Joel Richardson, author of “When a Jew Rules the World,” discusses what the Bible really says about the centrality of Israel in God’s plans for the future.
"Why Revival Tarries," published 1959, written by Leonard Ravenhill.
The vast majority of these programmes are recorded in Israel … I visit the places where the people live. But for today’s programme, I met my guest, who is called Gefen, in London. She was here from Tel Aviv during the summer working with a team of fellow missionaries from Jews for Jesus – an organisation that works in major cities around the world to share their faith with Jewish people. However, the reality is they talk to far more non-Jews! So, I asked Gefen, what’s it like going out onto the streets of London wearing a Jews for Jesus T shirt handing out tracts and talking to people about Jesus?
Steve Maltz looks ahead to the challenges of 2016
A question that came to mind as I sat contemplating – Is the world living on borrowed time? The influx of Muslims into the West and Europe in particular has drawn out a variety of comments and suggestions. Some see this move as a potential Islamic invasion seeking world domination. Some suggest it will lead to the collapse of Islam as Muslims convert to Christianity. Others shuffle about in the middle and suggest it could go either way. There appears to be no clear consensus of opinion. Most certainly the movement of Muslims has changed the world, even if we are not quite sure how.
We are called to be salt and light, to live and think differently, so how come so many christians on all sides of the political divides (on both sides on the Atlantic) are succumbing to the anger and rage characteristic the spirit of this world?
In the last few decades, some Christian theologians and preachers have insisted that the people and land of Israel are not significant for either the New Testament or the Church.
An important and timely web presentation. CLICK HERE to see it.
Most of us Christians are very set in our ways. Once we decide on a particular viewpoint, we tend to cling onto this for dear life and not budge an inch.
When it comes to polemical discussions about Jesus’ messiahship, Messianic Jews are often accused of taking verses from the Hebrew Bible out of context, and deliberately christianising them, so that they appear to refer to the man from Nazareth.
(Here is a short story I wrote fourteen years ago in memory of my great-aunt Bessie. I have re-published it to give some background to the London Jewish walks I will be recommencing, starting on March 6th)
It was significant that Bessie's birthday this year fell on Passover, as her story was as much a triumph over adversity as her forbears' celebrated release from bondage. As was customary, the extended family were gathered, a pyramid of generations, with Bessie at the apex and a multitude of tiny ones, crammed at opposite ends of a table that grew healthily each year. It was also customary to invite a stranger to the seder table and this year Bessie had intrigued us with an elderly gentleman, apparently a friend from the day centre, who was sitting politely and quietly to her left, next to Sadie, my mother. I was there as family scribe. To me she had entrusted her many secrets and to me she had given the responsibility to tell them, well all bar one, anyway.
"If you go on a secular television program as a guest, you should not be going there as a friend of the world. You should be going there as an ambassador of Christ. And if you are true and faithful, you are going to clash in almost every area with their worldview–on who goes to Heaven, on the existence of Hell, the character and nature of God, the nature of man, and what’s morally right and what’s wrong. You will clash on the subjects of marriage, fornication, homosexuality, pornography, and of course on the subject of abortion. You will have contention because you are stepping into enemy territory and upholding a flag which is utterly offensive to this sin-loving world: the flag of righteousness. Hide that flag and you will have the applause of this world...and Scripture tells us, “Whosoever is a friend of this world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). Please pray for Carl Lentz and Hillsong Church NYC. "
As contestants for Miss Universe 2017 gather in Las Vegas, it's no surprise many have been grabbing photo opportunities together.
However, when Miss Iraq, Sarah Eedan, posted a selfie with fellow contestant Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, they may not have realised how mixed reaction would be on social media.
Ms Gandelsman shared a similar photo on her Instagram account calling Miss Iraq "amazing". Her post was liked nearly 3,000 times.
There are many other photos with other contestants featured on Ms Gandelsman's Facebook page, but this one has touched hearts and nerves equally. ...
From the album - Sh'ma Yisrael - Barry & Batya Segal
Watch as popular TV presenters show their contempt and disdain for traditional Christian values
The Iron Dome
Just 4 rooms left - watch this if you think you may be interested.
What would you say if a senior member of your government — responsible for dispensing your country’s substantial international aid budget — went on a private vacation to a foreign country, and discussed the possibility of sending some of those funds to a foreign military?
You’d probably be quite concerned.
And what if that foreign military was one that was consistently portrayed in the media as a brutal occupier of someone else’s land, and responsible for the deaths of thousands of men, women and children?
Wouldn’t you be outraged?
That’s the reaction that too many British media outlets stoked when reporting on a developing political controversy involving Priti Patel, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development.
This was The Guardian’s headline:
“UK international development secretary wanted to send aid money to Israeli army, No 10 confirms”
Writing in The Independent, columnist Matthew Norman summed up those feelings:
“…she suddenly advocated giving foreign aid to — wait for it, wait for it; it’s worth the wait — the Israeli army.
Nowhere did Norman bother to mention what the foreign aid to Israel was actually for; and it was only in the sixth paragraph that Guardian readers learned that any proposed aid money would have gone to the IDF’s incredible field hospital on the Golan Heights, which is treating thousands of injured Syrians.
And that’s not all.
Since eternal hell is real, then what does it matter how some person thinks about me? When they’re going to eternal hell! That alone should motivate us to overcome our silly fears and be graciously bold in telling people the good news of Jesus Christ.
A major celebration of the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, at which both the Jewish and Christian communities will join together to mark this significant anniversary.
THIS WEEK IN PROPHECY, NOV 3, 2017-Jacob is live from Belfast Scotland, Tim is in Jerusalem, Film taken in Israel after Jacobs teaching
Peterson rips apart the victim mindset that plagues our culture -- a plague that is quietly nourished by our intelligentsia.
Astonishingly, the British Foreign Office is still continuing to undermine the Balfour Declaration, the centenary of which falls in a couple of weeks’ time.
In a speech at the UN Security Council a few days ago Jonathan Allen, the UK’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, said the following:
“From the outset, I would like to make clear, as we approach the centenary of the Balfour Declaration next month, that the UK understands and respects the sensitivities many have about the Declaration and the events that have taken place in the region since 1917.
“The UK is proud to have played a role in helping to make a Jewish homeland a reality. And we continue to support the principle of such a homeland and the modern state of Israel.
“Just as we fully support the modern state of Israel as a Jewish homeland, we also fully support the objective of a viable and sovereign Palestinian state. The occupation is a continued impediment to securing the political rights of the non-Jewish communities in Palestine. And let us remember, there are two halves of Balfour, the second half of which has not been fulfilled. There is therefore unfinished business” (my emphasis).
Dennis Prager (Founder, PragerU) joins Dave Rubin to discuss his views on science, religion, Israel, gay marriage, Trump, and more
Are some cultures better than others? Or are all cultures and their values equal? Bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza, who was born in India and moved to America, explains
The definition of racism has become so twisted and one-sided that it's worthless in an objective moral sense, it's only purpose being to shame and prosecute white people. How and why did this happen?
By Kit Eglinton, Saltshakers
As a younger Christian I served with Open Doors in the Middle East which was an amazing privilege both to serve and engage with believers from cultures vastly different to my own. However my greatest surprise was to find how many evangelical Christians in countries like Syria, Egypt and Turkey had adopted a western church culture. For example at my first visit to a small evangelical fellowship I was astounded to see all the men had discarded their very practical daily clothing in favour of western suits and ties - in 40' C. No wonder local Muslims viewed Christianity as a western religion. Where did they get the idea that to do church properly you have wear a suit and tie? It is not my place to challenge anyone else's 'norms' but it did and does make me think about my own. What do I consider to be necessary, what can be changed; why do I do what I do, and, by implication, expect others to do?
Published on 10 Apr 2017
Is the promise of Genesis 12:3 still true for today?
Published on 24 Oct 2017
Taking it seriously ……..
by Peter Sammons
Some of the scribes and Pharisees answered Him saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” And He said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks a sign, but a sign will not be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as ‘Jonah was in the belly of the monster three days and three nights’ so also the Son of Man will be in the heart of the Earth three days and three nights. Ninevite men will rise in judgment with this generation and they will condemn it, since they repented because of the preaching by Jonah and behold One greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South will rise in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the Earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold One greater than Solomon is here.”
(Matthew 12: 38 – 42)
When Jesus was in the middle of His ministry, by which time His name was a household name and He was famous for His miraculous powers and righteous teaching, there was a demand issued by the Scribes and Pharisees (although note carefully that the text above says some of the Scribes and Pharisees) for a “sign” to “prove” His credentials. Plainly at this time in Jesus’ ministry many were openly asking the question, is this the promised Messiah? The tragedy of the Pharisees’ demand was, of course, that Jesus had previously given many signs, even (it would appear) shortly before this impertinent demand was issued, and much to the amazement of onlookers, when Jesus healed a blind-mute who also “had a demon”. (Matthew 12: 22-32). What was the reaction of the religious authorities to this wonderful healing? They attributed it to the devil; effectively saying that Jesus had healed by Satan’s power and that Jesus was in league with the devil. These religious authorities had seen holiness and righteousness at work, yet had rejected it in the most caustic terms. Was this blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:22–30 and Matthew 12:22–32) and if so a committing of the unpardonable sin?
In response to the Pharisaical demand, Yeshua gave a simple answer. The ONLY sign that a sinful generation would receive, would be the sign of Jonah. It does seem to this writer that the biblical account of Jonah in the Bible is given short-shrift by most exegetes. To this doubting modern age the “story” of a man in the belly of a fish seems fanciful and most exegetes and preachers seem to think that Bible readers are supposed to ‘discern’ some spiritual lesson from the text. The ‘lesson’ associated with Jonah is generally said to be something along the lines that “God loves sinners and wasn’t Jonah naughty in refusing to honour God’s demand to preach repentance”? It is almost as if we are being told to consider the “story” of Jonah to be apocryphal or metaphorical, and one that we are supposed to see beyond. Yet in the light of our book looking at the three days and three nights question, and of Yeshua’s specific response in Matthew chapter 12, can we seriously say this is the way in which Yeshua viewed the account of Jonah? Remember, the Pharisees had asked a thoroughly impertinent and disbelieving question and Jesus said that ONLY one sign would be given, and that would be the sign of Jonah. There is a clear need for us, then, to understand what is the real meaning of Jonah, and also to determine whether Jesus allegorized the “story”.
If someone had told you 10 years ago that it would soon become tantamount to a speechcrime to say ‘Men cannot get pregnant’, you would have thought them mad. That would be like punishing someone for saying, ‘Humans need oxygen to survive’. And yet here we are, in 2017, where PC has spun so violently out of control, and the cult of gender-neutrality has become so unwieldy, that one of the most controversial things you can say these days is: ‘Only women can get pregnant.’ Apparently that’s offensive to transmen (women who identify as men). ‘Men can get pregnant, too’, trans activists cry. Which strikes me as a real-life version of ‘2 + 2 = 5’.
It isn’t only the usual suspects who want us to stop treating pregnancy as a woman thing. Yesterday the Sunday Times reported that in its submission on proposed amendments to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Foreign Office suggested the term ‘pregnant women’ might be offensive to ‘transgender people who have given birth’. The covenant, a UN treaty, says society must protect ‘pregnant women’ and never subject them to the death penalty. The Foreign Office wondered if ‘pregnant people’ might be a preferable term, to avoid offending the infinitesimally small number of women who identify as men who have given birth.
Shortly after he stepped down from the pulpit of Westminster Chapel in 1968, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones conducted a series of television interviews. Two of these survive. This one is an interview with the famous Welsh writer and broadcaster Aneirin Talfan Davies. We do hope that you enjoy it.
As Ari & Jeremy have been banned temporarily from ascending to the Temple Mount , watch as they rally hundreds of Olim and people from around the world to make an Aliyah Laregel
Pentecostal theologian RT Kendall says that while he loves the King James Version, it translates some things inaccurately—leading to equally inaccurate theology. In this sermon on the Holy Spirit, Kendall points to one such verse and clears up a common misconception about the Spirit. Don't miss it.
Moriel TV is active in the area of discernment withstanding the popular apostasy in the contemporary church that The Word of God warns would precede the return of Jesus
In 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the castle chapel in Wittenberg, Germany. That act began the Reformation; an event that changed the church forever and with it, the culture of the UK and western world.
Joel Chernoff, CEO of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, talks about the global expansion of Messianic Judaism and explains how it is different from Christianity.
Teshuva is a worship group from the Denver, Colorado area. Their debut EP "The First Five" and other new songs are featured as a part of The Hebraic Roots Network's new show called Messianic Music Unplugged. This song is called "Your Eyes."
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
One for Israel
"Thank you for this interview. Dr Fruchtenbaum and Ariel Ministries is very important for Jews and Gentiles who want to understand Gods Word from a Jewish Perspective. I have studied at lot of their material and learned so much over 30 years. Even the most difficult parts of Scripture are explained in a way I can understand as a Gentile. Thank you Dr Fruchtenbaum and Pastor Chuck. God Bless everyone at Ariel Ministries. "
Published on 27 Mar 2017
Credit To Moriel and Fellowship Bible Chapel
Published on 7 Oct 2017 (Living Waters)
Is the Judeo-Christian God a cruel tyrant? (Believe it or not, this chap is an atheist)
A walking tour around the old city of Jerusalem
Are we once saved, always saved, or chosen, and elect, by God? Can you lose your salvation? Which is it?
The Big Lie
Published on 6 Oct 2017
NON STOP CHRISTIAN WORSHIP SONGS
Jordan Petersen has a go at the New Atheists, particularly Richard Dawkins
What was the motivation behind the shooter that tragically killed over 50 people and sent hundreds to the hospital? Whenever there is great loss of life through a shooting, a tornado, hurricane or an earthquake, it's normal and right for a president to talk much about God and prayer. But there is something else that desperately needs to be said. This short video touches on that subject. Watch more free videos and get other resources by Ray Comfort and Living Waters at http://www.LivingWaters.com
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH US ABOUT THE DANGER OF PRIDE?
By Peter Sammons
The Kitchen Table
My mother used to quote scripture across the kitchen table at her children, and especially at me. One of the verses she would quote (and this may say something about me as a boy) was “pride comes before a fall”. She was paraphrasing Proverbs 16:18. In various translations, the verse tells a consistent story:
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
We need to focus on this reality of ‘pride’. I’m going to ignore ‘haughty spirit’, largely, because it is virtually the same thing; if you are proud then you tend to have a haughty spirit. Haughty comes from the word ‘high’ – haughty people look down on others. So haughtiness and pride are really two sides of the same coin. Whilst haughtiness never has a good connotation, in some people’s estimation “pride” does have a good connotation. So let us focus on this reality of pride. Our key text is
Proverbs 16:18: Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Destruction’ and a ‘fall’, of course, are two things we want to avoid, if we are wise and sensible. Destruction means loss. A fall means injury – and perhaps loss as well. In both cases that loss may well be eternal, as we shall consider from a specifically Scriptural vantage point. So let us reflect for a few moments on pride, before we turn to consider two Scriptures in depth.
Of course there can be a good connotation around the idea of pride; it can be something quite reasonable. We speak of taking a pride in our appearance, or taking pride in our work. In both cases this carries about it the idea of not being sloppy – and doing things as well as we can so that others get the kudos (or due recognition) that goes with our good work. If you do well in your exams, your school gets the kudos – for having taught well. Your teacher gets the kudos for being a good teacher. And you get the deserved reputation of being a good student, hard-working and capable.
Jordan Peterson explains how young people can challenge the "stupid, moronic, and pointless politically correct ideas" in the work environment...
Former mobster Michael Franzese tells Justin Brierley how he turned from a life of mafia crime to a new life in Christ after finding God in prison.
If your an atheist how do you explain this uncanny coincidence. Francis Chan preaching about never being too busy for God at cornerstone church. Nothing matters except what you do for God.
by Melanie Phillips
A fringe meeting hosted a call for Labour to debate whether the Holocaust actually happened, the libelling of Israel as a racist, Nazi, apartheid and colonialist state and a demand that Jews who supported Israel should be kicked out of the Labour party.
What was so chilling was not just that the meeting, called Free Speech on Israel (aka Safe Space for Hate) provided bigots with the opportunity to spew their bile. It cheered and applauded them.
Israeli-American author Miko Peled told it Labour members should support the freedom to “discuss every issue, whether it’s the Holocaust, yes or no, whether it’s Palestine liberation – the entire spectrum. There should be no limits on the discussion.”
Michael Kalmanovitz, a member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, called for two pro-Israeli groups to be expelled from the party. He said: “The thing is, if you support Israel, you support apartheid. So what is the JLM (Jewish Labour Movement) and Labour Friends of Israel doing in our party? Kick them out.” The Mirror reported: “Loud cheers, applause and calls of ‘throw them out’ erupted in the room of around a hundred activists in response.”
EPIC MOMENT: U.N. stunned, Palestinian delegates in shock, as UN Watch brings surprise guest speaker—Palestinian Mosab Hassan Yousef—to expose PLO lies. Watch heads turn & eyes bulge!
Please Tell Me The Truth Ministries was able to share several verses with a JW that prove Jesus is God. We have added in text to the video to help you share the biblical Jesus with others. Note: During the conversation, I mentioned how the JW must use the KJV Bible when reading John 8:58. I say this not because I only use the KJV Bible, but because the Watchtower has actually changed John 8:58 (and several other verses) to suit their theology. So, since the KJV Bible is one of the versions used by JW's, I encouraged her to use that version.
To mark the launch of ‘Ceremony and Celebration: An Introduction to the Holidays’ (published by Maggid Books), Rabbi Sacks delivered a pre-Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur shiur entitled ‘Confusing Satan’. A video of the shiur will be made available shortly. An audio recording of the shiur can be found below.
How we are still here. Who knew?
Derek Prince exposes, from Scripture, the schemes of the anti-Messiah spirit, and present/future enemies of God's People, and how we must prepare.
He’s been cheered and condemned, boosted and banned… and now he’s at ideacity to offer perspectives from the front lines of the political correctness battleground. Professor and clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson believes that no matter how controversial, we must recognize the importance of free speech – particularly on college campuses.
Moriel TV is active in the area of discernment withstanding the popular apostasy in the contemporary church that The Word of God warns would precede the return of Jesus. We remain firmly aligned to the conviction that contemporary events in The Middle East , Europe, and in the church make the present time in history different from other eras when people thought it was the last days. We affirm the belief that Jesus is coming again and prophecy of His return is radically being fulfilled increasingly.
This is NOT the Donald Trump that the media sells to us! Great speech.
"Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." (Matthew 24:44)
Published on 22 Dec 2015
Are the hurricanes God's judgement on America? Wars and Rumors of Wars
"The work and ministry of sermonindex can be encapsulated in this one word: REVIVAL. sermonindex is not a organisation, business, or any attempt by man to build something for God. It is rather a expression of a heart burden to see the Church revived and brought back to holiness, "
Steyn asks Peterson if the end is approaching the West.
Matthew 5:5, Psalms 37:1-11 (Jan 6th 2009).
Teaching by Derek Prince. The Bible truly does hold everything you need to navigate life successfully. Discover the all-sufficient resource at your fingertips—and how to apply it to your life.
Our emphasis must be on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for it alone will produce true godliness. We can emphasize external things all day long and it will not produce true holiness.
Are women oppressed in Muslim countries? What about in Islamic enclaves in the West? Are these places violating or fulfilling the Quran and Islamic law? Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an author and activist who was raised a devout Muslim, describes the human rights crisis of our time, asks why feminists in the West don't seem to care, and explains why immigration to the West from the Middle East means this issue matters more than ever
Atheist vs Theist Debates Published on 13 Sep 2016
Published on 1 Sep 2017
As controversial as ever ...
In this clip he talks about fake subjects like women studies that invaded academia with their postmodernist views.
Modern Christianity doesn’t represent the Bible. (THis guy is an atheist - well worth watching)
Published on 31 Jul 2017
Is the UK in such turmoil that it's reaching a crisis point?
Published on 26 Aug 2017
Published on 3 Nov 2015
Israeli terror attack survivor Kay Wilson on the current wave of stabbings in Israel. #StandWithUs
Message of Survivor Kay Wilson http://k00ls.overblog.com
“The little mentioned four letter word…. WORK”
at 'Men United' in Bath, December 2012.
Come out of the the box. Much of what we do today is because our church history. It is important to understand this in order to take our glasses of .. Those who hinder us in reading the Word of God as it. This is an important lesson as Torben will come back to this again and again during the pioneer school.
From Channel 4 news
Published on 5 Sep 2016
This is a very well done 2007 documentary with some great archival footage. For it not only documents the war itself, but more importantly events leading up to is and the dilemmas faced by main characters on both sides of the conflict -- Israeli PM Levi Eshkol on one side and Egyptian leader Nasser on the other. Both of these leaders were exposed to some pretty intense pressures and the documentary does a terrific job retracing all the steps, exposing the sources of pressure, motivations behind them, etc.
Uploaded on 11 Jan 2012 www.eternal-productions.org
Exploring the Wonders of Creation, Conscience, and the Glory of God!
God's wonders surround us. And these marvels reveal much about our Creator. Through creation we glimpse His power and wisdom, His majesty and care. Creation is speaking to those who will listen...
As it's my birthday today ...
Uploaded on 18 Dec 2010
Interview with Steve Maltz on Revelation TV, "Simply The Truth" on December 16th, with Doug Harris. Talking about how the Church has lost much of the truth through the infiltration of Greek philosophy into Christianity
Singing 'Hallelujah' on the streets of Jerusalem (just published)
• Peter Nonacs, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA
• Craig Stanford, Professor, Biological Sciences and Anthropology, USC
• PZ Myers, Associate Professor, Biology, University of Minnesota Morris
• Gail E. Kennedy, Associate Professor, Anthropology, UCLA
A study of the evidence of vestigial organs, natural selection, the fifth digit, the relevance of the stickleback, Darwin's finches and Lenski's bacteria—all under the microscope of the Scientific Method—observable evidence from the minds of experts. Prepare to have your faith shaken.
Watch the story of Suzie, an Israeli Jewish girl who came to believe Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah!
Jewish history is full of some of the world’s most inspiring, thought-provoking engaging stories: • The parting of the red sea, Jewish pirates or the miraculo...
Published on 20 Dec 2012
The Government plans to give Ofsted legal power to investigate any setting in England that provides instruction to children for more than 6 to 8 hours in any week. Sunday schools, church youth groups and holiday Bible clubs would be monitored for their adherence to ‘British values’. We say the state has no authority to regulate church teaching.
For more information on the Government’s plans visit: http://www.christian.org.uk/extremism...
Author Steve Maltz talks about the "faithful remnant" from Wycliffe to Wesley. This explores one of the many questions posed by his new book 'Livin' the Life' www.livinthelife.church
Noah's Flood..The evidence in Australia & Worldwide. Filmed at the Creation Conference in Brisbane Australia
Published on 10 Apr 2014
Did you know that there's a "forbidden chapter" in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible)?
What's been hidden from us all these years? It's changed the lives of hundreds of thousands
of Jewish people! Watch till the end for a surprising twist!
Thanks to Louie Giglio... Glory To God!
Do you want to read the Bible in Hebrew? Do you love Israel and pray for the peace of Jerusalem? Are you a Christian and you want to know Jesus Christ better and learn more about Christianity and the Church? Are you a Messianic Jew and you love Yeshua Messiah and his Torah? Then these lessons and teachings are for you!
NASA recently released the biggest picture ever taken. It’s an image of the Andromeda galaxy, a galaxy neighbor of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. The image can be viewed in the YouTube video ...
Published on Sep 15, 2012
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on his experience with Darwinism and why creationists "don't know anything."
"Getting down with da youth". Great lyrics.
This video, from David Andrew, editor of 'Sword' magazine, was recorded at the Foundations 6 conference at Quinta Conference Centre, April 2015.
Uploaded on 9 Mar 2011
Stephen Bishop's book is available from Amazon (also, shortly, as an ebook), Eden, Leyton Good News Bible Bookshop, Zaccmedia (publisher) and can be ordered from any other bookshop (quoting ISBN 9781911211617). He is also happy to post out copies if folk want to contact him direct (using his 'business' email: email@example.com )
Here Steve Maltz talks of the background to the conference on April 18th-22nd 2016 at Quinta Conference centre and why this may well be the most important Christian conference of the year.
The Truth About Christmas Part 1 - with David Pawson
Published on 23 Nov 2016
Published on 16 Jun 2015
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Oddities at the Poles 47:50 Global Flood Proof 53:00 Fossils prove a flood 1:02:32 Global Flood Geological effects 1:15:53 The Grand Canyon 1:26:30 Coal formations 1:34:40
Starlings from Russia and eastern Europe have created a spectacular show in the Middle Eastern sunset. They group together to help find food and fend off foes. These murmurations, as they are known, make it difficult for a bird of prey to target a single bird. (Thank you Anne for this one!)
Remember this one, you oldies out there? Just a bit of fun! (INterestingly Ray Stevens has re-invented himself as a Christian comedian these days!)
Published on 7 Dec 2015
Is the Israeli military a paragon of morality and wartime ethics? Or is it an oppressive force that targets innocent Palestinian civilians and commits war crimes as a matter of policy? Colonel Richard Kemp, who was the commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, was in Israel during its war against Hamas in 2014, and analyzes whether Israel's military is ethical, evil, or somewhere in between.
Forgive us this indulgence, this being a historical day in the footballing world. Nevertheless a fascinating story for those interested in social history.
Illustrated talk on how God can be seen through water, blood and bread! Given at Foundations 6 conference at Quinta in April 2015.
MARX BROTHERS' PIANO DUET - A Classic Clip
“The Miracle Moment” 20 Years Later
January 17, 1993
William Jefferson Clinton was preparing for his inaugural, the Cowboys beat the 49ers, and God showed Himself powerful and contemporary in a Sunday School class at Houston’s First Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.
The lesson that morning was from Psalm 103, primarily verses 1-5. David is talking to himself and instructs himself to “Bless the Lord” which means give praise or thanks to God. He then lists some reasons for himself to do so.
He (God) forgives all my sin; He heals all my disease; He redeems my life from the grave, the pit, destruction; He crowns me with love and compassion, loving kindness; and He restores my youth like the eagle.
I stood to teach the class of 150 or more on that morning. I had never been more emotionally drained than I was that morning. I had never had less faith than I did that morning. The pit David described was swallowing me.
But God (aren’t those great words from the Scripture?) changed everything. Let me explain…
The Back Story
In 1990, I was serving as the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Brenham, Texas and had been for some time. First Baptist was a great church and an historical Southern Baptist Church. In January, I contracted a flu virus that ultimately penetrated the mylan sheath of my vocal folds and damaged the nerve tissue beyond repair.
"Not so long ago, we began our endeavor to make the world a little bit better. When we look back at the short but incredible distance we’ve already traversed, even we are more than a little surprised. How did this come to be? It seems like we started out only yesterday! But sometimes, when you’re enjoying the ride, you don’t realize how fast time flies. Today, we thought we’d take a break for a moment, and let you take a peak at us and how we work with your own eyes. We are Bright Side. And we’re delighted to welcome you aboard!"
"Why Revival Tarries," published 1959, written by Leonard Ravenhill.
A teaching by Jacob Prasch. Published on 18 May 2014.
This week we hear the story of Karol Joseph. She has been a missionary with Jews for Jesus for many years. In this programme she shares her personal story. So where did it all begin?
The best tribute I could find to the incomparable Gene Wilder
Israel serves as a land bridge between three continents: Africa, Asia and Europe. Its diversified climate – from the alpine Mt. Hermon in the north, to the arid sandy deserts in the south – supports many different habitats, which explains how Israel, with its small area, can play host to more than 500 different types of birds. The Hula Valley Bird Festival is an initiative of the Israel Ornithological Center. (Thank you, Anne, for this)
Behold Him, Yeshua, the glory of His people Israel. He is the light
that shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.
He is the true light which gives light to every man which has
come into the world.
Published on 7 Aug 2017
Series: The Impossibility of the Christian Life, Part 3
Email, Post and tell the World.
Answers in Genesis
Published on 26 Apr 2015
In memory of Julius Marx who departed our world 39 years ago. I don't think will will ever see the likes of this type of comedy again. This is my tribute from phagl productions.
Published on 3 Jul 2014
Sharing that both Jew and Gentile are waiting for Yeshua. The debate is whether He's been and is coming again or whether He is still yet to come. Let's wait together and find out!
Published on 18 Oct 2015
This is beautiful. KOLture Shock and Im Tirtzu teamed up for a flash mob on the Jerusalem light rail right before the Israeli elections. Enjoy :)
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Some atheists are trying to make believe that Albert Einstein did not believe in God. They try of the support to their cause, but for them, Albert Einstein unfortunately himself was aware of this during his live reason why he said this quite interesting sentence: "Taking into account of such harmony in the cosmos, that I recognize with my limited human brain, there are people who say that there is no God. But what really annoys me is that they quote me to support their point of view. "(Albert Einstein, extract of the book to Alice Calaprice"The Expanded Quotable Einstein", 2000, p.214)
In conversation with Avi Abelow. (Also on Trump/Obama/Russia/Jeff Sessions Scandal )
Steve Maltz talks about the re-launched Saltshakers website (www.saltshakers.com) and how it should benefit all who are seeking to explore the Hebraic roots of the Christian faith.
Published on 20 Sep 2016
Taken from the Unbelievable? conference archive. Get earlybird tickets for Unbelievable? The Conference 2017 (+ free DVD).
Part 1 of the series Church History. This is an intensely listenable look at the the Christian Church down the ages, providing powerful messages for our own times. Many church members know little or nothing about the story of Christianity between the New Testament period and today. They therefore may not realise how much they have been influenced by traditions developed during that time. These can have both a negative and positive benefit. Negative, because ‘those who forget history are condemned to relive it’. Most of the mistakes we make and errors we fall into have happened before and we can learn from our forefathers to avoid them. Positive, because we have such a rich heritage it would be folly to ignore. We can draw inspiration and examples from the spiritual giants who went before us and, after all, we can look forward to meeting them personally in glory.
A teaching from Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis.
Published on Jan 18, 2014
Produced by: Shraga Gold, Shira Choir
Directed & Choir Conducted by: Yoely Horowitz
Composed by: Moshe (Max) Janowski
Published on 4 Jul 2014
Has the predicted final shaking of all things already begun? If so, you need to know how you can come through victoriously.
Published on 14 Aug 2017
Our August 2017 weekend conference was full of many incredible things - here is one of the more visual highlights. Here are some initial testimonials about the conference:
"I found it very refreshing, educational, spirit filled and that God was able to speak to me. " Tim
"We enjoyed the conference: it was certainly different, in respect of our previous experience: in the sense of it's presentation style and content, which underlines your valuable ministry and as such poses a challenge as to how a sleeping Church is going to respond both now and in the future. You have a vision; clearly it marks another 'end-time' strand as God seeks to prepare His people for what is soon to come upon this world. " Alistair
"I've been so blessed. I pray that God will continue to use you and the team for His glory" Isabel
Our next conference, at Matlock, Derbyshire, is on November 24th - 26th 2017, and is about the HEBRAIC JESUS
Published on 14 Aug 2017
Published on 23 Feb 2016 View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-psychol... Narcissism isn’t just a personality type that shows up in advice columns; it’s actually a set of traits classified and studied by psychologists. But what causes it? And can narcissists improve on their negative traits? W. Keith Campbell describes the psychology behind the elevated and sometimes detrimental self-involvement of narcissists.
Broadcast 25th October 1955
Starring: Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe
with Wallace Greenslade.
Israel's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon explains the historical facts relating to the Israeli Palestinian conflict. The video explains where the terms "West Bank", "occupied territories" and "67 Borders" originated and how they are incorrectly used and applied. Also follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/DannyAyalon and http://facebook.com/DannyAyalon
Published on 12 Aug 2008
Message from Paul Washer
Published on 14 Jan 2016
Dr. Brown is absolutely shocked to hear what Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Kathleen Parker thought Ted Cruz meant when he said it was time for Body of Christ to rise up and support him.
"But when it's family, it gets messy. And you start finding out people's dirt. It's messy because it's family. That's what Christ wanted."
Kippalive - Al HaNisim כיפה-לייב על הניסים
Something that many of us can identify with! (Thank you, Sally, for this)
Can we know for sure?
The motion: This House Believes the United Nations is a Failing Institution.
Anne Bayefsky closes the case for the Proposition, as the seventh speaker of eight in the debate.
The motion was defeated. (?!)
A discussion by the award-winning Saffron Planet team on our forthcoming conference, discussing what exactly is Hebraic Church and how this is going to be implemented during the conference.
Best of Marx Brothers - we all need a bit of cheering up.
JACOB PRASCH - FILLING UP THE SILO, STORING UP THE GRAIN.
Published on 12 Oct 2016
JACOB PRASCH - SESSION 5
Published on 1 Oct 2012
A message preached in English with Hebrew Translation while Paul Washer was visiting Israel.
Published on 8 Oct 2014
Lecture by Dan Senor, the author of the book " Start up Nation:The Story of Israels Economic Miracle". Highlights his own experiences and understandings of the innovative boom in Israel. Courtesy Sixth & I historic synagogue.
Special Lecture - Oct 19, 2015. This is worh persevering with - the message is important and timely
Steve has been doing these since 2000, then stopped ... and has now restarted. Sign up now for just £10 for an unforgettable 4 hour stroll through Jewish London, with much to learn about the history and culture of the Jews. First come first served ... limited to 20 people so book now. More information here.
The Middle East Report is an exciting new weekly current affairs programme that seeks to show the strategic threats that Israel faces from the rise of religious extremism and terrorism in the region.
Published on 9 Sep 2015
"The deepest question any of us can ask is: Who am I? To answer it we have to go deeper than, Where do I live? or What do I do? The most fateful moment in my life came when I asked myself that question and knew the answer had to be: I am a Jew. This is why."
A nice bit of nostalgia to cheer us all up in a bad week (apart from the football, of course!)
Brand new From Jacob
"An interesting take on Romans 11 from John Piper, when he was pastor Bethlehem Baptist Church (in Minneapolis, not that one!). Would be interested in your thoughts, but I found it interesting how he spoke about the issue of antisemitism and it being a grave sin for Christians, which God takes seriously." (RPP)
Stories include: Christmas celebrations are low key in the Holy land, Remembering the persecuted church this Christmas and Islamic State fakes Syria passports.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, voted on a draft resolution entitled Occupied Palestine, that would reclassify the Temple Mount and the Western Wall by their Muslim names, and thus deny Jewish and Christian connections to the sacred holy sites in Jerusalem.
Published on Apr 9, 2016
Moriel TV is active in the area of discernment withstanding the popular apostasy in the contemporary church that The Word of God warns would precede the return of Jesus. We remain firmly aligned to the conviction that contemporary events in The Middle East, Europe, and in the church make the present time in history different from other eras when people thought it was the last days. We affirm the belief that Jesus is coming again and prophecy of His return is radically being fulfilled increasingly.
This is Programme 3 of the 'Blessing, Curse or Co-incidence? Volume 1 Study series originally aired on Revelation TV
David Pawson's insights (caution - this is over 4 hours long - what stamina!)
Recorded at the Foundations 6 conference, April 2015 at Quinta.
Psalm 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.
Avner Valer (ONE FOR ISRAEL)
Published on Apr 21, 2015 by www.oneforisrael.org
Published on 25 Nov 2015
Dr. Brown challenges Stephen Colbert’s claim that is unbiblical and contrary to the words of Jesus to prioritize the sponsorship of Christian refugees from Syria.
Published on 2 Jul 2014
In the Middle East, the battle between the Sunnis and Shiites has been going on for quite some time. With one and a half billion Muslims in the world, it is extremely unlikely that they are ALL involved. In fact, this age-old conflict isn't even about religion. Check out this episode to see what the Sunni-Shiite conflict is really about.
Steve Maltz in discussion with David Cole at the Christian Resources Exhibition
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a video statement congratulating Donald Trump on his win. He added that he hopes the two countries can work together to take their alliance "to even greater heights." (Nov. 9)
Our tribute to the already-missed Ronnie Corbett. RIP.
Published on 3 Nov 2015
A re-imagining of the prophet Daniel in a 1940's Film Noir parody.
01. In Time N - Avinu malkeinu [02:01]
02.Chaim Israel - Elohim Taase SheNigdal [04:01]
03. Yosi Azulai - Avi HaTov SheBaShamaim [05:02]
04.Lehakat Segol - Hine ani [07:40]
05.Yosef Karduner -Aleinu [03:32]
06.Etti Ankri - Baruh haShem [04:13]
07.HaSodot OST - Venisgav Hashem [03:15]
08.Yehouda Zeitoun - Ata Nisi [03:19]
09.Yariv Goldman - Rahamim Avakesh [04:01]
10.Chaim Israel - Ata Kadosh [04:27]
11.Moshav Band - Shabos Kodesh [03:53]
12.Lakahat Sagol - Shir Lamaalot [07:28]
13.Ben Snof - Shuvi [03:40]
14.Kobi Aflalo - Shma [04:24]
15.Moshe Perets - Shir Lemaalot [06:42]
16.Gad Elbaz - Yedid Nefesh [03:09]
17.Chaim Israel - Shar veOhev [03:35]
18.Josef Chaim (Arthur Akilov) - Avinu Malkeinu [06:49]
19.Shoham Simchi - Shorashai [03:55]
20.Boaz Mauda Ft. Sirusho & Jelena Tomasevic - Time To Pray [04:12]
21.Various Artists & the B'Nai Jeshurun Congregation - Adon Olam [03:11]
22.Chaim Israel - Adon Hakol [03:37]
23.DD & Apple Pai - Baruh Adonai [03:50]
24.Diwan HaLev - Keayal Taarog [04:47]
25.Eyal Golan - Malchey Hamlachim [04:06]
26.Boaz Mauda - Lahzor Habaita [03:40]
27.Yossi Azulai - Vehi Sheamda [05:09]
28.Jonathan Settel - Adonai S'fatai [04:04]
29.Yehouda Zeitoun - Mi Kamoha [04:20]
30.Yossi Azulay - Elohim leoreh hayam [04:41]
31.HaSodot OST - Shomer Israel [03:02]
32.Etti Ankri - Mizmor leDavid [04:02]
33.Iris & Ofer Portugaly with Israeli Gospel Choir - Yom Gadol [03:50]
Woody was in England filming "Casino Royale" when he guested on a British TV show. He finished his set with his "moose" routine, but had to change the punchline from "...'cause it's restricted!" - since the context of the term would have meant nothing to a British audience. Anyhoo, this kinescope represents a rare look at Woody in standup mode - enjoy!
January 2008 - February 2008
A thematic study of the Life of Jesus the Messiah with a special emphasis on Jewish, Rabbinic and cultural backgrounds. This course will include all four Gospels by the use of a harmony of the Gospels.
Published on 2 Apr 2013 Founded on the Rock
In this comprehensive series, Derek Prince walks you step by step through this essential foundational building process
Published on 1 July 2017
Author Steve Maltz looks at the Two Kingdoms. It explores one of the many questions posed by his new book 'Livin' the Life' www.livinthelife.church and the forthcoming Foundations South conference at http://saltshakers.com/main/foundations/event/foundations-south-conferen...
Three guys do the "Torah tango" and try to stay up all night on Shavuot.
Ask Dr Brown -
Published on 2 Feb 2017
Is the reconstituting of the modern state of Israel a human event or a divine event?
[David's talk starts at 3 minutes 0 seconds]
Del Boy Falls Through the Bar (Hilarious!)
This talk helps us decide whether "once saved, always saved" is real assurance or a misleading assumption. The answer will have profound effects on the way we live and disciple others.
- Available for purchase at: | זמין לרכישה ב: http://www.mjai.co.il/products-for-sa...
22 Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.
Published on 4 Nov 2013
Teaching by Jacob Prasch
Uploaded on 19 May 2011 Find more videos like this at: http://www.premier.tv (Filmed and edited by Phil Maltz)
There's no other reason for putting this up other than it's brilliant and I love it ;-)
Song: Fire of Your Spirit
Watch as 1000 years of European borders change
Recently in London I met Karol Joseph from New York. She’s been a missionary with Jews for Jesus for many years and has worked in several countries around the world including Israel. She was in London recently to help with a summer evangelistic campaign, and I started by asking her to describe what it means to her, talking to people and sharing her faith on the streets.
(Pure unashamed nostalgia for us baby boomers).
Uploaded on 19 Dec 2011
"Bill and Ben: The Flower Pot Men, is the most brilliant, wonderful, crazy show for all ages that I have ever seen! I watch it with sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer delight!!! "
Episode four of The Not So Dissident Future Podcast w/ Andy & Mel: Discover how Plato and Aristotle’s teachings took us away from the way the Apostles and the first century Church handled the Bible. Today we talk with Steve Maltz author of “How The Church Lost The Truth And How It Can Find It Again”. We discuss how to get away from our overly Greek perspective and get back to the Hebrew understanding and context of our Bible without overcooking it and falling into the opposite error of getting into Torah observance
Worship from the highly acclaimed messianic worship leader
Uploaded on 9 Feb 2011
http://www.simpletoremember.com/ Is there a rational basis to believe that Judaism is true? In this lecture, Lawrence Kelemen presents a rational approach to the Divine origin of Judaism. You will find out the one unique claim that Judaism makes that no other religion in history has made.
All good, clean, honest, politically-incorrect fun!
'Answering Your Toughest Questions' Tackles Issues Pondered by Believers and Atheists Alike.
A tongue-in-cheek piece by the ex-Python. Lot of truth there though about the state of the Church!
The Motion: This House Believes that Hamas is a Greater Obstacle to Peace Than Israel.
Published on 1 Aug 2016
Lately it seems as though we're getting a little confused about what church really is. It's not a building or a block of time. WE are the church and it's important that we get that right.
In this short video, Dr Joe Boot talks about the history of the Puritans and their impact on Christianity.
The Ball Brothers travel full-time singing Christian music with a unique blend of harmony. This song is their passion.
Is Israel an apartheid state? Ari Lesser rebukes this reggae-style!
Published on Sep 16, 2015
This interview in 27 minutes covers ever aspect of the doctrine of the Second Coming of Christ. The subjects addressed are the rapture, the Great Tribulation and the New Jerusalem.
But surely no educated person could believe that Noah and his ark ever really existed. Wouldn't it be impossible to fit millions of species of animals into one boat? And what evidence is there (if any) for a worldwide catastrophic flood? However...what if it did all happen exactly as the Bible says? What would that mean? Who was Noah, and why is the amazing account of his life so relevant to you in the 21st century? Don't be caught unaware. Time may be very short. Will you be ready? A movie by Ray Comfort. This is not the Russell Crowe film.
A bit of fun
Published on 17 Mar 2017
Your life is a miracle, and the Creator of the universe knows you by name. He's big enough to breathe out stars, yet intricate enough to fashion together the trillions of cells that make up every facet of who you are. The God who spoke the universe into existence made you, too, and knows everything about you. From the smallest molecule to the situation you find yourself in right now, He's aware of your circumstances and intimately acquainted with everything you do. And He cares about you and promises to carry you through.
Jerusalem, a mosaic of different peoples, faiths, and nationalities. Nevertheless, despite this diversity, under the sovereignty of Israel, Jerusalem is a city that works. But has it always been this way?
Published on 9 Mar 2016
Teaching by Jacob Prasch: Are there any signs, the Bible prophesies of many events that will occur in the end times? These events can be categorized as natural signs, spiritual signs, sociological signs, technological signs, and political signs. We can look to what the Bible says about these things, and if the signs are present in abundance, we can be certain that we are, in fact, living in the end times.
We still have some places left for this unique experience. It is only a 2 hour drive from North London - we have delegates also coming from Surrey, Kent and Hertfordshire, so don't let geography be a problem! Click here for more information (including schedule and teaching).
Before you finish reading this, one individual will have ended their life by suicide — because they think they have no other choice. According to the World Health Organization, a massive 800,000 people take their lives every year—one death every 40 seconds. That’s over 2,000 a day. For millions who suffer from depression and despair, “EXIT” points to a better way. This compelling movie shines a powerful light in the darkness and offers true hope to those who think they have none. Someone you know may be secretly considering their exit. Watch “EXIT” and share it with those you love.
Shadows of Shoah is a unique multidisciplinary touring Holocaust exhibition. Sheree Trotter is the researcher for Shadows of Shoah. She was invited to speak at a public rally in Auckland, NZ, on 10 August 2014.
Joel Chernoff - the official channel - with lyrics
D. James Kennedy said "The vast majority of people who are members of churches in America today are not Christians. I say that without the slightest fear of contradictions. I base it on twenty-four years of examining thousands of people."
The work and ministry of sermonindex can be encapsulated in this one word: REVIVAL. sermonindex is not a organisation, business, or any attempt by man to build something for God. It is rather a expression of a heart burden to see the Church revived and brought back to holiness, purity, and power with God. "The mission of SermonIndex is the preservation and propogation of classical vintage preaching and the promotion of genuine biblical revival to this generation."
A message that EVERY Christian needs to hear!
"A Call to Anguish" by David Wilkerson.
We have recently launched our Hebraic.Church initiative, based on our re-launched Saltshakers website, a nationwide grass-roots network of like-minded Christians who wish to be energised and nourished by the roots of their faith without being strangled by them.
Over the next few months Steve Maltz is willing to come to your church, fellowship, home group, coffee morning, evening soiree or even conference and local gathering to introduce this initiative in the context of either a faith-building informal testimony/talk or a series of talks/discussions on a relevant theme.
Jerusalem has vastly expanded in the 7,000 years of its existence. Including, in the past two decades, downwards. Beneath the Old City, one can already walk hundreds of meters underground, pray in subterranean spaces of worship and see shows in subterranean caverns and halls. There are plans in place to dramatically increase this area – essentially, restoring the true ancient city beneath the visible one. Jerusalem 2.0, below ground.
Today, as anti-Semitism, anti-Judaism and anti-Zionism mingle and mount in the nations, a pop-cultural trend is being nurtured within the Body of Christ. The fad is predicated on the idea that many of the world’s greatest injustices (chief among them, the alleged Israeli occupation of Palestine) could be decisively dealt with by pulling the pins out of the long held Biblical theology of future grace for Israel on an ethnic, national and territorial level. "The Middle East is in chaos because of the apartheid, colonialist, Zionist enterprise," the logic goes. "The best way to break the back of the regime would be to weaken its most fervent support base: ignorant Christian Zionists."
(By Stephen Pollard) As a young boy, I used to think my grandma very strange. In her bedroom she kept a suitcase, packed and ready for use at a moment’s notice. “Just in case,” she’d tell me when I asked where it was that she was always waiting to go to. “You never know when they’ll turn on the Jews.” Her house in Northwood was epitome of suburban comfort, and I couldn’t understand what on earth she meant. Until, that is, I learned some history – including the history of the Jews. Which is, in short, that pretty much everywhere, they have turned on the Jews. From my teens through my twenties and thirties, the fact that I am Jewish meant little to me beyond the Jonathan Miller sense of being Jew-ish. I adored beigels, matzoh balls, Seinfeld and Woody Allen more than your average gentile would think they deserved. And that was about it. If you’d asked me, I’d have told you that after the Holocaust, real, serious anti-Semitism – the sort where Jews were killed for being Jews, rather than the odd nasty comment – was a thing of the past, in civilised Europe, at least.
(THIS IS A SPOOF!) HOUSTON, TX—What seemed to be a harmless mix-up in mistakenly scheduling missionary and preacher Paul Washer to speak to Joel Osteen’s congregation at Lakewood Church turned into tragedy Sunday, as Washer’s fiery sermon saw thousands brutally slaughtered where they sat, sources reported.
We still have places on this popular walking tour led by Steve Maltz this Sunday, 5th March. We will meet outside Tower Hill station, at 11am.
This is a 3-4 hour casual stroll through Spitalfields and Whitechapel. Steve has been doing these tours for years and expect an educational and entertaining glimpse of Jewish culture and history,
This is designed primarily for Christians who wish to understand more about the Jewish roots of their faith and will also visit sites associated with the earliest Jewish evangelism of the 19th Century.
Sign up now for just £10. First come first served ... limited to 20 people so book now. CLICK HERE TO BOOK or phone 0208 551 1719
Last September, during the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel -- an initiative of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches, St. Thomas' Church in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, hosted an event titled "Wall Will Fall". For anyone unfamiliar with the history, legal issues, and distortions of the Israeli-Arab and Jewish-Muslim conflicts, the deeply one-sided presentations and literature of the event may seem reasonable in the lack of such a context, and this report will, therefore, attempt to rebalance the narrative.
by Mark Durie - 16th November 2015 ((c) Lapidomedia)
LEADING commentator Janet Daley's article in Saturday's Telegraph ‘The West is at war with a death cult’ stands for everything that is woeful about European elites’ response to Islamic jihad.
Willie Myers, then 14, found himself in a sea of protesters as 7,000 uniformed fascists tried to force their way through London’s East End. When Willie Myers, aged 14, went to defy Sir Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts marching through his neighbourhood he had no idea he was about to be embroiled in a terrifying battle that would change history. He found himself in a sea of protesters as 7,000 uniformed fascists tried to force their way through London’s East End where 60,000 beleaguered Jews lived in abject poverty. The Blackshirts had a police escort of more than 10,000 officers – 4,000 on horseback – to clear the way for them. And when mounted police charged into the crowd wielding batons the Jewish schoolboy feared for his life.
“The daily life of the Cathedral is the responsibility of the Dean”, explains the Lichfield Cathedral website. And the Dean of Lichfield Cathedral is the Very Rev’d Adrian Dorber, who decided to organise a whole weekend conference dedicated to the Israel/Palestine conflict. Quite why he chose that strife over (say) those of India and Pakistan or of Saudia Arabia and Yemen (or even Iran and Syria) is unknown. But cathedral deans are powerful people: if they want a conference to debate their particular theological bent or political grievance, they are free to organise one and invite whichever speakers they choose to present their preferred slant (as we’ve seen in Manchester Cathedral). The Dean of Lichfield Cathedral clearly has a lot of time for Palestine and boundless sympathy for Palestinians, and not much time or sympathy at all for Israel and Jews.
(A personal blog by Ian Luke Penwald)
The last of my 3 blogs from Poland and despite the angst expressed in my first two, I did in the end make the journey to Auschwitz-Birkenau. It was still pretty much a last-minute decision but as I wandered through Krakow’s impressive and beautiful Old City I found myself praying about whether or not to visit the infamous death camps. Then I turned a corner and find a small random travel agency selling tickets to the very places and so the next day…I was off.
Over the years there has been an ever-growing increase in the interest of African Spirituality within the black community, which in part has been fueled by the continuous racial inequality we see in today's society, the use of the Christianity to justify slavery and a lack of answers from the black churches on various bible-related subject matters. This has led to what can be referred to as the ‘conscious’ movement.
Terror struck Tel Aviv, Israel on the night of Wednesday June 8. Folks were minding their own business in a cafe when two Palestinian men dressed as Hasidic Jews opened fire. Four people were killed and several others were wounded. It is reminiscent of other recent terror attacks, such as the ones in Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium. When these two other attacks occurred, folks rushed to social media with words of support. The hashtags #JeSuisParis and #JeSuisBrussels became popular trends on Twitter. It was cool and fashionable for people to show how distraught they were over those senseless acts of violence. The senseless act of violence the Israelis suffered, however, didn’t catch on the same way. I couldn’t help but wonder why. Is it because these kind of attacks are so common over there? Or is there another reason behind it?
The following "Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend" is held by some to be an actual letter from Dr. King to an acquaintance, others say it is a compilation of his statements. ". . . You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist.' And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God's green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews--this is God's own truth. "Anti-semitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently antisemitic, and ever will be so. "Why is this? You know that Zionism is nothing less than the dream and ideal of the Jewish people returning to live in their own land.
This is part one of a two-part series. The second part will examine what we Arabs can do differently today.
In the current state of the relationship between the Arab world and Israel, we see a patchwork of hostility, tense peace, limited cooperation, calm, and violence. We Arabs managed our relationship with Israel atrociously, but the worst of all is the ongoing situation of the Palestinians.
Our first mistake lasted centuries, and occurred well before Israel's declaration of independence in May 1948. It consisted of not recognizing Jews as equals. As documented by a leading American scholar of Jewish history in the Muslim world, Mark R. Cohen, during that era, "Jews shared with other non-Muslims the status of dhimmis [non-Muslims who have to pay protection money and follow separate debasing laws to be tolerated in Muslim-controlled areas] ... New houses of worship were not to be built and old ones could not be repaired. They were to act humbly in the presence of Muslims. In their liturgical practice they had to honor the preeminence of Islam. They were further required to differentiate themselves from Muslims by their clothing and by eschewing symbols of honor. Other restrictions excluded them from positions of authority in Muslim government".
Our God is a God of history. He creates stories for us, sequences of events that teach us more about Him. Many of these are in His book, the Bible. The problem is that we are not always aware of the big picture, the back story behind some of these events. A very good example is the Feast of Pentecost. We all know what happened to that group of Jesus’ disciples as they were gathered together in Jerusalem.
Following the original Christ At The Checkpoint in 2010, the Rosh Pina Project began highlighting the anti-Jewish aspects of the conference. We broke the story in 2011 – which was eventually picked up by Bnei Brith and then the international press – that Palestinian pastor Mitri Raheb had claimed Israeli Jews have no Jewish blood, and Palestinians were descended from King David. We also opposed Christ at the Checkpoint by highlighting how two speakers called for a Christian jihad in 2010, whilst affirming that Hamas has “every right to attack the West.” We suggested that for many, this conference was an opportunity to lend Christian theological support for terrorism ...
The new United Nations Security General, António Guterres, has enraged the Palestinian Authority after making statements about the Temple Mount and the way Israel is treated by UN member states. The Palestinian outrage began on Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January), when Guterres was given an impassioned speech about the Holocaust in the UN General Assembly. This was a powerful speech that addressed the root cause of the Holocaust – anti-Semitism. He looked back at anti-Semitism of the past and showing the constant instances of anti-Semitism throughout history, from ancient times until today.
While the Palestinian Authority, who continue those anti-Semitic attitudes, were likely to be outraged by the whole speech. (After all, Mahmoud Abbas wrote an entire book that tried to deny/revise the Holocaust). There was one line, however, that caused Palestinian outrage to overflow. That line was when Guterres said, “Imperial Rome not only destroyed the temple in Jerusalem, but also made Jews pariahs in many ways.” He pointed out the historic fact that there was a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and that Jews lived in Jerusalem long before the Palestinians were ever on the scene. Abbas’ Fatah party responded with outrage claiming that his comments were “an assault on Palestinian’s rights to the city”.
In this short video, Dr Joe Boot calls Christians to practise evangelisation. He says that some evangelism has taken a "truncated" view of the gospel, speaking of personal salvation but lacking an emphasis on "Christ as Lord, as King, as Sovereign." Jesus has come to redeem every aspect of our lives "from the pollution of sin", Joe says, and we ought not only to speak, but also to "live out" the gospel as part of our Christian witness.
What's going on? Two major events in Paris last week. Here are two news articles about last Friday.
Has no-one made the connection? The story continues ...
As Britain mourns the dead and treats the injured in Manchester, people from around the world take to social media to blame a Jewish conspiracy
As Britain mourns those murdered in the terrorist atrocity in Manchester and treats the injured, antisemites have poured onto social media to blame the attack on a murderous Jewish conspiracy.
All of us at Campaign Against Antisemitism deplore the sickening attack on children and their families in Manchester last night. As the details of the attacker’s cowardice and barbarity became clear, and we heard the stories of families never to be reunited and casualties whose lives will be forever changed, we also began to see the all-too-familiar phenomenon of people rushing to social media to blame Jews.
Whilst politicians urged unity and “#WeStandTogether” trended on social media, people from around the world took to Twitter, Facebook and other platforms to claim that the suicide bombing was a plot by Jewish conspirators to fuel wars against oil-rich Muslim states, or some other variant of the depraved conspiracy myths that place Jews at the centre of the world’s every ill.
On Twitter, “Carlos” wrote: “Zionists just bombed Manchester”. “Geeky Artist Arab Woman” opined that Zionists are “the sources of all terrorism #Manchester”. “Isaac Mintman” posted his theory that “Zionists and fascists want more Islamic terror attacks in hopes of sparking civil war”. “Mama Snarf” replied to a tweet from an Israeli minister: “Most terror attacks ordered by Israel anyway. Manchester don’t need anymore Zionists”. “Dowlut Nawshad” tweeted: “The World should drive out the ‘Zionists debts theft genocide false flags monetary system$’ they ordered and responsible for Manchester.”
The following is a (draft) introduction to my next book, LIVIN' THE LIFE. We are hoping to publish the book through a CROWDFUNDING initiative, with supporters pre-ordering a batch of ten books, in order to help with the publishing costs. If you can help in this way, please click here.
"Sometimes I wish I knew nine years ago what I know now. Yet, on the other hand, it would have deprived me of an exciting journey of discovery into this wonderful world of the Hebraic. These last few years have often been like a game of snakes and ladders, with faltering steps up a slippery step-ladder but with the falls down the ‘Greecey pole’ thankfully decreasing over time. It hasn’t been perfect, because God has had a lot to contend with (my puny, aging brain), but it has been a necessary process. The fruit of this has been a collection of books that have astonishingly drawn together a community of fellow sojourners. The question is, where will this all end? When are we finally going to get it? The answer is, probably never, but at least we have ventured to the foot hills. The objective of this book is to summarise what has led me to this point in time, then suggest a route to the higher peaks. So, without further ado …
It all started in 2009 with How the Church Lost the Way, which exposed the effects of the teachings of Plato on the Western Church, right from the early 2nd century onwards. This was a revelation to most, apart from those academics who knew about this but didn’t consider it necessarily a bad thing (!) The story continued the following year when How the Church Lost the Truth introduced the simple ideas of Aristotle and highlighting the devastating effect of these teachings on the medieval Church onwards. In these two volumes the problems were laid out, (added to by the twenty wide-reaching essays in the Bishop’s New Clothes a few years later). We were able to see the causes for the sorry state of much of today’s Church. But what could we do about this?
In 2011 after a lot of agonising and uncertainty, To Life was published. The trepidation was because this book ventured into some new areas and made suggestions that went completely against the grain of current Christian thinking and practices. Was it a step too far? Apparently not (though some may disagree). The effect it has had on individuals and congregations has been very startling, with a sense that the madness is not just all mine, it has now been shared. Welcome to my world!
Firstly, it provided an initial working definition of what is Hebraic. The starting point is having a faith in God that underpins our wisdom, which compels us to perform our deeds (rather than thinking or debating or arguing about such things). This definition is gradually refined as God reveals more and more. It bucks the trend of current perceptions that define Hebraic in terms of externals, of practices, rituals and Jewish cultural trappings. Instead the true Hebraic understanding is of an internal mindset, that of Jesus and his disciples and in fact of the Jews who preceded him and inhabited the pages of the Hebrew Bible. In other words, rather than dwelling on festivals, eating habits and vocabulary, we consider how those early Jews thought and acted on those thoughts. Following on from that I contrasted Greek and Hebraic thinking and came to the following conclusions:
The first was that we should live Hebraically, focussing on our relationships. There should be reverence for God, a total respect and unquestioning faith in God in every situation. We should favour small groups, with an emphasis on personal relationships within the Church and nurture family relationships, with the realisation that God’s blessings flow more freely through His covenant people.
The second was that we should think Hebraically, focusing on understanding God’s provisions for us. We should consider living by faith, a total reliance on God’s promises for our needs. We should have total trust in the Bible, treating God’s Word as precious and endeavouring to study it wholeheartedly. We should also focus on the real Jesus, understanding him in his Jewish context.
The third was that we should act Hebraically, living lives of truth, joy and purpose. There is the importance of good conduct, showing the World by our actions that there is something different about us. We should seek an understanding of the concept of One New Man and making adjustments if necessary. Then there is unity without compromise, supporting our Christian family without condoning error and heresy.
The Hebraic is about man and God and can be better understood through this set of contrasts.
- The Greek mind says that man is at the centre of life; the Hebraic mind says that God is at the centre of life.
- The Greek mind says that the things of God must be deduced from our logical minds; the Hebraic mind says that the things of God can only be understood by faith and revelation.
- The Greek mind says that we should strive for knowledge about God; the Hebraic mind says that we should know God.
It’s all Hebraic. It’s a lost art for some, to others it’s already an ever-present reality. It’s simply how we can best act out our part of the Divine drama, the everlasting love story of God and His people. To do so we need to discover our role and purpose and see where we fit in and then make sure we are on cue and don’t fluff our lines! It’s all about relationship, man and God, God and Man, man and man. It’s as simple as that.
So why another book? Livin’ the Life! A predictable title, yet given an edge by a substituted apostrophe, which also provides its own subtext, a more meaningful instruction, live in The Life.
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5:12)
This is completing the story introduced by To Life!, L’Chaim, a celebration of possibilities created by thinking differently, Hebraically. It is time to widen our scope and push out these ideas into the wider Christian World, where I believe they belong.
This book will explore major (and minor) facets of Christian life today, but with Hebraic eyes. A toolset is going to be created, not just from ideas already developed, but through a deeper trawl through Hebraic understandings. What will result will be, at least, food for thought, but perhaps more so, perhaps there will be a nudge towards a life lived … in The Life, a model where we should all be in Jesus, despite the challenges presented by 21st Century society."
“Hey Average Joe, did you see this map?
“Look where Israel ought to be it says Palestine. And it says it was called Palestine 4000 years ago! It’s as if the Jews never lived there. Can that be right?”
replied Average Joe,
“It must be right. After all it is in the Ancient Egypt section of the British Museum!”
Once again Britain shows her antisemitic sentiment.
I had the opportunity to visit the British Museum in May. Loved the Egypt exhibit. We had spent four days in Egypt in 2009. Sadly the last safe year for tourists. Egypt is an extraordinary country with thousands of years of history-glorious history. We saw the Pyramids and the Sphinx and rode on camels! Think about the ingenuity of the people who built these monuments, only with manpower, no machines. We visited The Temple of Karnac and the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. We went into the crypts. Filled with marvelous murals that speak to religious beliefs. We walked through the Egyptian Museum-in Egypt!
And then the Egypt Exhibit in the British Museum.
And the map jumped out at me. “Palestine”?
How could that be?
So I wrote to the museum to express my concern
WASHINGTON — An effort to build a free online database of Holocaust victims and survivors has reached a milestone. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com announced Friday that records of one million people persecuted by the Nazis are now available to be searched. The crowd-sourced database was launched in 2011 and is known as the World Memory Project. Volunteer contributors from around the world have been indexing materials from the museum’s archive so people can be added to the database and searched easily by name.
By Kay Wilson
While the blood of innocents was being mopped up off a theatre floor in France, a video titled, “A father and son have the most precious conversation,” goes viral. In the clip the boy tells his father, “We should leave Paris because Les Mechants (the villains) have guns and they will come to shoot us.” The father reassures his son that although the villains have guns, they (the French) have flowers and candles. “Do the flowers and candles protect us?” asks the son. When the father answers in the affirmative, the boy protests, “but flowers don’t do anything!” He is given a reassuring hug by his father and the clip is concluded by the interviewer asking the child if he “feels better,” to which the boy nods and breaks into a smile.
Let me start by saying that my upbringing was very firmly secular. My family made it clear from a young age that belief in a supreme being was the folly of the idiot or those on the lower echelons of society. We were intellectuals and therefore did not hold to any belief other than those based in ‘science’. My family were however, Jewish by race and so we did partake in the Jewish holidays and festivals and even attended the local reform synagogue on a semi-regular basis, however it was constantly affirmed that these were merely cultural exercises and nothing more.
My grandmother was a Jewish communist and was responsible for my firm Jewish identity, herself being brought up in a kosher home. However this also instilled me with socialist principles from a very young age. In fact at a young age I can remember going on Anti-War marches and even telling teachers that I was communist, laughing at those who subscribed to the Christian faith.
Despite this, since I can remember, I have had a keen interest in politics, philosophy and religion. I can remember being eager to go to synagogue at around age nine, not for religious purposes, but again for a sense of heritage. On my tenth birthday I was given a kippah by my mother and father (along with a Complete Works of Shakespeare).
(By Michael Brown) As I write these words, I am literally on my knees, praying as I write. I am more burdened than angry, more broken than frustrated. How can we be so foolish? I am an unashamed Charismatic-Pentecostal believer, a lifelong tongues speaker (since January 24, 1972), one of the four principle leaders who served in the Brownsville Revival, the author of an in-depth, scholarly treatment of divine healing, the man who wrote Authentic Fire in response to Pastor John MacArthur's Strange Fire.
Here is a book written to stir the heart of the average citizen of today’s world by challenging them to think beyond the here and now. It pulls no punches as it provides a creeping crescendo of revelation regarding man and his relationship with God and how the Church has mostly failed in its mission to mirror the image of Jesus.
Some early reviews:
"Just read Hope. Great job. It's excellent. Thank you so much for writing it", Pastor Jon Cluett, The Church at Stirling
"I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was amazing how Steve managed to pack in so much about science, 'isms', philosophies, man-made theories and everything else under the sun and more importantly Christianity" Jack Sneddon, deacon of Bellshill Baptist Church
"I just want to say how struck I am by 'Hope' - a copy of which David gave me. I so enjoy the engaging way you write, taking the time to connect with the world of the reader and gently introduce your theme. I'm only a few chapters in, but feel I could learn a lot that might apply to my preaching ministry. So thank you, and please be encouraged" Kieran Banks, pastor of Bellshill Baptist Church
"Your latest book is amazing. Written for every Christian … Thank you. The challenge is how to get the message out" Mike Webb, Quinta Conference Centre
I was hoping not to have to enter this tedious debate. I am not a political animal, the machinations of man usually leave me untouched. But, I thought I'd just add a few words that may be useful to some, as the day is fast approaching for decisions. Two things have hit me regarding the verbal sniping over the last few weeks. Firstly, the 'establishment' are desperate to preserve the 'status quo' and seem to have fought a cleverly divisive campaign to force this point and thoroughly discredit their opposition with the vast tools at their disposal. Frankly it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth as I feel that the public are being manipulated here, but can't put my finger on the reasons. Secondly, the Brexit campaign seems to be continually shooting itself in its foot, but perhaps that too is just a consequence of 'enemy action'.
On one end of the scale, we are all aware of the growing number of believers (in our case - especially from Arab origin) who want to be accepted and acknowledged by their own people so much that they have adjusted their theology accordingly. Some even coming to an extreme position, defending Muslim terrorists and debunking Israel’s right to defend itself, and all in the name of Jesus.
Thousands of Christians from around the world are visiting Jerusalem this week tracing the footsteps of Jesus through the cobbled winding streets of the Old City as they do every Sukkot, one of the three Jewish festivals where Jews made the pilgrimage to the Temple centuries ago, but now a UNESCO resolution negates these events ever happened. It is hardly shocking that Iran, along with several Arab countries, voted in favor of the draft resolution by the UN cultural body last week, in a move widely viewed as denying the historic and religious ties between Jews and Jerusalem.
The Last Supper, traditionally commemorated on Maundy Thursday, is a vital part of the Easter story. It introduces us to Holy Communion, the memorial instigated by Jesus to remind us of his identity and purpose. The context of this event was the seder service of the Jewish Passover, which Jesus had come to the house in Jerusalem to celebrate with his disciples.
In this small booklet you have all that you need to re-create this service, primarily following the script indicated in the Gospel accounts, but always in the context of the events of the Exodus, the backdrop of the Passover celebration. You are shown how to set up the table and prepare the elements and how to follow the narrative either as a small family setting around a dining table, or in a church hall with groups of tables. You will find that you will be both blessed and entertained as you re-live these momentous events. Order your copy here
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Despite a tidal wave of prejudice and negativity, faith remains the foundation of our civilisation by Michael Gove.
Jeremy Paxman was on great form last week, reminding us that when it comes to being rude to prime ministers he has no peers.
Jeremy’s rudeness is, of course, magnificently bipartisan. However elegant the sneer he displayed when asking David Cameron about Stephen Green, it was as nothing compared to the pointed disdain with which he once asked Tony Blair about his faith. Was it true, Jeremy inquired, that he had prayed together with his fellow Christian George W. Bush?
Whenever the world’s only Jewish-majority state affronts their sense of morality tens of thousands of Britons march through London. But, revealingly, they’ve turned a blind eye to Syria’s barrel-bombing of civilians and its illegal use of chemical weapons.
The moral failure of many Britons is multiplied at the United Nations, supposedly the world’s home of human rights. Over the past decade the UN has condemned Syria eight times but has 223 times attacked the nation in which, if you are Christian, homosexual or other minority, you are probably safer than anywhere in the Middle East. In his final speech as secretary-general even Ban Ki Moon admitted this imbalance was “absurd”. “Monstrous” would be my description.
The UN’s one-sided approach was on display again with a motion demanding an end to settlement-building by Israelis. Thanks to the UK and, more surprisingly, the US, it was allowed to pass. While construction in disputed territories does undermine peace prospects the focus on the issue has been engineered by Palestinians and diverts attention from their failings.
Bigger barriers to peace include polling that finds at least one million Palestinians view Islamic State positively. Then there’s Hamas, the proscribed group that runs Gaza, and its charter’s genocidal call to kill Jews. Or, if the UN is really looking for root causes, how about the antisemitic “educational” materials circulating in schools in Gaza and the West Bank?
When you are surrounded by people who want you dead, Israelis can’t be blamed for not rushing to repeat what happened after their 2005 withdrawal from Gaza. Vacated settlements became launchpads for missile attacks. I’ve visited the bomb shelters that Israeli schoolchildren scurry to when alarms sound.
Steve Chalke is a Baptist minister and an admirable campaigner for social justice. He founded a the Charity Oasis. A few years ago he adopted a progressive and liberal theology of sexuality. Recently he launched a video that was widely reported (see this link for the Church Times – -in which he believes that an understanding of Graeco-Roman sexual culture requires that we abandon the teaching of marriage and sexual ethics as Christians have universally understood them. This essay is an answer to the issues he raises.
Steve Chalke has been doing some research into the Classical world of the Greeks and the Romans, and has come up with some discoveries that have startled him. He has found a world that as he describes was “utterly saturated with sex.” Perhaps Mr Chalke may have led a sheltered life in his reading. But this description of classical culture comes as no surprise to many.Tom Holland, in his recent book on the Romans called ‘Rubicon’, documents how even Julius Caesar put in his time as a ‘rent-boy’ to some elderly lascivious ruler, King Nikomedes of Bythinia. The shame, such as there was amongst the Romans, was not so much in the homoerotic sex; It lay more in being the ‘receptive’ partner; effeminate; humiliating....
(By Daniel Juster) We are witnessing an abandonment of our faith by young adults who were raised in that faith. They go to college, and within a few years many are gone. Why? Some while back, a study noted that many effective evangelists experiencing the power of God, afterward went to Christian colleges and seminaries and were no longer effective! This study was many years ago but greatly influenced Loren Cunningham, the founder of Youth with a Mission. He was so concerned about it that he started his own school in Hawaii, The University of the Nations, so that young people could be educated, but not lose their evangelistic passion. Today, Youth with a Mission is one of the largest mission organizations in the world with 20,000 missionaries.
An Arizona woman's Facebook post documenting her stunning transformation from drug addict to doting mother and aspiring prison minister has gone viral in recent days, with the woman fully crediting God for saving her life. It was Dec. 6, 2012, when Dejah Hall, 26, says she finally hit rock bottom and got the help she needed. Hall, who was addicted to meth, cocaine and heroin, said her life had spun completely out of control. "I was a monster in every sense of the word," she told KNXV-TV. Hall said that her drug addiction started with pills and "just went downhill from there," eventually leading her to heroin and meth and to a place in which she no longer cared if she lived or died. But it was a candid conversation with her grandfather that served as her final breaking point. "My grandfather was sitting in his wheelchair and he looked at me and said, 'You're hurting me, Dejah,'" Hall recalled. "I really looked at who I had become, a disgusting person."
The Foundations vision began in 2012 in mid-winter as an experiment. After six more “experiments” in subsequent years we finally feel that, with Foundations 7 this April, we have “cracked it”. We have arrived at the beginnings of a model for a different kind of Christian conference, one that is informed by Hebraic principles, rather than the rigid structures that have become the norm in the Christian world. Here’s how David Andrew, one of our Bible teachers, explained it:
This being our third 'Foundations', Agnes and I have been completely won over by the completely 'outside of the box' experience - a feature which has successively developed and improved with each year. Although we are blessed with a great many fine conferences and teachers, it's not normal for Christian gatherings to challenge the stubborn structures of religion that can so easily leave us 'well-taught but still caught' in the sticky webs of western Gentile / Greek religiosity that we have never thought to question because ... we have never thought! Although I'm sure it's not the intention of organisers or speakers or the 'punters', I think that the effect all too often is to provide 'entertainment for the troops' that ensures them a good meal but essentially changes nothing and leaves moribund structures unchallenged. Not so Foundations!
Why do Irish people support the Palestinians? It’s a simple question, but a real mystery. If, as seems clear to me, every supporter of democracy and opponent of non-democracy should broadly support Israel — and be broadly hostile to the Palestinian cause — why does the world not see it that way?
An Israeli diplomat posted to Ireland recently asked me this question. Israelis encounter varying levels of hostility in Europe, and wonder why so many Europeans take the Palestinian side. Could it be anti-semitism? Could it even be that some hostility to Jews is endemic in Catholicism?
Living in Ireland it is obvious to me that other, more modern, reasons are at play.
The Palestinian cause is, on the face of it, deeply unattractive. It is a fight against a liberal democracy in order to set up either an oppressive religious state — Hamas — or a thuggish autocracy — Fatah. Either way, there are unlikely to be free elections and regard for civil liberties. So what is it that attracts people’s support?
It seems they hit all the right buttons. First, they are, allegedly, the “oppressed” fighting against “oppressors”. Yet, when you look at Palestinian complaints, they are mostly a consequence of the violence they direct at Israel.
They are, allegedly, the “poor” fighting the “rich”. The fact that it is their fault they are poor — look at what the intifada did to the GDP — and the Israelis deserve their wealth because they work hard to create it, is neither here nor there.
They are, allegedly, “non-whites” fighting “whites”. Many westerners care primarily about crimes by “whites” or “people like us”, not those by “non-whites”. Israelis come from all over the world, including the Middle East, but for many westerners this is not about reality. All Israelis are honorary “whites”.
Palestinians are Muslim, giving them a sympathetic constituency of 1bn worldwide. Muslims tend to sympathise with Muslims engaged in conflict with non-Muslims. Christians aren’t like this. Christians worldwide are on their own, and get little support from western Christians. If the Palestinians were Christian, nobody would support them. And if they were fundamentalist Christians, the western left would despise them.
It should be no surprise that journalists side with Palestinians. They are fighting a democracy, and a wealthy democracy is a nice safe place in which journalists can sit and be critical.
Some Palestinians are violent, and carry out deliberate attacks against defenceless civilians. But if Palestinians engaged exclusively in peaceful protest, few would pay them much attention. When there are attacks against civilians, the world sits up. Most are revolted, but some less sensible people have a different reaction. They believe — despite history’s total lack of evidence for this — that if someone is willing to carry out violent acts, they must have a good reason. And so, due to the strange nature of humans, Palestinian violence leads to more support, not less.
Many westerners are excited by “revolutionary” violence against the West. Lack of compromise is also exciting. If the Palestinians decided to give up on the “struggle” and pursue jobs, family and shopping, I would be delighted for them. Israel would pump money into their economy, the GDP would triple and their life would be much better. But some of their western fans, for whom they serve a psychological need, would seek other uncompromising opponents of the West.
Hating Israel is a safe way of hating the West, and many leftish westerners do desire a safe way of doing this; of declaring their moral superiority to the culture of plenty in which they grew up. Hating the entire West is too hardcore, but hating a small part works. It is Israel’s bad luck to fit the bill.
So the Israeli diplomat and other Israelis should not take Irish hostility personally. It’s not about them. It’s about us.
Dr Mark Humphrys is a lecturer at Dublin City University
So you finally learned to play the guitar and now you’re wondering, “How do I write a truly awful worship song?” You’ve come to the right place, my friend. Here are some surefire ways to write a truly horrible worship song.
1. Recycle a Love Song.
Write a song for your girlfriend. When she breaks up with you, convert it into a worship song. Be sure to change all uses of “girl” or “baby.”
2. Use Time-Tested Rhymes.
Make sure you rhyme “love” and “above” at least twice. The song becomes doubly awful if you can also incorporate the word “dove.” Example: “You sent your love from above, makes my heart feel like a pure white dove.” You get the point.
3. Be Vague About Your Theology.
Make sure to avoid any theology at all costs. Don’t talk about atonement, wrath or any other biblical concepts. You want your song to be all about feeling. Don’t let the mind get in the way. Repeat after me: “Worship is a warm feeling, sort of like heartburn, only better.”
If you needed proof that America has lost it corporate mind, here are five compelling examples.
(BY MICHAEL BROWN) 1. In New York City, Cooper Union College has decided to remove all "gender markings" from its bathrooms.
As reported by The Guardian, "Last fall, the oldest building on the Cooper Union campus underwent a sudden renovation. A group of students, agitating for their transgender classmates, stripped the words 'men' and 'women' off the doors of the Foundation Building's restrooms." But rather than discipline the unruly students, "the Cooper Union administration this month moved to remove the gender designations from all the bathrooms on campus by taking down the rest of the men's and women's signage from bathrooms." Goodbye, men's and women's bathrooms! The school's website is actually boasting about all this, with the homepage headline declaring, "DE-GENDERED RESTROOMS ATTRACT INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION."
This is the first session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Peter Sammons introduces his 2020 vision.
We are making all Foundations audios free to download, including all teaching sessions. The point we want to make about this is that our conferences are about the experience of God and fellowship with others, not just about the teaching. The essence of Foundations can't be bottled up and downloaded - you just have to be there! To find out more, click here.
AMONG the most inexplicable developments in this bizarre political year is that Donald Trump is the candidate of choice of many evangelical Christians. Mr. Trump won a plurality of evangelical votes in each of the last three Republican contests, in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. He won the glowing endorsement of Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, who has called him “one of the greatest visionaries of our time.” Last week, Pat Robertson, the founder and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, told Mr. Trump during an interview, “You inspire us all.”
As it's still fresh in my mind, here are some thoughts before they drift away. Foundations 8 was, by unanimous consensus, our best yet. Here are four reasons why I believe this was so.
Firstly the environment provided by Abbot Hall hotel was just right for us. The hotel may have been on the small side, but it provided the intimacy that was a major factor to the fantastic atmosphere of unity and co-operation that prevailed. The staff were incredible and so helpful, going far beyond the nominal service we have received at some other places we have been at. Secondly the structure of the conference worked really well, particularly the elements that provided for personal expression. The high points were the yeshivas that involved up to a half of delegates and last for up to 90 minutes - challenging times for our teachers, but an invaluable experience for all. Also the 'show & tell' hour each day was enormously successful, where seventeen people were able to share what was on their heart, from leeks to hobbies, reminiscenses to hints for godly living. The image of the 'Von Stevenson' family singing together will live long in the memory. Finally, the craft tables provided a valuable oasis for some, a trigger for great conversations and a wonderful outlet for creative impulses!
Thirdly, God had brought together a fantastic group of people. The teaching, spearheaded by our 'Bible men' David Andrew and Chris Hill, was not just excellent but, as the theme of the conference demanded, was a spur to action and will ensure that what happened at Abbot Hall will not stay at Abbot Hall! My team stretched to 30 people, each playing their part in the jigsaw but it was fair to say that everyone there contributed in one way or another. There are just too many examples to mention here. If you were there please send us your testimonies!
Finally we thank God for tying it all together and ministering to everyone who was there perhaps in ways that will only become apparent over the coming days. A lot of work went into this conference, it was all so worth it!
While America’s evangelical Christians are rightly concerned about the secular worldview’s rejection of biblical Christianity, we ought to give some urgent attention to a problem much closer to home–biblical illiteracy in the church. This scandalous problem is our own, and it’s up to us to fix it.
by Steve Maltz (many, many years ago!)
This should take about 20-30 minutes and is suitable for a mixed audience (Jew/Gentile, adults/kids). There's drama, comedy and action.
King Antiochus - complete madman
Herald's assistant (non speaking)
Soldier (non speaking)
Mattatias (adult) - sensible person
Judas (child) - main speaking part
Jew (with greasy hair)
Appolonius (non speaking)
Greek soldier (non speaking)
Although Manny Pacquiao quickly apologized for his remarks about homosexuals, Nike dropped him like a hot potato. In contrast, Nike never dropped Tiger Woods despite the revelations of his serial adulteries, even though those led to the destruction of his marriage and worldwide public shame. Why the double standard?
Does Nike believe that it is far worse to make a passing, extremely derogatory comment about homosexuals—one for which Manny quickly apologized and asked forgiveness—than to betray one's children and cheat on one's wife, sleeping with a bevy of different women over a period of years (including several porn stars)?
Or could it be that, because Tiger is still worth more money, his transgressions are more forgivable?
The preservation of Israel and the preservation of the Nazarene are one phenomenon.” This line mulled over in my head as I sat in the back seat of our big blue van. The van twisted, turned, and trudged through the hillside as we made our way toward the heartland of Israel. I had just finished reading Sholem Asch’s book One Destiny in which he addresses the unique relationship between Judaism and Christianity, centered on the Messianic hope present in both religions. I could not help but connect the preservation of this beautiful land out my window to the people of Israel. The road directed our path through the many Arab and Israeli villages that live in constant tension. Sadly, most of the world does not see the beautiful surrounding area. Judea and Samaria have been in the news a lot lately as our people have been under threat of stabbing attacks from terrorists. While the threat is real, there is no place on earth that brings more peace to your soul than the land God promised and gave to his people.
(Guest Contributor Rebekah Merkle)
We women, for good or ill, are a very powerful force. Proverbs 14:1 tells us that a wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands. And if you can convince a lot of women, all at once, to tear down our houses in unison, we are capable of tearing down an entire nation. And this, sadly, is what the women in America have been busily doing for the last century and more.
In the early years of demolition, the cultural damage wasn’t quite as obvious. Lots of women assumed (and some still assume) that the feminist cause was nothing more than a much-needed re-model — the kind with “Pardon our Dust, Improvements in Progress” signs tacked up here and there
But we’re a good ways into the project now, and it’s beginning to be clear that “the women’s movement” was actually a wrecking crew. The body count is now 58 million, the idea of public decency is long gone, our moral compass has vanished, and our nation is clearly adrift. So far adrift, in fact, that those fighting hardest against the system don’t even recognize that the enemy they’re currently fighting is the direct result of their own previous efforts. The feminist outrage against Trump’s lewd comments and flagrant immorality is somewhat incongruous, given that this moment was made possible by the previous feminist victories over anti-obscenity laws and their insistence on the rights to “consequenceless” sex.(Article by Rebekah Merkle)
We women, for good or ill, are a very powerful force. Proverbs 14:1 tells us that a wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands. And if you can convince a lot of women, all at once, to tear down our houses in unison, we are capable of tearing down an entire nation. And this, sadly, is what the women in America have been busily doing for the last century and more.
In the early years of demolition, the cultural damage wasn’t quite as obvious. Lots of women assumed (and some still assume) that the feminist cause was nothing more than a much-needed re-model — the kind with “Pardon our Dust, Improvements in Progress” signs tacked up here and there.
Dear Prime Minister, It was sickening to see that your government last week voted for the declaration of diplomatic war against Israel embodied in resolution 2334 passed by the UN Security Council. Bad enough that Britain didn’t use its position as a permanent SC member to vote against this vicious resolution and thereby stop it in its tracks. Worse, far worse was that your government voted for it. In doing so, Britain signed up to propositions that repudiate law, justice and truth. Now reports have surfaced that, yet more appallingly, Britain was actually instrumental in getting 2334 passed by helping draft the resolution and then stiffening New Zealand’s resolve in proposing it. I don’t know whether that is correct. I suspect it may well be. I think, nevertheless, that you spoke from the heart the other week when you told the Conservative Friends of Israel of your admiration for Israel as a “remarkable country” and a “beacon of tolerance” and your warm feelings towards the Jewish people.
“On this day in Messianic Jewish history” brings you significant events in the life of Jewish believers in Yeshua, or events in the history of the Church and the Jewish people that have shaped Jewish expressions of faith in Yeshua, and impacted Jewish Christianity in the past and its contemporary expression in Messianic Judaism today.
This was a greatly anticipated conference, not least because of the spiritual battles leading up to it, including a major health scare and the best efforts of Storm Doris to trhwart us (one effect of this actually featured on Sky News as Stella, our delegate from Cyprus arrived in a plane severely pommelled by the angry winds to an extent that its initial landing on the runway was aborted!).
The conference went swimmingly well (some even actually went swimming in the heated indoor pool!), helped by the excellent facilities and helpful staff at Abbot Hall hotel. The conference was kicked off by David Jones' poignant and clever presentation of the wide reach of anti-Semitism in the Church and politics, accompanied by a music video of a Song for Israel by his talented wife, Jo, our main worship leader. You can hear it here. The Saturday featured three talks, spread through the day, with the first two followed by a yeshiva, giving people a chance to 'grill the speakers'. The first and last presentation was by 'Bible man', David Serle, with a masterclass of Bible exposition, presenting a good case for re-examining the Gospel in the light of Israel and the Jews and giving us fresh ideas and much to think about. Wedged inside the 'Serle sandwich' was John Bidwell's excellent description of God's covenants. As usual 'Freedom in the Spirit' provided the structure for the day with crafts, prayer walks, dance, Bible readings and the quiet room all being well attended. During the day a dance team and a choir were recruited and trained.
On the Sunday, the dance team, led by Ginnie and Rosie, performed a short drama that had veryone in tears, with a visual re-enactment of the importance of aliyah for the Jewish people. The choir performed Jo's song and another one, followed by messianic worship led by David & Keila, finishing off with a time of testimonies and worship lead by Jo. It was a fantastic time of fellowship, with a very special bunch of people. One delegate remarked that the weekend was more of a Christian house party than a conference. Most were in agreement, as they all went on their way with smiles on their faces.
Timothy George highlights a revived trend in lifestyle choices in First Things, called "sologamy," which began over 20 years ago. George writes: "Sologamy is the marriage of someone to one's own self—the his- or herness of it is not relevant, although it seems to be mostly women who are doing it." Self marriage is not recognized in the U.S. or Europe, but nevertheless, more reports are surfacing of individuals marrying themselves.
A few years have passed since I wrote the first Hashkama article. At that time I was thinking of retiring and producing an article maybe two or three times a year. I needed to give this little new project a title and a friend in Israel suggested the Hebrew word Hashkama. It mean
On an unseasonably warm Washington morning in November 1942, Peter Bergson sipped his coffee and leafed through the latest editions of the New York Times and the Washington Post. It was a habit he’d acquired since arriving in America nearly two years earlier, as a 25-year-old Palestinian Zionist on a mission to raise awareness, and money, for the establishment of a Jewish military force to join the Allies’ war against Hitler.
Yet when he spotted a brief news item, tucked away on an inside page of the Post, he knew that mission was over. The headline read: “Two million Jews slain, Rabbi Wise asserts.” The reference was to a news conference the previous evening by Rabbi Stephen Wise, American Jewry’s foremost spokesman and leader. It was the first public confirmation of the Nazi Holocaust. For Bergson, his Jewish army campaign now seemed utterly, obscenely, irrelevant.
Over the next several years, he and a small band of supporters worked tirelessly to publicise the slaughter of the Jews of Europe, determined to bring popular and political pressure on President Franklin D. Roosevelt to save those Jews who were still alive. That this meant confrontation with the Roosevelt Administration was inevitable. Roosevelt’s view was that there could be only one American war aim: to defeat Hitler’s armiies.
This is the final morning of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. It will give you a flavour of what happens at our conferences.
We are making all Foundations audios free to download, including all teaching sessions. The point we want to make about this is that our conferences are about the experience of God and fellowship with others, not just about the teaching. The essence of Foundations can't be bottled up and downloaded - you just have to be there! To find out more, click here.
Yesterday I watched a cricket match in my local park and I thought of the Church. A purposeful collective dressed in white striving together for a common goal? No, rather one group of people thrusting missiles at the other, hoping to score points against them!
Hezekiah is affirmed in Scripture as doing “what was right in the Lord’s sight” (2 Kings 18:3). The next verse details what Hezekiah did: “He removed the high places, shattered the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake that Moses made, for the Israelites burned incense to it up to that time” (2 Kings 18:4).Surely people understood a strong, spiritual leader removing the idols (the high places and the Asherah poles) that grabbed the hearts of the people and stole worship from the Lord. They would expect their spiritual leader to insist they stop worshiping other gods. But what Hezekiah did next must have been really unexpected and really controversial. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses made—intentionally. Not by accident. Not “I was carrying it and it fell.” To break bronze takes some effort.
Joint statement from Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Concern, and Member of General Synod and Rev. Dr. Joe Boot, (M.A, Ph.D.) Director of the Wilberforce Academy and Senior Pastor of Westminster Chapel, Toronto following the Church of England's 'shared conversation'. It has been a troubling week for Western Anglicanism. The Canadian General Synod, after some bureaucratic confusion, carried a motion to accept recommendations for the full adoption of same-sex 'marriage' by the church – the decision will become canon law in 2019. There was no real shock here. The Anglican Church of Canada has long been in the vanguard of assaulting the orthodox teaching of the church on sexuality and revelling in their divisiveness. Here in the UK, the 'shared conversations' of the past two years culminated in a General Synod meeting at York University, where plenary sessions and small group work largely proved to be the stage-managed piece of theatre many were expecting
(From Melanie Phillips) An interview I did in 2011 on the “two-state solution” for Israel TV’s show Ro’im Olam is generating some fresh attention, thanks to an edited extract on Israel Video Network. You can watch the whole interview here, and the IVN extract follows on the page.
Do you know there is a subject that if any UN official brought up, he or she would be mocked and instantly silenced? Have you heard that Jewish communities spread across Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) - some more than a century ago - but were destroyed by Arab marauders before Israel became a state?
Jewish pioneers chose those barren hills, built their homesteads and established communities - much like early Americans did in the 19th century. But unlike the unknown frontiers of America, Jews began coming back to Judea and Samaria and the Old City of Jerusalem including the areas of Zion and the pool of Siloam (Shiloach) where their ancestors had lived 2000-3000 years ago! But then, thriving Jewish communities were ethnically-cleansed by Arab forces in the early 20th century during the British occupation. Let me tell you some real stories about these "illegal settlements."
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For many, the original Christian meaning of Christmas has been lost among the tinsel, revelry and mammon overkill. What still remains can be tinged by nostalgic ritual or even over-familiarity. Where is the birth of our Messiah among this? Where is the clear image of the miracle of the Incarnation? Is there a way to reclaim the core events and understanding among the noise that surrounds it? Or should we just wipe our hands of it and concede defeat to our secular society, which has hijacked it and converted it into a festival of over-indulgence?
In a recent interfaith video, Pope Francis argued that all religions worship God, whether we call Him God, Buddha, Jesus Christ or Allah. He then suggested we should lay aside our theological differences and all celebrate our Deity together. To quote him: “In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God.”
I couldn’t help thinking of Zerubbabel’s response to a similar invite to come together, this one by the enemies of Judah who’d offered to help rebuild the second temple. After they told him that “we like you, seek your God,” Zerubbabel replied: “You have nothing in common with us in building a temple to our God; but we ourselves will together build to the Lord God of Israel” (Ezra 4:1-3). Apparently, he didn’t consider them to be children of the same God Israel served.
By Melanie Phillips
The end-game has begun. America’s nightmare presidential election has entered its final agonizing throes. The latest opinion polls suggest that Donald Trump, badly damaged by the release of the 11-year-old tape of his lewd and offensive remarks about women, is unlikely to win. His second debate with Hillary Clinton last weekend, where he put in a much stronger performance than the first, doesn’t seem to have helped him. Women are now queuing up to claim he groped them and worse, accusations he says are lies. With any other candidate, it would be game over. Yet Trump has been written off many times before.
No one can predict this election result even now. People still don’t seem to understand the enormous insurrectionist dynamic behind Trump’s rise. Those who are firmly for Trump are in wholesale revolt against precisely the kind of people who tell them they can’t insult or demean women or others who are never held responsible for their own actions.
Indeed, the near-universal hysteria over the tape was hard to credit. Surely no one can be surprised that Trump turns out to be a crude sexual barbarian? What’s more, the frenzy is being fueled by people who brushed aside Bill Clinton’s sexual excesses as a “private matter” and ignored the way Hillary used threats to silence the women he had used.
There’s a reason that God commands all men everywhere to repent. It’s “…because He has appointed a Day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man Whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31, italics added). We can have assurance that the Day of Judgment will take place and that Jesus will judge the earth—because of the resurrection. So should we then try and convince an unbelieving world of the resurrection? Many do, by pointing to the 500 witnesses who saw Him after He was raised, to the disciple who actually touched His side, to those who were willing to be martyrs for Christ, etc. But is Islam true because of its martyrs who give up their lives for their faith? What if someone doesn’t believe the Bible when it speaks of the 500 witnesses, etc.
(by Stephen Pollard)
As a young boy, I used to think my grandma very strange. In her bedroom she kept a suitcase, packed and ready for use at a moment’s notice. “Just in case,” she’d tell me when I asked where it was that she was always waiting to go to. “You never know when they’ll turn on the Jews.”
Her house in Northwood was epitome of suburban comfort, and I couldn’t understand what on earth she meant. Until, that is, I learned some history – including the history of the Jews. Which is, in short, that pretty much everywhere, they have turned on the Jews.
From my teens through my twenties and thirties, the fact that I am Jewish meant little to me beyond the Jonathan Miller sense of being Jew-ish. I adored beigels, matzoh balls, Seinfeld and Woody Allen more than your average gentile would think they deserved. And that was about it. If you’d asked me, I’d have told you that after the Holocaust, real, serious anti-Semitism – the sort where Jews were killed for being Jews, rather than the odd nasty comment – was a thing of the past, in civilised Europe, at least.
(by Dwight Pryor) n Matthew 6 we have what has become known as the Lord’s Prayer. More accurately it should be called the Disciple’s Prayer because it is a prayer that Jesus taught his disciples as a pattern for praying.
One of the great blessings of our biblical Jewish heritage as gentiles who have been grafted into God’s purposes and into God’s people is the heritage of prayer. Have you ever wondered as I have what kind of prayers were being said by the apostles and by Jesus? When they were in the upper room in Jerusalem and they were praying, in one accord, I wonder how were they praying and what were they praying.
As I began to study the Hebraic approach to prayer a few years ago, I came to understand that many Jewish prayers, including the principles and patterns of prayer, were quite well known. They were not just praying extemporaneously as we most often do. There were established patterns of prayers and there were written prayers that were said three times daily, for example. There was always the occasion for extemporaneous interjection, petition and praise, but there were also regular prayers. This Lord’s Prayer that Jesus uttered to his disciples incorporates many, if not most, of the key elements of Jewish prayer in the first century and it was so much a part of him.
How well does the average American understand basic Christian doctrine? For that matter, how about the average evangelical? Perhaps not all that differently. And perhaps it matters how the questions are asked. Reprising their ground-breaking study from two years ago, LifeWay Research and Ligonier Ministries released an update today on the state of American theology in 2016. Researchers surveyed 3,000 adults to measure their agreement with a set of 47 statements about Christian theology—everything from the divinity of Christ to the nature of salvation to the importance of regular church attendance.
This will be a fantastic evening of entertainment, compered by comedienne Hador Galron, who wlll introduce acts that include two of Israel's top bands, Yamma & AnnaRF. Exhibition and Gala concert on 17th AUgust 2016 at Central Hall, EDINBURGH EH3 9BP.
Britain is one of the most racially tolerant countries on the planet, a survey claims. The global social attitudes study claims that the most racially intolerant populations are all in the developing world, with Jordan and India in the top five. By contrast, the study of 80 countries over three decades found Western countries were most accepting of other cultures with Britain, the U.S., Canada and Australia more tolerant than anywhere else.
What is the only country about which can be said that its very existence is disputed? Clue: Not Zimbabwe, not Tuvalu, not even overrun Tibet. Which country's boundaries, bought with blood in wars initiated by others, are challenged by all nations, who now seem determined to destroy it through boycotts, unjust defamation and purported "laws" that are applied to no other nation? Which country fully respects the rights of women and every kind of ethnic, religious and sexual minorities, notwithstanding that it is condemned at the United Nations for being "the worst violator of women's rights" -- worse than Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Sudan?
By Melanie Phillips
A great deal has been written about the hysterical reaction to President Donald Trump. But what would these over-the-top protesters do if Trump proved to be a success? Would they admit they had been wrong?
A few days ago, I put this to someone in London. He looked at me in absolute horror. The question had simply never occurred to him. “He can’t possibly be a success,” he said in astonishment. “I agree he may become popular, which would be a nightmare for me. But no way is he not going to fail.”
You get a similar reaction amongst many deeply opposed to Brexit. Asked what they’ll do if it turns out to be a success they flatly reply that it’s simply impossible.
Well, these are truly remarkable powers of prophecy. All the more so since all predictions over Brexit and Trump have so far been proved wrong.
It’s both a continent and an idea, with an alternately heroic and ignominious past and, until recently, an enviable present. Can the heart of the West survive the 21st century?
I hate to tell you this, but you don’t understand the first thing about discipleship.
I was the same way. I had taught and written about discipleship for 30 years, and discipled many people both one-on-one and in small cadres. But recently I realized that my primary assumption about discipleship was wrong.
What am I talking about? I always thought that discipleship should immediately follow someone’s coming to Christ. In other words, I thought that discipleship followed evangelism. But I was wrong. Discipleship actually begins before someone comes to Christ! This is the biblical model. It is the one that works best. And, when we make this paradigm shift it changes everything.
While it’s true that someone who comes to Christ should be discipled—and I co-authored a great book for this, Beginning the Journey, that has sold over 100,000 copies in English and been translated into many languages—underneath this is a flawed assumption. Discipleship ideally does not follow evangelism. Discipleship actually begins before someone’s coming to Christ.
Let’s begin by looking at this biblically, and then we will look at it practically. ...
They should be places where folk can really connect with each other, with God … and with themselves, all within the framework of solid Biblical teaching and an exploration of our Hebraic roots. They should be times where there is space for God to act, where there is freedom to explore, rather than acting as directed. We believe that the newly-launched Foundations Regional conferences can provide such a place. Have a quick read of these testimonies to see what God did at Foundations 7 national conference:
A funny thing happened on the way to the revolution. On Saturday, thousands of earnest millennials – and better-humoured Gen-Xers pretending to be millennials – gathered in a field in Somerset for a concert. The headliner was an ancient rocker of an even older tune but the crowd cherished every word as their own – new, meaningful, of the moment.
They cheered. They applauded. They sang this year’s secular Te Deum: ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’, wailed to the tune of ‘Seven Nation Army’ by the White Stripes. And the snake oil flowed. Corbyn, a soft-spoken evangelist, testified and got them raptured up:
‘Politics is actually about everyday life. It’s about all of us: what we dream, what we want, what we achieve and what we want for everybody else. The commentariat got it wrong, the elites got it wrong. Politics is about the lives of all of us. The wonderful campaign I was a part of and led, brought people back to politics because they believed there was something on offer for them.’
They ululated their devotion and their shambling prophet beheld his fervid, nescient apostles. They are not fanatics, they protest, but fed up. They want change, rid of the Tories, a future for themselves. They are not seeking faith but hope. And yet here they are hollering their approval for a veteran Eurosceptic, a career politician committed to withdrawing from the EU, leaving the single market and ending freedom of movement. You cannot engage someone coming to Jesus on the physics of walking on water. They want Corbyn because he is honest and principled and will put an end to austerity. When George Osborne announced a further £9bn cuts to welfare in 2015, the Labour front bench ordered MPs to abstain. Corbyn rebelled and parlayed anger at the compromise into backing for his leadership campaign. Now he is committed to implementing £7bn of those very same cuts if he reaches Number 10. These are facts, but proof is no longer sufficient or relevant. No talking in church.
" this man was hooked on drink, drugs and pornography from age 11. God got him when he was 33, now watch him at 44 being salt and light everywhere he goes with 'signs following'!!"
Published on 23 Sep 2016
By now, most of us are familiar with the concept of “social justice warriors” – left-wing liberals who support trendy politics such as transgender LGBTI issues, /wealth distribution, Marxist economics, identity politics, multiculturalism, “progressive” values, anti-Israelism, anti-Westernism, and support for “anti-imperialist” regimes in places like Syria and Iran. Now social justice warriors have found their prayerful equivalents in the “Red Letter Christians” movement – ostensibly spearheaded by the triumvirate of Shane Claiborne, Brian McLaren and Tony Campolo, who also familiar politicised voices in the Emerging Church movement.
Hebraic Church? Now there’s a phrase designed to upset or confuse just about everyone. Yet being Hebraic is not what many in the Church imagines it to be. In fact it could be nothing less than the key for true restoration and revival.
By: Alan M. Dershowitz, The Gatestone Institute
There is a widespread but false belief that Mahmoud Abbas is finally prepared to accept the two-state solution proposed by the U.N. in November 1947 when it divided mandatory Palestine into two areas: one for the Jewish People; the other for the Arab People. The Jews of Palestine accepted the compromise division and declared a nation state for the Jewish people to be called by its historic name: Israel. The Arabs of Palestine, on the other hand, rejected the division and declared that they would never accept a state for the Jewish people and statehood for the Palestinian people. They wanted for there not to be a state for the Jewish people more than for there to be a state for their own people. Accordingly, they joined the surrounding Arab armies in trying to destroy Israel and drive its Jewish residents into the sea. They failed back then, but over the years, and to the current day, they continue to want no state for the Jewish people more than they want a state for Palestinian Arabs. That is why Abbas refuses to say that he would ever accept the U.N. principle of two states for two peoples. I know, because I have personally asked him on several occasions.
Rev Canon Dr John Higgins shares a remarkable real-life Romeo and Juliet story. It’s late May and our last day in Canada before we fly home to Scotland. We’re sitting on a bench on Granville Island, Vancouver taking in the warm afternoon sunshine and trying to eat large ice creams before they fall to the floor or rise skywards in the beak of some ever so attentive seagull. The 'we’ consists of myself, my wife Kay, and a young married couple we first encountered quite literally half a world away in 2012. I was working in Ankara, Turkey as the priest at the Church of St Nicolas of Myra, within the British Embassy complex. Among the growing number of refugees seeking out the church was a nervous young couple who had recently arrived from Iran. They were penniless, lost, and facing an uncertain future. They were also a modern day real-life Romeo and Juliet.
Rabbi who believes Messianic Jews deserve death now says less than 1 million Jews died in the Holocaust
A well-known, though already controversial, Israeli rabbi recently released a video encouraging his followers that Messianic Jews sharing the Gospel deserve the “death penalty.”“Whoever incites to idolatry, his punishment is death,” stated Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi. “And whoever follows him also deserves death!”
Rosemary Bamber reviews the latest of Steve Maltz's Hebraic roots conferences, which took place earlier in December.
Foundations Conferences are a new and interesting phenomena! Until recently, they have been 5-day conferences held annually (more or less) in the spring, at The Quinta in Shropshire. However, founder Steve Maltz and his team are now branching out with smaller weekend regional conferences. This year, the second of these took place at the beginning of December, in the comfortable, pleasant surroundings of Brunel Manor, Devon.
A large percentage of delegates had never been to a Foundations Conference before (I had previously been to three out of the seven held in Shropshire and so was considered to be a bit of an 'old hand'!). Testimonies now featured on the Saltshakers website show the things that delegates most appreciated:
A biblical rebuttal of the prosperity gospel. (In cartoon form)
(By Melanie Phillips)
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, appears to be a genuine supporter of Israel. In which case she needs to address the fact that her Foreign Office is not.
The Palestinians have been demanding that the British government apologise for the 1917 Balfour Declaration which supported “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”.
This declaration was embodied in the 1922 Mandate under which Britain accepted the administration of Palestine and the obligation to settle the Jews there.
The demand for an apology led to a British petition signed by more than 13,000 people. A few days ago the government dismissed it. “The Balfour Declaration”, it said, “is an historic statement for which Her Majesty’s Government does not intend to apologise. We are proud of our role in creating the State of Israel”.
Let’s put to one side that, in the 1930s, the British actually reneged on the Mandate, betrayed the Jewish people and instead of settling them in Palestine kept them out during the Holocaust. The statement dismissed the demand for an apology. So far, therefore, so good.
It's well known that Christianity sprang from a Jewish context. While there may be controversy about Jesus' Judaism vs. the traditional Judaism of the Sanhedrin, the ruling body of Judaism in the first century, there's no doubt that Jesus, his family, and followers were practicing Jews, as recorded in the New Testament. Biblical scholar Lawrence H. Schiffman, Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Director of the Global Network for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies at New York University (NYU), takes this understanding to a new level. He identifies citations in the New Testament that others have glossed over without recognizing their unique significance. On March 26-27, 2015, at a conference at NYU, "Integrating Christianity and Judaism into the Study of the Ancient World," Professor Schiffman delivered a talk titled "The New Testament as a Source for the History of the Jews and Judaism."
The second regional Foundations conference took place on December 2-4th 2016 at Brunel Manor. Just over eighty souls arrived in Torquay on a very sad day for the town (the death of Manuel - Andrew Sachs - Fawlty Towers) but that didn't deter us. If they didn't know it already (and 75% of them were new to us) they soon found out that Foundations is not like other conferences - on the first evening we were sitting in a tiered circle arrangement (thanks to Jo) and worship, led by the congregation, allowed us all to be in full view of each other. It was clear that a higher than average number of delegates were from a 'messianic' background, from the number of Hebraic songs that were instigated by them during the worship time and the fact that the morning prayer on Saturday was kicked off with the Shema!
Teaching was by the wonderful and engaging Jose de Silva, who took us through many aspects of Hebraic teaching of the life of Jesus, taking the book of Zechariah as his starting point. He was given four teaching slots, spaced out with room for response between each session. One aspect of this was the yeshiva, immensely popular and very noisy and lively, as scriptures were thrown around and a lot of hot air generated. There were also two prayer walks and continous Bible reading in the reception area, from the book of Isaiah. The craft & chat area was well attended, with candles being decorated and scriptural bookmarks and our great friend Colin (after a short trip to hospital!) produced a continuous stream of Hebrew translations of people's names on greetings cards. As well as all of this Carol and David were running a drama workshop and a choir was being gathered together, singing a song that Jo had only written a few hours earlier!
On the final morning the dancers danced and the choir sang, followed by lively worship by Jeremy and Shani (and David and Keila), followed by testimonies, prayer and healing ministry. Has so much ever been packed into one weekend without people being rushed and over-packed with knowledge. The word bandied about, as usual, was FREEDOM. Here are some testimonies:
"thank you for a lovely welcome, a very peaceful, free weekend with plenty to choose from, no pressure at anytime" Stephanie
"a very relaxed, but organised and friendly conference. A lovely atmosphere" John
"dedication of the organisers and a sense of oneness of participants, freedom to express oneself with new and innovative ways to explore, genuine love for the Lord and a desire to please, worship and obey Him" Anita
"the friendliness. The Holy Spirit leading, the gathering together of like hearts and minds" Cheryl
"relaxed atmosphere, genuine fellowship, opportunity to express gifts, free worship, excellent teaching" Colin
"gaining a deeper understanding of God's word through the excellent teaching, meeting some extraordinary giants in the faith" Bev
“Finally, there are some famous words you can find stamped on the bottom of a product,” said Lord Coe, in his speech at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. “Words, that when you read them, you know mean high quality, mean skill, mean creativity. We have stamped those words on the Olympic and Paralympic Games of London 2012: ‘London 2012 – Made in Britain’.”
The Olympic and Paralympic Games were indeed made in Britain in 2012, but the Paralympic Games have their entire origin in Britain in the 1948 Olympiad, being the first organised athletic competition for the disabled in history. It was the brainchild of Dr Ludwig Guttmann of Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, whose aim “was to create an elite sports competition for people with disabilities”. The 1948 Stoke Mandeville Games or ‘International Wheelchair Games’ might have been an amateurish attempt to rehabilitate our war-wounded, and limited to those with spinal injuries to the exclusion of congenital defects, but it was a start, and it was a British initiative.
How is Jesus revealed from Genesis to Revelation?
The Bible is about Jesus. He is pictured or prophesied about in each of the 66 Bible books as well as in countless types in the lives of different characters in the Bible. Here is a breakdown of how He is pictured in each of the books...
(From Melanie Philipps) An interview I did in 2011 on the “two-state solution” for Israel TV’s show Ro’im Olam is generating some fresh attention, thanks to an edited extract on Israel Video Network. You can watch the whole interview here, and the IVN extract follows below ...
Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey--riding on a donkey's colt. (Zechariah 9:9)
As they approached Jerusalem and came to the Mount of Olives, Yeshua sent two talmidim saying to them, 'Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.' This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 'Say to Daughter Zion,'˜See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'
Peter Sammons reviews the One New Man Bible - a 2011 translation by William J Morford. The One New Man Bible (ONMB) is a helpful modern translation by William J Morford, an American bible translator and Hebraic specialist. It aims to bring greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the power given to believers for their daily walk. In the words of its Preface: "The One New Man Bible...makes the Jewish roots of Christianity come to life" having been "edited from a public domain English translation. The English has been brought up to date and many words previously translated according to tradition have been changed to the literal. The New Testament is the Power New Testament, a fresh translation of the Fourth Edition United Bible Society Greek Text. An effort has been made to keep the text as free as possible from denominational biases and doctrinal interpretations".
Over the next few weeks we are pleased to feature the work of Steve Maltz. This week, Paul Luckraft reviews Maltz's 'How the Church Lost The Way...And How it Can Find it Again' (2009, Saffron Planet)
In this engaging and entertaining book, the author is very clear about his agenda: "to restore the understanding of the Hebraic roots of Christianity that has been lost, since the early days of the Church"(p43). Equally clear is that in this book he has succeeded in making a considerable contribution towards what is an immense but vital task.
Maltz's style is chatty, but not trite. He pulls no punches – he admits he may not just be upsetting the occasional sacred cow but disturbing the whole herd – but his aim is analysis, rather than attack. Certainly at every point he makes you think, and feel, and search for a proper response.
(By Steve Maltz) This subject has engaged my brain since 2008, when I started work on a manuscript that examined the influences that Greek thinking has had on the Church. This was published the following year as How the Church lost the Way and thus began a journey that has so far spanned seven further books and shows no sign of slowing down! It really is some journey, as God had pulled me into the confusing but liberating world of the Hebraic and my life has not been the same since.
I had entered a mine-field because what God was revealing to me was that being Hebraic was an internal condition of the mind, rather than the external trappings of Jewish culture. This has placed me at odds with mainstream Hebraic expressions, particularly those that have crossed the ocean from our American friends. I have become firmly convinced that the Hebraic element that surely must find its eventual expression in the One New Man of Ephesians 2:11-18, is a mindset rather than a set of practices, however Biblical they may be. This is not to say that there is anything wrong with keeping Sabbath,