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.

Among the sinners who need amazing grace? #MeToo

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This column appeared in the Nov. 18, 2017 issue of The Telegraph.

It has become so popular to call out famous entertainers and politicians for their sins in recent days, it’s becoming difficult to keep up with all the #MeToo accusations.

The avalanche of righteous anger first buried Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced film producer who apparently was a creep to nearly every woman in Hollywood.

The others who’ve been accused of uninvited touches, rude comments and out-right assault range from sports stars to Presidents, from business owners to actors, from Congressmen to comedians. As the comedians would tell us, there’s nothing funny about the charges or the fallout of exposure. As the Bible promised, their sins have found them out!

The #MeToo movement has led to millions of posts on social media. Early on, Facebook reports the hashtag was used by 4.7 million people in 12 million posts during a single 24-hour period!

Announcing the release of our newest book!

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Want to have a really special Christmas?

First of all, find it. As in, discover the incredible cultural and historical setting of the Christmas story. Actually, Luke and Matthew tried to set the stage for us when both of them began their historical record of the birth of Jesus with the political background of the story.

Why haven’t we noticed it before?

Because, frankly, it’s kind of boring to wade through all the history stored away in those dusty, seminary-library books. It’s easier to simply envision the peaceful, picture-perfect scene our Christmas cards have always painted for us.

That’s why Pastor Andy Cook wrote a novel. Here’s the story of Pastor Jim Ricketts, who just couldn’t get inspired for another round of Christmas sermons. In fact, he was burned out on Christmas weeks before the holiday arrived!

Just in the nick of time, he found himself exploring the land of the Bible, discovering all that Luke and Matthew thought he already knew. The impact of the trip was so profound, it was as if he’d found Christmas for the very first time.

At 216 pages, this hardback book is sprinkled with the color photographs you’ve come to expect from Experience Israel Now. If nothing else, the photographs will prove that there’s nothing made-up about the background of “Finally Finding Christmas.”

One more really special detail about this book. We’re sending a portion of every book sold to a great ministry in Jericho, where God is doing a great work through some friends we’ve met there. So this year, the gift of this book is also a gift for Seeds of Hope. Get a copy for yourself … and pass one along to someone you love!

Order your copy now! Rather have “Finally Finding Christmas” via Kindle? Click here!

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