Izzy here. Do you know the backstory behind the weekly news lineup we compile for you? We have a small group - Bradley, David, Amy, Sashya, and Maretta - that spend hours every week volunteering their time to monitor dozens of websites and collect articles for you that you won't find on mainstream media - articles about Israel, Hebrew language, Jewish culture, and related topics. Then they deliver that bundle to you through our weekly email and social media sites.
And here's the newest news - our news group wants to hear from you! What are your favourite sites to get news and articles on the topics that our tribe is passionate about? We're interested in including them in the weekly lineup.
Share your suggestions - or your little note of thanks to the news group for the great work they do every week - on this Facebook post. We'll make sure they see it.
Robert, who is one of our wonderful and efficient graphic designers, and who helps make our pictures to the best quality they can be, shares how he is following Yeshua in a Hebrew way! Here's his story.
Robert is a God-fearer discovering his place as one from the nations redeemed by Messiah.
I was born into a conservative Christian family and from a young age, I became interested in knowing the WHY of my beliefs as opposed as to simply the WHAT. I excelled at apologetics but was always intrigued with increasing my knowledge and investigating my beliefs on a deeper level.
Shortly before I turned 30, I moved halfway across the United States and away from the small hometown of around 7,000 people where I had been born and raised. Over the next few years, many of my closely held beliefs were challenged as I gained a wider understanding of the diversity of humanity and especially God's Kingdom.
Around 2007, a friend introduced me to a Hebrew Roots teaching on the secret place of Psalm 91, and what it means to be under the shadow of Adonai's wings.
From that moment, something came alive inside of me and I was hooked. The depth of spirituality that lay beneath the surface of the English translations I had always read intrigued me, and I began to dig in and discover the depth of Scripture and the customs and culture that surrounded it. Four years ago, I met Izzy through a mutual Facebook friend and we seemed to click from the start.
At some point, he contacted me and asked if I would be willing to throw a few dimes a day his way to support this project he was embarking on called Holy Language Institute, and I gladly became a supporter.
Eventually I volunteered to take on some of the graphic design tasks on behalf of the Holy Language tribe and am excited that in addition to myself, The Holy Language graphic design squad has multiplied to four talented individuals, all willing to invest their creativity and skill sets into the Holy Language tribe.
I have a passion for interpreting life through art and graphic design, and as such, my interests tend to be wide and a little all over the place. I'm not above challenging closely held beliefs (especially my own), and as such, you may often see me taking the opposite side of an issue than I actually believe, because we should always seek first to understand, then to be understood. Dialogue leads to relationship, and relationship invites growth. It's all part of the practical application to love our neighbor, the stranger, and our enemy. (Lev. 19:18, Deut. 10:19, Ex. 23:4-5)
My path hasn't been smooth, and I feel that I'm only partway through my Hebrew story. I struggled through several years of resentment and bitterness toward Christianity after discovering the Hebrew Roots approach to spirituality.
Part of that battle was a fight to find my identity in Messiah, and I feel like I'm making strides in embracing my God-ordained destiny as one from the nations who recognized Israel's Messiah, was grafted into His body, and supports Israel as a Gentile whose life has been (and is being) radically transformed by the Ruach HaKodesh.
I currently attend a vibrant Christian church in Toledo, Ohio where my family along with the congregation is actively engaged in tikkun olam in a city plagued by spiritual oppression. Little by little, by pursuing the Kingdom on earth with fellow believers, we are piercing holes in the blanket of darkness and the light of Messiah is shining through.
My current online hub is http://about.me/intjdesigner, which includes links to my personal and graphic design web presence. I also blog seldomly at http://robertwwilliams.wordpress.com. I should come with a disclaimer that I am a coarse blend of creativity, analytics and irreverence, all directed toward advancing the Kingdom of Messiah.
This section of my story ends with a large TO BE CONTINUED, as my best is yet to come and you can find me running toward that destiny.
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