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Soli Deo Gloria is the writing and teaching ministry of Baruch Maoz in Israel. Baruch is engaged in writing original commentaries on the Bible, and theological and practical works in Hebrew. Some of his books are available in English. His critique of the Messianic movement, Come Let Us Reason Together: The Unity of Jews and Gentiles in the Church, has been published by P&R, and his Devotional Commentary, Malachi: A Prophet in Times of Distress by Crossbooks. Both are available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Shepherd Press has puboished his Devotional Commentary Jonah: A Prophet on the Run.

Baruch is also engaged in writing (in Hebrew) a commentary on Romans and Colossians, futher books in the Devotional Commentary series, an Introduction to Systematic Theology, editing a modern translation of the Bible into Modern Hebrew and writing other expositional and theological books. In the pipeline are also books on church life and structure, How to Preach and Listen to Sermons, and daily Christian disiplines. To date, Baruch is the only author writing Christian literature n Hebrew.

Baruch and Bracha are Israeli Jewish Christians who have served in Israel for 5 decades now. Between April 1974 and December 2006 Baruch served with Christian Witness to , most of that time as Israel Field Leader. Betwen May 1975 and December 2008 he served as Pastor of Grace and Truth Christian Congregation in Rishon LeTsion, Israel. Our website reflects the experiences gained in the course of that time.

Our monthly newsletter, MaozNews, is available for the asking, with back-issues to be found on this website (Baruch's Writings/News From Israel). To subscribe, click address at the bottom of this page.

Baruch's Musings, 

September 7, 2014

Hamas' Performance from Palestinian Eyes
(culled from various sources)

On Saturday, September 6, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met in Egypt with journalists and took Hamas to task for "the humanitarian disaster it imposed on Gaza and its civilians." He estimated 15 years will be necessary to restore Gaza to its abject state prior to recent hostilities. "What kind of victory is it of which they boast?!" he asked. Abbas further insisted that Hamas must follow through on the agreement reached between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas: “we will not accept the continuation of a situation in which Hamas remains as it is now. There must be one authority, one armed military and one government.” 

Abbas has accused Hamas of breaching reconciliation agreements with the Palestinian Authority by running its own shadow government in the Gaza Strip. “They have 27 directors-general of ministries,” he said. “The national consensus government cannot do anything on the ground.”

In the course of the recent conflict with Israel Hamas killed 120 Palestinians who left for safety after Israel warned of intended bombings, Abbas said, defying the curfew imposed by Hamas to ensure civilian homes remained populated. “This in addition to the extra-judicial execution of 30-40 people during the Israeli assault.” These were added to the number of casualties reported by Hamas during Israel's assault. More than 300 Fatah members were confined to their homes in the Gaza Strip during the war. Hamas also shot dozens of Fatah men in the legs by Hamas militias, in some cases merely for criticizing Hamas' policy during the flareup. 

Fatah’s central committee also accused Hamas authorities in Gaza of confiscating donated materials from the West Bank (clothing, mattresses, water, food, etc.) and distributing them at a price to their own supporters. During the fighting, Hamas complained that aid distribution was not coordinated with its own officials rather than with Palestinian Authority officials. 

Palestinian Authority security agencies in the West Bank on Saturday stepped up their crackdown on Hamas activists. Hamas claims more than 40 of its members and supporters have been rounded up by the PA since the end of Operation protective Edge and another 30 were summoned for interrogation. On Saturday, Hamas representative Hussam Badran condemned the PA clampdown and called on all those who have been summoned for interrogation not to report. All such arrests are related to recent claims that Hamas planned to stage a coup against the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. As part of the crackdown, the PA prevented a number of pro-Hamas preachers from delivering sermons during Friday prayers in West Bank mosques.

In recent weeks, Palestinian Authority security personnel have forcefully dispersed Hamas protests in Gaza, which have been marked by an abundance of green separatist flags. Over the last week, Palestinian security forces in the West Bank arrested 10 Hamas activists – some of them university students; broke into Islamists’ homes and offices, including the offices for the student movement associated with Hamas at Al-Quds University; and summoned another seven activists for questioning.
Hamas has claimed this constitutes political persecution. A statement published on Wednesday read, “These arrests and attacks are done as part of Fatah and Palestinian Authority attempts to slander and distort the victory of the resistance [the armed factions] in the Gaza Strip, and an attempt to steal from it [the resistance] the fruits of victory.”
Israeli intelligence forces point to a large-scale Hamas terrorist movements in the West Bank and Jerusalem designed to destabilize the region through a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Israel and then topple the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said Monday for its lack of response to the expected Israeli retaliatory efforts. The plot was orchestrated by overseas Hamas operatives in Turkey, led by senior Hamas leader Salah al-Aruri, the head of the West Bank sector in Hamas’s overseas wing.

Khaled Mashaal, Hamas’s overseas leader in Qatar, was aware of the plot, the sources said, though there was no involvement from Hamas in Gaza. “The terrorists planned to undermine security and launch a third intifada. They planned disturbances on the Temple Mount to rile the Palestinian masses. They were waiting for talks between Israel and PA to collapse,” the source said. Meanwhile, they had readied cells in 46 Palestinian towns, cities and major villages. “The exposure of this infrastructure, one of the largest we have encountered, underlines the high danger posed by Hamas’s overseas headquarters,” a spokesperson for the Israeli intelligence forces said.
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MaozNews No. 79 August 2014 

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Baruch and Bracha are engaged in their 2013 tour of the US, in the course of which they expect to be driving through Oregon, Montana, North or South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisianna, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Washington State.

Baruch is available for ministry in most of these states, He is prepared to preach, report on the scene in Israel, or offer an expository seminar on a biblical book. If your church is interested, please write to languageservice4u@gmail.com


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I have deep respect and love for Baruch Maoz, and the work that he is carrying on in Israel, despite obstacles and opposition. He has been a dear friend for many years. I’ll never forget doing a conference for him in Israel several years ago. I pray that God may use his sound theology, helpful preaching, excellent books, and numerous gifts for the conversion and spiritual maturation of thousands of Israelis and for the abundant glory of God. Rev. Joel R. Beeke, Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation, Author


Baruch Maoz has been a minister of the gospel, author, publisher, and voice for believers in the land of Israel for four decades. I have seen firsthand the fruit of his ministry and I cannot recommend it too highly. Baruch’s preaching, teaching, and writing ministry should be supported by all who care about the gospel and its impact in Israel and beyond! Pastor Jerry Marcellino, Audubon Drive Bible Church, Federation of reformed Evangelicals – Laurel, Mississippi


Knowing and embracing our Lord’s clear directive to bring the Gospel to the “Jew first” I, along with BPC have been extraordinarily blessed to work in partnership with the effective biblical and faithful ministry of Baruch Maoz. His ministry of evangelism, discipleship, along with his strategic and insightful writing/translation projects, only enhance my opportunity to recommend him and his ministry. Rev. Harry Reeder, Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church (PCA), Birmingham AL


Tom Ascol of the Founders Movement writes: "Baruch and Bracha Maoz serve in the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Baruch has served as a pastor, publisher, author and church reformer in his homeland of Israel. He has ministered several times with our Grace Baptist Church family in Cape Coral and our people have come to love Bracha and him dearly. I highly recommend his and his ministry to any church that values expositional preaching and the gospel of God's grace." Dr. Thomas Ascol, Grace Baptist Church (SBC), Founders Movement, Cape Coral FL

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