Thursday, May 1, 2014

I will return the captivity of My people Israel...

I will return the captivity of My people Israel and Judah, and I will return them to the Land that I gave their forefathers, and they will possess it.


וְשַׁבְתִּי אֶת שְׁבוּת עַמִּי יִשְׂרָאֵל וִיהוּדָה וַהֲשִׁבֹתִים אֶל הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר נָתַתִּי לַאֲבוֹתָם וִירֵשׁוּהָ

ירמיהו ל:ג

v'shav-TEE et sh'VUT a-MEE yis-ra-AYL vi-yi-hu-DA va'ha-shi-vo-TEEM el ha-a-RETZ a-SHER na-ta-TEE la-a-vo-TAM vi-yi-ray-SHU-ha

Today's Israel Inspiration

Israel’s Independence Day, which falls next Tuesday, is always preceded by Yom Hazikaron, a Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers. The reason for connecting these two days is very clear: Israelis owe their independence to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for it. In honor of these upcoming holidays, support the LIBI Fund, the official fund of the IDF, and you'll receive an Israeli flag pin!

IDF Hatikva at the Western Wall

Israel's national anthem is sung by an IDF cantor at a beautiful Western Wall ceremony. The song reflects the nearly 2000-year-old hope of the Jewish people to return to the Land of Israel—their ancient homeland.

A Birthday Wish for the IDF

Leah Weinberger recently celebrated a milestone birthday, but instead of throwing a party and receiving gifts from close friends and family she did something extraordinary. She paid it forward to help the IDF.

Independence Day Cap

Get ready for Israel's 66th Birthday Celebration with this great hat featuring the Israeli flag! Available in white or blue, the official colors of Israel.

Today's Israel Photo

Israel Air Force fighter jets flying in formation over Tel Aviv. God protects Israel in our generation through the incomparable Israel Air Force ensuring that the Jewish people live in freedom in the land of Zion.

Independence Day Photo Contest!

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The 2014 National Observance of the National Day of Prayer - from the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. (Repeat video)

The 2014 National Observance of the National Day of Prayerwas broadcast LIVE from the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. on this webpage –Thursday, May 1, 2014. You can watch the recording now.
This special observance was hosted by Congressman Robert Aderholt (Alabama, 4th District)
Speakers included Anne Graham Lotz (daughter of Rev. Billy Graham), Dr. James and Shirley Dobson, Congressman Robert Aderholt, Mrs. Vonette Bright, The Honorable Bob McEwen, Congressman Mike McIntyre, Don Moen, Chaplain Father Patrick Conroy, Dr. Dick Eastman, Mr. David Butts, Mr. John Bornschein, and more.
Below is the recorded live feed from GOD TV:

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The 2014 National Observance was also broadcast on DirecTV channel 365 and streamed LIVE on this website.
National Observance in Washington DC - National Day of Prayer Task Force
National Observance in Washington DC – National Day of Prayer Task Force

National Day of Prayer - May 1, 2014


When is the National Day of Prayer?
The National Day of Prayer will take place on Thursday, May 1, 2014.
Did President Obama issue a proclamation in 2013?Yes, you can view that here:
Will the National Observance be available to view LIVE?Yes, you can view that here:
What is the theme and verse this year?The 2014 Theme is ONE VOICE, UNITED IN PRAYER which is based on Romans 15:6: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Can I post an event for the National Day of Prayer?
Yes, you can do post an event here: 
Is there a National Prayer this year?Yes, the National Prayer by our 2014 Honorary Chairman, Anne Graham Lotz is available in English and Spanish.
Will there be Downloads available?
Yes, downloads are available here:
Will there be Spanish resources available?
Yes, Spanish downloads are available here:
Is there a Theme Video this year?
The 2014 Theme Video is available as a download as well as in the DVD Event Kit (
What is the National Day of Prayer?
The National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The observance of the National Day of Prayer is founded on the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion and can be celebrated by all Americans.
What is the National Day of Prayer Task Force and what is its purpose?
The National Day of Prayer Task Force concentrates on the need to pray for the well-being of America and for those in leadership on all levels of national, church and educational areas of influence. The National Day of Prayer is observed annually on the first Thursday of May.
When did the National Day of Prayer begin?
Days of prayer have been called for since 1775, when the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln called for such a day. Officially, the NDP was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952 and was signed into law by President Truman. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the NDP.
Is the National Day of Prayer exclusively a Christian event?
No. This government-proclaimed day is offered to all Americans, regardless of religion, to celebrate their faith through prayer. However, the efforts of the NDP Task Force are executed specifically in accordance with its Judeo-Christian beliefs.
Is the National Day of Prayer a political event?
No. The National Day of Prayer, as designated by our government, belongs to all Americans. It is not sponsored or owned by any one group. Every American can observe the NDP in his or her own way. Each year, the President issues a proclamation in support of this significant day.
Who is behind the National Day of Prayer Task Force?
The Chairman is Mrs. Shirley Dobson, who has held the position since 1991. Mrs. Dobson volunteers her time and does not receive a salary. The NDP Task Force consists of a full-time staff and a network of thousands of grassroots volunteers nationwide. Mr. John Bornschein serves as the Vice Chairman and Executive Director. Prior to Mrs. Dobson’s involvement, the Task Force was led by Mrs. Vonette Bright, wife of former Campus Crusade for Christ president and founder Bill Bright.
Is the Task Force affiliated with Focus on the Family or Family Talk?
No. Though Mrs. Dobson is married to Focus on the Family and Family Talk founder Dr. James Dobson, the NDP Task Force is a separate organization. It was housed at the Focus on the Family headquarters from 1991 to 2009 and is currently located at an independent office in Colorado Springs, CO. Its business affairs have always remained separate and Focus on the Family was compensated for services rendered. However, between 1991 and 1993, Focus on the Family did provide grants in support of the NDP Task Force. Since then, the Task Force has been completely self-supported.
What kinds of events are planned?
The most visible gathering has been held historically at our nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. on the first Thursday of May. The executive, legislative and judicial branches of government are represented, as well as the military. In addition, Christian leaders address the current year’s theme and other areas of interest (i.e. education, youth, families, etc.). Every year, tens of thousands of events are held nationwide. Local volunteers hold a variety of activities ranging from prayer breakfasts, Bible reading marathons, concerts of prayer, rallies, church prayer vigils, student flagpole gatherings and observances held in sports stadiums.
Full website: National Day of Prayer

Here's Why Not to Give Up by Heidi Baker

Here's Why Not to Give Up 

by Heidi Baker

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Sometimes we feel foolish dreaming the sorts of dreams God puts in our hearts. Our truest dreams always look too big for us.
We may be afraid of how bizarre we will look trying to achieve them. We might start out trying to paddle a kayak alone to islands many miles away only to find the task much harder than we ever knew. Nonetheless, we can be confident that He who began a good work in us will bring it to completion (Phil. 1:6).
Scripture says Paul prayed for the church to have patience and endurance (Col. 1:11). Sometimes we give up too quickly. I might have given up when my kayak idea turned out to be laughably inadequate. I might have given up when our first real boat sunk and we found ourselves shipwrecked.
Never mind the boats - I might have given up on Mozambique in general many times before that. I might have given up when people shot at me or when gangs were chasing me. I might have given up when we were in deep psychological distress after friends of ours in the Congo were dismembered with machetes in a church. I might have given up when I was reported in the newspapers as a drug dealer because of mistaken results at a lab, where they were testing some vitamins that were donated to us. I might have given up on the fifth, sixth or seventh occasion when crowds began to stone me for preaching about Jesus.
Most especially, I might have given up when my husband, Rolland, got cerebral malaria and suffered a series of microstrokes that almost killed him. Though he was eventually healed, for two years he lost his short-term memory and was totally unable to function in ministry or administration.
The only reason I did not give up any of these times was because I know the One who placed His promises within me. When you know Him intimately, you never give up, because He is worthy!
Being Overshadowed by God
You have to wait a long time for some promises. I was 16 when the Lord told me I had a destiny in Africa, Asia and England. It took me over 20 years before I reached Mozambique and began to step into that piece of my calling.
Truthfully, I am being overshadowed more now than I have ever been before. At times it is still very uncomfortable. There are days when I feel terribly stretched as God's promises grow within me, but even those days are a joy because I long to birth what God has given me.
Continue to carry your promises faithfully. Nurture them as they grow. It does not matter how old you are. It is never too late. The Lord wants to take you beyond who you are and what you can do. God is the One who can take a barren woman in her old age and make her fruitful for the first time, just as the angel told Mary: "Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail" (Luke 1:36-37, NIV).
Two things will come from being overshadowed. The first is a particular promise from God that is naturally impossible to fulfill. The second is a general promise from God that nothing is impossible with Him.
Our God is the God of the impossible. He can take a barren ministry and breathe His Spirit into it. Even in your old age, He can breathe over you and cause you to bear a ministry, a promise or a revelation - a beautiful gift that will carry His glory to the ends of the earth. He can take the most barren and broken life - even the kind of life that has aborted its own promises many times - and in it plant a glorious new promise, along with all the strength needed to carry it to full term.
We have a mighty calling to carry God's heart and to reveal His glorious love to the world. None of us can fully imagine or expect what the Lord has for us or what the journey to its fulfillment will look like. I don't think Mary was expecting to carry a child before she was married or to give birth to the Son of God. She could never have anticipated the magnitude of the call or the price she would have to pay.
If we are wise, we will make the choice to say yes to God many times a day. We say yes to taking the time to worship, to having a positive attitude, to releasing people, to stopping for people when we might be in a hurry, to trusting God for a seemingly impossible financial situation. Our yes is a daily choice. There is a daily sacrifice and a daily joy as we participate in God's dreams for this world. As we do this, we participate with Jesus in the sacrifices He too made for the joy that was set before Him. What an awesome privilege!
Heidi Baker
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When God Speaks - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

When God Speaks
- Now Think On This
by Steve Martin

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!" Isaiah 6:8 NAS

What if God said something to you today, yes even today, that might totally catch you off guard? Out of the blue comes that still, small voice speaking into your spirit. You had no expectancy. No clue. No advance warning. He just spoke.

Has it happened before? Well, let’s see. Saul on the way to Damascus? Moses and the burning bush in the desert? Maybe a little more dramatic for most of us, but it happened.

So let’s start with something more down to “our level.”

During the night, while sound asleep, a dream occurs. Normally you don’t remember your dreams, or if you do, you put it off as just another thought that just so happened to occur during the hours of 3 am - 5 am and you can only remember a few details about it.

But you do remember part of the dream where there was movement going on in your life, and with that night time thought it actually put an expectation of something good coming your way. Was it God? Was He speaking to you, catching you when you didn’t have the other 100 thoughts running through your stressed mind? Maybe so. It has happened. It will happen.

Many people are hesitate in listening to God - they are afraid He will say to them, “Go to Africa.” Or maybe this, “Share your testimony with Rachel,” whom you already know would never want to know of it anyway, or so you have already told yourself many times already when the thought came.

God is speaking today. He didn’t quit speaking and creating after the six days were done. He didn’t just sit down on a big heavenly lounge chair, letting the world go on by itself, from that point forward. He is actively involved in the matters of the nations, of the cities, of the lives of each individual, whether they want to recognize Him or not. His love over rules their lack of it.

The Lord is setting up His final plans and purposes for the redemption of the nations. After sending His Only Son Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, the first time, He has been preparing for His return. God the Father has been active in the lives of all through the centuries, revealing Himself in countless ways – through dreams, visions, His mighty acts of creation. Even through the many countless wars and unrest occurring on all the continents, God Almighty is continually trying to reach you and I. He is speaking.

And what if God spoke a directive to you today? It will be His attempt to further reveal His perfect plan, that He wants you to participate in. He is preparing for that coming movement just up the road, that is certainly coming, that you need to be involved in. Would you know of it? Would you act on it?

Would you respond as Isaiah did, when we read this, “And then I heard the voice of the Master:  “Whom shall I send?     Who will go for us?” I spoke up, “I’ll go. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8, The Message)

Would you say as Mary did, “Yes, I see it all now: I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve. Let it be with me   just as you say.” (Luke 1:38, The Message)

In order for the Lord’s will to be done, there must be a people willing to hear and obey, to go when He says go; to walk where He says walk; to speak when He says speak. To move when He says move.

Many are weary with the life they are living, or the challenges they daily face. But as my good friend Morris Ruddick says, “There is something more.” He even wrote a book with the same title. Because there is.
Many of you are looking for an adventure, out of the routine, and have been prepared, ready to act upon the acts of God. I know am.

I encourage you today to be listening, to be expecting, to be watching for that rhema word, that NOW action word from the Lord - for you. And then when God speaks…

Now think on this,

Steve Martin
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Now Think On This #147 “When God Speaks” by Steve Martin 
Date: In the year of our Lord 2014 (05.01.14) Thursday at 7:45am in Charlotte, NC.

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Jerusalem springtime - painting by Alex Levin

Jerusalem's Old City walls 
with David's Citadel near the Jaffa Gate.

Springtime in Israel.