From the moment I set foot on Namibian soil it was an adventure. Rather than try to explain everything that took place, I would like to invite you to both listen and see for yourself what happened in this distant and beautiful land. First, listen above to a national radio program I was invited to be on that sets the stage for the BFA International mission in Namibia.
Then take a flight and a stroll with me below through the lens of my trusty video camera to encounter some Namibian wildlife. I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take you with me to see some of God’s beautiful creation. Enjoy!
Nearly a year ago I was invited to be a guest columnist for Breaking Israel News (BIN), which gave me an opportunity to share my assessment of present-day events from a biblical perspective. So began a fruitful relationship. I am pleased to announce that BIN, along with Israel365.com, is featuring our Scripture Bytes series “Ten Matters That Still Matter to God” as part of their Israel Bible Reading Plan. Imagine that!
This cooperative venture is so unique that Rabbi Tuly Weisz, publisher of Breaking Israel News and founder of Israel365, has written a special article to explain and celebrate our efforts. Be sure to read his thoughtful comments here.
It seems that the Scripture verse on the front of the Torah scroll I received in Jerusalem is being fulfilled! “For the Torah shall go forth from Zion and the word of Yehovah from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3).
In preparation for this exciting initiative I was also invited to discuss the “Ten Matters” Scripture Bytes series on Voice of Israel radio. Listen to the interview above.
This is the first in a new series of "Audioblog Updates" that will keep our growing BFA International community in the “loop”. You will be surprised to hear what has already happened in just the first 30 days of 2015 that surely must be God’s favor. OK, at least I am surprised! The momentum from 2014 has catapulted BFA International to a new level and you are playing an important role! Seriously. Listen for yourself as I bring you up to date in this audioblog.
I knew that the Freedom to Pray movement would be challenged by the religious police, the spiritual border patrol, and the political power brokers. I wasn’t sure how the mainstream media would respond or if there would even be a response . . . until now. If this interview of my friend and colleague Rabbi Yehuda Glick is any indication of the perspective of the media regarding the Freedom to Pray movement, then we can add another adversary to the list. After being pushed, prodded, and provoked in this intense interview, Yehuda once again proved that he can survive and even thrive through adversity.
The introduction to the interview sets the stage for an attempted ambush by Stephen Sackur of the BBC show HARDtalk:
“Jerusalem boasts one of the most bitterly contested pieces of real estate in the world, known as the Temple Mount to Jews, the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims. Jews aren’t allowed to pray there. Many Jewish religious leaders say Jews shouldn’t even set foot there. But that consensus is breaking down. My guest today is Yehuda Glick, a rabbi and activist who’s been variously described as a dangerous extremist and a campaigner for religious freedom. Three months ago he survived an assassination attempt. Why does he persist with his divisive campaign on Jerusalem's holiest ground?”
What would you do if you felt called to go to a place where the The U.S. State Department sent you the following warning?
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to the Philippines, in particular to the Sulu Archipelago, the island of Mindanao, and the southern Sulu Sea area. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated May 19, 2014, and reflects continuing threats in those areas due to terrorist and insurgent activities.
Ok, so of the 7,000 possible Islands of the Philippines...that's right folks the Philippines has 7,000 islands of various sizes and populations, there are only three that are on the U.S. State Department travel warning list and one of them is where I was invited to go.
After you listen to this Special Report, please watch the press conference of my friend Rabbi Yehudah Glick on the day he was released from the hospital after a miraculous recovery! This has truly been a Thanksgiving week to remember!
At the time this article is being published, my friend and comrade Rabbi Yehuda Glick is fighting for his life in a Jerusalem hospital. After an evening of sharing his vision for prayer rights on the Temple Mount, he was confronted by a man outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem who opened fire in an assassination attempt.
My life has been radically changed as a result of my friendship with Yehuda and this tragedy breaks my heart. My fervent hope is that he will make a full recovery and that the mission to restore the right for all people to pray on God’s Holy Hill will be accomplished. In the meantime, I stand with Yehuda Glick and all of those who are yearning for the words of the God of Israel to be fulfilled in this generation: “For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples” (Isaiah 56:7, NASB).
For those who would like some background on my encounter with Yehuda Glick and the subsequent Freedom to Pray movement that has caught the attention of friend and foe, here is a short video. It was created during his 50-day hunger strike when he was banned from visiting the Temple Mount earlier this year.
I earnestly ask that the people of God around the world join me in praying for the full and speedy recovery of my friend Rabbi Yehuda Glick.
So many people have asked about the timing of Yom Terurah and it's connection to Rosh Hashanah that is fast approaching. In this audioblog I have invited Nehemia Gordon an to help answer the question and prepare you for the coming "High Holidays" of this special seventh month. Oh, and I just couldn't resist the opportunity to throw in something special for you BFA International listeners! Continue reading “Are You Ready?” »
This preview of our brand new two-part Right on Time series is the key that unlocks the application of much of the information already presented behind the “Time” door at the BFA International Academy. We also believe it is an important connector to past and, hopefully, future series that have prophetic significance for our generation.
What started out as a wild and crazy idea while tromping through the fields next to Gaza has become a reality! You don't want to miss this special report video that spans from southern Israel all the way to our BFA International studios in Charlotte!
As a father of three sons I have become increasingly concerned about the widening gap of communication between police officers and citizens, especially in Africa-American communities. I am also growing tired of the political posturing that only adds fuel to the fires of fear and misunderstanding. I am called to love God and my neighbor; even if he or she wears a badge.
Instead of running away from the problem I decided to do something positive that I hope will encourage others to do the same. I stopped a cop and it was caught on camera!
For the last few months I have been stretched in mind and heart over the escalating events in Israel and specifically the war in Gaza. It has been an eye-opening experience to receive responses from people of faith for even attempting to offer my opinion about current events in Israel from a biblical perspective.
I have been reprimanded for supporting war against Hamas, rebuked for supporting Israel’s right to defend itself and reminded that I should pray in my closet privately rather than write my perspective publicly. Continue reading “Unyielding Support of Israel” »
Because so many people have been praying for the peace of Jerusalem I thought it might be helpful to see one of the concrete answers to prayer. I have been given permission from the company that made the Iron Dome Missile Defense System to share this video with you. Pray for efficiency in knocking down the barrage of Continue reading “Watch The Iron Dome in Action” »
My fears became a reality when I received a message from my friend Rabbi Yehudah Glick, who lives not far from the place of the abduction of the three teenagers. He informed me with painful words that the bodies of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali had been found buried near Hebron. Immediately, three words from the Hebrew Scriptures came to mind that are difficult to read at times like these: וְהֵן לָא ve’hen lo (but if not). As much as I stood on my faith and hoped and prayed that God would do what I asked, sometimes God doesn’t.
Since hearing about the kidnapping of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali I have thought about three teenagers in Scripture named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They were thrown into a fiery furnace but came out unscathed, without even the smell of smoke on their garments. How amazing and miraculous it would have been for the story of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali to end in the same way as that of their predecessors so long ago, but maybe their lives were on a parallel path. Since hearing about the untimely and tragic deaths of these three young men by the hands of terrorists three words spoken Continue reading “Sometimes God Doesn’t” »
In a rare meeting of the minds, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu agrees with BFA International Founder Keith Johnson. Unfortunately one of the largest Protestant denominations in America is at odds with both of them. Plus, listen to the new BFA International Biblical Brick for the week as Keith unpacks the power and purpose of the name Israel and more! This week's "Biblical Brick" comes from the story of Jacob's wrestling match with the angel in Genesis 32:28.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised anymore when Israelis raise their eyebrows of suspicion when I say that I love the land, language, people, and God of Israel while also being introduced as a pastor from the United States. I have never once been asked which denomination I am associated with, as most Israelis differentiate between Catholics and Protestants, but don’t tend to distinguish between Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians. But as a result of a Presbyterian campaign known as B.D.S.—Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions—even my eyebrows of suspicion are raised! Continue reading “Eyebrows Raised in Israel” »
There are some people who look at this glass and see it as half- full and others who see at as half-empty. What about you? Listen in to the brand new Audioblog and find out why I see it as neither half-full or half-empty! Plus listen to the new BFA International Biblical Brick for the week and more! This week's "Biblical Brick" comes from the story of Elijah and the miracle of God's provision found in 1 Kings 17.
This article was originally published at Breaking Israel News. (Click this image to view it there)
The Pope, a Jewish rabbi, and a Muslim religious leader ascend the Temple Mount together. This sounds like a setup for a joke, doesn’t it? But if it’s true, inquiring minds want to know if representatives of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam will be able to pry open the sealed door of exclusivism so people from all nations can be free to pray on the Temple Mount.