Update from Messianic Pastor Santoro
As you know we are in an ongoing health battle. Last week I had an MRI and several days ago we went to see the oncologist to evaluate the results. Unfortunately, the MRI showed that the tumor in my brain is still there and growing. Due to my body’s negative reaction to the chemotherapy pills that I had started taking, the doctor recommended a treatment with a biological drug which I will start in one week. This drug is given intravenously twice a month. According to the doctor, this particular treatment is very effective in 60% of the cases.
Ultimately, we know that it is God who is our healer. So please join us in faith as we continue to pray for complete deliverance from this cancer. We are not giving up. The word of God is living and active and it declares that greater is He who is in me than he that is in the world and by His stripes I am healed. I still spend hours a day listening to healing scriptures, we pray alone and we pray with friends and we are confident that even after three years, we will see His victory.
Yesterday, I was in a store getting my phone fixed and the clerk was a young Muslim. We started sharing about who we were and not only was he very interested in hearing about Yeshua but he wanted to read my book! We gave him a copy through the email. Please pray that he is able to read it and that he is touched in his heart. Pray that the words we spoke to him of Yeshua would ignite something new in him.
I am committed to speaking about the Lord with whomever I meet. In the supermarket, gas station, on a walk in our neighbourhood or doing anything at any place, I endeavour to start a conversation and lift up the name of Yeshua. Remember; one plants, another waters but God brings the increase!
Please continue to pray for our monthly outreach meetings in our congregation. Once a month the Revive Israel worship and prayer meeting is held in our congregation meeting hall with whoever wants to participate. After a time of prayer and intercession and worship, they go on the street to share the good news of Yeshua. Please pray that increasing numbers of local believers will participate and that we will begin to see many coming to faith! Yeshua is still a very foreign concept to most and it can be a long and ongoing process as we evangelise and witness to people. We believe that the time is now for Israelis to know the truth of Yeshua and we encourage all our brothers and sisters to step out and to go forth in the truth and power that is resident within us.
Persecution of Believers
Israel is a land where there are complicated political realities. We are very pleased with Netanyahu and his government and the uncompromising stand he takes on the international scene. We are tremendously blessed with the warm relationship between the USA and Israel. The move of the American Embassy to Jerusalem is historic and the stand of the USA against those who want to destroy Israel is also stronger than ever.
On the other side is the reality that to insure the right wing support, the current Israeli governent also must include religious politicians in the coalition and they are often very anti Messianic. The Interior Ministry is controlled by one such party and as a result many Jewish believers have been denied citizenship because they are suspected of being believers in Yeshua. We personally know too many quality individuals who have had their legal right to move to this country be denied. Couples who marry here and where one spouse is a citizen and one is non Jewish must go through a 5 year process in order for the non Jewish partner to obtain citizenship. The Interior Ministry has a history of illegally harassing these couples and prolonging the process, not giving necessary visas and threatening to not give citizenship. As of this date, the situation is becoming increasingly difficult and many of our friends are enduring this harrassment. Please join us in praying that this “anti Messianic” force will be exposed as illegal and that all Jews, no matter what their individual religious beliefs will find Israel a nation open and welcoming to them.
Ahavat Yeshua is planning a weekend in the Golan Heights, July 5-7. The last time the congregation did this was three years ago and it was an incredible blessing for everyone who went. Please pray that many would participate, that it would be a refreshing and encouraging “family” time which will bond everyone together with deeper cords of love. The congregation subsidizes a good portion of the cost so many who could never get away are able to enjoy a special time with their natural and spiritual family.
We are very excited that our book is available. We have included at the bottom a summation and contact address and want to encourage everyone to get a copy. We believe that you will be blessed, encouraged and empowered, no matter what your battle may be as you read my story. I have included an introduction to the book and we want to encourage you to send it out to others. We really need your help to get the word out and thank you in advance for your assistance.
This article originally appeared in Zion’s Glory Update, June 22, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Eddie and his wife, Jackie, are senior leaders of Ahavat Yeshua Messianic Congregation in Jerusalem and also serve in positions of senior leadership in Revive Israel.
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From knowledge to God – Interview with University Prof. Tyler McNabb
Houston Baptist University Prof. Tyler Dalton McNabb recently spoke at an international conference on the philosophy of religion hosted by the University of Haifa’s Department of Philosophy.
Lectures at the conference, which took place on June 13, included “A Case for a Sort of Pantheism,” “Theism and Recombination” and “Morality of Vigilantism in the Bible.”
In his talk, “From Knowledge to God,” McNabb presented his paper of the same title in which he argues that humans can only possess knowledge if a being like the Judeo-Christian God exists.
PB: How did you get into philosophy?
TDM: When I was in high school, I began to seriously question my faith. I was concerned that it wasn’t rational; I got to the point where I almost gave it up. I was just about ready to endorse atheism when I decided to Google something like, ‘proofs for the existence of God,’ and ran across messianic prophecies. I specifically remember reading Isaiah 53 and Daniel 9:24-26, and found myself convinced that Jesus was the Messiah that the Old Testament talks about. On my way to school the next day, I pulled over and I began to pray. For the first time, I felt God’s presence. I started to desire Him and His Word. I finished my senior year of high school rushing home every day to read the Bible.
The next year, I went off to a “Baptist” college. There wasn’t much about the school that was Baptist – most of the faculty were extremely liberal. It was there that my faith was attacked. I had to lean on apologetics (giving a logical case for the Christian faith) to help me formulate good responses to my professors. This is when I came across Dr. Michael Brown’s work on Messianic prophecies. I studied his series, Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, and found myself deep in the apologetics world. Studying apologetics eventually lead me to study philosophy: thinking really hard about what exists and how we know what exists.
PB: How did you decide to pursue philosophy as a career?
TDM: I enjoy thinking about the following questions: Is faith rational? Can we know that God exists? Can Christian belief be warranted? How should we understand the nature of religious experience? Are there good arguments for God’s existence? If God exists, why is there evil? If God exists, why isn’t His existence more obvious?
In college, I had no idea that I could get paid to think about these questions. There is literally a subfield of philosophy called philosophy of religion (thinking really hard about the truth claims, status, and practices of religious belief), and universities will hire professional philosophers to teach classes on the subject.
PB: In layman’s terms, what is your field of study?
TDM: While my Ph.D. is in philosophy, I focus on the philosophy of religion and epistemology. Epistemology is the field that focuses on answering the following questions: What is knowledge? Do we have knowledge? What does it mean to have a rational belief? What does it mean to have a justified belief? Taking these two fields together, I like to focus on questions as they relate to whether we can know that God exists. When one combines these fields, one is doing religious epistemology.
PB: What is the importance of your specific field?
TDM: Atheism makes it difficult to make sense of moral obligations such as love, consciousness, knowledge and government authority. I think that without God, our society won’t flourish as it ought. I believe that the rise of suicide, school shootings and sexual immorality are the result, at least in part, of the rise of secularism in the West. If citizens were better equipped to answer questions about God’s existence and the merits of atheism, I think we could combat the rise of secularism and its consequences.
TDM: This was actually the first time that my wife and I left our three young children behind and took a week-long trip together. The Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre were our favorite places to visit. When I think of Israel, especially Jerusalem, the first thing that I think of is the Western Wall. Praying at the Western Wall was a beautiful experience. And of course, as a Christian, participating in religious activity at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was special.
Prof. McNabb has co-authored a book with fellow philosopher Prof. Erik Daniel Baldwin, called Plantingian Religious Epistemology and World Religions: Prospects and Problems, due out later this year.
Violet moved to Israel in 2013. She lives in Haifa with her husband and their daughter.
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Native Americans extends support, apology to Israel through song, petition
Israel received a unique gift from an unlikely source for its 70th birthday.
Called “Our Kiss to Israel,” a song of repentance for the sins of the church against Israel and the Jewish people was written and performed in Israel last month by Laralyn RiverWind along with her husband Joseph.
Chief Joseph RiverWind and Laralyn RiverWind, N.D., the tribal spokesperson of the Northern Arawak Tribal Nation, spoke with KNI about the launch of this song and a tour they recently led to Israel.
Though the lyrics had been brewing in Laralyn’s heart for years, suddenly the time to record and release the song came this year — unintentionally coinciding with Israel’s 70th year as a nation.
“The song was conceived out of the revelation of understanding that came when I began to study the feasts of the Lord and realized some of the history of the church, the things that weren’t taught to me in Sunday school or behind the pulpit,” Laralyn told KNI. “The more I began to learn about church history and where pagan things infiltrated church doctrine I began to realize we have really been destructive to the Jewish people.”
Laralyn said that, while most people aren’t personally guilty of these atrocities, she wrote this on behalf of what is classically known as the church.
“The enemy came in and deceived people into viewing the Jews as enemies or believing that the church replaced the Jewish people,” she said. “I realized that supposed Christians have led massacres against the Jewish people. It is heart breaking to me that Yeshua, in the minds of the Jewish people, is associated with genocide, and that is inexcusable.”
“They need to hear, ‘I’m sorry.’ They deserve to hear it,” she said. “It is debriding ancient and fresh wounds. Surgery is not a comfortable process but it is needed for healing.”
The song had been marinating in her spirit for the last 10 years, she said, but it came together in one day and, coincidentally, was recorded on Purim this year.
“This apology is too little too late so we extend our hand in friendship Israel,” the lyrics read. “We’re sending you a windblown kiss, Israel, carried on the wind of Ruach HaKodesh.”
The RiverWinds performed the song for Holocaust survivors at a luncheon and then at the Crystal Music Concert in Haifa on May 12. Volunteers distributed white roses during the song as Joseph read out a list of offenses to be forgiven.
“There were a lot of tears,” Laralyn said. “Some of the things we’ve been hearing repeatedly are, ‘You touched my heart,’ and ‘I feel the love from you.’”
A teenage boy told the RiverWinds after the performance he had recently asked his teacher if anyone has ever apologized for Holocaust. She told him no.
“He was trying to hold back the tears as he said, ‘Thank you! You changed my heart and my mind,’” Laralyn said he told them.
The song is accompanied by an online petition of repentance which is addressed to key government leaders.
“Under deep conviction for our sins and sorrow over the sins of our forefathers, we, The Believers in Yeshua (Jesus) come to Creator and to you, the Jewish people. Our hearts are heavy with grief over the pain and loss we and our ancestors have caused; we earnestly ask forgiveness from Creator and from you for our sins and the sins of the past,” the petition reads.
It then goes on to list atrocities committed in the name of Christianity against the Jewish people from the time of Constantine. It also lists spiritual sins such as replacement theology and even envy.
“Our heart is that of Ruth’s: ‘Your Elohim is my Elohim. Your people are my people… Only death will come between us,’” signatories of the petition avow.
Laralyn said that as Native Americans who are also believers they are able to relate to questions posed by Holocaust survivors such as, how can you be a believer when Christians did this to your people?
“We tell them that those people who did that knew Jesus in their heads but they didn’t know Yeshua in their hearts,” she said.
Meanwhile, the RiverWinds are combating rising anti-Semitic and anti-Israel propaganda among First Nations people.
“We are doing everything we can to counter that, that’s why we brought a tour to Israel,” Joseph explained. “We saw transformation in the lives and mindsets of the people on the tour.”
Due to the success of this tour the RiverWInds already have two scheduled for next year: one in the spring focusing on biblical herbs of the holy land — Laralyn’s area of expertise — and another during Sukkot.
Meanwhile the RiverWinds are working on spreading the petition and are hoping for 6 million signatures, one for each soul that perished in the Holocaust. They stress that the petition isn’t meant be political.
“Please sign the petition. This is your expression of love to Israel,” she said.
She also invites believers to use this song as their own.
“I don’t want this song to be from me and Joseph to Israel. This is a gift for the church to give its heartfelt repentance to Israel,” she said. “It is from believers in Yeshua to Israel and the Jewish people worldwide.”
Congregations can “sing this song in a video and post it somewhere. Take the song, singalong, do a dance, whatever and post it.”
To hear and download the song: https://www.ourkisstoisrael.com
The RiverWind’s organization: https://www.firekeepersinternational.org/
The Kehila News Staff is a team of Israeli believers in Yeshua.
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First “All Israel Conference” in Singapore highlights eight Israeli Messianic ministries
The first All Israel Conference was held in Singapore on May 25-26, 2018. The theme of the conference was Building Bridges Between the Body of Believers in Israel & Singapore.
The conference was a “one new man” event with the stage shared between ministry leaders from Israel and Singapore. Each session featured an Israeli speaker and Singaporean speaker about the same topic. Conference participants from both nations interacted with one another between sessions throughout the two days. Joseph Magen, founder of Kehila News Israel, and Ian Toh, pastor of 3:16 church in Singapore, co-organised this two-day event.
The highlight of the conference was the closing session on Saturday evening, entitled A Night to Honor the Messianic Community in Israel. Leaders from eight ministries, seven Israeli Messianic Jewish ministries and one Israeli Arab-Christian ministry, shared first-hand about their work, with absolutely no “hard sell”. These ministries are fruitful and well known within Israel, but not widely known outside of Israel, especially not in Asia. The purpose of the All Israel Conference was to raise the awareness of these Israel ministries and build bridges between our believing communities.
The Israeli ministry delegation to Singapore included:
1) Return Ministries helps Jews immigrating to Israel (called “Aliyah” in Hebrew) to begin a new life in Israel.
2) Be’ad Chaim (or pro-life in Hebrew) serves women contemplating abortion and has, to date, saved more than 2000 babies.
3) Lech Lcha runs a 3-month after-army discipleship program.
4) HaChotam focuses on discipleship of youths and children, teaching and production of Hebrew Messianic literature and songs.
5) The Joshua Fund reaches out to the poor and needy and blesses many Israeli Jewish and Arab ministries.
6) Kehila News Israel, an online news portal for the Messianic Jewish community in Israel has a key role to disseminate news about the Body of Messiah in Israel to the rest of the world.
Two other Israeli ministries, Hebrew-speaking and Arabic-speaking, also shared about their work.
The final session of the conference ended with the Israeli delegation praying for Singapore followed by a group of Singaporean pastors praying for Israel.
This was the first time Israel supporters in Singapore got to know about these eight Israeli ministries. These are not nascent but established ministries worthy of our support. I later found out that several of these ministries are under-supported as the larger body of Messiah outside of Israel do not know about their work. Yet these are amazingly strategic and needed ministries. We can give an amount (in Singaporean Dollars) to be shared among the eight Israeli ministries via kehilanews.com/support-Israel or give directly to the various ministries at the links above.
This initiative has opened up new opportunities to bolster the work of reaching God’s chosen people as well as to strengthen the Messianic Body in Israel, not just for believers in Singapore but potential supporters worldwide. The broadcasting of opportunities to support God’s work in Israel must not stop at this conference. We must share with our fellow church members and contacts further afield who have not started to give to Israel work yet.
Future “All Israel Conferences” can feature representatives from other ministries in Israel as well as leaders of Messianic Jewish congregations so that hand in hand, as Jews and Gentiles, we can co-labour together to fulfil our common mandate to bring light to the nations of the world, and especially to His Chosen People.
Chan Siew Fong is the facilitator of the Prayer for Israel (PFI) ministry in Cornerstone Community Church, Singapore.
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PRAYER ALERT: Kite terrorism from Gaza causing fires in Israel
Kite terrorism refers to Gaza’s “peaceful” Arab rioters using kites and helium balloons to carry incendiaries and gasoline bombs into Israel. Since April, Palestinian kite terrorists have set more than 400 fires, destroying over 6,000 acres of farming land, forests and nature reserves, and causing an estimated $1.4 million in damages. The Carmia nature reserve has been particularly hard hit, with one-third of the reserve destroyed by fire.
Please prayer and intercede for the following:
- for IDF soldiers that face confrontations at the Gaza border to be alert and effective to prevent any breach of the border fence.
- to disable the spirit of murder behind kite terrorism and the so called “peace protests”.
- for the IDF to devise technologies and strategies to combat kite terrorism. Approximately 500 incendiary-laden kites and balloons have been intercepted by specialized drones.
- for strength and alertness for those working in the fire services who are stretched to breaking point.
- for protection of communities living near the border and their farmland/properties from harm and destruction.
- for untruthful and distorted media coverage to be exposed and marginalized.
Mayim Chayim is an intercessor and guest contributor to KehilaNews.com