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A Year of Crisis

November 21, 2022

2022 has been a year of great crisis and difficulty for the Jewish people in Ukraine, Ethiopia and Russia. The needy in Israel, which comprises 25% of the population, are also suffering greatly as inflation has caused the cost of basic foods to increase by 16%. Rents have skyrocketed and fuel prices are over US

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We Are Weeping

March 15, 2022

  Tears are falling as the bombs rip apart buildings, infrastructure and families. We are in the midst of the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. If tanks, bombs and missiles were not enough, those fleeing also contend with freezing temperatures as well as fuel and food shortages. The trains are packed to double

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WWJD – What Would Jesus Do?

December 2, 2021

Many voices in the Christian world are speaking about the difficult days the world is facing and asking questions about the end of the age. I have heard Matthew 24 cited on many occasions. This chapter is the first part of the Olivet Discourse, when Jesus (Yeshua) answered similar questions from His disciples. They also

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Why Do We Support Israel? 

October 25, 2021

It is a question I have asked myself, and I recently asked our worldwide leadership team to check their motivation. Why do we bless Israel? I don’t bless Israel because Israel is perfect. After over 30 years in the Land, I see the positive and the negative. I don’t bless Israel because I desire fame

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Don’t Be Troubled

January 25, 2021

I love the words of Jesus in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” In the midst of troubling times, uncertain futures, sickness and want, our hope is

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December 17, 2020

Israel’s prophets were often used by God to warn of impending doom. Today many voices are calling out words of caution, words of warning and calls for action. Seventy-five years ago, the Second World War ended, bringing to an end one of the greatest bloodbaths of all time, including the systematic murder of 6 million

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Cast Your Vote…For God

November 25, 2020

As I view the political reality of our world, I have increasingly realized how important it is for Christians to take civic responsibility. We are to stand for God and His values in the communities and nations where we live. One way we do this is through our vote. Since I was old enough to

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Be Still and Know that I Am God

June 22, 2020

Anxiety and unrest are hallmarks in our world today. Because of the COVID-19 virus, many people worldwide are without work while others work from home. Finances are deeply impacted, and sickness has claimed over 400,000 lives. This isn’t our only problem. People face discrimination because of their skin color. Racial unrest decimates American cities. Drug

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God’s Promise of Protection

March 23, 2020

Fear has taken over our world. The coronavirus is spreading rapidly throughout the world. In Israel thousands of people have been infected, with the numbers expected to double every three days. Numerous elderly Israelis with weakened immune systems have succumbed to the virus, and Israel’s leadership warns that the casualty count will continue to grow.

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Finish Well

November 26, 2019

The apostle Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim. 4:7 NASB). I often hear people say they want to finish well. They are usually talking about their career, their ministry or their life. I agree, I want to finish well. It doesn’t

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We Are Moving and We Need Your Help

June 27, 2019

Changes are in the air! The past year was exciting. Israel celebrated 70 years since its rebirth. President Donald Trump moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Other countries are also moving embassies or official liaison offices to the capital. At the same time, Israel has decided that all its own governmental offices must be moved

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Happy Birthday Israel

May 8, 2019

  A nation of promise born millennia ago from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. A modern state reborn 71 years ago through God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. Happy 71st birthday, Israel!      As we celebrate this miracle, join us in blessing Israel by giving generously to our Greatest Israel Needs fund. Your donation will go toward

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Why Bridges for Peace?

September 25, 2018

I love the true Church of God around the world. They are passionately in love with Jesus (Yeshua); they love God not just for what He does for them, but for Who He is. They follow the Lord wholeheartedly. Their praise and worship move the heart, because it comes from the heart. They love the

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Be Part of God’s Miracle Team

November 29, 2017

This is the season of miracles. Christians celebrate the miracle of Jesus’ (Yeshua’s) birth. Jewish people celebrate the miracle of God’s provision of anointed oil during Hanukkah. All of us celebrate the miracle of the State of Israel, as we have witnessed her miraculous rebirth and the ingathering of the Jewish people. At every step

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Today I Hugged a Holocaust Survivor

October 29, 2017

Many people ask me about my typical day in Israel. I find it a bit funny because as a CEO my days have a lot of variety. However, I do spend a lot of time at my desk writing and planning. I am in a lot of meetings with other directors, board members and our

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War against Israel Is War against God 

February 1, 2017

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 land

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Finding Favor with God and Man

December 1, 2016

“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 legacy

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Israel and God’s Judgment on the Nations

October 1, 2015

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 year

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Building Bridges

July 1, 2015

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 sorrow

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Shifting Gears

December 1, 2014

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 increase

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Blessing Israel

November 1, 2013

“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. It

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Reconciliation In Action

September 1, 2013

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 to

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We Need Miracles!

December 1, 2012

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 her

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A Nation Under Fire

November 22, 2012

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 with

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Tears and Smiles Touch our Hearts

December 1, 2011

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 our

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Tsunami Devastates Japan… and BFP

May 1, 2011

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. I

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BFP in ACTION: The Lord Is Building Up Zion

December 1, 2010

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 to

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This Little Light of Mine

December 1, 2009

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 the

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For His Glory

July 1, 2009

In Ezekiel 36, God speaks about the return of the Jewish people and says that He is bringing them home for the sake of His name, so the nations would know that He is the Lord. In modern vernacular, we might say that God is bringing the Jewish people to Israel so the nations will

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The Gentle Touch of Love

June 1, 2007

At Bridges for Peace, we are motivated by this Scripture. We love God and so we love His earthly family, the Jewish people. We are grieved that so many Christians throughout the ages didn’t show them His love, causing them great pain. So, all of our projects are designed to show love to the Jewish

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Light in the Darkness

December 1, 2006

Many countries are fighting the War on Terror and battling Islamic domination. Families are destroyed by the influence of drugs, pornography, sexual immorality, and other addictions. Traditional Judeo-Christian values are threatened by divorce, same-sex marriage, and abortion. Israel, so small in comparison to her neighbors, is surrounded by countries and peoples determined to wipe her

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