Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation for the incredible impact your generosity has had on reaching Israel and the Middle East with the love of Yeshua this year.

In addition to sustaining our ongoing ministries and programs, your extraordinary generosity has been pivotal in addressing the urgent humanitarian crisis in Turkey and Israel. Following the earthquakes in Turkey, we received over $30,000 in aid to help build shelters for those who lost everything.

In the past few weeks, you have done it again, contributing over $75,000 towards Caleb Global’s crisis response in Israel. From displaced families to soldiers, Palestinians, and believers in Gaza, you have provided crucial support in a time of great turmoil. We cannot thank you enough!

While there are numerous testimonies for which we are thankful this year, one story in particular stands out. Over the summer, one of our teams spent several weeks ministering in Israel. Before departing for their trip, they wrote a worship song in Hebrew to share at a children’s summer camp.

As the conflict unfolded in Israel, one of the first messages we received from our partners was a touching video of children sheltering in a bomb shelter singing the very song our team had written. It is impossible to express our gratitude at seeing the fruit of seeds sown in these children’s hearts bear fruit of hope, security, and comfort in the God of Israel at a time of great peril.

We believe that the events unfolding before our eyes are clear evidence that now is the time for revival. Now is the time for Israel’s eyes to be open to her Messiah. Now is the time for the sons of Abraham—Isaac and Ishmael—to be reconciled. Now is the time for the greatest outpouring the world has ever seen.

Thank you for standing with us with your prayers, your finances, and your faith as we contend for revival in Israel, the Middle East, and the nations. You are an integral part of Caleb’s mission, and we are profoundly grateful for each and every one of you.

May you and your family be blessed with a joyous Thanksgiving,

Founder, Don Finto

Executive Director, Tod McDowell

Three Keys for Effective Prayer in this Hour 

As we carry the burden of this war in our hearts, minds, and spirits; we need to keep our eyes upward. We need to “look to see what the Lord speaks” (Habakkuk 2:4). As we set our hearts on things above (Colossians 3:2), we can get God’s perspective and walk in His strength and peace. I believe the most important thing we can do concerning the war in Gaza is to pray.

As I sought the Lord for keys on how to pray, I sensed Him bring Romans 12:12 to me. This powerful Scripture has three directives that I believe will empower and strengthen our prayer lives! These mandates will help us stay in effective intercession for the long haul.

Romans 12:12 says, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” ‭

Joyful in Hope

Joy strengthens us as Nehemiah 8:10 declares, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Joy is not an emotion. It is supernatural. It is a demonstration of the Kingdom of God as Romans 14:17 says, “The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” To have a kingdom perspective and empowerment, we must operate out of joy.

Hope is an expectation of good. Hope fuels faith according to Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is being sure what you hope for and certain of that which you don’t see.” Hope also is supernatural. As Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Patient in Affliction

The proper definition of patient is “long-suffering.” That means to be willing to suffer long! Most of us get impatient when things don’t go our way. This patience in affliction requires supernatural grace and power. The word affliction in Greek means “tribulation, oppression, or distress.” So we are called to persevere when things are extremely difficult. We do not have an option to give up. This grit and determination postures us to thrive in the next mandate.

Faithful in Prayer

The word faithful here means “to be constant, to be diligent, and to give yourself to.” This reveals that we are called to pray continually. This is a practicing-the-presence-of-God prayer life. This is a proactive prayer life and not a reactive prayer life. We pray God’s prayers. We remember His promises and diligently remind God of what He said in His word!

Here is a review of this progression that is a key for us in this hour: 

Being joyful in hope gives us strength and a positive view of the future. This keeps anxiety, depression, and fear at bay. We can then pray from God’s kingdom perspective empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Being patient in affliction helps us to persevere and to not be discouraged when things don’t turn out the way we want them to. This keeps us grounded and immovable in our faith and trust that God’s word will prevail even when don’t immediately see it.
Our faith-filled diligent prayer life is what really transforms hearts and moves mountains in nations and people groups. Being faithful in prayer changes history. As Paul said we are to “wrestle in prayer.” There are no breaks in a wrestling match. We are to pray continually!

I bless you to continue to partner with God in this season of crisis and prayer intervention concerning the war between Israel and Hamas. You are called to be a watchmen on the wall for such a time is this. I pray that you will be strengthened with power in your inner being through your fellowship with the Holy Spirit as you pray and contend for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done!

Israel Update

What I sense God is speaking concerning the war between Israel and Hamas — Tod McDowell

As I have been praying about what God is speaking concerning the terror attacks by Hamas in Israel and now the war, the Lord spoke to me from Micah 6:8, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” I believe these three principles are key in this situation: Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.

Doing justice is important.

As Psalm 97:2 declares: “Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.” Doing what is right and just is the foundation of God’s authority and His ways as expressed through this description of His throne. Because of this, I believe we need to support the Israeli army and governmental leaders as they seek to bring these terrorists to justice. For those of us who are mercy-oriented, we must not be offended by this pursuit of justice. I will talk about the importance of mercy next. Without justice, evil will spread and conquer. Governments, armies, and police forces are crucial to keeping societies safe and strong. They provide the foundation for people to live in freedom, to thrive, and to be fruitful. Executing justice is not easy. It is often painful and difficult. Lives will be lost. It is often messy. Mistakes will be made. But it is the first thing that must be done to stop the evil, demonic, and ruthless behavior exhibited by the Hamas terrorists.

However, we are called to love mercy.

This means that our hearts should be broken towards the individual terrorists who have been deceived through demonic ideologies, lies, and deception to partner with Satan himself to “steal, kill, and destroy” innocent lives. We need to have God’s heart of love for the Palestinians. They are not the enemy. As Paul says in Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” While governmental leaders in Israel and those in the army and police force have the duty and calling to bring justice, we as believers have a “priestly calling.” 1 Peter 2:5 says, “…you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood.” A priest’s role is to bring mercy and not judgment to others. This is the calling of all believers. Our hearts should be merciful, loving, and gracious towards all—the Jewish people and Arabs—while at the same time standing against the satanic ideology manifested through Islam. This demonic anti-Christ spirit brings unfathomable, irrational, and diabolical acts toward God’s chosen people and land. The last time this spirit was on full display in such boldness and barbarism towards the Jewish people was during the Holocaust.

We need to walk humbly with our God.

It is so easy when there are major world conflicts to quickly become self-appointed critics, judges, and experts. We succumb to this pride by giving our own personal opinions and views through emotional responses on social media and other communication platforms. We need to fear the Lord more than ever. We need to be humble and tremble at His word. We can’t afford to communicate from our souls, based on feelings and thoughts that come from our perspective based on the circumstances. We must be rooted and grounded in God‘s word. This posture of humility is the only way that we are going to come together in biblical unity. The standard of unity that we are to walk in is “oneness.” As Jesus said in John 17:23, “…that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me.”

Unity in the global body of Christ is the spiritual battle that I believe is at stake right now.

Satan tries to divide. He knows that a house divided cannot stand (Mark 3:25). Many Christians have been divided for decades concerning the Israel and Palestinian conflict. I believe unity is crucial. This oneness between Jewish believers and Arab believers is at the center of what God is doing in our day. I am deeply invested in walking with Jewish and Arab believers as God brings all believers from all nations to become “perfectly one.” When Jews and Arabs walk in oneness together, it is catalytic. The expression of love, family, and unity is indescribable. It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Now is the time for us to stand together. We as Gentile believers in many nations around the world need to embrace our brothers and sisters that are in the center of this conflict.

The Isaiah 62 Global Fast for Israel

The Isaiah 62 Global Fast for Israel

We invite you to join with us and believers around to globe to engage in a global prayer initiative spearheaded by Mike Bickle, Lou Engle, Jason Hubbard, and others. The Isaiah 62 Fast is a call to 21 Days of prayer and fasting for the fulfillment of God’s salvation promises for Jerusalem and Israel (May 7-28).

More than 1 million believers have already committed to unite in prayer and fasting for the following goals:

  1. To pray for God’s salvation purposes for Israel
  2. For the unfolding of God’s purposes for Israel and the Jews as revealed in Scripture
  3. To pray that the body of Christ would have a biblical view of Israel and its unique role in the earth.

I believe the Isaiah 62 global fast is strategic. This historic fast will culminate on the first global prayer day entirely focused on Israel with over 100 million intercessors will be praying for Israel on Pentecost Sunday, May 28th.

For more details on how to join in this significant season of prayer and fasting, click here to visit Isaiah62fast.com. You are invited to engage with us locally in prayer on Tuesdays at the LightHouse from 8:30-9:30 am and on Thursdays at the Franklin Prayer House from 9 am to 11 am.

But if their [Israel’s] transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring! …For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? (Romans 11:12,15).

It’s All About Obedience

It’s All About Obedience

It’s all about obedience I just finished rereading the book of Joshua, and I continue to be amazed at the difference between God’s instructions to Joshua before and after the conquest of Jericho. When about to conquer Jericho the Lord said, “Keep away from the devoted things… all the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into His treasury” (6:18-19). And what happened?

Achan took some of the plunder and as a result 36 men lost their lives unnecessarily and his entire family were killed. “Over Achan they heaped up a large pile of rocks which remains to this day” (7:26), the biblical scribe reports. But now watch this: with that heap of rocks still somewhere close in sight, the Lord tells Joshua, “I have delivered into your hands the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land…. Except that you may carry off their plunder and livestock for yourselves” (8:2).

Had I been Joshua, I think I would have wanted to say, “Really Lord? We just killed a man who did that.” But Joshua must have learned a lesson from Moses. Remember when Israel was in the desert without water and God told Moses, “Strike the rock and water will come out of it for the people to drink” (Exodus 17:6)? Remember also that at a later time when the nation was in need of water, God told Moses, “Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water” (Numbers 20:8). And what did Moses do? He “struck the rock twice with his staff” (v. 11), and even though “water gushed out,” Moses was never allowed to enter the Promised Land.

Why? He disobeyed God’s instructions. The first time he was told to strike the rock. The next time he was instructed to speak to the rock. It’s all about obedience. Lord, give us open ears to hear from You and open hearts to obey You. We pray in the powerful Name of Jesus.

Passover (3.27.21, Nisan 14)

Passover (3.27.21, Nisan 14)

On this day, 3500 years ago,

lambs were slaughtered throughout Goshen in Egypt.
Hyssop brushes stroked Jewish doorposts with lamb’s blood.

The children of Israel met quietly,
sequestered behind their bloodstained doors,
waiting to be delivered from 400 years of slavery.

On this day, 2000 years ago,
another Lamb was slain.
Human hearts were stroked with Lamb’s blood
and freed from centuries of slavery.
Today…Lamb’s blood is still found on human hearts.
Deliverance is found behind a blood-stained door.
If the doorpost of your heart is stained with Lamb’s blood,

have a glorious Passover season.
If not, grab quickly the hyssop
and look for the Lamb’s blood.
The exodus will come suddenly

and we will be ushered into a whole new glorious future.

The slain Lamb has risen

and will return as King of kings and Lord of lords!

Hiding the Word in Our Hearts

Hiding the Word in Our Hearts

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you”

Psalm 119:11

How do we hide God’s Word in our hearts?

I don’t know any way other than memorization.

But don’t let that scare you. I’m not talking about memorizing whole chapters, although that’s great if we can do that, but I’m talking about single thoughts or verses. You may not consider that you are good at memorizing Scripture, but if you are walking strong in the Lord, you have certain scriptures inside you that hold you closer to the Lord, even if cannot quote those scriptures word for word in any of the many translations.

For example, how many of us take comfort again and again in Paul’s assurance that “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose?” We may never have actually memorized that verse, or may not even know where to find it (it’s Romans 8:28), but we know its content, and we rely again and again on its truth.

As we read through Scripture again this year (and I trust you have some kind of plan for reading regularly through Scripture), let us find those truths that will transform us, let us mark them, learn them, journal them, hide them in our hearts, quote them, and use them so that, as Paul says when writing to the Corinthians, we will continue to “reflect the Lord’s glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18) and be transformed more and more into the likeness of Jesus.

That’s my hope for you. That’s my hope for me. As we move through this new year. Have a blessed year.