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Using Paul’s olive tree analogy, Gateway Center for Israel's Dr. Wayne Wilks teaches about the theology of Romans 11. He shares how the “grafted-in” (Gentile) and natural (Jewish) branches connect, through the root of covenantal faith, in a healthy, mutually affirming way.
Theology
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Do the complexities of Modern Israel and the Middle East confuse you? While on location in the northern Golan Heights of Israel, Nic Lesmeister summarizes the last century of the region’s dramatic geopolitical history—and why it still has biblical importance today.
Jewish History, Modern Israel
Hanukkah also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the […]
Article
Read or Listen to a dramatized retelling of the EPIC history of Hanukkah and why it is celebrated today!
Jewish History, Jewish Holidays
Audio
What is Hanukkah? Why do the Jewish people celebrate it? What was the Maccabean revolt, and how does all of this connect to scripture? I am going to try to answer all these questions and more in this short explanation. Hold on tight!
Jewish History, Jewish Holidays
Article
Kanye West drew media attention during an interview with Fox News when he claimed that the "true" Jewish race is represented by "the 12 lost tribes of Judah," or, as he stated, "the people known as the race Black." But what did he mean by this controversial statement?
Antisemitism, Theology
Article
Many people struggle to understand God's priority for Israel balanced with God's desire to see all nations saved. Today we dive deep into God's plan for both Jews and Gentiles and what that means for us today.
Antisemitism, Jewish Outreach, Theology
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People fail to realize that the Bible is a book about Jews and Gentiles, or Israel and the Nations. Why did God create these two distinctions? How does this work today? "Gateway Center for Israel" director Nic Lesmeister shares three reasons for this distinction.
Theology
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When Israel was founded in May 1948, estimates say there were only six families of Jewish Israelis who believed in Jesus. Nic Lesmeister from "Gateway Center for Israel" shares what this number has grown to today, and why this should be exciting to Christians.
Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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Jewish religious life can vary from ultra-Orthodox to secular or agnostic. "Gateway Center for Israel" director Nic Lesmeister shares the various Jewish expressions of religion across the spectrum in this video.
Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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When the Apostle Paul said "there is no longer Jew or Gentile" in Galatians 3:28, what did he mean? Do believers in Jesus lose their ethnic distinctions when they put their faith in the Messiah? "Gateway Center for Israel" director Nic Lesmeister describes Paul's vision for "equality with distinction" to help understand this verse.
Theology
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When we say there is “no longer Jew or Gentile” we are quoting scripture but often misrepresenting God’s heart.
Theology
Nic Lesmeister is an American pastor and the Director of "Gateway Center for Israel". Nic received a life calling to serve the Jewish people in 2011 while in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with one of his spiritual fathers, Dr. Wayne Wilks. After a successful business exit as an entrepreneur in the finance sector, Nic moved his family to Israel where in 2015 he earned a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2019, Nic Lesmeister led the vision to create the new "Gateway Center for Israel" as a part of Gateway Church, and serves as its director. Nic and his wife, Tabatha, have three children and live in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.
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In this short teaching, Nic outlines the three Gateway Church priorities for expressing a love and value towards Israel & the Jewish People, and how they can be integrated into any church's culture.
Jewish Outreach, Theology
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Nic Lesmeister, Director "Gateway Center for Israel," explains the term Hebrew term "aliyah." This is the process of a Jewish person immigrating - or returning - to the State of Israel. Find out why this is important for Jews and Christians in this video.
Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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The Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, is a well-known place in the Old City of Jerusalem. But what is it? From where did it come? Why is it important to the Jewish people - and to Christians? Nic Lesmeister from "Gateway Center for Israel" explains.
Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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The Temple Mount in Jerusalem is constantly in the news. But what is the Temple Mount? Nic Lesmeister from "Gateway Center for Israel" shares about the locations of the mosques on the site and how to detangle the complexity of the issue.
Modern Israel
Article
The major Jewish holidays (or feasts) are typically separated into two categories: those in the fall and those in the spring. The first important thing to know is where these holidays originated in the Bible. In Leviticus 23, God details what He calls the “appointed times” (Hebrew: moedim) during the annual Jewish calendar. God knew […]
Jewish Holidays, Jewish Life
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In this video, Sam Arnaud, Associate Pastor of Church and Jewish Relations, shares an update from Helsinki, Finland during a recent trip to Scandinavia with Pastor Jon Dunn. As a French Jewish believer, Sam brings a unique perspective to his role stewarding our Gateway Center for Israel relationships abroad.
Jewish Outreach, Modern Israel
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