The Call that Never Came: A Pilot’s Story of 9/11

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I’m departing from the norm today in order to commemorate those who lost their lives 17 years ago in the tragedy of 9/11.  On that day, America faced some of its darkest hours when terrorists flew airplanes into the twin towers of NYC, the Pentagon in Washington DC and a field in Pennsylvania (targeting the White House).  We lost almost 3,000 lives that day.

Today, though, I want to share a heartfelt, uplifting story of an American Airlines pilot who was supposed to fly that day.  The story is poignant, yet so incredibly inspiring.  You must hear this man’s testimony!

Perhaps we should all consider our life’s objectives and determine how committed we are to live them out.  May each of us be challenged by Steve Scheibner’s commitment, and blessed as we commit the same!

To Life: How Israeli Volunteers are Changing the World

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Almost daily, Israel is accused of human rights violations.  The UN sanctions Israel more than any other country on the planet, and neighboring people groups are constantly alleging abuses.  But the fact is, since 1980, Israel has provided humanitarian aid to 140 different countries around the world, and her stories are being told on a broader scale than ever before.

I’ve had the privilege of meeting and hearing Gordon Robertson, CEO of the Christian Broadcasting Network, talk about his love for Israel.  CBN now has a significant presence in Israel, and Jerusalem Dateline has become a trusted source of news out of Israel.

CBN has also produced fantastic documentaries such as The Hope: The Rebirth of Israel and In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem.  Both are high-quality, historically accurate depictions of two very key events in modern Israeli history: their rebirth, and victory in the 1967 Six Day War.  (You can find them here.)

Recently, they have release To Life: How Israeli Volunteers are Changing the World.  We previewed it at the ICEJ/ACLI Conference in Washington DC last month and it left me glued to my seat.  Here is the official trailer:

The 1.5-hour movie is astounding, and well worth carving out time to take it in.  You can view it for free online, so gather the family this weekend and get a glimpse of the incredible things Israel is doing for the world.

To Life: How Israeli Volunteers are Changing the World

Enjoy!

Word from Jerusalem – June 2018

Welcome back, friends!  If you have followed long, you know that I share each issue of ICEJ’s Word from Jerusalem, a monthly publication highlighting events happening in Israel, and the ministry of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

Many of you have told me how blessed you are to get a glimpse into the work the Lord is doing in Israel.  But this issue will blow your socks off!  Why?  Because it is filled with exciting highlights of the incredible gala celebration of the opening of the US Embassy, and the conference that followed.

I attended those events in Washington DC in mid-May and can attest to the quality and depth of them.  I know you will be blessed by coverage of that conference, as well as other happenings surrounding the ICEJ and their ministry in Jerusalem.  Please take some time to check out:

  • Greetings from VP Mike Pence, on behalf of the White House.
  • US Celebration of Israel’s 70th – the ACLI Gala, featuring very prominent speakers.
  • Israel: Seventy and Strong – a recap of the conference.
  • A heartfelt message from Dr Saleem Shalash – get the perspective from an Arab Israeli Christian, living a life of freedom in Israel (and extremely thankful for it!)
  • US Embassy Opening: May 14, 2018 – a look back at that exciting day.
  • …many other articles from happenings around the world.

You will be blessed!  Enjoy!

 

PS: I’m teaching week 2 of the study, Why Israel Matters, today.  Please pray for a work of the Holy Spirit as I teach.  Also, I’ll continue posting info from that study, so stay tuned!  (Of course, you’re welcome to join us live if you live in the Phoenix area! Info and Directions)

Political and Prophetic Implications of the US Embassy Move

The Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) has ramped up Israel-related coverage in the past few years.  They produce regular Jerusalem Dateline segments and have an “Inside Israel” page on their website.  As a Christian organization that supports Israel, they are leading the media charge in taking up issues specific to Israel.

Gordon Robertson, president of CBN, was present and spoke at last week’s ICEJ/ACLI Summit in Washington DC, committing to continue efforts to put Israel positively in the news.

Recently, CBN produced The Embassy Move to Jerusalem: What it Means Politically and Prophetically.  I encourage you to take time to view the 22-minute report that includes Robertson’s comments at the Summit, VP Mike Pence’s comments at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, and an interview with the Guatemalan Ambassador to Israel following the opening of their embassy two days following the US Embassy.

Also, as you know, US Ambassador David Friedman now has a new address.  As the United States Ambassador to Israel, Friedman represents the interests of America to Israel, and became the first ambassador to occupy an official embassy in Jerusalem when, on May 14, the US officially moved the embassy from Tel Aviv.

The quiet-spoken, level-headed ambassador reflected on the move in a recent interview with the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN).  As we get used to diplomats moving into embassies in Jerusalem, it is no small matter that the US was the first to take the leap.

Listen to Ambassador Friedman’s comments (including a little-known story about President Trump) here.

As the “new” wears off and the embassy staff continues to take the necessary steps to stand with Israel, will you pray for Ambassador Friedman and his staff?  Pray God’s richest blessings upon them, and that God’s divine wisdom will guide their plans.  Blessings to the ambassador, and blessings to you!