Leaders To Host Press Conference Monday in Washington to Unveil New Survey on Evangelical Attitudes Towards Israel & The Peace Process.

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Nov 302017
 

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(Washington, D.C.) — On Monday, several colleagues and I will be hosting an event at the National Press Club, releasing a fascinating new survey. If you are a credentialed member of the media, we invite you to join us. Here’s the media advisory.

WHAT: A new survey conducted by LifeWay Research and sponsored by Chosen People Ministries and New York Times bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg will shed light on Evangelicals’ changing attitudes toward Israel and their effect on the Church’s support of Israel. The data will provide insight at a critical time as the nation of Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary and key decisions are made by U.S. leaders regarding Israeli-Palestinian relations.

WHEN: Monday, December 4, 2017 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EDT

WHERE: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 529 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20045

WHO:

  • Dr. Mitch Glaser, President of Chosen People Ministries and a Jewish believer in Jesus
  • Joel Rosenberg, New York Times bestselling author and dual U.S.-Israeli citizen
  • Dr. Darrell L. Bock, Executive Director of Cultural Engagement at The Hendricks Center and Senior Research Professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Scott McConnell, Executive Director of LifeWay Research

 

 

DETAILS: A new LifeWay Research Survey, “Evangelical Attitudes Toward Israel and the Peace Process,” seeks to understand whether a generational shift is taking place in positions held by Evangelical Christians regarding the modern state of Israel and the role of the Jewish people in the plan of God.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS: Please contact Kristin Cole or Steve Yount of A. Larry Ross Communications at 972.267.1111 or kristin@alarryross.com and steve@alarryross.com.

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> To pre-order a copy of The Kremlin Conspiracy (which releases March 6th), please click here.

> To order copies of the new mass market paperbacks of the J.B. Collins novels — my trilogy about ISIS plotting attacks on the U.S., Israel, Jordan and Egypt — please click here.

 

2 Peter 3:10-11

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Nov 292017
 
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives”

Today, Israelis mark the 70th anniversary of the historic U.N. “Partition Plan” vote to reestablish the Jewish State. Sadly, the conflict is not over. We must still pray for & seek peace, especially as followers of Jesus.

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Nov 292017
 

UN-PartitionPlan-Nov1947Seventy years ago today — on November 29th, 1947 — history was made.

The United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of Resolution 181 (aka, the “Partition Plan”) to divide the land of British Mandated Palestine to create a sovereign Israeli Jewish state and a sovereign Palestinian Arab state.

The plan was controversial. It was by no means clear the resolution would pass. Jews and Christians around the world listened by radio to the vote anxiously, prayerfully. And to their astonishment, in the end the resolution passed.

  • Thirty-three states voted in favor, including the United States.
  • Thirteen states voted against.
  • Ten states abstained.

True, Jewish leaders living in Palestine at the time wanted much more land than the U.N. plan offered. But in the end they accepted the plan. After two thousand years in exile from the Biblical land of Israel, the world was finally give Jews legal permission to re-gather and rebuild the ancient ruins.

Six months later — on May 14th, 1948 — David Ben Gurion formally declared Israel’s independence. Tragically, five Arab states immediately launched a war to destroy the reborn State of Israel.

Seventy years later, the conflict still is not resolved. Millions of Palestinians live in poverty and discouragement. Their leaders have been offered peace treaties multiple times by multiple Israeli leaders, but thus far have not agree.

That said, there has been progress in the region.

  • In November 1977, Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat stunned Israel and the world by making a historic and completely unexpected visit to Jerusalem to address the Knesset.
  • In September 1978, President Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Began spent thirteen days at Camp David with President Jimmy Carter hammering out the framework of a peace treaty.
  • On March 26, 1979, Sadat and Begin met at the White House and formally signed a comprehensive peace treaty with Israel, ending that conflict and establishing full diplomatic and economic ties.
  • On October 26, 1994, Jordanian King Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed a comprehensive peace treaty between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the State of Israel.
  • In recent years, a growing number of Sunni Arab nations — including Saudi Arabia — are quietly building diplomatic, intelligence and security relationships with Israel.

In Psalm 34:14, believers are commanded to “seek peace and pursue it.” In Psalm 122:6, believers are commanded to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” The Lord Jesus told His disciples, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9)

As a Jewish person, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, and a follower of Jesus, I am grateful for this anniversary, as I believe it marks in no insignificant way evidence of God keeping His Abrahamic Covenant with the Jewish people. Despite our sin and rebellion, the God of Israel continues to be gracious and merciful to His people. He promised to bring us back to the land, and He is keeping His promise. He giving us a land we don’t deserve as He calls us back to Himself and His Word.

At the same time, as I love Israel and want her to be safe and free and prosperous and to know and faithful to the Lord God Almighty, I pray for peace. I seek to be a peacemaker. I seek to love and bless my Palestinian neighbors. How I want to see them flourish, to have safety and freedom and prosperity and to know and be faithful to the Lord God Almighty, as well.

Ultimately, I believe only the Messiah can heal these wounds and bring true and lasting peace and justice in the Middle East. Until then, I pray and work for the Church to be kind, wise and gracious Ambassadors of Christ, loving both sides, praying for both sides, and seeking peace and pursuing it. Amen.

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> To pre-order a copy of The Kremlin Conspiracy (which releases March 6th), please click here.

> To order copies of the new mass market paperbacks of the J.B. Collins novels — my trilogy about ISIS plotting attacks on the U.S., Israel, Jordan and Egypt — please click here.

On #GivingTuesday, would you like to support The Joshua Fund to bless Israel & her neighbors in the name of Jesus? (Learn more about what we do & why.)

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Nov 282017
 

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As today is “Giving Tuesday,” I thought I’d post an article from The Joshua Fund’s website describing the heart of what we do and why. If you’d like to give a secure, tax deductible donation to this work today, please click here. Thanks and God bless you!

THE HEART OF THE JOSHUA FUND

The Joshua Fund was founded by Joel and Lynn Rosenberg in the summer of 2006. The desire of their heart was to mobilize Christians to “bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to Genesis 12:1-3.

In this famous passage from the book of Genesis, the Lord promised to bless those who bless the children of Abraham and curse those who curse them. In Matthew 19:19, Jesus instructed His followers to “love your neighbor as yourself.” In Matthew 5:44, Jesus told His disciples to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus exhorted His followers to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, care for strangers, clothe the naked, care for those who are sick, and visit those in prison.

Seeking to obey these biblical commands, the Rosenbergs established a non-profit educational and charitable organization that works closely with Jewish and Christian allies in Israel and the Middle East, as well as Christian allies around the world.

As an educational organization, The Joshua Fund has sought to engage Christians globally about God’s love and plan for Israel and her neighbors.

The Joshua Fund has:

  • Led multiple prayer and vision trips to Israel.
  • Organized conferences, retreats, and seminars about the epicenter for Christians in
    North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
  • Addressed millions of people globally through TV, radio, video, print, and the web.
  • Built relationships with government, business, and religious leaders.

As a charitable organization, The Joshua Fund has worked in Israel to:

  • Provide food to individuals and families in severe need.
  • Stockpile food and relief supplies ahead of coming wars.
  • Provide clothing for those in need.
  • House the homeless.
  • Provide care for Holocaust survivors.
  • Provide care for the elderly.
  • Help protect and care for unwed mothers and their unborn children.
  • Provide medical help for children needing open heart surgery.
  • Purchase medical equipment for hospitals.
  • Distribute school backpacks and school supplies to needy children.
  • Purchase vehicles to transport relief supplies and people.

The Joshua Fund has also worked in the West Bank and Gaza—as well as in Israel’s neighboring countries to:

  • Establish the first-ever legally-sanctioned Christian radio station in northern Iraq,
    owned and operated by Iraqi Christians.
  • Help build a ministry training center in Iraq, run by Iraqi Christians.
  • Print and distribute hundreds of thousands of copies the Damascus film—a film made by Arab Christians in Syria about the life of the Apostle Paul—in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza.
  • Organize Bible retreats for Palestinian Christian leaders in Jerusalem,
    and Iraqi Christians in northern Iraq.
  • Provide food and relief supplies to Muslims and persecuted Christians.
  • Distribute school backpacks to needy Muslim and nominal Christian children.
  • Distribute New Testaments and the Jesus film in Arabic and other languages to Muslims.

These are critical times. Approximately one-in-four Israelis live under the poverty level, including about one-third of Israeli children. Palestinians are even more impoverished, and the global economic crisis has not helped matters. Moreover, the geopolitical situation remains extremely volatile. In its first three years of operation, The Joshua Fund team responded to two wars against Israel—one provoked by Hezbollah in Lebanon in the summer of 2006, the other provoked by Hamas in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009. Violence inside Iraq has created significant humanitarian relief needs there, too. Meanwhile, new threats against the Jewish state by Iran, Syria, and others continue to mount.

As a result of such troubling trends, the leaders of The Joshua Fund are committed to “praying for peace, while preparing for war.” That is, we are praying that the Lord blesses and protects Israel and her neighbors and gives them true, just, and lasting geopolitical peace and economic prosperity. At the same time, The Joshua Fund is doing what we can to prepare for the possibility that another war, or series of wars, is coming.

BREAKING NEWS: Terror attack against Sinai mosque kills at least 155 Egyptians. Death toll climbing. Evangelical message to Egypt: “Your fight is our fight. We stand with you. We pray for you. You are not alone.”

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Nov 242017
 

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — A terrorist attack against a mosque in Northern Sinai has left at least 155 Muslim Egyptians dead, and many wounded.

No organization has yet claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack, though forces of the Islamic State have carried out similar attacks against Muslims and Christians in Sinai.

Having just led a Delegation of Evangelical Christian leaders to visit President el-Sisi and senior Egyptian government and religious leaders, I want to extend our deepest condolences.

We Christians stand with Egypt against such evil.

Please join me in praying for President el-Sisi, Intelligence chief Khalid Fawzi, and the Egyptian security services to swiftly defeat these monstrous terrorists and bring calm and stability to the Sinai and all of Egypt.

Please pray for U.S. and Israeli leaders to provide any intelligence and security assistance Egypt may require.

Please pray most of all for the God of all comfort to comfort all those affected by the attack, for physical, emotional and spiritual healing and comfort in such a dark time.

Rev. Johnnie Moore, one of our Delegates, just reminded me of Isaiah 54:14. “In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you.” It’s a good word. Let’s pray this comes to pass for Egypt, and all the people of the Middle East.

Our Delegation traveled to Cairo earlier this month to build a sincere and lasting friendship with the leaders and people of Egypt and to encourage them in their important and courageous fight against the forces of Radical Islamism and all such wickedness.

I am sure I can speak for each Member of the Delegation when I say our admiration for President el-Sisi’s resolve to bring the perpetrators of terror to justice, and to provide true peace and prosperity for all Egyptians — Muslims, Christians, Jews and others alike — was deep before we met with him. It has only grown since.

To His Excellency the President and the nation of Egypt, the message of Evangelical Christians is simple: “Your fight is our fight. We need each other. We stand with you. We  pray for you. You are not alone.”

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> To pre-order a copy of The Kremlin Conspiracy (which releases March 6th), please click here.

> To order copies of the new mass market paperbacks of the J.B. Collins novels — my trilogy about ISIS plotting attacks on the U.S., Israel, Jordan and Egypt — please click here.

 


Colossians 2:6-7

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Nov 232017
 
“[Spiritual Fullness in Christ] So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”