NFL Hall-of-Famers’ Visit to Israel “Changed our Lives”

Most don’t view Israel as a hotspot for sports.  However, Israel has seen recent successes in Olympic competition, as well as in soccer and other sports.

Recently Jewish New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, sponsored a tour of 18 NFL Hall-of-Famers to Israel to promote American football, and to provide a glimpse into the truth about Israel (despite what media outlets portray).  Only 2 of the 18 had previously been to Israel.

While there, the former greats provided coaching and encouragement to Israeli high schoolers as they hit the gridiron.  As they promoted the game, they were met with great fanfare and appreciation.

However, I think God had bigger plans for that trip than simply promoting football.  Not only did the stars learn much about Israel’s history and tour many Christian sites, but many took advantage of the opportunity to be baptized in the Jordan River (as Jesus was).

According to Breaking Israel News:

Cornerback Lem Barney told media that he had been drawn to Israel for religious reasons. Barney, who serves as associate minister at Empowerment Church in Southfield, Michigan, described the “great spirituality” in the country. “This is a dream come true,” he said.

“Israel is the center of what’s happening, and it’s good to see it,” added tight end Dave Casper.

Pro-bowler Jerome Bettis told attendees at a Sunday football event in Jerusalem that the trip had been incredibly meaningful for he and his wife, saying it had “changed our lives.”

“A dream come true…Israel is the center of what’s happening…changed our lives.”

Visiting Israel will do that to a person!  Which leads me to ask: What was more dramatic, the Hall-of-Famers’ promotion of football, or Israel’s impact on the lives of those Hall-of-Famers?

I dare say, those men likely left knowing they had been far greater blessed than they ever imagined.  Superstar Joe Montana may have said it best:

“While we come here on a mission for American football, I think we take home a lot more than we bring.”

Amen to that!  If you have never been to Israel, put it on your list!  Your life will be changed, and you will take home more than you ever thought possible!

Please Take Action!

Hi friends!  I’m going off the beaten path today, but I want you to understand why.  Though no one knows the day or the hour in which our Savior will return, we are told to be ready (Matthew 24:36-50, Matthew 25:1-13).  Jesus also taught the principle of knowing and understanding the times and the seasons in which we live (Matthew 24:32-35, Luke 12:54-56).  2 Timothy 3:1-5 even gives us a list of characteristics we will find to be true on a very broad scale in the last days.

We are in those days.

One of the most horrific things I can think of to grieve the heart of God is the mass murder of unborn children in their mothers’ wombs.  Abortion continues to be rampant in our world, and embarrassingly so in the United States where the rights of those children are brutally trampled under foot.

Jesus lived out,  and passed on, a very specific principle regarding “being about His Father’s business” (Luke 2:49, for example).  We would be wise to live out the same principle.  But how?  Many ways…some simple,  some not so simple…and God’s call is different for each of us.

However, I think we can all do the simple things, such as fight for the lives and rights of the unborn.  So, here is an opportunity to faithfully “be about the Father’s business” as it pertains to that battle.

Please sign a petition to defund Planned Parenthood.  According to information from Senator Ted Cruz’s office (R – TX), that organization alone is responsible for 300,000 abortions per year, and is funded by $500 MILLION of taxpayer money annually.  Though PP ads come across as working for the interests of mothers, you must know that PP executives have been caught on video negotiating prices for baby body parts, discussing how to more efficiently harvest organs (for sale), and bragging about the profit from the sale of those baby body parts.  Don’t believe me?  See those videos here.

With the current majority in Congress who campaigned on conservative platforms, now is the time for our Senators and Congressmen to take action.  In these last days, let’s be about our Father’s business.  Let’s speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8-9).  Let’s tell our elected leaders that we expect them to stand for righteousness.  Let’s bombard Congress with petitions stating our position.  It will take you less than 20 seconds.



Netanyahu to Iran: “Don’t Threaten Israel!”

Iran, bolstered by the Iranian Nuclear Deal, continues to press the envelop when it comes to violating agreements, both within that deal and within other UN resolutions regarding their development and use of missiles.

On Sunday, Iran fire 7 missiles aimed at Syria (three of which fell in Iraq), supposedly targeting ISIS positions.  Though none hit their mark, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard claimed success and reported that 300 terrorists were killed.  Israeli surveillance indicated otherwise.  Only one rocket landed close to an ISIS base, and there are no known casualties.

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Sheikh Hussein al-Islam, boldly proclaimed that Saudis and Americans are “the main recipients of this message.”  Those actions and comments drew a response from Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.  During a visit to Kazakhstan, he was asked by President Nursultan Nazarbayev if he had a message for the Iranian president who is to visit Kazakhstan next week.  Netanyahu stated that if Iran would change their policies, Israel will change theirs.  He went on to say:

“This activity is also about Iranian attempts to settle in Syria and, of course, transfer advanced weaponry to the Lebanese Hezbollah. I have a message to Iran: Do not threaten Israel.”

According to the Jerusalem Post, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei repeated on Wednesday a statement made previously:  “Israel will not exist 25 years from now.”

The actions and rhetoric coming out of radical Islamic regions is once again simmering to a boil.  As watchmen, we must be diligent in prayer for Israel (Isaiah 62).  As followers of Jesus Christ, we must be ready for the return of our Lord (Matthew 25:1-13).  The two go hand-in-hand, so let’s be found faithful (Matthew 25:21).

Macron: The savior of Europe and the world?

As mentioned a few days ago, Emmanuel Macron displays antichrist-like characteristics. I’m not saying he is “the” antichrist, but that the spirit of antichrist is stirring in today’s world. This is one example. Only time will reveal the identity of “the” antichrist, and believers will no longer be here! Read Foreshadowing of the Antichrist (June 3) and France’s Emmanuel Macron’s True Colors Coming to View (June 15) for more info.

Amir Tsarfati commented on Macron’s recent cover of “The Economist.” Find his comments below…

Behold Israel

Amir’s commentary on Emmanuel Macron’s mysterious rise to power and how the French President is now seen as the “Savior of Europe”

Unknown.jpg Photo: The Economist cover, June 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron was labeled by The Economist this week to be the “Savior of Europe”, the French president quickly rising to power in the French elections followed by then landslide victory in France’s Parliament.

Macron’s Republic on the Move (LREM) together with the MoDem party won a sweeping majority for the French National Assembly, despite the lowest turnout in 50 years by voters.

Macron has assumed leadership that was never given to him, evident through his words and actions. This was clear when he gave a speech in English (French presidents never do this) on the Paris Climate Agreement, just days in office as France’s new president without a majority in parliament, criticizing President Trump and the United States for…

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