Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tell me that joke again

Top down

It's a happy day with Jaxon

Becca was called in to work, so I was called on to take care of Jaxon.
No stress. We cruised in my Mustang - hung out at Einstein's and picked up Heidi
at Hope. There was a moment of anxiety when Jaxon's khaki's attacked me.
But: Anytime Becca.

Surprise day with Jaxon!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Pastor Chuck and Joel in the Green Room

Also General Boykin- a real American Hero

Epic Conference

Here is Joel and myself with Gideon Saar- rising star in the

Conservative Party- I had the chance to get a TV interview with him- someone to watch

Decompressing from 17 days in Israel.....
To celebrate Israel's 60th Anniversary we organized
a one day prophecy conference in Jerusalem. It was
a challenge with the language and distance in planning- but
the Israeli crews were professional. All in all, a good day.
Marty Goetz was a riot and General Boykin and Gideon Saar were
outstanding. A local pastor told of a letter bomb opened by his son and
seriously injuring him, that was a sobering and a reminder that Jesus is
still not welcome in His own Home.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Here is a one acre model of what 1st century Jerusalem looked like. Just a glimmer of the glory.

What it was

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Working on the water

Here are some shots of he re-enactment of the storm on the Sea of Galilee.
It's part of a video doc we are doing for

Friday, April 18, 2008

Filming on the water

Jesus walked on the Sea of Galilee-
We only filmed a reenactment of a ship in a storm,
the Israeli crew was great to work with. Daniel had
it organized to the max. Lots of work, but some great footage.

Up against the Wall

Avoiding Rabbi Rush Hour

Ever since I discovered, a live web cam at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, I wanted to wave a family who would watch live and be impressed with this plan.
While a live still is cool- it isn't that exciting. But wait, a new video streaming cam has been installed, and now I could go mobile, live from Jew-rusalem.
Last week, at 5 AM Israel Daylight Time, I did just that- walking and waving as Levi, Becca and Heidi looked on in great wonder.

The Wall is always impressive, but at 5 AM- it is silent, empty and awesome. The  orthodox dominate, and a few were present, but by the time I left- the Hassidic Jews were arriving with all sorts of prayer shawls and paraphernalia.  They were punching in for a day or
work at the wall. This is their full time –government supported job.
Forget separation of church and state in Israel!

If you get a chance, go to the Wall, but get there before 6 to avoid Rabbi Rush hour.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Relax America: Israel is behind you

Flags over the Sea of Galilee--  part of the reason why America is still around

On the road- Calvary Invasion

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Israel @ 60

I knew I had passed a plateau in Israel on my last trip when I had meetings all over the country and never made it to any traditional tourist sites, the Wall, Tomb etc.

This time has been all business so far- It is quite a different spin on Israel for me. I am seeing a whole different side of the Land, working with Israeli film crews, having stress and meeting
deadlines. Much different than a bus tour!  I feel good about it. Really working with Israeli's they are warm, qualified and friendly- it is kind of a fantasy world- working in this environment, I LIKE It.
Just over there is the Temple mount, and on my way to an appointment, I pass the Mt. of Olives, but no time for tourism.
The Epicenter Conference is tomorrow- quite a project, 7,000 miles and several languages from home, I work with a terrific, tireless crew from the Connection. These are great people who make it happen.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A Nasty Neighborhood

Today- we wandered around northern Israel. We started at the beautiful western shore of the sea of Galilee, and ended up on the extreme northern border, looking down from the Golan
onto Syria. Here, at Mt. Bernal, the most ferocious tank battle in history took place when 1200+ Syrian tanks and 50,000 troops staged a surprise attack on Israel in the Golan Heights.
Israel, on Yom Kippur, had a skeleton force, 100 or so tanks. In the south a coordinated Egyptian attack clobbered Israel's southern flank, but that's another story.
In the north, Israel was in jeopardy, and yet, Israel's thin line held off the Syrians for a precious 24 hours, just enough time for Israel's reserves to muster and respond. And yet, Syrian tank commanders paused at the Jordan with a straight shot to the Mediterranean Sea, amputating Israel, they thought it was a trap. It wasn't. Israel lay before them, but God protected them.
This sign marks one of many land mines still on the heights. When you hear about the controversy of Israel 'giving back' the Golan, just imaging giving Pikes Peak to the Russians, and then try to live in Colorado Springs.  You wouldn't, for long.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Israel on adrenaline

Three nights into Israel and I am operating on the Turkish coffee, Old Testament passion and a freakishly warped sense of time and space.
I'm so tired sometimes, I imagine myself to be a Rappin' Rabbi.
I prowl the lobby of our hotel late at night looking for internet hot spots and feeling like a Zombie from I am Legend. I need sleep, no I need espresso, I need sleep....
More to follow, but first I grow out my sideburns out till they curl and get a beaver hat like the Ortodox guy staring at me over his copy of the Torah.
'Yes this is a kosher triple Americano, Schlomo.' (Hebrew for Solomon)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Aloha Israel

11 short hours cramped in a back bulkhead row (read: eat your knees) and we land in Tel Aviv with a few hundred close friends. Joining tours with Pastor Chuck and Joel Rosenberg, well, this is not a tour, it is an invasion. It's always a trip driving around here with freeway exits marked:
"Nazareth' or 'Bethlehem 10 kms" ! Bible-land indeed with a McDonalds at Armageddeon.
Location, location. Someone at Big Mac heard all the world's armies will one day converge here
so........ Someone needed to tell him they would be busy igniting the end of the world, not buying Quarter Pounders.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

ATL To Tel Aviv

What I'm reading on the plane tonight