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The Bible says:

“destroy your enemies by becoming friends” (Matthew 5: 43 – 48). Let’s have tea and work toward a peaceful Israel-Palestine. If it’s possible there, it’s possible everywhere.

Yes, to Life, to Rule of Law, to Solidarity …

"YES, TO LIFE," says Saint Pope John Paul II in his Papal Message selected for today. Respect life itself and individual lives: everything starts here, for the most fundamental of human rights is certainly the right to life. Everyone deserves to be happy. Everybody...

Pastor and Leadership Conference, Melbourne FL

1:00 PM to 1:15 PM Welcome with Prayer Invoking God’s Presence              Pastor T. Timothy McClure, Jr. “Abraham … A Life and a Land Without Borders” Abraham A. van Kempen 1:15 PM to 3:45 PM What does the Bible say about the Holy Land? The Holy Land Today. The...

Finding Gold with Faith in God …

Saint Pope John Paul II says in “Finding the Gold in the Soil on Which We Stand:”                “The spectacular thing about God's hidden power is that it makes us grow and flourish where He has planted us.                He invites us to be big in the small things...

Abraham … A Life Without Borders

              “Do not oppress a stranger; you yourselves know how it feels to be a stranger [literally, “you know the soul of a stranger”], because you were strangers in Egypt” (Exodus 22: 21).” Revere the Stranger! It’s the Law. Our...

A Peace Plan That Does Not Bring Peace

               “If one in our times is tempted by false myths, he or she has no eye for the living riches and the hope hidden in creation, the wonderful gift of divine providence for all mankind.”  Saint Pope John Paul II In support of Craig Murray’s article, “Trump’s...

Hope and Trust … Not Alone Amid the Enigmas of Existence

Saint Pope John Paul II concluded his Papal Address, delivered to the United Nations on Thursday, 5 October 1995, with: “We must not be afraid of the future. We must not be afraid of humankind. It is no accident that we are here. Each and every human person has been...

The One God with Many Names …

Jesus Christ, according to Christians, is God. The New Testament refers to Jesus Christ as “the name that is above every name” (Philippians 2:9). In Judaism, God’s name (among many others) is Eloah, mentioned 57 times in the Old Testament. The Arabic sound-alike of...

Might is Right? Sometimes!

Since my teenage years, I’ve been hearing about peace. I still am hopeful. But, frankly, I’m skeptical. By nature, I’m optimistic. But I have come to view peace talks with, uncharacteristic, cynicism. Is Trump’s peace deal different from all the others? In 1956,...

FAKE Peace … Around-Around-Around the Merry-Go-Round!

What can the world expect from Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century?’ Ask Palestine! How does Trump’s Deal compare to: Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Madrid, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, Vienna, Paris, Bahrain, and …? Lots and...

Toward a Beloved Community* …

Clearly, the United States has failed in spawning any form of sustainable peace accords. Europe is still trying but is stuck to its historical and hysterical ruts. The Arab Peace Initiative has merits, but the Saudis lack credibility. Could Iran galvanize the world to...

A Salute to Father Time …

Each day, within our short lifetimes, each one of us makes the choice of being good, bad, or ugly. Our choice defines who we are (*Page 121; Kindle Location 2379). In the Hourglass, Saint Pope John Paul II says: “Time belongs to God.” In case there is any question...

 

Guest Blog

By Yumna Patel I February 3, 2020

Understanding the Trump ‘Deal of the Century’: what it does, and doesn’t say

 After years of anticipation that began on US President Donald Trump’s campaign trail in 2016, the “Deal of the Century” was finally unveiled last week to Israeli fanfare and Palestinian outrage.

The 181-page plan, complete with conceptual maps, proposed land transfers, and economic incentives, touched on a number of the critical issues surrounding the Israeli Palestinian conflict for decades.

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Twitter I April 22, 2019

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RT 972mag ““Israel is increasingly restricting movement between Gaza and the West Bank so as to deepen the separation between Palestinians torn between parts of the occupied Palestinian territory,” according to Gisha_Access.

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“the decision is based on political considerations…and the limitations are part of Israel’s “separation policy,” which seeks to widen the divide between geographically disconnected Palestinian

Guest Blog

By Benny Gantz I January 2, 2020

Israel needs unity, not immunity

Netanyahu should have assured Israel that the country is more important than any person’s job; instead, he is perverting the rule of law.

These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts” (Zachary 8:16).

Yesterday was a difficult day for the State of Israel. And a sad day for me, personally.
I spent 38 years in uniform, fighting for this country.  I went into politics because I care about the course that this country is taking. 

 

Guest Blog

By Steven Paas I April 9, 2019

Looking for the Brothers and Sisters of Jesus: Challenging the Ideas of Israelism (including Christian Zionism and Replacement Theology)

This article is meant as an introduction to Dr. Rob Dalrymple’s These Brothers of Mine, 1 The author of that book is a Presbyterian minister in California and a member of an Evangelical Network, which looks for peace and justice in the Middle East. The book contributes to the debate in the Christian world about the relationship between Israel and the Church. 

An Open Letter To My Fellow American, Civil Servant Jared Kushner

Guest Blog

By Sam Bahour I July 4, 2019

An Open Letter To My Fellow, Civil Servant Jared Kushner

From one American to another: Get out of the car. Go home.

The White House today finally released the much-anticipated economic plan of what the Trump administration has infamously coined “the deal of the century.” This release is being made days before the planned economic workshop called for in Bahrain on June 25 and 26. The Economic Plan is three parts: a website, which has an executive summarya 40-page narrative of the plan, and a 96-page detailed listing of the programs and projects of Peace to Prosperity. I just read them all.