God despises a haughty spirit. He would rather us be humble and gracious in all dealings. In our humbleness, God is able to lift us up. We don’t have to go around singing our own praises. We should not seek our own glory. So what if we labor for years and years with no recognition from the the world. If we will go about God’s business in humility, He will make sure that our praises are sung by others. Our humbleness inspires God to be our Champion, usually when we least expect it.
It’s been a difficult few weeks for Israel, but thanks to your help, we have been providing ongoing support to many who have been suffering here. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and I wanted to share with you some of our activities over the past few weeks.
April concluded with a devastating tragedy unparalleled in Israeli history, as 45 people were killed and 150 injured in a deadly stampede at a Jewish festival, as many of you know. The Israel365 Charity Fund immediately got to work to support the families, being the first organization to distribute funds to the bereaved families, who were all extremely grateful for your assistance. I am also very proud that we were the official sponsor of the memorial commemoration for the families at the Western Wall and you can see videos and photos here.
With over 4,000 rockets launched at Israel during the recent clashes with Hamas, it’s abundantly clear that Israelis need more bomb shelters. 25% of the population lacks access to shelters which presents a dangerous risk and extreme emotional distress to those with nowhere to run when the sirens start blaring. Israel365 is working with Operation Lifesheld to quickly place a bomb shelter where it is needed most, and we will keep you updated when we have selected a location.
In commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day, known in Hebrew as “Yom Hashoah,” we sent flowers to all the Holocaust Survivors who participate in the Israel365 Memory Clinic for Holocaust Survivors. This year, in addition to remembering the 6 million Jews who perished in WWII, we also remembered the 900 Holocaust Survivors in Israel who passed away this year from COVID-19, and as always provided for home repairs for several precious survivors. If you haven’t yet seen it, you can watch this powerful video of Rabbi Tuly standing in silence along with Holocaust Survivor Mrs. Miriam Bitton.
The real heroes of Israel are the brave men and women of the IDF who have been protecting us on the front lines. The Israel365 Lone Soldier Center provides a home away from home for many of our soldiers, thanks to your ongoing support. We did as much as we could to assist the soldiers on the front lines and when I ran into a few soldiers having dinner at a local hamburger restaurant I immediately told the waitress that I’d like to pay for their meals, and watch their heartwarming reaction here. I’d also like to thank our monthly partners, Helen and Lauri Weissman from Finland who shipped dozens of thick, protective socks to our IDF soldiers, who were so appreciative, not only for the socks, but for the love and prayers from Christian friends around the world.
As always, none of these important activities would be possible without your steadfast support and commitment to the Land and the People of Israel. Thank you, Todah Rabah for standing with us.
You may not realize it, but…you’re being lied to.
The culprit is none other than the master manipulator himself: Satan.
He—and his deceptions—can be hard to spot. Far from the cartoonish red-horned and pitch-forked depiction we all know so well, he masquerades to trick us into thinking he’s anything other than what he really is: the archenemy of God who is bent on destroying as many people as he can before his ultimate demise.
Today, I want to help you discover the truth beneath the devil’s mask once and for all—by sending Unmasked—Revealing the Truth Behind Satan’s Lies as my thanks for your generous support for the ministry of Turning Point today. Inside, all is revealed—
- Satan’s Identity: Discover the names given to Satan in Scripture and how they reveal who he really is.
- Satan’s Origin and Fall: Learn how Satan went from being “very good” to being “cursed” by God as a result of pride.
- Satan’s Strategies: Gain knowledge about how Satan seeks to deceive Christians—including disguising his true character, twisting what God has said for his own purposes, and others.
- Satan’s Vulnerabilities: Develop strategies to exploit Satan’s weaknesses and put on your spiritual armor to defend against his attacks.
- Satan’s Doom and Destiny: Find out what will happen to Satan at the end of the age—and how he has already lost!
If you’ve ever wanted to know “Who really is behind Satan’s mask?”…this handbook is for you.
When his mask comes off, it’s not a pretty sight. But you will discover that you have nothing to fear because, know it or not, Christ has already won the war. And His victory is one that you can experience today if you only understand how.
Please, let me show you today! Request Unmasked as my gift of appreciation for your generous online support now.
Satan is on the prowl—“like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). But you and your loved ones can be ready to fight back and resist the enemy’s attacks with the truth of God’s Word.
God bless you,
There is a great encouragement in these words: “We are more than conquerors.” Not just that we are conquerors; we are MORE than conquerors in Christ. That means we win. Against everything, we win. How is it that we win? We win because, once we commit to Christ, nothing can take that away from us. Paul declares, “Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.” NOTHING. What a wonderful promise! There are so many things that separate us from the ones we love on this earth: death, divorce, bad blood, conflicts of all kinds. How reassuring to know that our relationship with Christ will never be breached and that through Him, we will be victorious conquerors!
And we pray:
Lord, I am encouraged to know that nothing will separate me from Your love. You have promised me this and through Your love and steadfastness, I am more than a conqueror! Amen.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
The Commission of the Church
“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”
One thing that both believers and nonbelievers have in common is they’re uptight about evangelism. Nonbelievers are uptight about being evangelized, and believers are uptight about evangelizing nonbelievers.
However, if we want to grow as Christians, then we must go into all the world and preach the gospel. We call this the Great Commission, and we find two variations of it in the New Testament.
Mark’s gospel states it this way: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (16:15 NKJV). And in Matthew 28 we read, “‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of 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.’ Amen” (verses 19–20 NKJV).
So where is Jesus calling us?
He’s calling us into the world. He’s calling us to go to all people everywhere. Because the primary way people come to Jesus is through hearing the gospel.
Who is supposed to do this?
All of us. Jesus directed these words to all of His followers. Everyone is supposed to do this—not just the so-called professionals such as pastors, evangelists, and missionaries.
And what are we supposed to do?
We’re supposed to preach the gospel.
So here’s my question for you: Are you doing your part to fulfill the Great Commission?
Jesus commands us as His followers to share our faith. But honestly, for some Christians, this has become the Great Omission instead of the Great Commission.
The commission of the church isn’t to wait for the world to show up. Rather, the commission of the church is to go to the world.
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As the days go on I will be updating many of my posts. I have been writing for so long, I keep finding notes on top of notes.
God Bless y’ll
Fear seems to come easy these days. It marches all around us through media, sickness, shootings, and news stories that make the heart feel sick. It doesn’t take much for a heart to be gripped with fear and live in a state of unrest. If it’s not all the big stuff that harms the heart, it’s the personal things. Like – how will I pay the bills? How will my marriage survive? Am I messing up my kids? What if I never get married? Will I ever feel worthy or measure up? What if what I do is never enough? null
While we all wrestle with our own fears, there is one common place we can run to when fear gets ahold of our hearts. God’s Word offers truth, promises, and prayers as remedy to cure the heart of the uneasy worry that seems to wreck us.
Grab hold of one of these verses and claim it as your prayer and battle cry this week over your fear. There is no better place to find hope and help than God’s Word! Choose a verse and say it out loud in the presence of the fear that feels overwhelming to you.
1. A Verse for Late-Night Fears
“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You” (Psalm 56:3).
When my mom would tuck me in as a little girl, this was the verse she would give me. I’ve carried it with me all these years and find myself praying it often. If you are struggling with those late-night fears, get ahold of this one and claim it as yours. Say it, mean it, and repeat it.
2. Remember That God Is with You Always
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
God is the only one who can hold you up through the fears of life. While friends change, and family passes on, God stays the same. He is steady and strong, always holding onto His children. Let God hold your hand and proclaim the truth about who He is and what He does. God is with you even now. He is where you will find strength to make it.
3. Suit Up and Stand Firm
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
If you feel like you are being attacked on every side and like you can’t get out of the constant flow of struggles, this one is for you. Suit up for battle. The battle is bigger than what we see. But God is bigger than what we face. You can make it through the fear, but only if you put on the right armor.null
4. Sing Praise in the Storm
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him” (Psalm 28:6).
There is never a wrong time to give God a song of praise. If you are feeling afraid, weak, and alone, lift up this song of worship to our mighty God. It’s not time to stop singing. It’s time to sing louder. If you don’t like to sing or feel like your voice isn’t worth hearing, turn up the worship music in your home or car and let the music minister to your heart.
5. God Is Your Light in the Dark
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).
Sometimes it is good to remember all God is to you. He is your light in the dark. He is your strength in weakness. When fear rises, raise up your light and your strength. Not in an “I can do it” battle cry, but in a “God will do it” victory cry. The battle is not about us, it is about Him. When we change our focus to all He is, we begin to see a glimmer of hope.
6. Remember That God Is Bigger Than Your Fears
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).
When we live in the light of God’s love and we remember who we are and whose we are, fear has to leave. Dwell on God’s love today. Grab hold of this verse and tell yourself the truth about the fear you hold or the fear that holds you. God is bigger than the fear. Let Him take care of you.
. A Verse for When You Can’t Go On
“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2).
There are some fears that captivate the heart so much, it is difficult to function. This prayer is for you if you feel like you don’t have words, don’t have strength, and feel like your hope is fading. Rather than pull the covers up over your head another day, get out of bed and remember your Rock. He is mighty and He is stronger than what you are going through.
8. Cry out to God
When you feel alone, like God is not listening or near, your heart needs to be reminded of the truth. Don’t stay stuck in a cycle of pity and seclusion. Cry out to God and remember He is near.
When we pray God’s Word over the fears of life, we find freedom from fear. God is stronger and able to conquer your fears, but you have to use the right tools. It’s not our strength or might or power, but it is His. He is the one who will help us through every storm.
Father, Help me to be humble in all my ways. Let me not be arrogant and full of myself, but let serve You in humility. I trust that You will raise me up according to Your will and exalt me according to Your timeline. Amen.