This blog is from Suzi



On  Monday 2 WEEKS AGO, there were two messages from Ana on L’Chaim’s voice mail – she wanted to speak with the Pastor right away!   On Tuesday Ana went to New Life Alliance Church where we meet, looking for a “Messianic Jewish Rabbi” to speak with and gave her card to the church’s secretary, who told her our Sisterhood meets there on Wednesdays at lunch time.   On Wednesday Ana returned to New Life and Suzi greeted her warmly, and Ana began speaking with Suzi, and Suzi said, “You’ve had a supernatural experience, haven’t you?”   “Yes!”, said Ana.

Now Suzi shares:   Ana said she is a reporter for a small radio station and about a year ago she began hearing  a voice inside her HEART, “I am the Light of the World”.   She did not know what that meant.   Later, while on assignment in Lesbos Greek Isalnd. , alone in her hotel room, she took a selfie between 4am and 5:30am .  The developed picture has a white cross on a glass windowpane behind her shoulder.   Meanwhile, the voice in her heart became stronger, and she finally went to her computer and typed the phrase

 “I am the Light of the World” and came across Bruce’s 2015 Hanukkah sermon entitled, “Yeshua is the Light of the World”.

Now C’mon folks- How often does that happen?? Only the Lord can do this!!

After listening to Bruce’s sermon ONLINE,  Ana knew she had to meet with us, and she needed to know and understand what all of this meant!    After Ana finished telling her story, Suzi and another dear sister led Ana to the LORD, “PTL!”.   Ana, from a Catholic culture background, now believes in Yeshua, the Risen Messiah of Israel, and strongly senses the call  to the Jewish people.  

The following Shabbat Ana attended Services with her 14 year old son, Christopher, and was brought forward for prayer after I, Suzi, shared with the Congregation about this wonderful miracle as the Feast of Dedication, the Festival of Light, Hanukkah, is upon us, “PTL!”.  What a wondrous reminder that our LORD reigns and rules and saves the lost! “PTL!”.

Suzi Elman


“Ever Wonder Why?”

Question: “Why does God allow us to go through trials and tribulations?”

Answer: One of the most difficult parts of the believer’s life for some believers is the fact that becoming a disciple of Messiah does NOT make us immune to life’s trials and tribulations. Why would a good and loving God allow us to go through such things as the death of a child, disease and injury to ourselves and our loved ones, financial hardships, worry and fear? Surely, if He loved us, He would take all these things away from us. After all, doesn’t loving us mean He wants our lives to be easy and comfortable? Well, no, it doesn’t!  The Bible clearly teaches that God loves those who are His children, and He “works all things together for good” for us (Romans 8:28). So that must mean that the trials and tribulations He allows in our lives are part of the working together of all things for good. Therefore, for the believer, all trials and tribulations MUST have a divine purpose.

As in all things, God’s ultimate purpose for us is to grow more and more into the image of His Son Yeshua (Romans 8:29). This is the goal of the believer, and everything in life, including the trials and tribulations, are designed to enable us to reach that goal. It is part of the process of sanctification, being set apart for God’s purposes and fitted to live for His glory. The way trials accomplish this is explained in 1 Peter 1:6-7: “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which perishes, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Yeshua Messiah.” The true believer’s faith will be made sure by the trials we experience so that we can rest in the knowledge that it is real and will last forever.

Trials develop godly character, and that enables us to “rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:3-5). Yeshua Messiah set the perfect example. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us” (Romans 5:8). These verses reveal aspects of His divine purpose for both Yeshua Messiah’s trials and tribulations and ours. Persevering proves our faith. “I can do all things through Messiah, who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

However, we must be careful never to make excuses for our “trials and tribulations” if they are a result of our own wrongdoing. “By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler” (1 Peter 4:15). God will forgive our sins because the eternal punishment for them has been paid by Messiah’s sacrifice on the cross. However, we still have to suffer the natural consequences in this life for our sins and bad choices. But God uses even those sufferings to mold and shape us for His purposes and our ultimate good.

Trials and tribulations come with both a purpose and a reward. “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. . . . Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:2-4:12).

Through all of life’s trials and tribulations, we have the victory. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord, Yeshua Messiah.” Although we are in a spiritual battle, satan has no authority over the believer in Messiah. God has given us His Word to guide us, His Holy Spirit to enable us, and the privilege of coming to Him anywhere, at any time, to pray about anything. He has also assured us that no trial will test us beyond our ability to bear it, and “he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Until next time…

In Yeshua’s wonderful matchless name,

Pastor Bruce Elman
L’Chaim Messianic Congregation
West Palm Beach Florida

“No Matter What We Face – God is With Us!”

Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Messiah’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

If you are suffering from a disease, an injury, or a chronic medical condition, you may wonder if you can ever be healed. The Bible has good news for you!

While doctors and medicine are a gift from God – His power is infinitely greater than any human wisdom or prescription. In fact, He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

Throughout the Bible, God encourages us to call upon Him for healing. He says in Exodus 15:26, “I am the LORD who heals you,” and we call Him “Jehovah Rapha” because He is the God Who heals. Psalm 103:2-3 says, “Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.”

Some think that miracles no longer occur, citing 1 Corinthians 13:8. However, this passage refers to the return of Messiah Yeshua. When He comes again, we will no longer need prophecies, tongues and miracles because we will be in His presence.

Until then, the anointing, power and gifts of the Ruach Ha Kodesh are readily available to help us in every situation!

God’s Word reveals how deeply He loves His children and wants us to have health and wholeness. 1 John 4:8-9 says: “God is love. This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.” Yeshua said, “I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, NASB). Throughout His life, Yeshua demonstrated what abundant life means for His followers – including us today! As you pray, come against the enemy and resist satan in Yeshua’s Name. Because of Yeshua’s sacrifice on the cross, we can enter God’s presence and boldly make our requests. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

We simply approach God with our petitions and trust Him for the answers in accordance with His perfect will for our lives. Remember that God’s blessings may include medicine and professional medical help. Romans 8:28 promises, “In all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” No matter what we face, God is with us! “Who shall separate us from the love of Messiah?”

Until next time…

In Yeshua’s wonderful matchless name,

Pastor Bruce Elman
L’Chaim Messianic Congregation
West Palm Beach Florida