Stevenson: “Aliyah Song”

Since finding this video several months ago, I admit that I may have watched it 50 times! What an uplifting reminder of Elohim’s faithfulness! My eyes are never dry when the man blows his shofar after stepping off the plane in Israel…   

Here’s a live version performed for new immigrants just arriving in Israel. When he switches to Hebrew in the song, you can tell they loved that!

When Does the Year Start?

According to Scripture, YHWH told his people to begin their year at the time preceding the Exodus, which is just prior to Passover.

Adonai spoke to Moshe and Aharon In the land of Egypt; he said, “You are to begin your calendar with this month; it will be the first month of the year for you. Speak to all the assembly of Isra’el and say, ‘On the tenth day of this month, each man is to take a lamb or kid for his family, one per household – except that if the household is too small for a whole lamb or kid, then he and his next-door neighbor should share one, dividing it in proportion to the number of people eating it.’”   ~~ Exodus 12: 1-4

Then He goes on to describe his provision for the first Passover, and instruct them to keep this a memorial to be celebrated forever. So, even though the Jewish “civil year” begins in the fall with Rosh Hashanah, the “religious” year comes from YHWH’s instruction. For that matter, Rosh Hashanah, head of the year, is really an incorrect name for that autumn feast. The correct name is Yom Teruah, and is commonly called the Feast of Trumpets. So, as the Gregorian calendar prepares for a new year on January 1st, remember that our Lord instructed us to hold another time (14 days prior to Passover) as the true beginning of each year.

Garden Dreams

Winter has barely officially come and the seed catalogs are already arriving in the mail. Amazing! I can understand the timing if you live in Arizona, but not in Montana. With almost a foot of snow on the ground, it’s hard to think about gardening time. I suppose that new catalogs are sent strategically from companies far and wide. If they catch you longing for warm weather before the “other guy” does, maybe you’ll buy from them. Today is not my day to start garden dreaming, but…maybe I’ll have a nice salad in front of the wood stove. Broccoli, anyone?

Thief in the Night?

Often people read or hear the verse that the Lord will come as a thief in the night, and think no one can have any idea when Messiah is returning. Could this be another case of us not reading the Scriptures in context, not properly understanding Jewish culture, and allowing “teachers” or “church fathers” to color our interpretation of Biblical truth? Indeed Yeshua Himself says that no one will know the day or the hour of His return. But He does command us to watch! When we study the Feasts of the Lord, we get some great hints. With those clues, we still won’t know the specific year, but we might learn what season to be most attentive.

But you have no need to have anything written to you, brothers, about the times and dates when this will happen; because you yourselves well know that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When people are saying, “Everything is so peaceful and secure,” then destruction will suddenly come upon them, the way labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there is no way they will escape. But you, brothers, are not in the dark, so that the Day should take you by surprise like a thief; for you are all people who belong to the light, who belong to the day. We don’t belong to the night or to darkness, so let’s not be asleep, like the rest are; on the contrary, let us stay alert and sober.  ~~ 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6

I think most of us skip over the highlighted part above. Yeshua’s people do not have to be taken by surprise! If we are watchful, we can have a “heads-up” to His return!

Mark Biltz from El Shaddai Ministries gives an interesting teaching on the Feasts of the Lord. He states that knowing Hebrew idioms used in the Bible unlocks a greater understanding on future prophetic events. He believes there are clues to suggest that Yeshua may return on Yom Teruah, the first day of the seventh Biblical month in some future year. Space does not permit me to detail all he says on this topic, so be sure to search it for yourself. Many of his teachings can be found online for free, and his ministry also offers some, like the Feasts of the Lord teaching, for a nominal price. Whether you agree with his assessment or not, it is utterly fascinating to see how he connects the dots!

RECIPE: Talmidim’s Turkey Tortilla Soup

Talmidim = Disciples

We enjoy this warm, tasty soup on a cold winter’s day. Hope you like it as well. It is an excellent way to use leftover turkey. Praise Adonai for providing good nourishing food!

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1 cup onion, chopped

1 t. olive oil

1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies

½ cup chopped red bell pepper

1 package (1.25 oz) chicken taco seasoning mix

16 oz. tomato juice

6 cups chicken broth

1 pkg (10 oz) frozen (or 2 cans) corn

2 cups cooked turkey, cubed

1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

4 oz. tortilla chips, coarsely crumbled

½ cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated


In 5 quart saucepan, over medium heat, sauté onion in oil 3-4 minutes or until translucent. Stir in chilies, peppers and taco seasoning mix; cook 1 minute. Stir in tomato juice and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Add corn and turkey, reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes. Add cilantro. To serve, spoon soup into bowls and top each with tortilla pieces and cheese.

Note: This recipe makes approx. 8 servings. So if you are only feeding 1-2 people and don’t want tons of leftover soup, reduce the recipe down. Another option is to freeze the leftover soup (without the tortilla pieces and cheese).