Courageous Living in Turbulent Times: Studying Daniel
"Now, I...praise and extol and honour the King of heaven; for all his works are truth, and his ways justice; and those that walk in pride he is able to abase." Daniel 4:34At the end of last year, Lech L'cha (a Hebrew language, residential, discipleship program) experimented with running a shorter program in order to make their discipleship training more accessible to people who are unable to set aside 3-months of full-time study. It was a huge success and young people who wanted to deepen their walk with Yeshua (Jesus) came for the full three weeks, some for a week and some just for a few days, as they were able.
Every morning, for a few hours the participants studied the book Daniel looking at both the individual chapters and the book as a whole. They were encouraged by the story of Nebuchadnezzar, a foreign king who formerly raised himself up against God but was confronted by the God of Heaven and came to a point of humility where he confessed the words above from Daniel 4:34.
"It challenges us and encourages us that this is the way God wants to work in our lives and in the lives of all the young believers - to bring us to a place before Him of joyful submission, praise and the fear of the Lord." shared Lech L'cha.
There was also opportunities to serve and help renovate the Lech L'cha house, which was in great need of updating. There was a good atmosphere as the participants worked alongside one another and much was achieved.
On the first Shabbat (Sabbath/Saturday), they slept in the desert and had a very blessed time. Under millions of stars, they shared testimonies and praised the wonderful creator of the Universe! In the morning they visited a Messianic Congregation nearby in Arad. They also celebrated the last day of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) together with a special meal.
"We give thanks to God for the possibility of running this program. We especially want to thank Him for His word and the huge blessing of delving deeply into it. As a 'pilot', the program was blessed and gave us a base for thought and prayer concerning future short programs. We saw again the great value of taking time to study one book of Scripture and this in itself was a good model," shared Lech L'cha.
"Thanks to all who came to help with the renovations! Praise God for His grace that enables us to continue to serve Him and His body in Israel."
The next full three month program began on 13th January with 13 participants.
Pray for Lech L'cha as they disciple young Israeli believers to become strong followers of Yeshua.
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