What You’ll Hear:
The Jewish community does not have consensus on the question “Who is a Jew”
In “Jews for Jesus” from a messianic perspective, a Jewish person is someone who is a physical descendant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We define being Jewish as an ethnicity
According to the Bible, if your father was Jewish you were Jewish
Over times, the Rabbis changed that law so that your mother being Jewish made you Jewish. This was in response to rape and pillaging of the Jewish people and to preserve the ability to identify their people
If someone is a Jew you’re referring to ethnicity (the bloodline, like hardware). If someone practices some of the Jewish faith or culture, anyone can do that (like software).
The Jewish culture varies in different countries
Referring to the Jewish people as “Jews” may be fine or derogatory depending on the context
The 3 main branches of Judaism are Orthodox (most conservative), Conservative, and Reformed (most liberal).
Orthodox Jews believe in the inerrancy of scripture and the oral law (the Talmad, the rabinical interpretation of the Hebrew scriptures). They believe in the coming Messiah and the resurrection of the dead. Within Orthodox there are sub-groups of modern Orthodox, strict Orthodox, and the ultra-Orthodox (the Hasidim).
A Reformed Jewish person would not believe in the Messiah as a person. They would not believe in the miracles of the Bible. There are even athiestic and humanistic synagogues that do not believe in God. There are a large group of Jewish people who follow Buddhaism (called JewBus) and New Age.
As the culture has shifted, there has been a deterioration between these 3 branches and in the beliefs of each
Judaism didn’t morphe significantly until after the Temple was destroyed in 70AD.
A Yamaka (Yittish) and Kippah (Hebrew) are two names for a skull cap or head covering for men
Jewish people tend to vote democrat due to justice issues
The general sentiment in our culture and in Jewish culture is whatever makes you happy and that impacts the Pro-life issue.
A bar mitzvah is when a boy reaches age 13 (bat mitzvah for a girl). The ceremony is only about 400 years old. The essential elements of the ceremony is they spend a year or longer learning Hebrew. The Torah is broken into 54 portions, so you find the portion associated with the week of your birthday and you learn to chant that in Hebrew. You give a sermonette on the Torah portion you’re chanting on and what it means to be a man (or woman). Then you have the party.
For most boys their life doesn’t change that much as a result of the bar mitzvah
What You’ll Hear:
- Art Lindsley in 4th grade at a summer camp committed his life and felt forgiveness and closeness to the Lord
- He got a BS in Chemistry, a Master of Divinity and PhD in Religious Studies. He worked at the Ligonier Valley Studies Center with R.C. Sproul for 6 years as Director for Educational Initiatives and for 25 years at the C.S. Lewis Institute partly as President and has been at The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics for 6 years
- In his book “For the Least of These – A Biblical Answer to Poverty”, he talks about the poverty industry and quotes from the book “Toxic Charity”, Bob Lupton saying “You give once you elicit appreciation, you give twice you create anticipation, you give 3 times you create expectation, you give 4 times it becomes entitlement, you give 5 times you establish dependency”
- The book “Dead Aid” essentially states that the U.S. ought to stop giving Africa aid as a long term solution. 85% of the aid has gone to a place other than which it was intended.
- A great film “Poverty Inc.” talks about the need for a new paradigm dealing with poverty. There is often a missing small/medium business in these countries.
- In one case, some in Hollywood sent 100,000 miscuito nets which drove the local African business out of business
- In Deuteronomy when it said “you’ll always have the poor” it meant we’ll never have an excuse for not helping the poor
- The best way to help the poor is to help affirm their dignity as image bearers of God and give them an opportunity to apply their gifts
- Peter Greer from Hope International asked some poor people how they defined poverty, the answers almost 100% did not deal with money
- In 1800, 85% were living in desperate poverty, in 1950 50%, in 1992 25%, in 2007 15%, now 10%, almost solely through enterprise
- Any attempt by government has to take into account that the ultimate goal is to empower people
- Government, non-profits, and business all have a role
- In almost every case he would prefer the church rather than government help the poor
- About 30% of what you give to the government goes to help the poor, about 30% with a non-profit goes to help the poor
- In the past, the church did take the responsibility of helping the poor
- In his book “Counting the Cost: A Christian Perspective on Capitalism”, he found an argument against abuse is not an argument against use
- In Lindsley’s book about C.S. Lewis, he wrote that Lewis as a young boy had a problem with prayer and quit praying because he found it inadequate. Lewis found that just because something is old or something from the past that it is wrong. He also struggled with the problem of evil. He found that if evil is real, there had to be a sufficient basis for it.
- A discussion between Lewis and Tolkien about myths made a big impact on Lewis. Lewis found a contradiction between his reason and his imagination.
- From his book “Love The Ultimate Apologetic”, 2 of the major worldviews that standpoint against Christianity, Atheism (all is natural) and Eastern Religion (all is spiritual) provide no basis for love. The path to love
- Work – Jesus was a small business-man for about 20 years and was noted in His field for being excellent at what He did and He spent 3 years in ministry. It must be OK to be in business and to work with your hands.
- Work-life balance – we’re called to be faithful in every area of our lives (God, church, family, work, health). No one area is to drive out the others. There should be a compatibility between these things. There’s always a way to make time for everything if you work with your schedules.
- Our ultimate purpose from Genesis is to work. Because of the Fall, we have alienation from the creation (our work). We are to reverse the effect of sin through redemption including work. Work is valuable in and of itself. Most people don’t fully grasp that. One professor said there are times when it’s immoral to share the Gospel at work. We don’t just work to share the Gospel or to make money. The primary purpose of work is to be faithful with the gifts God has given us.
- Life verses: Eph 6:10, Matthew 18:21, Psalm 130
- For work commute, listen to the Bible, sermons, 20 hour long lectures called “The Basic Apologetics Course” on Youtube and the website, podcasts on the website
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tifwe.org
What You’ll Hear:
- Dr. Damon Friedman had good people in his life who talked about Jesus and he even understood Jesus as Lord but hadn’t embraced Him as his personal savior. He was born and raised in LA. His Mom was born in Puerto Rico.
- He got a full scholarship to college for running but then he dropped out. In his sophomore year in college he accepted Jesus as his personal savior but didn’t grow spiritually.
- He graduated with honors with a double major in psychology and criminal social justice
- His biological father was very abusive physically and emotionally
- His single Mom got government support and Damon joined the military to give back. He was impressed by a marine who approached him and so he served with the Marines for 5 years and then went into Air Force Special Op’s.
- He founded SOF (Shield of Faith) Missions, based on Eph 6. They have 3 initiatives 1) Creating awareness through film 2) Provide support through groups and education 3) Intensive care (also called the Surrender Project)
- In 2010 he was deployed and his life was a mess. He was fighting without sleep for 72 hours. He promised to serve the Lord and God saved Damon
- Committing your life to Christ shares some similarities to when someone commits to serve in the military
- We need to do something about the vets and active duty military who are killing themselves
- The film was the idea of someone he met from Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusade. They filmed where American Sniper was filmed in the dessert.
- The film is the main weapon to capture people’s attention. Their focus initially is vets but intend to also help first responders, etc.
What You’ll Hear:
- Ken was picked on in grade school
- He found he could sing well and found success recording and performing, and was going to tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Almond Brothers and was going to enter into a contract with Dick Clark
- In May 19, 1970 he was told by a Pastor that music was his god and he gave up his band and gave his life to Christ
- From that band, 2 guys died tragically, 2 went to prison, and 3 became Christian
- He had to admit to his wife that he had been committing adultery for 3-1/2 years. His wife Linda forgave him and never brought it up again, something Ken calls the greatest miracle of his life.
- The one thing Ken wanted more than anything was to be a communicator. Those dreams that had been in the dark were brought to the light
- Those days were Ken’s seminary. He thought he should go to seminary but didn’t want to. Someone told him that he was going to the seminary of life. She said that God was looking for people that can prove the Gospel by applying the truths of God to the laboratory of life.
- Ken had a vision of having land. It took 16 years until they purchased 52 acres of land. His 8 year old son Jonathan watched Ken walk this land and later Jonathan went to YWAM and returned wanting to join Ken in his ministry.
- They’ve used what they’ve had and paid cash for everything. 2 years ago, Ken turned the ministry over to his son Jonathan. They have a group called The Cageless Birds.
- All of Ken’s children have gone past him
- Ken’s wife was diagnosed with cancer in 1976 and had no plans for any more children and planned for a hysterectomy. A man prophesied to him that Ken would have a son who would write songs for his generation that would go over all the world.
- Ken prayed over his wife and she was healed and they then had Jonathan.
- Last year Jonathan’s song “No Longer a Slave to Fear” was given a Dove Award and gone all over the world.
- The key to relationship is communication. Isaiah 55:3 said “Hear and your soul shall live”. He read that while smoking dope and doing yoga. Ken sought someone who could help him hear from God.
- Ken learned that in everything God has a voice. He spokes mostly through scripture. Francis Assisi says creation is God’s second book.
- You have to ask God to speak to you. God wants to speak to us more than we want to hear.
- One reason people don’t want to hear from God is they’re afraid of what He’ll say because they have the wrong image of God.
- Oswald Chambers said “The Christian life is authenticated when the indwelling Spirit applies the principles of Christ to the particular circumstances in which you and I are placed”. Ken said ” I don’t think I hate anything more than my own hypocrisy”
- “The willingness to be wrong in order for God to be right is a humongous key to life”
- The hardest person to be authentic with is ourself
- “To answer before listening is folly and shame” – Proverbs 18:13
- “I need Jesus more than I’ve ever needed Him”
- One day God asked Ken “Why do you keep trying to outgrow your need for Me?”
- “You’re most blessed when you’re most needy”
- The most pain a human being can ever suffer is rejection. The worst thing you can do is to hold onto bitterness and unforgiveness.
- “Anything you do that does not flow out of a heart of worship you do out of your flesh”
- Favorite verse Psalm 37:4 and Philippians 2
- “The key to discipline is desire”
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