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UP AND DOWN AND AROUND WITH ELI

Our bus was going uphill.  A convoy of buses was coming downhill.  Something had to give.  I probably wasn’t the only female on the bus who held her breath the whole time.  Eli, our Israeli bus driver, got out and had a few words with the driver of the front bus going down.  Finally, Eli got back in and backed up the bus.  He never got rattled, just held his own and did what needed to be done.  

Sometimes we all have to back up and let the other guy have the right-of-way.  Sometimes we need to stop and rethink things.  Other times we need to go full speed ahead.  Please pray with us as we wait on the Lord about a long-term Israel trip.  We’re ready to go or stay. 

We’d even trust our lives to Eli’s experienced driving–and God’s steady Hand.  We do hope to meet Eli again some day.  He was just one bright spot on our amazing trip to the Holy Land two years ago. 

Check out Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends.  It might help you on some of your up-hill climbs.  It contains no story about a bus, but there are ones about Israel and one about getting stuck in the mud. 

Blessings!

Marty

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HOW LONG WILL YOU WAVER?

MT CARMEL

“Perhaps your god is asleep or busy or traveling or deep in thought.” 

This is Mt. Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal.  (I Kings 18:20-39). 

“How long will you waver between two opinions?  If the Lord is God, follow him, but if Baal is God, follow him.  But the people said nothing. ”

Elijah decided to put an end to this doubting.  He had the the prophets of Baal put a bull on the fire, prepare the wood for the fire, but not light the fire.  He would do the same.  They’d see which god came through. 

They called on the name of Baal from morning till noon.  There was no response. 

So Elijah had to taunt them just a little.   

Those poor Baal folks.  They never got a response. 

Elijah now built an altar.  He dug a trench around it.  He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood.  Then he told the people to pour water on the wood.  Elijah told them to do this three times. 

Elijah stepped forward and prayed:  “O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command.  Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” 

Lo and behold, there came the fire and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the soil, and licked up the water in the trench. 

When the people saw, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord he is God!” 

We have a Bible full of God’s miracles.  We have His handiwork all around us.  We have the witness of many people.  What more do we need?   

There are still doubters today.  But the God of Elijah is still working in lives all around the world.  Even in this Eastern land, He is speaking to people through the Bible, through visions and through His people.

How long will you waver? 

I want the people to know I am His servant.

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WHY WE WANT TO GO AGAIN

David and I are considering another trip to Israel.  We don’t know yet if it will be short or long.  Why would we want to go again?

Here are some of our reasons:

1.  It’s the land of Jesus.

2.  We are witnessing an amazing event.  God is bringing His people back as prophesied in the Old Testament.  (Ezekiel 11:17-20)

3.  God will bless those who bless the Jews (Genesis 12:3)

4.  We want to go beyond the emotion and be participants.  (A rough quote of Pastor Tim Rolen this morning)

We appreciate your prayers in this matter.  Also Ebenezer would like to go to your house so he’ll have a good home while we’re gone. 

Blessings!

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REMEMBER ISRAEL

David with Israeli Soldier
David with Israeli Soldier

We went to a church downtown, yesterday to a portable museum to remember the holocaust, tonight for good Jewish-type music and Jews telling the stories of their families.  Pastor Jim Franklin arranged such a weekend lest we forget.  I pray our country will continue to support Israel. 

I pray David and I can go again to Israel.  If not, we look forward to the New Jerusalem. 
Shalom!

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TEL AVIV

Looking out onto Mediterranean Sea

Looking out onto Mediterranean Sea

This is our first hotel, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea,  in Tel Aviv.  A tel is made out of a number of layers of constructon that accumulated over the years, after each layer was grazed or burnt down by the conquering armies.  At a rate of destruction every 100 years or so, many layers have been accumulated, and the height of the hill grew from one layer to the next (from Israel Tour Book 2007).   

This is also close to the area where Jonah tried to run from God.  (Jonah 1:3)

I wonder if Jonah’s last name was Evans.  He seems a little like me.   God told him to preach to the people of Ninevah.  He didn’t want to, so he ran instead.  He found himself in the belly of a big fish, so had nothing to do but pray.  The fish probably thought he was being a little too religious, so he coughed him up.  Then God told him again to preach to Ninevah.   He did.   I can see Jonah’s hands on his hips as he hollered, “Forty more days and Ninevah will be overturned.”  Yikes, Jonah, couldn’t you sing a hymn and pray first?    Sure enough, the people confessed.  Jonah didn’t like that.  It was too simple.  These people were mean.  They didn’t deserve forgiveness.  God saw their hearts and had compassionon on them and did not bring the destruction he had threatened (Jonah 3:10).  Jonah pouted. 

No matter how many hills we hide under, we can’t really run from God.  Or we’ll find ourselves smelling like fish.

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