Shabbat Shalom from the Stormy Oregon Coast

YHVH on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea. (Ps 93:4)

The seas shout bravo and clap their hands at the name of Yehovah Elohim, the Almighty Creator of all things.

The spectacular Pacific Ocean is about 75 miles from our house. This ocean is usually anything but pacific (peaceful)! We’re here spending a long weekend including Shabbat.

I have a client who has a gorgeous home located on a hillside just above the beach. A short three minute walk puts us at water’s edge. I did some tree work for why them in exchange for several nights at her beach house. Please enjoy these photos.

Neskowin Beach ghost forest. These spruce tree stumps are a couple thousand years old. They’ve spent most of their lives buried preserved in the sand.

A quick walk on the beach before erev Shabbat dinner and before the next rain squall comes blasting in at us.

This sneaker wave caught me off guard and nearly nailed me.

A barnacle encrusted 2000 or so year old Sitka spruce tree stump.

Shabbat morning view of the stormy Pacific Ocean from our bedroom window.


Shabbat Shalom from Oregon!

Shabbat shalom to all the many brothers and sisters in Yeshua scattered across this earth who read this blog in about 120 nations each month! May your Sabbath be filled with the love, joy and peace of Yeshua the Messiah through the Comforter that surpasses all understanding!

No matter how tough things are going for you, take a moment to count your blessings and give a prayer of thanks to the Almighty Creator who made you in his image, and loved you so much that he sent Yeshua to die for your sins that you might have eternal life with him forever. Find the blessing in everything that happens no matter how difficult or trying the circumstances. Through Yeshua, you have the victory now and forever. Never forget that.

Here are a few photos I took last Shabbat on the Oregon coast at a place called Cape Kiwanda at Pacific City. We were having an elders weekend retreat, and in between our meetings, the rain stopped and Dr. Joseph Dombek, my associate pastor, and I went for little walk along the beach.

I wonder why Oregon has been the number one state in the U.S. that people are moving to for the last three years?

Enjoy the photos:








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Photos: Nestucca Bay on the Oregon Coast

This weekend, my wife Sandi and I along with two of the elders of our local congregation (Dr. Joseph and Heidi Dombek, Congregation Elim of Tigard, Oregon —, vacated to the world class Oregon coast (about two hours away from our homes) for a quick leaders planning session. There we discussed issues, plans, visions and goals relating to our congregation and Hoshana Rabbah (, which is the outreach arm of our ministry.

I took these photos (with my iPhone) from the front yard of the rented house, and from the bay below. The Pacific Ocean is out in the distance beyond the bay. Enjoy!