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Four Ways Christians Can Make A Difference During the Syria & Egypt Crises

Four Ways Christians Can Make A Difference During the Syria & Egypt Crises

When it comes to the crises in Syria and Egypt, Christians should not sit   idly by on the sidelines and watch others make moves we agree or disagree with.  The Scriptures indicate we can and should play an active role in times of   trouble — our top priorities should be to learn, pray, give and go.

1. LEARN “A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,”  we read in Proverbs 1:5. It is important that we learn all we can about what is happening in Syria and   throughout the Middle East through the lens of geopolitics and economics. But   it’s also vital that we learn to see the region through what I call the “third lens,” the lens of Scripture. Only then can we truly begin to understand what the enemy is doing, what God is doing, and what we should be doing as followers   of Jesus Christ. You can go to our websites — www.joshuafund.net and www.epicenterconference.com  – to learn more.

2. PRAY—  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God,” we read in   Philippians 4:6-7. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and   your minds in Christ Jesus.” How are you doing in terms of praying   during these Syrian and Egyptian crises? We need to be praying daily — indeed,  several times a day — knowing that our God is a prayer-hearing, and prayer-answering God, a wonder-working God. Let’s look to Him and trust Him   more, especially in such dark times. Specifically, we need to pray for our   brothers and sisters in Christ in Syria that God would give them great courage   and boldness in the midst of war and persecution. We need to pray that God   would have mercy on all the people of Syria and Egypt, comforting them in their   sorrow, healing their physical and emotional wounds, and giving them wisdom to   know where to go to be safe from harm and to receive the food, clothing,  shelter, and medical care their need. We need to pray that the Gospel of   Jesus Christ be communicated clearly, powerfully, compassionately and consistently to all the people of Syria and Egypt, and praying that all   Arabs would turn away from Islam to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who alone   can and will forgive them, protect them, heal them, comfort them, encourage   them, and provide for their every need. We need to pray for our leaders to have   wisdom to know the right course of action. Whether we agree with them or not —  whether we like them are not — we are to pray for wisdom and discernment   so our leaders can distinguish truth from error, fact from fiction.  We are to pray for patience and for courage for our leaders, so they don’t   act rashly, but that they act with determination when the time is right. We are   to pray that they govern well, protecting life and liberty, above all. We   should also pray that they turn to the God of the Bible in prayer, as well, to   receive “wisdom from above” and not earthly wisdom (see James chapter three)..

3. GIVE — Jesus said, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have   treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” (Matthew 19:21). As we look at the traumas in Syria and Egypt — but also in Lebanon, Jordan and   Iraq – it is important we Christians who have means seek   opportunities to give to others. We should give to ministries that are   caring for the poor and needy in the Middle East, feeding widows and orphans   and refugees and war survivors, sharing the Gospel with them, teaching the Word   of the God, encouraging Arab pastors, providing Bibles and other   evangelistic literature and DVDs, assisting with Arab Christian conferences,  and standing with the Arab Church in a variety of other ways. The Joshua Fund is one such organization. Our   mandate is to mobilize Christians around the world to bless Israel and her   neighbors — including Syria and Egypt — in the name of Jesus, according to   Genesis 12:1-3. For security reasons, we can’t often describe exactly the   projects we’re investing in, but everything I have just mentioned are efforts   The Joshua Fund is involved with — if you would like to give a secure, online, tax-deductible financial contribution to such work via The Joshua Fund, you can click here and learn more.

4. GO“Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to obey everything I have   commanded…” (Matthew 28:19-20) At the moment, of course, it   is too dangerous for the average Christian to go to Syria to help proclaim the   Gospel, make disciples and encourage the Church. For that we need to depend on   the local Church in the region and ministries that serve the local Church. But   you and I can go to our friends and neighbors and small group Bible studies and   home fellowship groups and Sunday School classes and other groups. We can go and share this material with others. We can go and tell them that Christ loves   the people of Syria and Egypt, and all the people of the Middle East, and that   we must, too. You can go and lead them in prayer, and encourage them to invest   financially in God’s work in the epicenter. You can go to our websites — www.joshuafund.net and www.epicenterconference.com  to and encourage others to go there, too, to find other ways to bless people in   that war-torn region. You can go to Facebook and Twitter and tell other people   about these resources.

The point is: Christians are not to be passive. We are to be engaged in   God’s work, especially in times of wars and rumors of war. We are to learn,  pray, give and go — and to lift up the name of Jesus in everything we do.  May God bless you as you serve him at this critical time.

Remember:

  • “Pray for the peace of     Jerusalem.” (Psalm 122:6)
  • “First of all, then, I     urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may     lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity,” the Apostle     Paul wrote in I Timothy 2:1-3. “This is good and acceptable in the sight     of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (I Timothy 2:1-3)
  • “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we     ask – we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15). “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with     thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which     transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
  • “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).
  • “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints”      (Ephesians 6:18). “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for,      but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot     express” (Romans 8:26).
  • “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
  • “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
  • “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what     you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3)
  • “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the     truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into     your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then     your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when     you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father     knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:5-8).
  • “To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a     Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed     about himself: “God, I thank you that I am not like other men-robbers,      evildoers, adulterers-or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.” But the tax collector stood at a distance.      He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God,      have mercy on me, a sinner. I tell you that this man, rather than the     other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself     will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted”‘” (Luke     18:9-14).
  • “‘Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered. ‘I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart but     believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore     I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received     it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you     your sins’” (Mark 11:22-25).
  • “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the     Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John     14:13-14).

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2013 Epicenter Conference Messages now On Demand

2013 Epicenter Conference Messages now On Demand

“The Power of the Word,” was the theme of the 2013 Epicenter Conference.  Joel and the guest speakers explored how God’s Word can dramatically transform individuals, leaders and nations by studying the lives of Ezra, Nehemiah, King Josiah and the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. The On Demand video messages are all posted on this website. Please watch and allow “The Power of the Word” to transform your life.

The State of The Epicenter: 2012

The State of The Epicenter: 2012

    Text as prepared for delivery for the 2012 Epicenter Conference
      Albuquerque, New Mexico
      September 12, 2012

      Good evening, and thank you, Skip. It is an honor to be here, and I am grateful to call you my friend. Pastor Skip Heitzig has a great love for the people of the Middle East, both Jews and Arabs. He has traveled extensively in the region and preached the Word of God in Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon. He’s also led more than 30 tours to Israel.

      On behalf of The Joshua Fund board and staff, welcome to the 2012 Epicenter Conference….welcome to those of you here with us in Albuquerque, New Mexico….and to those watching this webcast from Israel and around the world. We are deeply honored that you would join us.

      Over the next few days, you’re going to hear from Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian pastors and ministry leaders – Jews and Arabs – about how they see enormous threats and challenges….what they see God doing in the Middle East today….and what they think the future holds.

      You’re going to hear from some of the world’s leading Biblical scholars on some of the most controversial and sensitive issues concerning the theology of the Land of Israel….the worldwide movement inside the Church known as “Replacement Theology.” What does it mean? How much of the Church believes it? Why does it matter?

      What’s more, you’re going to learn about Biblical prophecies that speak to the future of the epicenter….and practical ways you can make a positive difference to the lives of real people in the region – Jews, Muslims and Christians.

      Tonight, I have two objectives:

      First, to define the “epicenter.”

      Second, to describe the current “State of the Epicenter.”

      Let’s begin.

Defining The Epicenter

  What do we mean by using the term “epicenter”? It is a geological term. But I think it aptly describes the Scriptural place of Jerusalem, Israel and the Middle East.

  • Ezekiel 5:5 – “Thus says the Lord GOD, ‘This is Jerusalem; I have set her at the center of the nations, with lands around her.”
  • Ezekiel 38:8,12 – “In the latter days, you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people were brought out from the nations, and they are living securely all of them….at the center of the world.”
  • Acts 1:8 – The Lord Jesus Christ said to His disciples, “[Y]ou will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
  • Revelation 21:2 – “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.”

  The Bible is clear:

  • Israel and its capital, Jerusalem, is the geographic center of the world from God’s perspective.
  • Jerusalem is the birthplace of the Church, and thus the spiritual center of the world.
  • Jerusalem is also the last city ever mentioned in the Bible, and the focal point of all human attention as we approach the end of history.

      This is why the eyes of the nations are increasingly riveted on Israel and her neighbors, the epicenter of the momentous events that are shaking our world and shaping our future.

State of The Epicenter

  Now, what is the State of the Epicenter in 2012?

  It pains me to report tonight that great darkness is descending on the people of the epicenter. Radical Islamic militants – both Sunni and Shia – are rising to power in one country after another….lawlessness is spreading….violence against Christians and Jews and Americans is intensifying….the global economic crisis is pushing millions of people in the Mideast further into poverty and causing them to struggle even more to make ends meet…..and the evidence suggests the most devastating war in the modern history of the epicenter could be just days or weeks away.

  At the same time, amidst this darkness, there is hope.

  First, the Lord God is still on His throne. Still sovereign. Always a prayer-hearing and prayer-answering God, a wonder-working God. That’s why we have hope.

  We saw two big answers to prayer this year:

  For one, Gilad Shalit came home – Shalit is the Israeli soldier kidnapped by Hamas 0n June 25, 2006. But God heard the prayers of His people. He showed mercy to Gilad and his family. He was released on October 18, 2011 after 1,940 days in captivity.

  For another, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was released from an Iranian prison – Nadarkhani is an Iranian Muslim convert to Christianity. He faced a death sentence in Iran on charges of apostasy. But God heard the prayers of His people. He showed mercy to Pastor Youcef and his family. Youcef was acquitted on the apostasy charges. He was found guilty of sharing the Gospel with Muslims and sentenced to three years in prison. But was released in the last few days, having already served his time.

  Many of you prayed for these men. Thank you. Keep praying for them. And let us take a lesson from Pastor Youcef’s example.

        If you were arrested and charged with sharing the Gospel with a Muslim – or anyone in or from the epicenter – would there be enough evidence to find you guilty?

  Second, in Matthew 16:18, the Lord Jesus Christ said, “I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” What’s more, Christ is coming back soon and all of us who are born again by faith can rest assured that we are going to spend eternity in heaven with the Lord. That, too, is why we have hope.

      The Holy Spirit is moving powerfully in the epicenter. More Jews and more Arabs and more Iranians are coming to faith than any other time in the history of the world. As the darkness grows darker, Christ is shining more brightly, and many are being drawn to the Lord.

Watchmen On The Wall

      Please turn in your Bibles to Ezekiel 33:1-6.

          “And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, speak to the sons of your people and say to them, “If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows on the trumpet and warns the people,  then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head.  He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning; his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have delivered his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.”’”

      Two important questions emerge from this passage:

  • Will you and I be watchmen on the wall able and willing to see the threats rising, or will we turn a blind eye?
  • In light of such rising threats, will you and I act with love and honor and compassion and courage, or will we keep silent?

      Since the last Epicenter Conference last summer, I’ve taken two trips that moved me deeply. Last November, I traveled with several pastors to Poland to visit the death camps in Auschwitz. A few weeks ago, Lynn and I took our boys to visit the USS Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbor. I went to these places to remember what happens when people ignore emerging threats and don’t take decisive action.

      To misunderstand the nature and threat of evil is to risk being blindsided by it.

      We didn’t understand the threat posed by Adolf Hitler and the rise of the Nazi regime in Germany in the 1930s, and we were blindsided by the invasion of Europe and the death camps of the Holocaust.

      We didn’t understand the threat posed by Imperial Japan in 1941, and we were blindsided by the attack at Pearl Harbor.

      We didn’t understand the threat posed by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda in 2001, and we were blindsided by the attacks of September 11th.

      Today, too many in governments around the world – and too many in the Church – either don’t see the evil rising in Iran, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and throughout the epicenter, or refuse to take action.

      Tragically, the Arab Spring has been a catastrophic failure. All hope of the rise of free nations with free elections and free economies and freedom of speech and worship have been dashed. What are rising instead are dangerous Radical Islamic regimes that will oppress millions of people and foment violence and war.

Libya

  • The new leaders of Libya are Radical Islamists – members or allies of the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • They are committed to creating an Islamic republic and imposing Sharia law on the people of Libya as part of the Islamic caliphate.
  • They have a deep hatred for Israel and the United States.
  • Yesterday, Islamic militants attacked the American consulate in the city of Benghazi. They murdered U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. They murdered three other U.S. diplomatic staff.
  • The Libyan government did precious little to defend the lives of Americans.

Egypt

  • The new President of Egypt – Mohammed Morsi – is a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • He hates Israel, despises the United States, is committed to holy war against all infidels, and has stated clearly he’s going to turn Egypt into an Islamic republic under Sharia law.
  • Morsi gave a speech at Cairo University in May: “The Qur’an is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our path, and death in the name of Allah is our goal.”
  • Last month, Morsi became the first Egyptian leader in a generation to visit Iran and begin rebuilding ties to the radical mullahs in Tehran.
  • Yesterday, some 2,000 radical Muslim militants stormed the U.S. embassy grounds, tore down the American flag, and raised the flag of Islam.
  • The Egyptian security forces did precious little to stop them.
  • This is a country to which the U.S. provides $1.5 billion in foreign aid annually.

Syria

  • As of December 2011, some 3,500 Syrians had been killed in the revolution.
  • Today, more than 25,000 Syrian Arabs have been killed. A number of those are Syrian military forces. But most are civilians, many of whom have been massacred – slaughtered, even – by the Assad regime.
  • Today, there is growing concern that the Assad regime may use its stockpiles of chemical weapons against its own people, or allow its WMD to be transferred to terrorists groups, or lose control of its WMD and see those stockpiles fall into the hands of Israel’s enemies.

      And then there is Iran.

Iran

  • In the summer of 2009, millions of Iranians turned out on the streets to protest their wicked government and seek a peaceful, moderate democracy. Sadly, the U.S. government did nothing to help them, and their movement was crushed.
  • Meanwhile, the mullahs are on a steady march to building the Islamic Bomb. The latest IAEA report provides more evidence that Iran is developing nuclear warheads.
  • Iran has enough enriched uranium for at least five nuclear warheads.
  • Iran has doubled its uranium enrichment capacity at its most secure, hardened, underground nuclear facility at Fordow, near the religious city of Qom, despite all of the economic sanctions.
  • The stakes are high. If the Ayatollah acquires nuclear warheads and the high-speed ballistic missiles to deliver them, he could do in about six minutes what it took Adolf Hitler six years to do, and that is kill six million Jews.
  • Keep in mind, it’s not just Israeli Jews at risk. Israeli Arabs are at risk. Palestinian Arabs are at risk. Jewish and Arab believers in Jesus are at risk.
  • The most dangerous corridor on the planet right now is the corridor between Tel Aviv and Tehran. Everyone who lives in this corridor is currently in grave danger.
  • That said, Iran does not seem to be taking seriously the prospect of an Israeli preemptive strike. Indeed, many in Israel and throughout the epicenter think all the talk of war is just bluster and “saber-rattling.”
  • Like you and millions of other Christians around the world, I’m praying for the peace of Jerusalem. And I know that we serve a prayer-hearing and prayer-answering God, a wonder-working God.
  • God has heard our prayers, and I’m grateful that an Israel-Iranian war that seemed like it might break out any time in the past few years has not yet happened. This is an answer to our prayers, and we should keep praying.

      But the Bible is clear:

  • Sometimes God allows wars to happen.
  • In Matthew 24, the Lord Jesus taught us that in the last days, we will see a rise of wars, rumors of wars, revolutions, violence, and lawlessness.
  • Yet He also promised that amidst all this bad news, “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world, as a testimony to all nations, and then the end shall come.”
  • War and revolution can create the conditions by which hearts are more ready to hear the Gospel and receive Jesus as Messiah.
  • We don’t want war. We are commanded in Scripture in Psalm 122 to pray for peace. But sometimes God says “no.” Sometimes He allows war. What man plans for evil, God can turn for good.
  • In this context, I must report you tonight that I believe Prime Minister Netanyahu could be just days away from ordering a full scale attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
  • I pray there is another way. Events can change things suddenly. Nothing is impossible with God.
  • But evidence is rapidly mounting that Israel is going to war with Iran.
  • Israel’s Security Cabinet met last week for a 10-hour meeting to discuss the latest intelligence on the Iran nuclear threat and consider Israel’s military options. The Jerusalem
  • Post noted that this was the first time the full Security Cabinet has met for such an in-depth discussion of Iran in several months.
  • A senior advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu said last week: “We are entering the most fateful 50 days Israel has faced since, perhaps, the similarly fateful days prior to the Yom Kippur War.”
  • Troubling is that relations between the U.S. and Israel are deteriorating rapidly. Indeed, we have reached, in my view, an all-time low in this once solid alliance.
  • On Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly announced the U.S. is “not setting deadlines” for Iran to stop illegally enriching uranium in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, and to stop developing nuclear weapons.
  • President Obama and his senior aides have – thus far – refused to establish “red lines.”
  • Now, we learn that the President has turned down requests by Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet either in New York City during the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, or in Washington. The White House said there simply wasn’t time on the President’s busy schedule.
  • The President is, however, making time to appear on “The Late Show” with David Letterman while he’s in NYC.
  • This is very disturbing behavior for an American President who says that America “will always have Israel’s back” and claims Israel is one of America’s “greatest allies.” The President should always make time for an ally facing the growing threat of a nuclear holocaust. A Wall Street Journal editorial on Wednesday morning said the White House message to Israel seems to be, “You’re on your own, pal.”
  • Netanyahu’s response: “‘The world tells Israel: ‘Wait. There’s still time.’ And I say, ‘Wait for what? Wait until when?’ Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.”

How Should Christians Respond?

      How, then, should Christians respond?

      We must pray for peace, but prepare for war.

      I want to take a few minutes now before we close this first session of the conference to share a video of what The Joshua Fund has been doing to prepare.

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      A few other points on how The Joshua Fund is preparing. Over the past few years we have:

  • Established and are assisting 12 relief distribution centers throughout Israel.
  • Providing humanitarian relief to both Jews and Arabs.
  • Equipping local believers to show God’s love and compassion in a practical way.
  • Purchasing trucks and vans for local believers to help them minister to the poor and needy.
  • The Joshua Fund warehouse staff in Israel purchases and ships/distributes approximately 45 tons per month of food and relief supplies to the poor and needy.
  • From inception, TJF has shipped 989 tons through our warehouse. By the end of October, we will hit over 1,000 tons.
  • In addition, we have helped another Christian organization in Israel purchase and distribute more than 500 tons of food and relief supplies in recent years.

      Is this enough? No.

      Is it more than was happening in the Land six years ago before TJF began? Yes.

      Do we take any credit for the progress made? Not at all.

      We are servants of a great and mighty God. We are trying to be faithful in a few things and if we are faithful, perhaps He will put us in charge of being more helpful.

      The key is that God is sovereign. He is holy. He is moving powerfully. He is remembering the Jews and Palestinians that are poor and needy….and living in harm’s way….and in need of the prayers and encouragement and equipping of Christians from all over the world.

      The Lord is raising up a movement of Christ-followers around the world – including many of you – who are committed to loving Israelis, because Jesus loves Israelis….and loving Palestinians because Jesus loves Palestinians….and loving Arabs and Persians throughout the epicenter because of Christ’s love for them.

      This is how the Body of Christ is supposed to work – those who have praying, caring, serving those in need, and doing so in the name of Jesus Christ with unconditional love….and unwavering support.

      We are to be watchmen on the walls. When we see threats, we need to warn people. We need to stand up and speak out. We need to act in the power of the Holy Spirit.

      Christians may have very little geopolitical influence, but we are not powerless.

      We can pray. We can preach the Word. We can proclaim the Gospel. We can encourage and equip our brothers and sisters in the epicenter. We can show Christ’s love and compassion to all in the epicenter.

      Jesus commands us: Love your neighbor. Love your enemy. And love one another. At its core, that is what this conference is all about.

      If we don’t obey the Lord, and love the Jews and Arabs and others in the epicenter, and shine as a light in the darkness, who will?

      —End—

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Leadership Conference held in Siegen Germany

Leadership Conference held in Siegen Germany

  One of the most exciting phrases we find in the Bible is ‘Then they shall know that I am the LORD’. It often follows some incredible promise of God or precedes prophetically some powerful work that can only be credited to His hand.

  This is what we find at the end of Ezekiel 36 as God improbably promises to bring the broken nation of Israel back into the land. It precedes one of the most incredible passages in the Bible, found in Ezekiel 37, as God asks the prophets, “Can these dry bones live?” God then goes on to give Ezekiel a vision of the nation of Israel being resurrected, a promise which sustained hope over thousands of years of scattering and persecution of His chosen people. Over those centuries, this promise of God must have seemed not only improbable, but impossible. Yet, in this century, we have witnessed the beginning of God’s fulfillment of His promise.

  In much the same way, God has made incredible—some might say impossible—promises to His Church. But, as the centuries have gone by and the years have taken their toll, many of His people have lost hope and see the fulfillment of God’s predictions about the future as true in theory, but having little practical application in their lives.

  Joel C. Rosenberg is joined at the Pastors & Leadership Conference in Siegen, Germany by pastors Ray Bentley, Bob Botsford, Nick Long, David Guzik and Lance Ralston as we dig deeply into God’s Word. We will focus on Ezekiel 36-39 to see how God has been faithful to His promises in history past and will continue to be faithful in the future. The promises He has made to Israel and to us, His Church, are true and have powerful, practical application in our lives and ministries today.

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Conference Topics

  • Future of Europe, Israel, and the Jews – Part 1 (Ezekiel 36-37)
  • The Abrahamic Covenant and It’s Implications
  • Russia and the Future of Israel (Ezekiel 38-39)
  • Prophetic Plagues (The 10 plagues of Egypt vs. Modern Times)
  • How to Respond and How to Reach Out
  • Why So Many Won’t Be Ready (Matthew 24)
  • Revival in the Temple of God? (Revelation 11)
  • How to Respond and How to Reach Out
  • What Next? (Psalm 85:4-7)
  • Prepare the Way of the Lord (Isaiah 40:3)

Guest Speakers

  • Joel C. Rosenberg - Founder and President of The Joshua Fund
  • David Guzik - Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel of Santa Barbara, CA
  • Ray Bentley - Senior Pastor, Maranatha Chapel of San Diego, CA
  • Bob Botsford - Senior Pastor, Horizon North County of Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  • Lance Ralston - Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel of Oxnard, CA
  • Nick Long - Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel of Siegen, Germany

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Albuquerque Speakers and Special Music

Albuquerque Speakers and Special Music

Joel C. Rosenberg, best-selling author and President of The Joshua Fund, will be joined at the 2012 Epicenter Conference by several special guest conference speakers, including:

  • Dr. Norman Geisler, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Apologetics, Veritas Evangelical Seminary
  • Dr. Mitch Glaser, President, Chosen People Ministries
  • Skip Heitzig, Pastor, Calvary of Albuquerque and Conference Host
  • Labib Madanat, Coordinator of the Palestinian and Israeli Bible Societies
  • Dr. Michael Rydelnik, Professor of Jewish Studies, Moody Bible Institute
  • Rev. Jack Sara, Vice President, Bethlehem Bible College; Pastor, Evangelical Alliance Church
  • Dr. Erez Soref, President, Israel College of the Bible
  • Dr. Michael Vlach, PhD, Associate Professor of Theology, The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California

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This diverse group of theological experts will discuss several vital topics throughout the Epicenter Conference, including:

  • The Theology of the Holy Land: Understanding both Old Testament and New Testament Scriptures Concerning Israel
  • The Theological Debate Over the Holy Land: Understanding Replacement Theology, Why So Much of the Church Believes It, and Why It Matters
  • The Modern History of the Holy Land: Understanding the Dispute Over Territory
  • The Current Dynamic in the Holy Land: Understanding the Spiritual Condition of the Jewish and Palestinian People and How The Church Should Pray For and Bless Both of Them
  • The Future of the Holy Land: Understanding Bible Prophecies About God’s Plan for Israel and Her Neighbors

Special Music by Brenton Brown

A South African native and acclaimed worship leader, Brenton Brown’s journey changed when he moved to England and joined the Oxford Vineyard.  Learning from Brian Doerksen, Brenton - though still young - wrote some of the church’s best-loved songs; Your Love Is Amazing, Lord Reign In Me and Holy Holy Holy.

After contracting M.E., the debilitating medical condition, Brenton returned home to South Africa, thinking his days at the front of church were over. Then, a breakthrough; a dramatic revelation of God’s sustaining power transformed everything. Out of this came the modern-day classic anthem ‘Everlasting God’. Having moved to America, Brenton has recently been writing with other artists like Paul Baloche and Matt Maher.

New songs have emerged - Adoration, Hosanna and Our God Is Mercy - and with them a new stage of the journey has begun to emerge. With this new collection of songs this is an ideal time to meet Brenton Brown.

2013 Israel Tour & Conference Announced

2013 Israel Tour & Conference Announced

  The 2013 Epicenter Conference is scheduled to be held in Jerusalem on July 3-4th and will feature noted best-selling author and President of The Joshua Fund, Joel C. Rosenberg, as well as several special guest speakers. This two-day conference will feature in-depth Bible teaching, as well as relevant and timely panel discussions focusing on current events in the Middle East and God’s work continuing in the epicenter.

  Plan now to join us for this significant conference event!  You will also have the opportunity to join The Joshua Fund for our tour of Israel scheduled for June 25 through July 7, 2013. Walk where Jesus walked, pray where Jesus and the apostles prayed, learn Israel’s history, discover Israel’s prophetic future, meet the people of the epicenter and draw closer to the Lord. In addition to participation in the two-day Epicenter Conference, we will engage in a unique day of service, providing a rare opportunity to meet and serve the poor and needy communities in Israel.

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2012 Conference Location Announced

2012 Conference Location Announced

With varying views and beliefs on Israel taught within the Church presently, what does the Bible say about the past, present, and future of Israel and the Palestinians? This is one of the critical questions facing Christians today, and one that has recently generated debate among Church leaders across the country.

Join us September 12-16th in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the 2012 Epicenter Conference. New York Times best-selling author, Joel C. Rosenberg, will be joined by several highly regarded theological experts to discuss in detail several essential issues relevant to the Church’s view of Israel and the epicenter region as a whole.


The three-fold mission of this year’s Epicenter Conference is to help pastors,
ministry leaders and lay people:

  • Develop a solid theological understanding of God’s love and plan for Israel and her neighbors;
  • Develop an accurate overview of Israel’s past, present and prophetic future, including an up-to-date understanding of the current spiritual climate in the epicenter for Israelis and Palestinians; and
  • Develop an effective way of communicating these truths to current and future generations of Christians.

Several vital topics will be covered throughout the conference:

  • The Theology of the Holy Land: Understanding both Old Testament and New Testament Scriptures Concerning Israel
  • The Theological Debate Over the Holy Land: Understanding Replacement Theology, Why So Much of the Church Believes It, and Why It Matters
  • The Modern History of the Holy Land: Understanding the Dispute Over Territory
  • The Current Dynamic in the Holy Land: Understanding the Spiritual Condition of the Jewish and Palestinian People and How The Church Should Pray For and Bless Both of Them
  • The Future of the Holy Land: Understanding Bible Prophecies About God’s Plan for Israel and Her Neighbors

Schedule and Venue Information

This is a non-ticketed, free of charge event.  All seating will be open based on availability.

Wednesday, September 12th: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday, September 14th: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Saturday, September 15th: 8:30am – 5:00pm & 6:30pm* – 8:30pm
Sunday, September 16th: 8:00am* – 9:00am, 9:30am* – 10:30am & 11:15am* – 12:15pm

*The Saturday evening message will be the same message as the three Sunday morning messages.


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Conference Location:

Calvary of Albuquerque
4001 Osuna Road Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87109
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