UAE welcomes Pope for first-ever visit to Arabian Peninsula. Why did this Muslim nation invite him? And why was it so significant? Some insights.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Three months ago, I had the opportunity to lead the first-ever Delegation of Evangelical leaders to visit the United Arab Emirates, at the invitation of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

My colleagues and I were deeply encouraged to meet  privately with the Crown Prince for more than two hours, and to meet with other senior government officials. We also loved meeting and praying with senior Christian leaders, and learning that there are more than 700 churches operating openly and safely in the U.A.E., and that nearly one million followers of Jesus Christ live there, nearly ten percent of the population.

This week, the Crown Prince and his fellow sheikhs made another bold step, hosting the first-ever visit by a Roman Catholic Pope to the Arabian Peninsula in the history of Islam. They even permitted Pope Francis to hold a mass this morning. An estimated 120,000 Catholics showed up to the outdoor stadium, making this the largest Christian worship service in the history of the Middle East.

The three-day visit made front page headlines and led TV news programs throughout the Arab world, including Saudi Arabia, which as of yet has not allowed any church buildings to be constructed.

So, why exactly did this Sunni Muslim nation invite us and Pope Francis? And in the eyes of at least one prominent American Evangelical leader, what is the significance of the Pope’s visit this week?

To address these questions, I commend to your attention two op-eds, each written by friends of mine:

  1. Why We Invited the Pope to the Arabian Peninsula by His Excellency Yousef al-Otaiba, the U.A.E.’s Ambassador to the United States.
  2. The significance of Pope Francis’ UAE visit is impossible to exaggerate (Nobel Committee, take note) by Rev. Johnnie Moore (who joined our Evangelical Delegation to the UAE last November and was in Abu Dhabi this week to witness the Pope’s visit first-hand.)

I was moved by both articles, and hope you will be, too.

One additional thought for now: Do significant theological differences remain between Muslims and Christians, as well as between Catholics and Evangelicals? To be sure. My goal is not to blur those differences nor suggest they are not important. They are very important. Rather, my goal it is to see if people of different faiths who have deep disagreements over central theological matters (as well as social, cultural and political ones) can love and respect one another and encourage peace rather than the genocidal violence the region has known far too long. To this end, I’m glad to say I am seeing some hopeful signs of progress.

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Psalm 18:1-2

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“[Psalm 18] For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Leading spy novel reviewer “absolutely blown away” by #ThePersianGamble — names it one of the “thrillers to watch” in 2019. Pre-order it today in hardcover, e-book or audio formats.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — We’re just six weeks out from the launch of my new political thriller, and I’m excited to announce it’s been named by the leading reviewer of spy novels as one of “the thrillers to watch” in 2019.

Ryan Steck, founder and editor of TheRealBookSpy.com, writes that The Persian Gamble unfolds in classic heart-pounding Rosenberg fashion. I read this book back in October and was absolutely blown away. Trust me, you will be too.”

Here is Steck’s full review…..

  • The Persian Gamble by Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Release Date: March 12th 

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Kremlin Conspiracy comes this latest international thriller about a terrifying nuclear alliance among three world powers―Russia, Iran, and North Korea―and the man who must halt their deadly strategy.

Shot out of the air in enemy territory in the middle of the greatest international crisis since the end of the Cold War, former U.S. Secret Service agent Marcus Ryker finds himself facing an impossible task. Not only does he have to somehow elude detection and capture by Russian special forces, but he must convince his own government to grant safe harbor to the one man responsible for the global mayhem―Russian double agent and assassin Oleg Kraskin.

While frantically negotiating with his contacts in the White House, Marcus learns that the unstable North Korean regime plans to use the international chaos as a smokescreen to sell nuclear weapons to Iran. With the fate of the entire free world on the line, Marcus makes a deal with the U.S. government―he will go back to work as an international operative and track down the WMDs before they end up in the hands of those with the determination and the means to use them. Marcus and Oleg worked together once before to avert a world war. Can they now find a way to stop world destruction?

Why you should be excited about it: Following the most jaw-dropping ending of his career in 2017 (Without Warning), Rosenberg kicked off a new series in 2018 with The Kremlin Conspiracy. Now, he’s set to deliver the sequel, which continues the massive showdown between the United States and Russia in classic heart-pounding Rosenberg fashion. I read this book back in October and was absolutely blown away. Trust me, you will be too.

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Come on a cruise to New England & Canada with Lynn and me in Fall 2019! Study Scripture, pray & worship together and learn about the work of The Joshua Fund. Get all the details & register today.

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Feb 012019
 

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Dear Friends — 

It is my joy to invite you and your family to join my wife, Lynn, and me on The Joshua Fund’s inaugural cruise, September 28 through October 5, 2019. During this 7-day journey from Boston to Montreal, we’ll have an opportunity to study the Scriptures and discuss what the Lord is doing in Israel and the Middle East, even as we witness God’s handiwork in creation, enjoy the colors of Fall, and visit beautiful places along the northeastern seaboard.

Will you prayerfully consider joining us? [Watch a brief video about the cruise]

Lynn and I founded The Joshua Fund in 2006 with the goals of blessing Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus and of educating Christians in North America and beyond about God’s plan and purposes for the people of the Epicenter. This cruise will give us the opportunity to share with you what we’re seeing God do to build His Church.

With a new decade approaching, many people are asking me what’s in store for Israel and the Middle East? During special sessions on the cruise, I’ll be addressing this question, teaching on “Prophecy and Prayer in an Ever-Changing World,” and answering your questions about Biblical prophecy, and about the spread of the Gospel.

We’ll spend time in praise and worship and following God’s command to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” In addition, we’ve invited ministry leaders from the region to join us and share first-hand their stories from the field, including how The Joshua Fund is helping them advance the Kingdom of Christ.

Rather than a typical conference, however, you’ll be traveling onboard Holland America Line’s MS Zaandam, and what a special journey it will be. Every detail will be carefully planned for you by our Christian travel provider, Inspiration Cruises & Tours. Come with us, other like-minded believers, and our special guests from Israel on an unforgettable adventure of learning and spiritual growth, as well as rest and relaxation.

We so look forward to spending time with you. Will you make plans now to join us?

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