The Bible speaks of a day when the nations of the world will come against Jerusalem and Israel. Ezekiel 38 foretells of the Gog and Magog war; Zechariah prophesies the nations will come against Jerusalem (ch. 12); in chapter 3, Joel declares that God will judge the nations who come to divide up the landContinue Reading »
“Let not mercy (chesed) and truth (emet) forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.” Proverbs 3:3–4 Over 50 years ago our founder, Dr. G. Douglas Young, moved to Israel and began the legacyContinue Reading »
September 28 we watched the final blood moon in a series of four that occurred on Feast Days. Called a tetrad, this rare celestial event has had the world watching. On September 14 the shmitah year (sabbatical rest year for the land) was completed. Jewish tradition says that the Messiah will come in the yearContinue Reading »
“Christians are our best friends in the world today.” I hear this sentiment frequently from Jewish leaders and colleagues, as they recognize a growing phenomenon in the Church. After more than 1900 years of disinterest (at best) and animosity resulting in persecution of Jews and Jewish communities (at worst), this is an astonishing reality. ItContinue Reading »
We often refer to Bridges for Peace as a Ministry of Reconciliation. After nearly 2,000 years of animosity between the Christian and Jewish communities, we believe that God wants us to learn to respect, honor, and love our Jewish brothers. One of the dictionary definitions for reconciliation is, “to win over to friendliness; cause toContinue Reading »
Firing Ceases, Fear Remains November 22, 2012 Looking into the eyes of the Israeli child in front of me, I saw nothing but fear and trauma. As a 4-year-old boy from Netivot, he has never known life without the regular intrusion of Red Alert sirens. His excursions to the park or to the mall withContinue Reading »
You have heard the statistics—25% of the Israeli population lives under the poverty line, among them over 800,000 children. You have heard that Bridges for Peace is giving 70 US tons (63 metric tons) of food every month to 27,000 people in 52 communities across Israel. But it is the every day encounters that ourContinue Reading »
The world watched as the people of Japan were devastated by a 9.0 earthquake, followed by a tsunami and then a nuclear accident at the Fukushima power plant. We have been stricken by horror at the devastation and destruction. Our hearts have been crying out for the Japanese people in their time of suffering. IContinue Reading »
The Lord is building up Jerusalem today. Over the past 100 years, He has been gathering the Jewish people from around the world to their home in Israel—the home He promised to their fathers as an everlasting inheritance. He brought back brokenhearted and wounded people who had lost 6 million of their family members toContinue Reading »
Growing up, I attended Sunday School, and I often remember singing a little song which said, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” Perhaps you remember this simple song as well. I believe it is based on the words of Yeshua (Jesus) when He said, “You are the light of theContinue Reading »
Once in a while a Jewish person will say to one of us, “Don’t tell me what you believe! I’ll follow you around and then I will tell you what you believe.” After centuries of negative interaction between Christians and Jews, God has called us to build bridges of understanding, love and respect. We sorrowContinue Reading »
If you have ever driven a manual transmission car you know the need to react rapidly to changing speeds by shifting up or down. In 2014 Israel has frequently had to shift quickly in response to changing reality. It has been a stressful and challenging year for Israel and worldwide Jewry. We witnessed an increaseContinue Reading »
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at a Jewish community center to a mixed group of Christians and Jews. I talked about the miracle-working power of the God we both serve. At that moment, war between Israel and Iran loomed ominously, and everyone thought Israel would quickly be engulfed in a war for herContinue Reading »
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