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?
"Why Revival Tarries," published 1959, written by Leonard Ravenhill.
(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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well this is interesting. I had got used to the standard response to terror. I had thought that when 22 young people get blown up by a suicide bomber in Manchester we were meant to say that it made ‘no sense’, that it ‘wouldn’t change us’ and that ‘love’ must overcome ‘hate’.
I thought that when a crowd of people get run over and a policeman stabbed to death we were meant to say ‘We may never know’ what caused such an outrage. And that when people slit the throats of Londoners while shouting ‘This is for Allah’ we agreed that only perpetrators themselves were responsible for such inexplicable actions? At most, weren’t we just meant to rouse ourselves to a chorus of ‘Don’t look back in anger’ and move on?
Well what a very different standard applies when the victims are a group of Muslims exiting a mosque. Since that despicable attack I have watched with astonishment as British Islamists and the British left who are so insistent that we should all refrain from ‘pointing fingers’ after any Islamist attack have taken both their fists out for this one.
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.
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 )
This last two years have seen the Liberal Democrats recover since the devastation of the 2015 election. That recovery was never inevitable but we have seen the doubling of our party membership, growth in council elections, our first parliamentary by-election win for more than a decade, and most recently our growth at the 2017 general election.
Most importantly the Liberal Democrats have established ourselves with a significant and distinctive role – passionate about Europe, free trade, strong well-funded public services underpinned by a growing market economy. No one else occupies that space. Against all the odds, the Liberal Democrats matter again.
We can be proud of the progress we have made together, although there is much more we need to do.
From the very first day of my leadership, I have faced questions about my Christian faith. I’ve tried to answer with grace and patience. Sometimes my answers could have been wiser. At the start of this election, I found myself under scrutiny again – asked about matters to do with my faith. I felt guilty that this focus was distracting attention from our campaign, obscuring our message.
Journalists have every right to ask what they see fit. The consequences of the focus on my faith is that I have found myself torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader. A better, wiser person than me may have been able to deal with this more successfully, to have remained faithful to Christ while leading a political party in the current environment.
British Jews and many other British nationals were shocked and dismayed with the outcome of last week’s general election in the UK.
Contrary to expectations, Prime Minister Theresa May emerged with a staggering defeat, and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party — which dramatically increased its number of seats in parliament by almost 10% — ran almost neck and neck with the Conservative Party. May is now trying to maintain her minority government by aligning with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland.
It is a horrifying prospect that Corbyn — a man who has publicly praised Hamas and Hezbollah as his “friends;” who attended a ceremony in Tunis commemorating the murderer of Israeli Olympic athletes; who was employed by the state-controlled Iranian TV to present programs; and who tolerated the proliferation of overt antisemitism in his party — nearly became prime minister.
Series: The Impossibility of the Christian Life, Part 3
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...
Three guys do the "Torah tango" and try to stay up all night on Shavuot.
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.”
Watch the story of Suzie, an Israeli Jewish girl who came to believe Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah!
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.
(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.
Paul Luckraft reviews ‘Livin’ the Life’
by Steve Maltz (SP Publishing, 2017)
According to the author this is his 21st book (p126), of which 18 are currently available. It is also the ninth to be reviewed on Prophecy Today UK. But this not just another shelf-filling addition to a growing list. Rather, it is the superb culmination of a nine-year exploration into the Hebraic and how it can and should impact the Church today.
As Maltz explains, it is an “attempt to summarise the journey so far and to provide us all with the tools to make a real difference in the way we understand and exercise our faith” (p223).
A Book to be Lived Out
But this is no mere ‘attempt’. It is extremely successful in recalling familiar themes from previous books and developing the ideas they contain, as well as in pointing the way forward, providing what the author calls “a route to the higher peaks” (p17).
Later in the book, we discover practical and well-proven ways of experiencing all that the author has been expressing. This is not an academic treatise but a book to be lived out, in ways available to all who are prepared to accept that something needs to change, and that ‘thinking differently’ is the key starting point.
The book is expertly conceived and well-written in Maltz’s own, highly readable style. We are treated to his usual touches of humour and adroit comments - though perhaps slightly less so than in earlier books, as Maltz realises the significance of his message. This is not an academic treatise, but a book to be lived out. The title, however, is typical Maltz, the apostrophe creating a neat double-edged meaning through aural ambiguity. Are we truly ‘living the life’? Do we honestly ‘live in The Life’ that is Jesus himself and which he offers to all his followers?
(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.
Published on 18 Oct 2015
Believers must find new, more radical ways to practise their faith (by Rod Dreher)
Hannah Roberts, an English Catholic friend, was once telling me about her family’s long history in Yorkshire. She spoke with yearning of what she had back home and how painful it is to live so far away. I wondered aloud why she and her American husband had emigrated to the United States from that idyllic landscape, the homeland she loved. ‘Because we wanted our children to have a chance to grow up Catholic,’ she said.
It’s not that she feared losing them to the Church of England — it’s that she feared them losing Christianity itself. She and her husband Chris, an academic theologian, are now raising their four young children in Philadelphia, a city with a historically large Catholic presence. Even so, Philadelphia is no safe haven, as the Robertses freely acknowledge. Christianity is declining sharply in the north-east of the United States, one of the nation’s least religious regions. The most recent studies confirm that the country is, at last, firmly on the same trail of decline blazed by the churches of Europe.
(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.
(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 ...
" 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
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!
Broadcast 25th October 1955
Starring: Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe
with Wallace Greenslade.
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
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.
Esther Rantzen presents ...
A bit of fun
Published on 17 Mar 2017
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. ...
In conversation with Avi Abelow. (Also on Trump/Obama/Russia/Jeff Sessions Scandal )
I was listening to a Christian radio show a while back before I was scheduled to go on, and one of the guests before me was talking about the organization he formed to fight back against powerful liberals in the United States and the ideologies they are spending billions of dollars to advance.
This man kept talking about how liberalism is a “threat” to Christianity, and how any number of liberal political ideologies are going to somehow damage the faith, though he wasn’t very specific as to how.
Similarly, I was watching a video the other day in which the Christian missionary called Islam “the greatest threat to Christianity today.” Really? A threat to what? Make Christianity untrue?
(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, the feasts and the Torah, but it should always be with Romans 14 in mind, when considering the rest of God’s people.
You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’” So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. (Romans 14:10-13)
Being Hebraic is to admit that one is on a journey and not at a destination. It’s a tricky journey as history, culture and religion acts against us, embedded as they are in the Greek mindset, a way of thinking borne out of the mind of man rather than the Heart of God. I am pleased to say that this is very much a shared journey, you are not (necessarily) reading the ramblings of a self-deluded lunatic. There is a growing band of other “lunatics” who are adding to this debate, focussed on the Foundations ministry that is slowly growing in its own quiet way.
Being Hebraic is to accept that although there are non-negotiable absolutes, centred around the entry requirements for God’s Kingdom, much that exercises our minds are not as clear cut as we may imagine them to be and our task is to be able to live and accept others who may disagree with our interpretation. Being Hebraic, in line with Jesus and other rabbis, is to ask questions, to open up our minds, rather than arguing over doctrine, which is an important exercise in defining tenets of our faith but, sometimes, can serve to close up minds, when our arguments are fuelled by hot air and intransigence. It has been said that there is no such thing as theology (or any other ‘ologies’) in Judaism as God and His ways are taken as a given, rather than something to be dissected and analysed, but, on the other hand, it continues to fail to accept the Jewish messiah! This is not to say that being Hebraic is to know all the answers, in fact it is more like the acknowledgement of the exact opposite. We don’t have all the answers, but that shouldn’t stop us from asking questions, with a view to finding some answers.
There are some very important questions that we are now starting to ask. One of them is the issue of Israel and the Jews. We are convinced that it is a far more central issue than the Church realises (or accepts), involving the sacredness of God’s covenants with His people. It is not a fringe issue, as many believe and the Church lies helplessly strangled by the promises and threats of Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;” Those who consider themselves on a “Hebraic path” should treat this as a serious matter and, despite the baggage and ignorance of the mainstream Church on these matters, should seek to be positive agents of change. It is a better witness to the Church (and arguably to unsaved Jews too) to find ways to communicate Hebraic understandings sensitively and relevantly, rather than from the refuge of the congregational ghettos we have constructed for ourselves. Yes, we know they don’t get us, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to open their minds.
Being Hebraic is to bring God back to the centre of His church. It is to accept Jesus in his culturally Jewish setting. It is to read the Bible as God’s gift of life to us, His primary means of communication to us and not a conduit of our own thoughts and ideas. It is to accept and seek to correct the past and present errors made by the Church in regards to the Jewish people. It is also to bring joy, life, hope and certainty back into the Church and to each member of it. It is to value each individual believer and accept that God has a unique plan for all of us and that the main stumbling block for most of us discovering this purpose are the Greek structures that infest the Church itself. Being Hebraic is to seek God, rather than find out what others tell us about God. It is about doing stuff rather than learning about stuff. It’s about being a good witness, walking the walk rather than talking the talk. It’s about being real, about living in man’s kingdom as a fully paid up member of God’s kingdom.
This is not a comfortable place to be because those old leaking wineskins are still embedded in our Christian landscape. This is not something new and trendy, it is the oldest thing of all. It is the mindset of those earliest Jewish believers as they met in houses and enjoyed unfettered freedoms, hope and joy. It is also the mindset of Adam before the Fall, when he had full communion with God and wasn’t separated from Him by the need for wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Being Hebraic is to think like the first Century Jewish disciples, rather than acting like twenty first Century Jews. It is the most exciting way to live out your faith. Honest!
This short article was prompted by a question emailed by a lady who had just returned from our latest Foundations conference. She was wondering why we did not acknowledge the Sabbath as she expected us to. This was a good question and my answer is tied up in our ministry aim to communicate Hebraic understandings to the wider Church. For many, our conferences are their first tentative taste of the Hebraic and our aim is to introduce Hebraic thinking in the most sensitive and relevant way possible, bearing in mind the vast chasm that has resulted from the decision seventeen centuries ago to divorce the Church from its Hebraic roots. We aim to show the joy that can result in thinking and acting Hebraically and we do so through Davidic dance, messianic worship and a teaching programme that always includes material on Israel and the Jewish people. But we also do so through demonstrating the release into freedom they would experience by breaking free of Greek structures and starting to think and act with a Hebraic mindset. We often teach and demonstrate Biblical festivals and we have already covered Passover, Shavuot, Succot and Simchat Torah at various times. But we also sing the old Wesley hymns and the odd modern chorus. The aim is to show Christians that being Hebraic ought to be the normal Christian life and not a fringe add-on. It’s as the Church ought to have been, we believe, if Constantine hadn’t kick-started the travesty known as Christendom all of those centuries ago.
We have no issues with messianic believers who keep Sabbath, kosher, Torah and the festivals and we expect them to treat us in the same way. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ and our ultimate goal is to be conformed more and more into his image. To do so requires acceptance of others and balance. After all, isn’t that the goal of One New Man, for Jews and Gentiles to find a way to worship together by sharing what they have in common and what they don’t have in common.
It is for this reason that I have written my latest book, Livin’ the Life. It is the latest in my “Hebraic” journey but is the first written for the wider Church, to give them a glimpse of what they have been missing all these years. The Church needs to wake up and the last thing it needs is for us to give it a bad night’s sleep. We are in a unique position at this moment in history. We can really make a difference, so let’s do so and put a smile on the face of God!
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. (?!)
"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!"
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.
Psalm 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.
This video, from David Andrew, editor of 'Sword' magazine, was recorded at the Foundations 6 conference at Quinta Conference Centre, April 2015.
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
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Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” The first question I have whenever I read this is: “Can I as a 21st century Christian Gentile, not a Jewish person and not living when it was written — not being Joshua — can I take a promise made to Joshua and apply it to myself?” My answer is yes for three reasons.
This is the fifth session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Peter Sammons gives his first session on 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.
(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.
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."
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.
(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.
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”.
I have noted before in this place that the people who seem most fascist these days are self-described ‘anti-fascists’. The inaugural weeks of Donald Trump’s Presidency are – whatever else you think of them – doing a fine job in smoking these people out.
The principal cause of ‘anti-fascist’ ire today would appear to come from the collective decision that anybody whose opinions do not wholly concur with a narrow set of agreed upon ‘liberal’ views is a ‘fascist’. This is not a wholly new development – Allan Bloom noticed this more than thirty years ago. But it seems that the people then who described everyone who disagreed with them as ‘Nazis’ did not grow up as had been hoped but just moved into positions in the media, politics and academia where they deepened and extended the reach of their worldview. Thus today American campuses finds themselves in a situation in which Milo Yiannopoulos is meant to be a fascist, Christina Hoff Sommers is meant to be a fascist and Gavin McInnes is meant to be a fascist.
Ask Dr Brown -
Published on 2 Feb 2017
Is the reconstituting of the modern state of Israel a human event or a divine event?
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."
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.
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This is the fourth session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Peter Sammons gives his first session on 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.
Published on 20 Sep 2016
Published on 3 Jul 2014
This is the third session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Peter Sammons gives his first session on 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.
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.
This is the second session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Steve Maltz introduces the day.
David Pawson's insights (caution - this is over 4 hours long - what stamina!)
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.
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."
Best of Marx Brothers - we all need a bit of cheering up.
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."
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.
GENEVA Dec 21 2016 - As the UN General Assembly prepares to adopt a resolution today accusing Israel of harmning Palestinians by the "exploitation of natural resources", "extensive destruction of agricultural land" and "widespread destruction" - part of 20 anti-Israel resolutions adopted in the annual session that concludes this week - UN Watch released a list of the "Top ten most egregious UN Anti-Israel actions of 2016".
Top Ten most insane U.N. anti-Israel actions of 2016
10. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon singled out Israel for unprecedented criticism in a New York Times op-ed, doubling down on a lopsided Security Council speech in which he justified Palestinian terror against Israeli civilians by saying "it is human nature to react to occupation".
22 Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.
This is the first session of our Foundations East Anglia weekend conference at Belsey Bridge in October 2016. Peter Sammons introduces his 2020 vision.
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:
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.
The Truth About Christmas Part 1 - with David Pawson
Published on 23 Nov 2016
Song: Fire of Your Spirit
Noah's Flood..The evidence in Australia & Worldwide. Filmed at the Creation Conference in Brisbane Australia
Published on 10 Apr 2014
'Another taste of heaven' 'This is a move of God' 'I thought I had died and gone to heaven!' 'This was Church!'
A very big thank you to you, Monica, José, Sarah and the rest of the team for another taste of heaven at the Foundations South West conference. For me it was akin to arriving at Elim with its 12 springs of water after a long and thirsty walk through the wilderness! Once again, two of the greatest elements of the conference were the FREEDOM and the FELLOWSHIP. In particular, the freedom to pray and praise spontaneously was a tremendous and freeing blessing. In many church circles such spontaneous worship is, at best, considered a little odd, and, at worst, frowned upon and stamped out. Praise the Lord for Foundations! I particularly found great freedom in the messianic dancing – something that I would have been far too shy to try at any other conference – but at Foundations there is the freedom to do it. Once again, I leave a Foundations conference with a chink taken out of my “fear” of man. Hallelujah! After a day and half of the Foundations experience, on Sunday morning, my heart was overflowing with love for my fellow Foundationers. What a special bunch. The Foundations experience allows the Spirit to move in mighty ways, enabling true and deep fellowship to be enjoyed between virtual strangers. Some of the greatest work was undoubtedly done by the Holy Spirit in the one-on-one conversations – and praise the Lord that at Foundations there is the time and space for these; we were able to minister and be ministered to as gifts of the Spirit were used and perhaps even discovered for the first time. And the bonfire worship was a wonderful new addition! Having sampled Foundations for a second time I am now convinced that this is a move of God. May the Lord fulfil this vision in this nation and beyond for the sake of the house of the Lord our God! May the Lord bless you all for what you have given to the Body of Christ. Shalom to you all. Barry
Dear Steve and Monica. Thank you for a truly wonderful weekend. I was so excited on the Friday night that I texted back to my church leaders that 'I thought I had died and gone to heaven' with the worship!!!!! Whew. So many are asking about what happened and what we learned and did that I am finding it difficult to find the words to give it justice, so thank you for this summary, which is a good start.. Shalom. Marion
The united spirit of love, fellowship, desire to learn and grow in the Lord. Thank you to everyone involved in organising and running this event. I was only there for the day but wanted more! Although active and fairly intense, I was energised and invigorated by the whole experience. This was Church! Betty
Thanks to Louie Giglio... Glory To God!
Del Boy Falls Through the Bar (Hilarious!)
Uploaded on 9 Mar 2011
... we relaunched Saltshakers in November 2015. It is updated daily with relevant news stories and articles/videos, to keep you informed on what we think is truly important. We also provide, on a weekly basis, a new sermon (from Tree of Life), a written and an audio report on Israel and the Jewish people, audio testimonies from Julia Fisher and now my Yeshua Explored blog from Premier Online. You can see what has been the most popular over the last 12 months from the list on the right hand side of this page - or if you just keep scrolling on your phone/tablet
This is a faith ministry. Monica and I rely mainly on donations to pay the bills. The book sales are not huge and provides income that is fed back into the ministry. At the moment we have nine regular monthly givers and would love to see this grow to around forty to fifty. If each gave between £10 and £50 then we would have enough to live on. Could you help us out in this way. We don't promise a hundredfold return and you get no free gift. Please pray about this and listen to the Lord's promptings.
Steve & Monica Maltz
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.”
It's been an average kind of week for Jews in Britain. Here are a few recent items which you may have read in the Jewish Chronicle.
A speaker at London's School of Oriental and African Studies claimed that Zionists were mobilising subversive power to "outlaw" criticism of their activities, "Zionism was a parallel movement to Nazism" and Zionists "conspired to try and increase antisemitism in order to force Jews to Palestine".
Sheffield Hallam University in South Yorkshire was ordered to compensate a disabled Jewish student for failing to address his complaints about rampant Jew-hatred and Israel-bashing on campus.
He had complained about social media posts written by Sheffield's Palestine Society which included the blood libel that Israel harvests the organs of Palestinians, compared Bethlehem to the Warsaw Ghetto and referred to Zionists as Nazi criminals.
A Facebook group for UK Independence Party supporters suggested there was a Jewish conspiracy behind last week's High Court ruling against the Government over leaving the EU.
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)
Published on 4 Nov 2013
Teaching by Jacob Prasch
Published on 1 Aug 2016
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.
Answer: The New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR, is a loose collection of non-denominational and independent churches rallying around a particular set of biblical interpretations. The New Apostolic Reformation approaches church leadership and biblical interpretation differently from mainstream Protestant denominations. Of particular distinction are the role and power of spiritual leaders, a literalist approach to spiritual warfare, and an overt interest in cultural and political control. Unfortunately, this has led to some unscriptural approaches to faith and spirituality.
Growth in the New Apostolic Reformation is driven primarily through small groups and church planting, often completely independent of a parent congregation. The movement is not centrally controlled, and many of its followers will not self-identify as part of it or even recognize the name. All the same, thousands of churches and millions of believers adhere to the teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation. Popular teachers associated with the New Apostolic Reformation include C. Peter Wagner, Rick Joyner, and Kim Clement.
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.
"Getting down with da youth". Great lyrics.
JACOB PRASCH - FILLING UP THE SILO, STORING UP THE GRAIN.
Published on 12 Oct 2016
JACOB PRASCH - SESSION 5
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
“At several steps on their path to death by beheading and crucifixion last month, 11 indigenous Christian workers near Aleppo, Syria had the option to leave the area and live. The 12-year-old son of a ministry team leader also could have spared his life by denying Christ…”
The Christian Aid Mission account of the fate of Aleppo’s indigenous Christian missionaries is harrowing and humbling. While Western politicians debate whether or not to risk World War III by creating a safe haven in northern Syria and imposing a no-fly zone over Aleppo – with the expectation (/certainty) of US/European forces, sooner or later, having to shoot down a Russian bomber or Syrian fighter jet – we’re hearing a lot about Assad’s (lesser) evil, ISIS barbarism and the pervasive demonic contempt for the human spirit. Women are stoned, men burned alive, girls raped and gays hurled from tall buildings. It is an image of hell.
We’re not hearing much about Aleppo’s Christians: the mainstream media don’t care very much what happens to them:
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 Noor Dahri
It is mandatory upon all Muslims to support Israel and her right to exist in the holy land because the holy book of Islam, the Quran supports Israel. There are many verses in the Quran which support the divine right of Jews on the land of Israel but I want to quote only three to justify the right of the existence of Israel. The first verse of the Holy Quran stipulates:
“And We said thereafter to the Children of Israel, ‘Dwell securely in the Promised Land” (Quran: 17:104)
“O my people (the Jews)! Enter the Holy Land, which God has assigned unto you”, (Quran: 5:21)
in the third verse, Allah Almighty order the children of Israel to scatter and says:
“And we said to the Children of Israel afterwards, ‘scatter and live all over the world… and when the end of the world is near we will gather you again into the Promised Land” (Quran:17:104)
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.
“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.
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.
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?
Joel Chernoff - the official channel - with lyrics
Watch as 1000 years of European borders change
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.
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.
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!
Antisemitism is an insidious evil. The habits of antisemitism have been burrowing into European and British culture for as long as we can remember. In England, during the late mediaeval period, the Jewish community faced constant persecution: Shylock, the great villain of the Merchant of Venice, was a cliché of his time. By the time Cromwell reopened England to Jewish settlement under the Commonwealth in the 1650s, antisemitism had mutated within common parlance and culture.
It is a shameful truth that, through its theological teachings, the church, which should have offered an antidote, compounded the spread of this virus. The fact that antisemitism has infected the body of the Church is something of which we as Christians must be deeply repentant. We live with the consequences of our history of denial and complicity.
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".
“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.
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.
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?
Worship from the highly acclaimed messianic worship leader
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)
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.
“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.
From Channel 4 news
Published on 5 Sep 2016
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).
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.
The best tribute I could find to the incomparable Gene Wilder
Major media outlets in the US have ignored the leak of thousands of emails from billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundation by the activist hacker group DCLeaks. The OSF is the vehicle through which Soros has funneled billions of dollars over the past two decades to non-profit organizations in the US and throughout the world. According to the documents, Soros has given more than $30 million to groups working for Hillary Clinton’s election in November, making him her largest single donor. So it is likely the case that the media’s support for Clinton has played some role in the mainstream media’s bid to bury the story.
Email, Post and tell the World.
Yes, this is true. You would expect a culture shock, trying to fit a model that has only been tested with a group of middle-class 60-somethings, into a whole new ball-park - a group of 120 teenagers, as well as infants, juniors and youth leaders and pastors from the black-majority Redeemed Church of God (the fastest growing Church in the UK, I believe)
The model, which we are now calling "freedom in the spirit", is flexible enough to be tweaked and implemented in a variety of environments and circumstances, it seems. Monica and I were invited to conduct our "experiment" last Tuesday, helped by David Serle and a small dance team lead by Ginnie White. They didn't know what to expect - neither did we! They divided the kids into six groups of twenty, each led by a youth leader, which ensured that everyone was able to experience each of the six stations - dance, crafts, bible reading, discussions, confession/quiet room and drama. Most of it was outside and the sun shone throughout the day.
A biblical rebuttal of the prosperity gospel. (In cartoon form)
(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!!! "
The Ball Brothers travel full-time singing Christian music with a unique blend of harmony. This song is their passion.
Something that many of us can identify with! (Thank you, Sally, for this)
A tongue-in-cheek piece by the ex-Python. Lot of truth there though about the state of the Church!
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.
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 20 Dec 2012
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
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.
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.
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
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."
"Why Revival Tarries," published 1959, written by Leonard Ravenhill.
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...
Avner Valer (ONE FOR ISRAEL)
Published on Apr 21, 2015 by www.oneforisrael.org
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.
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'.
(By Michael Brown ) In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, leftist voices are not only blaming conservative Christians for the tragedy, they are now calling on Christians to renounce their sacred beliefs and historic convictions, as if holding to a biblical definition of marriage leads to mass murder. This is not only ridiculous and reprehensible. It is also logically absurd. Consider these alternative scenarios. Let’s say that for years, gay activists vilified conservative Christians in the ugliest ways, not only calling us bigots and hypocrites and equating us with Hitler, the Nazis, the Taliban and ISIS, but also saying that we deserve to die, sending us death threats, posting death wishes on social media and holding up posters at rallies with lines like, “Throw them to the lions!” (For the record, this is not hypothetical. I can document every word of this in sickening detail.)
19 June 1269: Louis IX issues fine against Jews found not wearing identifying badge
France. (Saint) Louis IX of France orders all Jews found in public without a badge (French: rouelle or roue, Latin: rota) to be fined ten livres of silver. The enforcement of wearing the badge is repeated by local councils, with varying degrees of fines, at Arles 1234 and 1260, Béziers 1246, Albi 1254, Nîmes 1284 and 1365, Avignon 1326 and 1337, Rodez 1336, and Vanves 1368.
A nice bit of nostalgia to cheer us all up in a bad week (apart from the football, of course!)
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?
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!)
Tuvia Tenenbom has a problem. His books sell so well he can’t find a publisher in the English-speaking world. His last book, Catch the Jew!, was a spectacular international success. Published in Germany and, in English, in Israel, it shot to the top of numerous best-seller lists. His previous book, I Sleep in Hitler’s Room, was also a German best-seller. Tenenbom writes for Die Zeit. Although he was born in Bnei Brak, his fair hair nevertheless leads people to assume he is a German gentile and as such, that he harbors anti-Jewish views. Declining to disabuse people of this mistake, he goes round asking pointed questions on issues people try to avoid. The result is as devastating as it is funny.
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 ...
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.
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".
MARX BROTHERS' PIANO DUET - A Classic Clip
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.
Special Lecture - Oct 19, 2015. This is worh persevering with - the message is important and timely
(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.
Steve Maltz in discussion with David Cole at the Christian Resources Exhibition
A teaching from Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis.
Published on Jan 18, 2014
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. (Acts 2:1)
An interesting verse, because, strictly speaking, when they were all together in one place, it wasn’t Pentecost, despite what it says in the original Greek. As we explored in the previous article, it was the Jewish festival of Shavuot, the ‘feast of weeks’. It became Pentecost in the same way that Joseph and Mary didn’t arrive at Bethlehem at Christmas time. Rather, it became Christmas time as a result of the events that happened then.
(By Alan Dershowitz) I just returned from a visit from several university campuses during which I spoke about the Israeli-Palestine conflict. On these and other campuses anti-Israel students commemorate the Palestinian Nakba. They call this the Day of Catastrophe on which the Palestinians were deprived of their homeland and were made refugees from their birthplace. They compare their catastrophe to the Holocaust. Perhaps out of deference to the suffering of the Palestinian people, Pro-Israel students generally say nothing in response to these Nakba commemorations. The impression is thus created that everyone agrees that this was indeed a catastrophe inflicted by Israel on the Palestinians. The time has come to reply to this canard and to place it in its historical context.
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.
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.
Forgive us this indulgence, this being a historical day in the footballing world. Nevertheless a fascinating story for those interested in social history.
(By Michael Brown) If you've read the Gospels, you know that Jesus taught that the two greatest commendments are that we love God with all of our heart, soul and strength and that we love our neighbor as ourselves (see Matt/l 2235-40).
What do we do when there's a perceived conflict bwtween the two and when it feels as if we have to decide between loving God or loving our neighbor?
On the one hand, the Scriptures teach plainly that allegiance to God always comes first, to the point that we have to side with Him even against our own families if they turn away from the Lord (in the Old Testament, see Deuteronomy 13:6-11; in the New Testament see Matthew 10:34-37).
On the other hand, the Word warns us against hypocritical religion, challenging those who claim to love God (whom they cannot see) while failing to love their brother or sister in the Lord (whom they can see; 1 John 4:20).
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:
Published on Sep 15, 2012
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on his experience with Darwinism and why creationists "don't know anything."
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.
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!
(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.
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.
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
David Wilkerson was a legendary preacher who truly did hear from God, and a remarkable prophecy that he gave about 40 years ago is coming to pass right now. After watching a video on our new YouTube channel, a viewer mentioned that something my wife and I were talking about sounded exactly like something that David Wilkerson had said close to 40 years ago. I was skeptical at first, but I checked it out. And it turned out that this viewer was exactly correct. Without even knowing it, for years I have been preaching virtually the exact same message that David Wilkerson prophesied nearly four decades ago, and today this prophecy is being fulfilled right in front of our eyes. In his vision, Wilkerson saw the rise of two "super churches" in the last days. The first "super church" would be deeply apostate, and it would include both Protestants and Catholics. It would prominently use the name of Jesus Christ, but it would be "antichrist and political in many of its activities."
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.
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.
Can we know for sure?
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.
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.
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.
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."
Billy Graham once said the job of Christians that we often fail at is “to make the impact of Christ felt in every phase of life.” This duty to make a difference not just spiritually but socially, economically and politically takes commitment, sacrifice and total surrender to God’s plan. Something Franklin Graham has echoed in state capital after state capital these last few months. “We’ve got an opportunity to make a difference in this country,” Franklin Graham said on Thursday to a crowd of some 7,500 people at the Decision America prayer rally in Sacramento, California. The Decision America Tour has made 13 stops to date. And at each, Franklin Graham has challenged Christians to not only pray, but to act: “I want you to become a community organizer for God,” he said. “Become a political activist for God, for His truth, for His righteousness.”
Our tribute to the already-missed Ronnie Corbett. RIP.
Produced by: Shraga Gold, Shira Choir
Directed & Choir Conducted by: Yoely Horowitz
Composed by: Moshe (Max) Janowski
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
The reproductions of the 50-foot arch that stood at the Temple of Baal in Palmyra, Syria, that will be erected in New York City and London next month will only be the first of many. As you will see below, it turns out that there are plans to put arches in hundreds more cities all over the globe. The organization behind this is the Institute of Digital Archaeology, which is a joint venture between Harvard University, the University of Oxford and Dubai's Museum of the Future. The initial arches from the Temple of Baal that will be erected in New York and London as part of UNESCO's World Heritage Week in April are intended "as a gesture of defiance", but ultimately the plan is to share this "cultural treasure" with as many cities around the planet as possible.
Uploaded on 19 May 2011 Find more videos like this at: http://www.premier.tv (Filmed and edited by Phil Maltz)
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.
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...
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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A revolutionary symposium was held in the sprawling downtown Jerusalem headquarters of the World Union for Progressive Judaism this February. Meeting next to the Israel branch of the Hebrew Union College in an office building that overlooks the Old City, a collective of 20 Reform and Progressive rabbis and heads of rabbinical courts from 12 countries intensively discussed for three days shared resources and minimal standards for life cycle events — especially conversion. The major impetus of the Progressive Jewry symposium is a recently released list of criteria for acceptable non-halachic conversions that was drawn up by the civil Israeli Ministry of Interior. This list, born out of protracted legal battles, was presented to the Supreme Court in October 2014, and is slowly being discussed by Liberal Judaism’s leadership with the promise that, if the movements conform to the ministry’s criteria, presumably their converts will now be given a free pass into Israeli citizenship.
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?
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 ...
As a caveat, this post obviously doesn’t apply to every Messianic Jew who observes aspects of the Torah, but it may apply to some. It is based on some of my experiences as a two-parent Messianic Jew, and other two-parent Messianic Jews I know. This is a very anecdotal post, and I haven’t done any academic research, but hopefully it will resonate.
Now there is an observable difference between Messianic Jews and most people in the Jewish community. In the wider Jewish community, people are born into it, socialise within it, have Jewish family events and Shabbat every week, go to brisses, bar mitzvahs and Jewish weddings, and go to shul and participate in communal spiritual life. Basically, (and it sounds redundant but I’ll say it anyway), Jews can be Jewish.
The Messianic community however is rejected by the Jewish community, because of our faith in Jesus, which for most Jews puts us beyond the pale, so to speak. We’re part of a community that wants to be part of another community – namely the mainstream Jewish one. So in order to fit in, we adapt our theology to try to harmonise our faith with the practices of Judaism, to the greatest extent possible.
Published on 1 Oct 2012
A message preached in English with Hebrew Translation while Paul Washer was visiting Israel.
A teaching by Jacob Prasch. Published on 18 May 2014.
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
'Answering Your Toughest Questions' Tackles Issues Pondered by Believers and Atheists Alike.
(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.
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.”
(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.
Once a week I travel into London for business reasons and, for exercise purposes, this involves a 45 minute stroll from Oxford Street to Pimlico. This week’s journey was eventful, though mostly I didn’t know it at the time. At 8am I passed the Ritz hotel in Piccadilly, unaware that Margaret Thatcher was just about to die in her bed there and was to be the focus of an extended period of national mourning (apart from the street parties in Brixton and Glasgow). Forty minutes later, after a hearty breakfast, I witnessed the aftermath of another death. A lady cyclist had just been killed by a lorry in Victoria Street and, if it hadn’t been for the breakfast, I would have probably witnessed this sad event. This particular death, in contrast with the first one, was a lonely one, a single tarpaulin next to a mangled bike, the emergency services busy on the periphery, with a significant exclusion zone separating the body from the World of the here and now.
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.
"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)
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?
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!
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.
Durham, N.C. — ON a Thursday morning a few months ago, I got a call from my doctor’s assistant telling me that I have Stage 4 cancer. The stomach cramps I was suffering from were not caused by a faulty gallbladder, but by a massive tumor. I am 35. I did the things you might expect of someone whose world has suddenly become very small. I sank to my knees and cried. I called my husband at our home nearby. I waited until he arrived so we could wrap our arms around each other and say the things that must be said. I have loved you forever. I am so grateful for our life together. Please take care of our son. Then he walked me from my office to the hospital to start what was left of my new life.
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.
This is Programme 3 of the 'Blessing, Curse or Co-incidence? Volume 1 Study series originally aired on Revelation TV
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!
For years, Muslim authorities carrying out illegal construction projects atop the Temple Mount have unceremoniously dumped tons of earth and debris containing treasures of Jewish history outside the Old City walls. Groups of Israeli archeologists have struggled to sift through the remains, but it is a daunting task. But it is also a critical task. These remains that are so flippantly, but also so foolishly, exposed to the world by the Muslims are some of the best evidence to debunk Islam’s claims to the Bible’s holiest site.
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.
(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.
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.
Few themes in the Bible are repeated more than this: When a nation turns their back on God, that nation begins a downward spiral, heading finally to its destruction. It is not a comfortable subject to think about. And yet, the Lord tells us, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up… because your redemption draws near.” However, to ignore the subject of unrepentant nations falling into chaos is not, I believe, an accurate read of the way God wants us to respond.
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.
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.
Throughout Europe the media has been dominated by discussion of the huge influx of migrants, some refugees fleeing war and persecution in places such as Syria and Iraq, many from elsewhere, but predominantly from Muslim majority countries. They range at one end of the spectrum from Christians fleeing persecution, to at the other end jihadists such as Ahmed Almuhamed, who blew himself up at the Stade de France during a football game between France and Germany in November, or as we report in this week’s Operation Nehemiah, even IS members directly responsible for persecuting Christians in Syria.
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.
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)
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.
We proudly introduce a veritable treasure chest of resources that will take you into the Hebraic understanding of the Gospels. For those of you who remember our old website, you will recall that we had started a feature on the Hebraic study of the Gospels. It was created by our friend Bob Doty but we had never got round to finishing it. Well now it is complete and Bob has conveniently stored his incredible study on a set of blogs. What we are featuring here is an index that conveniently links to the content on these blogs. Please enjoy.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
There's no other reason for putting this up other than it's brilliant and I love it ;-)
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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!)
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?
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 :)
Check out our website for upcoming events and booking info! http://koltureshock.wix.com/home
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.
Is Israel an apartheid state? Ari Lesser rebukes this reggae-style!
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.'
Illustrated talk on how God can be seen through water, blood and bread! Given at Foundations 6 conference at Quinta in April 2015.
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.
Recorded at the Foundations 6 conference, April 2015 at Quinta.
“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.
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?
When we looked back over our 2015 archives, it was clear which media outlet deserved this year’s Dishonest Reporter Award. The honor goes to perennial contender, BBC News. At any given time, the insidious nature of the BBC’s anti-Israel bias is its constant drip, drip effect. But this year, the pipes burst with some genuinely shocking moments of coverage that generated a huge amount of anger and offense.
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.
Singing 'Hallelujah' on the streets of Jerusalem (just published)
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?
Putin Vs. Obama: Who’s More Powerful? No one would call Vladimir Putin a good guy. In 2014 he strong-armed his way into possession of Crimea and waged an ugly proxy war in neighboring Ukraine, during which an almost certainly Russian-supplied surface-to-air missile downed a civilian jetliner. But as the undisputed, unpredictable and unaccountable head of an energy-rich, nuclear-tipped state, no one would ever call him weak. So who’s more powerful: the omnipotent head of a feisty former superpower or the handcuffed head of the most dominant country in the world?
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.
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
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.
It's official! Well, that is, according to the report released by former senior judge, Baroness Butler-Sloss. The thin end of the wedge is getting thicker...
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.
Stories include: Christmas celebrations are low key in the Holy land, Remembering the persecuted church this Christmas and Islamic State fakes Syria passports.
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!
In this short video, Dr Joe Boot talks about the history of the Puritans and their impact on Christianity.
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...
Kippalive - Al HaNisim כיפה-לייב על הניסים
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.
The Word: Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria... was a mighty man of valour, but also a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a Sabra, a young girl from the land of Israel, and she waited on Naaman's wife. Then she said to her mistress, "If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy." And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, "Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel." ...So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. And he returned to the man of God [Elisha], he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, "Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel... (2 Kings 5:1-4, 13-15) Read the whole of 2 Kings 5 for the full story.
A message that EVERY Christian needs to hear!
"A Call to Anguish" by David Wilkerson.
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)
Science keeps revealing how much we don't, perhaps can't, know. Yet humans seek closure, which should make religious pluralists of us all.
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.
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 3 Nov 2015
A re-imagining of the prophet Daniel in a 1940's Film Noir parody.
As evangelical Christians, we have been called to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6). There have been multiple interpretations to that call of prayer — pray that Christ’s Messianic rule would be established; pray that God’s people would live in security; pray that Israel would be allowed to live in security; pray for justice for Palestinians; and pray for reconciliation between Jews and Palestinians … The list is long and each call is valid; but a new application has been added. ...
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."
LET'S RECLAIM CHRISTMAS
With this free, original, family resource.
A FRESH NEW WAY TO CELEBRATE THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS
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?
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.
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
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.
by Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali
Some have seized on attacks by Islamists to smear all religions by association. But the Christian faith can play a key role in awakening the West from its slumber ...
There is a way to protect your citizens and take the attack to your Islamist enemies. It’s how Israel defeated the Second Intifada… and got castigated in the process
By David Horovitz November 17, 2015
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.
The Motion: This House Believes that Hamas is a Greater Obstacle to Peace Than Israel.
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!
Published on 16 Jun 2015
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