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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  and Colossians: The All-Sufficient Christ 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. Galatians and Colossians. He has written devotional commentaries on Genesis - Judges, I Timothy - Jude., 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 theological and exegetical 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.

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 the address at bottom of this page. His faceBook and Linkedin pages serve as blogs and provide almost daily information on the scene in Israel. His postings are also avaialble via Twitter: @BaruchMaoz

 

From my commentary on Galatians

"Idolatry, sorcery … and the such like of which I warn you in advance as I warned you before, that those who are doing these kinds of things will not inherit the kingdom of God". Paul continues to point out some of the ways in which self-love expresses itself in man’s effort to stand on his own, to govern his life and to view pleasure and satisfaction as the goal of life. He now speaks of things that “the flesh” does and that professedly have to do with spirituality, but of the right kind. People engage in idolatry and in sorcery because they prefer to believe in a deity who is much like themselves in terms of weaknesses, a deity subject to manipulation. They want nothing to do with a terrifyingly holy God who rules over all, who cannot be bribed, who will cannot be altered and who cannot by stymied, who does in heaven and earth and under the earth all that he wishes, and none can stay his hand or call him to account.

 Idolaters imagine a highly convenient deity. Ultimately, all the gods of the nations are no more than reflections of their worshippers, their world-views, weaknesses, whims and actions. Idolatry assumes the existence of gods who may be motivated or stopped by means of sacrifices, ceremonies and incantations. The differences between idolatry and sorcery is minimal, so much so that both really share the same understanding of the world: man determines the actions of the Gods or of the spirits because the latter are to one extent or another dependent on man’s actions. In other words, man is ultimately the master of his own fate, the crucial factor of life.

 The only other option that man can think of is that he is the prisoner of blind, cruel fate. He refuses to believe that the world is governed by an all-wise, kind God, holy and merciful, and that the fate of every individual is determined by such an amazing God. Man wants to rule, even if it means that he is lost while arrogantly traying to take over the world. Man prefers to drive the vehicle of his life off a cliff rather than hand the steering wheel over to someone so gloriously other than he is, greater and better than he by far.

 Nor ought we think that our present generation differs in this regard from those that preceded. Man is still sinful, rebellious and hostile to God. Men and women still dare try and change the very order of life. In our days they employ genetic engineering, challenge the very definition of a family and claim the right to determine and alter their gender. They still irresponsibly abuse the world’s resources, negatively impacting the environment without thought for tomorrow and claim the right to do so without having to give account. They dare promote invitro pregnancies (that involve the destruction of countless unborn) and surrogacy. They avoid giving birth by way of pills, condoms and abortions and hand unwanted children over for adoption or neglect them in front of a television set while they selfishly pursue their careers.

 Not only so, but sorcery has not disappeared from the world. Many flock to wonder-workers. Others, who consider themselves an educated elite, believe in stones and fragrances with supra-natural powers, become devotees of gurus, Scientology or some well-spoken preacher.

 Those who are doing these kinds of things will not inherit the kingdom of God. because the kingdom of God is very different from all this. The Faith of the Messiah is different. It requires mature, informed thought. It imposes on individuals the responsibility to adopt a moral view of life that acknowledges God’s government on the universe and devotes itself enthusiastically to the keeping of his commandments. It does so because it recognizes than no one is more wonderful, more beautiful, more perfect than he is.

 When we properly understand the Christian Faith, we dare not think we can redirect God’s will by prayer or move him to action by fasting, sacrifices, incantations or ceremonies. To the contrary: we recognize that God’s will is better than anything we might want, and we therefore accept God’s will even when it involves pain, loss and suffering.

 By virtue of such an understanding, we also come to know that we are not in the hands of blind faith, the powers of nature or subject to some supra-natural beings. We are called to reign over life by the grace of the Messiah, to rule over and subdue the earth to the praise of God, and to conduct our lives with a confidence that derives from the knowledge that the gracious promises of God and utterly reliable. They will undoubtedly be fulfilled to the hilt. That is why we dare aspire, endeavor, enjoy, hurt, struggle and overcome. There will be a time when, by the grace of God, we shall also reap the sweet fruits of our pain and sacrifice, of our struggles and victories.

 Such a person experiences life in its thrilling fulness, because he has implanted within himself an eternal source of vigor that leads to eternal life. Instead of loving himself, he loves God – after all, everything that exists and everything that happens is ultimately geared to the glory of God. On the other hand, a man enslaved to himself has no purpose in life beyond immediate pleasure. His love is distorted, lacking, and his joys are like the morning dew which dissipates with the rising of the sun.

 "How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah

 "Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.

 "O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah Behold our shield, O God, look on the face of your anointed, for a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.

 "O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you" (Psalm 84).

 

 

MaozNews No. 132

Published every 4 weeks or so

 February 2019

© Baruch Maoz           

Israel – Society, pg. 1

Israel – Elections, pg. 3

Ministry News, pg. 4

Family News, pg. 4

Israel – Society

Chuck Freilich, Ha’Aretz January 23, 2019

Chuck Freilich, a former deputy Israeli national security adviser, is a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center and author of "Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change" (Oxford University Press, April 2018). Twitter: @FreilichChuck

 

In recent years, many among Israel’s secular public (comprising the majority), have come to accept the contention made by the religious parties and others, namely that the ultra-orthodox  (Haredi, BM) Jewish population cannot be forced to serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), study the core school curriculum, participate in the labor force or accept gender, ethnic and religious equality. Instead, they maintain, what is needed is patience and tolerance to provide for the gradual integration of the Haredim into Israeli society. 

To be sure, some progress has been made. Over 20% of young Haredi men now serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and more young male and female Haredim are pursuing academic educations, though dropout rates are high. The percentage of Haredi women who work is now similar to the that in general population, and they give birth at later ages, possibly presaging a future decline in present extraordinary fertility rates.

In practice, however, the efforts to integrate the Haredim into Israeli society have failed. The "tents of Torah" continue to be more attractive than those of the IDF. Nearly 80% of Haredi men continue to dodge military service although special military units were established to accommodate, they serve for shorter periods of time, and a significant part of their service is devoted to providing skills they should have gained in school. Only half of Haredi males work, a dramatic decrease since the 1970s, many in low-income jobs, resulting in  a deeply impoverished population living at the expense of the secular majority. 

The integration approach has numerous other "accomplishments," such as, growing gender separation in the IDF; new academic institutions established for them and gender separation in special programs for Haredim in longstanding - supposedly co-ed - institutions; separate rooms for Haredi employees in many places of employment; separate beaches, swimming pools and media; in Mea Shearim (an ultra-orthodox quarter, BM) in Jerusalem and Bet Shemesh, gender-segregated sidewalks. Disturbances have broken out on El Al planes when Haredi males were seated beside women. 

Proponents of integration continue to press their cause. Most people, they argue, agree on most of the issues. If we but exhibit more patience and tolerance, integration will succeed. However, the minority is what distinguished an enlightened society to a benighted one, and the differences must not be glossed over. 

What is happening in practice is in many ways contrary to what the well-meaning secular proponents of integration intend; every step toward integration requires a further compromise on the part of the secular population. Enlightened Israel is sinking into darkness.

Furthermore, it is unclear what precisely constitutes integration. Do most secular Israelis want to live with Haredim in the same neighborhoods? Integration of more than a minimal number of ultra-Orthodox families has repeatedly meant systemic pressure on secular lifestyles and a process of an accelerating, coercive religiosity in the public square and in the allocation of resources.The secular majority is not interested.What about going to school together? Integrated schools have rapidly become yeshivas (religious schools in which religion is the main topic. BM). How about taking vacations and spending leisure time together, or religious revivalist meetings? 

For most of the secular public, integration means that Haredim serve in the IDF and go to work like everyone else. No more. In other words, that the Orthodox get off the backs of the secular public, the people who built Israel, turned it into the magnificent creation it is and continue to sustain and nourish it today, so everyone can thrive.

In 2050, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Haredi population will number approximately 3 million, some 30% of the projected Jewish population, and over 4 million in 2060, about 35% of the Jewish population. Put simply, one third of theJews in Israel will be Haredi, compared to 15% today, and many others will belong to the national-religious community, composed of people of varying degrees of toleranc. Israel cannot bear the burden the of Haredi community for long without economic ruin, no matter how much high-tech the secular population produces. Israel will also be unable to remain a vibrant democracy if a substantial portion of its citizens consider rabbinical figures, as opposed to the state’s laws and values, their primary authority. 

Our young people will not wish to live here if they have to support vast numbers of people who live at their expense, or serve in the IDF if they are asked to defend draft dodgers and an increasingly illiberal society. Israel’s very existence as a Jewish, Zionist and democratic state is at stake. Haredi society cannot continue to exist for long as presently constituted and, much like a glacier, will ultimately collapse under its own weight. Increasingly more young Haredim are fed up with lives of poverty and intellectual privation. They wish to merge into Israeli society and appreciate the need to respect the secular majority’s lifestyle. Many find the current coercive practices of the Haredi community objectionable.

A democratic society based on discrimination and coercion cannot survive for long. The secular majority certainly has no interest in helping the Haredi community do so. As a centrist, who views political moderation as a pillar of democratic discourse, and who generally favors evolutionary rather than revolutionary change, the idea of integration is attractive and I support it in principle. However, the illusory integration that has been forced upon the secular majority by the Haredi parties is entirely another matter.

It would hardly be radical to note that Haredim work for their livelihoods elsewhere in the world, since no one else will support them. When forced to do so in the past, they served in foreign armies, and not in separate military units. The limited success in integrating Haredim into Israeli society achieved to date is a result of the secular population’s steadfast defense of a few remaining democratic principles. There is no room for further compromise, which would constitute a surrender of democratic values. Support for true integration is not coercion; it is merely an expression of respect for the values of democracy and the rule of law, and it reflects the will of the overwhelming majority of the nation. If things do not change rapidly, by 2050 Israel will have become an impoverished, illiberal society. 

With the political map changing daily before our eyes, there is an opportunity – no more than –  for change in the upcoming elections and for the establishment of a secular or more moderate Government. So, go forth and take the polling stations by storm. It is not a matter of war or peace, but of war or integration. This is a political and cultural battle for the future character of the Jewish state in the face of the specious rhetoric that has won the minds of so many for so long.

Israel – Elections

The present Government lost its parliamentary majority. Elections have been set for March 9. The present Government completed four out of the almost five years of its mandate. New political constellations have been formed and, for the first time in decades, a serious political threat to Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu’s Prime Minstership is visible.

Israeli political have generally been divided between the Left and the Right. But two centrist parties, likely to cooperate if not to merge, have captured the imagination of many and may well capture their votes. One of the two is led by Yair Lapid, a former Finance Minister, and the other by Benjamin (Benny) Gantz, a former Chief of Staff. The latter is considered a more likely choice for Prime Minister, whereas the former’s party has shown staying power and organizational abilities that the latter’s, newly formed, has yet to prove. Combined, the two parties run neck and neck with Netanyahu’s Likud, perhaps even overtake the Likud.

The political platform the two parties present is very similar: a moderately liberal society in which the religious Orthodox have a reduced influence on society, a firm stance on security, a willingness to compromise with the Palestinians, a free market, more significant investments in education, health and infrastructure and a shake-up of the political system, including term limitations for the office of Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is likely to be indicted, subject to a hearing the Attorney General is obliged to accord him, for corruption, including bribery. An announcement to that effect is to be delivered this month. Ifelected, Netanyahu’s hearing is likely to take 12-18 months. If he is not elected, the hearing process will be shorter. At any rate, once indicted, his Government is likely to fall, forcing new elections within a short space of time. 

Ministry News

We have completed editing my translation of Romans and the two letters to the Corinthians in the Limited Vocabulary Modern Hebrew translation of the New Testamentand are now drawing to the end of editing the translation of Paul’s letters. We have yet to edit Hebrews-Revelation but are making excellent progress. The next stage is to review comments from the various control groups and improve on what we have done in light of those comments.

 I have also just about completed translating my commentary on Galatians into English and writing (in Hebrew) the daily devotionalson Galatians. I am considering adding an excursus on the Law. As indicated, the devotional new series I’ve undertaken will focus on the Gospels, with the clear intention of avoiding moralizing and spiritualizing the message of the Gospels by focusing on Christ himself. After all, the Gospels were written primarily to acquaint us with him. Before turning to the Gospels, I’ve about a more month of writing on various proverbs before turning to the Gospels.

Family  News

Eran has been restored to health. No operation was necessary following the accident. The car in which he and Avital drove when the accident occurred was deemed a total loss. They have now purchased a new car, with updated safety features.

 Keith and Shlomit expect to see a doctor in Augusta, GA who specializes in SIBO and its complications. At the moment, Keith is keeping to a strictly limited diet, avoiding all carbohydrates and sugars because any intake of these substances immediately triggers an extreme ABS (Auto Brewery Syndrome) reaction that raises his alcohol levels to unbelievable heights, threatening his liver and incapacitating him for days. The church they attend has rallied around them, as have some friends in the area, somewhat alleviating the burden Shlomit has had to carry. Keith’s mother also helped by spending a month with him and the family, but she has now returned home. I may need to fly over and help. We now await hearing from the doctor in Augusta, following which we’ll decide if I need to come.

An Important Notice

We would be grateful if readers of this newsletter, particularly those who have hitherto supported our labors, would consider supporting us in the coming year and inform us of their intention. We have not yet reached the level ofcovenanted supportnecessary and are reticent to draw on our limited savings at this stage of our lives. If you supported us in 2018 and intend to continue to do so in 2019, or if you intend to commence supporting us, please doinform us. We are not is any special need at this time, but expect resources to be eroded in the course of the year, all the more so as we assume the costs of relocation.

 In Christ by grace,

 Baruch and Bracha Maoz

  

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COME LET US REASON TOGETHER(On the Unity of Jews and Gentiles in the church). Christ as the fullness of divine revelation and his work as sufficient for our whole salvation, 

Presbyterian and Reformed.

JONAH: A PROPHET ON THE RUNa devotional commentary on the book of Jonah, 

Shepherd Press.

MALACHI: A PROPHET IN TIMES OF DISTRESSa devotional commentary on the book of Malachi. Founders Press.

COLOSSIANS: The All-Sufficient Saviora devotional commentary on the book of Colossians. Founders Press.

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God Can Do What We Cannot -- Galatians 3:1-14

A sermon   

http://truegraceofgod.org/resources/sermons/god-can-do-what-we-cannot/

 

The Messianic Movement - A Brief Assessment

The modern Messianic Movement began as an expression of a commendable and legitimate desire on the part of many to present the Gospel to the Jewish people in terms the Jewish people would more readily understand. However, the Movement erred on two major accounts.

First, a confusion was between rendering the Gospel more understandable and rendering it more palatable. The Gospel can never be palatable to man because it insists that is not Lord of his own destiny. He cannot save himself. Consequently, in an effort to present the Gospel in terms more acceptable to the Jewish people, more and more of its fundamental tenets were discarded: faith was considered a saving work in which man engages; the Trinity tended to be denied in practice if not in theory; repentance was, at best, a matter of verbiage rather than one’s despair of oneself and a cry to God for mercy. The result was an emasculated message rather than that glorious declaration that is the power of God to save whoever believes, Jews first but also Gentiles.

Second, by clothing the Gospel in Jewish traditional garb (in many cases wholly unbiblical), fundamental issues of the Gospel were obscured while tradition was accorded disproportionate, at times sacramental, importance. Grace tended to be viewed as something people earn; the primary authority of God’s word was subjected to rabbinical interpretations; the unity of the body of Christ was diluted by the creation of congregations whose distinctive was Jewish tradition rather than Christ; political Zionism in the name of Christ was allowed to disenfranchise all who embrace a contrary political view. Once again, the result was an emasculated message rather than that glorious declaration that is the power of God to save, Jews first and also Gentiles.

We need to return to a grace-oriented Gospel in which God as he is known in Christ has preeminence, not Jewish things; that strives after holiness rather than playing at being Jewish. That is the Gospel, God’s power to save. 

 

 

Following is a link to Baruch's summary of Paul's letter to the Romans (audio, 40 minutes)

http://www.kingschapelbaptist.org/sermons/?sermon_id=36 

Baruch's Musings


Israel, Eschatology and the Church

I was recently asked:

Do you believe that the Church is the New or True Israel however?

Many Reformed folks say Christ constituted a New Israel around Himself and His apostles. Can one hold this view AND believe in a future for ethnic, national Israel per Romans 11?

And where do you stand eschatologically?

Thank you! 

I responded:

Dear XXXX,

In response top your inquiries.

I frankly am hard-preesed to find scriptural warrant for the term “spiritual Israel” as I do for “a new Israel”. Both seem to me to smack of the kind of discontinuity between Old and New Covenants against which Calvin and the Puritans protested so firmly. So far as I understand, the “church in the wilderness” is finds its' continuation in the New Testament church, composed of natural branches who have entered their inheritance, and those grafted in contrary to nature, both equal objects of the same grace and sharing in the same hope.

I desire to stand eschatologically where the Bible stands, and am convinced that we have not been well served by the pre- post and a- positions that have been imposed upon the church since John Darby’s days. The real issue in eschatology is not whether we are pre or post the Millenium, or if there is to be one. The real eschatological issue is the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. That is where i stand most firmly.

As to your latter questions, I know of those who affirm that the church has replaced Israel and yet believe that there is biblical promise of (spiritual) hope for ethnic Israel. This seems to be somewhat contradictory, but I may not be understanding their position as carefully as it deserves.

In Chris by grace,

Baruch




A Sermon on the Love of God

http://cpcissaquah.org/sermons/behold-how-great-the-fathers-love/

 

The Church or Organizations?

I have a growing concern that is in no way unrelated to the scene in Israel and which I believe is relevant in a much wider sphere. My concern has to do with the role of organizations, by which I do not mean inter- or intra-congregational bodies established and meaningfully overseen by churches but those many Christian impressive organizations with which we are all well acquainted.

It is not without wisdom, nor by oversight that our Lord established his church rather than organizations. The truth of the matter is that there is no biblical justification for the existence of such. Some organization pay lip-service to the role that the church ought to play in the lives of those they employ or service and whose work they guide. But the perceived needs and initiatives of the organization always have priority. For example, those who work with or for Christian organizations are often absent from the worship and ongoing activity of the churches to which they belong due to their duties toward the organizations under whose aegis they labor.

In some cases, workers are not accepted accept they come with a recommendation from a church. But such recommendation is more often than not sought after the candidate has been cultivated to some extent by the organization, facing his church with the painful option of either losing him or her altogether, or acceding to their request for a recommendation. In not a few cases, individuals are absorbed into organizations in spite of the lack of such recommendations, sometimes in spite of their unsuitability.

Churches are best equipped by the Lord to measure, recognize, correct and cultivate Christians’ spiritual and moral lives. That is one of the main purposes for which the church was established. Churches are also best equipped by the Lord to exercise spiritual and moral oversight and, when necessary, spiritual and moral discipline. It will not do to simply dismiss someone from an organization without there being meaningful, biblically-authorized pastoral ministration. At times, such ministrations might mean excommunication – all steps which no organization is authorized by God’s word to take, all the more so when the biblical goal of such action is the restoration of the erring brother or sister, not merely getting rid of a troublesome individual or ensuring the good reputation of the organization.

What is more, Christians taken up with the activities of organizations, however valid and important, invest their time, talents and other resources in the context of their organizational callings instead of investing them in the life of their churches. They thereby deplete their churches of gifts the Lord has given to his church, to which church they rightfully belong.

As much is true of the considerable financial resources organizations and volunteeristic (do forgive the invention of a new word) energies organizations take up, sapping the church still further of her strength and vigor.

It is true: in many cases, organizations came into being because the church was not fulfilling its’ duty. But the biblical solution is not to supplant the church, but to reform it. 

There are many activities to which the church is called and for which no single church is able to shoulder on its’ own. That is one of the many areas in which churches should recognize they belong one to another, and find ways to work together as the body of Christ. Inner and intra-congregational organizations should be the norm, not modern practice.

In Israel, some excellent organizations are doing a very fine work in the sphere of their perceived callings. For that they are to be commended. But they are doing so at the expense of the church. Not a few of them, awash with financial resources, attract the finest of our talents away from their churches. Local church membership is maintained, but practical engagement in the life of the church is sparse except where they manage to enlist the church in support of their organization’s efforts.

O for the day when Pastors will begin cultivating in the churches they serve a high, biblical, view of the body of Christ! O for the day when Israeli Christians will be taught that the way to belong to the body of Christ is to enlist one’s heart and soul in the life of the church! O for the day when Israeli Christians will be granted a truly biblical view of Christian service and will live out the Gospel in the context of their church life!

 

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As regular readers of MaozNews will know, issue 113 carried indication of my concern over the way many organizations replace the church in various spheres. A summary of my argument follows, with responses from well-respected brethren.

According to scripture, our Lord established the church, not organizations. The church is to be a central factor in all shared Christian activity. Organizations often usurp the role of churches as well as the role of the church in individual lives. Lip service I paid to the authority of the church, but often in such a way as to secure the interests of organizations at the expense of the church, sapping her energies and resources.

Churches are best equipped to nurture Christians and to guide them in their endeavors. It is true: in many cases, organizations came into being because the church was not fulfilling its’ duty. But the biblical solution is not to supplant the church, but to reform it.

There are many activities to which the church is called and for which no single church is able to shoulder on its’ own. That is when inter-church cooperation is called for.

 Responses received:

 Dear Baruch,

I do assent to all that you have said. You described the 'ideal' church in this fallen world. But as I move amongst different kinds of evangelical churches, I am sadly seeing more and more, that the Bride of Christ is like 'Cinderella with Amnesia' - to quote a book title. 

How you describe things IS how it SHOULD be. But I am finding that fine young people are not being challenged by their churches to 'look unto the fields'. When they are challenged by others to look (perhaps through their University CU's or by reading good books) and then go back to their churches, they find little enthusiasm there, and sometimes get the "sit down young man" treatment which Carey allegedly received. The churches themselves are failing. 

I know our great need is to pray for revival, but the Great Commission is too great to wait for that. I know what you might say - 'let those young people go and find solid outward-looking Reformed churches'. But such churches are few and far between.

Warmly in the Lord,

XXXX  

Dear XXXX

I think the problem is that, instead of reforming the church and getting her to do what she should be doing, we set up organizations that, as a result, further weaken her. I’m not calling for an immediate dismantling of all non-church organizations, but I do believe that such bodies should work for their own demise by seeking to challenge, equip and motivate the church.

In Christ by grace,

Baruch

 

Another brother insisted that Paul’s activity was, in essence, identical to that of a modern Mission organization, with various of his helpers being funded by various churches.

I question that on a number of grounds. First, Paul was sent out by a church, to which he repeatedly returned to report. Second, there is no biblical evidence to the claim that any one of his various helpers were supported by various churches. Third, there is no evidence of and individual church supporting individuals that were not sent out from that church.  An important exception is, of course, the church in Philippi, to which Paul was careful to send formal confirmation of receipt. There was nothing of the “golden handshake” with bills being discretely passed from donor to recipient.

The same brother rightly insists on sending churches playing a large role in the oversight of those sent out by them. However, when the interest or considerations of the local church run contrary to those of the organization, it has almost always been the case that the concerns of the sending church were over-ridden by the organization.

This is not to say that I believe missionary organizations should be dismantled at once. Many such organizations are doing a valuable work! But I do believe they should be working toward their own dismantlement by gradually reverting to biblical principles, handing over more and more of their endeavors to churches and subjecting themselves in increasingly meaningful ways to the oversight of churches.

Further reflection from friends, foes and readers is welcome.

(to be continued)

 


We Need a Reformation

Baruch Maoz  2017

We’re never satisfied unless we’ve made our mark, justified our presence, proven our worth, earned some accolade, gained recognition, been noticed. If someone says something, we have to add our two bits. If anything goes on, we have to be involved – or at the very least appear to be in the know. We do not like to be obligated and would much rather have others obligated to us. “Freedom” is understood as the liberty to do all we want, when we want and as much as we want. “Do your own thing”, “be your own person”, and “be yourself” have become watchwords for a truly successful life. “Be your own boss” is a goal we pursue in all walks of life. That’s why we have so many divorces, church splits and broken friendships: we love ourselves too much, and others merely for our sake.

So, we climb the Everest or win a race, are nice to neighbors, buy the newest gadget and aspire to the most prominent position to have a sense of value. When we see a TV camera, we put on a childish smile, poke our mugs into the frame and wave like idiots and call our girlfriend to have her tune to the right station. We love to drop names of well-known people we’ve met, as if that will add to our importance. We rush a hundred times a day to see how many likes we received on FaceBook, or note there that we’re drinking coffee in the Asinine Motel on top on Mount Boorishness.

We love ourselves too much. We love ourselves so much, and are so insecure that it is too painful for us to apologize or admit failure. We prefer to lay the burden of responsibility for our actions on the others, who purportedly provoked us; on circumstances that imposed upon us and justify our actions; on our education, our parents, our culture or lack thereof and so on. Moral failure – the worse kind of failures – is all the more difficult for us to admit.

Man has created an endless stream of religions, all of which share a common characteristic: he becomes his own savior by way of “good works”, sacrifice, meditation, ritual or prayer. He may serve a Buddha, kiss a scroll, bow before an idol or minister to the needy. He may evangelize, fast, serve the church, deny himself or study the Bible. He may be an atheist who denies to existence of God (another form of religion) or an agnostic (who dares to crown reason as the test of all things). It does not matter; his salvation depends on him --whatever he does is what secures his salvation.

Of course, most Christians acknowledge that the larger part of salvation comes from God. Others attribute their salvation to the gods, if they believe in such. He, or they, respond to our efforts and grant us the blessings we crave or the salvation we need. If we are atheists, we thank and compliment ourselves with hollow words that, deep in our hearts, we know to be false.

After all, whence came our abilities, opportunities and advantages? They are not of our own making. In all cases, the initiative is ours, and what God or the gods do for us or what we make of life is in response to our actions. If they exist, he or they laid the ground and paved the way. The rest us up to us. If there is no God, it is all up to us. Perhaps we obtained salvation, or a moment’s experience of happiness (and few know the difference). It is now up to us to ensure we do not lose what we’ve gained, or to bring it to a higher level. Ultimately, we are all atheists, because we are the ones who make the choice and thereby become the arbiters or our fate. Even if saved by the kindness of God, our two bits are necessary.

The Gospel runs contrary to the general vein. It tells us the truth we do not wish to hear: that life – real, true LIFE – does not consist of doing our own thing or pursuing an endless string of enjoyments that serve to deafen us to the hollowness of our lives. We inevitably lack that inner sense of meaning that can only derived from an eternal purpose that has to do with a goal beyond ourselves.

Yes: beyond ourselves. Instinctively, we all know we cannot and ought not be the goal of our lives. Our egotism has not achieved that heightened state of satanic persuasion that dares openly declare ourselves worthy of being the goal of our lives. Nor are we able. Deep in our hearts, we sense the futility of the selfish, hedonistic pursuit of pleasure.

When encountered with pain, we have no means to address it. We seek, instead, for meaning by escaping, by inventing alternate purposes such as family, ideology, culture or sheer enjoyment of various kinds. In doing so we flee the very source of meaning and of exhilarating value. All becomes vanity, a vapor liable to dismissal by the slightest wind.

The Gospel, on the other hand, tells us that we are never freer than when in bondage to God; never more like ourselves than when we are Christlike; never wiser than when we submit to the truth of him who made the worlds; that we never, ever deserve to be happy, and that every moment of enjoyment is a gift of grace.

The Gospel calls for humility, for a frank admission of demerit. It teaches us that without God we can do nothing, that with him we can do only by his kind enabling, and that even after we have done our best, we are but unprofitable servants whose labors are acceptable only because of Christ. It teaches us to love God at our own expense and thereby find life by way of a holiness that embraces the world without succumbing to it.

That is the essential nature of the Gospel, the essence of grace – it is utterly unearned and undeserved. Not only so, but grace, to be grace, does it all: the initiative is God’s, the grounds are laid by him. He places us on those grounds, and he ensures we remain on them, guiding, sustaining and protecting us all the way to glory. We are secure because our holiness now and for eternity, without which there is no happiness, depends on him.

That is how the Gospel imparts meaning even to our darkest moments. It points to pleasures that far exceed the realities we experience in the here and now, and thereby accords even pleasures a value while dismissing them from the pretension of being the purpose of life. We thus find more pleasure in denying a craving than in satisfying it, in forcing ourselves to fulfill a duty rather than seeking to shirk it.

That’s it: grace calls for human effort. The only reasonable response to grace is that we offer God our full, hearty, unreserved, sacrificial and continuous obedience. We love, not to be loved, but because we have first been loved. We obey, not in order in order to obtain but because we have been given so much, so liberally and so undeservedly. We serve, not to ensure our inheritance but because – contrary to all desert – we are assured of an inheritance unblemished, undefiled, reserved in heaven for us, purchased by the blood of the Son of God, affirmed by the Spirit of God and secured by the promise of the Father.

Christian obedience is not a burden, it is an act of love and of gratitude, a recognition of sweet duty made all the sweeter by being rendered to the most glorious, beautiful, worthy, magnificent, worthy and beloved One who is altogether holy, perfectly lovely, unimaginably himself. That is what Paul describes in Romans 8 as walking in the Spirit, as minding the things of the Spirit rather than those of the flesh. When we do not our own thing, but his; when we seek to please him rather than ourselves; when we respond to his grace as we ought, then we are all we were meant to be, all that we ought to be, all that – deep down in our hearts – we long to be. Then we find life and peace.

Such was the original Faith of Israel until corrupted by human contrivance and driven by prideful self-assertion. Paul of Tarsus came to understand that. He learnt to love the law of God with exuberant affection. He was changed, so that he learned to delighted in the law. It framed his desires. It challenged his habits. It changed the course of his life. He learnt to deny himself and thereby find himself, to forgo pleasure and find the greatest of all pleasures – the pleasure of loving God because we are loved by him. Coming under God’s pleasant yoke, Paul became the freest of all men. We will know no real peace until we follow Paul’s example, with abandon.

Upon destruction of the temple at the hands of the Romans in 70 AD, Judaism took a decisive turn which set it on a path of self-obtained righteousness of the kind often promoted earlier by some within Israel. Instead the religion of grace described in the Old Testament (later in the New), tendencies castigated by the prophets found expression in Pharisaical understandings and arrogant self-assertions. These became the norm, resulting in a major departure from the ways of God.

God in his unilateral grace gave Israel the blood of sacrificial animals as a means of atonement for sin (Leviticus 17:11), but stringent ritual became a means by which Israel pleased God and sought to obligate him, (Isaiah 1:4-17), often without regard to the intended meaning of the ritual and without engaging the affections. Ritual was divorced from its intended content and thereby detached from daily life. Moral behavior was no longer motivated by a sense of gratitude to God, nor viewed in terms of worshipful, loving obedience. Instead, acts of generosity and kindness were viewed as ways by which man obtained merit and thereby earned God’s blessing, or simply replaced by efforts to increase earthly gain. Even humility was a transformed into a kind of purportedly meritorious self- motivated, self-imposed abasement.

Illogically, everything had to do with life on earth. There was no recognition of value beyond that. No one was expected to have to give account for the life he lived. Consequently, life became a case of “let us eat and drink because tomorrow we die”. There being no God, there was no purpose beyond life itself. Selfishness ruled, and rules today.

Of course, there were exceptions. But they were just that: exceptions, not the rule. God’s authority was supplanted by an authoritarian Rabbinocracy, liberalistic Atheism or presumptuous Priestcraft in which the Creator had no real say. Religion was handed over to the Rabbis, the Kadis, the rationalistic intellectuals or the Priests, manipulators of the divine will. Indeed, Jewish tradition has it that God was silenced and his opinion rejected, while rabbis, kadis, scholars and priests arrogated to themselves the right to determine the practical implications of the biblical text.

Israel today has followed the logical path outlined by such presumption. The choice is presented as between secular humanism and blind obedience to a tradition as interpreted by the Rabbis, and the majority has chosen the former. The world at large has followed suit. Religion is, at best, considered to be a means to obtain and secure human happiness: “If that is what makes you happy, that’s fine with me”.

Christians too, have been deceived. God is once again viewed as subject to human manipulation through prayer, fasting and other human endeavors. Truth is relative: “Everyone has a right to his own opinion” and Bible study becomes an event in which everyone shares his own ignorance rather than listening to someone who has seriously studied the scripture. Obedience is not as valued as an emotional rush, and worship has more to do with feeling good (“let’s celebrate God”) than with the fear of the Lord.

The church has departed from its biblical moorings and degenerated into liberalistic humanism, a means by which man obtains merit, or a form of blind obedience to traditional practices and doctrines expounded from the pulpit. Many of the historic churches have chosen the latter. Modern evangelicalism has chosen the second. The majority, disappointed by both, has chosen the first. In many so-called churches, man is the focus of attention and God exists for man’s self-centered sense of comfort, pleasure and success.

Even common evangelical thought and practice has come to assume a kind of meritocracy which affirms that Jesus did much and the rest is up to us. This is expressed in many ways. Some affirm that God would dearly love to save every individual, but his will is stymied by man’s independence. His sovereignty has to do with everything – especially with what we expect him to do for us -- except man’s freedom to choose.

Election is man choosing God, God foreseeing that choice, and then running ahead and choosing him first. Others affirm that evangelism, prayer and fasting, Bible study, self-denial or other such activities are the means by which Christian ascend the ladder of spirituality and secure their final arrival at heaven’s gates. Worship is no longer worthy of the name because it is ultimately focused on man, his feelings and his trials, enjoyments and successes.

Few today have more than a mediocre understanding of the Faith as presented in the word of God. The majority prefer “practical” sermons, shallow evangelistic appeals, mega- churches in which their emotions are stirred while their minds are ignored and where there is no clear call to holiness in life, the fear of God, repentance or the forsaking of sin. People come to church to be petted, pampered, encouraged and taught to feel good about themselves. Hence the popularity of preachers such as Joel Olsteen, Mark Driscoll and the like. So-called Christian hedonism is just that: man finding ways to enjoy himself, be it hunting, music, God or a good meal. Hopefully it will be something good. The idea that we might be called upon to suffer loss, or even life, for God is anathema. God’s whole purpose is to make us happy.

The church has refused the discomfort of a truly prophetic ministry. Christians prefer chronologies and understand their Bibles in terms of world events, rather than viewing the world through biblical lenses. The church has turned its’ back to truly biblical congregational life, in which men of all races and cultures mix, theologies rub against each other and customs are challenged, modified and made to be more like Christ.

We prefer the theological, cultural, racial and linguistic ghettos in which our practice is never challenged and our assumptions are never questioned. In consequence, we are not called upon to change except in the direction of our cherished prejudices. We separate into congregations and clusters of congregations into which only those who agree with us are allowed to enter, and then love fellow-Christians (some, not all) over the fences our self-love has erected – until we divide again because some new area of disagreement has been discovered.

We are in desperate need of reformation. We desperately need to return to the word of God and to re-examine the best of our traditions, confessions, practices, polity and systematizations. Our fear of God our Savior must not be the fruit of human traditions rather than of the mighty, truthful, powerfully living word of God, which is able to save and sanctify us to the glory of him for whose sake we were created, redeemed and assured glorification. We are in desperate need of a revolution, a change in course.

We need to hear and heed the word of God afresh, change our ways and return to the biblical standards, in which God, his glory and his will come first, and man was made to honor him.

 

Two recent sermons, summarizing Paul's letter to the Romans:

Part One: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=5251719319

Part Two: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=525171124510

  


Israel's Defense Forces

 

From Chief of Staff and later Prime Minister of Israel, Itshak Rabin’s speech at the Hebrew University, June 8 1967 upon receipt of an honorary doctorate of philosophy:

 

“Today the university has conferred this honorary title upon us in recognition of the I.D.F.’s superiority of spirit and morals, as was revealed in the heat of war, for we are standing in this place by virtue of a heavy battle which, though forced upon us, was forged into a victory that is already called miraculous.

War is intrinsically harsh and cruel, bloody and tearstained, but this war in particular, which we have just undergone, brought forth rare and magnificent instances of heroism and courage, together with humane expressions of brotherhood, comradeship, and spiritual greatness.

Whoever has not seen a tank crew continue their attack with their commander killed and their vehicle badly damaged; whoever has not seen soldiers endangering their lives to extricate wounded comrades from a minefield; whoever has not seen the anxiety and the effort of the entire Air Force devoted to rescuing a pilot who has fallen in enemy territory, cannot know the meaning of devotion among comrades-in-arms.

The entire nation was exalted, and many wept, upon hearing the news of the capture of the Old City of Jerusalem. Our sabra youth, and most certainly our soldiers, do not tend toward sentimentality; they shy away from revealing it in public. However, the strain of battle, the anxiety which preceded it, and the sense of salvation and of direct participation of every soldier in the forging of the heart of Jewish history, cracked the shell of hardness and shyness and released wellsprings of deeply felt spiritual emotion. The paratroopers who conquered the Wailing Wall leaned against its stones and wept. As a symbol, this was a rare occasion, almost unparalleled in human history. Such phrases and cliche?s are not generally used in the I.D.F., but this sight on the Temple Mount, beyond the power of words, revealed, as though by a flash of lightning, a deep truth.

And more than this, the joy of triumph seized the entire nation. Nevertheless, we find, increasingly, a strange phenomenon among our fighters. Their joy is not total, and more than a little sorrow, and shock, permeates their celebration. There are those who do not celebrate at all. The warriors in the front lines witnessed not only the glory of victory but also its price – their comrades who fell beside them, bleeding. And I know that the terrible price paid by our enemies also touched the hearts of many of our men deeply. It may be that the Jewish people never learned, never accustomed themselves to experience the thrill of conquest and victory, and so we receive it with mixed feelings.”

 

Such is the spirit of Israel’s defense forces.

 





We Need a Reformation

We’re just not ever satisfied unless we’ve made our mark, justified our presence, proven our worth, earned some accolade (Ezekiel 28:1-5). If someone says something, we have to add our two bits (Proverbs 18:2). If anything goes on, we have to be involved – or at the very least in the know. We do not like to be obligated and would much rather have others obligated to us. “Freedom” is viewed as the liberty to do all we want, when we want it and as much as we want. “Do your own thing”, “be your own person”, or the purportedly milder “be yourself” are considered watchwords for what we consider a successful life. “Be your own boss” is a goal we pursue in all walks of life.

 So, we climb the Everest or win a race, buy the newest gadget and aspire to the most prominent position. When we see a TV camera, we put on a childish smile, poke our mugs into the frame and wave or invite our girlfriend to tune to the right station. We love to drop names of well-known people we’ve met, as if that will add to our importance and we rush a hundred times a day to see how many likes we received on FaceBook, or noted that we’re drinking coffee in the Anserine Motel on top on Mount Boorishness.

 That is why we find it so painful to apologize and to admit failure. We prefer to lay the burden on responsibility on others (Genesis 3:12). We were provoked; circumstances imposed themselves upon us or even justified our actions; or our education or lack thereof is to blame and so on. Moral failure – the worse kind of failure – is especially difficult to admit.

 Mankind has created an endless stream of religions, all of which share a common characteristic: man becomes his own savior. He may do so by “good works”, by offering sacrifice, by meditation or prayer. He may be serving a Buddha, kissing a scroll, an ancient wall or some other relic, bowing before an idol or ministering to the needy. He may be evangelizing, serving in the church, denying himself or studying the Bible. Whatever he does is what secures his salvation and assures his blessing.

 Of course, in many cases we admit that most of our salvation comes from God, or the gods. He, or they, respond to our efforts and grant us the blessings we crave. But the initiative is ours, and what he or they do for us is in response to our actions. God or the gods laid the ground and paved the way. The rest us up to us. If he or they accorded us salvation, it is now up to us to ensure we do not lose it; or we must bring it to a higher level of spiritual achievement. Ultimately, it is we who make the choice. We are the ultimate arbiters or our fate. Even if saved by the kindness of God, our two bits are needed to make it stick.

 But the Gospel runs contrary to this general vein. It tells us that we are never free than when in bondage to God; never more like ourselves than when we are Christlike; never wiser than when we submit to the truth of God. The Gospel tells us that we never, ever deserve God’s blessing. It calls for a sincere humility that is borne out of a sense of inability and lack of worth, for a frank admission of demerit. It teaches us that without God in Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5), that with him we can do only by his kindness and enabling (Philippians 2:13), and that even after we have done our best, we are but unprofitable servants (Luke 17:10) whose labors are acceptable only because of Christ (Philippians 4:13, Hebrew 13:21).

 That is the essential nature of grace – it is utterly undeserved. Not only so, but grace, to be grace, does it all (Colossians 2:10): the initiative is God’s, the grounds are laid by him, he places us on those grounds, and he ensures we remain on them, guiding, sustaining and protecting us all the way to glory.

 Not that grace does not call for human effort. On the contrary. The only reasonable response to grace is that we offer to God our full, hearty, unreserved, sacrificial and continuous obedience (Romans 12:1-3). But we love because we have first been loved (I John 4:19), not to be loved. We obey, not in order in order to obtain but because we have been given so much, so liberally and so undeservedly. We serve, not to ensure our inheritance but because –  contrary to all we deserve – we have been assured of an inheritance unblemished, undefiled, reserved in heaven for us (I Peter 1:4).

 Christian obedience is an act of love and of gratitude. It is a recognition of sweet duty (Romans 7:21), made sweeter by being rendered to God, the glorious, beautiful, worthy, magnificent, beloved One who is altogether holy, perfectly lovely, unimaginably himself.

 Such was the original Faith of Israel until corrupted by human contrivance driven by prideful self-assertion.

 Upon destruction of the temple at the hands of the Romans in 70 AD, Judaism took a decisive turn which set it on a path of self-obtained righteousness instead of being the religion of grace described in the Old Testament. Tendencies castigated by the prophets and which again found expression in Pharisaical understandings became the norm and Israel engaged in a major departure from the Word of God 

God in his unilateral grace gave Israel the blood of sacrificial animals as a means of atonement for sin (Leviticus 17:11). Stringent ritual now became a means by which Israel pleased God, (Isaiah 1:4-17), often without regard to the intended meaning of the ritual and without engaging the affections as the rituals were followed. Moral behavior was no longer motivated by a sense of gratitude to God, nor viewed in terms of worshipful, loving obedience. Instead, acts of generosity and kindness were ways by which man obtained merit and thereby earned God’s blessing. Even humility was a transformed into a kind of self-motivated, self-imposed abasement that was considered meritorious.

 Of course, there were exceptions. But they were just that: exceptions, not the rule. God’s authority was supplanted by an authoritarian Rabbinocracy in which God had no say. Indeed, tradition has it that God was silenced and his opinion rejected as the rabbis sat to determine the meaning of the biblical text.

Today Israel has followed the logical path outlined by such presumption. The choice is presented as between secular humanism and blind obedience to a tradition as interpreted by the rabbis, and the majority has chosen the former.

The church has likewise repeatedly departed from its biblical moorings and degenerated into liberalistic humanism, a means by which man obtains merit, or a form of blind obedience to traditional practices and doctrines expounded from the pulpit. Many of the historic churches have chosen the latter option. Common evangelicalism has chosen the second. The majority, disappointed by both, has chosen the first.

 Yes, common evangelical thought and practice assumes a kind of meritocracy which affirms that Jesus did much but the rest is up to us. This is expressed in many ways. Some affirm that God would dearly love to save every single human individual, but his good will is stymied by man’s independence. His sovereignty has to do with everything but man’s freedom to choose. Election is man choosing God, God foreseeing that choice, and then running ahead of man and choosing him first. Others affirm that evangelism, prayer and fasting, Bible study, self-denial or other such commendable activities are the means by which Christian ascend the ladder of spirituality and secure their final arrival at heaven’s gates.

 Few today have more than a mediocre understanding of the Faith. They prefer “practical” sermons, shallow evangelistic appeals, mega-churches in which their emotions are stirred while their minds are ignored and where there is no clear call to holiness in life, the fear of God, repentance and the forsaking of sin. People come to church to be petted, pampered, encouraged and taught to feel good about themselves. Hence the popularity of preachers such as Joel Olsteen, Mark Driscoll and the like.

 The church has refused the discomfort of truly prophetic ministries, or of congregational life in which men of all races and cultures mix. We prefer the cultural and linguistic ghettos in which our practice is never challenged and our assumptions never questioned, so that we are not called upon to change except in the direction of our cherished prejudices. We separate into congregations and clusters to which only those who agree with us are allowed to enter, and then love fellow-Christians over the fences our self-love has erected – until we divide again because some area of disagreement has been discovered.

 We are in desperate need of reformation. We desperately need to return to the word of God and to re-examine the best of our traditions, Confessions, practices, polity and systematizations, lest our fear of God our Savior be the fruit of human traditions rather than of the mighty, truthful, powerfully living word of God, which is able to save and sanctify us to the glory of him for whose sake we were created, redeemed and assured glorification. 

 

MaozViews, March 2017 -- Socail, Political and Spiritual Trends in Israel

https://www.dropbox.com/s/o2rgcft2x6sran4/MaozViews%20March%202017%20Social%2C%20Political%20and%20Spiritual%20Trends%20in%20Israel.pdf?dl=0

March 21, 2017

ISRAEL'S EXISTENTIAL THREAT: THE OCCUPATION

Gili Cohen  Ha’Aretz March 22, 2017 12:02 PM 

Former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo asserted on Tuesday that the Israeli occupation and the conflict with the Palestinians are the only existential threat facing Israel.

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“Israel has chosen not to choose, hoping the conflict will resolve itself – perhaps the Arabs will disappear, maybe some cosmic miracle will happen,” Pardo told a conference at the Netanya Academic College. “One day we will become a binational state because it will be impossible to untie the Gordian knot between the two peoples. That is not the way to decide.”

 

Pardo stated: “Israel has one existential threat. It is a ticking time bomb. We chose to stick our head in the sand, creating a variety of external threats. An almost identical number of Jews and Muslims reside between the sea and the Jordan. The non-Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria live under occupation. This is Israel's definition, not mine. The law in this territory is as we have made it, a military justice system that is subject to the authority of the Israel Defense Forces.”

He said that despite the full withdrawal from Gaza, responsibility for the territory remains in Israel’s hands. “Israel is responsible for the humanitarian situation, and this is the place with the biggest problem in the world today,” he said.

Pardo added: “Israel must deal with the demographic reality and [decide] which state we want to be. Life with alternative facts harbors a disaster for the Zionist vision. The key to saving the state requires brave leadership.”

 

March 16, 2017

For those interested, the following is our March-August 2017 itinerary:

March 27 Saturday depart for/arrive in Seattle WA.

April 1-2 Saturday - Sunday

AM Port Angeles WA

PM Bothell WA

 April 7 Friday flight to Baltimore, drive to Camp Hill

 April 8 Saturday Al Herman

 April 8-9 Saturday-Sunday Media PA AM, PM

 April 16 Sunday

 AM Mount Carmel PA

 PM RB Camp Hill

 April 19 Wednesday– Mebane NC

 April 20-24 Thursday-Monday Louisville KY

 April 24-25 Monday- - Tuesday open for engagements

 April 25-26 Tuesday – Wednesday Knoxville TN

 April 26-27 Wednesday- Thursday open for engagements

 April 28-May 1 Friday - Monday Hartsville TN

 May 1-4 Monday-Thursday Atlanta GA

 May 4- 6 Thursday- Saturday Tallahassee FL

 May 6– 7 Saturday - Sunday Gainesville FL

 AM OPC

 PM Luzt FL

 May 8 Monday Newly formed church

 May 9-15 Tuesday - Monday Birmingham AL

 AM Reformed Baptist

 PM Briarwood Presbyterian

 May 15-19 Monday – Saturday New Orleans Details to follow

May 19-22 Friday – Monday Cinton LA

 May 22 Monday Shreveport LA

May 23 -25 Tuesday - Thursday Pasadena TX

May 25-26 Thursday – Friday open for engagements

 May 26-29 Friday – Monday Fort Hood TX

 30- 31May El Paso TX

 May 31 – June 8 Wednesday – Thursday Phoenix AZ

 MAY 1 Wednesday OPC PM

 June 2-3 Friday - Saturday Show Low AZ

 June 3 Saturday Gilbert AZ

 June 4 AM Mesa AZ

 PM Gilbert AZ

 June 7 Wednesday Prescott AZ

 June 8 Thursday San Diego

 Friday June 9 Los Angeles

 June 10-12 Saturday – Monday Visalia CA

Monday June 12 Sacramentoopen for engagements

 June 13-15 Tuesday – Thursday Sacramento

 June 15-July 5 Thursday – Saturday Seattle WA

 Sunday June 18 PM Emmanuel Reformed Baptist

 AM Kirkland WA

  PM Issaquah WA

 July 6-7 Thursday- Friday Post Falls, ID

 July 7-8 Friday-Saturday Worland WY

 July 8-10 Saturday - Monday Powell WY

 July 10- 11 Monday - Tuesday Leith North Dakota

 July 11-12 Tuesday - Wednesday Minneapolis MN open for engagements

 July 12-13 Wednesday - Thursday Waukesha WI

 July 13-15 Thursday – Saturday Bloomington IN

 July 15-17 Saturday - Monday Grand Rapids MI

 Am Reformed Baptist Jeffrey 09:30

 PM Rev. Heritage Reformed

 July 17- 18 Monday – Tuesday Datron OH

July 19-20 Wednesday – Thursday Dayton OH

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The Recent MaozNews
MaozNews No. 109, March 2017

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In This Issue:

The Scene in Israel, pg. 1

Ministry and Family News, pg. 3

 

Breaking News

Fighting Iran's Ambitions in Syria, Israel Risks Angering Russia

Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts again

A visual guide to the demons that spooked the Jews of Babylon

Ex-Mossad Chief Says Occupation Is Israel's Only Existential Threat

Israeli Ministry Trying to Compile Database of Citizens Who Support BDS

House With Phallic Amulets, Frescoes Found in Northern Israel

Israeli-made astronaut radiation shield set for moon mission trial

In an Israeli warehouse, clues about Jesus’ life and death

War Against ISIS and Syrian Kurds' Aspirations Could Spark Another Civil War

Explained: Why does it seem like Israel is always having a new election?

Israel's Growing Tensions With Syria, Lebanon and Hamas Leave Little Room for Maneuvering

Archaeologists Find the Last Hideout of the Jewish Revolt in Jerusalem

Before Islam: When Saudi Arabia Was a Jewish Kingdom

Second Monumental Arch of Titus Celebrating Victory over Jews Found in Rome

The winds of war are blowing on Israel’s borders

Haredi coalitionists enraged at PM’s Shabbat meet

On His First Visit to the Middle East, Trump’s Envoy Jason Greenblatt Surprises Everyone

THE MOSCOW-WASHINGTON MIDEAST TANGO

DISPATCH FROM MOSUL: THE BATTLE TO CLEAR AN ISIS STRONGHOLD

1967 | The Six-Day War was a watershed in Middle Eastern history

1967 | The Six-Day War and Israeli society: an interview with Yossi Klein Halevi

1967 | As long as the Arab world views Israel as a temporary aberration to be conquered, Israel will stand fast

Trump Middle East envoy meets Palestinian leader Abbas

$900,000 AWARDED TO ISRAELI-AMERICAN MOBILE VIDEO TECH PARTNERSHIP

REVOLUTIONARY GUARD COMMANDER: HEZBOLLAH MORE PREPARED THAN EVER TO ATTACK ISRAEL

ANALYSIS: PALESTINIAN ISSUE PUTS JORDANIAN-ISRAELI PEACE ON ICE

Israel Police Fail to Charge Offenders in 95% of Reported anti-Palestinian Attacks

FORMER JORDANIAN SOLDIER AHMAD DAQAMSEH, MURDERER OF SEVEN ISRAELI SCHOOLGIRLS, UPON RELEASE: ISRAELIS ARE "HUMAN GARBAGE" THAT MUST BE REMOVED "BY BURNING OR BURYING"

Intel Buying Mobileye in Biggest Ever Deal in Israeli High-tech

Israel's Gaza Island Mystery: Everyone Seems to Be on Board but Netanyahu

MIGRATING STARLINGS SWOOP OVER SOUTHERN ISRAEL

ARCHEOLOGISTS DISCOVER 2,000-YEAR-OLD ‘EMPEROR’S ROAD’ NEAR BEIT SHEMESH

High art: Historic aerial shots of pre-state Israel revealed

Two filmmakers scoured the globe for last Ben-Gurion interview, before finding it in Israeli desert

Monumental Carved Dolmen More Than 4,000 Years Old Found in Golan Rewrites History of Civilization

Netanyahu offered opposition leader to push together for regional peace initiative – and then backtracked

CAN 250 ISRAELI GENERALS BE WRONG?

Israeli medical innovations to be presented

Shame on the Silent Christian Leaders Who Refuse to Stand Against Government Tyranny

ISRAELI SHOOTS, KILLS TERRORIST DURING ATTACK IN FAMILY HOME

ONE EYE ON HAMAS WHILE DOING THE DISHES IN NETIV HA’ASARA

Israel Quietly Begins Exporting Natural Gas to Jordan Amid Political Sensitivities

Israel Demolishes Settler Homes Built on Private Palestinian Land

In Last Monologue, Israeli Comedy Show Host Implores Israelis to Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid

State and religion in Israel: An interview with Elazar Stern

CHRISTIANS FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Days of Terror and Defiance for U.S. Jewish Parents as Bomb Threats Force Toddlers Out of Classrooms

Leaping to West Coast: 29 Bomb Threats Against Jewish Targets Across U.S. in Fifth Wave

Mounting Threats Against Jews Leave Security Expert Baffled and Concerned

ISRAELI HOSPITAL TREATS FIRST PALESTINIAN FOR UNIQUE BRAIN CONDITION

The Syrian War Shakeout Is Changing the Mideast’s Balance of Power

Ignoring Forecasts of Its Demise, Palestinian Authority Develops Six-year Policy Plan

Afghan toddler undergoes live-saving surgery in Israel

The untold story of the Jews forced to work in Nazi death factories

How Jewish artists reclaimed Jesus as their own

Who Really Started the 1948 War and When

The Arab Commander Who Lost the 1948 War: Hero or Failure?

Isaac Herzog Details His 10-point Plan for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

SECRET LETTERS REVEAL NAZI DEATH CAMP HORRORS

Two States, One State, No State

At Secret Aqaba Summit, Netanyahu Offered Construction Freeze Outside Settlement Blocs

'Hezbollah might have game-changing naval missiles'

Egypt Got the Economics Right, and Will Pay Dearly for It

Seize the Moment – Build a New Regional Paradigm

Haredi IKEA catalogue is a no-ma'am's land

Syrian forces used chemical weapons in final push for Aleppo

Hamas’ new leader in Gaza: A radical and a militant

The AG’s war to protect Israeli democracy

Ancient Judean Jar Handles Prove the Earth's Magnetic Field Won't Kill Us All

Syrian Women Who Fled Civil War Find Refuge at Center Opened by U.K. Jewish Group in Turkey

Israel's President on Land-grab Law: We Will Look Like an Apartheid State

As the world keeps silent in light of Syria massacre, Israel must act

'Orgy of murder': The Poles who 'hunted' Jews and turned them over to the Nazis

A day with wounded Syrian kids hospitalized in Israel

In Iraq, the U.S. Invests, ISIS Loses and Iran Gains

Returning Jihadis: A Generational Threat

The Six-Day War was a watershed in Middle Eastern history

Fair-weather fighters: ISIS jihadists claim headaches, bad backs to get out of battle, documents show

Most Israelis Against Exploiting 'Friendlier' White House to Expand Settlements, Poll Shows

Assad Has Killed 13,000 in Mass Hangings Since Syrian Uprising Began, Amnesty Says

2.6 million tweets of hate

Explained: Israel's New Palestinian Land-grab Law and Why It Matters

Israel Passes Contentious Palestinian Land-grab Bill in Late Night Vote

'Jews belong in the ovens' written on NYC subway

Desalination Problems Begin to Rise to the Surface in Israel

BEHIND THE LINES: THE MIRAGE OF THE MIDEAST’S ‘MODERATE’ ALLIANCE

Settlements and 'The Ultimate Deal': Trump's Surprising Statement on Israel in Context

Peoples of the Bible: The legend of the Amorites

Milky Way galaxy is being pushed across the universe

UK WATCHDOG: 2016 HAD HIGHEST-EVER LEVELS OF ANTISEMITISM

Donald Trump Is The First President To Turn Postmodernism Against Itself

Rights groups provide jihad with free services

Mystery of Galactic Hyperspeed Cracked: It's the Universe's Imperfection

How an unknown monumental palace rewrites ancient Greek history

SpaceIL achievement: Israel is getting close to the moon

The Dangers of Annexing the West Bank

Hatikva at Bergen-Belsen

200,000 survivors left in Israel

Being a second-class citizen in Israel

The hateful whispers that make me want to move from London to Tel Aviv

Justifying Israel: An interview with Chaim Gans

'LAST LETTERS FROM THE HOLOCAUST' DISPLAYED IN YAD VASHEM PROJECT

Brothers in Arms - but Not to the Grave

PALESTINIAN CLERIC SAMEEH HAJAJ EXPLAINS WIFE-BEATING IN ISLAM: NOT ON THE FACE, NO MORE THAN 10 BLOWS, AVOID PERMANENT MARKS

Russian Octopus Reaches Beyond Syria

How Israel Went From Atheist Zionism to Jewish State

Israeli Intel Warns Netanyahu Against Pushing Trump to Undo Iran Deal

ARCHAEOLOGISTS UNEARTH ANCIENT COPPER-SMELTING SITE DATING TO KING DAVID

Water deal reached between Israel and Palestinians

Paris peace conference: Wrong message, wrong time, wrong place

How the 'Israeli Arab' was created

Two-thirds of Israelis Still Back Two-state Solution, J Street Poll Finds

A Jewish girl's pendant was found at a Nazi camp - and now Yad Vashem is looking for her relatives

SYRIAN PATIENTS LEAVE MARK ON STAFF AS THEY RECOVER AT ISRAELI HOSPITAL

Why Nationalist and Jewish Orthodoxy Are Taking Over Israel

Board game and luxuries discovered in Crusader castle in the Galilee

Archaeologists find vast pagan sanctuary outside Roman city in north Israel

Archaeologists Debunk Myth: Human Brain Evolution Didn't Cause Our Teeth to Shrink

Israel's 'flying car' passenger drone moves closer to delivery

Ancient Jerusalem Road Hints at Possible Reason for Jewish Revolt Against Rome

An archeological mystery and the search for King David

The best archaeological finds in Israel of 2016

PLO official: Overall message of Kerry speech welcome, but parameters unacceptable

Abbas: Willing to resume peace talks if Israel freezes settlements

Netanyahu tells Kerry: Israel doesn't need to be lectured about peace by foreign leaders

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Kerry Blasts Israeli Government, Presents Six Points of Future Peace Deal

Stone wall from First Temple period destroyed by rains in Israel 

Israeli missile alert technology saves lives in Chile

Israeli youth collecting winter supplies for Syrian kids

Palestinian land owner preparing to take settlers to ICC

Jaw Dropping: Lab-Grown Bones Successfully Transplanted In 11 Jaws

US consistent against settlements — and against UN as appropriate venue 

Full text of US envoy Samantha Power’s speech after abstention on anti-settlement vote

Too Many Israelis Don’t Properly Understand Democracy

Understanding the UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements: What Are the Immediate Ramifications?

Jesus sites in Jerusalem: Are they real?

The War on Christmas Opens a New Front in Jerusalem Hotels

Netanyahu to Amona: I Feel Your Pain, I Was Kicked Out After '99 Election - to Sheraton Plaza

Israeli University Rabbi Forbids Jews From Entering Student Union Due to Christmas Tree

Former Mideast diplomat decries Trump envoy’s "Kapo" labeling of J Street.

Rare coin from King Antiochus’s rule discovered in Jerusalem

Oldest-known Images of Hanukkah Menorahs: Not What We Know Today

New Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments Found in Judean Desert

In Israel, Settlers of Amona Come Before Fighting Poverty

More and more land, less of a state

Obama Admits He's Unwilling to Pay a Price to Save Aleppo

The Fall of Aleppo Signals the Dishonorable Decline of the West

Israelis raise half a million NIS for Syrian children

Israeli Reservists Demand to Be Sent to Help Wounded Syrians

Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei Explains the Chant "Death to America" 

Saudi Writer Khaled Mushawah Calls For Reexamination of Islamic Concepts: Our Understanding of the Meaning of Jihad Is Stagnant 

Aleppo Massacre: Assad Is Only Getting Started

Head of MI6: Britain faces 'fundamental threat to sovereignty from Russian meddling'

Million-Year-Old 'Hero Bug' Emerges From Cave

Bill Banning non-Orthodox Services at Western Wall Submitted to Knesset

Egypt- Between International Stardom and Dignified Survival

Comment: Why is the Middle East so disappointed with Obama?

Israel’s responsible adult

Supreme Court president warns: Majority's decision is not necessarily democratic

Expert claims inscriptions from Egyptian exodus proves Hebrew is world’s oldest alphabet 

American media need psychotherapy

Arab IDF soldier: 'I love this country and want to contribute'

Were the Israeli fires arson terror claims premature and exaggerated?

How the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Affects the Brains of Arabs and Jews

Iraq's Fight Against ISIS Is Prologue to Its Next Bloody Civil War

Israeli Startup Reports Successful Transplant of Lab-grown Bones

Divers find unexpected Roman inscription from the eve of Bar-Kochba Revolt

70 C.E.: The Roman Siege of Jerusalem Ends

Shiraz Maher | Mapping contemporary Salafi-Jihadism

Returning Jihadis: A Generational Threat

The reality of women in combat roles

Analysis Syrian Rebels Can Blame America for Loss of Aleppo

Israel's Biggest Threat Is 'Nationalistic' Demon of Netanyahu, Former PM Barak Says 

Vast Majority of Jews Don’t Want Rabbis Deciding if They’re Jewish, Survey Shows

Analysis Unprecedented Clash With ISIS Could Open a Dangerous New Front for Israel 

Analysis: The battle for Mosul and the rearrangement of the Middle East 

Divers uncover world's oldest harbor, in Red Sea

4000-year-old version of Rodin's 'Thinker' found in Israel

Why I find the black community's response to Trump's election a little embarrassing

With All Hospitals Out of Action, Syrians in East Aleppo Are 'Left to Die'

Why regulation must be limited to settlement blocs

Analysis Middle Eastern States Fight Each Other Like There's No ISIS

Egyptian Human Rights Activist Hany Elsadek in Defense of Hitler

The Demise of Totalitarian Liberalism

Gold, silver offering to the gods 3,600 years ago found in Canaanite Gezer

Amidror: Still against deal, but Iran’s recovery slower than expected

Iran deal violation: Sign of emboldened country... or simply more transparency?

Operation Wedding in the Sky

US-Israeli clean-tech projects get $4 million boost

WHO: Israel's field hospital best in world 

ISIS Expands Its Reach and Finds New Recruits in Pakistan

Archaeologists find 'snapshot' of 4,500-year-old Canaanite citadel's last hours

The Best Two Minutes You’ll Hear On Tv All Year About The Presidential Election

Analysis: Showtime for the Egyptian president

Behind the lines: Syria’s interlocking conflicts

The Palestinian Economy: On Artificial Respiration

 Watch: No Place on Earth (2012) 

 Is Evangelical Worship Headed for a Huge Crash?

Analysis U.S. Caught in a Vise Before Battle for Mosul Even Begins

World is silent, except when it comes to Israel

Iran Slams UN Human Rights Council for Electing Saudi Arabia as a Member

So was it David who killed Goliath?

Looking for the light in the dark: A Holocaust survivor's story

The Kurdish battle for Mosul, and independence

Parts of Bible Were Written in First Temple Period, Say Archaeologists

Yemen food crisis leaves millions at risk of starving

Papyrus With Earliest Hebrew Mention of Jerusalem Likely Fake, Experts Say

Iraqi forces marching toward bloodbath with ISIS: Special report from the Mosul front lines

Mostly Children Among 26 Killed in Airstrike on School in Syria, Medics Say

Papyrus With Earliest Ex-bible Hebrew Mention of Jerusalem Is Revealed

Israel Displays First Temple-era Pottery Found on Temple Mount

The inconvenient reality behind the long, messy battle for Mosul: a special report

This Day in Jewish History 1946: Nazi Doctors Are Indicted

Insight: Egyptians losing patience with Sisi

Lieberman: If Hamas forces war on us, it will be their last

Israeli Discovery May Help Ward Off Famine 

Analysis: Which Iraq will triumph in Mosul? 

Visiting the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, no time machine necessary

Do You Like Poison Spray on Your Fruit? Israel, EU Collaborating to Reduce That

Previously unknown Canaanite revolt against Egypt revealed in ancient Jaffa

Uncovered Ancient City Wall in Jerusalem Tells Story of Great Jewish Revolt

Trump Supporters Tweet Naziesque Death Threats to Jewish Women Writers

Analysis: A new crack in the Sunni bloc?

B'Tselem's disgraceful appearance at the UN

Opinion B'Tselem Head: Why I Spoke Against the Occupation at the UN

The Forgotten Story of 'Gertrude of Arabia,' Who Created Modern Iraq

The Universe Has Almost 10 Times More Galaxies Than We Thought

Recently released IDF soldiers combine volunteer work with world travel

When Putin decided to help Assad

Opinion How the Environment Can Bridge the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse

The art of occupation, according to Israeli General Gadi Shamni

West Bank soccer team honors Ammunition-Hill terrorist

Chief rabbi calls Syrian conflict ‘Holocaust,’ urges action

Israeli-designed Bacteria Could Help Solve World's Gigantic Plastic Problem

As Vehicles Go High-tech, Israel’s in the Driver’s Seat

For whom the bell tolls: Listen to the sound of the Temple high priest's coattails

Victory of Orthodox Judaism is everyone’s defeat

Jerusalem City Budget for Houses of Worship Goes Only to Synagogues

Opinion Israel Has Overcome Every Threat, Except the One From Within

Opinion Russia Is Fated to Lose the War in Syria; We Should Let It

Opinion Needed: A 'Secularism Officer' for Israel's Army

The banker who used Nazis to help save Jews

Ultra-Orthodox crowds verbally abuse Haredi soldiers

The sickness of narrative thinking

Ad Informing El Al Female Passengers They Don't Have to Switch Seats Rejected by Port Authority

A Synagogue in Every Precinct and Rabbi-approved Pens: Israel Cops Get Religion

The Holocaust train that led Jews to freedom instead of death

International conference promotes Israel as a leader in multiple sclerosis research

Obama’s US failing the test of power

We will win, together

Analysis Putin Will Stop at Nothing to Increase Mideast Influence at U.S.' Expense

A former spy chief is calling on Israelis to revolt

I'm black and I'm afraid of black men

Obama says goodbye in Hebrew: Shimon, toda raba haver yakar

The best of Israel archaeology in 5776

Ancient Toilet Reveals the Unique Way the Judeans Fought Idol-worship

Gate shrine from First Temple period unearthed at Tel Lachish National Park

Why So Many Children Are Being Killed in Aleppo

Shimon Peres, 1923-2016: From nuclear pioneer to champion of peace

Global agtech investors find 'rich pipeline of opportunities' in Israel

New Israeli tech sees machines leading the blind

Love, Unity and No Women Singers at Yom Kippur Concert in Tel Aviv

Alternative wedding revolution underway in Israel

Kerry: Israel and Palestinians Headed for Binational State, World Must Act or Shut Up

Scientists Prevent Breast Cancer Spread, in Mice

Rare High Priests stone weight from Second Temple period found in Jerusalem

Opinion Israel as We Know It Has Less Than a Decade Left

Opinion Begin and My Father Had the Courage to Be Real Leaders. Netanyahu Hasn't

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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

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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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