Today is a celebration of 70 years of Israel becoming a modern nation on May 14, 1948. This has been an important global development, as this persecuted ethnic group needs a land and a national identity. The six million lost souls of the holocaust demanded that the Jews have a geographic home for protection, cultural development, and religious freedom.
In these last 70 years Israel has been a positive global force of democratic values, technological progress, religious pluralism, and frequent times of global cooperation for peace.
Today, President Trump’s administration finalized a courageous and appropriate step to establish the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, instead of Tel Aviv. This steps further supports the nation of Israel, which has been an incredible ally to the United States in the middle of the most volatile region of the world.
I grieve the loss of Palestinians who are losing their lives in protest of today’s events. I pray for their welfare and for peace. Yet, I believe the support of a strong Israel will lead to the peace that the world desires and needs.
Our summer message series at CIL is titled The Joy of Prayer. Pastor Deborah did a great job kicking off the series last Sunday (June 11) when she taught on contemplative prayer. From the influence of that sermon, I have taken more time this week to be aware of the presence of God. Thanks Pastor D for pointing us to Him.
Take a listen to that sermon here:
I look forward to preaching on June 18, 2017, a message titled Partnership with God. I have learned some key concepts about prayer through study and reflection that I want to show you through this message. No additional guilt will be placed on you from lack of prayer (we can all do better in this area). However, this message will provide an opportunity to see the incredible privilege of pray. Join me at CIL at either 9am or 10:45am.
A modern day miracle culminated 49 years ago today. On June 10, 1967, the Six-Day War ended, as young and tiny Israel defeated the armies of the Arab world, and claimed Jerusalem.
Though I hate war, sometimes it is necessary in response to aggression. This occurrence demonstrates God’s plan to keep His covenant, and preserve His people. The thriving of Israel today is a sign to you about the promises of God for all His people.
If you love the Jewish people and the nation of Israel as I do, you may be interested in what is happening among French Jews. Yesterday, our partner ministry ICEJ distributed this information via e-mail:
France is home to the third largest Jewish community after Israel and the USA. There are about 550,000 French Jews. In the last five years more than 20,000 of them, mostly young people and families, made Aliyah (immigration to Israel). And more than 1 percent of this population, a record of 7,237 French Jews, came just last year. In 2014 France has become the number one source of immigration to Israel for the first time. And there is no end in sight. Israeli headlines dub this summer the “Summer of French Aliyah.” The Jewish Agency expects to bring home more than 3,000 French Jews. By the end of the year there might be 8,500 new French olim in Israel, a new record.