Frequently Asked Questions


Question: "Why do Jews and Arabs / Muslims hate each other?"

Answer: First, it is important to understand that not all Arabs are Muslims, and not all Muslims are Arabs. While a majority of Arabs are Muslims, there are many non-Muslim Arabs. Further, there are significantly more non-Arab Muslims in areas such as Indonesia and Malaysia than there are Arab Muslims. Second, it is important to remember that not all Arabs hate Jews, not all Muslims hate Jews, and not all Jews hate Arabs and Muslims. We must be careful to avoid stereotyping people. However, generally speaking, Arabs and Muslims have a dislike of and distrust for Jews, and vice-versa.

If there is an explicit biblical explanation for this animosity, it goes all the way back to Abraham. The Jews are descendants of Abraham’s son Isaac. The Arabs are descendants of Abraham’s son Ishmael. With Ishmael being the son of a slave woman (Genesis 16:1–16) and Isaac being the promised son who would inherit the blessings of Abraham (Genesis 21:1–3), obviously there would be some animosity between the two sons. As a result of Ishmael’s mocking Isaac (Genesis 21:9), Sarah talked Abraham into sending Hagar and Ishmael away (Genesis 21:11–21). Likely, this caused even more contempt in Ishmael’s heart toward Isaac. An angel told Hagar that Ishmael would be the father of a great nation (Genesis 21:18) and, interestingly, that Ishmael would be “a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers” (Genesis 16:12).

However, the ancient root of bitterness between Isaac and Ishmael does not explain all of the hostility between Jews and Arabs today. The religion of Islam, which a majority of Arabs follow, has made the hostility predicted of Ishmael more profound. The Qur’an contains somewhat contradictory instructions for Muslims regarding Jews. At one point it instructs Muslims to treat Jews as brothers and at another point commands Muslims to attack Jews who refuse to convert to Islam. The Qur’an also introduces a conflict as to which son of Abraham was truly the son of promise. The Hebrew Scriptures say it was Isaac. The Qur’an says it was Ishmael. The Qur’an teaches that it was Ishmael whom Abraham almost sacrificed to the Lord, not Isaac (in contradiction to Genesis 22). This debate over who was the son of promise further contributes to today’s hostility.

Another root of the conflict between Jews and Arabs is political. After World War II, when the United Nations gave a portion of the land of Israel to the Jewish people, the land was ruled by the British and primarily inhabited by Arabs (although one third of the population was Jewish). Most Arabs protested vehemently against the new Israeli state, even as they refused an Arab Palestinian state offered as part of the UN plan. Arab nations including Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Syria attacked Israel in an attempt to drive them into the sea, but they were defeated. The defeat of the Arab forces soon became a human tragedy when the surrounding Arab nations refused to absorb the Arab refugees from Palestine.

Ever since 1948, there has been great hostility between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The tensions have been stoked by political rhetoric and the existence of groups such as Hamas with their continuing obsession with wiping out “the Zionist entity” and “reversing the results of 1948.”

Israel exists on one tiny piece of land surrounded by much larger Arab nations such as Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Egypt. It is our viewpoint that, biblically speaking, Israel has a right to exist as a nation in its own land that God gave to the descendants of Jacob, grandson of Abraham (Genesis 12:7). While there is no easy solution to the conflict in the Middle East, Psalm 122:6 declares, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure.”

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Jews-Arabs.html#ixzz3C25WJzJG
 


What does Passing Down the Faith / my faith mean?

Have you thought about what you will leave behind when you die?

Most people think of possessions like family heirlooms, guns, stocks, bonds, investments, and other property or things . But what kind of spiritual heritage will you leave for your children? Will they walk in the Lord’s ways as a result of your influence - Or Not? Leading a godly life doesn’t always mean that your children will follow the Lord, and forcing your beliefs on them usually backfires.

Developing some effective approaches to handing down your faith - may include: Godly parenting. 1) Principle: We must instruct our children in the ways of God. Read Deuteronomy 6:4-7. How often were the people of Israel supposed to talk about their faith?


Developing some effective approaches to handing down your faith - may include: Godly parenting.

1) Principle: We must instruct our children in the ways of God.

Read Deuteronomy 6:4-7. How often were the people of Israel supposed to talk about their faith? Notice they were told to teach their children “diligently” (Deut. 6:7). You may want to have a formal Bible study with your kids on a regular basis, but that isn’t always necessary. It can be more effective to connect daily events to principles in the Word of God during supper, for instance. At bedtime, read and discuss Bible stories with your children. When appropriate, tell them about your failures and the spiritual lessons you learned as a result. Write out the spiritual truths, biblical principles or life lessons that you would like to pass on to your children.
 


Children learn more by watching us than by listening to what we say.

Your "example" ..  is a key ingredient to passing down your faith. For example, if you blame others when things go wrong, children may learn to avoid taking responsibility. If you pray as a family when life is difficult, children learn they can go to God with their worries.

Jesus spoke about dealing with our own sins before trying to correct others (Luke 6:41-42). In what areas do you fail to make godly choices, especially around your kids?

Write down one way you could be a better example to your children.
 


Persistence: We pass on faith by doing the right thing consistently.

No parent is perfect. But those who do the right thing day by day—not just when it is convenient—make a powerful impression on their children.

Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”
•What areas of parenting or living righteously have the potential to wear you out?
 

What motivates you to persevere in doing the right thing?
 


Participation: When we get involved in the lives of our children, we establish a caring relationship that makes it easier to communicate with them about our faith.

Without taking on their responsibilities, do your best to help your children with their problems.

For younger kids, this may mean giving advice outright or helping them find the answer in God’s Word. Older children may prefer to talk through their ideas with you to reach a solution. If they say something with which you strongly disagree, try not to overreact. Instead, ask how they came to that conclusion. Keep the lines of communication open so you can guide them toward a biblical perspective.
•Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” How does this verse encourage you in your parenting struggles?

 
Name a specific way you could show more interest in the concerns or pastimes of your children.
 


Praise: The greatest motivation for learning is praise.

As a motivator, encouragement is more effective than constant correction. Spend more time praising your child for what he does right than you do critiquing his mistakes. Offer help if it’s needed, but don’t be overly demanding (Col. 3:21).

 

Proverbs 12:25 says, “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up” (NIV). How does encouragement affect your children?
 


Prayer: If you consistently pray with and for your children, you will demonstrate the importance of prayer.

Jesus set an example for us by praying in all types of situations. He prayed for the sick, for calm weather, and for miraculous provision. He prayed at the height of His popularity and when He anticipated persecution and suffering.
•How should we pray, according to 1 Thessalonians 5:17? What do you think that means?

What are some situations in which you could pray with or for your children to make prayer a greater part of your relationship?

TRY THIS PRAYER - Father, parenting is tough, I can’t do it without You. Grant me wisdom to respond appropriately in every situation. Draw each of my children closer to You, that they may honor You with their lives. Amen.


Whether you've heard a little about GOD .. or been going to some church all your life .. the Mosque in your town or city .. and are curious to learn more about Jesus .. The Son of The Most High God - or you already know in your "knower" that you want more than what "your religion" is giving you  .. but aren't sure where to start?? - begin right here in God's Word!

GOD 101 A Beginners Guide for Muslims


How can I obtain true spiritual growth, personal achievement, real peace, and influence others in today's world?

When you rely on God .. He alone will respond to you and your difficulties. Seeking God for guidance ( Jehovah Rohi - Our God Who Shepherds and Guides Us ) .. In turn, you will experience the Holy Spirit’s presence, provision, power and, as a result, spiritual growth. You will, in time be capable of accomplishments far greater than imaginable when your assurance comes from the Lord Our God. Perhaps you will demonstrate a depth of endurance .. while others around you is in an uproar and not at peace. You might receive a leadership position beyond your perceived abilities .. or maybe find pleasure and success in doing an unfamiliar task .. or helping another person. If you mix trust in God with reliance on self, your calm demeanor will waver in doubts - But when your security rests in El Elyon - The Most High God - you will show conviction about the promises and Words of Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace. Others will notice that God has inspired your confidence. As they watch you in unexpected ways .. you will grow spiritually, and exhibit an inner peace that you have never had before. People will notice what you have, and you can influence them to learn of Christ. You can build confidence in God by meditating on His Word, knowing who He is, and drawing near to Him through prayer and His Promises - But Be WARNED - we can lose our confidence by focusing on "circumstances" .. the storms of life .. rather than Jesus. By allowing unconfessed sin in our life, and by heeding worldly advice from those of the world.

 


When you rely on God .. He alone will respond to you and your difficulties. Seeking God for guidance ( Jehovah Rohi - Our God Who Shepherds and Guides Us ) .. In turn, you will experience the Holy Spirit’s presence, provision, power and, as a result, spiritual growth. You will, in time be capable of accomplishments far greater than imaginable when your assurance comes from the Lord Our God. Perhaps you will demonstrate a depth of endurance .. while others around you is in an uproar and not at peace. You might receive a leadership position beyond your perceived abilities .. or maybe find pleasure and success in doing an unfamiliar task .. or helping another person. If you mix trust in God with reliance on self, your calm demeanor will waver in doubts - But when your security rests in El Elyon - The Most High God - you will show conviction about the promises and Words of Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace. Others will notice that God has inspired your confidence. As they watch you in unexpected ways .. you will grow spiritually, and exhibit an inner peace that you have never had before. People will notice what you have, and you can influence them to learn of Christ. You can build confidence in God by meditating on His Word, knowing who He is, and drawing near to Him through prayer and His Promises.

But Be WARNED - we can lose our confidence by focusing on "circumstances" .. the storms of life .. rather than Jesus. By allowing unconfessed sin in our life, and by heeding worldly advice from those of the world.

 

 

 


Pursuing Excellence - "So that you may approve the things that are excellent" (Phil. 1:10).

In a world of mediocrity and confusion, God calls you to excellence and discernment. There's the story of a pilot who came on the loudspeaker mid flight and said, "I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is we've lost all our instrumentation and don't know where we are. The good news is we have a strong tail wind and are making great time." That's an accurate picture of how many people live: they have no direction in life but they're getting there fast!


It is simple .. yet so often we miss the mark! Jasus doesn’t want you to "settle for mediocrity" in any area of your life! .. His plan is for you to be victorious and filled with joy each day.No matter what has happened to you in the past .. God, Our Father, through yhe power of the Blood of His Son .. wants you and I .. to pick ourself up and keep going on the path that He leads us .. to ultimate victory. The Bible says that if you will look to God - The Most High God - He will renew your strength and help you soar like an eagle. That’s an amazing promise from an amazing God!  Keep pushing ahead even through the tough times, and you’ll be blessed.

(Isaiah 40:31, KJV) .. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

 


In New Testament times, the city of Philadelphia was strategically located on travel routes between Rome and the east. This made it an important conduit for Greek culture and language. The church there received an exciting opportunity when God planned that the region would become known for a "new export" .. the good news of Jesus Christ .. and Christianity. For the loyal church at Philadelphia, this was a tremendous blessing. In Revelation 3, Jesus Christ acknowledged the congregation’s deeds, which means they must have carried out their work with due diligence and total dependence on God. That community of faith also followed God’s Word and didn't deny His Holy Name .. as did the worldly people who also inhabited the city.

Remember that The Lord Our God - opens doors, not simply for mission organizations and churches, but also for individual believers. A chance to do His will in any area of life must be taken seriously, as His opportunities always lead to the path He has designed for us. Some seem too good to be true, others are cloaked in hardship .. and others defy human reasoning. We need to know how to listen for and discern God’s voice so that we can be certain when it is His hand opening a door.

We all desire that the Lord give us His best for our life .. in our vocation, finances, service, and spiritual growth. So we must build a proven record of faithful obedience, as the Philadelphian church did. When we serve Him with loyalty, humility, and diligence, God will open doors for even greater blessings - The Middle East Is No Exception.

Read Revelation 3:7-10


We all desire that the Lord give us His best for our life .. in our vocation, finances, service, and spiritual growth. So we must build a proven record of faithful obedience, as the Philadelphian church did. When we serve Him with loyalty, humility, and diligence, God will open doors for even greater blessings - The Middle East Is No Exception.

In New Testament times, the city of Philadelphia was strategically located on travel routes between Rome and the east. This made it an important conduit for Greek culture and language. The church there received an exciting opportunity when God planned that the region would become known for a "new export" .. the good news of Jesus Christ .. and Christianity. For the loyal church at Philadelphia, this was a tremendous blessing. In Revelation 3, Jesus Christ acknowledged the congregation’s deeds, which means they must have carried out their work with due diligence and total dependence on God. That community of faith also followed God’s Word and didn't deny His Holy Name .. as did the worldly people who also inhabited the city.

Remember that The Lord Our God - opens doors, not simply for mission organizations and churches, but also for individual believers. A chance to do His will in any area of life must be taken seriously, as His opportunities always lead to the path He has designed for us. Some seem too good to be true, others are cloaked in hardship .. and others defy human reasoning. We need to know how to listen for and discern God’s voice so that we can be certain when it is His hand opening a door.

Read Revelation 3:7-10


If I have to make a "judgement" .. I'd start here:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+1%3A2-11&version=NIRV

If we Seek to have a life that bears scrutiny .. In our society, those whose lives are marked by moral soundness, uprightness, honesty, and sincerity are usually thought of as people of integrity. However, society's standards often fall far short of God's. Spiritual integrity calls for the highest possible standard of behavior and requires supernatural resources available only to those who trust in Him.

Paul's prayer in Philippians 1:9-10 outlines the path to spiritual integrity. It begins with love that abounds with knowledge and discernment (v. 9) and progresses to the pursuit of excellence (v. 10). The result is sincerity and blamelessness—two characteristics of godly integrity. The Greek word translated "sincere" in verse 10 speaks of genuineness and authenticity. It literally means "without wax" and is an allusion to the practice of inspecting pottery by holding it up to the sunlight. In ancient times pottery often cracked during the firing process. Rather than discarding cracked pieces, dishonest dealers often filled the cracks with wax and sold them to unsuspecting customers. Holding a pot up to the sunlight revealed any flaws and protected the customer from a bad purchase.

Following that analogy, biblical integrity requires that you be without wax, having no hypocrisy or secret sins that show up when you're under pressure or facing temptation. "Blameless" speaks of consistency in living a life that doesn't lead others into error or sin. Your standard is the same away from church as it is at church. Being blameless isn't easy in a world that unashamedly flaunts its sinful practices. You must guard against losing your sensitivity to the heinousness of sin and unwittingly beginning to tolerate or even accept the sin that once shocked you. That's when you lose integrity and begin to cause others to stumble.

Let "US" ALL .. be reminded by the Word of Romans 12:19 .. (NIRV) .. 19 My dear friends, don’t try to get even. Leave room for God to show his anger. It is written, “I am the God who judges people. I will pay them back,” (Deuteronomy 32:35) says the Lord.


Hope for the Hopeless
By Dr. Charles Stanley
Do you feel as though God is distant? Sometimes, when we can’t sense His presence, we wonderif He has forgotten us. Some people even believe God is merely a third-party observer and is no longer involved in the world. To them, He set the earth in motion long ago but is now uninterested in our daily lives. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and we are His sheep (John 10). He promised to protect and provide for us, and we misunderstand Him if we think He doesn’t care.

Our spiritual lives are full of highs and lows, valleys and mountaintops. But some people panic, or grow bitter and angry, when they face a disappointing situation. They ask, Where is God? Why hasn’t He answered my prayer? Why is He silent while I’m hurting? Many believers become disillusioned and hopeless. And instead of seeing a valley, they see an endless tunnel with no light at the end.
 


The Death and Resurrection of the Self - A Thinking Man's Prayer For Help.

Read | Matthew 16:24-25

Lord, You said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whosoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”  These words of Yours, these very hard-to-understand words, are even harder to live. Yet I want to live them. I just don’t know how. Part of the problem is that I don’t know what You are asking of me. Part of the problem is that I do. Help me to realize what You are doing in my life, Lord, and how You are doing it. You are changing me into Your likeness—and You are doing it day by day, decision by decision. Thank You for this incremental wonder. And help me, incrementally, to work with You in bringing it about.

And so I ask . . . seek ... and knock

May I feel the weight of that cross on each thought I think, so my thoughts could die and Yours be given life.
May I feel the hardness of its wood over every word I speak so my words could be silenced and yours be heard.
May I feel the roughness of its surface against all I do, so that what I do is what You would do if You were here. Because that is how You are here. Through me. When I am tempted to think more highly of myself than I should, bring to mind that though You existed in the form of God, You did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Yourself—taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in the appearance as a man, You humbled Yourself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross (Phil 2:6-8).
When I am tempted to respond to harsh words by returning the harshness, help me to realize the example You set for me on the cross, that while You were reviled, You did not revile in return; while suffering, You uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Yourself to Him who judges righteously.
When I am tempted to act selfishly, draw me once again to Your cross, where You gave so freely and so fully. To Your executioners, You gave forgiveness. To a thief, paradise. To Your mother, a son.

May I never grow weary of living like that, Lord, seeking rest from the responsibility of that cross, understanding that this dying to self is not a one-time crucifixion but a way of life
 


QUESTION? - Sometimes I ask God about this diverse people in America today?
QUESTION? - Is Jerusalem the home and birthrite of the Jews?
QUESTION? - Is it right to feel demoralised today about DACA, The Wall and the division?
QUESTION? - Is it normal to sit down or get on your knees and weep? Mourn? Fast?
QUESTION? - In today's world is it possible to let your ear be attentive and your eyes open?
QUESTION? - How do I deal with knowing in my "knower" that I have acted wickedly towards My God? [El Hannora The Awesome God]

Nehemiah 1-11

 

 The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah. It happened in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa,  that Hanani, one of my brothers, arrived with some men from Judah. I asked them about the Jews -- those who had escaped and those who survived from the captivity -- and about Jerusalem.

 They replied, 'The survivors remaining there in the province since the captivity are in a very bad and demoralised condition: the walls of Jerusalem are in ruins and its gates have been burnt down.'

 On hearing this I sat down and wept; for some days I mourned, fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

 I said, 'Yahweh, God of heaven -- the great and awe-inspiring God who keeps a covenant of faithful love with those who love him and obey his commandments-  let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to listen to your servant's prayer, which I now offer to you day and night on behalf of your servants the Israelites. I admit the sins of the Israelites, which we have committed against you. Both I and my father's House have sinned;  We have acted very wickedly towards you by not keeping the commandments, laws and rulings which you enjoined on your servant Moses.

 Remember, I beg you, the promise which you solemnly made to your servant Moses, "If you are unfaithful, I shall scatter you among the peoples;  but if you come back to me and keep my commandments and practise them, even though those who have been banished are at the very sky's end, I shall gather them from there and bring them back to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling-place for my name."   Since they are your servants, your people, whom you have redeemed with your mighty power and strong hand,  O Lord, let your ear now be attentive to your servant's prayer and to the prayer of your servants who want to revere your name. I beg you let your servant be successful today and win this man's compassion.' At the time I was cupbearer to the king.

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