Jay Dockins’ July 2011 Rock of Israel Newsletter!

Jay and Kim Dockins

Shalom Haverim! (Hello Friends!)

Welcome to my first monthly newsletter! In these monthly notes I will recount what we have done in the preceding month, give you any pertinent news, talk about Jewish holidays which are about to occur and comment on anything that I feel needs to be commented on! I will also try to remember and throw in a Jewish term or two to help build your vocabulary! As I get a little more tech savvy, I will even attempt to post a video! Hopefully, you will look forward to receiving this communication each month!

June was a busy month and one which included the wrapping up of the school year and ministry in Texas and Arkansas! I represented Rock of Israel at a ministers conference in Waxahachie, Texas early in the month. A couple of enjoyable aspects of this trip were preaching for my good friend, Jason Mays and his congregation on the way down, and being accompanied by long time friend, Steve Moss, a pastor from El Dorado, Arkansas!

Kim and I met Jason and his family at this same conference a few years ago. Since that meeting we have grown to love Jason, Stacey and their children so much that we have their family picture on our refrigerator! Their congregation is developing and growing in Mount Pleasant and it was an absolute joy to minister there! Steve Moss accompanied me on this trip to aid me in setting up the display and to relieve me at the booth when I needed a break. He was a tremendous help and was so gracious to take a few days off to go! The Lord rewarded Steve by allowing him to reacquaint with some people from his distant past! Steve also got to meet and have his picture taken with Evangelist Dave Roever! God truly does reward those with a servant’s heart!

Pastor Steve Moss and Evangelist Dave Roever!

June also brought about the celebration of Shavuot (Pentecost)! This Jewish holiday celebrates the giving of the Ten Commandments and the pouring out of Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit)! It is also the last of the Spring Festivals and is considered by many as the end of the Passover season! It is also the festival at which the First Trump is sounded (the Last Trump is sounded at Rosh HaShana, the first Fall Festival). It is also the celebration of the wheat harvest and signifies the celebration of the great harvest of souls which is now possible because the  Holy Spirit has been poured upon God’s people and empowers them for service in the fields which “are white already to harvest.” John 4:35

Shavout (Pentecost) is the celebration of the early wheat harvest and the celebration of the great harvest of souls made possible by the outpouring of the Spirit upon believers!

Father’s Day granted us opportunity to visit family and minister the Word! We traveled to Izard County, Arkansas to visit some cousins who are very dear to me! On the way to our visit I had opportunity to stop by the cemetery where much of my family  is buried. The church beside the cemetery was having activities that afternoon so we quietly pulled up, got out of the car and walked to the gate. We bypassed the Jewish tradition of taking a stone to place on the headstones of those whose graves we were visiting because there were a few folks standing outside the building and I didn’t want to take time to explain the tradition to them. We did thank God for a wonderful and godly heritage which I have and departed after our brief visit. Our visit was delightful, ministry that evening was enjoyable and our trip back home was safe! We were blessed!

I plan to conclude these monthly offerings with a Jewish term or two which will help to build your vocabulary! This month offer two!

1. Tanakh (as with most words in Judaism, there are multiple spellings)- the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament, and the acronym formed by taking the first letters of Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim (Torah, the Prophets and the Writings). A Jewish person may not know what the “Old Testament” is, but they will most assuredly know what you mean when you say Tanakh! Tanakh is composed of 24 books (the traditional Old Testament of 39) because some books are combined. The “Minor Prophets” are combined and known as “The Twelve Prophets”, the two books each of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles are combined into one each, and Ezra and Nehemiah are also combined. The books are also arranged in different order than they are in the Christian Bible.

2. Brit Hadasha- New Covenant Scriptures, New Testament. This term literally means “New Covenant”.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14

Be well, my friends!




Jay is available for speaking engagements at churches, conventions or seminars.

Contact Jay at 1-800-207-7780 or jdockins@rockofisrael.org.      

Learn more about Jay and Rock of Israel Ministries at www.jdockinsrockofisrael.wordpress.com or www.rockofisrael.org.                                                                                                                                            



5 Responses to “Jay Dockins’ July 2011 Rock of Israel Newsletter!”

  1. July 1, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Looks great! Maybe you can do my newsletter too, ha!
    Recommendations: Put up phone contact info, available for speaking engagements, and web link to Rock of Israel.

  2. 2 Lon & Sharon Sheridan
    July 1, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Very nice newsletter. We have a good friend you might enjoy chatting with. His name is Rabbi Derf Eukel. He has a ministry in Mt. Vernon, MO

  3. July 1, 2011 at 10:20 am

    very good. keep up the good work.

  4. 4 Russ Jones
    July 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Can you set up a RSS feed so I can put you in my bookmarks?

    Nice blog – I think you are going to like doing this.

  5. 5 Judie Dyer
    July 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Hey Kim and Jay, I enjoyed this so much. Thanks. I am looking forward to reading future newsletters.

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