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.
One word we seem to hear often in our society is, “Justice.” Sadly the word is being redefined from its true meaning. We’re beginning a new series, “Prophetic Justice in Amos.” Where can we find the true meaning of justice? God’s Word! We’re beginning a series in the book of Amos. It’s interesting that many shy away from the minor prophets in the Bible, especially when it is there that we see the heart of God so clearly. And one issue very close to God’s heart is justice. We’ll learn what the economic and spiritual climate of Israel was in the time of Amos and why God had this prophet call the people of Israel to repentance. God is never changing and we can learn a lot from what angered God in this small book of the Bible. We believe you’ll see the parallel with our society—both spiritually and economically. And how does this relate to biblical justice? Listen and find out!
Have you ever heard someone say the Bible is just a book of rules? The book of Philemon is a strong example of this not being the case! We are finishing our series on the book of Philemon entitled, “The Slave's Journey Home: The Gospel Tears Down Walls.” What happens when a slave runs away, meets the Apostle Paul, becomes a believer in Jesus, and returns to his master with a letter from Paul? Reconciliation happens! Why? Because of the power of the Gospel. The Word of God is more than a book of dos and don’ts—it is alive! Paul has the unique privilege of knowing both Onesimus and Philemon. He is able to speak to Philemon in a real and tangible way. He tells Philemon that just as Christ forgave and reconciled him to God, he needs to forgive his new brother Onesimus and welcome him into the family of faith through reconciliation. That is living life through the lens of the Gospel. How do you need to follow Paul’s lead in your life?
We are in the middle of our three-part series, “The Slave's Journey Home: Embracing Reconciliation in Philemon.” Last week we learned that forgiveness is an action opposite of what the flesh desires. This week Chris will share how Paul pushed Philemon even further and asked him to reconcile with his runaway slave Onesimus. Paul knows that there is only one way this can happen: through the power of the gospel. Reconciliation is the act of reuniting, mending, and bringing balance to a broken relationship. Sometimes as believers in Jesus, we focus on how Jesus died on the cross to forgive us for our sins—and He did! But through Jesus, we are also reconciled with the Father. This is HUGE! Paul focuses on doctrine in his epistles and doctrine is important! But when we read letters like Philemon, we see the doctrine he teaches fleshed out. This difference shows us how Scripture is alive—the actual words of God. He doesn’t want us to be learners of His word alone but He also wants us to be doers.
Have you ever asked to forgive or received forgiveness from someone? Forgiveness is not always easy. We’re diving into a three-part series on a very small but impactful book of the Bible, Philemon. We’ll learn how two people connected to Paul—one a slave, Onesimus and his owner, Philemon—were faced with forgiveness and reconciliation. The book of Philemon is different than ...
Trade deals, peace deals, and a booming economy are what Israel could have boasted in during the days of Elijah. But what was missing? God! God used prophets to proclaim His promises and judgements. We’re going in-depth this week with the current issue of our magazine, "Israel My Glory," and it’s all about the prophet Elijah. Many of us know the popular story of Elijah on Mount Carmel found in 1 Kings 18, but do you know the facts surrounding the story? We welcome Ty Perry, The Friends of Israel Gospel Minstry’s representative in the Las Vegas area. Ty wrote an article in Israel My Glory magazine, “Confrontation on Carmel” and gives us a broader picture of the story we know so well.
Here on The Friends of Israel Today, we spend a great deal of time teaching and promoting all things Israel! And this week we want to introduce you to a unique organization in Israel that is working hard to promote human and civil rights through legal and advocacy tools not only in Israel but around the world. The Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ) works hard to ensure every life in Israel is treated with dignity. Today we’ll hear from Flavia Sevald, the CEO of JIJ. Flavia will share with us the important and life-saving ways JIJ is working in Jerusalem. With only a small staff of lawyers and researchers, JIJ has taken the Israeli government to court on important matters that involve churches and other houses of worship. They are actively trying to hold the Palestinian Authority responsible for indoctrinating hate and promoting terrorism to their own children. They are also helping Israeli’s who are dealing with injustice by representing them in the courts. And the amazing part? They are doing it for free! Why should matters of justice in Israel matter to Christians? Because justice matters to God!
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