Dear JLPF Partner,
It is a joy for me to share the attached "Partner Profile" with you. It is from our dear friends, Shmuel & Pamela Suran. They are both Messianic Jews who live and minister in Israel. Shmuel is a Jewish Christian Rabbi and Pamela is one of the few Evangelical Christian Guides in Israel. She is also an incredible artist. Together they lead a ministry known as Chazon Yerushalayim, or "Jerusalem Vision," which is based in Jerusalem. They have a wonderful ministry to both Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem and Israel. Pamela will also be guiding a Bible Study Tour of Israel that Patt and I will be leading November 9 - 19 -- which we hope many of you will be a part of.
However, whether or not you go to Israel with us, their latest newsletter is a timely read. It is about an important "prophetic paradigm shift" that many Gentile Christians struggle with. It doesn't matter whether you are a dispensationalist, premillinnialist, amillennialist, postmillennialist -- or embrace Replacement Theology, this is a worthwhile read for any Christian.
Also, regardless of your eschatology (belief about the Second Advent of the Lord Jesus) when it comes to Israel, the Jews and Gentile Church, I hope you will also download and study my book: "Understanding Your Jewish Roots." I believe it will help you better understand the spiritual roots of Judaism that you were grafted into as a Believer.
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" (Ps. 122:6),
JL & Patt
Christmas of 2011 is over now and God has given us another New Year. But one thing did not go away from my mind: "What am I giving to the Lord as gift who sent His only Son?" Am I am giving or offering a worthy gift this Christmas?
I have been trying to immerse myself in the depth of what ought to be offered as a worthy gift to the Lord who indeed sent His only Son for us. While pondering on the topic of this matter, I read an interesting things about the Wright Brothers, "In December 1903, after many attempts, the Wright brothers were successful in getting their "flying machine" off the ground. Thrilled, they telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine: "We have actually flown 120 feet. Will be home for Christmas." Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and showed him the message. He glanced at it and said, "How nice. The boys will be home for Christmas." He totally missed the big news--man had flown 120 feet." Here in the news, the editor missed a real achievement of the Wright Brothers -- that they had indeed flown 120 feet off the ground.
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