May 29"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou comest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee; and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."Jeremiah 1:5 This devotional comes from Frank Eiklor’s one-year devotional book "Experiencing God’s Extravagance!” You may contribute and receive the book; click here for more information! God was about to choose a man for some tall and tough tasks. Jeremiah needed to know that his call was not merely a spur-of-the-moment whim of God but a wonder that God had [...]
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May 28"I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day."Isaiah 27:3 This devotional comes from Frank Eiklor’s one-year devotional book "Experiencing God’s Extravagance!” You may contribute and receive the book; click here for more information! This beautiful promise has a double meaning. First, it is God's guarantee to His beloved vineyard, Israel. And to those of us grafted into the olive tree of the faith of our ancient fathers, it is also the promise of the Fathers [...]
May 27"The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound."Isaiah 61:2 This devotional comes from Frank Eiklor’s one-year devotional book "Experiencing God’s Extravagance!” You may contribute and receive the book; click here for more information! Who else could this be but our lively Jesus?! No wonder His Jewish audience marveled as He [...]
My dear friend,At the beginning of a new year it is our prayer that the next 12 months will be filled with more of the presence of God than you have ever known!Take a quick journey with me—to the past, present and future. In late 1978 God challenged Norma and me to leave a comfortable ministry for uncharted waters. We headed to New England where Shalom International became well known through combating antisemitism and building bridges of unconditional love between Christians and Jews. Our radio broadcasts were heard nationwide and impact was made at the White House, with Israels' leaders, etc.The [...]
Dear Precious Friend,Several years ago I was asked, for the first time, to minister to Lebanese refugees, Arabs and Jews in Isreal. In this strife-torn land people live between hope and despair.All who know me realize that God has given me a special love for the Jews and Israel. Perhaps that is because His own love for them is so permanent and special. But in my report to you, I’m going to first tell you about my connection with Abraham’s first son—Ishmael.Through two Arabs—Yousef and Rania—God filled me with heaven’s passion to let Jesus’ love run through me to the Muslim world. [...]
My Caring Friend,It was an earthquake that topped the Richter scale.Hamas—the terrorist organization that swears it will erase Israel from the map—elected overwhelmingly by Palestinian Arabs. It was as if the KKK had come to power in America, so great was the shock to the whole world, including Israel and the U.S.What happens next?Only God knows—He who speaks in the Hebrew Scriptures that the pot will boil over Jerusalem and nations will scheme for the day “that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.” (Psalm 83:4).When Jesus came to give His life as the perfect sacrifice for sins, [...]
Remember the old saying, "I complained I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet”? Sometimes, in spite of our own sufferings, we don’t know how easy we have it until we meet people who pay the ultimate price—death or abandonment—because of allegiance to Jesus.When the Jewish Messiah spoke to His Jewish disciples, He warned them that their foes would be from within their own households. They were to remain faithful to Him, trust in His presence and give nothing but love in return for any hate or contempt that would come their way.For this Action Report I want [...]
Dear Special Friend,It’s one of those moments etched in Norma’s and my memories.I had been given special permission by Israel to cross into Lebanon in order to help so many suffering people. Terrorists stalked the land, and kidnappings and murders were common.Then it happened. Word came to Norma that a missionary had been killed by terrorists. He was born in Chicago and was a former US Marine. I fit the bill perfectly, and only later did Norma learn that I was alive and a good man, Bill Robinson, was with the Lord.In those days, Israel still occupied the southern zone in [...]
My Precious Friend,Sometimes I still think I’m a 35 year old as I run in the hills, pump iron and prepare for the next missionary journey.But deep in my bones I know the reality—that the 16th of this month I cross the bridge into the land of 70 year olds. And like my granddaughter Kelsey says, “Saba (that’s Hebrew for grandfather), now 70 is old!”Yep! Reality. But thank God, with the passage of years has come experience—walking with Him to peaks and pits—through storms, temptations, tests, traps, mistakes and sins where His grace has gone before and His goodness and mercy [...]
My Precious Friend,Weep with me.Cry with me over our Israel and the Jewish people. We love them unconditionally with God’s love. We defend them from those who wish them harm. We pray for them to recognize that God is alive and powerful—able to give them new hope.Most of my (God made them mine) Jewish people believe the Bible—their very Book—to be full of fairy tales. Others have reduced God’s Word to rigid rules but no real love. When Jews in Israel face the biblical facts that Yeshuah is the promised Messiah, they find new hope and great peace. They become aware [...]