We're starting a new series this week on the book of Psalms. Why do you read the Psalms? Does it give you comfort in times of pain? Or encouragement when someone has wronged you? Most of us use the words in Psalms as a salve to soothe our soul—and there is nothing wrong with that! In this series, we want ... Read More The post October 12, 2019 | Discovering the Psalms: The Author’s Perspective (Pt. 1) appeared first on The Friends of Israel Today Radio.
When you hear the word “doctrine”, what are your thoughts? Do you think of religious teachings that are often over the average person’s head? Or do you light-up wanting to know more about what people believe? This week we’re sitting down with Dr. Jim Showers, the executive director here at The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry and talking about what our organization believes. In our most recent issue of Israel My Glory magazine, we did something very unique, we broke down our statement of faith or doctrine statement and explained each point in detail. Why are we spending time on these issues? Why are they important? You’ll want to listen to find out. It’s deeper—but also simpler—than you think!
This week we’re concluding our series on the book of Amos. Learning about true justice, biblical justice, gives us a glimpse into what is close to God’s heart. The prophet Amos was called to shine a light on God’s imminent judgment that was coming for Israel. There was an abuse of power and oppression of the poor. Sometimes it feels like justice is never fully realized. But we know that we can look at Old Testament books such as Amos and see God’s justice and also His faithfulness. Like many of the prophets, Amos doesn’t leave Israel in a state of hopelessness. He leaves them with the hope of restoration. That restoration did not happen right away for Israel, in fact, they are still waiting for the complete fulfillment! Listen for more!
We are continuing our series in the book of Amos. We have been learning that justice is close to the heart of God. Looking at Israel from the outside in the time of Amos, one would believe God was blessing them. They had abundant wealth and peace throughout the land. So what was the problem? If you take a closer look, those who had great wealth were obtaining it by mistreating the poor and innocent. And it was because of this injustice that God sent judgment to the people of Israel. This begs the question: Does God hate wealth? Chris will take a closer look at the intentions of the wealthy and how it is simply a heart issue. We’ll see how God acknowledges different economic structures when he gives his instruction on sacrifices in Leviticus. Looking at these Old Testament passages gives us a glimpse into the heart of God. He is kind and just. He hates the proud and gives grace to the humble. We’re certain this lesson will leave you examining your actions to those with less. Remember, biblical justice is not about equal outcome, it’s deeper and more personal than that, it’s about your spiritual condition.
We are continuing our series in the book of Amos, looking at true biblical justice. As we learned last week, justice is close to the heart of God. This week Chris takes us into the economic climate of Israel. Spoiler alert: It was GOOD! During this time of wealth and prosperity, the rich were getting richer but it was on the backs of the poor. Again, we think you’ll see the parallel in our lives as believers, especially in the western world. Also hear news from Israel and Apples of Gold.
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