© 17 July 2015 Revive Israel Ministries
Relationships – The Foundation
By Eddie Santoro
When Yeshua started His ministry, He chose twelve men with whom He would share His life. He walked with them in intimacy, together experiencing every facet of life. This intimacy was part of their transformation—enabling them to fulfill the high calling that He had for them.
After three years of deep relationship with his disciples, He came to His last moments on earth. There were so many things that He could have chosen to do, but He chose to have a final Passover meal with those whom He loved. After He died and rose, the investment of his life in the disciples resulted in a manifestation of God's love that fills the earth even until this day.
This fundamental principle of intimate relationship has been the primary goal of our life and ministry here in Israel. Over nine years ago, God called us to help establish Congregation Ahavat Yeshua in the heart of Jerusalem; and from the beginning, our focus has been PEOPLE - To love and serve them in faithfulness. It was not to an organization that we called them but to a community filled with His love.
Our home has been their home. Our table has always been filled with brothers and sisters with whom we "eagerly desired" to break bread and share our lives. Yes, we taught them and we counseled them, helped them financially and served them. But underlying it all, the thing we offered and the blessing that we enjoyed, were lives joined together in love.
We just returned from an amazing weekend retreat with our congregation in the far north of Israel, just a few kilometers from the Syrian border. Over two precious days, we devoted our time to being together. We worshipped together, ate together and toured together. We swam together and prayed together. Brothers and sisters who did not know each other so well had opportunities to form and deepen relationships. New believers connected with older believers. Children played games together and parents sat and spent time together.
We believe that as we grow in love one for another, the power and glory of Messiah Yeshua will be manifest in a deeper and more wonderful way in our congregation, and that same love will ultimately overflow into the city of Jerusalem.
Finishing the Race Well
By Patty Juster
When my father was retired, he used to watch TV almost all day and did practically nothing with his life that had any purpose. I asked him one day why he no longer cared about how he spent his time and he responded with these words: "Life has a way of beating you down."
When you have lived a long time on this earth, the chances are that you have been through many hardships, sorrows, losses, disappointments, soul vexation over the condition of the world, unmet goals, or relational breakups. The list can go on. After a while there is a slow erosion of “get up and go” --and apathy, entitlement, cynicism or complacency sets in. In short, you have lost heart. In the past you might have been a dynamic, on-fire believer, a prayer warrior, a person that fought against injustice or the wiles of the enemy; but now lethargy has taken over.
Please know that you are not alone. We have all been through seasons of feeling beaten down. However, there is a danger to losing heart. Losing heart is a symptom of growing unbelief or hardening of heart. It is not a pleasant place to be in as you are tempted to give up and feel entitled to indulge the flesh. Hence, we need to encourage each other more and more as the times of the end draw near (Hebrews 10:25). The good news is that God is faithful even when we feel faithless (2 Timothy 2:13).
He who has begun a good work in us will see it to completion (Philippians 1:6). Surround yourself with those who are still full of faith and optimism in God. Repent of unbelief, start doing the things you did at the beginning of your walk with God, seeking him with all your heart. These are the days of resurrection. So, I want to encourage you, put your hope in God as you will yet praise the Lord and streams will burst forth in the desert (Isaiah 35:6). He created you to bear fruit, even in your later years (Psalm 92:14)! Your best days are ahead!
The Oneness of God
In this message Asher speaks on the oneness of God and his plan to bring the creation back into its original purpose. Part of this plan includes Israel and the church becoming one, which will give birth to the kingdom of God upon the earth. To watch in English, click HERE!
Ironically, as American and Iranian diplomats met in Vienna to discuss an agreement freeing Iran from sanctions, millions of people in Iran went to the streets to demonstrate shouting, "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" in celebration of "Al Quds" day – this last Friday of the month of Ramadan. For a fuller report, see this "Times of Israel" article.