Why you need copy editors and proofreaders…

It is much easier to spot someone else’s errors because your brain will not as easily assume what the author meant to write. I do try to check my posts, but sometimes things will get by me and I do not have a proofreader. So, please show mercy if you see an error. Just make a note in the comments section and I will fix it.

This former copy editor and proofreader thanks you for your understanding.

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Last August, the ISIS magazine put Turkey in the jihadis’ crosshairs. Now all signs point to ISIS, says Turkish PM, as death toll rises in Istanbul bombings.

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Few Westerners have paid much attention until now, but the Islamic State has put the people and leaders of Turkey — and particularly Istanbul, which for centuries served as the seat of the Islamic kingdom or “Caliphate” — in its crosshairs.

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Four critical truths the President & candidates need to understand in the debate over Radical Islam.

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Fox-Joel-Shannon-June2016(Jerusalem, Israel) — If you read nothing else from this column, please read and remember these four critical points:

  1. While it’s absolutely true that the vast majority of Muslims are not a threat to us, it’s also true that the vast majority of terrorists in our time are motivated by, driven by, even consumed by a radical, violent, murderous and bloodthirsty interpretation of Islam. That may not be politically correct to say, but that’s the truth.
  2. If American leaders are not studying the theology and even the eschatology of Islam — and the civil war going inside Islam between the Radicals (jihadists) and the Reformers (moderates) and their vastly differing interpretations of Muslim history and Islamic scriptures — they’re not going to understand what drives our enemies to kill us.
  3. To misunderstand the nature and threat of evil is to risk being blind-sided by it.
  4. Neither President Obama, nor the two presumptive presidential nominees — Secretary…

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The vast majority of the Islamic world is not a threat. Why, then, do I say 7% to 10% of the world’s Muslims are Radicals? Here’s why.

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On Sunday, I made the following assertion during an interview on the Fox News Channel:

“There’s no question that the vast majority of Muslims — 1.6 billion Muslims in the world — are not violent. They’re not dangerous. They’re not a threat. But all the polling shows that between 7% and 10%, roughly, of the Islamic world does believe in suicide bombings, does support the Islamic State’s violence, does support al Qaeda. So this is a problem because in a world of 1.6 billion Muslims, that’s upwards of 160 million people who could be recruited and drawn into violence in the United States or around the world.”

A number of you have asked for the data behind such an assertion. So let me explain the sources I’ve used over the years to develop a rough estimate of the number of Muslims that could reasonably be considered “Radicals.” Let’s start with data from 2007. Then…

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Can We Truly Help Someone?

Many years ago (I am now in my 6th generation), I was sent by my then pastor to a 12 step group for help to deal with a loved one’s multiple addictions. I learned a very important lesson there. I learned that no one can control or change another person. It is a very important lesson to know for freedom comes in knowing that. The weight of feeling as if I must do something to turn that person’s life around (behaviourly speaking…I am not talking about helping with sustenance) is lifted.

Years later, I would see affirmation of that lesson from other places in things I read or simply in observing other people. The same lesson was there. Whether it is physical therapy, counseling therapy or even a job, there is absolutely NOTHING a person can do to make the person change or get better.

A physical therapist can show a client what they need to do…even walk them through it. But the client has to do the work herself. A counselor can point a person to answers and ways to change behaviours, but the client still has to do it himself. An employer can show the employees how to properly do that job and explain the rules, but they cannot force the employee to do it. It is no different when trying to reach the lost. You can point out scripture after scripture to them, but if their hearts are not open to receive it, it will not bring about any real change. A person has to WANT to be changed. They have to WANT to know the truth. Unless that is the case, you can talk until you are blue in the face and it won’t make any difference in their lives.

So what is the answer to the question? No…and yes! There is nothing we can do to change a person, but pointing them in the right direction IS a form of helping them. And, sometimes, simply getting out of the way and allowing natural consequences to fall is also a form of help. Ultimately, they have to make the choice, but you can keep encouraging them to make that choice.

Another thing to realize is that we cannot give someone the motivation to do what they need to do to change. Some people will start to see negative consequencse to their thinking and behaviours and decide they have had enough. They are willing to do what is needed to be changed. But others have to hit rock botton.They have to lose everything and everyone and be totally destitute before they are willing to get real help and do the work to change. It is a very hard thing to watch and we can only hope and pray that the person will not die or get seriously hurt on the way down.

While we cannot give a person motivation to change, we can encourage them and cheer them on in any effort they do make. If they are not bringing harm into our lives, we can continue to try and be a positive influence on them.

We can also rob them of, or prevent them from getting, the much needed motivation to change. How so? By getting in the way and not allowing needed consequences to fall. Every time I interfere in allowing consequences to fall, I am getting in the way. It is not enough to tell the person about the possible consequences, I need to actually allow them to fall. And, believe me, that is HARD!!

I was in a situation years ago where I was rescuing a person. Would it have made a difference if I had allowed that person to just fall? Yes, but it might not have been the difference that would have been good. That is where it gets tricky. I rescued because allowing this person to fall would have had serious consequences in my family. Very serious. But…was I trusting G-d in not allowing him to fall? Eventually, it all fell apart and I had to trust G-d anyway. I truly do not know if allowing the fall to come earlier would have been better and maybe prevented the later falling apart. I have no way of knowing. I do know, though, that he is no better now than he was many years ago. At least, that is what I have heard. So, maybe it was just a matter of waiting until I was strong enough to extricate us from his control? I don’t know the answer to that.

G-d wants what is good for a person…to grow and become the man or woman He has created them to be. Out spiritual adversary wants the opposite. So, our adversary will hit us with things like, “but what if this person really goes way out there? How can I let that happen? How can I turn them away? Isn’t that being unChristlike? Isn’t that being coldhearted and cruel?” and all sorts of other thoughts. And the answers are not always going to be the same in every situation or with every person!

Think about this. We have to be willing to set our own feelings aside and truly listen to the Holy Spirit. If need be, we should seek counsel. If we just act on those thoughts…some of which are lies from the pit…we can be acting out of fear rather than faith and, in the long run, that can hurt the person we are trying to help and may even hurt others, too. Let me repeat that because it is soooooo important. If we just act on those thoughts…some of which are lies from the pit…we can be acting out of fear rather than faith and, in the long run, that can hurt the person we are trying to help and may even hurt others, too. We can end up contributing to someone being out there a lot longer because we kept getting in the way. Being out there longer means G-d has to increase the seriousness of the situations in that person’s life in order to get that person’s attention. It means that person could end up doing something more serious because he or she was not stopped earlier.

For example, if someone steals from me, I will most likely not allow them into my house again. That person will suffer the consequence of losing the privilege of coming over to dinner or watching a show with me in my living room. Of course, if she/he shows what seems to be sincere repentance, I will relent. However, if they do it again, I will not be so likely to believe the repentance story. Sooner or later, they WILL suffer the consequences of being a thief, but it might be a lot more serious when they steal from someone else. An uncaught thief gets bolder and bolder until he is finally caught with something more serious.

Same thing if I catch someone lying to me. Every single thing they have told me up to that point instantly becomes suspect. I no longer take their word for anything. The consequence of lying to me is that you lose the privilege of being in my inner circle. There is now a wall between us. Even if you repent, you will have to earn my trust back. If you keep on lying to me, you will end up losing the privilege of coming into my home and, eventually, of being in my life. I will recognize the “repentance” for the manipulation it most likely is.

If I keep allowing someone to lie and still be part of my life, I am (even though I tell them differently with my words) basically showing them it is OK to keep lying. You keep lying and I will keep telling you it is wrong, but I won’t allow you to suffer any real serious consequences for it. Eventually someone else will give consequences for lying. Only this time, it could be either loss of a job or even jail time if they lie under oath. Of course, this can be hard if you are not sure they are actually lying to you. Again, this whole thing can be tricky. And it is possible the lying person has a mental issue. I believe the person I knew from many years ago was a pathological liar. Could I have pushed him to get help? Nope. And pushing too hard would have brought serious consequences to our family. Sometimes, you have to weigh the consequences to everyone in that person’s circle.

Stealing and lying are serious things to me. They aim at the core of the heart…and at my ability to trust a person. They also can have serious consequences in other avenues of life.

Sometimes we (no matter how well-intentioned) can actually get in the way of someone hitting a much needed bottom and becoming seriously motivated to change or get the real help needed. What starts out as a few incidents becomes a pattern and a pattern becomes a lifestyle.

We all have things to learn. And, thankfully, Abba uses every opportunity to teach us…if we will listen. If we don’t listen…and obey…He will just keep bringing the lesson around again. May we all pay attention! And may we all seek wisdom to know when to push and when to wait…when to support and when to withdraw support. There are no easy answers.

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True Shalom – True Peace

I am always amazed at my heavenly Abba/Father’s goodness toward me. Even in the midst of things that can be very troubling, I have His shalom. When Yeshua said “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful,” He meant it! Everything Yeshua said about shalom is so precious…and so powerful.

I truly cannot explain it any other way. I have not always been able to walk in His true shalom, but there are many times I have. He has worked in me to change me, helping me to walk more in it now. I am becoming way more consistent…for which I can only praise Him.

Of course, I still have my times of being not at peace, but when I do what I am supposed to do…which is to draw into Avinu Shabashamayim/our heavenly Father’s presence, it returns. And it always remind that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

We are fighting battles, but the war is already won. What we are really fighting are dark spiritual forces who refuse to concede. But that day is coming when those dark forces will be forced to concede. (Pun intended, for they think themselves a powerful force, yet they will be forced in the end.)

How do I describe this shalom? This peace? It is like being in a storm and yet being unaffected. The wind is howling around me. Things are blowing all over, but I am safe in the deepest places inside, where it matters most…untouched. My body may be hit and my world may be upside down, but I know I am safe!

It is a feeling of security…knowing that I am my Father’s and my Father is mine. I am His dear child. We are told, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Wow! That is powerful! In fact that whole chapter is powerful! The whole word of G-d is powerful.

It is knowing that, no matter what the day brings, I am OK. I can sit back and watch what is going on in the world…and not be frightened by it. I can see people running to and fro…and stay out of it. I can see them being afraid and not take on that fear. Instead, I pray for them, which we did together this morning.

We always pray for the Truth to be made known in people’s hearts and lives. We pray for them to lose anyone and anything that is hindering them from knowing the One True G-d and His Messiah. We pray for true believers to be there for them to help them. We pray for Abba’s will to be done in their lives and situations. Although we pray more detailed things, too, that is the core essence of what we pray…that is what guides us in our more detailed prayers.

We are learning the lessons of our Creator…the lessons of how to live life. We certainly are not there, yet, as anyone who knows can attest to! But we are so much closer than we were and that is cause for rejoicing, in and of itself.

So, these are my thoughts for this morning. I am very blessed today…and really feeling it. I hope you are, too.

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Terror in Tel Aviv

This is written by the wife of one of the teachers I use.

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By now, most of you have heard about the terrible terrorist attack yesterday in Tel Aviv.  I was within 100 yards of the location earlier that day.  I had met a friend and was walking to catch my bus home.  I had every intention of going in there, but I had bought a cupcake for Baruch for when he gets home tomorrow (they don’t have “American” cupcakes in our city), and I wanted to get it home.

Sarona is a beautiful indoor “upscale” market with little stores of olive oil, cheese, tea, halva, as well as some restaurants.  It is always very crowded.

As of right now, there are 4 people dead.  We are on the cusp of summer here, with schools ending for the semester.  Tel Aviv was so crowded yesterday; I even commented on it to my friend.

IMG_1705This was my view while waiting for my bus yesterday…

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Some Thoughts About Israel

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Recently, Israel held its first Transgender beauty contest.  Tel Aviv has been marketed as gay-friendly.  I could go on and on.

We hear a lot of negative things about Israel and it seems that the “church” is buying into it because they think that Israel is not “godly enough.”  That Israel doesn’t care about G-d.  What I think is important is that we have G-d’s view of things.  G-d  has not turned His back on Israel and He fully intends to keep every promise He has made to her.  It is not for us to decide.

It is very important for us to remember that G-d has a plan for Israel in the future.  Do you think that Israel’s current disobedience is a surprise to G-d?  No.  Let’s remember, there will come a day when Israel says, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the L-rd.”  And that…

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All Bad or All Good?

Things are very rarely all bad or all good. Life just does not work that way. There are extreme instances where all bad might seem pretty plausible, but for the most part, a “lot” of bad is not “all” bad.

In the midst of the things of life, we will be both blessed with good things (and I pray you have eyes to see those good things) and we will be blessed with bad things. Hmm…did I just write “blessed with bad things”? I sure did.

I have learned over many, many years that Abba is using everything, both good and bad, to shape us more and more into the image of His Messiah…Yeshua/Jesus. The reality is that there is not a whole lot of shaping going on during the “good” things…or at least not as much in my own life. That is why we need to experience some of the bad things in life…or negative things or hard things, if you prefer those terms.

It is in the hard things that we find out what we are really made of…who we really are. There are many times in life when we cannot choose our circumstances. We cannot choose how others will treat us and what life in general throws at us. But we can choose how to respond.

It is in our responses that we can choose to grow or stagnate, to act maturely or childishly, to love or to hate, to hold a grudge or to let it go. We can stomp our spiritual feet and whine and complain and demand our way or we can submit and trust that our heavenly Abba is allowing everything for a reason and that His promise to turn ALL things for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose is a real one that He takes seriously.

He is doing a kingdom work in us and in this world. Are we on board with that? Are we willing to allow Him to use us for His kingdom purposes? Are willing to allow Him to place into situations, or with people, that make us uncomfortable? Or will we succumb to our fleshly natures and always strive for the easier, more comfortable way?

I have certainly done my share of both in life. How about you?

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A Personal Encounter with Anti-Semitism

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We want to share with you what happened while Baruch was in the Ukraine. I did not accompany him to all locations. After speaking at one of the conference sessions, a Messianic leader came up to him and asked if he was willing to come to his Messianic congregation to speak. Baruch was happy to do so.

While Baruch was there, there was banging on the windows and doors and yelling. At the time, Baruch did not know what it was. Afterward, it was explained to him that those were neo-nazis who were banging and yelling that they knew who the people were inside and that they were going to come soon to kill them!

Anti-semitism is very real! It is going on around the world and getting worse. Everyone needs to educate himself and tell others what is happening and how it is pure evil. Over the centuries, the…

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Alba-Iulia, Romania

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Here are some pics from Alba-Iulia.  On the bottom left, just a tiny view of the totally full sanctuary from the Conference.  Next to it is a little pic of the synagogue being restored.…

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