Forgiving Forward Goes To Israel – Unity and Diversity (Day 3 & 4)

Can you imagine your entire family being killed in the Holocaust? Can you imagine being raised in a home that worships satan and lives by witchcraft? Can you imagine your little brother being greatly injured by a terrorist bomb? These are just some of the many stories we have heard from people that we helped forgive, that through forgiveness were set free. Yesterday, after 11 hours of personal one-on-one coaching we were filled with great joy because of the victory we witnessed. “I had no idea I would experience this level of peace! There are no words!”

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Our gracious hostess for the last 6 nights has been Zehava. Her story is one that can do nothing but build the faith of anyone who will listen. She is truly an evangelist pointing everyone to Yeshua as the Messiah. Now she carries the message of Forgiving Forward. “I feel this message as part of me. It’s big in me. I want to help people get free because most Jews are burdened with great pain. They don’t know they must forgive.”

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This afternoon we recorded two radio shows. Our friend Orna interviewed us for her show—a new opportunity for her, a dream realized—to spread the message of the Gospel throughout Israel. God works in mysterious ways…Our sound engineer, Elad, has a brother who was the victim of a terror attack. His story was reported internationally. At the celebration for Purim, a “gift” was sent to his house, which was actually a bomb. You may remember this story. As Elad was busy engineering our interview, God impressed upon us to give him a Forgiving Forward book to share with his parents. What a privilege to bring peace to a very difficult situation.

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We ended our day this evening speaking at a Messianic congregation in Rishon, LeZion. How fun to worship with many nationalities. Mickey Yaron, the pastor and translator, has quite a testimony—first-born son of Holocaust survivors. The vision God gave him for his congregation is one of “Unity & Diversity.” They have about 15 different nations represented in the body of Christ there. As he described, “Love” is the cement that holds them together, unity amidst diversity. What a beautiful thing to be part of the body of Christ that is unified and yet diverse in culture. A privilege to experience.

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Forgiving Forward Goes To Israel – Kfar Saba – A People Chosen To Spread Peace

God put it on our hearts months ago to translate Forgiving Forward into Hebrew. The opportunity to go to Israel came about the same time. It was beautiful watching the people in the congregation at Kfar Saba receive the message of freedom through forgiveness this morning. We have already heard stories of freedom, repentance, “blessing those who curse me” and healing of hearts.

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We gave copies of the Hebrew translation to any one that wanted one. Some took one for a family member, others for co-workers, or one just for themselves so they can continue to work through all God had begun doing in their hearts.

After a wonderful lunch with friends in their home, we spent time coaching some individuals and rejoiced with them as they were set free. “I feel such release. I feel at peace. I just want to sleep!”

 

Kfar Saba is located in the fertile land of the Valley of Sharon. The land is rich. The vegetation is beautiful. The congregation here is the same. They are now rich with the truth of the power of forgiveness that will spread throughout this country bringing peace to Israel.

The evening was spent with an English speaking, Indian congregation teaching them the message Forgiving Forward in a Capsule. What a delightful experience worshipping with these people whose hearts are open, worship is free and their commitment to Christ is very serious. When a Hindu or a Buddhist comes to Christ there is no stopping them. We were challenged by their passion, their joy, their LOVE! We wish everyone could experience what we did tonight worshipping with our brothers and sisters from India.

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Our dear friend Ed, who is accompanying us, has been so helpful to not only drive us around Israel, but also help in anyway he sees an opportunity…including encouraging those he comes in contact with…young and old alike.

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Forgiving Forward Goes To Israel – Forgiveness Embraced

Our day began with listening to the story of one young woman, who after hearing the first session of the Forgiving Forward Seminar last night, went home to chaos in her family. Fighting. Bitterness. Explosions. But God, in His timing, carried her through the crisis as she chose to forgive. When she awoke this morning, her unbelieving family member asked for her forgiveness. She said that has never happened. She was shocked at the power of forgiveness within her without even having to say a word.

We find that the power of the cross is as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago. What a beautiful experience to share with the people of Israel the truth of His sacrifice that was not only for them, but also for those who persecute them. Tears of joy and tears of gratefulness flowed as God revealed His heart. About 95% of the congregation forgave today without hesitation. Beautiful.

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We finished our teaching just before sundown, then quickly took a trip up to Alfe Menashe, a western hill in Samaria, where on a clear day you can view 60% of the land Israel and 80% of its population. From this vantage point, Pastor Tony pointed out many of the places where the history of the 12 tribes of Israel took place.

On our way it was pointed out to us that the “rocky soil”, which Christ spoke of in Matthew 13, would have been inspired by this rocky soil in Samaria. What a visual to this parable that is common to us!

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Our prayer is that the seed that was sown today would, “fall on good soil and yield a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty,” (Matthew 13:8) and that the peace of Israel would expand from this congregation in Kfar Saba to all of Israel through forgiveness.

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Forgiving Forward Goes To Israel – God Goes Before Us

Shalom from Israel,
We arrived safely in Israel and after a good nights rest began to follow our Shepherd. After a wonderful brunch with our dear friend Orna, we made the decision to find our way to Shiloh. What an amazing time we had reflecting on what God did in that place.
It was here that Joshua led the Israelites and they set up the Tabernacle for the last time before the Temple was built.
It is here that Joshua divided up the land to the 12 tribes of Israel.
It was here that Hannah prayed to Elohim for a child that she would in turn give back to Him.
It was here that child Samuel grew up and became a great prophet…and the story goes on.

We were overwhelmed as we stood in the place of the outer court looking to the Holy of Holies remembering all that we knew of God’s presence there. But because of the cross, because of the sacrifice of Christ, we can now enter the Holy of Holies without fear.

Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin. Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:18-22

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We bowed our hearts to God in this place, grateful for the freedom we have received and eager to share this freedom with the people of Israel.

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Session One began this evening in Kfar Saba to the HaMaayen Congregation. One by one the dear people of this body came to us grateful for not only the message that opened their eyes to a freedom they desire, but also for the Hebrew translation of Forgiving Forward that was made available to them. We are grateful to many of you who either made a way for us to come here or provided the means for the Hebrew translation to be a reality.

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BRINGING PEACE TO ISRAEL: Going Back To Where It All Started

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PSALM 122:6-8

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
“May peace be within your walls,
And prosperity within your palaces.”
For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will now say, “May peace be within you.”

God has a special place in His heart for the nation of Israel. God promised Abraham: “I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Israel indeed became a great nation through whom God modeled His faithful love for man. Even in Israel’s greatest rebellions, God always made a way for them to find peace with Him. God blessed the world through Israel by sending Jesus to become the way for all of us to find His Peace.

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“Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer
and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for
forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations,
beginning from Jerusalem.

Our first Forgiving Forward international trip was to Israel in July 2011. While there we shared the message with Messianic congregations and several other groups and individuals. As we traveled the historic land, we were repeatedly asked, by believing Jews and Arabs alike, “When are you going to return to share the message with our people?”

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In light of this, we are excited to announce our second Forgiving Forward trip to Israel March 8-29, 2016. On our first trip we became dear friends with Orna Grinman who leads a ministry to widows in Israel. Orna has organized an intense schedule for our team.  We’ll be sharing the message to both Messianic and Arab congregations, as well as other ministry and civic groups. One highlight is that we will be speaking to the Healthcare Believers Fellowship National Convention about how unforgiveness impacts one’s physical health. We are also finalizing the Hebrew translation of Forgiving Forward. Our hope is to take over 200 Hebrew copies with us.

This is by far the most ambitious trip to date for Forgiving Forward.  For the first time we’re taking someone else with us. Our board member Ed Kosiba will be joining us to help with logistics and details. (It’ll be great to have a seasoned pilot navigating the roads of Israel for us.)

Our team is working hard to get ready for this trip, but WE NEED YOUR HELP:

  • We need your prayers! Please pray for safety, direction, favor with security, provision, wisdom and insights to communicate this transformational message to these special people.
  • We need your generosity! Since most places that we go internationally cannot afford to bring us over, our overseas trips are primarily funded through gifts from people, like you, who believe in the message of Forgiving Forward. The estimated cost for this 21-day trip is at least $15,000, including the copies of the Forgiving Forward Hebrew Edition we are taking.

We are excited to be a part of fulfilling the prayer of Psalm 122:6. Several have asked, “Do you need someone to carry your suitcase?” We wish all of you could join us, but only a few of us can physically go. But you can join us through your prayers and generosity. Will you commit to pray for us? Will you invest in this extraordinary mission?  Any amount, large or small, will make a difference in spreading the Forgiveness Revolution.  Please make your tax-deductible investment at forgivingforward.com or by sending it to:

RLM
PO box 1355
Fayetteville Ga, 30214

Won’t YOU join us in praying and investing in the Peace of Jerusalem?

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And His Name Shall Be Called… The Prince of Peace!

Merry Christmas from the Forgiving Forward team! // https://forgivingforward.com/Christmas/

Today we celebrate the birth of an innocent boy who lived thirty-three and a third years perfectly to become the spotless Lamb who settled, once and for all, the sin debt of the world. Peace is a product of forgiveness. Forgiveness does not mean a debt remains unsettled. Forgiveness means someone, other than the one who owed the debt, paid the debt.  The Prince who bought Peace between us and the Heavenly Father also bought Peace between us and anyone who has wounded us. The Babe in the manger has become our Peace.

As we reflect on the birth of our Savior, may  Jesus, The Prince of Peace, be our Peace in all of our relationships, both today and forever!

Merry Christmas
Bruce & Toni
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Freedom for Christmas

Do you dread gathering with your family—because of wounds suffered? Does your heart ache—because expectations have gone unmet? Is there lack in your relationships—because of unresolved conflict? There is a Gift that God gave to the world over 2000 years ago. It is guaranteed to bring peace and hope. It is guaranteed to give Life. // https://forgivingforward.com/christmas-freedom/ ‎#christianlivinginspiration

Christmas gatherings. Family relationships. Unmet Expectations.
Adolescent children. Gift giving. Empty nest.
Do any of these phrases rise up negative emotion in you?

Do you dread gathering with your family—because of wounds suffered?
Does your heart ache—because expectations have gone unmet?
Is there lack in your relationships—because of unresolved conflict?

There is a Gift that God gave to the world over 2000 years ago. It is guaranteed to bring peace and hope. It is guaranteed to give Life. It’s called:

Forgiveness.
Forgiveness through His Son, Jesus Christ

The power of the cross through forgiveness, not only for our sins, but also for those who have wounded us, is the most amazing gift we can ever receive…and give.

If you want freedom from the pain that rises up, let us encourage you to begin this Season by forgiving the wounds you have suffered and choosing to pre-forgive whatever wounds you may suffer. Our gift to you is a FREE bookmark that contains the Protocols of Forgiveness. Please respond to this email with your name and address and we will send you one.

On this Giving Tuesday, would you consider investing in Forgiving Forward by helping us spread this message to the world? Our most pressing financial need is our upcoming trip to Israel. We are scheduled to speak to many groups over a period of three weeks. We also have pending requests from other nations. If you can support us to go to “Jerusalem and the uttermost parts of the earth,” please click here.

Merry Christmas,

Bruce and Toni

South Africa Trip Report: Exceedingly Abundantly…What God did with our “yes”

by Toni Hebel

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Sometimes it is difficult to discern God’s leading. Our fears, lack of trust, selfish desires, time and financial restraints are just some of the things that can get in the way of hearing the clear leading of God. For me, this was the case in making the decision to go to South Africa in October of 2015. I was having a tough time saying yes, mainly because I couldn’t foresee the planned events as being “strategic” enough. When I weighed the few things that were on the calendar in South Africa to the cost, the time, the loss of opportunities on this end, etc.—I wasn’t sure we should go. God is this what you want us to do?

It’s at times like this that God is gracious to speak to my heart in ways I know it’s Him, even though I still don’t have tangible answers. He impressed a strong “yes” on my husband’s heart. (That was key for me.) He challenged me through a question of a friend. He gave us the needed finances. He put me in a place of having to fully trust Him even though I couldn’t see the logic behind it all. “Savior, like a Shepherd lead us.” I said “yes.”


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Our trip to South Africa proved to be more strategic than we could have planned. Someone once defined the ministry of Forgiving Forward as an Ephesians 3:20-21 type of ministry—“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or imagine, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” And it is! Here is the exceedingly abundantly of what God did during our two weeks in South Africa.

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  • Forgiving Forward Seminar in Durbanville, SA
  • Forgiving Forward Coaching Intensive Training in Durbanville, SA
  • Sunday services at Dutch Reformed Church in Durbanville, SA
  • Sunday services at Durbanville Community Church
  • Bruce & Toni taught at four separate Bible studies
  • Bruce & Toni taught three times at Klipheuwel—poorest area of Cape Town—including their first Sunday Church service, by Durbanville Community Church
  • Met with a long time heroine addict…he accepted Christ and got free!
  • Met and coached 3 other individuals and witnessed God transforming their hearts.
  • 13 individual radio shows, on two stations, live and taped, from 10-25 minutes each. Large audiences.
  • Two hour interview with Joy Magazine—article to come out in early 2016. Large audience.

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As you can see, the doors that God opened before us were more than we could ask or imagine…and those are just the bullet points. So many lives were touched, decisions made, hearts encouraged and set free. But the most amazing experience for me was the encounter with a couple that is passionate about the message of forgiveness and has the connections to spread this message. Mario is an Organizational Psychologist. Before we left SA, he gave us a written plan to train 100 leaders in every country of Africa who will in turn train 50 more. When Mario presented this plan to us, he had already received assurance from the leaders in two different countries that they would organize this. God used Mario and his wife Mariene to fan the flame under us. We are now in prayer about this significant turning point in our ministry. Will you join us? Will you partner with us by praying for us and by investing in us as we spread the Forgiving Forward Revolution?

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As a bonus, here is a short video of our time in Cape Town, South Africa. Enjoy witnessing the leading of our Shepherd!

Forgiving Forward is off to South Africa! Join us in prayer…

Next month, Dr. Bruce and Toni Hebel will be headed to South Africa to present the Forgiving Forward message.

This is the second time that they have traveling to this continent to present the message. It is a difficult journey, but worth it as there has been so much fruit in Africa and South Africa from last year’s trip!

Bruce and Toni obediently make the journey again next month from October 6-19th, 2015. We are humbly asking for your prayers over their trip! Please pray for safety and protection (and no food-sickness, like last year!). Please pray for the hearts that will be receiving their message. Please pray against barriers and distractions.

Thank you so much for your prayers over the Forgiving Forward team. We covet your prayer ministry to us!

Here are some images from last year’s journey:

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Signs of Unforgiveness: How to recognize them in yourself and others

If we are to help set people free from torment, a few questions arise: "How do you know if someone is being tormented? Are there signs of unforgiveness in a person's life and demeanor that are recognizable?" I believe there are recognizable signs that notify us of unforgiveness in ourselves and others. #forgivingforward

If we are to help set people free from torment, a few questions arise: “How do you know if someone is being tormented? Are there signs of unforgiveness in a person’s life and demeanor that are recognizable?” I believe there are recognizable signs that notify us of unforgiveness in ourselves and others. Let’s look at Ephesians 4:31-32. “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just ad God in Christ has forgiven you.”

In this passage, Paul identifies that clues of unforgiveness. Look for bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander and malice. Bitterness is the overarching category under which the other clues fall. The word bitterness here is a “figurative term denoting an irritable state of mind that keeps a man in perpetual animosity–that inclines him to harsh and uncharitable opinions of men and things–that makes him sour, crabby and repulsive in his general demeanor–that brings a scowl over his face and infuses venom into the words of his tongue.”

Disposition clues of unforgiveness: The disposition clues are wrath and anger. The word “wrath” means “burning rage, to snort.” A wrathful person’s disposition is loud and passionately explosive and, in most cases, temporary. Euphemisms for someone full of wrath are “He lost his cool” or “She lost her temper.” (The “I lost my tempter” statement is particularly amusing to me. When I hear someone say this, I’m tempted to say, “Well I think I may know exactly where it is.”) The second word “anger” refers to the more subtle and abiding sense of anger. It’s quiet anger. It simmers just below the surface and is often covered with a smile that doesn’t seem sincere. You know the look. A smile that is on the mouth but not in the eyes. This type of anger is more acceptable socially, but is more deceptive than the concept of wrath. At least when someone blows up in anger you know where they stand. Stealth anger is long-term and most damaging to the one who carries it.

Speech Clues of Unforgiveness: The speech clues are similar to the disposition clues in that one of loud and one is quiet. The word “clamor” refers to an outcry, shouting, screaming, or “a cry of strife.” Clamor refers to loud angry words and shouting between members of the body or group. We have all seen clamor displayed at town hall meetings, political rallies and, all too often, in church meetings and behind closed doors at home. Clamor is an unbridled use of the tongue to verbally tear down the character of someone else. It is public verbal vengeance. The second speech clue “slander” refers to profane and abusive speech but with the genteel twist. Slander is stealth verbal anger. In their book “Seeking Solid Ground,” John Trent and Rick Hicks define slander as “gathering inside information on a co-worker, friend, or loved one and twisting it with others in order to to do the person serious harm.” Slander is distorting the truth in such a way that leads people to believe a lie about someone.

Action clues of unforgiveness: The action clue is “malice” which refers to “badness, wickedness, trouble.” It is from the root word which means: evil, outworking of evil, evil advice, maliciousness. Malice is taking our bitter attitude and bitter words and putting them into action. Notice the progression? Bitterness affects a person’s mood and disposition. If it’s not addressed quickly, bitterness seeps into our conversations–snide remarks, sarcasm and unhealthy comments toward the offending party. Bitter people was others to know that happened to them and take their side in the matter. Bitterness taken to an extreme can ultimately lead to murder. In cases where someone harbors unforgiveness toward themselves for extended periods of time, you will see self-destructive behavior that can ultimately lead to suicide.

Read here about how to make forgiveness a lifestyle to avoid bitterness.

 

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