Defining Palestinian/Islamic Terms
When asked how I feel about the Palestinian conflict, I have often found it helpful to distinguish between several terms. Here are a few brief definitions:
A Visit to Amsterdam
This winter Asher and I visited Amsterdam for a short vacation. We enjoyed the network of canals that flow through the city, the colorful, narrow row houses, and the over population of bicycles. We also enjoyed visiting a few of the city’s museums.
I was particularly interested in the Anne Frank house, after being so familiar with her story as a child. The house, where Anne and her family hid during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, has been preserved as a museum.
It is eerie to walk through this building and its hidden rooms, imagining the horror of the inhabitants, Jews hiding from the Nazis, and their petrifying fear of being caught.
After the war Anne’s father and the only survivor from the family, Otto Frank, was active in preserving this house as a museum. He also devoted his life to standing up for human rights and against racism and prejudice.
Asher and I were a little surprised upon finishing the tour to find ourselves in an educational room with short films and materials promoting these values.
Unfortunately, the materials inaccurately drew a thread between the inhumane acts of the Nazi regime and the treatment by Dutch police of illegal immigrants in Holland. As though expelling illegal immigrants is on par with singling out and brutally murdering an entire ethnic group!
We were equally surprised as we left the building and waited for transportation at the canal, to find ourselves standing in front of the “Homomonument.” The homomonument was designed to ‘inspire and support lesbians and gays in their struggle against denial, oppression and discrimination’ and directly identifies with the nearby Anne Frank house in their ‘struggle.’
The Bible warns against calling evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).
In these days, when humanism is replacing godly values and the lines of good and evil are becoming dim, let us pray to have God’s discernment, that we may stand in His righteous values and not confuse them with those of the world.
Far East Prayer Update
Our team (Asher, Ariel, Ami, Amir (Pakistan/Thailand), Matthew (Hong Kong), and Abraham & Grace (Korea) are presently ministering in Seoul, Korea. We are continuing in our Acts 1 vision to preach the Gospel from Jerusalem all the way to the ends of the earth. We believe that the Gospel of the Kingdom needs to be preached to all the nations before the Lord’s return (Mt 24:14). Please pray for anointing on our meetings here; for the developing of key covenantal partners in the Far East—particularly in Mainland China.
Continue to pray fervently for the upcoming television documentary on Messianic Judaism, which includes interviews with several members of our congregation and ministry team.
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