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Alexandra Lindstrom

Pledge Your Vehicle Donation by December 31st

Time is running out! The year is almost over and now is the perfect time to get rid of that extra vehicle that hasn’t been used in months. Start 2020 a little lighter! HaYovel continues its programs from the support of people like you. Donate now or at least pledge your vehicle donation before midnight on December 31, 2019 to count it as a 2019 charitable contribution. Call 855-700-RIDE [855-500-7433] or visit www.careasy.org/hayovel.   Donate now before 2019... Read MoreRead More

Has Santa taken a serious leadership role in the fat movement?

Okay, I understand that fat is not a word we should use to describe ourselves or anyone else. And if you were with me this week, you would know it is also not a term that’s okay to use around my brother and sister-in-law’s cat. Cats are also sensitive. Fat, however, is making a comeback, and I think we have to give credit to men like Santa Claus for holding a place of dignity for men of stature, especially in our western culture. Because of him, fat is associated with “jolly,” and who doesn’t want to be around jolly people? It would be nearly impossible for a skinny man to handle the enormous weight of toys for a small city, much less the entire world. The Keto diet fad has done an amazing job of vindicating fat. The campaign against fat in the ‘70s was almost as strong as the fight against tobacco. I am thankful to live in the age of such enlightenment where things like marijuana and fat, once thought to be so unhealthy, are now the health rage. By the way, I have been on a “keto” regimen for a while now, and according to the chart that came with my bathroom scale, I have finally reached the category of “obese.” I cannot tell you how much better I feel as an obese person. I’m so thankful for scale manufacturers who have invested so much research into giving me a meaningful identity. How you and I identify ourselves is extremely important. Has there ever been a time when identity has been more confusing …more compromised? Identity is being pushed and even forced on us to the point where some are confused as to their own gender. Absurd? Yes! I have a question. Do you think those who followed Yeshua/Jesus 2,000 years ago would recognize or identify with those who claim to follow Him today? After spending the last 15 years in Israel, I find myself asking if Yeshua/Jesus, a Jew, would recognize me as one of His disciples? A more difficult question to ask would be if I would be comfortable following Him in His Jewish environment. For example, what if He kept Chanukah instead of Christmas? I’m not trying to cause trouble here. I’m just saying …what if? “For we are His (God’s) workmanship created in the Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Therefore, remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh …you were without Messiah,being aliens from the Commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Messiah Yeshua, you have been brought near by the blood of Messiah.” Ephesians 2:10-13 In this passage, Paul speaks a prophetic word over us as he reminds us that in Yeshua, we are the workmanship of God. This “God-created workmanship” can no longer align itself with the nations who separate themselves from the Commonwealth of Israel. He goes on to say that those who disconnect from God’s Covenants have no hope and are without God. Right now, in Israel, God’s Word is being revealed in extraordinary ways. Many, like myself, are seeing it and touching it with their own eyes and hands. However, as great as this is, there is something even more extraordinary coming. The Prophet Joel calls it the “outpouring of the Holy Spirit.” The precursor of this “outpouring” is laid out in Joel chapter 2. Verse 12: A call to repentance. Verse 15: An alarm or call for a fast to bring together and sanctify the congregation of Israel.  Verse 17: The priest of Israel crying out to God for the children of Israel, to remember His Covenant, and to take away the reproach of the nations. Verse 18: It is only then that the LORD’s heart will be filled with compassion for His people and become Zealous for His Land. Verses 19-27: God takes away the reproach from Israel and begins the agricultural restoration. Finally, in verse 28, something beyond our comprehension begins – the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. God gave us a taste of this outpouring in Acts 2, and we have not seen or experienced anything like it since. So what ignited this initial outpouring where over 3,000 people experienced the power of God? There was an overwhelming desire for the Restoration of the irrevocable Covenants that are all connected to the physical reality of the Kingdom of Israel (Luke 24:21, 27, 32, 33; Acts 1:6; Acts 2:30; Acts 2:36; Acts 3:13). They were all in one accord/agreement (Acts 2:1; Acts 2:42; Acts 4:32). They were all in one place – the Temple in Jerusalem (Acts 2:1; Acts 2:46; Acts 5:42). Peter refers to it as “The Restoration of All Things” in Acts 3:21. We could also refer to it as the Redemption or in Hebrew, the Geulah. Yes, it is important for us to individually identify with the Commonwealth of Israel, but we will not see the Holy Spirit poured out until we come together collectively in one accord – in one place. I will always be bold in talking about the Prophetic move of God that I’ve experienced in Israel. It is important for a multitude of people from the nations to come and participate in this Restoration and, more importantly, experience the Power of God as He pours out His Holy Spirit over the whole earth. God’s powerful Promise to Israel is bringing the Jews back in record numbers. There is a call for the nations to also return. Isaiah declares Jerusalem will be a praise in all the earth and the Temple will be a House of Prayer for All Nations. Right now, we are conducting our end of year fundraising campaign. Without your help, HaYovel would not exist, and now is the critical time to come on board with our vision and mission. Click here to donate now. We are working hard to reach our goal by the end of the year. All donations given will be quadrupled for 4X the impact. Yeshua/Jesus echoed Isaiah’s prophetic message in every gospel. Come and find your identity by standing with God’s promises and the restoration of His Kingdom in Israel. Donate now to make an impact for the... Read MoreRead More

Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, & the Light of Hanukkah

Jerusalem, the Temple Mount & the Light of Hanukkah Sunday evening marks the start of Hanukkah – a time of year when the Jewish people light the hanukkiah, remember the story of the Maccabees, and eat all things fried. President Trump, however, hit on the heart of Hanukkah in his speech at the White House Hanukkah celebration, moments before he signed a historic executive order combating antisemitism in America. He said: “This afternoon we celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah. More than 2,000 years ago a ruthless tyrant persecuted the Jewish people, and desecrated the temple of Jerusalem. But a group of Jewish patriots defeated a powerful army, rededicated the temple and won back their right to worship God in freedom.” Indeed, the Temple is a central theme in the story of Hanukkah. According to legend, when Judah Maccabee cleansed the Temple, they found only enough pure oil to keep the menorah lit for a short time. Miraculously, the oil lasted for eight days and nights, which is the reason that Hanukkah is kept for eight nights today, the Jewish people lighting an additional candle each night of the holiday. Since the Temple is a central theme in Hanukkah, I’d like to touch on several controversial stories surrounding the Temple Mount in recent weeks. Read the article... Read MoreRead More

The Festival of Lights, Donuts, and….Jerusalem

Where can you eat donuts, sip coffee, and walk through a neighborhood where every house is lit by the light of a hanukkiah? This week, Joshua Waller and Luke Hilton are back together on the Mt of Blessing, and they tackle everything from politics in Israel to Hanukkah in Jerusalem. Tune in to hear about President Trump’s recognition of the actual meaning and significance of Hanukkah as well as an executive order that he signed to combat anti-semitism on Israel’s college campuses. Gidon Saar is trying to unseat Netanyahu in internal primary elections. Hear Joshua Waller’s analysis on Israel’s politics and who is his favorite politician in Israel. This, and so much more on today’s episode of the Joshua and Caleb Report podcast. Please be sure to comment, like, and subscribe to our channel. Listen to this week’s... Read MoreRead More

Why Should Christians Support The West Bank?

Should Christians support the right of the Jews to live in and settle Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, sometimes incorrectly known as “The West Bank”? Among the Christians that are familiar with what should more correctly be titled “Israel’s Biblical Heartland,” I would venture to say that more than 50% are against Jewish settlement there, and prefer to support the so-called “Palestinian narrative.” This is not an article that will try and solve the age old Middle East peace conflict. It is, rather, a simplistic approach as to why I believe Christians should support Israel’s right to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria in 2019. To do this, I’ve outlined 4 reasons–some biblical, and some practical–as to why Christians should be standing with the most hotly contested piece of real estate in the world. 1. Judea and Samaria Gives Hope In a world filled with darkness and ever-increasing evil, Israel’s Biblical Heartland stands out as a beacon of bright light, shining in the darkness. For example, there are 120,000 residents in the Shomron (Samaria) Regional Council, with an astounding 8% annual growth rate! The rest of Israel has a 1.8% annual growth rate. Obviously, their biggest reason for such a high growth rate is the average family size, as most families are Orthodox and have more than the average number of children. If you compare this with a simple online search for the world’s average population growth, you will only come up with. . .read more Click Here to Read the Full... Read MoreRead More
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