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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 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,Romans and Colossians. He has written an Introdution to the Life and Epistles of Paul, an Introduction to Systematic Theology, an Introduction to Systematic Theology, and edited a modern translation of the Bible into Hebrew. He is also translating the New Testament into Modern Hebrew and engaged in other writing projects. In the pipeline are books on church life and structure, How to Preach and Listen to Sermons, and daily Christian disciplines. To date, Baruch is the only author writing Christian literature n Hebrew.

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

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 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

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Baruch Available for Preaching, Conferences

Further details re my availability:

Bracha and I expect to remain in the US from October 5 to the end of November (final date not yet determined). In the course of that time I expect to be both in the East and the west Coast and in mid-November in Colorado. I will also be able to travel elsewhere by car or by air and am available for preaching engagements in the course of that time.

Interested churches are invited to write me at bmaoz@themaozweb.com

PERSONAL UPDATE  Sept. 29th 2015

Reality knocks on our door:Since we've no home to which to return at this stage, and since two of our daughters are in Seattle, eager to give us moral and emotional support, we have decided that Bracha will undergo surgery at the Seattle Cancer Center. The date set is October 16th, God willing. Following the operation Bracha will be unfit to fly for about a month. It is our hope to return to Israel on November 24th.

Baruch is available in the Washington area for ministry from October 10 to November 11. Interested churches are invited to write to bmaoz@themaozweb.com. Expository seminars on hermeneutics, most of the minor prophets and some of the New Testament letters, on church life, on the Messianic Movement and on Daily Christian living are offered. Others may be discussed.

News of our home is not encouraging. While work continues, the home will not be suited for living until the middle of November. Our contractor, with whom we have worked for almost 30 years, sent us videos of water pouring out of the electrical circuitry, damp walls and a damp concrete slab on which the house was built. Contentions with the insurance and security companies and with our builder, specifically the monetary issues, will have to be dealt with upon our return. We expect lengthy to-ing and fro-ing.

Since then, our son in law was involved in an accident. Our car was apparently totaled. We now await the decision of the local Insurance company as to the level of compensation we will receive. To top it all (so far...), my glasses broke. I have been squinting for the last four days and will continue to do so until the new pair I ordered is available.All that needs to happen now is that one of us has a toothache.... smile emoticon

This is a time of challenge, with every challenge being an opportunity to trust in the Lord and to honor him by our hearts' attitude and our conduct. Our longing is to be given grace to honor him who is worthy of all praise and worship, and who  loves us dearly in spite of our sin.

We warmly thank those who have written to assure us of their prayers and their love.

Sept. 24, 2015

James 1:2-13:

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways...

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Installment No. 6 from my commentary on Colossians (Co. 1:5)

The Colossians’ faith and love had a foundation, a solid source. They existed “because of the hope stored for you in the heavens.” Paul elaborated on this idea in his letter to the Ephesians: 
He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the one he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding he made known to us to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ according to his good pleasure which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. (1:4–10) We’re studying Colossians, so we’ll focus on what Paul had to say here, but there is little doubt that what Paul said in his letter to the Ephesians makes his intention here clearer. The Colossians’ faith and love, particularly their love, had to do with their hope for the future, with what we now call eschatology. They loved all without distinction “because of the hope stored for you in the heavens” (Col. 1:5), and that hope was for the accomplishment of God’s purposes, “to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment.” Those purposes are “to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ” (Eph. 1:10).

The false teachers insisted that everything could be had in the here and now of life; there was no need to wait for what was to come. Paul insisted in response that there is nothing more than Jesus. His achievements cannot be superseded. Paul further insisted that “we are saved by hope” (Rom. 8:24). What we have now are but the firstfruits of the future, a future that lies in the hand of God and will not be forced until he decides its time has come.

Christians are always torn between present realities and their longing for perfection. The false teachers appealed to this valid longing. We humans tend to be impatient. The false teachers manipulated this weakness. They promised everything at once. But God has a purpose for the history of the world, and he will not be hurried. That purpose is the mystery that makes sense of it all, and we should rest in the confidence of God’s sure hand as he guides our history and that of the world.

The Recent MaozNews
MaozNews No. 91 September 2015

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In This Issue:

USA Travels, pg. 1

Israeli Realities, pg. 2

Israel, pg. 3





Breaking News

Baruch Available for Preaching, Conferences

Further details re my availability:

Bracha and I expect to remain in the US from October 5 to the end of November (final date not yet determined). In the course of that time I expect to be both in the East and the west Coast and in mid-November in Colorado. I will also be able to travel elsewhere by car or by air and am available for preaching engagements in the course of that time.

Interested churches are invited to write me at bmaoz@themaozweb.com


Muslims Admit what "Politically Correct" Western Politicians Refuse to Admit

From MEMRI report No. 6168, September 28 2015

The Eid Al-Adha (September 24, 2015) editorial of the London-based Qatari daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi discussed the current state of the Muslim world, and bemoaned how many Muslims are slaughtering their brethren in Arab and Islamic countries. It added that Muslims today are in the throes of an unprecedented catastrophe that surpasses even the loss of Andalusia and of Palestine.

The following are excerpts from the editorial:

"How sadly misleading is this picture, which does not reflect the true state of this nation: One million Muslims in simple white garb, symbolizing a state of abstinence and purity, equality and compassion, stand in a single place as one, praying and offering pleas to a single deity. Despite their differences in color, nationality, tongue, and cultural and political schools of thought, they help each other bear the effort of the pilgrimage to Mount Arafat at high noon...

Pilgrims ascending Mount Arafat (image: arabnews.com




"Are these pilgrims, these submissive believers, who praise Allah morning and night, among those Muslims who slaughter each other in more than one country, to the point that their lands are awash in blood and tens of thousands of them have been killed or wounded since the last Eid Al-Adha?...

"Have we reached a situation in which we must redefine the term 'Muslim'? Do we even remain an 'Islamic ummah'? And are we still 'the best nation established for mankind' [Koran: 3:110]? Or have we become 'a nation of refugees?' Are Muslims still 'a single body, in which if one organ complains the rest of them hasten to treat and protect it,' [as the hadith says]? Or have they become one body in which one organ kills another and conspires against it?

"What are Muslims exporting to the world today, other than tragic images of killing, burning, destruction, thousands of refugees, crimes against humanity, and organizations that carry out, in the name of the religion, terrorism that has nothing to do with the religion?

"The Saudi Mufti said yesterday in his sermon on Mount Arafat: 'Villains have sprouted up in our midst, known for their deviant morals and recklessness, who have strayed from [the path of] Muslims and left their midst and who have accused Muslims of being infidels and made it permissible to kill them in suicide operations. They destroyed mosques of peaceful people and wrongfully attributed their evil words and thoughts to Islam.'

"But what he did not tell us was: Where did these people come from? Aren't they the product of the political cultural and social ills that have festered in the Islamic world? How have they used their lies to transform the slaughtering of Muslims and the bombing of mosques into acts bringing their perpetrators closer to Allah? How distant are they from the hadith that states that [even] destroying the Ka'ba stone by stone is not as bad in the eyes of Allah as the unjust murder of a single Muslim?

"Beyond the conflicts, plots, wars, and struggles, there is one truth that hardly any Muslim disputes today: that they are experiencing an unprecedented catastrophe unmatched by any in their history — including the loss of Andalusia or Palestine — as well as internal division that sets them back to the darkness of the Middle Ages, while the world around them moves forward towards unlimited horizons of scientific and cultural progress.

"Perhaps Muslims will try to give facile explanations attributing their weakness and collapse to 'external schemes' — some of which might even be true. But who was it that put these schemes into practice? Wasn't it members of our people, our religion, and our culture? Obviously, Muslims are and always have been surrounded by enemies who lie in wait for us. But the real danger that now threatens their lives, and not just their lands and natural resources, lies in their midst.

"One does not have to be a cleric to know that it would be best if Muslims, who today slaughter a sacrifice following holiday prayers, think of the Muslims slaughtered every day by their Muslim 'brethren' in more than one country; of the children orphaned simply because they were born into a Sunni or Shi'ite family; of the women captured and raped in the name of the religion; and of the families that throw themselves into the sea while fleeing death in search of a life with minimal human dignity.

"Ultimately, and unfortunately, even if this holiday and many more after it pass, the true Muslim holiday will be postponed until the day that the illegal slaughter of their brothers ends — and also until the end of the insane urge of the Muslim ummah, or what is left of it, to commit suicide."


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


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


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


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

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