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A highlight from Come Out Of The Cave (Daniel Floyd)
"Hey, this is Steven Furtick. I'm the pastor of Elevation Church, and this is our podcast. I wanted to thank you for joining us today. Hope this inspires you. Hope it builds your faith. Hope it gives you perspective to see God is moving in your life. Enjoy the message. So good to be in church today. My wife is with me, two of the four are with me. We have four kids, 16, 14, six and four. And yeah, same wife. Some people think it's two, no, same. And we just took a break and took a long break in between there. And the two little ones, they don't sit still long enough to get traveling rights. So they're at home, but we're just honored to be here. If you're ever in the Fredericksburg, Richmond area of Virginia, come say hello to us sometime. We would love to host you and love to have you visit. Sometime, honored to be here. I would be remiss if I didn't say at the onset that this house and the leaders of this house have made such a difference in our lives as I think all of us could testify to. Moments, sitting over there, hearing a message called Take Your Seat at the Gate that marked me at an inside elevation, a moment before service, praying together at Providence High School. Some of y 'all remember Providence. That marked me just moments throughout where something Pastor Steven said in a phone call, something in a message. I think we'd all have the testimony, some lyric that carried us through a moment of a song. And I just wanna say how much we love your pastors, Pastor Steven, Pastor Holly. What a gift they are to you, but what a gift they are to the body of Christ. Come on, can we put our hands together and thank God for our leaders today? What an incredible gift. Well, are you ready for the word today? Come on, I know this is a house that loves the word of God. And so if you have a Bible with you, Judges chapter six, we're gonna get to it and get to work and believing that God wants to say something to you today. Judges chapter six, start in verse one, read to about verse six. It says, again, the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord. It's a great verse to start with, right? Hey, welcome to Elevation. Israel did evil. Not smart guest speaker guy. Says that for seven years, he gave them into the hands of the Midianites. Everybody shout Midianites. Midianites. And because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves, and strongholds. And whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites, and other Eastern peoples invaded the country. And they camped on the land and they ruined the crops all the way to Gaza. They did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys. And they came up with their livestock and their tents like swarm of locusts. It was impossible to count the men and their camels. They invaded the land and they ravaged it. Midians so impoverished the Israelites. One translation says they reduced them to starvation, that they cried out to the Lord for help. I want to bring a message today. If you're note -taking type, write this down. If you're not, go ahead and write it down called come out of the cave. Come out of the cave. Let's pray together. Father, our hearts and minds are open. We've come to hear from heaven today. We haven't come to do some religious ritual, but we believe the word of God is powerful and alive and can change our lives today. So do that. Do what only you can do in our hearts and our minds. We pray this in Jesus' name. Everybody said a big amen, amen. So not too long ago, my oldest, Owen, who's with us, he's 16, starts driving next month. Everybody paid for my insurance bill. Please say a prayer, add that to your prayer list. He comes up to me out of the blue and he says, Hey dad, did you ever pull an all -nighter? And I was like, yeah, there were several times in college that I pulled all -nighters. Anybody else in the house? Come on, every campus, you pulled an all -nighter? Okay, I don't know if it's justification for my procrastination, but I just kinda like to say that I enjoyed all -nighters. I had all -nighters back in the day where you went to the computer lab. Come on, somebody. You didn't have no laptop in your room. What you talking about, spoiled? Went to a computer lab with my disk. Can I get an amen in the house of God today? My disk, put that in the slot, had to wait for a spot for all the other procrastinators that were in the computer lab. And then I'd work on that thing until about seven in the morning, run and get some breakfast, head to class, acting like I had that thing done for two weeks.
Fresh update on "gaza" discussed on The Hugh Hewitt Show: Highly Concentrated
"So this is sort of a, it's a practical guide to living for United States senators. And the Wall Street Journal did its all service today. Do not keep gold bars and $480,000 of cash at home. I'll be right back, America. Stay tuned to this debate day edition of the huge US show. Welcome back, America. Dr. Michael Oren joins me from Israel. Good morning, Dr. Oren. How are you? I'm actually in South America and joining you very early in the morning. Oh my goodness. Thank you. Michael, you and I are contemporaries. So I've got like four big questions very quickly. But since we're contemporaries, I want to test whether or not you remember Lost in Space. Do you remember Lost in Space? Very well. Okay. So who's the bad guy villain? I remember Penny. Who's the villain? Yeah. Well, he's kind of an incompetent Matt Gaetz-like villain. I don't remember that. Now you got me. Dr. Smith. I just said Dr. McCoy, Dr. Smith would always screw things up and that's Matt Gaetz in the house. You got that. Dr. Smith is always, always, yeah. You couldn't trust the guy at all. Two more times sensitive references. Who's the contemporary Dr. Smith? Who's the contemporary Dr. Smith? Matt Gaetz and I think in Israel, it's Ben Gavir, isn't it? Oh boy. Is it ever. Yeah, that's what I mean. I remember Dr. Smith, he was kind of like funny evil and Ben Gavir is so bad, is so incompetent he's funny evil too. That's Matt Gaetz. And so Ben Gavir, Matt Gaetz and Dr. Smith. Now my second time-dated reference, that's actually two of them, are to Good and Plenties and Non-Parallels, which my whole team had no reference point for. Do you remember Good and Plenties and Non-Parallels? Once upon a time, there was an engineer, Good and Plenty was his name, he's here. He had an engine and he just had fun. He made Good and Plenty, he used Good and Plenty candy to make his train run. I am in awe of Dr. Michael Oren. That's why he was the ambassador to the United States from Israel for so many years. Dr. Oren, what is going on in Israel with the balloons in Gaza? Because let's get serious for a second. I read the Times of Israel every day and I'm not sure whether a war is about to begin or whether it's a handful of crazy people in Gaza. Now this has happened again and again with the balloons. It's the coward's response to internal problems within Gaza. If there's high unemployment or if there's a growing unrest and dissatisfaction with Hamas rule, then Hamas gets Israel to shoot at Gaza a little bit and hopefully rally support around it. How do you do that? You get a balloon, you attach an incendiary device to the bottom of the balloon, you send it over the border and it sets Israeli fields of fire. I actually watched this happen several years ago and lost my best pair of shoes as the field around me went on fire. So far, thank God, I don't think anybody has been killed by these balloons but it has caused tremendous ecological damages, ecological warfare. Those people who care perhaps from a different part of the political spectrum care about the ecology, care about the environment, should care about a terrorist group that is setting fire to fields and forests to make a political sentence. So we'll respond to it quite reportedly. Now not going to worry about that. Do I worry about a constitutional crisis in Israel this week? Oh, definitely. That is more serious. That is actually more serious. We had a very upsetting event occur over the Yom Kippur holiday, a public prayer session which in previous years has brought secular and Israeli Jews together in a main square in Tel Aviv turned into a – basically a melee on Yom Kippur when a religious group, an ultra-national religious group tried to put in a division. Now in Orthodox Judaism, you have a division. Men and women don't sit together. They sit separately. A high court and a local court had told this organization not to put up this division as had the municipality of Jerusalem. The organization came and put up the division anyway. Whereupon, protesters came in and broke up the entire prayer service attacking secular and religious Jews almost indiscriminately but with great discrimination. People were deeply, deeply traumatized and what had been an event, a very beautiful event in previous years, bringing Israelis from different types of – different practices of Judaism together have now brought our culture comp to the forefront. What was more upsetting to me almost to you was the reaction of the politicians. So Prime Minister Netanyahu immediately came out and condemned the leftists who attacked Jews as if the people attacking the Jews weren't leftists too and didn't mention that this radical organization had violated two court orders. But then Benny Gantz and Yair Lapine came out and only condemned the radical religious organization but didn't condemn the protesters who traumatized and I stress traumatized hundreds of people at this prayer ceremony. I think if you have to look at the depth of our despair, the seeds of our discontent, okay, and it's right in this moment. Without someone having the whatever you call it down here in South America begins with the city, right? We're on national radio here. Because if you're not having those things, come out and say, listen, this organization was wrong for violating the law but the protesters were wrong for beating up on innocent prayer goers, then that shows you the deep divisions with Israeli society. What we need now is someone to come forth and bridge that gap. Do you think that the Supreme Court is watching this and saying this is not the time to overturn a basic law? No, I don't know about this. I think they're going to debate it. What they may do, and I hope what they'll do, is say, we have the right to overturn a basic law, but we're actually not going to exercise the right right now. We're going to send this law back for connection. We're going to punt. That's what we're going to do, all right? You should know that that verb does not exist in Hebrew, nor does the concept exist in Hebrew, but I'll tell you, I think they're going to punt. I don't know of many Jewish punters, actually. I'm going to be advised. We're my great regrets in life that I was not a punter.
A highlight from Spirit-Empowered Evangelism (Part 2)
"I haven't finished the message or done it in two parts. This is one I'm just like, all of these parts feel essential to this and we need to be able to deal with this. Acts 1 and verse 8, because this really is the rest of the book of Acts is expressing this, we'll read this verse, we'll have a brief word of prayer, then we'll dive back into where we left off this morning. This is Jesus speaking to the apostles before he ascended to heaven, and they've asked about when's the, you know, when's the kingdom be restored? He's going to say, that's not for you to know, the Father's put those times in his hand. But verse 8, in contrast to that, you shall receive power, this ability, this divine power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. So that happens at Pentecost, that the Holy Spirit comes upon them, empowers them, and ye shall be witnesses unto me. Okay, you're going to go tell everyone what you have seen and heard, particularly the resurrection. Witnesses tell what they have seen, both in Jerusalem, that's where it starts with Peter's sermon on Pentecost we looked at a few weeks ago, and in all Judea, their witness spills over from that city into the surrounding countryside. And in Samaria, we looked at that a little bit briefly this morning in Acts chapter 8, and under the uttermost part of the earth, and that is still going on today. One of the things we touched on when we looked at this text a few weeks ago is that the task is unfinished. Jesus is very much implying that I'm ascending to heaven and this task begins and it continues until I return. In fact, the angel says, you know, they're standing there gazing up into heaven, the same Jesus who you've seen ascend is going to come back that same way. He's going to return visibly and physically. And the implication is, until that happens, you've got a job to do, which is to be a witness to Christ, it is to evangelize. Now, so this morning, we talked about the fact that God has defined the task for us. What is evangelism? It's very simply telling people the good news of Jesus and calling them to accept it. It's not just information, but it's information and persuasion. It's not just here's the facts, but it's facts that demand a response. It's both of those two things together. We also noted that God has defined the message and we spent a significant amount of time today just carefully laying out what is the gospel, what is the evangel, what is the message that we as Christians are to declare. If we get the message wrong, we might be very, very passionate. We might be very bold, but we're not giving the message of life. Both boldness and accuracy are essential when it comes to giving the gospel. And so you might have a beautiful scene, but no light. You might be very accurate, but it's not visible. That's a message that's correct, but not declared. Or you might have a message that is declared, but not accurate. We want to have a message that's both accurate and made known to the world around us. So where I want to go this evening is how do we go about doing that? And we're going to look at the book of Acts and just look at some examples of the different ways to do that. But before we do, let's just go to the Lord in a word of prayer before we dive in. Father, you have called us to make disciples of the nations. You have called us to preach the gospel to every creature. And Father, we recognize that we are not capable of doing this on our own. We desperately need your spirit. And Father, we also confess this evening that we are often silent when we should speak. We are often fearful when we ought to be bold. We are often hesitant when we need to be direct. So God, I pray that you would fill us with courage. You would fill us with confidence that comes from your spirit's indwelling presence. Would you help us as a church to be a church that is marked by personal passionate evangelism? And Father, not just speaking to the issues of the day, but pointing people to Christ. We ask these things for your glory in Jesus' name. Amen. According to various studies that have been done, there are approximately 7 ,500 news anchors in the United States. That number was actually surprisingly low to me. I thought that like every town had a bunch of them. But 7 ,500. And the job of a news anchor is to simply get the news out. These are the people on the evening news that are like, this evening there was another traffic jam in the bank head tunnel, or the weather tomorrow is going to be insanely hot once again. They're the familiar faces on local TV who give us these updates. They might be the less familiar faces on sort of the national stage. And frankly, as much as many people dislike and distrust the media, and sometimes for good reason, I think we would all admit that people who give us the news are filling a vital and important role to let us know what is going on in the world. They're supposed to get the news out. And sure, sometimes they get the news wrong, and sometimes they leave out important aspects, but the basic description is to get the news out. That in a sense is our job as Christians is to get the news out without changing the facts, without tweaking things. Our job is to get the good news of the gospel out to a needy world, and we've got to get the message right. We saw that this morning. We've also got to embrace that calling. Our job is not to editorialize, but to announce. We're not to be opinion journalists, but more news anchors of here's the message and we're going to declare it and call people to respond to it. That is what it means to be an evangelist, is to declare the good news, to declare the gospel to the world around us. So I want to just pick up with these final two building blocks for a biblical vision of evangelism. Not only the fact that God has defined the task, not only the fact that God has determined the message, but I want to pick up thirdly this evening with the fact that God uses Christians to evangelize. I know this is a really obvious point, but God doesn't send angels to come and proclaim the gospel to the world around us. He doesn't strike people with lightning while they're walking down the street and all of a sudden they're saved. But as Romans 10 tells us that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ and that it is absolutely necessary for preachers to be sent out to make the gospel known. The book of Acts, it's called at the title at the top of my page the Acts of the Apostles. And we've noted the fact it could be the Acts of the Risen Christ through the spirit empowered apostles. It's really Jesus who's working. But we get example after example in this book of the first generation of Christians doing precisely that, telling people about Christ. And here's what is striking is the variety of ways, the variety of methods that God uses. There is not just here's the one approved method for giving the gospel. You know, God calls all Christians everywhere to only knock on doors and use the Romans road or only to have conversations at work. There's kind of an above all, all of the above kind of strategy when it comes to getting the gospel out. So one of the first ways we see the gospel going out is in Acts chapter two. So just turn over there with me. We looked at this in some detail a few weeks back. So we're not going to rehash this, but it's the day of Pentecost and the spirit comes upon the Christians and they begin to speak in other languages and a big crowd gathers. And Peter verse 14, Acts two verse 14, Peter standing up with the 11 lifted up his voice and said unto them, ye men of Judea and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you and hearken to my words. And from there, he begins to give them a recounting of the fact, hey, what you're seeing is not drunkenness, but the spirit of God has fallen in fulfillment of prophecy. He then adds to that, that Jesus is the promised Messiah who's risen from the dead and David predicted him. And this can't be about David because David is dead, but Jesus has risen from the dead. So verse 36, therefore, here's sort of the summary, the call to action, let all the house of Israel know assuredly, and by the way, this is imperative in the Greek. It's not just, hey, allow this to be, but that all the house of Israel must know this, must know assuredly, must accept this by faith, that God hath made the same Jesus whom ye crucified both Lord and Christ. So he declares the gospel to them through preaching. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission or the forgiveness of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. So he preaches and we find out in verse 41, 3 ,000 people respond in faith and signify that by stepping into the waters of baptism. We could give example after example, we have a number of examples in the book of Acts of public preaching. God uses Christians to evangelize and one of the ways he does that is through public preaching, maybe in a church gathering or out on a street or you think of through church history, men like George Whitfield and John Wesley who did open air preaching and thousands came to hear them. Preaching, this authoritative heralding to large groups of people. It might be a specially organized crusade like what Billy Graham did back in the day. It might be preaching that goes out over the airwaves or over the internet to bring sinners to faith in Christ. And Peter is preaching, he is expounding scripture. He is keeping scripture central. Now, what is interesting when you look at the apostles proclamation of the gospel, we do not see elaborate schemes. We don't see slick methods being cooked up to try to pad their numbers or to manipulate people. We don't see high pressure sales techniques to guilt people into making a decision. Rather, we see the simple and powerful declaration of the word of God laid onto the consciences of their hearers. It's the honest declaration of the good news of Jesus. Turn over with me to 2 Corinthians 4 to hear what Paul has to say about gospel ministry. 2 Corinthians 4, verses one and two. So seeing therefore, we have this ministry, the gospel ministry, this responsibility to make the gospel of Jesus known. As we have received mercy, we faint not. Okay, we've got such an awesome ministry. We don't give up, we don't quit. But we have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. I love this. He's saying, we're not resorting to trickery. We're not taking the scriptures and twisting them to make them say what we want, but we are plainly exposing to view what the Bible says and what Christ has done and making an appeal to people's consciences to respond. He's likely describing the individuals in his day who would go around from town to town and would sort of do philosophical lectures for money and some would do the same thing, would basically try to monetize the gospel. One way we could render this is we don't peddle the word of God. We don't go around sort of preaching the word of God in order to get rich for ourselves. But rather just the plain declaration of the truth. Now, to be sure, we do see the early church loving and serving their neighbors. We do see Peter performing miracles and that becoming an avenue for the gospel going out. There is biblical precedent for saying we're gonna perform mercy ministries. We're gonna do good to our community in order to gain a hearing. We have to be careful less we slip into crass manipulation where you're trying to play on people's emotions and arms twist when the spirit of God has not touched their conscience. So how do we go about, how does God use Christians to proclaim the gospel one way is by preaching. Here's another way that's totally different. So if Peter's preaching in Acts two and Acts three to crowns of thousands, we go to the other end of the spectrum, which is simply a one -on -one conversation. Go over to Acts chapter eight with me. Here we have a guy who's by the name of Philip. In Acts chapter six, there had been some division in the early church between the Greek speakers and the Hebrew speakers and the apostles called the church together. They appoint the first deacons and there's seven of them. One of them is Stephen. He preaches a powerful sermon before the Sanhedrin in Acts chapter seven and they kill him because they loved his sermon so much. He faces stoning because of the reaction to it. Same message, completely different response. Then we get in Acts chapter eight, Philip, we noted him briefly this morning. He goes to Samaria and he preaches. Later on in the book of Acts, this guy is so passionate for the gospel, he gets the name Philip, the evangelist. An evangelist is not some guy who has a fifth -wheel trailer who goes from church to church and does special meetings. An evangelist is somebody who preaches the gospel. By the way, nothing wrong with people going from church to church doing special meetings. I've got friends who do that. But the term evangelist refers to those who evangelize. And so Philip gets that label. But look in verse 26, Acts chapter eight. So he's preached the gospel to all the villages of the Samaritans and the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip. This is one of the rare instances in Acts where we see special divine guidance regarding ministry. Arise and go toward the south under the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. So down to the Gaza Strip, going down towards Egypt. And he arose and went and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, was returning and sitting in his chariot and read Isaiah the prophet. Then the spirit said unto Philip, go near and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him and heard him read the prophet Isaiah and said, understandest thou what thou readest? He said, how can I accept some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he should come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture, which he read was this. He was led as a sheep to the slaughter and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth. In his humiliation, his judgment was taken away and who shall declare his generation for his life is taken from the earth. It's from Isaiah 53, which Brian read this morning. And the eunuch answered Philip and said, I pray thee of whom speaketh the prophet this, of himself or some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth and began at the same scripture and preached unto him, Jesus. Here we get this other end of the spectrum. This is not preaching to a crowd of thousands, but this is a one -on -one conversation. You see, you may say I'm not comfortable doing public speaking. I'll never stand up before a crowd of people and declare the gospel. Great, well, we have this example of a one -on -one conversation, a divine appointment. God orchestrates this encounter as you read the text. It's very obvious that God is making sure that Philip crosses the path of the eunuch so that he can get the gospel and he meets him just when he happens to be reading Isaiah 53. And occasionally at various points in your life, God will bring those kinds of situations across your path where you bump into a complete stranger. The spirit of God's been working on them. Other people have been witnessing to them. They've been under conviction and you get to witness to them. I remember a time when I was a kid, my dad was cleaning the church where we were at and a Sri Lankan guy just came and knocked on the door. He'd kind of grown up in Sri Lanka. I think he had grown up as a Hindu and was like, I'm looking for a priest. I want to figure out how to become a Christian. Like never met the guy before, never had encountered the guy before and dad brought him home, sat down with him, explained the gospel, the guy got saved. Like, praise God. I'll be honest, those situations are pretty rare that you get someone and you just cross their paths and boom, there they are, they're ready to be converted. Philip is in the right place at the right time with the right message. And notice what his message is, it's Jesus. He starts at the same scripture and gets to Jesus. Beloved, we need to be so fluent with the gospel that we can sort of jump into any place in the storyline of the Bible and be able to get to Jesus. I was talking to Clay this morning on the way out. He was letting me know he was going to preach about David at Ahepa and I just gave him the encouragement. I said, as you preach about David, don't forget to talk about the son of David, right? Anywhere in the Bible we want to get to Christ because he is the heart of the gospel. So the Ethiopian is ripe for the picking. The soil is ready for the planting. And these encounters are not encounters that you and I can manufacture. We can't sort of, you know, we try to strategize and make sure I'm at the right place at the right time. This is the working of God. Indeed, I would say that trying to plant the seed when God has not yet plowed the soil can actually be unhelpful because it's going to push people away when they're not ready. But think about the things that God could use to awaken someone's heart to where they're in a place like this guy who's just ready for this. Maybe someone has gotten to the end of their rope and realized, man, this religion I've grown up in does not give me answers. Or some personal tragedy has happened where all of a sudden they didn't think about eternity yesterday, but now they are thinking about eternity. A loved one passes away, and all of a sudden they're realizing, one day I'm going to die. And they're beginning to think about these things. Sometimes tragedy will be the megaphone that God will use to awaken a lost world to their need for him. Sometimes a divorce has thrown someone back on a faith they long ago rejected. You see, in every tragedy in the midst of all brokenness, when questions arise, that is where the Gospel can slip in. So God uses Christians. Sometimes it's the preaching to the huge crowds, Peter on Pentecost. Other times it's the divine appointment, Philip in the Ethiopian eunuch. Another way we see God using Christians are just individuals who are scattered. We looked at Acts 8 this morning how the church is scattered and everybody went everywhere giving the Gospel. Let me give you another example of this happening in Acts because it seems to suggest this is a way that God works. Acts 11, picking up in verse 19. Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen. All right, so same persecution. We would look at persecution and be like it's a real negative, it's a real downer. People are getting killed, hauled into prison. God's using it to scatter Christians. Those who were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen traveled as far as Phoenice and Cyprus and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. That's all they knew is this is for Israel. And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene. Cyrene is in North Africa, Cyprus is an island out in the Mediterranean, which when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. Same message, right? That Jesus and he's the Lord, he's the resurrected king. And the hand of the Lord was with them and a great number believed and turned unto the Lord. So here's these people who are scattered. They weren't planning to go to Cyprus or to Cyrene. They were planning to stay in Jerusalem and hang out with the Christians there. But circumstances have happened and all of a sudden they're in a place where there's a bunch of people who don't know about Jesus. And so what do they do? They open their mouths and give the gospel. Now here's the interesting thing. It says, you know, preaching the words, none of the Jews, but the Jews only, but notice the verb that's used in verse 20. Some of them, they come, they were come to Antioch, they spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. The word preaching here is not the word keruso standing up and heralding, but simply the word for speaking. One -on -one conversations. I think you can envision them moving into town and having one -on -one conversations over meals, having in -home discussions with their new neighbors, robust back and forth with their coworkers. You see, every week we scatter dozens of different ways, interacting with hundreds of people every week. Other times through circumstances there is a, you know, a downsizing at work and you lose your job and all of a sudden you have to move to take a job out in Seattle. You're like, I didn't want to go live in Seattle. I liked living in Alabama. We got better football down here. Well, the weather's probably better up there. But then all of a sudden you're off moving to Seattle. You can look at that as, man, what a rotten circumstance or it could be God has moved me here. What is the strategic gospel purpose that he might have in making me change jobs or move houses or go to a new location? I often think this when I taught at PCC, have these students who are in the classroom who are nursing and engineering and all of these other majors. Man, what if people deployed their careers in a way that is strategic for the cause of the gospel? You say, okay, I can go be a nurse anywhere, right? Everywhere needs nurses. How about I go be a nurse where there's a church plant that's happening so I can come in and be part of that on the front lines as opposed to just going wherever and not thinking strategically. What if we thought strategically about our moves, about our job changes? What if we thought that all these changes that come our way that we don't expect could be the providential hand of God, putting us into contact with people that we would not have been in contact with otherwise? Now, one of the things that I think is really beautiful in the book of Acts is that we don't get the sense that there are these organized structured programs for evangelism. Rather, we get the sense that Christians just went around telling people about Jesus. It wasn't like, hey, this is on Saturday at 10 o 'clock, we're meeting at the church, but this was just a, I'm going around and of course I would tell people about what is important to me. You see, my goal, my desire, my prayer for our church is not that we have a bunch of evangelistic programs, but rather that we have a culture of evangelism. Like, think about how awesome this would be if we had a church full of people who in the normal course of their daily lives were just telling people about Jesus. We're just like, hey, I'm going to start a Bible study in my apartment complex. Hey, I'm just going to figure out a way to reach my neighbors with the gospel.
A highlight from The Essentials for Evangelism
"If you would find a copy of God's word and turn to Acts chapter 8, would you turn there? I want to thank you for hosting the seminar this weekend, for all the financial outlay that it takes, all of the work that's been involved. You've done something where your kindness is going to end up being a benefit to congregations other than your own. The only thing I can do is ask the Lord to bless you as you've been a blessing to others and to thank you for what you've done. Also I am always thankful for the opportunity to be here and worship with you. I love worshiping with you in psalm, worshiping with you in prayer, and I want us to remember that the declaration of God's word is also an act of worship. And so I'd like to ask Brother Lewis Kiger if he would to ask the blessing on the proclamation of the word. Yes, Lord. Before Amen. getting into this story, Luke is about to tell us. I want to remind some of y 'all, y 'all who have been here for the seminar, that one of the things we've noted is some of what Luke has already recorded. It's Luke's purpose in the book of Acts to show the continuation of the ministry and message of Jesus. He says in chapter 1 verse 1 to his friend Theophilus to whom he writes this, I wrote to you the former treatise, the Gospel of Luke, of all that Jesus began to do and teach. And so now this book of Acts is the continuation of what Jesus will do and teach. To prove this, Luke frequently brings in accounts from Jesus in the Gospels and shows essentially a mirror image of those accounts in the book of Acts. So for example, Peter and John healing a lame man at the gate of the temple by simply telling him rise up and walk exactly the way that Jesus healed a man. Or if you remember, it's Luke's Gospel that records for us Christ's prayer as he was nailed to the cross. And he said, Father, forgive them. And then we see that mirrored in the martyr Stephen's death who prays loudly, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. Well, Luke is about to do that again here in chapter 8. Back in Luke's Gospel in chapter 24 after the death of Jesus and his resurrection, Luke tells the story of two disciples walking down the road away from Jerusalem toward a place called Emmaus. And as they're walking and they're talking, they are confused, right, about what has just happened to Jesus. And a stranger to them appears, walks closer with them, asks them about their conversation. You look sad and confused. What are you talking about? And we know that stranger is Jesus, but they didn't know that at the moment. And when they tell the story about the death of Jesus, that stranger asks them, well, shouldn't the Messiah have suffered these things? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them the scriptures, in the scriptures, the things concerning himself. And so, traveling down this road with them, he explains the scriptures. He gives them understanding and peace and joy. And then finally, at the end of that account, Luke says, he vanished out of their sight. Now in Acts, we're going to see a mirror image in many ways of that story. This is what I want to talk about tonight. Acts chapter 8, starting at verse 26, and we'll read through verse 40. The angel of the Lord spoke unto Philip, saying, arise and go toward the south unto the way that goes down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went, and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasure, had come to Jerusalem for to worship, and was returning, and sitting in his chariot in red, Isaiah the prophet. Then the spirit said unto Philip, go near, join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Isaiah, and said, understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, how can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place in the scripture which he read was this. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and like a, or as a sheep to the slaughter, like a lamb dumb before his shearers, so opened he not his mouth. In his humiliation his judgment was taken away, and who shall declare his generation? For his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaks the prophet this, of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came into a certain water, and the eunuch said, see, here is water, what does hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, if thou believeth with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still. And they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more. And he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus, and passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea. As we walk through this sacred text tonight, I want to draw our attention to three essentials for evangelism. successful Three essentials for successful evangelism. Although, let me say up front, I don't want the title to confuse you. All evangelism is successful. Telling a lost person about the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ is never a failed effort. But if we're looking for some case and some significance where we see a sinner be saved, that kind of success in evangelism, we see in this text three essential elements for evangelism. Basically, the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch shows us basic biblical patterns for evangelism. So let's see three things. First, successful evangelism requires the sovereign initiative of God. The very first words of verse 26 show us that initiating the work of salvation is part of the work of God himself. It is the will of God himself who initiates this saving evangelism. Verse 26 says, the angel of the Lord spoke unto Philip saying, arise and go toward the south unto the way that goes from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And everything that follows this command from the angel of the Lord happens because God did it. It's not Philip's design. It's not the Ethiopian's desire. God did it. God puts the ball into play. He starts the wheels in motion. He gives the message to Philip to go down that road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza. Now so that you can picture this, Gaza is the southernmost city in Palestine, just on the edge of the desert, leading towards Egypt and then from Egypt on into inner Africa. So Philip is commanded by the messenger of God to go to the south to the road that's leading from Jerusalem toward the African continent, toward Gaza. And Luke adds, he says that this road is desert, or that it is deserted. There are actually two ways at this point in time to get from Jerusalem to Gaza. One road is through villages and cities, and the other is more of a bypass route. You may have experienced something like this before. The government decides to build a new road that's quicker and more direct, and the old road gets abandoned, right? So in the U .S. for many years, Route 66 was the most famous highway in the country. There were songs about it, there were TV shows about it. Route 66 ran from Chicago to Los Angeles, but when the government started building interstate highways, most of Route 66 ended up being decommissioned, and once thriving communities turned into ghost towns, but even today there are some secluded sections that you can still drive down. This is what God's calling Philip to do. Go down the road from Jerusalem to Gaza, but not the big highway that everybody uses, not the one that's got the Bucky's gas station and a nice rest area at every exit. You go down that old dilapidated road that hardly anybody uses anymore because I've got something planned for you along the way.
A highlight from The Making Of A Biblical Hero (Pt.1)
"We continue on in the Judges series, diving into the story of Gideon, which we're not going to try to cover in one sermon. This one, as I put Gideon part one, the making of a biblical hero. The history of Gideon actually is given more space in God's record of Judges than any other judge. He encompasses the most space, and he's an interesting person because we encounter him threshing wheat in a wine press, hiding it from the marauding Midianites, the ones that they fear, the ones that have just sacked Israel, to ultimately seeing him lead Israel in a complete and crushing victory over those destroyers. So what we watch is we watch a scared and hiding man become the hero and leader God desires to accomplish God's purpose. His story is involved. As we look at these stories, Scripture never shields us in that way from their faults. He stumbles along the way. He has a huge error at the end of life. But what we see is how God takes a nobody and uses him to be God's somebody. We watch Gideon overcome quite a few issues. And so as we look at the first part of the story, as we see God make him into that biblical hero, we're going to see key hurdles that he has to overcome. Now as we dive into the details of the story covering chapter 6, it's helpful to understand where we are. Time wise, we're around 1169 BC, and that's just moving our way through the history from Deborah and Barak and then the time 40 years after that. It's helpful to understand a little bit of the history as you remember with Barak and Deborah, Egypt has been moving up and down, up and down. They stopped for a while, then they continue again. But by 1190 BC, that was the last campaign that took place in and went through Canaan. So Egypt is done moving forward for a period of time. They're a little bit weak. And so the situation is now ripe for another group to swoop in and fully oppressed the promised land. And that oppression comes from the Midianites along with the Amalekites and then nomads from the Syrian desert. Those are the children of the east. The location in question is also interesting because it's the Esdralan plain, which is you'll hear the Jezreel Valley. And the reason that's important is that's the same place that Barak and Deborah were fighting over 40 some years prior. This is the best land for growing grain and the Midianites are nomads. They're moving around and they were interested in food crops. So if you take Israel, this is one of the prime areas to get food crops in. And so what was fought for against Jabin is now fought again because the Midianites are coming in. They would move in at harvest time and they would consume everything with their goods and their people and then just move and they move from the north all the way down south to Gaza is how they would run through the land. They can kind of a circle as they moved around. Most of the persecution, the whole story we're reading takes place right here in this Jezreel Valley. And this is the heart of the persecution because this is where most of the goods are. The oppression is only at seven years. It seems somewhat short, but the oppression is so heavy and so humiliating that it points to how weak Israel is. It points to how disunified they are because they're just overrun by people that just come in and take completely over. And that's what I want us to look at. A little closer look is at the scenario. And this is what Theron just read. So I'm not going to reread those, but I'm going to kind of highlight a little bit of what's taking place. The Midianites and their coalition come swarming in at harvest time with all of their livestock, families and goods. This is not just an army that's walking in. This is their whole population that's moving in and taking over. They come and take everything, most likely gaining the upper hand because they have superior and more weapons. They are better fighters if you're looking at it from a physical standpoint. Their whole existence is taking, is robbing, it's moving around. They're not farming. They're just harvesting, if that makes sense. They're just coming in to take. And then it's the first full -scale deployment of camels. In history, this is considered the first time camels were used in this way. You might think, what's the difference between a donkey and a camel? How does this give such an advantage? The camel was able to carry up to 400 pounds. So you imagine if you're stealing the harvest and stealing the grain, you have a beast that can carry it. They were able to travel 28 miles in a day. Now in our modern mind, that seems like nothing. But in the ancient mind, that was quite a bit of distance. That's when they're packed down. If a camel only has its rider, it can move at the speed of almost 100 miles in a day.
Hezbollah stages wargames for media, asserts readiness to confront Israel
"Lebanon's militant group Hezbollah put on a show of force in one of its training sessions, which was unusually open to the media. In the training, Hezbollah's forces staged a simulated military exercise, masked fighters fired from the backs of motorcycles and blew up Israeli flags posted in the hills above. They also jumped through flaming hoops, the exercise came ahead of liberation day, the annual celebration of the whipped rule of Israeli forces from south Lebanon on May 25th, 2000, it also came in the wake of a recent escalation of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict in Gaza, militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza has long had ties with Hezbollah, I am Karen Chammas
Islamic Jihad leader: Cease-fire reached with Israel, but fighting persists
"An Egyptian brokered ceasefire deal between the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group and Israel has been announced. A leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza confirmed the deal had been made. However, rocket fire persisted after the deadline. Leaving the deal in question shortly before the truce was to take hold, Israel reported a heavy burst of Palestinian rocket fire towards southern and central Israel, while Israel said it was striking targets inside Gaza after the deadline, Israel reported additional rocket fire and Israeli media said warplanes were responding. I'm Karen Chammas
Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza trade fire; 3 Palestinians killed in West Bank incidents
"Israel and Palestinian militants exchanged fire for a 5th day. Rockets shoot out from Gaza towards Israel, hopes for an imminent ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic shahad were fading as the Israeli military earlier bonds and apartments belonging to a commander of the Islamic Gerard group in retaliation, the group fired a barrage of rockets towards southern Israel where thousands of Israelis were instructed to remain close to safe rooms in bomb shelters. In a statement, Islamic Jihad promised a further onslaught, in the occupied West Bank, tensions were also high as the Israeli military raided the balata refugee camp near the northern city of nablus, the raids sparked a firefight that killed two Palestinians. After the raids, schools of Palestinians took to the streets, Israeli–Palestinian fighting has surged in the West Bank and Israel's most right wing government in history. I'm Karen Chammas
Israel kills another militant commander in Gaza as Cairo presses on with efforts to mediate truce
"Israeli aircraft destroyed three houses apparently belonging to members of Islamic shahad in northern and southern Gaza, claims which have been rejected by those who lived in the properties. Children gathered by the rubble of the destroyed building in the enclave's southern city of Khan yunis. It belonged to un Jihad Al ara, where she said she lived with her disabled husband and children. In 2014, they hit the house and burnt it with shells, but we repaired it because we didn't have another house. Now they destroyed it again. Another air strike at a sprawling housing complex in Khan yunis destroyed the upper floor of one of the buildings, where Israel said a senior commander was killed along with two others. The air strike caused damage to three surrounding buildings. Residents Abdullah Hamad described an abnormal light in two explosions, and then finding his children crying in shock. When I reached them, I found them covering themselves with bed covers and screaming out of fear. Meanwhile, rocket fire towards southern Israel continued, even as Egypt pressed on with attempts to broker a ceasefire. I am Karen Chammas
"gaza" Discussed on TIME's Top Stories
"Israeli targeted air strikes kill 13 in Gaza, three militants and ten others, including children. By Ferris occam, Associated Press, Gaza City, Gaza Strip. Israel killed three senior commanders of the militant Islamic Jihad group and targeted air strikes early Tuesday, the military said. Palestinian health officials said 13 people were killed in all, including the commanders, their wives, several of their children, and others nearby. The attacks and densely populated residential areas sent the stage for a new round of heavy fighting. They hit the top floor of an apartment building in Gaza City and a house in the southern town of Rafa, the Palestinian health ministry said 20 people were injured and that ambulances were continuing to evacuate people from the targeted areas. Air strikes continued in the early hours, targeting militant training sites, Israel sad. In the past, Palestinian militant groups in Gaza have retaliated for such targeted killings. In anticipation of Palestinian rocket attacks in response to the air strikes, the Israeli military advised residents of communities within 25 miles of Gaza to stay close to designated bomb shelters. Israel's home front command ordered the closure of schools, beaches, and highways in city and towns in southern Israel, and limited public gatherings. The military said the three targeted men had been responsible for recent rocket fire toward Israel. It identified them as Khalil patini, the Islamic Jihad commander for northern Gaza Strip. Tariq is the group's intermediary between its Gaza and West Bank members, and Jihad ganam, the secretary of the Islamic Jihad's military council. Their funerals were planned for later in the day. The Iran backed Islamic Jihad, which is smaller than Gaza's ruling Hamas group, confirmed the three were among the dead. The Palestinian health ministry said that along with the three commanders, their wives, several of their children and others nearby, were also killed, 13 and all. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, warned that Israel will pay the price for the killings. Assassinating the leaders with a treacherous operation will not bring security to the occupier. But rather, more resistance, honey a set in a statement. The air strikes came at a time of boiling tensions between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip. It is linked in part to increasing violence in the occupied West Bank, where Israel has been conducting near daily raids for months to detain Palestinians suspected in planning or carrying out attacks on Israelis. Last week, Gaza militants fired several salvos of rockets towards southern Israel, and the Israeli military responded with air strikes following the death of a hunger striking senior member of the Islamic Jihad in Israeli custody. The exchange of fire ended with a fragile ceasefire mediated by Egypt, the United Nations and Qatar. The air strikes are similar to ones in 2022, and which Israel bombed locations housing commanders of Islamic Jihad group, setting off a three day blitz that saw the group lose its two top commanders and dozens of other militants. Israel says the raids in the West Bank are meant to dismantle militant networks and thwart future attacks. The Palestinians see the attacks as further entrenchment of Israel's 56 year open ended occupation of lands they seek for a future independent state. So far, 105 Palestinians, about half of them militants or alleged attackers were killed by Israeli fire in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, since the start of 2023, according to an Associated Press tally, at least 20 people have been killed in Palestinian attacks in Israel, and the same period..
On this week's AP Religion Roundup, the confluence of Ramadan, Passover and Easter sparks tensions in Jerusalem.
"On this week's AP religion roundup, the confluence of Ramadan Passover and Easter, sparks tensions in Jerusalem. Religious Jews celebrating Passover, sing at the entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount. Tensions here have recently spiraled into a regional confrontation between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, Lebanon and Syria. This year pass over overlapped with Easter, celebrated this week and lasts by Christians in the east and west. It also coincided with the Muslim sacred month of Ramadan. The overlapping holy days in each faith was felt on the streets of Jerusalem, where there is a close proximity of holy sites. For Christians, Jerusalem was where Jesus was crucified and resurrected. For Jews, it's the ancient capital, home to two biblical Jewish temples. For Muslims, it's where the prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. This week, leaders of the Greek Orthodox church say Israeli police are unfairly limiting worshipers right to celebrate the Easter holy fire ceremony in Jerusalem's ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Church leaders called attendance restrictions, heavy handed. And inappropriately placing the burden of the churches to issue invitations while tying the church's hands with unreasonable restrictions. Israeli police said their goal is the safety of thousands of worshippers expected for the ceremony, but the Roman Catholic Church and the Holy Land says there has been an increase in brazen attacks on Christians here. Not only an increase of a number, but also the way the attacks are done. John munay are monitors the welfare of religious minorities in Israel. Going into churches, there's no shame or even hesitation at times when it comes to these types of attacks. Most Israeli officials have stayed quiet about the attacks, and the introduction of a law criminalizing Christian proselytizing and the promotion of plans to turn the mount of olives into a national park have stoked anger. Prime minister Netanyahu vowed to block the bill from moving forward following pressure from evangelical Christians in the United States. I'm Walter ratliff.
Israel strikes Lebanon, Gaza, as Al-Aqsa crisis escalates
"Israel has launched rare air strikes in Lebanon, a sharp escalation that sparks fears of a broader conflict after militants fight dozens of rockets from Lebanon into Israeli territory. The Israeli strikes on southern Lebanon was analysts describe as the most serious border violence since Israel's 2006 war with Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group threatened to push the confrontation into a dangerous new phase following violence at one of Jerusalem's holiest sites in addition the Israeli military reports a Palestinian carried out a shooting attack against Israelis in the northern West Bank Israeli medics say some people were critically wounded and remain unconscious. The shooting marks the latest incident in a period of unusually high violence in the occupied territory. I'm Charles De Ledesma
How the Saudis Are Teaching Joe Biden a Lesson
"Want to talk about something else that just came about. And that is a major decision on the part of Saudi Arabia and OPEC, the oil producing cartel countries to cut back on oil production. Now why would they cut back when a cartel cuts back on production, they're trying to drive up the price. That's their point. In fact, sometimes when prices go low, the cartels will produce less and they are producing less by the laws of supply and demand, same demand, less supply, price goes up. So Saudi Arabia is cutting its production by 5 hundred thousand barrels per day. Pretty big number. And Russia has already reduced production by 500,000 barrels per day, and Russia has decided to extend that reduction. And then the other oil countries are also kind of kicking in. So for example, the United Arab Emirates is going down a 150,000 barrels a day Kuwait a 128,000 Gaza and Algeria Oman are also cutting back. And this should be understood. Now, if you listen to the vocabulary coming out of Saudi Arabia, it's very neutral. And now we are, we are moderating the supply and response to global demand. So it looks like this is a technocratic decision, but it is foolish to understand it that way. And the same is true with the Russian cutback Russia is using oil as a weapon. Now the west has sanctions against Russia, the west and the European countries are not buying the Russian oil, so Russia is selling the oil elsewhere. And it's selling the oil now as it turns out, not in U.S. dollars, but it's selling in Chinese and the Chinese currency, the yard, the yuan. And so Saudi Arabia, which by and large used to be very friendly to the United States, the United States could call up the Saudi prince and say, hey, we are having some trouble here. Could you increase all supply? And I remember going back to the Reagan and the bush years that the Saudis were quite obliging and being willing to do that, at least within reason. And now Biden has made an enemy of these people.
Rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon raise risk of conflict
"Militants have fired a barrage of rockets into Israel from Lebanon, ratcheting up regional tensions as Israelis celebrated the Jewish Passover holiday, Israel's military said dozens of rockets had been fired across the border and that many were shot down by its Iron Dome aerial defense system, Iranian backed Hezbollah, holds most of the power in southern Lebanon, which has long been a flash point with Israeli forces. The rocket fire raised fears of a wider conflagration, especially as clashes erupted at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy sites, Palestinian worshippers clashed with Israeli forces who tried to evacuate them from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestinian militant group Hamas responded to the clashes with rockets attacks across the border from the Gaza Strip into Israel, I am Karen Chammas
Rockets fired from Gaza raise tension as Passover begins
"Palestinian militants fired a barrage of rockets setting off air raid sirens in southern Israel as violence erupted for the second day in a row during a sensitive period of overlapping holidays. The Israeli military said 7 rockets launched from the Gaza Strip, all exploded in midair. The barrage came after another tense night at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where Israeli police clashed with Muslim worshippers. The AP filmed from outside of the maskers Israeli police fired rubber bullets at Palestinian worshippers who pelted objects such as books and chairs at them. Videos on social media purportedly showed Israeli police officers beating Palestinians with batons and rifle butts at the mosque concerns had mounted that tensions will inflame further as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan has coincided with the Jewish religious holiday of Passover, the clashes at the mosque erupted when Israeli police tried to evict Palestinian worshippers from staying overnight, a practice that is typically permitted only during the last ten days of Ramadan, I'm Karen Chammas
Violence at Jerusalem mosque prompts fears of wider fighting
"Violence at a Jerusalem mosque is prompting fears of wider fighting. Israeli police have stormed the el aksa mosque in Jerusalem's old city, varying stun grenades and beating Palestinian youths who have hurled firecrackers in a burst of violence during a sensitive holiday season, Gaza militants have responded with rocket fire on southern Israel, drawing an Israeli air strike in response the violence comes as Muslims mark the holy month of Ramadan and Jews prepare to celebrate Passover at
The Adventures of Samson and His Call From God
"Adventures of Samson continue today as we read about the man who isn't allowed to touch dead people, but who is appointed by God to kill people. What an interesting juxtaposition. He starts off our reading today by visiting a prostitute in Gaza, which is a philistine city. So this is a wicked decision for a lot of reasons, but that hasn't stopped him before. The men of the town find out he's there and mount an attack against him. They plan to ambush him when he leaves in the morning. But he leaves in the middle of the night instead, and takes part of the city gate with him on his way out. I picture the men of Gaza crouched outside the city gates waiting for him to leave, then seeing him do that, and having a sudden change of heart about their ambush. Next, Samson meets another philistine woman, Delilah, and word gets out that he is into her. There's nothing in the text to indicate that she loves him back. She's just a hired covert agent. The 5 lords of the Philistines offer her 1100 pieces of silver each to find out the secret of his strength. First of all, that's 5500 pieces of silver. Scripture doesn't give us the weight of each piece, but if each piece weighs shekel, this would be about $35,000 in today's money. Second of all, the fact that they want to know the secret of his strength might suggest that he wasn't super muscular. Otherwise, they'd know it was because of the muscles. The fact that they're all like, how is he this strong? Suggests that he probably wasn't built like Thor. That way his beats of strength could really serve to glorify God, not his own body. Just a theory, but I thought it was worth mentioning. We learn a lot of other interesting things about Samson in this story too. First of all, he must be a deep sleeper. Second, he has dreadlocks, 7 to be exact. Third, he's either blinded by his lust for this seductress, or he's arrogant and assumes he can never be overpowered, or possibly both. And fourth, he does not learn from his mistakes. He's at discernment level zero. She tries three times to find out where his strength comes from, and it's hard to tell if he doesn't trust her or if he's just being secretive like he always is, but he lies about it, repeatedly. There's one thing that's interesting here that's only evident in the original text. When Samson finally gives Delilah the real answer about his strength after her first three failed attempts to get it out of him, he explains that he's under a vow to God, that he refers to God by his generic name. Elohim, not his personal name, yahweh. This gives us an idea of the way he views God. It's the difference between knowing God and knowing about God. Maybe it's just me, but everything seems kind of like a joke to Samson. I love a joke as much as the next person, but he doesn't seem to take God's call on his life seriously. He's invested in the killing part, but not much else. And it's doubtful he'll ever get serious unless he's humbled, which is what happens next.
Israeli police clash with worshipers at Jerusalem holy site
"Israeli police have clashed with worshipers at a Jerusalem holy site. I Norman hall. According to Palestinian media reports, Israeli police raided Alaska mosque in Jerusalem's old city early Wednesday and attacked Palestinian worshippers, the reports race fears of wider tension because of the overlap of the Muslim holy fast moth and the Passover, the incident sparked a wave of Palestinian protests condemnations and violence. The Israeli military said sirens warning of incoming rockets sounded an Israeli communities around the Gaza Strip. Videos on social media purportedly showed Israeli police officers beating Palestinians with batons and rifle butts at the mosque in
Gaza rockets, Israeli strikes follow deadly West Bank raid
"Palestinian militants in Gaza have fired rockets into southern Israel, a day after Israeli troops killed several people in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli military said 6 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards the country's south, 5 of which were intercepted, Israeli aircraft then struck several targets in northern and central Gaza, including a weapons manufacturing site and a Hamas military compound. There were no reports of injuries in Israel or Gaza, the exchange of fire came after Israeli raids in nablus in the West Bank, which turned into a deadly gun battle, a 77 year old Palestinian man and the 16 year old boy were among those killed, the violence comes in the first weeks of Israel's new far right government,
Palestinian Terrorist Shoots 7 Dead at Jerusalem Synagogue
"Then we have in the State of Israel We have a Palestinian terrorist who slaughtered 7 Israelis who were leaving synagogue On Shabbat because Israelis go to synagogue as many Jews do on Friday evening Friday through Saturday Ten injured 7 murdered and they keep bringing this up in the context of the Israelis attacking a terrorist cell in Gaza Killing ten Palestinians who are terraced And the news just keeps linking the two because the Palestinians keep linking the two Did the Israelis go into Gaza Wait for people to come out of a mosque and mow them down No They went after terror So And so when the Biden administration and others say we want to deescalate both sides what are you talking about Israel's not allowed to hit a terrorist cell But the Palestinians are free to slaughter innocent civilians
"gaza" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"The pharma business in BioTech business. It just seems like if you can't develop the therapeutic, the drug, you just go out and buy it. Why not? All right, let's head down to Washington D.C. world and national news with midnight. People are now reported dead, including a 5 year old girl in a new wave of Israeli air strikes into the Gaza Strip. This is according to the Palestinian health ministry. The Islamic Jihad militant group says one of its Gaza commanders is among those killed, Israel says it is targeting the group in response to an imminent threat following the arrest this week of a senior militant in the occupied West Bank. China is cutting off military and climate talks with the U.S. and sanctioning House speaker Nancy Pelosi and her immediate family following her visit to Taiwan this week. Taiwan says nearly 50 Chinese warplanes cross the midline of the Taiwan strait today a day after Beijing test fired nearly a dozen missiles, some of which flew over the island. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, China has chosen. To overreact and use speaker Pelosi's visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan strait. Secretary of State blinken spoke from Cambodia and The White House has summoned the Chinese ambassador. Senate Democrats are waiting for their parliamentarian to decide whether they can pass their tax and energy spending bill without Republican votes, Republicans aren't waiting to sound off on the inflation reduction act. Here's Wyoming's John barrasso. You would have wages are going up a little. They're falling further and further behind the families of America are. Each month, as Joe Biden has been president because costs have gone up so high. The Democrats are going to make it worse if they're able to pass this reckless tax and spending bill. Republican John barrasso. Pennsylvania Democrat John fetterman plans to return to the campaign trail next Friday nearly three months after suffering a stroke, fetterman is facing Republican mehmet Oz in a race that could determine control of the Senate. Global news 24 hours a day on air and on Bloomberg quicktake powered by more than 2700 journalists and analysts in more than a 120 countries. This is Bloomberg. We've all spent more time with family lately. It can feel like old times, but your mind is on the future too. And what you can do to shape it. At sandy spring bank, we work with clients to help them grow and
"gaza" Discussed on KQED Radio
"But 9 11 had and I hold Donald Trump and Fox News and all of those other propaganda outlets directly responsible for a form of genocide that has in this proportionately affected black indigenous brown and disabled and working class Americans and yet who has been held accountable to that multiple times. Americans have been killed because of Covid. And they were on 9 11. This is not to excuse or diminish 9 11, but this is to remind people that white supremacy get away with multiple crimes and it's time to hold it accountable. Mona's discussion of this political double standard, which renders Muslim communities as permanent. Outsiders made me curious about a Monti's decision to run for Congress back in 2020. I asked her about how she reconciled her experiences of being treated as a second class citizen with her desire to serve as an elected representative. Apparently, the question touched a point of pain. Thanks Melissa for driving home. The crisis that has completely fueled my inner turmoil. What this entire experience with running for office And it's a conversation that I've had, What so many of my peers and policies right? I mean the whole reason why I was inspired to run for office at such a young age because I got to Steve visible examples and congresswoman or shooted slave and had Omar and that that was possible, you know, and so, and I think that their work is necessary. But one of the political experiences that actually defines my approach to social justice early on was That immediately after college before I really focused on Muslim girls a platform I actually moved straight to Washington, D. C and I started working for a civil rights organization there. And while I was there, you know this young, fresh spirited person ready to change America and stuff like that. That year was actually one of the biggest controversies that hit the Muslim American community, which was when President Barack Obama Invited Muslims or the national star at the White House in the midst of Gaza being bombed. And that I think that really brought to light that fragmentation within our community. Because then you saw half of our community. You know, the the institutional leaders were inside the walls of the White House, rubbing shoulders with the president and the administration. And then you saw the other half of the community. The activist pro testing at the picket with the picket signs outside of the fence, you know, demanding the change to actually happen that we weren't seeing. And so witnessing that conflict early on, I think that was what really Solidified my departure from Washington right after Polish because I was like what? What will make me more effective to be another body on the ground or to amplify? It's a creative platform where we can amplify thousands, if not millions of voices like mine, and we can really be a force. Um and then, of course, you know that that has been a constantly evolving Again in our conflict from you over the years it resulted in the last year. What is in my mom? Get covid in the midst of our government's share, just in in capability of addressing this crisis that we're in And I felt like the only way that I could really push back was to take Take the bull by the horns myself, you know, and run against an incumbent That's been in his seat for my entire lifetime. An old white guy that has been not representing my community or my voice for the longest time. My entire life. And so, you know, I think that now I'm kind of in a place where I feel like we need people at every level. You know what we're going up against right now is just so severe that You know, the folks on the inside of the White House wouldn't have had any type of power is not for the protesters on the outside of the White House pushing for that tape, and similarly, the people on the outside might not have had that communication factor..
"gaza" Discussed on Today in Focus
"Like any goods for the money family. They will split up now. Jawad mighty says he'll reconstruct a luxury most in gaza con afford but when he builds this time we'll be different not something grand and ambitious like l. July it's too risky. He wants a smaller place just for the family over the eleven days of the most recent gaza wall at least two hundred fifty. Six palestinians were killed at least thirteen people killed in israel. Some of the palestinians lost their houses in the most recent gaza war have launched legal cases both internationally and in the israeli system to try to hold the israeli defense forces accountable. They want answers and compensation it's a longshot. Might be quick in court. Maybe it's gonna take seven ten fifteen years to be handled. So maybe the children. They're gonna take back all of the what they lose in this war and for you on us as a gazan and as a journalist who was there when this building was bombed what stayed with you. How do you make sense of everything here. That's happened troubled for the first time of girls a month ago it was to eat it. I was totally fascinated. That there is a live neither. In gaza electricity was twenty four hours. And the place that i were there. They were totally looking at me. Accordingly like why just moving around without even turning on the lights. I told him i don't know but just in my jeans now you know you can just imagine yourself out of gaza. It's like that's you mind your thoughts your head. It just restructured itself to be gaza. I do love being journalist. It's my passion. But i was totally forced to be a war journalist. The gazans here ditto. You're all of this force. The are the victims and they can't.
"gaza" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030
"Against priests and lay personnel, even those who have died. Even that's not satisfying. Everyone. The head of a victim rights group Road to recovery, says the Catholic Church still wants to control the narrative, so they're not expecting the entire list to come out. In the Springfield bureau. John Bay Back WBZ Boston's news radio Senator Mitt Romney, faulting those on both extremes of the nation's political divide as he accepted the John F. Kennedy Profile Encourage award. Romney was honored yesterday for his decision to become the only Republican to vote to convict former President Donald Trump. During his first impeachment trial, Romney says There's plenty of blame to go around for the nation's partisan chasm, he says some of the right quote infect the nation with claims of election fraud and vaccine fantasy. He's well, some on the left, he says, rely on what he's calling hyper woke accusations and antipathy toward free enterprise. It's 10 19 President Joe Biden is telling US intelligence agencies to redouble their ongoing efforts to investigate the origins of the covert 19 pandemic, including the possibility that the trail might lead to a lab in China. Here's more from CBS as can be McCormick China is accusing the Biden administration of playing politics and the country's Foreign Ministry spokesman says President Biden Doesn't care about the truth or scientific origin tracing the White House is joining with many other countries pressuring China to be more open about the outbreak. China now wants the U. S. To open investigations into its own biological labs. Again President Joe Biden telling US intelligence agencies have step up their efforts to investigate the origins of the Corona virus pandemic. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Just wrapping up his first visit to the Middle East. He met with Israeli, Palestinian and Arab leaders following another deadly round of fighting between Israel and the home loss area. The terror group that rules the Gaza Strip over 250 people were killed, mostly Palestinians and the impoverished Gaza Strip needs hundreds of millions of dollars to repair extensive damages from intense Israeli airstrikes. Blinken is promising that the U. S. Will be working with the U. N and the Palestinian Authority to ensure international aid doesn't end up in the hands of Hamas. Blinking also says he is determined to improve conditions on the ground for Gazans and repair ties as well with Palestinians. ABC store Donna Miller has more for US from Jerusalem. America's top diplomat says he made progress and cementing the seven day old cease fire between Israel and Hamas after stops in Jerusalem. RAMALLAH, Cairo Antony Blinken thinking Egypt for its role in brokering that truce, and now it's terms blinking, making good on his promise to rally international support for rebuilding hard hit Gaza, both Egypt and cutter each pledging $500 million Jordan and Egypt, calling on the U. S to revive Israeli Palestinian peace talks. But Blinken says it's too soon for that. Gordana Miller. ABC NEWS Jerusalem, The Department of Homeland Security. DHS is now taking a step toward regulating cyber security in the pipeline industry. This following the recent cyber attack on the colonial pipeline. Here's more from CBS News reporter Nicholas Kanga. The shutdown of colonial pipeline earlier this month threatened to halt airplane travel mass transit. And resulted in a $4.4 million ransom paid to foreign hackers. According to its CEO. T essays. New directive will require pipeline owners and operators designate a 24 7, chief security officer to coordinate with the federal government in the event of a cyber incident officials calling this directive important steps forward. That quote should be understood as part of a strategic plan by DHS. Protect against future cyber incidents like the Colonial pipeline attack recently. It's 10 21 stick by us. We've got traffic.
"gaza" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030
"Assessing the massive damage in Gaza and says 800,000 Palestinians do not have access to clean water and thousands of apartments have been damaged or destroyed. Ah 130 truck convoy is heading to Gaza with medicine and supplies. President Biden has promised humanitarian aid and assistance in reconstruction. Robert Burgers, CBS NEWS Jerusalem Yesterday In Jerusalem, Israeli police stormed a ceasefire celebration at all Aqsa Mosque where many clashes between protesters and police have happened. Over the last weeks. At least 30 people were arrested. And following the violence in the Middle East. Some prominent Jewish groups are asking the Biden administration to condemn rising anti Semitic attacks in the U. S. CBS is Jeff the gays in Los Angeles Tuesday night. Pro Palestinian protesters attack several Jewish restaurant biters, then the gods are also under attack. In Utah, a swastika carved in the glass in Arizona, Iraq thrown through a window. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says police are stepping up security around synagogues and other Jewish sites. The creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the January insurrection of the capital has turned into a political fight. Most Republicans in the Senate object to its creation. CBS News, Katherine Harris says some of the problem is that the investigation could start at the same time. It's midterm elections that opens the lens to the prospect of politicizing the investigation and also weaponizing the use of subpoenas. And I think it's important to note that there could be jeopardy for both parties here. For the House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy if he is subpoena, what were his conversations with President Trump and the White House on that day, the House also narrowly approved $1.9 billion to further secure the capital. Back on Thursday at the White House. President Biden met with South Korean President Moon Jae in yesterday. CBS News Debra All Pharaon reports North Korea's nuclear ambitions was one topic they discussed. The president and the South Korean leader. Both shared their deep concern with the situation with North Korea. Mr Bond and said a meeting with Kim Jong Eun is not off the table and took a jab at his predecessor who met twice with the North Korean leader without any commitments on their nuclear arsenal. Biden administration is trying to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Eun to curb North Korea's nuclear program on Beacon Hill, a state senator proposing back to work bonuses for unemployed residents. The Baker administration has not weighed in on the measure, but the governor says extra state services are being offered to those trying to get back into the workforce. WBC's Kim Tunnicliffe, Massachusetts senators are set to discuss an amendment to the fiscal year 2022 budget that would offer unemployed residents up to $1200 in bonuses if they get and keep a job for at least a year. Governor Baker hasn't commented on the idea of back to work bonuses. Baker says he believes more people will be comfortable going back to work, but it's going to take some time. I think the whole process associated with.
"gaza" Discussed on KHVH 830AM
"In Gaza. Held a parade today in Gaza City, mourning the loss of one of their top commanders, Hamas and smaller factions inside Gaza fired more than 4000 rockets. The group today is pledging that if the cease fire unravels, they will continue the fight against Israel. In lighter news the Children of Gaza who were caught in the crossfire are getting a much needed break in rural Gaza, a local nonprofit held a group therapy session today. Her Children dealing with trauma. Faxes. Trade gangster as Egyptian mediators work to keep the cease fire going. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is preparing to travel to the Middle East next week. Iran's nuclear program will be the focus of a news conference tomorrow. The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog agency will hold the briefing. He's currently in talks with the regime to extend a monitoring arrangement. That could impact talks about reviving Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, including the U. S. They plan to keep talking, but Senate Republicans and the White House are said to be far apart on an infrastructure package. Counter offer from the White House proposes spending $1.7 trillion on an infrastructure bill that is down from two and a quarter trillion dollars. Initially asked for by President Biden, Fox says Jared Helper, and the GOP remains opposed to tax increases to pay for the plan..
"gaza" Discussed on KLIF 570 AM
"Democrats in Congress want to put the brakes on the sale of weapons to Israel amid the ongoing fighting in Gaza. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders resolution is a long shot bid to block the sale of 700. $35 million worth of weapons that Israel in a statement, Sanders says when U. S made bombs are devastating Gaza and killing women and Children, we cannot let another huge arms sales go through without congressional debate. Resolution would need at least 51 votes in the evenly divided Senate. A similar resolution has been introduced in the House, but a veto from President Biden would then require a two thirds majority in both the House and Senate after Israel was attacked by Hamas, many Democrats have been supporting that terror organization and trying to make Israel the villain in the public discussion. Black lives matter said they side with a model that social media Post declaring support for the Palestinians. The founding organization of Black Lives matter, vowed to stand in solidarity, saying Quoting here We are movement committed to ending settler colonialism in all forms and will continue to advocate for Palestinian liberation. Always have and always will be. The critics are quick to note that in 2005, Israel pulled troops and settlers out of Gaza, allowing Palestinians to chart their own path. But two years later, the terror group Hamas violently took power and is now firing a barrage of rockets into Israel. BLM support for the Palestinians also drew backlash on social media. Former acting director of National intelligence. Ric Grenell, writing quote. This makes me sick. It's disgusting, and every American should condemn this immediately. Black lives matter. A lousy rotten organization always has been always will be. Let's move to number four, speaking on the Senate floor, Senate Minority leader and Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, blaming the Biden administration, including the vice president. Not taking care of the problem at the southern border that she was assigned to take care of by the president, vice president. Supposedly.
"gaza" Discussed on News Radio 920 AM
"Into battered Gaza. Israeli airstrikes also were heavy on Tuesday the target's militants in Gaza, their homes, their stronghold, vast networks of tunnels, Fox's Greg Palkot in Israel. There are reports of a possible cease fire later in the week. But none of them confirmed. President Biden got an earful Tuesday from Common Congresswoman receded to leave on the airport tarmac in Detroit. She wants the president to pressure Israel to stop its air strikes on Gaza President was in Michigan to visit a Ford plant where they're making electric versions of the F 1 50 pickup truck. We're gonna set a new pace for electric vehicles. That means reversing the previous administrations. Shortsighted rollback, Ah vehicle emissions and efficiency standards. Said. He's strong, clear targets where we need to go. The president wants to eliminate sales of gas powered vehicles by 2035. The New York attorney general's office says it is escalating a probe of the Trump Organization. State Attorney general's spokesman, Fabien Levy says they've notified the Trump organization that the investigation is no longer purely civil in nature. The state probe now being conducted in conjunction with The Manhattan D. A's office, which has been investigating Donald Trump's pre presidency. Business feelings for more than two years in court filings Manhattan D. A. Cyrus Vance says he is investigating possible tax and insurance fraud and falsification of business records. Locks is Gary Baumgarten, America is listening to Fox News. Hey, it's Fred Larson, inviting you to download and listen to the new daily Fox on tech podcasts. There's part of a colorful late nineties. I'm AC on Mars. It's an idea that seems a lot like Kickstarter called Build it. This isn't the first time we've heard about North Korea. Hackers trying to get a leg up on covert 19th arrange that was used for satellite TV service in the seventies. Get the latest trends in technology, cyber security alerts and gadget news daily subscribing..
"gaza" Discussed on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM
"Is that Gaza's one power plant that there's not enough fuel left in it. Toe lasts a rest of the day. Now they require diesel to get this power plant going. We know that some aid was allowed in by Israel earlier today. None of that is diesel. So we are expecting that people inside of Gaza will have a very dark and, of course, very terrifying night ahead of them. CBS News has confirmed. Florida Democratic congressman Val Demings is planning a bid for GOP Senator Marco Rubio seat next year. She's represented the Orlando area in the House since 2017. Formal announcement is expected in the coming weeks. Colonial pipeline says it's having shipping issues as our Allison Keyes reports. It comes after just re opening last week following it shut down a week prior after a cyber attack the nation's largest gas pipeline says it's having network issues that are keeping shippers from planning upcoming transport of fuel. Colonial had been using it shipper nomination system to schedule batches of deliveries to help bring flows of gas back to normal. If the outages long term there could again be fuel delivery problems along the U. S southeast of East Coast. This year's games have not even begun, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is saying next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing should be boycotted by the U. S. Because of China's human rights abuses. The Dow was down 66. This is CBS News. Fasted wealth, personalized and affordable financial planning for everyday Americans, no wealth or asset minimums, quality financial advice for every stage of your life. Moved to recall Governor Jay Inslee over how he handled the pandemic. That's one of the stories coming up after Cairo radio real time traffic here's Nick Smith. Well, North found five still little bit of often on slowing between the West Seattle Bridge and Mercer Street through downtown Seattle. Also seeing a bit of a suspicious, slow down south. About four or five year 44th might be a crash after the shoulder and that spot north out four or five also a little bit of light slowing in that area..
"gaza" Discussed on WBUR
"Rocket attacks on the Gaza Strip. Dozens of Palestinians were killed after Israel's military says it attacked a militant tunnel system. Israel said that when the underground facility crumbled, the foundations of civilian houses above also collapsed, leading to what Israel called unintended casualties. Israel's military campaign of airstrikes on Gaza is now in its seventh day as Palestinians fire more rockets into Israel. The death toll for Gaza is approaching 200. Israel is reported 10 dead. The U. N Security Council convened this morning to discuss ongoing hostilities between the two sides. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that Israel shared intelligence with U. S officials ahead of an attack on a building in Gaza that House news organizations, including the AP. Israel claims it brought the building down because Hamas used high rises to plot attacks on Israel. As NPR's Sarah McCammon reports, journalism groups are demanding answers about what led to that strike the building destroyed during Israeli airstrikes, House departments and the offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera. The Jerusalem Post reports that Americans were shown what's described as smoking gun evidence that Hamas was in the building prior to the strike. On CBS's face the Nation. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the building housed an intelligence operation used to plot attacks against Israel. Asked whether he'd shared that information with President Biden during a call this weekend, Netanyahu said the information was given to US officials. We pass it through the intelligence services to our people to those people. Why do you think we brought down that building? Netanyahu says Israel warned journalists to vacate the building before the strike. The Associated Press says it's been given no evidence that Hamas was using the building. Sarah McCammon. NPR NEWS Washington Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming, is warning that the GOP is finding itself in dangerous waters. We get that story from MPR's Amy helped Republicans removed Congresswoman Liz Cheney from House leadership position..
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"Gaza as a threat of a ground invasion by Israel continues to loom. Colonial pipeline confirming they have returned pipeline system to normal operations, delivering millions of gallons per hour to the markets. Millions of Americans are still dealing with gas shortages caused by the recent cyber attack on the colonial pipeline. Former National security agency director and former head of the U. S. Cyber Command, retired Admiral Mike Rogers looks closer at how this all happened in the first place is Russian criminal group, Dark Side was able to use Malicious software programs. They gained access to Colonial pipelines Information technology segment, if you will, and they were able to lock it down to preclude the company's ability to access Their network. As a result, the company it appears opted to intern shut down the pipeline or the operational side of their business to ensure that this didn't spread any further. The pipeline originate in Texas and carries about 45% of the fuel used on the East Coast. And with many gas stations in the Atlanta Georgia area. Still running on empty. Many drivers are saying they're planning to stay home this weekend. Absolutely not. I'm not wasting any money. We don't know what the next surprises. Yeah, I think I'm gonna stay in because Yes, it's really can't really foot while many station owners do you expect things to get back to normal By Sunday, Georgia Governor Brian kept has extended the state of emergency until May 22nd just to be on the safe side. It's 1 19. China has landed a spacecraft on Planet Mars today, experts calling this a technically challenging feed. More difficult than a moon landing. Jane Chen is an expert on China Space program. A successful project will give them bragging rights in diplomacy in military aspect in science and technology. It will be a very proud moment for the Chinese comes party relative to their own people. China's first Mars landing follows its launch last month of the main section of what will be a permanent space station and a mission that brought back rocks from the moon late last year. It will need full congressional and White House approval. But there is now a plan to form a 9 11 style commission toe look closer into the January six capital Breach. I'm Tom 44 months after the deadly pro Trump riot at the Capitol in January. There is now a tentative agreement in Congress to set up a commission to look at it. CBS News Political analyst Leonard Stein horns son might ask why it took so long to agree on a commission. And that's because the Republicans wanted to create a moral equivalence. Between the attack on the Capitol and the unrest following the murder of George Floyd. And to have this commission review both of these equally and still not a done deal. Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy hasn't signed off on the deal, and it still has to go through the Senate where it needs. 10 Republicans to break a filibuster. Tom 40 CBS NEWS Washington It's 1 21, stand by for traffic and weather on the way..
"gaza" Discussed on Behind the Bima
"Stories have you. Don't listen to last week's episode you don't mason and you don't wanna miss next week's episode. I should give a little teaser. But who's going to be on next week. Go for a little teaser. Give is that. We told extraordinary stories about him. I guess tonight towards extraordinary by the way and those. We're using that a lot. But we told stories about him. It's possible he's a rabbi. The word rabbis not always associated with the other description of rabbi. The something rabbi amazing biography while he's alive has been written about him. He is transformed the north of israel. And we're really honored and privileged and excited to be able to be welcoming grossman the disco rabbi next weekend behind. Did i say happens to be. And i will also say we have. We have some pretty impressive guests lined up over the next couple of weeks. Please guide everything should work out. But there are some very exciting guests spreading the gamut of israeli life. American live different areas of american. Life is going to be exciting couple of weeks here. Buying the bima. There will be soviet if you missed last week. You don't wanna miss it back in here banja levin. This week he did. He was phenomenal. Next please god the disco rabbi rabbi grossman shalita dot org della amac. Were super excited about that. And that's probably a reason. Why on the website between carpools dot com. Someone sent this to me. There's a website called between carpools dot com and on it. They.
"gaza" Discussed on Behind the Bima
"Like for me. Fifteen seconds means to get anywhere diam in the park in schule in shower in the bathroom in the kitchen sleeping from debt. Situation doesn't matter where i am. Wha what situation. I'm at i've been the bomb shelter. Fifteen seconds a earlier. Today i was standing driving to pull up because there was a siren and the rocket landed two hundred meters away from me. The community of gun and it's It's an experience. I don't wish to anyone and your partnership with us. I means for us. They were not alone in second. It connects it. Connects us all together when you take apart. It's like you know in the army. They told us there is a stretcher. It there's a stretcher. That stretcher is You know while in the army to someone wounded and you get underneath a new woken. You take part here. Destructor is the state of israel. Get underneath that stretch with us and help us carry the state of israel. Two big developments into The best future that it will have an. And i will tell you one less thing when i grow up english qatif anytime that there was a terrorist attack I had two small bit yard. That in my in my little small heads is a kid. Said you know if they want us. They're the ones here. Wish we're going to show them. That were continuous guy. Life and i just continuing were growing because they cannot win. We keep going by leading our life and by expanding this is the best answer to terrorism so today. I'm not a kid anymore. I think i'm not the kid anymore. And today i don't have a backyard. Have three beautiful communities to help develop and any time that there is a a rocket outside we will put another tree and every time. There's a rocket outside or a balloon. We will build another park another kindergarten in daycare center. And we'll bring another family. This is our answer. I didn't invent this way. I learned from the history from all the way beckham be flying noto kenya benefits. So i wanna thank you rabbi for everything you've done for us over the years your community is a like one big family to me to my community and they i appreciate appreciate both of you for giving me the floor to share. What's going on here in to Mainly stem side by side with us. I see you and you like standing next to me Right now and i appreciate it and it means a lot to meet with the community and to the people in the gaza envelope and obviously raising your urine house. We absolutely love you and again we encourage people and we're very blessed there thousands of people who who listen to watch behind the and you heard you. Did you the sacrifices he's making. His family went from the sinai to kush qatif and now they're pioneers taking over an assignment of of the government. And there's no controversies. Isn't that green line. Green line territories. There's no controversy around. It's in an area right. You did you that everybody. It's not disputed. This is an area recognizes as part of israel. It's an assignment from the government. go make it blossom. Go make it bloom something that they've not been able to do and now it's producing those pineapples and they need our help to protect it so it's an extraordinary time we're taking extraordinary measures mij- af dot org slash hollandse..
"gaza" Discussed on Behind the Bima
"For two months and we built it. We finished it and then two months later. And the disengagement happened than the day of the disengagement. We had to leave our homes childhood. Memories dreams everything behind. Those yellow bulldozer came and they knock down. The house and tower community was flat one site to another the summer of two thousand and five which happens to be also the day of my birthday. My seventieth birthday was one of the toughest summers i think for israel for edney. Ju- gears for israel in everything and lacking behind us stay gates of the gaza strip. Hey three communities were destroyed on that summer and we left and in a way. We ran away from gaza. And and after the disengagement not of people are very negative towards what happened towards the government or the country and they didn't say lead or didn't celebrate your mass mode for a long time independence day. It didn't vote aim but there were an another group would chose the positive side. Who said okay. This is happened besides the best. We don't wanna be like lot's wife you know an a near the running away from saddam and Ential retails nothing. Look back so the salt. We didn't wanna turn into so we don't want it to turn the page and Sixteen families from qatif decided to take upon themselves to say mission in the positive side of the disengagement that they went up to the government in asked for the next national mission and We we came here. We were sent by the government for the third time to build an area that was nothing but send in desert for the tire history of the world even our government why the government is that area had had been attempted to be settled before. Why did they choose that area to send you yes. It's been attempted many times to be settled. And because it's a strategic land for the state of israel. This area is the was the number one area for smuggling weapons women and drugs and a sudanese from africa would cross illegal immigrants..
"gaza" Discussed on Behind the Bima
"Show it's a it's a perfect segue to actually go back even though there's so much more to talk about about what's going on right now we'll come back to it but it's a perfect segue you said you learned it from your parents so share with us your story about where you grew up and what that experience was like how being in kush qatif and going through the expulsion planted within you. The seeds not of resentment a rebellion. And you didn't give up on an Did not israel but it's the opposite so tell us a little bit about that history. Okay hey i was born. Raised eight Eight kilometers from here exactly in the community of simona which is one of the communities They were established by people english. Decent guys aren't by people were evacuated for me. Seni- from your meat. That's where my parents met and get married and man. I grew up in goose. Qatif a because ariel show just to clarify because everybody understands so after the six day war when israel took back sinai and they built communities. They're your parents. Were among the pioneers who answered the call of go build communities in the newly conquered for lack of a better term. Sinai appearance answered that call and they lived they met and they married and they lived in your meat in the sinai. Yes and then a peace deal is done between bagan between israel and egypt and sinai was given back and your parents were taken from their home. Yes there were taken from their home. In ariel sharon then the minister of housing. Ask the people there to And certain other goal which is building the gaza strip a continuing to strengthen small communities that they were already exist there and then that's where they went. That's where i was born raised. A life was was grading. Wish petits as beside the fact in. Gaza said defected. Ever since october of two thousand. I was in third grade. The second intifada broke and we went through and many many Terrorist attacks it started at the beginning with a mullet of bottles and the rocks and very quickly became may shootings and then later on with a small mortar shells today. They're known as rockets. A two thousand. And do i was a witness in where my house is about a hundred meters away from the pre army. Ishida gold awesome in my community at broken a week before best a and they killed five students about twenty seven others were injured. A it was one of the toughest moments in deter remember. English got the fight through laid down under the bed for about five hours while they sound speakers outside. They're screaming that. There is a series running in the community. Those were very tough moments for us. Obviously we will go up in the morning and found out the a very tragic news and In two thousand and four a the prime minister real children on herzilya conference decided to announce on the disengagement from goose qatif a and even though life initiative was challenging. We were always happy to english katif towards the best life anytime i talk about patty smile on my face which really doesn't make sense with everything that was going on the because we lived life meaning he failed to whereas it for a reason who are building and asta one of the terrorist attacks the top shiva. I went on the radio and i remember yellow. Neilan was the name of the guy on the radio. And i say you know it was a show due to say convulses for those who are killed or soldiers and to wish you know quick recovery for were injured. And i remember. I said you know my name is. Add and linguis- qatif. And i feel that if we leave here rockets will be all over..