As the founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church and the National Chairman of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), John Hagee has inspired and touched many lives over the years. As the descendant of a long line of pastors, his efforts are the continuation of a family legacy that began long ago. To say that the word of God runs in his blood would be an understatement that is underscored by the many preachers and pastors that line his family tree.
Who Is John Hagee?
Pastor Hagee and his wife, Diana Castro, have worked tirelessly building their flock to more than 18,000 members. Since 1975, the church has grown into a family that the Hagee's are deeply proud of. Indeed, today the church is able to spread their message via 8 major television networks, 162 independent television stations, and more than 51 radio stations around the world. To date, their message is heard in over 190 nations where Christians of all denominations eagerly absorb the message of God's love for mankind.
It is also notable that Pastor Hagee is also a prolific writer and has penned 21 books over the years. Books such as Jerusalem Countdown and The Beginning of the End have become best sellers due to their timeless messages of love, peace, and unity. In fact, it is this message that serves as the core for everything Pastor Hagee stands for and promotes to his audience.
Of course, one of Pastor Hagee's greatest accomplishments have come from his efforts to bring Jews and Christians together for their support of Israel. Since the first "A Night to Honor Israel" in 1981, he has helped raise tens of millions of dollars to support everything from building projects to cultural exchanges throughout the Holy Land. Hospitals, orphanages, absorption centers, and many others have benefited from these efforts and today Israel owes much to his efforts and the men and women that have answered the call to action.
Today, Pastor Hagee is the Founder and National Chairman of Christians United for Israel. Since its founding in 2006, it has become a labor of love that involves more than 400 Christian leaders from all denominations. Together, they are working to make our world a brighter, more unified, and more loving place for people of all faiths throughout the world.
When Will John Hagee Visit Amarillo?
Pastor John Hagee will speak at Amarillo’s first Night to Honor Israel this Spring and we at Texans for Israel look forward to seeing people of all religions throughout the area at this incredible event. For more information about the event or to reserve a ticket, we encourage you to contact us by calling 1-512-666-4834.
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Support for Israel has ebbed and flowed over the years. Since its independence the nation has seen allies come and go, and once stalwart supporters have become silent in their accolades. Among the most interesting to consider was the support of Evangelical Christians that was seemingly endless nearly a decade ago.
How Has The Relationship Between Christians And Jews Evolved?
At the time, Jews were skeptical of this support. Given the history between Christianity and Judaism there was much discussion as to whether or not this support should be accepted and relied upon. With some reluctance the support was welcomed and many bridges were built between the faiths. However, as the years have passed this support has waned and now appears to be fading into the pages of history.
In fact, there are those within the anti-Israel establishment that feel support for Israel is no longer advantageous to Christians. Individuals such as Sami Awad, Naim Ateek, and Jim Wallis have traveled across the world attempting to drive wedges between Christians and Jews. Regrettably, these wedges have been driven deep and are now starting to affect relationships far beyond their initial reach.
Indeed, it now appears that younger Christians and Jews have begun adopting the views of the anti-Israel movement. Among millennials, support for Israel is at an all time low and there is a danger that these views will persist throughout their lifetimes. For Israel and Jews everywhere this presents a challenge of enormous proportions. Truly, the survival of Israel and the partnerships between Jews and Evangelical Christians that has taken decades to foster is at stake.
It will be an uphill struggle to repair the damage that has been done. If it is countered now, then the damage can be mitigated and repaired, however, if it is neglected the damage will persist for generations.
Through education, exchanges, business partnerships, and most importantly, communication, the waning relationship between Evangelicals and Jews can be refocused and the damage repaired.
It is essential to do this now rather than later as the anti-Israel narrative continues to lure supporters within the United States as was evidenced during the 2012 presidential campaign. These supporters are not overtly anti-Israel, but their apathetic attitudes threaten to silence the vocal support that is needed in the future.
What Can I Do To Help Israel?
To that end, groups such as Christians United for Israel and influential people like Pastor John Hagee, the National Chairman for CUFI, are stepping up their efforts. With over 1.6 million members and chapters on over 120 college campuses, the goal of CUFI is to reverse this trend and develop leaders who will counter those seeking to silence Evangelical support of Israel now and in the future.
For more information about the work we are doing at Texans for Israel and our support of CUFI, please contact us. To contribute to our cause of lifting up the nation of Israel and its people, please visit our donations page.
Few countries on earth have a history as rich and diverse as Israel's. From ancient times to modern day, Israel has been at the forefront of the world's greatest changes. From invasions and colonization, and domestic growth to international trade, these changes have influenced the course of Israel and the languages which can be heard spoken throughout the nation. Indeed, most Israelis are polyglots fully capable of conversing fluently in multiple languages on any given day of the week.
What languages are spoken in Israel?
Hebrew and Arabic are the two most commonly spoken and seen in Israel. Roughly 50% consider Hebrew their primary language, and 18% consider Arabic as their mother tongue. Following these, Russian comes in at 15%, with Yiddish, French, English, and Spanish at roughly 2%.
Of course, this diversity comes as the result of Israel's unique and sometimes difficult history. Everything from The Crusades through WWI, and especially WWII and Israeli Independence have meant that many different languages have passed through Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and everywhere in between. As more and more people emigrated to Israel they brought with them their native languages, and as they set their roots down in Israeli soil, those language also took root.
What language do people speak in Israel today?
Today, most people understand Hebrew and it is considered the primary language of the nation. It is spoken by over 90% of the people in varying degrees. In fact, it is not uncommon for conversations to be held in multiple languages at the same time. You'll notice this when you are out with friends or colleagues, and it's quite common for you to hear them speaking 2-3 different languages on any given day, and switching back and forth between them with absolute ease.
Because Israel is such a diverse nation, it is not uncommon for signs, menus, and other items to be written in Hebrew, Arabic, and English. This makes it very easy for travelers from around the world to navigate throughout the country and feel right at home.
In fact, English has a semi-official status that requires official statuses and documents to also be made available in English. In turn, this makes it easy for Americans and others from English speaking countries to conduct business and reside in Israel for extended periods of time.
For more information about Israel and how you can become involved in the many amazing changes and opportunities that can be found in the country, contact Texans for Israel by calling 1-512-666-4834. We will be happy to tell you about our work and the ways in which we are working to bring America and Israel closer together.
Texans for Israel is contantly raising funds for the people and nation of Israel. If you could would like to support our cause to provide for and lift up the people of Israel, please donate to Texans for Israel.
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You didn't know you had a Jewish heritage, did you? If you are a Christian, you do have a Jewish heritage that you should know and embrace. Western Christianity has its deepest roots in this Jewish tradition. However, the Jewish heritage must be seen through a filter of Greek and Roman influence. Much of Christian theology has its beginnings in Platonic philosophy. That masks the Hebrew worldview that early Christianity emerged into.
The World in Which Jesus Taught
Jesus was born into and raised in the first century Jewish culture. This culture arose out of the last part of the Second Temple Period (400 BC to 70 AD). This culture was not Greek. It was not Roman. It was Hebraic. This culture shaped the message that Jesus gave to his Jewish audience. It shaped the way Jesus's followers read and interpreted Scripture. It influenced the way they passed Christ's message on to later generations.
The language of Christ on Earth was Aramaic, a predecessor of modern Hebrew. Jesus was fluent in Hebrew and Aramaic. Aramaic was the dominant language in Judea in the Second Temple Period, especially in Nazareth and the communities that surrounded the Sea of Galilee. Christ's followers spoke and wrote in Aramaic. They came from a culture rich in Hebraic culture, traditions, and ideals. This shows up in the rich Hebraic influences found in the Christian New Testament.
Readers can experience the essence of this worldview in rabbinic writings from later centuries. They preserve this heritage that Jesus grew up in and embraced in spreading his message.
How Can I Learn More About My Jewish Heritage?
This complex culture made its mark on the Scriptures that came down to Christians today. Understanding this culture only enriches modern Christians in their walk with Christ.
Many Christians, unfortunately, make a conscious decision to not even consider the rich Jewish heritage. They believe that doing so will somehow diminish their devotion. Understanding the first century Jewish culture does not mean you need to start following Jewish religious laws or becoming a Messianic Jew. It means get a bit closer to sitting at Jesus's feet and hearing what he taught.
With the modern challenges to the Judeo-Christian worldview and heritage, it is that much more imperative that Christians today go back and find those roots on which Christianity started. Those roots help modern Christians in their walk of faith while also establishing and enhancing their relationship with Israel and the Jewish people of today.
Texans for Israel embraces this search for Jewish roots. Our goal is to support the people of Israel and to support the love of this land and people around the world. To help us lift up the nation of Israel and its people, please donate to our cause.
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There are few men and women who can boast of dedicating their lives to public service and the greater good of humanity as much as David Brog, the Executive Director of CUFI, can.
Over the course of his career, he has brought his talents to bear within domestic politics, international law, and corporate governance. Indeed, his diverse background has afforded him many opportunities to make our world a closer, more united place to call home.
For seven years, David served as Chief of Staff for US Senator Arlen Specter. He also served as Staff Director of the US Senate Judiciary Committee. In both positions, he was able to influence and guide both domestic policy and foreign policy alike. Indeed, he was instrumental in helping to craft policies and agreements that brought the United States and Israel closer together.
In addition to his time in Washington, David has served as an executive at America Online and he has spent considerable time practicing corporate law in both Philadelphia and in Tel Aviv. These positions afforded him the opportunity to use his skills and talents to help numerous companies invest in and build lasting business relationships throughout Israel.
David Brog is also a published author and his books, Standing With Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State, and In Defense of Faith: the Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity provide deep insights into the history of Israel and the relationships Jews and Christians have had with one another over the years. Both books are enlightening and serve to lay the foundations which explain the current status of these relationships and the reasons David, Christians United for Israel, and Texans for Israel do the things we do.
Because of his efforts and his accomplishments, David has been named one of the "Forward 50's" most influential Jews in America. It is a title he is deeply honored by and an indication of just how valuable his contributions have been. When taken together, it is proof positive that his efforts and the work he has completed have had a lasting and beneficial effect towards bringing Jews and Christians together in pursuit of our shared goals and dreams.
A Night To Honor Israel
We at Texans for Israel are so excited to announce that David Brog will speak at Amarillo’s first Night to Honor Israel on May 18, 2014. We invite you to join us this spring! If you want to participate, learn more or donate in support of this event, please let us know! Contact Texans for Israel by calling 1-512-666-4834 to learn more about A Night to Honor Israel and CUFI Executive Director, David Brog.
On Tuesday, February 25, at 8 p.m., CUFI on Campus will visit West Texas A&M University. This is a wonderful opportunity for students and faculty alike to learn more about Christians United for Israel as well as find out what you can do to lift up the nation of Israel and its people. Pastor Victor Styrsky, the CUFI for Israel Eastern Regional Coordinator, will speak at the event.
What is CUFI On Campus?
The world is changing and it seems to be spinning faster than ever. For that reason, now is the time to focus on building bridges between Christians and Jews that future generations can walk across with ease. Since 2007, CUFI on Campus has been doing just that. With the goal of organizing students to become leaders, they have organized everything from travel to seminars so that the bridges that are built will last for generations.
At their core, CUFI on Campus promotes leadership and involvement throughout the chapters they have created throughout the country. By using these chapters to raise awareness around their respective campuses, they have done a magnificent job of creating lasting friendships and understanding between Christians and Jews. The work has been commendable, but they are far from complete in their mission.
In fact, their work is only beginning and their chapters are growing by leaps and bounds. As word spreads, more and more people are becoming interested in attending the summits they host in Washington DC, the advocacy missions to Israel, and of course their Student Advocacy and Leadership Training (SALT) program which teaches attendees how to lead by example.
Coordinating all this, Josh Ahrens has been commended for his excellent leadership of the campus field organizers and assistants who have made everything possible. With backgrounds in everything from Hebrew Studies to Real Estate, their vast knowledge and experience is what keeps the organization growing strong. Through the efforts of Laura Serbin, David Walker, and Jessica Marzucco, these 4 leaders are helping to train thousands of others.
Of course, they are always looking for more people to assist them in their efforts. After all, the more people who sign up to participate, the stronger the organization and the results will be. In fact, you can give them a call at 210-572-5406 to learn how to start your own chapter right here in Texas. You could also send an email directly to David Walker who is the Regional Coordinator for the Texas area. He will be happy to answer your questions and tell you how you can use everything from Scripture to study sessions to help the organization grow and flourish. For more information about how you can support Israel, contact Texans for Israel.
What You Need To Know
What: CUFI on Campus
When: Tuesday, February 25 at 8 p.m.
Where: WT Wesley Foundation, Virgil Henson Activity Center, 107 26th St., Canyon, Texas
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Texans for Israel would like to invite you to the Standing With Israel Pastor & Ministry Leader Luncheon, which will take place Monday, February 24 at noon at Saint Stephen United Methodist Church.
Author and Pastor Victor Styrsky, who is also the Christians United for Israel Eastern Regional Coordinator, is the keynote speaker. At the luncheon you will:
- Learn more about Amarillo’s first Night To Honor Israel, which will take place May 18, 2014, and what you can do to help make this amazing event a success
- Find out why Christians are standing with Israel and how you, too, can help bless the nation and people of Israel
- Learn how political figures will impact the Middle East and U.S./Israel relations
- See the vision and goals of Christians United For Israel (CUFI)
- Receive a pastor's resource packet with information on CUFI and a complimentary copy of CUFI Executive Director, David Brog's book, "Standing With Israel"
The event is free and open to all. If you would like to attend, please RSVP here as soon as you can. Seats are filling up quickly! Saint Stephen United Methodist Church is located at 4600 S. Western St. in Amarillo, Texas, 79109.
Throughout the past 30 years, CUFI's "A Night to Honor Israel" has brought together some of the most powerful speakers and voices in America. Each has brought a wealth of experience and wisdom to the stage, and shared their wisdom and insight in the hopes of making our world a better place. Indeed, the thousands upon thousands of attendees to these powerful evenings have taken the information they have gained and used it to transform the world in which we live. Amarillo's first Night To Honor Israel will also bring in some of the greatest speakers and minds this May, including Lyndon Allen.
Who is Lyndon Allen?
Among the men and women who have used their voice to influence the future is Lyndon Allen, who stands out as one of the most inspirational of all. Lyndon is currently the Central Regional Coordinator for Christians United For Israel.
It is a role that allows him to use his many talents as he works to bring Christians and Jews closer together. Truly, there is no greater calling for a man of God and it is a calling that he has answered time and time again throughout his diverse life and career.
What are Lyndon Allen’s accomplishments?
Since 2003, he has worked as a lay minister for Woodmont Bible Church in Nashville and as a teacher specializing in pastoral marriage counseling. His personal life and background make him ideally suited for these roles and he has used his experience to help many couples strengthen and improve their relationships. It is a calling that comes from his heart and he willingly shares his wisdom and love with all who come through his doors.
In addition to his pastoral duties, Allen has served on the Board of the Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center in Nashville, and in 2012 he founded Total Life Victory; an organization dedicated to educating others about the importance of the Hebraic roots of the church. This project came about following Allen's visits to Israel and it is his sincere belief that the application of this knowledge can truly transform your life and guide you through the daily challenges we all face.
This is a belief we share and it is one that is at the core of the work we do every day of the year.
Texans for Israel is proud that Lyndon Allen will help coordinate the events during A Night to Honor Israel here in Amarillo. We are certain that the message he is bringing with him will resonate with the members of our community and that you will truly appreciate the things he has to say. Please let us know if you would like to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event!
Please help us make this amazing event one to remember by donating to A Night To Honor Israel!
For many years I have been a political animal. I was reflecting on this the other day, and if I remember correctly,my first real campaign was wearing a Richard Nixon button! I did work hard to help Mayor Ray Vahue get elected though! Carol Vahue Lovelady is still a great friend and her father was one of Amarillo’s greatest mayors.
I have been blessed to attend more than three National Republican Conventions, and so many Texas State Republican Conventions, and through the years I have helped campaign for many of my political friends.
Burk Whittenburg for State Senate, Bill Clements for Governor, Beau Boulter for Congress, Teel Bivins for State Senate, and Mac Thornberry for Congress, are just a few I can name off the top of my head.
One of my best memories is helping George W. Bush get elected to Governor of the Great State of Texas! I was there for both the Governor and Presidential Inaugurations and drove and campaigned tirelessly with my friend Teel Bivins, who was such a good friend of our President George W. Bush.
Today I am proud to help George Prescott Bush, grandson of George H.W. Bush, nephew of George W. Bush and the eldest son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. George P. is running for Texas Land Commissioner.
Highly qualified to represent the Lone Star State, George P. is a jack of all trades. He is an attorney, real estate investor and U.S. Navy Reserve officer, and is a fluent Spanish speaker. On February 18, George P. Bush will make a stop in Amarillo during his Bus Tour and we hope you can come out and support him!
Shalom! It's a word that many people recognize but few understand. It's a word of many meanings and it is those meanings that are helping to shape the future of Israel and Jewish communities around the world. Of all the words in the Hebrew language, there are none that are as important as this one.
What Is The Definition of Shalom?
Shalom is a word that means peace. It is a peace that is achieved by completing tasks and restoring a sense of wholeness and soundness to friendships, our health, and our communities. From the days of the Philippians when the word meant understanding to today when the word most commonly means friendship and peace, this one word has guided the direction of Jews around the world.
Indeed, it is within these broad definitions that the word Shalom gains the strength and resilience that has shown like a beacon of light through the ages. Its radiant beams can be seen in the glistening skyline of Tel Aviv, the historic facades of Jerusalem, and through the fields and valleys where farmers and industrialists diligently work to provide the goods and sustenance the nation requires.
Today, if you ask any Jew around the world what the word means to them, you might receive the following one word replies:
Hello and Goodbye
And the most important of all,
How Do I Use The World Shalom?
For us, Shalom is a combination of all of these definitions and words. These guide us in all that we do for His greater glory and the tasks He sets before us. To our organization and our members, there is no greater calling than to be able to work towards a greater Israel and a lasting peace within the region. Over the past 30 years, many attempts at peace have been made, and these efforts are culminating in remarkable changes within Israel.
In the end, the word Shalom is a pact with God. It signifies a relationship that is created between the Almighty and mankind. It is a promise that as long as those of us on earth continue to do His work, then we shall be justly rewarded for our efforts both in this life and beyond. It is a word that transcends mortal life and extends its friendly reach into communities near and far in order to strengthen the bonds between all mankind. Indeed, it is the most important word that you will learn in any language.
For more information about the peaceful projects and exchanges Texans for Israel is engaged in, contact us by calling 1-512-666-4834. We would be happy to tell you all about them and discuss ways for you to become involved in these important endeavors.