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The Friends of Israel Today is the weekly half-hour radio outreach of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. Founded in 1938, The Friends of Israel is a worldwide Christian ministry, communicating biblical truth about Israel and the Messiah, while fostering solidarity with the Jewish people. The Friends of Israel Today is hosted by Chris Katulka—speaker, author and blogger with the ministry. To support this ministry write: The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc., PO Box 908, Bellmawr, NJ 08099, or call 1-800-257-7843 and be sure to tell them you listen on Bott Radio Network.

Recent Episodes

Dec 6

IMG In Depth: Home to Eden | Interview: Chris Katulka

When you think of the holidays, is heaven on your mind? For many of us, the thought of a loved one not being with us this Christmas brings heaven and eternal things to mind. But some may be so caught up in the busyness of the holiday season they may not give it a thought. This week, our executive producer Steve Conover sits down with our host Chris Katulka to talk about an article Chris wrote in Israel My Glory magazine entitled, “Home to Eden.” Chris will share how Greek philosophy has crept into Christians' beliefs of heaven. They’ll also talk about what heaven will look like as well as talk about what happens to Christians when they die. Scripture talks about being raised when Christ returns, so what does that mean for us as believers when we die? The holidays are the perfect time to talk about eternity. It’s a time that we should all be reflecting on things to come. God came down to earth to reconcile us to God—what a time to worship our great God and meditate on His goodness to us.

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We welcome Trevor Stewart-Sweet to the program this week. Trevor is one of our representatives in the United Kingdom. Living outside of London, Trevor shares with us the climate there towards the Jewish people. History shows that the UK has been a friend to Israel and the Jewish people, but can this friendship last? Chris and Trevor discuss the anti-Semitic threat in the UK—both politics and the culture. Trevor also shares how he is busy working in area churches and inside the Jewish community. The United Kingdom still has many evangelical supporters of the Jewish community but they need your prayers!

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In the 21st century we have the ability to know what is going on almost anywhere in the world, sometimes in a matter of seconds. But in ancient times, it wasn’t so easy. As empires would rise and fall, people in other lands would often find out by their own type of newspaper: coins! Just as today, ancient coins had faces on them but they weren’t of former leaders but new ones. We welcome our own Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry church ministries representative, Peter Colón to the program this week to talk about the importance of ancient coins, especially three that were used during Bible times. Peter will give us background on three very important coins that are referenced in the Bible. When we learn more about the culture of the day in Bible times, this gives a deeper look into why certain things were said and referenced. If you would like to see the coins Peter references you can see them below, or you can visit to find out more.

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Can a Christian lose their salvation? We’re covering eternal security this week on the program. The Bible says when we become believers in Jesus the Messiah we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). God’s free gift of salvation cannot be taken away. It is not a conditional gift. God’s Word also says that our flesh is at war with this new creation (Romans 7). The struggle with our desires happens whether you have been a believer in Jesus for 10 minutes or 80 years. But we will learn today that we will always struggle on this side of heaven, but that struggle cannot touch the work God did in saving you. There is a peace we can have as believers, knowing that God holds our salvation in His hands. If we are a genuine believer in Jesus, there is nothing we can do to be separated from Him. This fact does not mean we have a license to live our life the way we want, but instead it should put us in a state of thankfulness. The God of the universe chose us, wretched sinners, to become His sons and daughters through no work of our own, but instead through the work Jesus the Messiah did on the cross.

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Building Bridges, Bringing Hope. That is our tagline here at The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. For our Ministry Highlight program this week, we’re excited to share with you a way our North American team is building bridges with the Jewish community. We welcome to the program Ty Perry, one of our workers in Las Vegas, NV and Rabbi Felipe Goodman. Ty and Rabbi Goodman have a unique relationship that began in a Bible study and they will be sharing with Chris about their recent experience traveling to Poland and the Holy Land together. We know you’ll be encouraged to hear how God has brought these two, an evangelical Christian and a Jewish Rabbi together, and how they both are bridging relationships inside the Christian and Jewish communities. And maybe it will inspire some of you pray for open doors in the Jewish community. You will often hear us say that Jewish people need friends. We owe them so much—they gave us our Messiah! Anti-Semitism is growing worldwide and we believe the Bible is very clear that God will bless those who bless the Jewish people (Genesis 12).

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