The People, The Land, and The Future of Israel

Dr. Mitch Glaser, president of Chosen People is available for interviews

5D16A452-1967-4F28-820D-F16739344E0EMitch Glaser, Ph.D., president of Chosen People Ministries (CPM), doesn’t believe the Holy Land conflict will be solved by political theorists or a panel of experts. The cultural differences and even spiritual pain will take deep, personal healing to resolve. Though the current ceasefire had looked hopeful for producing mutually respectful dialogue, he says, we may have run into another hurtle.

Israel’s right to land in the Middle East has always been an inflammatory topic, and Christians, who feel a unique connection with the area, are divided over how to handle the people and the politics. Dr. Glaser believes contemporary Christians are growing more sympathetic to the people in and around Israel, both Jews and Palestinians, in their hope to promote the healing needed to bring peace.

CPM reaches out to all people. They don’t oppose Muslims or Palestinians as people, knowing, as Dr. Glaser says, “the Israeli mother and the Palestinian mother both want their children to be safe.”

<5D16A452-1967-4F28-820D-F16739344E0E.png>In a new book, The People, the Land and the Future of Israel: A Biblical Theology of Israel and the Jewish People, Dr. Glaser collaborates with scholars to present “important historical, theological, and contemporary issues related to Israel and the Jewish people from numerous angles.” says Glaser.

Dr. Glaser was born into an Orthodox Jewish home in New York City. He has a Ph. D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, has taught at many U.S. universities, and has traveled to Jewish communities around the world. After two of his closest Jewish friends became believers in Jesus, Dr. Glaser was introduced to the idea that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah.

He is co-recipient of Christianity Today magazine’s 2009 Award of Merit in the Apologetics/Evangelism category for the book To The Jew First: The Case for Jewish Evangelism in Scripture and History, which was co-edited with Darrell Bock. Dr. Glaser and Dr. Bock also co-edited The Gospel According to Isaiah 53, published by Kregel Press.

CPM has been working among Jewish people around the world since 1894. Dr. Glaser has served as president since 1997. Among their many initiatives, ministry workers in Israel are working with a generation about to be lost, Russian-born Holocaust survivors. In another ten years, they will be gone, carrying a burden no one should have to bear.

“Even if you don’t believe in the authority of the Bible,” he states, “this book will help readers understand historically and why evangelical Christians are motivated to support Israel.”

Talking Points:

·       How to pray for the peace of Israel
·       How Christians can support the nation of Israel
·       The future of Israel
·       Is the modern state of Israel the fulfillment of biblical prophecy?
·       Why the Christian community is divided on the topic of Israel
·       Why Israel is a “political football”
·       Remaining Holocaust survivors in areas near Gaza
·       Helping Israeli children after 90 days of going back and forth from bomb shelters
·       The next generation of Christians and their attitude towards Israel

5 Ways to Pray for the Peace of Israel

Photo by Amy Morrow, courtesy of Bill Oechsler

The Psalmist encourages us to pray for Israel, but believers may not fully appreciate the reasons why God instructs us to pray specifically for Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6). Yet, our motivation to pray for the peace of Jerusalem is embedded in the very words of the Psalmist themselves:

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.”

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is a prayer for physical and spiritual peace—which only comes through the Prince of Peace. Praying for peace reminds us that human beings are incapable of creating peace for themselves and that only God can bring peace to a broken world this side of heaven (Phil 4:6-7) and in the world to come (Isa 2:2-4; 11:6-9).

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is, in reality, praying for Jesus to return, as peace will only come to the world when He takes His rightful throne in Jerusalem and reigns forever (Matt 23:37ff; Rev. 11:15). Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is a way of asking God to implant His peace in the hearts of both Jews and Gentiles by personally accepting the Prince of Peace as Lord of their lives.

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem also brings blessings to those who pray, especially as God views our prayers as blessing the Jewish people (Gen 12:3). God still has plans for the chosen people. As Paul reminds us, “they are loved on account of the patriarchs” (Rom. 11:28-29).

How should we pray for the peace of Jerusalem?

The following might give you some ideas about how to pray for the peace of Jerusalem more effectively:

1. Pray for Jewish Israeli and Palestinian leaders to both negotiate a temporary, politically-based peace and to also find peace in their hearts through accepting Jesus. These are the people we should pray for at this time: Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas (Fatah) and Khaled Meshaal (Hamas); as well our leaders in the U.S., President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

We can pray that God guides these leaders to make decisions that bring peace instead of war and suffering for their citizens.

2. Pray for the work of God’s people in bringing the message of the gospel to the almost 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel. By God’s grace, Chosen People Ministries has been able to enjoy a growing ministry among these precious people.

During the recent conflict with Hamas our staff was able to provide care for many of these survivors, both materially and spiritually. One of them describes the peace of heart he has now experienced through receiving Jesus as Messiah and Lord:

Something happened in my life when I went to Poland on a Chosen People Ministries Israel trip for Holocaust survivors. I received a Bible, which I read day and night while we were in Poland. Since then, I have dedicated myself to reading Scripture and studying. I was baptized and know fully that Jesus the Jewish Messiah has died and conquered death for me!”

Your prayers can make a difference serving this treasured community, which may die out within a decade.

3. Pray for the quiet reconciliation efforts of Jewish and Arab believers in Israel seeking to encourage one another by developing deeper relationships between the Jewish and Palestinian Church. There are over 140 congregations in Israel, ranging from small house fellowships to established places of worship. Pray that the work of the Prince of Peace will grow among Jewish Israelis and Palestinians and that they are enabled to provide a powerful witness of Messiah’s reconciliation among their neighbors.

4. Pray for God to help the church in the United States to be better informed about what is happening in Israel and to find ways to glean information for continued prayer outside of the slanted approach of the media.

5. Praying for the peace of Jerusalem reminds us of our blessed hope! Even though peace is elusive today, it is still our prophetic destiny. As Isaiah the prophet writes, “He will judge between the nations, and will render decisions for many peoples; and they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war” (Is 2:4).

The Shalom we are seeking is now available for all people, as this peace transcends the terror of ISIL, the war with Hamas and whatever conflict or suffering this world thrusts upon us. Jesus said,

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

His peace is all we need today to keep our hearts from being consumed with fear. His peace is our destiny, as one day the Prince of Peace will arrive from heaven and establish His throne in Jerusalem (Isa 2, 9:6-7).

Praying for Israel and the Jewish people reminds us of the Shalom the Lord has planned for all humanity. There is a beautiful Jewish prayer that sheds new light on Psalm 122:6.

May He who makes peace in the heavens make peace descend upon us and all Israel, and let us say, Amen!

Dr. Mitch Glaser is president of Chosen People Ministries. His latest project is The People, the Land and the Future of Israel: A Biblical Theology of Israel and the Jewish People from Kregel Publishing. Dr. Glaser collaborated with several scholars to present important historical, theological, and contemporary issues related to Israel and the Jewish people from numerous angles. Please visit chosenpeople.com.

From Brokenness and Loss to Spiritual Renewal

Q & A with Gerard Long, author of Awakening to God

 In May 2014, while still grieving the suicide of his teenage son eight years prior, Gerard Long, president of Alpha USA, faced the accidental death of his precious daughter. Reflecting on his daughter’s tragic drowning, Long encountered a sobering parallel that shifted into high gear the urgent mission to which he has dedicated his life—a “rescue mission,” as he calls it, for believers to reach out to those around them who are spiritually sinking. Although the Long family endures intense suffering, Gerard still sees hope in this life. From their brokenness flows a new passion to share the gospel of Christ and encourage others along the way.

How has your faith endured such tragic loss?

It’s only God’s grace (His ‘empowering’ presence with us through the Holy Spirit) that gets any of us through each day.  When you experience unbelievable suffering and loss this truth comes home to you in a very real way.  Part of the way God sustains us is through the love and prayers of the saints.  The fact that believers are literally Jesus’ body here on Earth has really come home to me after Rebecca’s terrible death.  It’s as though God has been reaching out to love and take care of us through family, friends and, sometimes, total strangers.  The outpouring of grief has been amazing and it has flowed in prayer, hundreds of letters, acts of amazing kindness and just a wonderful sense that God’s love is reaching us through His Body.
Another key has been scripture.  It’s amazing how God speaks to us through His word if we have ears to hear and eyes to see.

Have you ever been tempted to turn away from God?

Yes, there is a constant battle with unbelief and ‘taking offense’ over what has happened.  It’s very hard at times.  There is a fight of faith involved but we must keep our hearts from the arrows of the evil one.  After Jesus told His disciples they had to eat His flesh and drink His blood some of them turned away saying, ‘it’s too hard.’  Jesus turned to the twelve and said, are you going to leave as well?’ And Peter said, ‘where will we go, you have the words of eternal life!’  At the end of the day, there is nowhere else to go – we are in Him.  He has us.

Also, Jeannie did lose faith for two years after Alex passed and she now describes it as the worst experience you can imagine.  After initial relief of not having to believe anymore, she went into total darkness – no hope – everything was meaningless.  Knowing Jesus is the only way and we cling to Him in our total brokenness.

In your darkest hours, what gives you hope?

After Alex passed in November 2005 and my sister in January 2006; I had an amazing revelation of eternity.  It became very clear to me that, as scripture tells us, our life on earth is but a vapor, a breath, and then we move on to our real home with the Lord.  As C.S. Lewis said, ‘life on earth is but the cover page of a never ending story!’  We’re told to fix our hearts and our minds on things above (Colossians 3:1-2), and to look at the unseen things that are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).  Knowing what’s coming gives me great hope (‘for the joy set before Him’ – Hebrews 12:1-2).  We are going to see our loved ones again and we will be with them forever  (John 11:25-26).  For now though, although we suffer incredible pain because we miss them so much, there is work to do for our Lord.  When we’ve finished the work He has planned for us (Ephesians 2:10) we can go home!  What a great day that will be (Philippians 1:21).  After the Cross, comes the glory (1 Peter 4:11-12).

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“Awakening to God is an inspiring book for anyone exploring the adventure of faith!”

-Bear Grylls, adventurer

“Awakening to God is a great read for anyone interested in knowing God.”

-Roma Downey Burnett, actor, author

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Gerard Long is a minister, author, motivational speaker, and former banking executive, who is passionate about Christ. In 2006, Gerard retired from a highly paid banking career and joined Alpha USA full-time to help more people explore the meaning of life. As the executive director of Alpha USA, he leads the organization whose mission is to serve local churches in presenting the gospel to their communities through the Alpha course. A widely used introduction to Christianity, Alpha is supported by multidenominational churches and now operates in more than 169 countries. More than 3 million people have taken an Alpha course in the USA, and over 24 million worldwide.

For more information visit
www.GerardLong.com and www.AwakeningtoGod.net.

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“God has an amazing way of taking the most painful areas of our lives and making something beautiful out of them”

-Tony Robbins

Pondering these thoughts and listening to this tune today…are you AWAKENING?

Awakening_to_GodThe early church turned the world upside down. With only a few followers of Jesus filled with the Holy Spirit, the gospel message of love and transformation spread like wildfire; it could not be contained or held back. What was the secret—the “Jesus way”—behind such a radical movement of the gospel? And what would it take for a spiritual renewal to happen today—in your church, your community, your world, and your own heart?

Gerard Long, president of Alpha USA, has seen that spiritual awakenings tend to occur when God’s people understand their calling and prepare through prayer, personal renewal, and action. In Awakening, he offers a compelling vision for a “Jesus way” of widespread spiritual renewal, equipping you to better love people into the Kingdom of God. You’ll become empowered to live the abundant life given to us in Christ—and step out in faith to fulfill God’s calling.

Buy the book TODAY on Amazon.

Movement Day Greater Dallas 2015 Registration Is Now Open

City Transformation through Christian Communities Working Together

GDMDOn January 22, 2015 over 2500 area leaders will gather for the second annual Movement Day Greater Dallas (MDGD), representing a diverse cultural and ethnic constituency of Christian leaders from business, education, healthcare, nonprofits, government, and the church.
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Speakers for MDGD include Chip Ingram, CEO and teaching pastor of Living on the Edge, Dr. Jeff Warren, senior pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church, Pastor Bryan Carter of Concord Church, Dr. Jim Denison, founder of Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, Dr. Mac Pier, founder of Movement Day and The New York City Leadership Center and emcee Froswa Booker-Drew, the national community engagement director for World Vision.
Beyond the vision and inspiration of the morning plenary session, participants also attend one of eleven afternoon design tracks covering a range of issues impacting Greater Dallas such as education, hunger, human trafficking, prison re-entry, immigrant and orphan care, marketplace impact, leadership and financial stability. During these sessions, long range plans to address these critical issues are developed by sharing best practices and collaboration among those in attendance.  During the rest of the year, local staff and design leaders work to maintain and accelerate the momentum arising from the day’s activities and to implement the strategies that were designed in the afternoon sessions.

Executive Director Jon Edmonds leads the initiative and says, “Movement Day Greater Dallas is not an ‘event’. It is a movement that encourages, equips and mobilizes Christian leaders throughout the city. It will transform not only Dallas, but cities around the globe with the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The first Movement Day Greater Dallas was held on January 23, 2014 with 1400 leaders in attendance and represented the first successful replication of Movement Day in New York City, an annual convocation that has been linked to a 300% increase in the Christian population of Manhattan. From 2010-2014, nearly five thousand leaders from 360 cities and five continents have gathered in unity to learn best practices in urban ministry and cast a fresh vision for their own cities.

When more than 50 Christian leaders from Dallas attended Movement Day in 2012, seeds were planted for bringing Movement Day to Greater Dallas.  Since that time, the prayers and hard work of countless individuals has resulted in those seeds coming to fruition, and a model for expansion now stands for other cities to follow. Movement Day is positioned to have impact not only for New York City and Greater Dallas but other urban centers around the world.

Cities throughout the world face tremendous social and spiritual challenges and the problems can seem insurmountable at times. But each grim statistic also offers an opportunity to transform individuals and communities with the love of Jesus Christ – “a city transformation through Christian communities working together” that Movement Day Greater Dallas intends to achieve.

For more information, a complete list of afternoon sessions, and to register for MDGD, visit www.movementdaygreaterdallas.com

JOIN THE MOVEMENT
Movement Day Greater Dallas
Thursday, January 22, 2015
8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Dallas, TX

Movement Day is a leadership development initiative of The New York City Leadership Center founded by Dr. Mac Pier. Their vision is to become a model of Christian leaders impacting the spiritual and social climate of an urban center. Their mission is to exponentially increase the leadership effectiveness of ministry and marketplace leaders. Visit their website at http://nycleadership.com

Back-to-School = Great Opportunities for Movement!

UNITEThe 2014-15 school year is underway and that means YOU have a chance to make a difference. Unite Greater Dallas is spearheading some great initiatives, but they will be much more effective with YOU there!

  • Education Forum at Bent Tree Bible in Carrollton next Thursday, September 4, at 10 am. RSVP HERE.
  • Click HERE for tutor training opportunities. With school back in session, this is the perfect time to mobilize new back-to-school1volunteers or train returning mentors & tutors.
  • Unite Community Partner Expo: Volunteers, Donors, Businesses, Churches & other Organizations – Wondering where to invest your time & resources to make leaps toward City transformation? Come to Unite’s first-ever Community Partner Expo on Sept. 18 at 7 pm. Come and help spread the word!
  • Check out the NEW September Prayer Guide on Education. Use it in your personal prayer time, with your family, church, or in a group.
  • Check out this article from Sunday’s Dallas Morning News: God’s Helpers In Public Schools. Please share this on social media to help get the word out about what God’s doing in our community.

You can follow Unite Greater Dallas on TwitterFacebook, and their website and blog.

God’s Executive Assistants

By Jon Edmonds, Executive DirectorJonEdmonds
Movement Day Greater Dallas
www.movementdaygreaterdallas.com

In my role of Executive Director of Movement Day Greater Dallas, I have quickly realized that this is a true “start-up” ministry. For the first time in over twenty years, I have no Executive Assistant or Administrative Assistant. I am experiencing days that I am critical of myself for not being as efficient or responsive as my self-expected standard. I am often fatigued by the many functions that have me running from here to there to get things accomplished. These are vital tasks that I have come to count on and expect an assistant to “handle” on my behalf. There are literally hundreds of tasks, both small and large, that in the past, were someone’s responsibility to complete with excellence. As soon as we can establish a financial base that affords us the budget to hire an assistant, it will be the first thing I will do because the work must be done. Someone MUST complete it.A few days ago, while I was having a pity-party, thinking about everything I had to get done that day (after I woke up, just before my morning devotion), I thought about God in this context. God willingly assigned the awesome responsibility of Kingdom building to His church, his children, His people. In Matthew 28, starting at verse 18, Jesus, this Divine Executive, states that all authority in heaven and earth is given to Him. And in a great show of confidence in us, He follows that statement with a responsibility for us to complete. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Therefore, as the Movement Day Greater Dallas staff, our partners, and our volunteers carry out our mission, we should remember that God is counting on us and expecting us (like His Executive Assistants) to work with excellence, completing the vital assignments that lead to success. And when I check the record, I see that He has outstanding compensation. Oh, by the way, when you see your support staff today, give them a Holy hug.

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Chosen People

Mitch GlaserDr. Mitch Glaser was born into a nominally Orthodox Jewish home in New York City during an era when views on life, death and religion were beginning to undergo major changes in American society. Mitch went to Hebrew School and had his Bar Mitzvah at the age of 13, but lost any religious zeal he had to the excitement and energy of the 1960s.

After dropping out of college in 1970, Dr. Glaser moved to California and was introduced to various Eastern religions, which seemed intriguing but did not answer the deeper questions of his soul. After two of his closest Jewish friends became believers in Jesus, Dr. Glaser was introduced to the idea that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. After a thorough investigation of the Old and New Testament as well as a study of Messianic prophecies in the Scriptures, Dr. Glaser himself received Jesus as his Messiah in November of 1970.

Almost immediately after becoming a believer, Dr. Glaser became involved with what was then the West Coast branch of Chosen People Ministries (formerly known as the American Board of Missions to the Jews). This was the beginning of almost 40 years in ministry, during which he has worked with Messianic missions such as Jews for Jesus and Ariel Ministries. Since 1997, Dr. Glaser has served as president of Chosen People Ministries – one of the oldest and largest Messianic ministries in the world.

Chosen People Ministries was established in 1894 by a Hungarian immigrant, Rabbi Leopold Cohn, and today has workers in 15 countries including the United States, Israel, Russia, Germany and Argentina.

http://www.chosenpeople.com/main/

Join the Holy Land Prayer Team

Pray for the Holy Land

Join thousands of believers committed to praying for the Holy Land. As you begin to lift up this region in prayer, remember we do not wrestle with human forms, but we fight in the supernatural realm to win the battle in heavenly places and loose the victory on Earth. (Ephesians 6:12)
Join the team by completing the information below to receive a free daily prayer guide. Also, be sure to explore our prayer map to see where others are praying around the globe!

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MOVEMENT DAY | 2014 | THE POWER of AUTHENTIC COMMUNITIES

 

Movement DayMovement Day is a leadership development initiative of The New York City Leadership Center founded by Dr. Mac Pier. Their vision is to become a model of Christian leaders impacting the spiritual and social climate of an urban center. Their mission is to exponentially increase the leadership effectiveness of ministry and marketplace leaders. Visit their website at   http://www.NYCLeadership.com.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT
Movement Day
Thursday, October 23, 2014
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
New York Marriott Marquis

For more information visit www.MovementDay.com
View the Movement Day Video at Movement Day Promo

 

 TRACK SPEAKERS/PANELIST INCLUDE:

Robert Adgate, J.D.Robert Adgate, J.D.
National Director – Metro Mission
The Navigators, Washington, D.C.

Bob Adgate has been with The Navigators the past 33 years.  Up until January 2014 Bob served as the Metro Mission national leader for over 4 years and served the previous 9 years as the Metro Mission Detroit leader for Detroit, MI.

Caesar KalinowskiCaesar Kalinowski
Director
GCM Collective, New York
 
Caesar is a spiritual entrepreneur and an avid storyteller. Past work includes communications, media production, and extensive travel in international missions. He is a master missional strategist and coach who has helped numerous church planters start, grow and multiply new churches. He is one of the founders of Soma Communities and currently serves as the Director of the GCM Collective. Caesar authored the best-selling The Gospel Primer and Transformed: A New Way of Being Christian. His new book, Small is Big, Slow is Fast, is soon to be published by Zondervan. He and his wife of 31 years, Tina, live in New York City.
 
Patric KnaakPatric Knaak
Area Director for Renewal
Serge, PA

Patric is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and serves as the Area Director for Renewal at  Serge (formerly World Harvest Mission).  With over 200 missionaries world wide, Serge specializes in Resources, Mentoring and Mission to see God’s Kingdom expanded through the message of grace.  Serge means bringing together two rough edges to make a smooth seam.  Prior to joining Serge, Patric was the Director of Adult Education and Spiritual Formation at Naperville (IL) Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Cheryl L. Meredith, PhD.Dr. Cheryl L. Meredith, PhD.
The Navigators, Washington, D.C.

Cheryl is passionate about seeing people understand and optimize their abilities, talents, and capacity to make the greatest contribution possible in their spheres of influence. She completed her PhD in Business, Organization and Management with a focus on Emotional Intelligence in Executive Leaders. Her Masters is in Counseling. She has extensive Executive Human Resource Leadership Experience. Coaching has been a passion of Cheryl’s for more than 25 years. Dr. Meredith has served with The Navigators for thirty years in an array of leadership roles.