since I was … More Redirected Steps

Monday Morning Musings: Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.” –Psalm 122:6 It wasn’t intended as a suggestion. But it’s also not an obligation. It’s an invitation. The idea of praying for Jerusalem–praying for Israel–it’s not a duty, its a privilege for those who love Jesus. Because if you love someone, you want to … More Monday Morning Musings: Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

O’ Jerusalem

As I’m posting this, I’ve been “home” in Israel for nearly a week. Right now, we are in Migdal at a lovely little prayer and retreat center overlooking the Galilee. Today is Shabbat (the Sabbath–Saturday) and we’ve had a beautiful and prayerful day.  Tomorrow we will make the journey “up” to Jerusalem where we’ll stay for … More O’ Jerusalem