Texans for Israel is hosting a lecture series and you are invited! The seminar, which will take place Thursday, May 22 at Happy State Bank downtown, will examine the people and land of Israel, the redemption of Zion, and how this nation will affect the future of our time.
The nation of Israel was, and still is, a geographical hub of the spiritual world. Our Jewish brothers and sisters are a powerful source of faith, and if we join forces with them, we, too, can hold an integral part in the future of God’s kingdom.
Toby Janicki, a member of the First Fruits of Zion, author and a second-generation Messianic Gentile believer, will be the keynote speaker. This educational seminar will focus on how Zionism can bring people from all over the world together as one. Israel has made outstanding strides toward the redemption, beginning with it becoming the Modern State of Israel in 1948. The first fruits of the redemption were born in Israel, but the redemption will spread across the four corners of the earth.
Please RSVP and join us this Thursday and welcome Toby Janicki, and special musical guest and worship leader, Troy Mitchell. Be sure to check out Troy’s debut album, “Yoke of the King!”
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Hosted by: Texans For Israel - Texans For Israel Lecture Series
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When: May 22; Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and event starts at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Patterson Auditorium, Happy State Bank, 701 S. Taylor St., Amarillo, TX 79101
The Auditorium is located below the Happy State Bank parking garage at Southeast Eighth Avenue and Fillmore Street in downtown Amarillo. The garage entrance is near the intersection of Southeast Eighth Avenue and Fillmore Street.
All these years that I have been a part of CUFI, I have come to think of the organization as family. I have met so many wonderful souls, both Jews and Gentiles. One of the greatest individuals I have met through my experiences with CUFI is Lee Wunsch, the President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Lee has been in this position for 15 years, which is incredible.
Before coming into his current position, Lee was the COO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. All in all, he has been part of the Jewish Federation since 1987. Before that, Lee lent his efforts to Sachnowitz and Co., Hospital Corporation of America and the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization. He holds a degree in political science from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Houston and a Certificate in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College.
So how do I know Lee, and what does he have to do with Christians United for Israel? The past five years Lee and I have been friends thanks to CUFI. In addition, Lee and I both received Lovers of Israel Awards from our friends at The Land of Israel.com, Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz.
I am so honored to call Lee a friend, and I love a recent article he posted on Around The Jewish World about why Christians support Israel. I hope you will read it and share with many of your friends.
Remember, Amarillo’s first Night to Honor Israel will be this Sunday at the Amarillo Civic Center. May it honor the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! Amen!
Texans for Israel has received close to 100 phone calls and emails inquiring about Amarillo’s first Night to Honor Israel. Now, especially, are the people of the Texas Panhandle getting excited to welcome Christians United for Israel to our part of the country.
When you think of Amarillo, you don’t automatically think we have a predominant Jewish community here. However, we do have many people that support and love our brothers and sisters in Israel. Why do we love the land of Israel? I’ll tell you why.
That little country that’s always in the news means a lot to many of us out here. Israel is so small that I once heard it could fit into the State of Texas 33.55. times! Don’t quote me on that though!
Here in West Texas, we love our land and we love guns. But most of all, we love the Lord, the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. West Texans are a self-reliant bunch, independent and hard workers. We cultivated this land from scratch.
If you have ever visited Israel, you know our Jewish brothers and sisters are the same!
Why was Texans for Israel started?
Texans for Israel was created because a group of Texans wanted to bless Israel and our Jewish brothers and sisters. When we saw that these people were in need, we found ways that G-d could get us to serve Israel.
Part of our job at Texans for Israel is to tell the story of Israel, introduce our Jewish brothers to tell their story to our Gentile friends, to raise awareness and also to be a Watchman on the Wall. Israel has many enemies and we are here to protect them, encourage them, and be there when they need us.
Texans for Israel members have also been part of CUFI since the beginning. We are just one of the millions of people and organizations that have stood with all our CUFI friends.
We are so proud and excited that Pastor John Hagee made the decision to come to Amarillo for the first Night to Honor Israel, taking place May 18, 2014 at the Amarillo Civic Center. We hope there will be many more in the future! Many of us have prayed for years for this event and only G-d could have pulled such a great event off.
I believe Amarillo and the Panhandle of Texas is in for a great blessing. A group of us pray every Friday morning for this event, and we have asked the God of Israel be the host and coordinator of this event. We think He has great plans for Amarillo's first Night to Honor Israel, the community of Amarillo and everyone who attends.
Please take a few moments to watch this video about 24 Hours in Israel!
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Passover and Easter have come and gone, spring and warm weather has begun — life is good! There is yet another great thing for Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle on the horizon. It’s A Night To Honor Israel, taking place May 18, 2014 at the Amarillo Civic Center. Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), and David Brog, the executive director of CUFI, will both be in attendance. Pastor Hagee will also be the keynote speaker.
When does A Night To Honor Israel In Amarillo Take Place?
Amarillo’s first Night To Honor Israel begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday May 18. Doors of the Civic Center will open at 5 p.m.
We at Texans for Israel hope that Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle will see the vision of CUFI and understand why this groundbreaking organization was born. Texans for Israel has prayed for years that Amarillo would be the host of A Night To Honor Israel, and our prayers have finally been answered. We are forever grateful to Pastor Hagee for allowing our city to be a part of this amazing event.
How do I attend A Night To Honor Israel in Amarillo?
If you would like to attend A Night To Honor Israel, learn more about this event or find out how you can contribute, please call Texans for Israel at 512-666-4834 and sign up for our newsletter. We hope to see you at the Civic Center on May 18!
Last night, we at Texans for Israel celebrated Passover. From one end of the room to the other, we were surrounded by friends who had never attended a Passover Seder. My wonderful brother in the Lord and friend, Andrew Summey, flew in from Dallas to be our leader.
I am here to report to you that we had the most amazing Passover Seder and probably. It was one of the most exciting, educational nights I’ve experienced. I think you could talk to most of the friends that were there and they would say it was a life-changing experience.
It did not hurt that we had Psagot wine from Israel and Matza from Jerusalem! Most of us also stayed up to watch the Great Show that G-d gave us this morning of the first of four blood moons! What a beautiful end to a great evening!
Join us for a Night to Honor Israel in Amarillo, Texas. May 18th, 2014. Save the date!
Texans for Israel would like to invite you the TFI Friday Club. Beginning April 4 and running through May, we at Texans for Israel would like to gather the community and pray for the success of Amarillo’s Night to Honor Israel, which will take place May 18, 2014.
What Is Friday Club?
Texans for Israel recently had the idea to create a morning for all to come together and pray for this wonderful event that is coming to Amarillo, A Night to Honor Israel. Started by Christians United for Israel decades ago, this event is held all over the nation. We are so excited that Amarillo will be added to that list this May. It is truly an honor and blessing that we are able to host such an event!
At Friday Club, guests can pray together for the people of Amarillo, our brothers and sisters in Israel, and how A Night to Honor Israel will bring us all together.
When is Friday Club?
Friday Club is from 7-8 a.m. at 619. S. Tyler. We will provide fresh coffee and doughnuts. Please come to the outside stairs by OHMS in downtown Amarillo and go down the stairs to the basement. If you have any questions, please call 512-666-4834.
And don’t forget! Amarillo’s first Night to Honor Israel is Sunday, May 18th at the Amarillo Civic Center. Spread the word and let’s make this an event to remember!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Peace. It is a big word with an even larger meaning. This year people from all over the world will gather in Washington, D.C. to discuss what that word means for Israel and the world at large at the 2014 CUFI Washington Summit.
When Does The 2014 CUFI Washington Summit Take Place?
From July 20th to July 22nd, 2014, Christians and Jews will come together at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center to discuss the road behind, the road ahead, and the obstacles that are standing in the way of viable solutions to peace within the Middle East.
The conference is being organized by Christians United For Israel and has been timed to coincide with the conclusion of temporary Iranian nuclear deal. The timing is crucial as it is important that the Obama administration understands that it must not make a permanent "bad deal" this summer which would leave Israel and many other nations vulnerable to a nuclear armed Iranian state. Indeed, it is imperative for Christians and Jews the world over to recognize that our voices are all that stand between Iran and a nuclear weapon.
Who Is Speaking at the 2014 CUFI Washington Summit?
The world is fortunate that many influential leaders recognize this fact and are tirelessly working to keep the pressure on the White House and other governments. To that end the CUFI Summit is honored to have the following speakers presenting:
Ron Dermer - Israeli Ambassador to the United States
Charles Krauthammer - Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and FOX News contributor
Dennis Prager - Radio talk show host and author of Why the Jews and The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism.
James Woolsey - Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Bill Kristol - Editor of The Weekly Standard
Elliott Abrams - Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush
Bret Stephens - Foreign-Affairs columnist for The Wall Street Journal
John Hagee - National Chairman of CUFI
Malcolm Hoenlein - Executive Vice-Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Gary Bauer - Under Secretary of Education and Chief Domestic Policy Adviser in President Reagan's Administration
Throughout the course of the conference there will be plenty of opportunities to hear these individuals speak and provide their insights into the problems facing Israel and the ways in which peaceful solutions can be found. There will also be ample opportunities to meet many of the speakers and to ask them your questions directly. Thus, this is your best opportunity to get up close and personal with the leaders who are working to facilitate real peace within the Middle East.
What Will Be Discussed at the 2014 CUFI Washington Summit?
There will also be many opportunities for you learn how to become involved by contacting our elected leaders on Capitol Hill. These sessions will be informational, educational, and potentially the most important meetings you will ever attend. If you are tired of sitting on the bench and watching others play on the field, this is your opportunity to learn how you can suit up and make a difference in the Middle Eastern peace process and the prevention of nuclear weapons proliferation within the region.
For more information about the CUFI Washington Summit, contact Texans for Israel by calling us at 512-666-4834. We will be happy to provide you more details, answer your questions, and give you suggestions on ways you can become involved in bringing Christians and Jews together so that Israel's future, and indeed the world's, will be brighter and free of the threat of nuclear conflict.
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Few cities on earth are as historic or diverse as the little town of Bethlehem in the West Bank. It is home to Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike and is among the holiest destinations in the world for Christians. In fact, if no border existed you could travel from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (pictured at right) to the world's holiest Muslim destination, the Dome of the Rock, in just over 15 minutes. Sadly, that border and the reasons for its existence are changing the city and affecting its future.
How Has Bethlehem Changed?
What should be a city of peace and harmony resembles more of a highly guarded compound these days. Many businesses and homes are hidden behind high security walls and strong fences designed to keep onlookers and visitors away. They appear to be working as tourism to Bethlehem continues to decline and more and more Christian pilgrims and tourists choose to stay away and instead opt to visit other cities of historical religious significance. In the past few years, 50 restaurants, 28 hotels, and more than 240 souvenir shops have closed their doors as fewer tourists arrive to support them.
What Are The Demographics of Bethlehem?
Further, the changing demographics of the city show that it is a trend that is likely to continue. As recently as 1948, up to 85% of Bethlehem was Christian; today that number is less than 12%. Religious persecution, violence, and land grabs supported by political leadership has simply driven Christians from the city.
In 2014, barely 60,000 residents identified themselves as Christians. Indeed, if you ask many Christians in Bethlehem to express their views, many will tell you they no longer feel safe and many have received threats or known friends and family who have been the victims of discrimination or acts of violence.
While unfortunate, this doesn't mean that Bethlehem is a dying city. It simply means that it is a city that is changing and not necessarily for the better. Today, Bethlehem is quickly becoming one of the largest Palestinian cities in the country with its boundaries reaching the outskirts of Jerusalem to the point that it is often difficult to tell where one city begins and the other ends.
While Christians fear that the rise in Islamic fundamentalism will slowly strangle all Christian influence from the city, Muslims point out that this simply will not happen as Muslims consider Jesus to be a highly important prophet. Only time will tell whether a balance can be achieved where Christians and Muslims can share this holy city with one another while respecting the religious beliefs of the other.
What Can We Do To Support Israel?
In the end, the question is not whether the city of Bethlehem is changing; the question is how do Christians, Jews, and Muslims stand together so that the changes allow people of all faiths to live in harmony with one another. The answer to that is increased communication between the members of all religions so that each may understand that the city is not just a Christian city, a Jewish city, or a Muslim city; but rather that it is a city that belongs to humanity and it is the duty of us all to respect it, and to protect it.
For more information about the work Texans for Israel is doing to bring Christians and Jews closer together, contact us by calling 512-666-4834. We will be happy to tell you all about our work and discuss the ways that you can join our efforts in supporting the land and people of Israel.
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The "Christ at the Checkpoint III" conference has just taken place in Israel and it has caused a considerable stir within both the Christian and Jewish communities. What was billed as a conference of peace has stoked the fires of discontent and division and it is important that Christians and Jews stand together in their condemnation of this conference.
Why Is Christ At The Checkpoint Causing Controversy?
The presence of the conference was so concerning to the Israeli government that they issued a very strong statement suggesting Christians avoid attending the sessions which were held in Bethlehem. The conference was organized by a colorful cast of characters which included the highly controversial Stephen Sizer. Indeed, many view this conference as an attempt to manipulate religion and the word of God for political purposes.
Unsurprisingly, the conference has drawn sharp rebukes from the Messianic Christian/Jewish community and groups alike for what they believe is the twisting and misinterpretation of Biblical teachings. Namely, they claim that the conference is nothing more than an attempt to smear Israel by focusing on the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Conference organizers claim that this occupation has been detrimental to the Christian community in Palestine and that it is responsible for the divisions between Christians and Jews in the region.
In the end, the conference has not facilitated discussions or amity between Jews, Christians, and Arabs. The recent rockets attacks this week indicate that the conference may have in fact set efforts for peace back considerably.
By focusing on the barriers Israel has built to protect itself from rocket attacks and suicide bombings, they have invalidated Israels right to secure its borders and protect itself from acts of aggression that have killed thousands over the years. Of all the points discussed at the conference, this is by far one of the most controversial and it's a discussion that will no doubt continue long into the future.
How Is Christ At The Checkpointing Affecting The Relationship Between Jews And Christians?
Further, the Christ at the Checkpoint III conference has driven a wedge between Christians and Jews that is creating a very dangerous opening for radical Islamists to exploit. Namely, many of the topics covered in the conference are being turned into talking points that are being used to stoke resentment and hatred among younger Arabs that could quite easily manifest in the form of violence in the future.
For these reasons it is necessary for Evangelical Christians, Jews, and Arabs to stand together and reject the premises outlined in the conference. Only by standing together and respecting the teachings of each of our religions it will be possible to find peaceful solutions to our disagreements. While the words and teachings outlined in the Bible, the Talmud, and the Koran are very different, there is common ground that can be reached; but only if the extremist views being promoted by conferences such as the Christ at the Crossroad III conference are rejected and exposed for what they are; an attempt to use religion as a basis to drive political discussions.
If you are interested in supporting our Jewish brothers and sisters, please contact Texans for Israel. Every day, we work hard to provide, donate and support various charities and organizations that lift up Israel.
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