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Episode: “On a Mission”
First we go south to visit the site where David defeated Goliath. Then we travel north to view the Jesus Boat and hear Zola teach us at the synagogue at Chorazim. Bridges For Peace explains how they minister to new immigrants by providing food, supplies and home repairs to those in need.
Series: “Voices From Israel”
This ten-program series not only traverses the physical land of Israel with a group of pilgrims visiting Biblical sites, but also scans Israel’s wide political landscape with the perspectives of government officials, so-called settlers and even Palestinians.

Caption transcript for Voices From Israel: “On a Mission” (5/10)

  • 00:06 THIS PLACE IS PART OF YOUR HERITAGE.
  • 00:08 THIS PLACE IS PART OF YOUR DREAM.
  • 00:11 PEOPLE OF THE BIBLE ARE IN CHARGE OF THE LAND OF THE BIBLE.
  • 00:13 I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY TIMES IN HISTORY
  • 00:15 WHEN CHRISTIANS HAVE LOOKED THE OTHER WAY
  • 00:17 WHEN JEWISH PEOPLE WERE BEING ATTACKED.
  • 00:19 WE WILL ULTIMATELY SEE THE WORLD CHANGE.
  • 00:22 GOD'S PURPOSES FOR ISRAEL JUST MARCH ON, DON'T THEY?
  • 00:32 SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 00:34 BACK WITH OUR "VOICES FROM ISRAEL" SERIES
  • 00:37 WHERE WE KIND OF FOLLOW ALONG OUR TOURS AND WE TALK TO PEOPLE IN ISRAEL
  • 00:41 AND WITH US IS TONY DERRICK,
  • 00:43 WHO IS OUR TOUR MANAGER AND GOES ON ALL THE TOURS.
  • 00:46 LATER IN THE PROGRAM WE'RE GOING TO TALK WITH
  • 00:49 ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES IN ISRAEL, BRIDGES OF PEACE.
  • 00:54 BUT MEANTIME, TONY, WHERE'S THE TOUR GOING.
  • 00:56 WE'RE GOING TO STOP BY TODAY AT THE VALLEY OF ELAH
  • 00:59 WHERE DAVID SLEW THE PHILISTINE GIANT, GOLIATH.
  • 01:02 WE WILL CONTINUE ON TO THE ANCIENT BOAT
  • 01:05 THAT WAS FOUND FROM JESUS' TIME AT NOF GINOSAR.
  • 01:11 AND THEN WE WIND UP AT KORAZIM, ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACES,
  • 01:14 WHICH IS VERY AUTHENTIC.
  • 01:16 OH, YES, KORAZIM IS THRILLING.
  • 01:17 THAT VALLEY OF ELAH REMIND ME, YOU KNOW WHEN PHILISTINE, GOLIATH IS CALL A GIANT.
  • 01:25 YOU KNOW THAT THE PHILISTINES WERE GREEKS.
  • 01:28 THIS IS ONE THE THINGS THE PALESTINIANS ARE TRYING TO CONFUSE THE WORLD WITH
  • 01:33 THAT THEY DESCEND FROM THE PHILISTINES.
  • 01:35 THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE.
  • 01:37 THERE WERE NO ARABS IN THE WORLD IN THE TIME OF GOLIATH OR THE PHILISTINES.
  • 01:40 THE PHILISTINES WERE GREEK SAILORS THAT CAME DOWN FROM THE ADRIATIC
  • 01:43 AND SETTLED ALONG THE COASTLINES OF THE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 01:45 THEY SETTLED AT GAZA AND THEY FOUGHT WITH THE PEOPLE INLAND.
  • 01:49 AND THAT'S ALL THERE WAS TO THAT.
  • 01:50 LET'S GO THERE NOW.
  • 03:16 AFTER A QUICK REVIEW OF THIS BIBLE STORY AND ITS APPLICATIONS,
  • 03:19 WE TAKE ONE LAST LOOK AROUND BEFORE WE HEAD BACK TO THE BUS AND JOURNEY NORTH TO TIBERIAS.
  • 03:26 HERE WE CLIMB ABOARD A WOODEN SHIP MODELED AFTER A MUCH SMALLER 1ST CENTURY FISHING BOAT
  • 03:33 THAT WAS DISCOVERED HERE SEVERAL YEARS AGO.
  • 03:36 ONCE WE ARE ABOARD, MODERN DAY GALILEAN FISHERMEN TAKE US OUT ON TO THE SEA OF GALILEE,
  • 03:42 ONE THE LEAST DEVELOPED, MOST NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL
  • 03:45 AND SPIRITUALLY MOVING PLACES IN ALL OF ISRAEL.
  • 03:49 IT'S GOING TO BE NICE TO BE BACK FOR 1000 YEARS.
  • 03:52 IT'S GOING TO BE OUR PLAYGROUND, THE PLACE WE COME TO DO A LITTLE FISHING.
  • 03:58 I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU GET AWAY FROM PERFECT,
  • 04:02 BUT THIS WILL BE OUR GETAWAY FROM YOUR REGULAR DAY JOB.
  • 04:09 I'VE BEEN COVERING AS MANY OF THE SITES AS POSSIBLE.
  • 04:11 I'M GETTING AS MANY PICTURES OF IT SO I CAN SHOW EVERYBODY BACK HOME.
  • 04:15 I DECIDED TO COME OVER HERE BECAUSE I TRIED TO COME OVER THREE TIMES BEFORE
  • 04:21 AND THE TRIPS CANCELED OUT ON ME INSTEAD ME CANCELING OUT ON THEM.
  • 04:25 I ASKED MY WIFE IF SHE WANTED TO COME.
  • 04:27 SHE SAID, NO, DON'T WANT TO TRAVEL THAT FAR
  • 04:32 AND BE OVER THE WATER IN AN AIRPLANE AND THAT KIND OF THING.
  • 04:35 SO I SAID,WELL, WHY DON'T I ASK MY GRANDDAUGHTER TO COME
  • 04:38 AND SHE SAID LET ME THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 04:41 AND A FEW DAYS LATER, SHE SAID, YES, I WOULD LIKE TO GO.
  • 04:44 AND I TOLD HER THERE'S NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.
  • 04:48 WE'RE IN GOD'S HANDS.
  • 04:52 IF IT'S OUR TIME TO GO, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE WE ARE,
  • 04:56 AT HOME OR SITTING IN A ROCKING CHAIR OR IN THE AIRPLANE, IT DOESN'T MATTER.
  • 05:02 IF IT'S NOT IN HIS TIME, OUR TIME TO GO,
  • 05:05 WE'LL HAVE A GOOD TIME, I PROMISE YOU.
  • 05:08 SHE SAID, YES, LET'S GO.
  • 05:11 AFTER WE GET SETTLED, ZOLA TEACHES US FROM THE SCRIPTURES.
  • 05:15 NOW WHEN EVENING CAME, HIS DISCIPLES WENT DOWN TO THE SEA.
  • 05:20 NOW, THESE DISCIPLES, WE HAVE THESE RENOSSANCE PAINTINGS
  • 05:24 OF THESE GREY HAIRED OLD MEN WITH PIE PLATES ON THEIR HEADS
  • 05:27 AND WE HAVE ALL THESE HOLY, HOLY PICTURES.
  • 05:31 DO YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT A GALILEAN BOATMAN LOOKED LIKE?
  • 05:33 LOOK AT THEM.
  • 05:35 THEY'VE ALWAYS BEEN HERE.
  • 05:38 STRONG MEN, TANNED, USED TO A DAY'S WORK,
  • 05:42 CAN HANDLE ROPES, CAN HANDLE NETS AND THEY WERE TRADESMEN.
  • 05:48 THEY WEREN'T HOLY PEOPLE.
  • 05:50 AS A MATTER OF FACT, JESUS WENT OUT OF HIS WAY,
  • 05:52 HE COULD HAVE GONE TO THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM AND CHOSEN 12 PRIESTS.
  • 05:56 BUT, HE CHOSE PLAIN FOLKS, WHICH IS A CLEAR SIGN
  • 05:59 AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT IT AGAIN AT THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
  • 06:02 THAT THIS KINGDOM IS NOT FOR THE RICH AND POWERFUL OR THE SPIRITUAL.
  • 06:06 IT'S FOR THE POOR IN SPIRIT AND THE MEEK AND THE HUMBLE.
  • 06:09 FOR US, NOT FOR THE STRONG.
  • 06:14 THEY GET INTO A BOAT, IT SAYS THEY STARTED TO CROSS THE SEA TO CAPERNAUM.
  • 06:18 WE CAN SEE WHERE THAT IS.
  • 06:20 THE LORD DIDN'T REALLY CROSS THE MIDDLE OF THE SEA,
  • 06:22 BUT HE TOOK A SHORTCUT OF 5 MILES OR SO ON THE WATER AROUND THE NORTH END.
  • 06:56 NOW PICTURE THIS, THEY WENT 3 OR 4 MILES OUT HERE.
  • 06:58 NOW, THE WATER IS 200 FEET DEEP AND THE WAVES BEGAN TO BUILD AND BUILD.
  • 07:04 THEIR BOAT WASN'T LIKE THIS.
  • 07:06 IT WAS A SMALL BOAT, 12 MEN SIT SHOULDER TO SHOULDER.
  • 07:09 YOU'LL SEE THE JESUS' BOAT IN A FEW MINUTES WHEN WE GO TO NOF GINOSAR.
  • 07:13 MATTER OF FACT, NOF GINOSAR, WHERE WE'RE GOING TO STAY, IS THE HOME OF THE JESUS BOAT.
  • 07:16 YOU CAN GO AND SEE IT 20 TIMES IF YOU WANT TO.
  • 07:19 IT'S RIGHT ON THE PREMISES.
  • 07:22 YOU CAN SEE THAT IT'S A SEAWORTHY BOAT,
  • 07:25 BUT IT'S BASICALLY A GREAT BIG ROW BOAT,
  • 07:27 EASILY CAPSIZED BY WAVES, ESPECIALLY WITH 12 MEN ON BOARD.
  • 07:32 AND ONCE YOU'RE CAPSIZED OUT THERE, YOU CAN'T SET YOUR BOAT UPRIGHT.
  • 07:36 THE BIG WAVES AND WINDS, YOU CAN DROWN, YOU CAN DROWN 50 FEET FROM THE SHORE.
  • 07:41 YOU JUST CAN'T GET YOUR-- GET UNDER CONTROL AND SWIM.
  • 07:44 SO, IT WAS QUITE DANGEROUS.
  • 07:47 IT SAYS IN THE GOSPEL OF MARK, MARK 6:45
  • 07:51 IF THEY HAD NOT CALLED OUT TO HIM, HE WOULD HAVE PASSED THEM BY.
  • 07:59 THAT ALWAYS FASCINATED ME.
  • 08:00 WAS HE ONLY OUT FOR A WALK.
  • 08:04 HE HAPPENED TO SEE THE DISCIPLES AND THEY HAPPENED TO CALL OUT.
  • 08:08 I THINK IT TEACHES THAT WE ARE TO REACH OUT TO THE LORD IN THE STORMS OF LIFE.
  • 08:15 WE ALL HAVE STORMS, WE ALL FACE DEATH FROM TIME TO TIME, REALLY AND TRULY.
  • 08:22 YOU SORT OF FACED DEATH COMING HERE ON A TRIP, ASK YOUR FAMILY.
  • 08:28 BUT, YOU ALL CALL OUT TO THE LORD.
  • 08:30 WE'VE DONE IT TOGETHER.
  • 08:32 HE'S WALKING OUT THERE, TAKING CARE OF US.
  • 08:36 HE'LL GET YOUR BOAT BACK TO LAND.
  • 08:39 THE IDEA IS, WE DON'T HAVE AN AUTOMATIC SAVIOR BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN HIM
  • 08:47 AND THEN HE GOES TO WORK AND WE LEAVE IT ALONE.
  • 08:49 HE WANTS US TO, AS HE WANTED THE DISCIPLES TO CALL TO HIM.
  • 08:54 HE WANTS US TO CALL OUT WHEN WE NEED HELP.
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  • 09:34 AS WE COMPLETE OUR CROSSING OF THE SEA OF GALILEE,
  • 09:38 WE STOP AT NOF GINOSAR TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE ANCIENT JESUS BOAT
  • 09:43 AND THEN ENJOY A FAVORITE PAST TIME OF TOURISTS EVERYWHERE WITH A LITTLE SHOPPING.
  • 10:02 WELL, THIS IS THE SYNAGOGUE OF ANCIENT KORAZIM
  • 10:06 AND AS WE SAW, THERE'S JUST NOTHING STANDING IN THIS WHOLE CITY.
  • 10:10 I MEAN THIS IS THE BIGGEST BUILDING AND IT'S BEEN HELPED ALONG BY THE ARCHAEOLOGIST.
  • 10:16 THE LORD HAS SOMETHING AGAINST THIS PLACE.
  • 10:19 BUT, IT'S SO AUTHENTIC.
  • 10:21 I WANTED TO BRING YOU HERE BECAUSE WHERE I'M STANDING,
  • 10:23 ROUGHLY IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE LORD.
  • 10:26 IN THE CENTER OF THE SYNAGOGUE WAS A PLATFORM, A BEMA.
  • 10:29 IT'S RIGHT HERE.
  • 10:31 YOU STOOD HERE FACING THAT WAY, JERUSALEM.
  • 10:35 THERE'S A CHAIR OF HONOR HERE IN THE CORNER NOW CALLED MOSES CHAIR.
  • 10:39 THERE'S AN INSCRIPTION ON IT FOR SOMEONE WHO HAD CONTRIBUTED A GREAT DEAL TO THE SYNAGOGUE
  • 10:45 AND HELPED TO BUILD IT AND HE GOT THE WONDERFUL CHAIR FACING THE SPEAKER
  • 10:50 AND DIRECTLY WHERE THE DOORWAY IS NOW, WAS THE HARON HA-KODISH
  • 10:55 OR THE ARC OF THE COVENANT, YOU MIGHT SAY, IN WHICH THEY PUT THE TORAH SCROLLS, THE LAW.
  • 11:01 SO, THE CONGREGATION WAS ROUGHLY AROUND LIKE, IT WASN'T A GREAT BIG SYNAGOGUE AS YOU SEE,
  • 11:08 BUT THIS IS NOT A GREAT BIG TOWN.
  • 11:09 IT SERVED THE TOWN VERY WELL IN ITS TIME.
  • 11:12 BUT, WHEN THE LORD CAME HERE, HE SAID THIS,
  • 11:16 AND I'M READING FROM MATTHEW 11:20.
  • 12:09 AND HE CONCLUDES THIS ENTIRE MESSAGE IN MATTHEW 12:41
  • 12:39 FIRST HE SITED THE PEOPLE OF TYRE, SIDON GOING TO CONDEMN THEM, THE PEOPLE OF SODOM.
  • 12:47 THESE ARE BASICALLY GENTILE PEOPLE HE'S SAYING.
  • 12:50 YOU ARE THE CHOSEN PEOPLE, BUT THESE GENTILES WILL APPEAR AND TESTIFY AGAINST YOU IN JUDGMENT.
  • 12:56 WHAT IS THE MEN OF NINEVAH, BUT GENTILES WHO REPENTED,
  • 12:59 AND THE QUEEN OF THE SOUTH, A BLACK LADY,
  • 13:03 THE RULER OF A COUNTRY LIKE, SHEBO WAS LIKE ETHIOPIA
  • 13:08 CAME 1000 MILES TO SEE KING SOLOMON.
  • 13:11 OH, I CAN SEE IN THE GREAT WHITE THRONE, THIS WOMAN STAND UP IN HER ROYAL ROBES AND SAY,
  • 13:16 OH, THEY KNEW, THEY KNEW WHO THIS JESUS WAS.
  • 13:20 IF I CAME THAT FAR TO SEE SOLOMON, HE'S FAR GREATER THAN SOLOMON.
  • 13:25 SO, IN A WAY, HE'S REALLY NEEDLING THEM
  • 13:28 THAT ORDINARY GENTILE PEOPLE WITHOUT THE REVELATION
  • 13:32 ARE GOING TO CONDEMN YOU IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT.
  • 13:35 AND EVIDENTLY THEY REALLY DIDN'T LISTEN
  • 13:38 BECAUSE HERE WE ARE IN THEIR TOWN AND THERE'S JUST NOTHING HERE.
  • 13:42 IF IT WEREN'T FOR THAT CAT, THERE WOULDN'T BE A LIVING SOUL IN ALL OF KORAZIM.
  • 13:49 AND YOU'LL GO TO CAPERNEUM NEXT AND IT WILL LOOK,
  • 13:52 IT LOOKS BETTER, IT WAS BIGGER AND MORE EXCAVATED TODAY, BUT, AGAIN, I HOPE THEY HAVE A CAT.
  • 14:00 AND BETHSAIDA IS IN WORSE SHAPE OF ALL.
  • 14:03 IT'S JUST UNDER ARCHAEOLOGIST TOOLS, IT'S JUST BARELY OFF THE GROUND.
  • 14:09 SO, WE LIVE IN TIBERIAS, THAT IS THIS GREAT CITY DOWN THE LAKE
  • 14:14 THAT'S FULL SIZE, BUT IT SURVIVED.
  • 14:18 THIS WAS A GENTILE CITY JESUS DIDN'T VISIT SO HE DIDN'T CONDEMN IT.
  • 14:23 SO, THE LORDS PROPHECIES HAVE REALLY WORKED OUT
  • 14:26 AND I BROUGHT YOU HERE BECAUSE I KNOW,
  • 14:28 IN THIS ROOM, JESUS CHRIST STOOD AND PREACHED THE VERY WORDS I'VE SHARED WITH YOU.
  • 15:15 FOR A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST,
  • 15:20 ASK FOR ZOLA'S FREE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 15:28 ZOLA'SNEW KINGDOM CATALOG DESCRIBES HIS, BOOKS, TEACHING TAPES AND CORRESPONDENCE COURSE.
  • 15:35 FOR ZOLA'S FREE NEWSLETTER AND CATALOG CALL
  • 15:45 WELL, TONY, NOT EVERY TOUR GOES UP THAT HILLSIDE AND LOOKS AT KORAZIM.
  • 15:50 BUT, AS WE NOTED IN THE TEACHING, IT'S JUST SO TOTALLY AUTHENTIC.
  • 15:55 IT IS AN AUTHENTIC SITE AND ONE OF THE THINGS YOU DON'T WANT JESUS TO DO
  • 15:59 IS PASS THROUGH YOUR CITY AND FIND THAT THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY SHOULD BE.
  • 16:02 WOW, ISN'T THAT TRUE.
  • 16:05 THEY DIDN'T LIKE THE SERMON THAT MORNING, AS WE POINTED OUT.
  • 16:08 I DON'T BLAME THE LORD AT ALL.
  • 16:10 WELL, WE WENT TO TALK WITH BRIDGES FOR PEACE.
  • 16:14 YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF MINISTRIES
  • 16:16 SAY THEY'RE BRINGING JEWS AND IMMIGRANTS, HELPING THEM, ETC.
  • 16:19 BUT, THESE ARE CHRISTIAN PEOPLE DOING THIS JOB,
  • 16:21 HELPING THE IMMIGRANTS WHEN THEY GET TO ISRAEL AND BRINGING THEM IN AND IT'S THE ONE I RECOMMEND.
  • 16:27 I DO NOT RECOMMEND THESE HIGHLY PUBLICIZED, WORLD RENOWNED, ETC.
  • 16:31 DON'T SEND YOUR MONEY TO UNBELIEVERS.
  • 16:35 IT'S JUST AS SIMPLE AS THAT AND DON'T SEND THEM TO AMERICAN MIDDLE MEN.
  • 16:38 WHAT FOR?
  • 16:40 BRIDGES FOR PEACE IS WHERE WE RECOMMEND YOU SEND
  • 16:43 TO HELP THE IMMIGRANTS GOING TO ISRAEL.
  • 16:46 OPERATION EZRA IS ONE OF THEIR FLAGSHIP PROGRAMS
  • 16:50 THAT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY DIRECTLY BLESS THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.
  • 16:55 THIS PROJECT BEGAN WITH THE DESIRE TO FIND A WAY FOR CHRISTIANS TO PARTICIPATE.
  • 17:00 WE HAVE A SLOGAN AT BRIDGES FOR PEACE THAT SAYS,
  • 17:02 WHY JUST READ ABOUT BIBLE PROPHECY, WHEN YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT.
  • 17:05 LOOK, IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST SIT AT HOME AND READ YOUR BIBLE
  • 17:08 OR READ A BOOK BY A PROPHECY TEACHER AND YOU GET EXCITED ABOUT IT, YOU CAN DO MORE.
  • 17:13 I'VE OFTEN SAID TO PEOPLE WHO DONATE TO THESE MANY PROJECTS,
  • 17:16 WHAT IF YOU WERE ALIVE DURING THE TIME OF JOSHUA
  • 17:19 AND HE WERE BRINGING THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL OVER THE JORDAN RIVER
  • 17:21 INTO THE PROMISED LAND, ALL OF A SUDDEN THEIR SHOES WERE GOING TO WEAR OUT,
  • 17:25 THEIR TENT WAS GOING TO BLOW AWAY,
  • 17:26 THEIR FOOD, THE MANNA WAS GOING TO STOP,
  • 17:28 WOULDN'T IT HAVE BEEN GREAT TO HAVE BEEN THERE AND GIVE THEM SOME THINGS TO HELP THEM.
  • 17:36 WELL, WE HAVE A PROGRAM WHERE WE GIVE GIFTS TO THE NEW IMMIGRANTS AS THEY COME IN TO THE COUNTRY
  • 17:39 AND THESE ARE NEW IMMIGRANTS THAT ARE COMING IN,
  • 17:42 MOST, ABOUT 80% THAT ARE STILL COMING IN FROM THE FORMER SOVIET UNION.
  • 17:46 MOST OF THIS GROUP RIGHT HERE IS A RUSSIAN SPEAKING GROUP.
  • 17:48 WE'VE GIVEN OUT TO DATE, ABOUT 125,000 GIFTS TO NEW IMMIGRANTS.
  • 17:53 THESE INCLUDE THINGS LIKE A JEWISH BIBLE, BLANKETS,
  • 17:57 KITCHEN STARTER KITS, FOOD KITS, THINGS LIKE THAT, WHATEVER THE NEED,
  • 18:01 SCHOOL KITS FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO START SCHOOL.
  • 18:03 BASED ON THE FAMILY AND WHAT THEIR PARTICULAR NEED IS,
  • 18:06 THEY CAN GET ONE OR UP TO 7 OR 8 GIFTS EACH ONE OF THE THEM WHEN THEY COME IN.
  • 18:10 CERTAINLY THESE ARE NOT THINGS PEOPLE BRING WITH THEM WHEN THEY ARE ALLOWED ONE SUITCASE
  • 18:15 AND THEN WE ARE ABLE TO HELP THEM WITH FOOD ON AN ONGOING BASIS.
  • 18:18 WE DISTRIBUTE OVER 2 TONS OF FOOD FROM OUR FOOD BANK EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE WEEK
  • 18:22 AND WE'RE FEEDING OVER 14,000 PEOPLE.
  • 18:25 WHAT YOU SEE HERE HAPPENING BEHIND ME,
  • 18:27 IS ALL OF THE FOOD THAT IS BEING PREPARED FOR DISTRIBUTION THIS WEEK.
  • 18:32 ALL THE PRODUCE THAT COMES IN TODAY WILL BE PREPARED IN FAMILY SIZED PORTIONS
  • 18:36 TO BE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK.
  • 18:38 WE'RE HELPING A TOTAL OF ABOUT 3,200 FAMILIES EACH MONTH RIGHT NOW.
  • 18:42 ABOUT 500 OF THEM WE WORK WITH DIRECTLY.
  • 18:45 WE INTERVIEW THE FAMILIES.
  • 18:46 WE DETERMINE WHO GOES ON THE PROGRAMS AND WHO COMES OFF.
  • 18:49 THE OTHER 2700, WE WORK THROUGH 68 DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS AT THIS TIME
  • 18:55 WHO ARE ALSO HELPING PEOPLE.
  • 18:56 WE PROVIDE THE FOOD TO THEM AND THEY DISTRIBUTE IT OUT.
  • 18:59 WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT CREATING BETTER RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND JEWS
  • 19:03 BECAUSE FOR CENTURIES THE RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN SKEWED.
  • 19:06 CHRISTIANS HAVE PERSECUTED JEWISH PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE CENTURIES.
  • 19:09 OH, NOT CHRISTIANS LIKE YOU AND I, THE ONES WHO HAVE A HEART RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD,
  • 19:14 BUT PEOPLE WHO CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS THROUGHOUT THE CENTURIES.
  • 19:17 THE ORGANIZED CHURCH HAS COME OUT WITH A POLICY OF ANTI-SEMITISM
  • 19:22 THROUGH THEIR THEOLOGY AND THROUGH THEIR ACTIONS
  • 19:24 WHICH HAS CAUSED TREMENDOUS PAIN AND ANGUISH TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 19:28 CULMINATING IN THE HOLOCAUST OVER 50 YEARS AGO.
  • 19:31 BUT, THE PAIN IS STILL VERY, VERY CLOSE TO THE SURFACE IN MOST JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 19:36 WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE FUTURE BY STANDING WITH THE JEWISH PEOPLE,
  • 19:40 BY SHOWING THEM LOVE AND BY DOING IT HERE AT OUR FOOD BANK,
  • 19:43 AS YOU CAN SEE TONS AND TONS OF FOOD ARE GIVEN TO THE PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.
  • 19:48 EVERY BIT OF FOOD THAT IS GIVEN OUT IS GIVEN WITH THE FULL KNOWLEDGE
  • 19:51 THAT IT'S CHRISTIANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD THAT ARE BLESSING THEM FINANCIALLY
  • 19:54 AND STANDING WITH THEM IN THEIR TIME OF NEED.
  • 20:00 COME, YE BLESSED OF MY FATHER.
  • 20:02 INHERIT THE KINGDOM PREPARED FOR YOU FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.
  • 20:07 FOR I WAS HUNGRY AND YE GAVE ME FOOD,
  • 20:10 I WAS THIRSTY AND YE GAVE ME DRINK.
  • 20:14 THEN WILL THE RIGHTEOUS ANSWER HIM SAYING, LORD,
  • 20:18 WHEN DID WE SEE THEE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY.
  • 20:20 AND THE KING SHALL ANSWER AND SAY UNTO THEM.
  • 20:24 VERILY, I SAY UNTO YOU, IN AS MUCH AS YE HAVE IT UNTO ONE THE LEAST OF THESE, MY BRETHREN,
  • 20:31 YOU HAVE DONE IT UNTO ME.
  • 20:34 I'M HERE BECAUSE THE LORD TOLD ME TO COME HERE AND THAT'S WHY I'M HERE.
  • 20:39 I BELIEVE THIS WHAT HE'S PUT ON MY LIFE TO DO.
  • 20:42 THAT'S WHY I'M HERE TO DO IT.
  • 20:43 I'M EXCITED.
  • 20:45 I BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENING IN ISRAEL TODAY, THE MODERN STATE OF ISRAEL
  • 20:48 IS THE FULFILLMENT OF BIBLICAL PROPHECY.
  • 20:49 IF THIS IS GOD'S WORK, I WANT TO BE PART OF IT.
  • 20:53 THAT'S WHY I'M HERE.
  • 20:54 I FEEL THE CALL OF THE LORD ON MY HEART TO BE HERE AT THIS TIME.
  • 20:57 WHY AND HOW, I'M NOT EXACTLY SURE.
  • 20:59 I KNOW THAT HE'S CHANGED ME IN SO MANY WAYS BY BEING HERE
  • 21:03 BECAUSE IT'S HUMBLED ME TO SEE THAT WHEN THINK YOU KNOW SO MUCH
  • 21:09 AND YOU THINK THAT YOU HAVE SO MUCH DOWN, SPIRITUALLY,
  • 21:13 YOU REALIZE THAT THERE'S SUCH A DEPTH THAT'S HERE THAT YOU'RE LACKING
  • 21:18 AND SO I KNOW THAT HE'S CHANGED ME IN THAT WAY.
  • 21:21 AND EVEN IN THE MIDST OF THIS TURMOIL, I FEEL HIS PEACE,
  • 21:26 I FEEL HIS COMFORT TO SAY, I'M NOT LETTING YOU GO YET.
  • 21:31 YOU STILL HAVE TO BE HERE FOR A TIME.
  • 21:33 3 YEARS AGO A SURVEY WAS IN ISRAEL ON ASKING JEWISH PEOPLE IF THEY KNEW A CHRISTIAN
  • 21:38 AND FULLY 62% OF THE POPULATION HERE SAID, NO, WE DON'T KNOW A CHRISTIAN.
  • 21:43 AND YET, I GUARANTEE THAT THOSE SAME 62% HAD AN OPINION ABOUT CHRISTIANS
  • 21:48 AND IT PROBABLY WAS NOT POSITIVE.
  • 21:50 SO, WE ARE WORKING TO CHANGE THAT AND MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE COMING TO KNOW CHRISTIANS
  • 21:56 WHO ARE NOT PERSECUTING THEM, CHRISTIANS WHO ARE SHOWING THEM LOVE,
  • 22:00 WHO ARE REACHING OUT A HAND TO HELP THEM.
  • 22:02 TALK IS CHEAP, ACTIONS ARE WORTH 1000 WORDS.
  • 22:07 SO, WHEN THEY SEE US DEMONSTRATING THIS KIND OF LOVE AND INVOLVEMENT,
  • 22:11 IT ALSO GIVES US OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM TO WATCH US AND SEE US
  • 22:15 AND TO QUERY US AND TALK TO US AND FIND OUT ABOUT CHRISTIANITY
  • 22:19 IN A WAY THEY WOULD NEVER EVER FIND OUT ABOUT IT.
  • 22:22 SOME TIMES PEOPLE DONATE CLOTHING, NEW CLOTHING FOR CHILDREN
  • 22:26 SO WE DO HAVE SOME OF THAT THAT GOES OUT
  • 22:28 ESPECIALLY WITH THE FAMILIES THAT ARE ADOPTED BY US FOR A YEAR.
  • 22:32 WHEN THEIR BIRTHDAYS COME AROUND,
  • 22:34 WE ESPECIALLY LIKE TO BLESS THE CHILDREN WITH A NEW OUTFIT
  • 22:38 AND A NEW TOY OR SOMETHING THAT WILL BLESS THEIR LIVES.
  • 22:41 IN FACT MANY OF THE PEOPLE ON OUR PROGRAMS SAY
  • 22:44 THAT THE ONLY GIFT THEY GOT FOR THEIR BIRTHDAY WAS FROM US, FROM A CHRISTIAN.
  • 22:48 ACTUALLY THEY'RE RATHER AMAZED.
  • 22:50 THEY SAID, I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT CHRISTIANS WOULD LOVE ME ENOUGH
  • 22:52 TO GIVE ME A GIFT ON MY BIRTHDAY.
  • 22:54 SMALL THINGS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.
  • 22:57 WE ALSO HAVE A HOME REPAIR PROJECT WHERE WE GO OUT INTO THE NEIGHBORHOODS,
  • 23:01 INTO THE COMMUNITY AND WE GO IN AND WE DO EVERYTHING FROM THE CEILING TO THE FLOOR.
  • 23:05 WE EVEN HAVE A WOODWORKING SHOP TO MAKE NEW DOORS
  • 23:07 AND WINDOW FRAMES AND CUPBOARDS AND CABINETS.
  • 23:09 THE IDEA BEING THAT WE CAN BE PART OF, AS ISAIAH SAID,
  • 23:12 BUILDING UP THE BROKEN DOWN WALLS OF JERUSALEM.
  • 23:15 I THINK IT'S A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THEM,
  • 23:19 IT'S IMPORTANT TO SHOW THEM THAT WE REALLY CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE
  • 23:22 AND THE OTHER THING THAT REALLY THIS MINISTRY HAS TAUGHT ME IS HOW TO BE A LIGHT.
  • 23:28 JESUS SAYS WE HAVE TO BE THE LIGHT TO THIS WORLD
  • 23:30 AND WE CANNOT SHARE THE GOSPEL, WE CANNOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT.
  • 23:34 THAT'S NOT OUR PURPOSE, IT'S TO EVANGELIZE AT ALL, BUT, THROUGH WHAT WE DO.
  • 23:40 AND I THINK THE JEWISH PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE DEEDS THAT WE DO.
  • 23:45 THEY HAVEN'T KNOWN CHRISTIANS LIKE US IN THEIR ENTIRE HISTORY
  • 23:48 AND NOW THEY'RE MEETING US FOR THE FIRST TIME.
  • 23:50 THESE EZRA PROJECTS GIVE US THAT OPPORTUNITY TO TANGIBLY BLESS THEM.
  • 24:30 ♪ SUCH A TIME OF WANDERING ♪ AS NO PEOPLE KNEW BEFORE,
  • 24:37 ♪ YET YOU KEPT TOGETHER YOUR ♪ PEOPLE SHORE TO DISTANT SHORE,
  • 24:45 ♪ ALWAYS AS OF YORE, ♪ YOURS FOREVERMORE.
  • 24:54 ♪ NOW, THAT WE'VE COME, LORD, ♪ NOW THAT WE'RE HOME, LORD,
  • 25:00 ♪ STRETCH OUT YOUR ARM ♪ AND PROTECT US.
  • 25:09 ♪ SHIELD US FROM DANGER, ♪ QUIET THE STRANGER,
  • 25:16 ♪ SEND OUR MESSIAH AND ♪ WE'LL TRULY BE HOME.
  • 25:39 YOU KNOW, THE MUSIC THAT YOU HEAR ON THE PROGRAMS,
  • 25:41 THE LORD HAS GIVEN ME RIGHT ALONG THE WHOLE HISTORY OF THE MINISTRY, 25 YEARS,
  • 25:45 HE HASN'T FAILED.
  • 25:47 I REALLY AM NOT SAYING THAT FACETIOUSLY.
  • 25:50 I WAS A PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN WHEN I WAS SAVED,
  • 25:52 BUT I COULD NOT COMPOSE THE WAY THAT I DO NOW, OR PLAY THE WAY I DO NOW.
  • 25:58 THAT IS THE LORD.
  • 26:00 THAT IS A GIFT THAT JUST CAME ALONG WITH HIS CALL
  • 26:02 AND I'M SO PLEASED TO SHARE IT WITH YOU
  • 26:05 AND I KNOW MANY OF YOU GET OUR MUSIC CDS AND TAPES AND SO FORTH
  • 26:10 AND I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THAT AND IT'S STRAIGHT FROM HIM TO YOU, PUT IT THAT WAY.
  • 26:16 I'M THE STENOGRAPHER AND GLAD TO DO IT.
  • 26:18 WELL, BRIDGES FOR PEACE IS JUST A WONDERFUL PLACE.
  • 26:21 THEIR HEART'S IN THE RIGHT PLACE.
  • 26:22 THEY ARE CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS WHO SUPPORT THE CHOSEN PEOPLE.
  • 26:26 THEY ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WE RECOMMEND.
  • 26:28 WE RECOMMEND FEW OTHERS TO REALLY HELP IMMIGRANTS GET TO ISRAEL.
  • 26:33 JUST DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR ON THAT.
  • 26:35 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALYIM, PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. Stand For Truth
  2. Israel and “Palestine” (Celebrating 75 Trips to the Holy Land)
  3. Roots Run Deep
  4. A Place in History
  5. On a Mission
  6. Raised to Walk
  7. On the Outside
  8. For the Future
  9. Top to Bottom
  10. The Last Words

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