Israel Shattering Tourism Records

November 16 was a big day in Israel.  On that day, Israel broke her all-time record for tourists in a single year…with still a month and a half to go!

The Ministry of Tourism reported 3.6 million visitors to the Jewish homeland since January 1, 2018, about 500,000 of them in October (driven by the Feast of Tabernacles).  Christian and Jewish pilgrims celebrating Passover in Israel also vaulted April tourism to over 400,000.

According to Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin, 10% annual increases in tourism over the past two years have made Israel one of the fastest growing countries in tourism in the world.  In 2018 alone, tourism has lined the coffers with over 18B NIS ($4.8 billion).

Dear friends, if you have never been to Israel, GO!  A 10-day trip there is worth a semester (or more!) of seminary.  Not only will you never read your Bible the same, but you will have a depth of understanding you never thought possible.  Walking where Jesus walked does something supernatural to a believer.

When you take your first trip, always go with a strong Bible teacher.  It will multiply the impact and give you bearings to be able to return on your own, if you wish.  If you are interested, I recommend:

Christmas is coming…how about a super special gift for someone you want to bless mightily!  Parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles and spiritual parents, send that young person you have been praying for!  There are trips designed specifically for them.  Visiting Israel is an investment that will pay dividends for the rest of one’s life!

It’s Not too Late to Join the Fun!

Fall Feasts of the Lord

Sundown on Sunday marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish civil New Year.  (The religious new year begins with Passover in the spring.)  In Israel and around the world, Jewish people will welcome the new year by wishing one another Shana Tovah (Happy New Year) and sending one another greeting cards.  (Hint: send a “Shana Tovah” card to your Jewish friends…you can find them at almost any card shop!)

This past Sunday, Stan Meyer, a missionary with Jews for Jesus, came to share about the fall feasts in a Jewish home and we had a wonderful time.  He led us in a couple of upbeat Jewish songs, we enjoyed challah (a common Jewish egg-based bread) and listened intently as Stan shared the significance of the first two fall feasts, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as celebrated in a Jewish home.  We learned the symbolism of round challah, of the shofar being blown and several other things made significant by Jewish history and tradition.

As Christians, we understand all the Jewish feasts point toward the Messiah.  Though the Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah on the first day of the Jewish month Tishri, the Biblical event is the Feast of Trumpets.  Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) falls on Tishri 10, followed by the third fall feast, Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), beginning Tishri 15.  (This year, those Jewish high holidays fall on September 10, September 18 and September 23-30, respectively.  Keep in mind, on the Hebrew calendar, a day begins at sundown the day before.)

Stan and his wife, Jacqui, are evidence of Jewish people who discovered Jesus the Messiah and now celebrate Him in the midst of those incredible feasts!  In fact, you can read Stan’s incredible story here.

The invitation remains open for you to join us this coming Sunday (September 9, 2018) for our second class time with Stan.  Rosh Hashanah actually begins later that evening, so we will celebrate a bit early with apples and honey (traditional Jewish fare on Rosh Hashanah) before Stan reveals the wonders of the Feast of Tabernacles from his unique Jewish perspective.

Join us:

  • Sunday, September 9, 2018
  • 11:00am
  • CalvaryPHX Central Campus, Fellowship Hall
  • All adults and young people (junior high and above) are welcome!

Click here for directions and more information.

Revealing the Wonders of the Fall Feasts

Fall Feasts of the Lord

As Christians, we understand the spring and fall feasts of Israel point to Jesus the Messiah, who fulfills every feast.

But the feasts are Jewish at their core.  So, how are the feasts celebrated in Jewish homes, and what more can we glean from them from a Jewish perspective?  Are there wonders waiting to be revealed?

I think so!  Often, understanding passages of Scripture from a Jewish perspective brings a depth of understanding we would not have otherwise.  The Jewish perspective is exactly what we will get from Stan Meyer from Jews for Jesus!

Tomorrow and next Sunday (September 2 and 9), we have a special opportunity to hear about and experience Jewish traditions related to the fall feasts, and to uncover new depths of understanding.  It will be fun and interactive, so for those of you in Phoenix, I hope you will join us for this 2-week special event.

  • Sundays, September 2 and 9, 2018
  • 11:00am each Sunday
  • CalvaryPHX Central Campus, Fellowship Hall
  • All adults and young people (junior high and above) are welcome!

Click here for directions and more information.

See you there!

Jewish Perspective of the Fall Feasts

Fall Feasts of the Lord

Hi friends!  We are quickly approaching the fall feasts of Israel, and we have a very unique opportunity.  Have you ever wanted to be in a Jewish home during the feasts to glean the insight into feasts that have been celebrated for a few thousand years?

Well, we have a chance to gain that perspective, as Messianic Jews, Stan and Jacqui Meyer (of Jews for Jesus) bring their unique perspective to us!  For the next two Sundays (September 2 and 9), we’ll celebrate the feasts that so perfectly point to Jesus the Messiah.  Through their eyes, we will unveil the wonders hidden in the fall feasts.

Join us:

  • Sundays, September 2 and 9, 2018
  • 11:00am each Sunday
  • CalvaryPHX Central Campus, Fellowship Hall
  • Fun and interactive
  • All adults and young people (junior high and above) are welcome!

Click here for directions and more information.