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CMJ Touring with Hebrew Scrolls Exhibit

CMJ has the privilege of co-hosting a Mountain States and West Coast tour of a complete collection of ancient Tanakh (the Old Testament) scrolls. The series of exhibitions includes a lecture concerning the copying and preservation of the Hebrew scriptures down through the centuries. This collection, all 16 scrolls that make up the complete Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament), is the only such collection that can be viewed by the public.

Source of Lasting Peace

The Israeli cabinet met this morning to consider a cease-fire proposal by Egypt and voted to approve it. The leadership of Hamas also met and rejected the proposal, resuming rocket fire on Israel territories. Shortly thereafter, Israel resumed its attacks on Hamas sites.

It is a sadly familiar sequence of events. And it demonstrates how profoundly difficult it is for peace of any kind to be established once hatred has taken root. The situation seems hopeless to almost everyone. Almost everyone…

This last weekend was profoundly instructive as to the real source of peace. In God’s providence, the Elav Youth Conference was already scheduled in Haifa, Israel. It is a gathering of young Arab and Jewish disciples of Jesus.

They met, worshiped, and shared the love of God while all around them war and hatred was raging. Most touching was the spontaneous decision they made to wash each other’s feet. What a contrast—is this not obedience to what the Apostle John wrote in his letter? (1 John 4:7)

These young people have been reconciled to God and to each other through faith in Jesus/Issa/Yeshua the Messiah, who came to save each and all of them. They demonstrated to the hostile world around them, not how things must be…but how things can be when the Kingdom of God begins to be formed in the hearts and minds of the community of His disciples.

It is to this kind of work that CMJ has committed itself for over two centuries. And it is for this kind of peace that CMJ in Israel and around the world is asking believers in Jesus to pray. Not just a ceasefire…not a cold war…but the lasting peace that comes only when the Messiah is recognized and followed. We are instructed to pray for peace, because peace is when God is most able to demonstrate His desire for all people to know him.

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Muslim goes to Mecca - and finds Jesus!

Now he wants to help re-unite the sons of Abraham

 
Charles Gardner reports from CMJ-sponsored conference in Jerusalem, May 2014
 

A Turkish Muslim who made a pilgrimage to Mecca in a desperate attempt to get his life back on track returned as a Christian to the great astonishment of his family. Now a pastor, Ali Pektash has been addressing a [CMJ-sponsored] conference in Jerusalem called At the Crossroads, and sees it as part of his mission to help re-unite the sons of Abraham.

Ali, a Kurd, suffered from alcohol addiction when friends persuaded him to make Hajj (pilgrimage) to Islam’s holy city. It was in Saudi Arabia, where liquor is banned, and the religious ritual might cure him, they suggested.

When he got there, he cried out to God for help (if indeed He was there) and fell asleep.

Jesus then appeared to him in a dream and touched him, saying: “You believe in me now; leave this place.”

After taking a shower next morning, he discovered what he thought was dust on the part of his chest Jesus had touched, but in fact the hair on his chest had turned white in the shape of a hand!

At the traditional celebration marking his return from Hajj, he announced to his incredulous family that he had seen Jesus in Mecca and had come back a Christian. He burst out crying in front of his wife and asked forgiveness for the way he had treated her, clearly demonstrating a dramatic change in his life. But for three years he had no access to a Bible and it was seven years before he met another Turkish Christian.

The Visible from the Invisible

During March, General Motors and Ford produced dueling commercials about hard work and rewards. The GM commercial featured a prosperous executive and his new luxury Cadillac, proof of his success. Ford pushed back with a Focus ad featuring a prosperous 30 something woman whose small business worked to save the environment. It seemed a clear contrast in values, but appearances can deceive. Both campaigns focus on the experience and satisfaction of an individual. The world is viewed through the lens of personal preferences, and personal fulfillment. This consumerist view of reality permeates Western thinking. But it is not the only way to view the world.
 
The Witness of the Jews to God, a recently re-published book of essays about the Jewish people, illustrates a very different understanding of reality.  These essays (written forty years ago) describe reality through the lens of its creator. The place of the Jewish people in the world is one of those issues that is most sensitive to a human centered or a God centered perspective on reality.
 
No issue illustrates it more acutely than the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, a topic as current as yesterday’s headlines. The shift from a God-centered to a human-centered perspective dominates most current discussions of the issues surrounding Jewish people, Palestinian Arabs, and the Land.  Those reports and opinions, whether theological or secular, focus on the attributes, rights, and prophecies from the perspective of the consequences for Jewish or Arab people. The arguments presume, sometimes unwittingly, that humanistic concerns are most important. The reason for God (or theology) has far more to do with human rights and preferences than His intentions and will.

News from the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism

CMJ USA Director the Rev. Daryl Fenton, and Board members Dr. Theresa Newell, the Rev. George Koch and Dr. Jim Sibley attended the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism (LCJE) North America conference held at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL March 3-5, 2014. Newell was LCJE NA coordinator from 1999-2007 and Sibley held this position from 2007-2011.
 

Pew Research Center Findings on Jewish Americans

by Theresa Newell
 
          More Jewish people in the USA today believe that you can be Jewish and believe in Jesus than ever before. This is only one of the startling findings of the recent and historic study done by Pew Research Center titled “A Portrait of Jewish Americans.” The study was published October 1, 2013. It is the first independent study of American Jews that has ever been done.
 
           The results of the study are based on interviews with 3,500 Jews in all 50 states. The front page headline of the oldest Jewish newspaper in America, Forward, read, “New Study Finds Jews Fleeing Faith Traditions” (October 11, 2013). Among the new findings are the following:
 

The Sunshine School

By Marion Jadon, Director
 
It is now twenty years since I founded the Sunshine School in Beit Hanina, an Arab Muslim suburb north of Jerusalem. From early childhood in England, I felt seized with a spirit of service to God to share His love with children in Israel. So in 1978 I became a teacher at the Anglican International School Jerusalem. Living in Jerusalem, I experienced the painful lack of trust and interaction between the different peoples of Israel. As a result, I felt an urgency to create opportunities to bring the diverse mixture of identities found in Jerusalem together within the context of a school for young children.
 

Statement of Faith

We affirm our belief in historic Christianity as revealed in the Scriptures and summarized in the three Creeds (the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian) and the Thirty-Nine Articles. We recognize the need today for reaffirming the following beliefs:

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