Innovation Nation: ReWalk, EyeControl and OrCam

 

Israel continues to excel in the innovation and advancement of life-changing technology.  See what they are doing for those with spinal cord injuries, paralysis and loss of sight.

Amazing!

 

See other cool Israeli medical innovations:

  • AlphaOmega – medical equipment that helps pinpoint Parkinson’s and other brain disorders.
  • SoftWheel – a wheelchair that will take a disabled person just about anywhere they want to go.
  • MobileODT – a handheld diagnostic tool to quickly detect cervical cancer.

PS: If you haven’t noticed, it appears Israelis love to jam together two words to name their inventions!

Thank Your Congressman…Unless Their Names are Jones or Massie!

Yesterday the US House of Representative voted overwhelmingly in support of the rights of Iranian people to peacefully protest the Iranian regime’s oppression.  Iranian people are experiencing a tumbling economy and very high unemployment because their government insists on funneling hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars to terrorist, while ignoring their citizens’ needs.

The House resolution simply  “condemns the Iranian regime’s serious human rights abuses against the Iranian people, significant corruption and destabilizing activities abroad.”

While we can rejoice that the measure passed in a  415-2 vote, doesn’t it make you wonder which two representatives were crazy enough to oppose such a resolution?  Do they really see the behavior of the Iranian regime as okay?  (Click the “415-2 vote” link above to find out how your representative voted!)

By the way, AIPAC has a simple webpage you can use to send thanks to your representative, and to encourage your senators to vote likewise on the the Senate version of the resolution.  It will automatically identify your representative and senators (regardless of the state in which your live), and provide a form letter.  All you have to do is input your name and address.

Friends, it doesn’t get any easier than that!  Our leaders in Congress need to hear from us.  If you are an American citizen, will you please make your voice heard?  This is a rare occasion when Democrats and Republican agree on something.  It takes 30 seconds, so let’s bombard our Congressmen with thanks!

PS: If Walter Jones (R – NC) or Thomas Massie (R – KY) are your Congressmen, they definitely need to hear from you!  Please express your displeasure in their vote AGAINST the freedom and human rights of the Iranian people, and FOR a tyrannical regime who will sacrifice its people to destroy Israel and the United States.

Thoughts on President Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem and Movement of US Embassy

Following President Trump’s announcements on Wednesday, many seem to be wondering, “What now?”

While the United States, under President Harry Truman, was the first to recognize the newly reborn state of Israel in 1948, no American president in the past 20 years has been bold enough to unequivocally declare Jerusalem to be the fully-recognized capital of the Jewish state.  That is, until President Donald Trump.

I was present at the AIPAC Policy Conference in March 2016 when then-candidate Donald Trump laid out his plans for diplomatic relations with Israel. Among his statements was this one:

“We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem…we will send a clear signal that there is no daylight between America and our most reliable ally the state of Israel.”

He made a promise and he seems to be acting on it.  That is admirable, though he will still have his hands full in actually moving the embassy.  But at least he has committed to it.

But what can we expect in the coming days, weeks and months?  Well, in the coming days, I believe we can expect the Arab world (particularly the Palestinians) to act with violence.  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is very adept at whining to the rest of the world about the “injustice” being done, while inciting his people to violence…without a word being said by the rest of the world who has bought into his whining!  Yet, “peace talks” have lingered since 1947, and the Palestinians have been offered incredible statehood deals in the past, to which they have always said no.  Examples:

  • Image result for british mandate map1947 UN Partition Plan: Though the British Mandate (1917-1922) declared the Jewish homeland to be the territory we know today as Israel and Jordan, by the time the UN Partition plan came along in 1947, the Jewish homeland had been cut down to only parts (primarily the deserts!) of Israel.  The Jews said, “Ok, we’ll take it,” while the Arabs said, “No way! We want it all!”
  • 2000 Camp David Peace Talks: President Bill Clinton mediated negotiations between Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, in which 97% of all territory demanded by the Palestinians was agreed upon by Israel.  (Only highly Jewish-populated areas of the West Bank were excluded and land swaps were offered.) Arafat said, “No way! We want it all!”
  • 2008 Peace Talks: Israeli PM Ehud Olmert was so anxious to culminate a peace deal that he conceded virtually every demand (including a Palestinian state AND a divided Jerusalem) of PA President Mahmoud Abbas.  (See this article!)  Yet still, the Palestinians said, “No way! We want it all!”

So, I’m not confident that President Trump nor anyone else will be able to close the “ultimate deal!”  Palestinian leadership simply does not want peace…they want Israel and the Jewish people totally eliminated, and they incite…and even PAY…Palestinian people to riot.  They also have the UN on their side, and that infamous body meets today to discuss the situation.  (Don’t be surprised to hear about UN resolutions condemning the US!)

That is what we are seeing today, and will see for days to come.  (A word of caution here: in general, it is not the Palestinian people who are the problem. It is Palestinian leadership.)

In the coming weeks, I’m hopeful that other nations will follow the lead of the United States by declaring their recognition of Jerusalem as the capital, and perhaps moving their embassies to Jerusalem.  The Czech Republic and the Philippines have made similar pronouncements already.  Also, Netanyahu has made huge inroads over the past couple years reaching out to nations in the Mediterranean, Africa and even South America to build diplomatic relations, and those seem to be working.  There are those who share hope with Israel!

In the coming months, I suspect we’ll see world leaders vie for power.  Trump is not well-liked in many parts of the world (particularly now) and America has definitely lost credibility on the world stage over the past several years.  In addition, North Korea is enough of a distraction to keep the US busy in other places besides the Middle East.

So who will rise to world power?  Could it be Vladimir Putin in Russia?  (Oh, how he longs for that!)  Might it be Emmanuel Macron in Europe?  Will someone else arise to become the world’s foremost power monger?

We don’t know, but I think the next few months might give us a clue as to where the pieces might land.  Make no mistake, Jesus could miraculously bring about a season of peace in the Middle East (though very difficult to imagine at this point).  Or, He may be setting the stage for the next grand event on the prophetic calendar: the rapture of the church!

Either way, He calls us to be ready!  Are you?

Great Opportunity: A Live Conversation with Christian-Jewish Relations Expert, Jonathan Greenberg

UPDATE:  This event has been cancelled due to a family emergency.  Please pray for Jonathan Greenberg and his family as they deal with a very difficult situation.

Hi friends!  A unique opportunity just dropped in our laps and I hope you will join me in taking advantage of it!  We often discuss the importance of standing with Israel and reaching out to the Jewish community to show our gratitude and support.  Well, time to put it into practice!

Special Jewish friends are in town for another event but have agreed to carve out a time of discussion and bridge-building with us next Sunday.  Jonathan Greenberg (Senior VP) and Talya Messeri (VP of Development and Strategic Partnerships) of the Chicago-based Haym Salomon Center will be with us at 11:00am Sunday, December 10 at Calvary Community – Central Campus (Room 403).  All are invited.

Having just completed a study of the Abrahamic Covenant, and the proper relationship between Christians and Jews, this is a fantastic opportunity to engage in discussion with an expert in Jewish-Christian relations, as well as public affairs related to Israel.  JonathanJonathan Greenberg is a respected voice on foreign policy and has published in The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Times, New York Post and many other major outlets.  He also spent over five years with AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), the largest pro-Israel lobby in America.

This is a fantastic wrap-up to our study, so come with questions, as this will be an open discussion!  Everyone is welcome, whether or not you attended the Bible study.  Come and participate in this unique blessing.  (There is no cost.)

When: Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 11:00am
Where: Calvary Community Church – Central Campus, Room 403 (across Windrose)
Find out more about the Haym Salomon Center, Jonathan Greenberg and Talya Messeri

See you there!