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What should a Christian's response be towards those who are Palestinian or pro-Palestinian? Gateway Ministry Experience Pastor Phillip Hunter takes several questions along this line from the TKU Israel Q&A student audience on this topic for Gateway Center for Israel's Nic Lesmeister and David Blease to tackle. Their answers include what it means to show compassion towards those we may never agree with, and how to be a bridge of love to those who are hurting and suffering on the Palestinian side of the current war.
Antisemitism, Interviews, Jewish Life, Modern Israel, Theology
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Is it possible for Christians to "stand for Israel" and love Palestinian believers as well? During the TKU Center for Israel Q&A, Gateway Ministry Experience Pastor Phillip Hunter poses this question. In their answer, Nic and David define the theological "scandal of particularity" and how Christians can indeed love both in a world that demands we choose a side.
Antisemitism, End Times, Interviews, Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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Is this current war between Hamas and Israel different in some way from the other military conflicts Israel has had in the past? How does the second coming of Jesus fit into this scenario? In this TKU Center for Israel Q & A session hosted by Gateway Ministry Experience Pastor Phillip Hunter, Nic and David explore a biblical view of the current war and offer insight into how Christians should respond and pray into this simple yet complex situation.
End Times, Interviews, Modern Israel, Theology
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Wasn't Israel's Old Testament covenant with God replaced by Jesus' "new covenant" with the whole world? In this second video of the TKU Q & A session conducted by Gateway Ministry Experience Pastor Phillip Hunter, Nic and David discuss how and where God's covenantal promises can be found in the New Testament - and why it's defaming God's character to claim He broke His covenant with Israel.
Interviews, Jewish Outreach, Lecture, Theology
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Gateway Ministry Experience Pastor Phillip Hunter recently conducted a Q & A with Gateway Center for Israel's Nic Lesmeister and David Blease at The King's University. In this introductory session, they give a short biblical and historical overview of the Jewish people, spanning from Abraham to modern day Israel.
Interviews, Jewish History, Lecture, Modern Israel
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Did a frustrated Paul, famously known as the "Apostle to the Gentiles," actually give up on his own Jewish people? Gateway Center for Israel Executive Director Nic Lesmeister unpacks in this video how certain verses in Acts 18-21 have been historically misinterpreted - and how they prove instead that Paul continued to prioritize his ministry "to the Jew first."
Jewish Outreach, Theology
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Ari Waldman, lead rabbi at Baruch Ha Shem Messianic Congregation in Dallas, Texas, shares what it is like to be a second-generation Messianic Jewish believer during this informative (and humorous) interview with Gateway Center for Israel Teaching Pastor David Blease. Topics include the cultural differences between Gentile and Jewish believers, what to expect at a weekly Messianic Jewish service, and the number one truth Rabbi Waldman wishes Christians would understand about Jewish people.
Interviews, Jewish Outreach, Modern Israel, Theology
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Did Jesus, born a Jewish man, stop being Jewish and just start a new religion? What about Paul, the "Apostle to the Gentiles?" Did he abandon his Jewish life? Watch this conversation between Gateway Center for Israel Teaching Pastor David Blease and Executive Director Nic Lesmeister as they take a deep dive on the topic of the Jewishness of Jesus - and why it still matters today.
Interviews, Jewish Outreach, Theology
How you impacted Israel in 2023 In 2023, 100% of your donations to bless Israel & the Jewish people were distributed to 83 different Gateway partners in 15 countries around the world. Especially in a year when Israel suffered its worse crisis since its founding in 1948, it is so important for you to know […]
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Watch this informative conversation between David Blease and Israel Pochtar, Pastor of Beit Hallel Congregation in Israel. As a pastor in the land, within earshot of rockets and explosions in Gaza, Pastor Israel shares the reality of living in a war-zone, the loss of a member of their congregation, and gives insightful perspective to western believers who feel far from the war. Whether next door or across an ocean, our faith brings us together in Yeshua.
Antisemitism, Interviews, Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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Traditionally, scholars have held the position that Jesus spoke Aramaic, NOT Hebrew - but is this truly accurate? And why would many Christian experts be so unsettled by the idea that He did? In this "Ask Us Anything" video, Gateway Center for Israel Teaching Pastor David Blease examines the historical and scriptural evidence for a Hebrew-speaking Jesus.
Jewish History, Theology
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Scott Volk (Together for Israel) shares a fascinating conversation with David Blease (Gateway Center for Israel) about the importance of viewing Israel, the apple of God's eye, through a biblical lens. Using Scripture and his own testimony, Scott explains why the vital "Israel piece" should be a priority for any church or ministry, which will set the stage for Jesus' eventual second coming.
Interviews, Theology
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What does the Bible mean by the phrase "provoke Israel to jealousy?" Did the nation of Israel only serve as a messenger for God's Word? How do our God-given identities differ from His assignments for our lives? In this interview, Gateway Center for Israel's David Blease and Jewish Voice Ministries International's Ezra Benjamin examine the answers and the result: a mutual blessing and unity between Jewish and Gentile believers that will fulfill God's ultimate redemptive purposes on earth.
Interviews, Jewish Outreach
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In this video, Gateway Center for Israel Teaching Pastor David Blease interviews German pastor Gerhard Roettger. Growing up in an antisemitic home with a Nazi father, Gerhard shares how the love of God changed his heart and the trajectory of his future, and gave him an amazing love for Israel & the Jewish people.
Antisemitism, Interviews, Jewish Life, Jewish Outreach, Modern Israel
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In this podcast, Nic Lesmeister and David Blease with Gateway Center for Israel try and simplify some of the complex points of Israel's history that have led to today's current events. Topics touched on in their conversation include the secular founding of the modern State of Israel, the Arab world's view of Palestinians, the legitimacy of a Palestinian state, what the West fails to understand about the Middle East, and why the Jewish people have been historically hated down through the centuries.
Interviews, Jewish History, Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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NOTE: The following was recorded on 09/26/2023, just 11 days before war broke out in Israel on 10/7/2023. Watch this informative interview by Teaching Pastor, David Blease, with Gateway Center for Israel as he sits down with Guy and Ilya, two young Jewish Israeli believers in Jesus, who discuss what it was like growing up in Israel. They compare the differing cultural and theological perspectives of believers in the Land vs. those of the Western church, talk about the mutual need Jewish and Gentile believers have for one other, and share the miraculous way God brings unity between Arabs and Israelis through His son, Jesus.
Antisemitism, Interviews, Jewish Life, Jewish Outreach, Modern Israel
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If Paul "converted" on the road to Damascus, what did he convert FROM - or TO? While a self-proclaimed "Apostle to the Gentiles," Paul did not abandon his Judaism, but rather had a life-changing encounter with the Jewish Messiah. Teaching Pastor David Blease with Gateway Center for Israel explains how this faulty concept has led to persecution (and even death) of Jewish people for centuries, and an erroneous theology that is still found in churches today.
Jewish History, Jewish Outreach, Theology
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With worldwide antisemitism on the rise, it is more important than ever for Christians to take a biblical stand for Israel & the Jewish people. But Is it possible we have missed a crucial warning written in the book of Romans by the Apostle Paul?
Antisemitism, Modern Israel
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Do Christians miss a key component of the Bible's message when we skip over parts we don't think apply to us - such as God's land covenant with Abraham? Teaching Pastor David Blease, Gateway Center for Israel, emphasizes the importance of God's promises about the physical land of Canaan (modern day Israel) to the Jewish people, and how this promise is also a very real part of our future.
Jewish History, Jewish Life, Modern Israel, Theology
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How did the brilliant and brave theologian Martin Luther, a hero of the Protestant faith, turn from being a loving advocate of the Jewish people to spewing hateful antisemitic rhetoric near the end of his life? What happened to cause such a drastic change of heart? Gateway Center for Israel's David Blease shares the shocking story of Martin Luther and how his choices affected history.
Antisemitism, Theology
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As a follower of Jesus, do you ever feel helpless about how to effectively pray and support Israel? Gateway Center for Israel Executive Director, Nic Lesmeister, unpacks a seemingly basic yet biblical method that guarantees profound results.
End Times, Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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