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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.

In 2015 Baruch will be driving through and is available for ministry in the following states:
NY, NC, TN, KY, KS, AR, TX AZ, CA, WA, ID, MT, ND, SD, MN WI, IN, OH MI

Ministry can include pulpit ministry and Pastor’ fellowships. Among the topics Baruch is most often asked to address are
Old Testament/NT expositions (of parts of whole books), the Messianic Movement, Priorities in Eschatology, a Christian use of the Old Testament. Interested churches are invited to write to languageservice4you@gmail.com or to bmaoz@themaozweb.com



Baruch's Musings

November 21, 2014

A combustible concoction of Muslim radicalization, Palestinian frustration fomented by incitement by Hamas, Iran and the Palestinian Authority, thoughtless provocative actions by fringe Israeli politicians and the lack of far-sighted, moral leadership in both Israel and the among the Palestinians have led to inhuman attacks such as that perpetrated this morning in a house of prayer in Jerusalem. These attacks can offer no hope. On the contrary, they lead to sharp responses on the part of Israeli defense forces, encouraging yet another cycle of responsive violence by Palestinians. Candies were given out this morning in Gaza and Bethlehem in celebration of the horrendous attack. The bereaved families of the attackers hailed their action and called for more of the same.

Leadership on both sides lacks the will, the courage and the motivation to rein in their people's passions and call for an end to the viciously spiraling process. Instead of leader, Netanyahu and Abbas are being led by their people. Each side is striving for the satisfaction of its maximal demands. Each is driven by their own camp's extremists to ever more one-sided expectations which render a conceivable resolution increasingly less likely.

Israeli and Palestinians both are in need of leaders characterized by realistic, courageous statesmanship that dares to break out of the mould and give hope -- to both friend and foe.

Needless to say, the Gospel offers such a transformation of individuals and of societies that would affect such leadership.

Brethren: please avoid evangelical platitudes and one-sided exclamations. Instead, pray!

November 20, 2014

The consequences of expecting God to act as we taught ourselves to expect can be dire. An addiction to excitement is less than helpful:

"Elijah could not trust God... he could not believe in the efficacy of any but violent remedies... (He) loses heart because God's ways are not his ways. He cannot understand God's secular modes of working; and, conceiving of His ways as sudden and miraculous only, he feels that the Most High has deserted his cause and His servants." (B.B. Warfield, THE CAUSE OF GOD, Faith and Life, 1916, Banner of Truth Trust, 1974, pp. 9-10)

We need to tune our expectations to God's ways and learn to view the normal course of life and nature as sanctified and subservient to the divine will in which the Lord is actively pursuing his eternal goals. Mundane, everyday life is poised on the edge of eternity; it needs no extraordinary feature to be a work of God. Nature is God's common way of working and, as such, sanctified.

 November 6, 2014

The Israeli Government's policy in Jerusalem is exacerbating friction with the Palestinians.
Palestinian "lone wolf" terror attacks are encouraged by Mahmoud Abbas and especially by Hamas
in the hope that Israeli responses will lead to further negative international criticism of Israel. One-sided international response has further fanned the flames.

Hamas strives to stimulate a national uprising. So far, violence is limited to Jerusalem while the West Bank is largely peaceful, but extremists on both sides are playing into each other's hands. The situation may well get out of hand.

At the same time, there are signs of increased tension on Israel's northern border, with Lebanon
(Hezbollah) and Syria (The Al Qaida-related Al-Nusra Front).

Jordan has recalled its Ambassador to Israel in protest of Israel's efforts to suppress the violence in
Jerusalem while another Al Qaida-related group in the south have staged attacks from Sinai.

November 3, 2014

I was asked to explain the attached article. My explanation is under the link

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Court-applies-Law-of-Return-to-Messianic-Jews-because-of-fathers

Israeli law stipulated that one is Jewish if born of a Jewish mother. Hence, those born of a Jewish father and a Gentile mother are not Jewish for the purposes of Israeli law.

Another law accords automatic right of immigration to Israel if either or one's grandparents were Jewish, regardless of whether or not the intended immigrant is Jewish -- unless the intended immigrant was Jewish and converted to another religion.

The Israeli Government has sought to exclude Jewish Christians born to Jewish fathers and to Gentile mothers on the grounds of their faith in Christ. The Supreme Court has ruled that such an exclusion is illegal because Jewish Christians whose mothers are not Jewish have not, under terms of Israeli law, converted to another religion -- for the purposes of the law they were never Jewish in the first place.

 
The Recent MaozNews

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MaozNews No. 82 November 2014 

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In This Issue:

Renewed Tensions Perhaps Abated, pg. 1

Baruch’s Biography Continued, pg. 2

Ministry and Family News, pg. 6

 

 

 

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Breaking News

In Jerusalem, on three separate occasions Palestinian drivers have intentionally driven their vehicles onto sidewalks and train stations, killing and maiming Israeli pedestrians. In the process of one such attack yesterday, the driver then emerged from his car with a metal bar and attacked bystanders until shot by police. The Palestinian Authority's Spokesperson has described these incidents as "car crashes." Hamas, on the other hand, has hailed the assailants as martyrs for the cause and the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, paid condolence visits to the families of the attackers.

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Testimonials

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

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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

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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

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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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