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    When the invisible becomes visible

    It’s exciting when the invisible,  something we long to see, becomes visible. Well, today on Discover the Word, the group will help open our eyes to see Jesus, who is the exact representation of God. We can’t touch Jesus with our physical senses, but we can know Him through those who did . . . […]

    God reveals Himself through His Son, Jesus

    Who is Jesus? It’s a question people always ask. But is it really that much of a mystery? This week on Discover the Word, we discuss how in the past God revealed Himself in many ways,  but the most complete and radical way is through His only Son, Jesus. Be part of the group as they […]

    God wants to be known

    God has always been involved in the affairs of people,  but He hasn’t always been recognized. Today on Discover the Word, we will talk about how throughout history, God has revealed Himself at various times and in various ways. God wants to be known. But do we seem to have the same level of interest […]

    How God reveals Himself to us

    Watch any home makeover TV show and you’ll see that “the reveal” is the big deal. Today on Discover the Word, join the group as they discuss God’s “Big Reveal.” Since the time of Adam, the Creator has been revealing Himself through nature, his prophets, His chosen people, and in the fullness of time through His […]

    Following Jesus in a Land of Conflict: An Arab and Jewish Conversation, Part I—Taking Sides

    We’re all aware of the conflict between the Jewish and Palestinian people.
    The eyes of the world are on the struggle for peace in this region. But one of the difficult questions is, “Where do followers of Christ line up in this issue?”

    The people of this land are divided by walls, fences, and mutual fears. But what happens if two of them—one Jewish, the other Arab—decide to walk in the footsteps of Christ? “Following Jesus in a Land of Conflict,” should followers of Christ take sides? . . . on this Day of Discovery.

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    Followers of Jesus in a Land of Conflict

    What kind of kingdom did Jesus come to establish? In the land of the Bible, where He once walked, political and ethnic conflict is still a part of everyday life. What happened to Jesus’ mission to bring peace to the world? Hosts Mart DeHaan and Jimmy DeYoung travel to this global hotspot and meet Christians of both Arab and Jewish descent. Hear what they have learned about the true kingdom of God.

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    Following Jesus in a Land of Conflict

    What began thousands of years ago as a promise to the nation of Israel has become a web of conflict between Arab and Jewish residents of the contested land that borders Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and the Mediterranean Sea. What should followers of Christ think about the conflict in the Middle East?

    Should Christians take sides? Should believers support the peace process? What is the story and role of the chosen people? And what is Israel’s future?

    In this 4-part Day of Discovery program, you’ll take a journey to the land of the Bible, modern Israel, with host Mart DeHaan for conversations with guests Nizar Touma and Avner Boskey. Join them as they discuss the impact this dispute has on their Arab and Jewish communities and as they address tough questions that arise about the role of followers of Christ in this controversy.

    Through the wisdom of the Bible and their unique perspectives, discover how following Jesus can bring peace—even to those living in a land of conflict.

    Closed Captioning for the hearing impaired.

    Approximate running time for each program: 25 minutes

    Following Jesus in a Land of Conflict: An Arab and Jewish Conversation, Part IV—Israel’s Future

    The skyline of modern Jerusalem, broken by both Muslim prayer towers and church steeples, raises important questions. What has happened to the land of the Bible? Have the chosen people of Israel been replaced by another faith? Conflicting answers deserve careful consideration by those who think about “Following Jesus in a Land of Conflict: An Arab and Jewish Conversation” about Israel’s future, on this Day of Discovery.

    Following Jesus in a Land of Conflict: An Arab and Jewish Conversation, Part II—Seeking Peace

    In a region marked by ethnic, religious, and political lines in the sand, Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” But the rabbi from Nazareth also said there would be no real peace until He returns.

    Following Jesus in a Land of Conflict: An Arab and Jewish Conversation, Part III—Chosen People

    One of the difficult questions raised by the Bible is this: If God is an impartial God, then what’s this about the chosen people? How could a God who doesn’t line up with anyone on the basis of their ethnic background or wealth or nationality choose one people at the expense of others? Or does He? “Following Jesus in a Land of Conflict: An Arab and Jewish Conversation” about the chosen people, on this Day of Discovery.

    Israel & The Politics of Faith

    In 1948, the United Nations gave the land of Israel back to the Jewish people. Many people believe this act marked the beginning of God’s end-times plan. If Israel’s statehood is the direct fulfillment of promises and prophecies found in the Bible, should followers of Christ stand with the nation while waiting for the Messiah to return? How should we relate to the state of Israel? Mart DeHaan and Jimmy DeYoung learn more about what happens when faith and politics collide.

    Runtime: 26 minutes

    Israel: Crossroads of Eternity, Part II: Israel & Her Neighbors

    Israel unites and divides us. She tells a timeless story about nations and about ourselves. And that’s one reason why Israel can’t be ignored, because she gives us a history, a story, and a future that was all foretold by Jewish prophets

    More Than Forgiveness

    Israel--the land of the Bible. Here almost 2000 years ago, a Jewish rabbi taught his followers that if they didn't forgive one another, neither would God forgive them. The teacher was Jesus of Nazareth. The setting: a region marked for thousands of years by ethnic strife, religious conflict, and endless cycles of revenge. In modern Israel, Jewish and Arab populations both lay claim to the family line and inheritance of Abraham. And both believe that they have been unjustly wronged by the other. Here in a culture that demanded "an eye for an eye" Jesus taught his followers to love and forgive one another. But is such teaching realistic in a world where the roots of conflict go so deep and where the harm done to one another is so painful and real?

    The Temple Mount Controversy

    "It's the most contested piece of real estate on earth: a 35-acre, not quite rectangular enclosure on the southeast corner of the city of Jerusalem. It is potentially a detonator of full-scale war." This is the view expressed by Jewish journalist Gershom Gorenberg in his book The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount. Why is this military nonstrategic plot of land so significant that it poses a threat to world peace?

    Runtime: 26 minutes

    The Arab-Israeli Conflict

    Israel. A modern land divided by ancient conflicts. Many know this as the historic homeland of the Jewish people. Yet for almost 2000 years the Jewish people have been scattered to the four corners of the earth. This period of history is part of what the Israeli's refer to as the Diaspora. It was during the time of the Diaspora that the Muslim faith was born in the 7th century. Mart DeHaan and Jimmy De Young share their personal reflections on the Arab-Israeli conflict. How does God's love for the Jewish people cross ethnic boundaries? What is God doing with this sliver of land on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean?

    September 2019: Christian Living

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