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Friday, April 12, 2013

The Outstretched Hand By Motti Inbari

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by Pastor Tim Burt


As many of my readers know, I am the Minnesota State Director for Christians United for Israel. I was recently sent this article by one of my friends – a Rabbi in my community. It blessed me more than I can say, that our love for the Jewish people and Israel is being understood and that this love comes without any motive other than love for those from which are our spiritual heritage proceeded from.

The Outstretched Hand By Motti Inbari

Last week, my family and I celebrated the first night of Passover in our current hometown—Lumberton, North Carolina (population: 22,000). We have lived here since 2009, when I took a position as an assistant professor of religion at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. We are the only Israelis in town and, as far as I know, the only Jews (though there was once a small community here). But it’s not as lonely as it might sound, thanks in large part to our Evangelical Christian neighbors.
Among the guests at our seder table this year were our landlord and his wife. They take their annual vacations in Israel, have bought a house in the Negev, and are so enthusiastic about the country that they are planning to retire there. Another guest was a restaurant owner who flies a big Israeli flag over his establishment. These people, I hasten to note, are not atypical. The mechanic at a nearby service station gives me a discount when he fixes my car; the clerk at the post office can scarcely contain her excitement when I bring her letters or packages addressed to Jerusalem; the cleaning man in my office sends yearly donations from his presumably not very large salary to assist Ethiopian Jews in Israel.
I know, from experience, how suspicious this makes some Jews, and the kinds of questions it leads them to ask. Does all of this support for Israel reflect a hidden agenda aiming at the conversion of Jews? Does the man cleaning my office yearn for the battle of Armageddon, in which people like me will die in great numbers? Is all of this identification with Israel a kind of anti-Semitism in disguise? I don’t think so. What in fact has happened is that a new type of Christianity has evolved in America in recent decades, and Jews ought to be aware of it.
I recently published a book on the religious Zionist rabbis’ approach to territorial compromise, the last chapter of which is devoted to the American Evangelical response to this issue. It focuses on the teachings of two prominent and influential pastors: John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel, and Hal Lindsey, the author of a large number of hugely popular books that have transformed the way Evangelicals look at Jews. In the eyes of these thinkers, the rise of the State of Israel and its victory in the Six-Day War represent clear signs of the imminent return of Jesus and the beginning of the End of Days. This belief, which is based upon a reading of the book of Revelation, is tied up with the anticipation of terrible apocalyptic warfare that will have to take place in the Holy Land prior to Jesus’ return.
Hagee’s and Lindsey’s interpretation of history and especially of current events, like Israel’s victory in 1967 and Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, has led them to conclude that this war—which will, of course, be a nuclear war—is about to take place, and soon. But what impact, one must ask, does this have on their behavior? Their firm conviction that we are just around the corner from a cataclysmic war would seem to make them eager to get the fighting started, and thereby hasten the advent of their Redeemer. But they are, in fact, doing just the opposite.
Christians United for Israel, the Evangelical lobby in Washington, does not encourage war and chaos in the Middle East, which is what you might expect from people eager to see Jesus return. Nor does it adopt a passive stance. It aims to prevent Iran from going nuclear.
Why? Why do Evangelicals act contrary to what would seem to be their own best interests? It is because they are very attentive to the divine promise that those who are seek the well-being of the Jews will be the recipients of God’s favor: “I will bless those who bless you,” He once said to Abraham, “and I will curse those who curse you.” (Genesis 12:2–3) In the end, the benefits they derive from promoting the welfare of the Jews mean more to them than the theoretical possibility that the Redeemer will return following a devastating war in the Middle East—an eventuality that they actively seek to prevent.
My daily interactions with my neighbors and, I should add, my students, as well as my research into Christian Zionism, have led me to the conclusion that a new type of Christianity has emerged, one that is not at all hostile to Jews and ardently wishes to promote the Jews’ well-being. We should set aside our old fears and accept this movement. Evangelicals are stretching out their hands to us. We should reach out to them, too.
Motti Inbari is an Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the author of Messianic Religious Zionism Confronts Israeli Territorial Compromises.

This original article can be found HERE: The Outstretched Hand  from Jewish Ideas Daily:

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Don't Be Afraid to Ask God

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Ugg! We got an April snow dump. Back to winter clothes...

When I grew up as a boy, I thought my parents were poor because there were ten children in our family. I never asked mom or dad for anything because I didn't want anyone else in the the family deprived because of me. My sister closest in age to me thought the same way. We both didn't want to inconvenience our parents so neither of us asked for hardly anything and you know what we got? Hardly anything! We were a little jealous because we saw that dad give our "asking brother" much of what he asked for.

As a Christian learning these truths, I look back at my brother now and realize, he was the smart one. He asked – not because he was more selfish but because he had a better sense of faith in my parents to supply his needs.

Many religious people have this sense of guilt toward asking God to help supply their needs. Many have been taught or led to believe that God is too distant to care about your needs. Others get worried about you asking covetously.Ignorance of God's will and heart will hinder the blessing of God in your life! When you have needs and you don't know where to get help, to NOT seek God for His supernatural help is wrong. James 4:2-3 says, “You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. YOU DO NOT HAVE BECAUSE YOU DO NOT ASK GOD. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
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In saying all this, I am not suggesting in any way that you become a selfish, covetous, lustful asker of stuff. The Lord teaches us not to be covetous. There is a difference between needs and lusts and it takes time to learn which is which but you can learn. Isn't the Holy Spirit big enough to teach you and help you develop discernment? Phil 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, BUT IN EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. "

Your view of what God is willing to help you with might be way too small! Many can’t imagine God caring about the detailed needs of their life but He does. "But in everything ask!" God cares about souls being saved and about people being helped in this defiled world. He cares about each and every one of us. He is a Father and is personal!

I have asked the Lord for so many things over the years. I have done so because when I ask in faith, it is pleasing and honoring to the Lord. He wants us dependent upon Him for everything. When we find we are leaning on ourselves we know we are in trouble. There are far too many things that we are incapable in ourselves of getting, doing, or accomplishing. Asking God for right reasons and out of a pure heart is a product of discernment that comes with time. God is not upset as you navigate through the learning process. The thing we should be guilty about is NOT asking for fear He won't hear or that He doesn't care. You can't believe how many people there are that just don't ask God in sincere faith for anything. He says, "WE HAVE NOT BECAUSE WE ASK NOT!

Psalm 84:11 tells us "For the LORD God is our light and protector; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly."

When you ask and you don’t see things happen right away, please keep this in mind. It isn’t because HE is not working on it. Much of what He brings us in life comes through people. God does not usurp people’s will. He has to lead them in their heart to reach out just like He tries to encourage you to toward others. Hopefully they will respond. If they don’t’ He looks for someone else. Yes He could do a miracle and sometimes does, but He primarily chooses to bring His blessings to others through people. Remember also that He wants to teach you to be a giver as well as a receiver. Actually it all starts with finding ways to give to others. Luke 6:38 says, If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you."

Do you have a need? Ask in faith believing. Let the Lord teach you. Be patient and be confident that no good thing will he withhold from you. Say it and believe it! And if you can find something to give or sow into another's life. Plant that seed!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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