Want to bring Israel to your church?

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In the past few days, we’ve taken the Israel-tour experience to Tampa, Savannah, Atlanta and tiny Ambrose Georgia. We love bringing Israel to audiences everywhere.

And with attendance now topping 35,000 in the past 2.5 years, apparently people love Experience Israel Now presentations!

Most — as in 99 percent — of our audiences will never make it to the Middle East to see the land of the Bible for themselves. But in our EIN presentations, the multi-media approach of “bringing Israel” to audiences everywhere is having a phenomenal impact.

In random surveys, we’re finding that people who read the Bible on a regular basis — even on a daily basis — still find what they call “remarkable new insight” to familiar passages after seeing an EIN presentation. Not surprisingly, many of those who see an EIN presentation find themselves seriously considering some kind of life-changing decision based on the challenge from that passage of scripture.

Pastor Andy Cook travels to churches, prisons, schools and businesses sharing what he calls the “secrets” from the ancient paths. These secrets, however, are hidden in plain sight for anyone fortunate enough to travel to Israel … or have Israel come to them.

Click here us for more information about how to book an EIN presentation for your church, school or prison ministry!

He’s small, furry … and in the Bible!

In Proverbs 30, one collection of small creatures takes the spotlight as a lesson for us.

Four things on earth are small,
    yet they are extremely wise:
Ants are creatures of little strength,
    yet they store up their food in the summer;
hyraxes are creatures of little power,
    yet they make their home in the crags;
locusts have no king,
    yet they advance together in ranks;
a lizard can be caught with the hand,
    yet it is found in kings’ palaces. – Proverbs 30:24-28

Feeling a little small and insignificant today? Take this lesson to heart.

Ants are small, but they work together and thrive like few other living things. There are millions of them just a few steps away from where you are, right now. Their homes around your home are incredible!

The hyrax (coney) is a small creature who would be easy prey for most of the meat-eating world. But because it makes its home in the crags of rocky mountains and canyons, he’s safe.

Locusts get amazing things done despite having no political party affiliation. Hmmm … maybe we should pay closer attention, no?

Lizards are quick, a little creepy and definitely hard to catch. Just last week I was assigned the task of trapping the one that had found its way to one of our bathrooms. When I finally caught it, I flushed it down the king’s throne.

Flushed lizards aren’t the lesson of this passage. Instead, it is this: No matter who you are, where you live, how small you might feel or how vulnerable your existence, you can still do great things. Just be the person God designed you to be, live where He wants you to live, and follow His ways.

That’s the message of the ant, lizard, locust … and that chilled-out coney, hiding in the crags.

News media bias on full display as US Embassy moves to Jerusalem

News media coverage of the US Embassy move to Jerusalem has focused as much on violent protests in the Gaza Strip as it has on the peaceful and monumental decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The news coverage today of the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem is nearly as important as the event itself. Millions of people will form an opinion today not on the facts of the situation, but upon the way those facts are presented by national and international news media sources.

Consider:

Many news outlets continue to focus on the Gaza Strip as if the 1 million people who live there are equal partners in decisions made in Israel, by Israel. In plain talk, any non-resident of Israel is not an equal partner with the people who are citizens of Israel. But no doubt, many people watching the news today will assume Palestinians have somehow been unfairly left out of this decision-making process. To make matters more absurd, Israel didn’t make the decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. The United States made that decision. Shall the United States ask the residents of Gaza permission of where we establish an embassy in other countries? Congress voted to move the embassy in 1995. If we’d moved it immediately, we wouldn’t be in this tragic situation today.

By its own choice in 1948, residents in Gaza and the surrounding area separated itself from Israel. Many others did the same thing. But the people of the Gaza Strip have been caught in a complicated trap of maintaining a hatred for Israelis and yet remaining in one of the world’s most crowded and tragic communities on the edge of an ever-prospering Israel. No one seems to know what to do with a people imprisoned by their own boundaries. But this is not Israel’s responsibility.

US Embassy move will be quite the birthday gift for Israel

These war-damaged frames of small armored vehicles alongside Highway 1 are decorated in celebration of Israel’s 70’s birthday. These trucks led the way through the treacherous hills that lead from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 1948.

When tourists visit Israel, one of the first things they are likely to see are four groups of what appear to be junked truck frames alongside the main highway linking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Few people know the story of why the metal frames have been carefully preserved for the last seven decades.

When modern-day Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948, getting supplies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was critically important.

For several months, a small group of Jewish fighters struggled to hold the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City. They were vastly outnumbered and in constant need of food, water, ammunition, medical supplies and new troops. If they were going to survive, it would be because ordinary citizens in Tel Aviv would keep the supply chain moving.

From Israel’s perspective, killing the Iranian “nuclear deal” was the right thing to do

April 30, 2018: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows off 55,000 pages and 183 CDs said to contain documents, photographs and videos of Iranian plans to create nuclear weapons.

When President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he was pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, the criticism from most national and international political leaders and media outlets was loud … and predictable.

Perhaps that’s because most political leaders and news reporters don’t live anywhere near Iran.

It’s a little different in Israel.

“This was amazing …”

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When Pastor Andy Cook visits churches, schools, university campuses, prisons, businesses and home Bible study groups, people learn to expect an amazing experience.

We shouldn’t be surprised that people enjoy “Experience Israel Now” presentations. After all, we’ve all heard the excitement from people who’ve actually visited the land of the Bible. When people return from a trip to Israel, they can’t stop talking about the way the “Bible came to life” for them, or how they simply call it the “trip of a lifetime.”

Unfortunately, only one percent of the people in the average church will ever make it to Israel or any of the other countries where biblical events took place. That’s why EIN “brings Israel” to audiences everywhere! Using virtual-tour technology, Pastor Andy is able to teach the same lessons in any environment that he also teaches while leading tour groups in Israel. There is no other ministry quite like this one … anywhere.

Each year, EIN holds an end-of-the-year campaign to help keep the ministry going. This year’s $30,000 goal represents about 20 percent of the annual costs of bringing the images from the land of the Bible to audiences everywhere.

Want to help us reach at least 15,000 people in 2018? Click here to learn more!

Moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem is long overdue

For the first time in 19 centuries, Jerusalem is controlled by Jewish forces. Jewish families can gather at the Western Wall in peace, even as Muslims gather for prayers on the Temple Mount above them.

For the first time in 19 centuries, Jerusalem is controlled by Jewish forces. Jewish families can gather at the Western Wall in peace, even as Muslims gather for prayers on the Temple Mount above them.

Let’s cut straight to the heart of the “peace process” in Israel.

If there’s ever going to be a successful “two-state” solution in Israel, the Palestinians, the Arab countries around Israel and the United Nations are going to have to admit that Israel is one of those two states.

Gifts for the Bible-lover in your life

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The biggest breakthrough in study Bibles since 1985!

As Christmas approaches, you’ll no doubt be looking for gift ideas for family members and friends. If you’ve got a Bible-lover in your life, we’ve got some suggestions!

Pastor Andy Cook likes to tell people that the first major breakthrough in modern-day study Bibles came in 1985 with the release of Zondervan’s NIV Study Bible. Most serious readers of the Bible will already have a copy of that study Bible, probably in one of its more recent editions. Since that classic study Bible was published, there have been dozens of others published by a variety of publishers.

But the next major breakthrough – again, according to Pastor Andy – is the Cultural Background Study Bible, released in 2016.  Here you’ll have a massive 2,400 pages of the NIV text, incredible text notes, color photography, charts, articles and more. Weighing in at more than 4 pounds, you should be able to find this Bible for under $40.