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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 Founders Press. Both are available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon while Shepherd Press produced his Devotional Commentary Jonah: A Prophet on the Run.
Baruch has written a series of commentaries in Hebrew on Hosea, Joel, Amos, Micah, Jonah, Nahum and Malachi, Matthew, Romans and Colossians. He has written an Introdution to the Life and Epistles of Paul, an Introduction to Systematic Theology, and edited a modern translation of the Old Testament into spoken Hebrew. He is presently translating the New Testament into Modern Hebrew and engaged in other writing projects. In the pipeline are books on church life and structure, How to Preach and Listen to Sermons, and Daily Christian disciplines. 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 Israel, 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.
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Following is a link to Baruch's summary to Paul's letter to the Romans (audio, 40 minutes)
October 19, 2016
From my Commentary on Colossians (Col. 3:22-25)
To be published 2017 by Founders Press
False teachers were encouraging the Colossians to despise weakness and lay claim to a mystical knowledge that lifted one above the level of common individuals. The Gospel teaches us that we are to respect and love all, and to treat others as equals, regardless of our respective roles.
Speaking of respect, one of the most remarkable examples of how the Gospel transforms a culture is found in its application to the relationship between owner and slave. Roman life was largely based on slavery. There were more slaves in Rome than there were citizens. Slaves, procured primarily as the consequence of war, were considered to be mere possessions, to be used and disposed of at their owners’ will. The Gospel did not challenge Roman slavery directly; it undermined it by putting slaves and slave owners on the same level, treating them as equal objects of God’s grace and judgment, and laying a solidly spiritual basis for the slaves’ relationship to their owners:
Slaves, obey in every way your human masters, not just as meets the eye—like those who try to please people—but in heartfelt sincerity—because you fear the Lord. Whatever you do, serve from your heart like you are serving the Lord and not people in the knowledge that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. You serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Whoever does wrong will receive the wrong he did, and there is no discrimination.
Coming from the pen of a man who grew up in a first-century Roman city (Tarsus was just that, although situated in what we would now call south eastern Turkey), these are quite remarkable statements. Slave were enjoined to obey their human masters, but for reasons an average Roman would not expect. The term used to describe the obedience slaves are to give their masters is exactly the term the apostle used to describe the kind of obedience children are to render their parents: “in every way.”
He then goes on to explain: “Not just as meets the eye—like those who try to please people—but in heartfelt sincerity—because you fear the Lord. Whatever you do, serve from your heart like you are serving the Lord and not people in the knowledge that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. You serve the Lord Jesus Christ.” In other words, view whatever you are called upon to do in the context of your slavery in terms of worship. Serve the Lord in the way you serve your masters while tending their flocks, farming their fields, cleaning their homes, or educating their children. Paul repeated this statement three times in the course of these short encouragements.
It does not matter what we do—sew a button, mow the lawn, build a house, trade in stocks, sell merchandise, or whatever other activity in which life involves us—everything should be an act of worship and, because of that, done to the best of our ability. In the final run, we are serving the Lord, and we should do so from the heart, eagerly, sincerely, and happily. We’re not working for praise, a salary, or just because we must, but in the knowledge that “from the Lord [we] will receive the reward of the inheritance.”
Our reward is not to be found in the passing advantages humans can give us. Our reward is of infinitely greater value; it is “the reward of the inheritance” of which Paul spoke in 1:12. Slaves are equal recipients of that inheritance, and “whoever does wrong,” regardless of whether he is a Jew or a Gentile, a freeman or a slave, “will receive the wrong he did, and there is no discrimination.” On the Day of Judgment, God will not take one’s social standing into account. He will not inquire as to our race or gender, our education or personal background, how many times we fasted or attended a Passover Seder. “Whoever does wrong” will be punished. Slave owners will stand at the bar of divine on the same level as their slaves, and both will have to give account of themselves: Did you treat your slaves with respect and equal justice? Did you serve your master heartily, as one serving the Lord?
This is a promise and an encouragement to slaves, often mistreated by their owners: be patient and do your work in confident hope because the Judgment Day will undoubtedly come and justice will be served. It is also a warning to those who owned slaves: if you do not wish to receive the wrong you imposed on others, you had better treat your slaves with respect, care for their needs, and employ them in a just, gracious manner.
Paul’s closing words concerning judgment and the lack of partiality in judgment are similar to what the apostle had to say in Romans 2:6–11, where he stated that God
“will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. “
Here is a truth, variously applied in differing contexts, relevant to them both.
If this principle is true with regard to slaves and their masters, it is all the truer with regard to employees and their employers, hired hands and those who hire them. Both those who provide services and those who pay for them should treat each other in the fear of God, giving at least as much as they contracted to give in terms of performance and remuneration.
October 13, 2016
From my commentary on Colossians (Col. 3:20)
To be published 2017 by Founders Press
Next come the children: “Children, obey your parents in every way because this is what much pleases the Lord.” The Greek actually uses a word most commonly translated “fathers,” but was frequently used to denote parents (see, for example, Heb. 9:23). That seems to be the meaning here.
The children’s chief duty toward their parents has to do with obedience. Parents should not bribe their children into doing what they are told, nor should children be terrified into doing so. They should be taught that obedience is their duty before God. Parents are not always right, but they are always to be obeyed “in every way”; that is to say, not only by doing what they are told, but by doing it willingly, from the heart, “because this is what much pleases the Lord.” Obedience to one’s parents is part and parcel with obedience to God. It is a spiritual act, an act of worship.
There is a certain order in the universe, with God in Christ paramount. A time will come when children will have the duty and the right to educate their own children. That is when they can call the shots. But as long as they are minors, their safety is to be found in accepting the thoughtful, godly, loving guidance of their parents.
Such an order lays a tremendous burden on parents, especially fathers: “Fathers, do not frustrate your children, so that they do not lose heart.” What frustrates children more than anything else? What causes them to loose heart? Inconsistency on the part of parents, lack of fairness, unfulfilled warnings, arbitrariness, contempt, and suppression all contribute to a child’s frustration and led to the kind of indifference that expresses despair.
Children are taught to lie by parents who break promises and do not carry out warnings. They develop a well-justified sense of injustice if their parents do not hear them out before reacting, treat any of their siblings differently, or vacillate between forbidding and allowing the same kind of behavior. They are frustrated when they do not know what to expect, because their parents’ reaction depends more on the parents’ mood than on what they have done. They rebel or sink into indifference if their parents do not respect the image of God in them and therefore suppress initiative, repeatedly express lack of confidence in them, or do not encourage them to think and act on their own. If the children can never do right, why should they try? What is the point of trying when there is never any encouragement if, however well the child performs or however much he or she has invested effort, no compliment will be forthcoming? If they can never meet the standard, they will inevitably despair. Trust your child. Give her opportunity to grow, to make mistakes and learn from them, to develop her own God-given propensities, to be herself.
Contrary to what Roman culture taught, children are not subject to the arbitrary whims of their parents. Nor are they extensions of the parents’ persona. Parents are not to live out their unfulfilled ambitions through their children, nor impose their views—not even their faith. True faith is the product of a work of God in the human heart, not the imposition of man. It is the God-given response of an individual to God; it can never be forced by human hands. If we are to avoid frustrating our children and causing them to lose heart, we must educate them to think independently and equip them with spiritual and moral standards. Such standards are best inculcated by way of example. Children who grow up in a godly home where faithful, tender affection is expressed, integrity is preserved, and God is lovingly feared will have the means to weigh and make their own decisions. God will draw to himself those among our children whom he sees fit.
The opposite of frustration and loss of heart is what we should seek for our children: a holy, humble, honest ambition to fully realize their gifts; a respectful, caring attitude toward others; a sense of dignified integrity, vigor, and happiness. When these are combined with God’s saving, sanctifying grace, our children will realize their full potential, and God will be glorified in them. What more could we desire?
October 4, 2016
From my commentary on Colossians (Col. 3:19)
To be published by Founders Press 2017
Husbands also have a duty within the family context: “Husbands, love your wives.” One would have expected such a requirement to be made of wives—after all, are they not best known for their sacrificial love to the family? That may well be the reason why Paul directed this requirement to husbands, not to wives.
What does it mean to love one’s wife? What does it mean to love? “God so loved that he gave” (John 3:16). To love is to emulate God, to exemplify the Gospel. To love is to give, above all to give of one’s self, and husbands are to give of themselves to their wives.
Sacrifice is not only a mother’s duty or that of a wife; it is no less a duty of husbands and fathers. To love is to value. The sacrifices love makes are an expression of the value attached to those for whom sacrifice is made.
Husbands are to value their wives, respect them, nurture them, and bear with them the sweet-heavy burden of running a household and bringing up children. It will not do for men to come home after work, change into their slippers, and collapse into the couch with a book, a newspaper’ or even the Bible. There are chores to do, dishes to wash, garbage to take out, children to play with, read to, and educate.
A man might have had a hard day at the office, but does he even listen when he comes home and says, “Hi, honey, how’s your day been?” Does he think of suggesting she go out with her friends in the evening while he babysits? And how about, “Honey, I really appreciate all the hard work you put into being a wife and a mom. In appreciation, I’d like to take you out tonight,” or “Why don’t you and Cheryl have an evening together?”
To love means to care, to be sensitive, to support. It means a husband provides his wife with opportunities to cultivate her gifts, to relax and to grow as a person. Look again for a moment at the woman described in Proverbs 31. This amazing woman manages the family finances, including investments, plans for the future, preparing for any eventuality while caring for the present, and reaching out to those in need beyond the family circle. She does not have to run to hubby over every detail but has the freedom to make decisions.
To no small extent, her husband’s success is the fruit of her prowess. She is firm, dignified, wise, and kind. Rather than suppressed, she is a woman worthy of praise (and her husband makes sure to praise her!).Today we often vacillate between foolish male machoism and equally foolish gender indifference. On the one hand, men are encouraged to be cowboy-like, never expressing affection, emotionally detached. They rope and brand cows and tame horses while the women slave in the house and make sure they look pretty when their “man” comes home, slings his pistol on the chair, and sits down to gobble his food, wiping his moustache on the sleeve of his shirt. Women are not cherished; they’re used.
On the other hand, in some contexts today men are expected to do everything but give birth and suckle while women pursue their more lucrative career. Such “men” aren’t men—they’re hamstrung males. Loving means protecting, and a man has to be strong to be able to protect his wife because there will be many things that will threaten her: the changes involved in marriage, missing her parents, siblings, and friends, financial responsibilities, the monthly period, bearing a child, gaining weight, suckling, sleepless nights, having to cope with the children, cleaning the house, shopping and cooking for the family, entertaining guests, supporting her husband, disciplining the children (Let’s see how unfazed YOU are after a solid day with the kids), looking nice for church, doing the laundry, painting the hallway, tending the garden . . . and being pleasant when his majesty Mr. Breadwinner comes home from work. There will be times when she will be tired beyond words, and if her husband is not sensitive, he will never notice.
Loving means making a point of noticing, and responding lovingly and protectively when there is need.I don’t hug my wife enough. I don’t tell her as often as I should that I love her. Even as I write, Bracha is out buying shoes. I should have offered to go with her. It’s not that I’d enjoy going shopping, trying on an endless array of shoes, and finally returning to the first shop we visited to make a purchase; it’s that Bracha would enjoy me showing more interest in her and in what she is doing.Loving is the way to earn the right to be followed.
Loving is the moral basis of a husband’s leadership role. I need to do better. If you are a husband, do you?Did you notice that little phrase at the end of what Paul has to say to husbands? “Do not be bitter toward them.” Do not allow a root of bitterness to develop between you, gnaw at your relationship, and destroy it. If there is an issue to discuss, do not let the sun set on your anger. Talk it over; pray together about it. Manage your disagreements as befits Christians.
Love your wives, give them space, and lead, above all, by example. Win them by your love and remember: there is no room in the family for the kind of elitism to which the Colossian Christians were encouraged to aspire.
September 27, 2016
From my commentary on Colossians (Colossians 3:18)
To be published by Founders Press
“Wives: be submissive to your husbands as is consonant with being in the Lord.” Paul’s view of marriage was quite non-modern, and lest we excuse ourselves on those grounds, we would do well to remember that they were also contrary to the common views of the time. We’ve already seen what Paul had to say about slavery, for example. His instructions were not the product of his time and culture; they were framed under inspiration of the Spirit of God and, however countercultural they may be, are binding by virtue of their divine source.
Paul instructs married women to be submissive to their husbands. The biblical requirement is that wives should accept the leadership of their husbands and that they should do so in a dignified manner. There should be no contentions, no effort to subvert, no nagging until one’s desire is met. Submission is an expression of a woman’s acceptance of the order God has established; it does not make man better or wiser; it simply resolves the issue of who should lead the home.
There is order in the Godhead: the Father initiates, the Son does the will of the Father, and the Spirit glorifies the Father and the Son. Neither is lesser than the other, nor is the glory of either threatened by this order of things. Families and other human societies are to reflect the Godhead in their harmonious love in the context of the order established for their function.
Even in a framework of two there are likely to be disagreements and contrasting viewpoints. Not proceeding until there is unanimity accords each side veto power and can easily paralyze function. God has determined, and legislated through the apostle, that the final word rests with the man as head of the household, who in turn is to answer to God for his decision.
Note that Paul does not instruct husbands to impose their authority over the wives. A wife should never bring her husband to the place in which he is justified in thinking that the only way to resolve a disagreement is for him to impose his will. Husbands, on the other hand, should not be too ready to assert their authority and should avoid doing so too often. Wives are commanded to be submissive to their husbands; husbands are not instructed to suppress or rule over their wives.
There are areas in which husbands must accord their wives freedom of conscience and maneuver, without thinking that by so doing they are allowing their wives more leeway than is right. A husband who keeps tight control of the family finances and does not allow his wife the latitude to make day-to-day decisions with regard to the family budget is overbearing. A husband who demands that his wife inform him of every individual she meets, of every conversation she has, of every detail of her routine, and of every penny she spends is suppressing her.
Husbands are to give their wives ample space (and ample reason, as we shall see) for their wives to choose to accept their leadership. They are not to impose it. Marriage is not a dictatorship; it is a covenant of grace and mutual edification. Feminism is right on when it insists that women are equal to men in value. It is dead wrong when it seeks to obliterate differences between men and women or to deny their respective, differing roles. Men are to lead, women to follow. This is God’s order, and men and women are to accept their respective roles and seek to fulfill them with loving obedience to the Lord.
It also means that women are not to follow their husbands into sin, nor be forced to sin on the grounds of a husband’s authority. They must submit to leadership only as it is consonant with being in the Lord. We learn, then, that there is room for disagreement between spouses. Women and men are to think for themselves, draw their own conclusions, and embrace what they each believe to be true. Women are not to follow their spouses blindly or gullibly. They are as much created in the image of God as men are, and as responsible before their Lord as their husbands are.
Here, too, Jesus is to be preeminent. Women are to relate to their husbands “as is consonant with being in the Lord.” Their every action is to be an expression of their love for and obedience to the Lord.
September 21, 2016
From my commentary on Colossians (Colossians 3: 18-25)
To be published by Founders Press
Paul now moves from general practice to the somewhat more particular. He addresses specific areas of life outside the church, showing how the Colossians were to carry out his exhortation in verse 17 to do “everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” In the first six verses of the next chapter, Paul continues to speak of the spheres in which the principles of the Gospel were to be lived out, so they properly belong to the verses we are about to study in chapter 3. I’m not sure there is wisdom in the present chapter division any more than there was in dividing chapters 2 and 3. For convenience, we will follow the pattern established by the chapter division, but it is important to note the connection between those verses and these that now follow.
Spirituality means living as God would have us live, and doing so willingly because we love God. God is an eternal fellowship of persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Man, created in the image of God, must live in harmonious fellowship with others. Solitary confinement leads to derangement precisely because this is so. That is why salvation is not exclusively framed in terms of individuals but of communities—churches, families, and nations. In our days the individual is over-emphasized, resulting in the loss of individual identity and an erosion of the value of individuals. In the past there were times when the community was over-emphasized, an emphasis that brought exactly the same results. The biblical emphasis is on the individual within community and on community as the context in which the individual can find his identity and have real value.
The whole world, all creation, is in view (“the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues, and they shall come and shall see my glory” [Isa. 66:18]). “Creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” [Rom. 8:21]). Spirituality, then, has to do with how we relate to others, and eschatology has to do with the world adoring God in Christ and submitting to his service. Christians cannot be Christians in isolation; they must live out their salvation in the various spheres of society and in relation to creation, adoring God in Christ and submitting to his service.
The first sphere Paul addresses is the fundamental social context: the family. Human society cannot exist where family life is degraded. The family is the context in which, even in the garden of Eden, man was able to find and give the kind of constructive companionship that he needs. How family life is conducted is one of the more important tests of life, a major issue when it comes to the appointment of officers in the church. That is why 1 Timothy 3:1–16 and Titus 1:5–16 point to the family as the primary testing ground of candidates for church office.
September 13, 2016
From my commentary on Colossians (On Colossians 3:1-17)
To be published by Founders Press
The only wise God, who made the world and has purposed its redemption through Christ, who will bring all things into subjection to Christ and unite all things in him,
We adore you for your wonderful plan.
We thrill at the thought that the awful effects of sin will be undone and that all the world will be made subject to Christ.
Help us subject ourselves to him now most willingly.
Help us live with others by focusing on your holy Son, by ignoring what sin would use to divide and by relating to others selflessly rather than seeking to compete.
Give us grace to show grace, and by this manifest your Son’s presence among us.
We humble ourselves before you and freely confess that we need your help, through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.
September 08, 2016
Milest I’ Istina – A Reformed Christian Magazine in Russian
Grace and Truth Christian Congregation was always on the lookout for ways to serve the larger Body of Christ. Committed to a coherent doctrinal stance, it was no less determine to be clear as to its’ goodwill for and respect of other views, hoping to promote dialogue than would involve lively informed engagement rather than compromise and lead to a heightened view of God, of Christ, of the Gospel and of the saving, sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. Troubled by the increasing influence of the Messianic Movement in the former USSR and eager to encourage discussion of Reformed principles, the church decided to publish a magazine in Russian.
The magazine, called after both the name of the church and the church’s aspirations, was titled Milest I’ Istina (grace and truth in Russian). Very soon after its first edition, Sasha Seriapov was appointed its acting Editor. The Editorial Board was made up of church staff members and congregants.
Initially funded from the church’s scant resources and later, generously, by the Isaac da Costa Fund, the magazine produced both translations and original articles written by Israeli contributors, some of which were culled from a magazine produced in Hebrew and distributed in Israel by HaGefen Publishing. Expository preaching and careful theological thinking were promoted, as well as the sufficiency of Christ work for both salvation and sanctification. The Messianic Movement was challenged on the grounds of its view of the sufficiency of scripture and the sufficiency and finality of Christ’s work on the cross. An effort was also made to provide information on biblical background and to discuss relevant issues that readers chose to raise or the Editorial Board perceived to be pressing.
Responses were more than encouraging: distribution grew to the point that the magazine reached almost every one of the former Communist republics. For a period, editing and layout was executed in Israel, while printing and distribution was done in the Ukraine. However, unrest in the country now renders such an arrangement impractical.
Today Milest I’ Istina is produced periodically, as time and finances allow. It continues to serve its readership both online and in hard copy, primarily because the Internet is not as readily accessible in many areas of the former USSR as it is in the West. There is ample reason to give God thanks for the years of ministry this magazine has had, and to hope and pray it will please God to continue to use it as a means to promote his glory and to encourage worship and service that will be increasingly attuned to his word.
September 08, 2016
From my Commentary on Colossians, to be published by Founders Press (Colossians 3:15-17)
Our next mission is indicated by Paul’s injunction: “And be thankful.” Let’s put that in context: “As God’s holy chosen ones, and having been loved, put on great sympathy, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, bearing one another and forgiving each other. If anyone has a complaint against anyone—just as the Lord forgave you, you forgive as well. Above all of these, love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of the Christ rule in your hearts, to the which you were actually called in one body, and be thankful.”
Thankful for what? Thankful for being “called in one body.” Thankful for the privilege of belonging to the church of Christ. Thankful for the fact that grace is the grounds for our membership. We do not need to learn another language, adopt another culture, improve or reduce our social standing, or subscribe to a denominational confession. Nor must we embrace the Colossian error, worship angels, or adopt Jewish custom. All who are in Christ are “called in one body.” If we trust in God through Christ for salvation, if we acknowledge his glory and seek to love and serve him, we belong to Christ and are therefore members of his one body. Nothing more is required.
“As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” [And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. (Acts 8:36–38 NASB)
If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?” When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.” (Acts 11:17–18)
Next, Paul said to the Colossians, “Let the word of the Christ indwell among you richly.”
The phrase is unusual. It appears only here. “The word of Christ” is nothing other than the word of God, the word of the Gospel. Christ only spoke what the Father gave him to say. His message is to indwell the fellowship of the saints. It is to be their major characteristic, the focus of their church life, the guide and arbiter of all differences. It is to indwell them by the reading, teaching, and contemplating of God’s word (a clear indication of the importance of preaching in the life of a congregation). The word of Christ points to his sufficiency and pulls us back every time we deviate. We need the word of Christ to conduct our church life as it ought to be conducted. We do not need the word of tradition or of ecstasies who claim additional revelation. As we focus on Christ, we focus on his word.
Next, as the word of Christ indwells among Christians, they are to be engaged in “teaching and admonishing yourselves with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.” Here is a solid standard for song in the church. There is little, if any, distinction between psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in Scripture, and commentators differ greatly as to the distinctions they draw, perhaps evidence of the lack of a solid basis for their arguments. One or another of the terms might indicate singing with the accompaniment of music and another without, but the minute distinctions that may exist are really unimportant. According to Paul, singing has an important role in the life of the church. It has to do with teaching and admonishing.
The main purpose of song in the church is not self-expression but instruction and admonition (an archaic word for “rebuke” or “call to duty”). What we sing should, therefore, have substantial content. The music should serve the words; it should never blanket them. If we sing without thought, or if we hear a song and cannot decipher the words, there is something fundamentally wrong. If the words are tacked on as a justification for the music, or if we sense that the words are forced onto the music rather than the music serving to express and emphasize the words, the song is sub-Christian. Emphasis should be on the words, not on the music, and certainly not on the musicians.
While there is room for emotion in the church (woe betide a church in which there is no emotion), there is no room for emotionalism; our singing should be full of biblical content. It should do more than say “Hallelujah” or “I love you, Jesus,” or even “You’re holy.” It should focus on the biblical message and its application to our lives. It should speak of the glory of God, his majesty, being, and attributes; of creation and the fall; of law and grace; of the incarnation; of Christ’s life and teaching, his crucifixion, death, resurrection, and ascension; of redemption; of conflict with sin; of hope, victory, and the glory of God.
Yes, Christian hymnody should be theology put to music. Hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs should teach. They should inform us of our faith, call us to our duties, rebuke us for our failures, remind us of our comfort, and express our longing, determination, and hope in Christ to be all that God would have us be.
Next we are told how we should sing: “with grace in your hearts singing to God.” First, we should s
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TAX-deductable support for our ministry should be written to the order of Berean Baptist church, P.O. Box 1233, Grand Blanc, Michigan48480-3233. Direct bank transfers may be made to Franklin Bank, 24725 West Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48034 USA, Routing Number 241271957 Berean Baptist Special Account No. 567495976.
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