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The Bible was first transmitted orally from one generation to the next. Each account was memorized to insure every detail was passed on with complete accuracy. When the text was finally written down, it was considered so holy that those who would read it aloud did not touch the scroll with their hands but used a Torah scroll pointer. The word of God, the bible, has been preserved and reverenced century after century to where today, we are convinced that the Holy Spirit inspired pages are exactly what God desires for His church to have.
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The place is Mt. Carmel in northern Israel. The date was 906 B.C. There was a showdown happening. The prophets of Baal (400 of them) were pitted against Elijah. The question was, “who’s God (god) is stronger. You probably know the rest of the account. An alter was built; water was poured on it and the God of the universe sent FIRE; killed all the false prophets, burnt up the sacrifice and even burnt up alter. Today when you go there, you can see a place where something has almost melted the surface the rock. I encourage you to go and look for yourself.
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In biblical times and even today, the nation of Israel observed nine feasts or celebrations. These feasts signified very specific events and where meant first to give thanks to God for His goodness and also to bring families and the nation together for a time of celebration.
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Israel is the apple of Gods eye. He loves every country and all peoples but He has special plans and purposes for the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. Today as never before, we see the reality of, “I will bless those that bless her…” speaking of Israel. Canada has taken a stand with Israel and our nation is prospering because of it.
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Today, our secular media has a distorted portrait of what things are like in Israel. Israel is generally a very peaceful and safe place to be. There are a few exceptions —Gaza, Ramallah—but for the most part, it is a wonderful place to go and you will feel and be safe. I heartily encourage you to go to Israel. The bible will come alive as never before and you will come home saying, “when can I go again”.
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Generally today, we celebrate communion in our congregations; sometimes it’s once a month and usually it is with a small wafer and a little “thimble” full of grape juice, but is there more to it than that?