What is the only country about which can be said that its very existence is disputed? Clue: Not Zimbabwe, not Tuvalu, not even overrun Tibet. Which country's boundaries, bought with blood in wars initiated by others, are challenged by all nations, who now seem determined to destroy it through boycotts, unjust defamation and purported "laws" that are applied to no other nation? Which country fully respects the rights of women and every kind of ethnic, religious and sexual minorities, notwithstanding that it is condemned at the United Nations for being "the worst violator of women's rights" -- worse than Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Sudan?

by Tony Pearce ( Light for Last Days).

'The Christian view of Isaiah 53 is that it is about Jesus suffering for the sins of the world. The Jewish view is that it is about Israel suffering on behalf of the nations.'

by Melanie Phillips

A fringe meeting hosted a call for Labour to debate whether the Holocaust actually happened, the libelling of Israel as a racist, Nazi, apartheid and colonialist state and a demand that Jews who supported Israel should be kicked out of the Labour party.

What was so chilling was not just that the meeting, called Free Speech on Israel (aka Safe Space for Hate) provided bigots with the opportunity to spew their bile. It cheered and applauded them.

Israeli-American author Miko Peled told it Labour members should support the freedom to “discuss every issue, whether it’s the Holocaust, yes or no, whether it’s Palestine liberation – the entire spectrum. There should be no limits on the discussion.”

Michael Kalmanovitz, a member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, called for two pro-Israeli groups to be expelled from the party. He said: “The thing is, if you support Israel, you support apartheid. So what is the JLM (Jewish Labour Movement) and Labour Friends of Israel doing in our party? Kick them out.” The Mirror reported: “Loud cheers, applause and calls of ‘throw them out’ erupted in the room of around a hundred activists in response.”

Do we know why we’re here? Andrew Murray calls the church away from ‘selfish religion’… Go ye therefore and make disciples of all the nations.'  – Matt. 28:19

How terribly the Church has failed in obeying this command! How many Christians there are who never knew that there is such a command! How many who hear of it, do not in earnest set themselves to obey it! And how many seek to obey it in such way and measure as seems to them fitting and convenient. 

Edersheim's "The Later Parables" is taken from his "Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah".

(by Stephen Pollard)

As a young boy, I used to think my grandma very strange. In her bedroom she kept a suitcase, packed and ready for use at a moment’s notice. “Just in case,” she’d tell me when I asked where it was that she was always waiting to go to. “You never know when they’ll turn on the Jews.”

Her house in Northwood was epitome of suburban comfort, and I couldn’t understand what on earth she meant. Until, that is, I learned some history – including the history of the Jews. Which is, in short, that pretty much everywhere, they have turned on the Jews.

From my teens through my twenties and thirties, the fact that I am Jewish meant little to me beyond the Jonathan Miller sense of being Jew-ish. I adored beigels, matzoh balls, Seinfeld and Woody Allen more than your average gentile would think they deserved. And that was about it. If you’d asked me, I’d have told you that after the Holocaust, real, serious anti-Semitism – the sort where Jews were killed for being Jews, rather than the odd nasty comment – was a thing of the past, in civilised Europe, at least.

(By Stephen Pollard) As a young boy, I used to think my grandma very strange. In her bedroom she kept a suitcase, packed and ready for use at a moment’s notice. “Just in case,” she’d tell me when I asked where it was that she was always waiting to go to. “You never know when they’ll turn on the Jews.” Her house in Northwood was epitome of suburban comfort, and I couldn’t understand what on earth she meant. Until, that is, I learned some history – including the history of the Jews. Which is, in short, that pretty much everywhere, they have turned on the Jews. From my teens through my twenties and thirties, the fact that I am Jewish meant little to me beyond the Jonathan Miller sense of being Jew-ish. I adored beigels, matzoh balls, Seinfeld and Woody Allen more than your average gentile would think they deserved. And that was about it. If you’d asked me, I’d have told you that after the Holocaust, real, serious anti-Semitism – the sort where Jews were killed for being Jews, rather than the odd nasty comment – was a thing of the past, in civilised Europe, at least.

WEEK 1 : Dedication to Theophilus

1. SCRIPTURE

1:1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have fulfilled among us.
1:2 Just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the Lord.
1:3 Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus.
1:4 So that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

Luke 1:1-4 (NKJV) Other versions ...

WEEK 2 : The Eternal Word

1. SCRIPTURE

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1:2 He was with God in the beginning.
1:3 Through Him all things were made; and without Him nothing was made that was made.
1:4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.
1:5 The light shines in darkness but the darkness has not understood it.
1:6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.
1:7 He came as a witness to testify concerning the light; so that through him all men might believe.
1:8 He himself was not that light; he came only as a witness to the light.
1:9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
1:10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.
1:11 He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.
1:12 Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become the children of God.
1:13 Children not born of natural descent, or of human decision nor a husband’s will, but of God.
1:14 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
1:15 John testifies concerning Him. He cries out, saying, “This is He of who I said, ‘Her who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’”
1:16 “From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.”
1:17 “For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah.”
1:18 For no one has ever seen God, but God the One and only, who is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.

John 1:1-18 (NKJV) Other versions ...

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