Middle Eastern Outreach

"For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children."-Galatians 4:24

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Salam-Hello in Arabic! I (Sal) have an uncle and cousin that both live in the Middle East. In fact, many Filipinos work overseas over in this region because of the vast employment opportunities that fit their hard working skills as nurses, maids, etc... My uncle lives in the United Arab of Emirates and my cousin lives in Saudi Arabia. These two were probably my first relation to the Middle East region.

It wasn't until college-UMM, when I really encountered and meet people from the Middle East. One of the presidents of the International Student Association (student organization) was of Middle Eastern-Kuwaiti background. From him and others that attended UMM, I became more educated and exposed of this unique culture living in the Midwest-Minnesota.

Since meeting these guys and the continued exposure while at this rural college town, I've been interested in meeting people from this region. I continue to meet more after living in Morris-Motown through the college. For example, while attending the Summer Institute of Ministry Training School-Morris Community Church, we had a teacher one week that was a missionary in Lebanon. He shared some stories that made the inner-city violence of America look small.


I was watching this movie and found out Iranians are not Arab (just like Guatamalans are not Mexicans), so I decided to do some re"search" on this...

  • Arab League, Middle East News
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  • I then began to reflect on the Bible and remembered how Persia (Iranians) was an enemy of Babylon (Iraq), which explains the dispute between Shiites and Sunnites. When the national borders of Iraq was drawn, "ignorant imperialists" did not take this difference of ethnic groups into consideration.

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  • Arab-Americans react with delight to Lebanese-American Miss USA By the CNN Wire Staff May 17, 2010 8:42 p.m. EDT

  • "(CNN) -- Arab-Americans expressed delight Monday, a day after 24-year-old Lebanese-American Rima Fakih was crowned Miss USA.
    "For once, we're talking about beauty and not terror," said Osama Siblani, publisher of The Arab-American News, in Dearborn, Michigan, who knows Fakih and her family.
    He and about 150 other Arab-Americans watched the pageant unfold on a 100-inch television screen at La Pita Restaurant in Dearborn, which was packed with her friends...



    Arabs brainwashed little girls to hate Jews

    "Arabian TV program where they indoctrinate young children to hate Jews"

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    Middle East Imperial History

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  • *I love trying this, which I tasted this recently again at the Taste of Minnesota (July 06')


  • Wikipedia

  • "The term "Middle East" was originally coined by American naval strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan in 1902. During this time the British and Russian Empires were vying for influence in Central Asia, a rivalry which would become known as The Great Game. Mahan realized not only the strategic importance of the region, but also of its center, the Persian Gulf.[1][2] Mahan first used the term in his article "The Persian Gulf and International Relations", published in September 1902 in the National Review, a British journal. Mahan labeled the area surrounding the Persian Gulf as the Middle East, and said that after the Suez Canal, it was the most important passage for Britain to control in order to keep the Russians from advancing towards India.[3]

  • Egypt in chaos as dreams of revolution grip Arab world Christians more vulnerable than ever By Elizabeth Kendal Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin (RLPB) 093 Special to ASSIST News Service Wednesday, February 2, 2011

  • "AUSTRALIA (ANS) -- When hundreds of international Sunni jihadists infiltrated and seized the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on 20 November 1979, they attracted little interest. The eyes of the world were fixed on Iran where, on 4 November 1979, Shi'ite fundamentalists had seized the American Embassy, taking 66 American citizens hostage. Whilst the Iranian Revolution and the siege in Mecca were totally unrelated, both had the same goal: the removal of a brutally repressive and corrupt, US-allied regime.
    s In Iran, the revolutionaries were successful primarily because their demands were political -- liberty, human rights, improved living standards etc -- and because the US administration of President Carter chose to support them. It took 12 months of protests and strikes (from January 1978 to January 1979) to force the Shah into exile. The Islamists merely rode the wave and then filled the vacuum. It soon became clear to many Iranians that their revolution would not bring them their hoped for liberty, prosperity and dignity.
    In Saudi Arabia, the revolutionaries failed because, instead of seizing the Royal Palace, they seized the Grand Mosque, opening the way for the Saudi regime to denounce them on religious grounds. Furthermore, because their overtly religious demands included the demand to end alliances with 'infidels', Saudi Arabia's Western backers rushed to the aid of the House of al Saud, rightly perceiving their oil supply was endangered. The Saudi regime only survived by a hair's breadth, and only through the involvement of French special forces.
    Whilst the siege in Mecca was reported as a 'domestic incident', it most certainly was not. Not only were the jihadists an international force, the incident sent shockwaves through the Sunni Muslim world. A massive, violent, Islamic and anti-US uprising erupted in Pakistan and two Americans were killed as the US Embassy was besieged and torched. This in turn inspired protests against US Embassies and consuls in Turkey, Bangladesh, India, Kuwait, Philippines and Libya. Though the rioters were Sunnis, they praised the Iranian Shi'ite revolutionaries for defeating 'American imperialism' which they said supported tyranny.
    The House of al Saud subsequently brokered a deal with the kingdom's Islamic clerics. The regime would support the religious establishment as it advanced Islamic fundamentalist ideology and global jihad (holy war). In return the religious establishment would support the House of al Saud. Fortunately for the House of al Saud, the Soviets -- perceiving US weakness -- invaded Afghanistan in December 1979, giving the Saudi regime a jihad it could support far from home, and subsequently, jihads in Bosnia, Kashmir, Kosovo, North Caucasus and Somalia. So while the Sunni revolutionaries failed to achieve their goals, Sunni fundamentalism reaped huge rewards. Meanwhile, the emerging Arab middle class grew increasingly angry and disillusioned because secularism was being maintained by tyranny rather than by reason.
    Sunni Islamists have doubtless learned from this history that there is an art to revolution. In Egypt today the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is lying low and attending to the protesters' needs for food, water and medical assistance, just as Hezballah has done in Lebanon and Hamas has done in the Palestinian Territories. The Islamists know they need an acceptable facade and in a strategic master-stroke, the MB is lining up behind Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei. ElBaradei doesn't mind, for he does not regard the MB (the mother of Hamas) as in any way extremist.
    Today a smug Iran and a nervous Saudi Arabia both note that the present Middle East unrest is targeting America's allies. Hezballah has displaced Saad Harari in Lebanon and Abbas is virtually besieged in Ramallah. In Tunisia the regime of Ben Ali has collapsed. Riots persist against the secular, US-allied regimes in Egypt, Yemen and in Jordan. In Jordan, the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, is now in dialogue with the regime of King Abdullah II. Western hopes that 'transition' will lead to something better (as was once predicted for Iran) or that an Islamic leadership will be moderate (as was also predicted for Iran) are likely to be dashed, for the 'Arab Street' has been thoroughly Islamised and radicalised. While the US faces losing all its geo-strategic gains in the Middle East, Israel may once again face existential threat as Egypt would need only to reverse its policy on Gaza and open the Rafah Crossing -- for humanitarian reasons of course!
    Lost amidst the noise and chaos are the region's Christian minorities. Already viewed as 'infidels' and allies of the enemy (i.e. America and Israel), the Church is now more vulnerable than ever. As US influence diminishes in the Middle East, so too does the protection of the Christian minorities. Furthermore, militant Muslims may well decide to exploit the chaos to do some under-the-radar removal of Christians. For instance, on Sunday 30 January eleven Coptic Christians were massacred inside their homes in Sharona, Al Minya Province. Christians cannot hope in the US and the UN -- our hope must rest in the one who is eternally supreme and always sufficient: Yahweh Sabaoth (lit. the Lord of Hosts; the commander of heaven's forces).
    * draw the region's Christians into dependent prayer and then answer their prayers, protecting them, providing all their needs, and making his presence known.
    [God] has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' So we can confidently say, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?' (Hebrews 13:5b-6 ESV)
    * awaken Arabs across the Middle East to the fact that Islam -- because it is repressive rather than liberating, and legalistic rather than transformative -- can never be the solution for those yearning for freedom and dignity. Pray for an Arab Awakening! (Ephesians 3:20,21)
    For decades now the West has supported corrupt, repressive Arab dictatorships as a means of preventing religious, Sunni Islamic fundamentalist revolutions that would threaten oil supplies. However, because secularism has been maintained by tyranny rather than by reason, the emerging Arab middle class has grown disillusioned and angry. Meanwhile there has been effectively a revival of Islamic fundamentalism, sponsored primarily by Saudi petro-dollars. Today the 'Arab Street' is in revolt against its dictators. Unfortunately it is probable that Islamists will quietly ride the wave and fill the vacuum. Christians are more vulnerable now than ever. On 30 January militant Muslims exploited the chaos to slaughter eleven Coptic Christians in al Minya Province. Please pray for the Church in the Arab world. "


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  • Alkarma TV

  • Alkarma TV’s new Arabic “On Air” live program is a huge hit with viewers in the Middle East and around the globe Their recent two-hour live show with Nick Vujicic received 259 calls from Arabic viewers around the world By Dan Wooding Founder of ASSIST Ministries Wednesday, April 29, 2009
    "..This was the latest step in the incredible story of Alkarma TV (Alkarma means The Vine) that started some four years ago by Samuel and Mona, an Egyptian couple who took out a loan of $200,000 mortgage to purchase the equipment needed to launch what was then North America’s first 24/7 Arabic language Christian channel.
    Initially, they ran it out of their three-car garage and now have beautiful studios in Southern California where they produce hundreds of live and pre-recorded programs that are having a huge impact on Arabic speakers around the world....

  • GSMPRO,Dubai, Saudi Arabia perspective
  • Al Jazeera Live

  • Middle Eastern TV

    ". Al Jazeera is a Qatari-based television station that broadcasts news and political programs all day. Free from the shackles of censorship and government control and widely recognized as the leading alternative counter viewpoint to U.S. and other Western media outlets, Al Jazeera offers its audiences in the Arab world much needed freedom of thought, independence and plenty of room for debate. Aljazeera has more than 30 bureaus and dozens of correspondents covering tns of people a refreshing perspective on global events..."he four corners of the world giving millio


    "..Let me share just a word about how wonderful most Arabs treat you. When you meet a true Arab family, they treat you as a prince. When you are invited to their home to eat or sleep, then they treat you like a king with all honor and reverence. When you leave, you are a poet, you are a trumpet, you will tell the other people that you meet what a wonderful family or village you have been in. You don't tell about how good the food is or how bad, or how nice the house was or how poor. You can only speak about how good the man is or how good the village is. You do not enter an Arab village and stand in the street and begin to preach, although I do that in many other places. I enter the village and the people would be looking at me, then they offer me a cup of coffee or tea and if you seem to be friendly and love them, the Arab will then offer you an invitation to his home to eat or sleep. It is a great humiliation to be offered something and reject it. After you arrive at their home they'll want to know what you want to do or what you would like, and I always tell them I'd like to speak to the people of the town or village about Jesus. They gather the people together and I address the gathering. I eat, drink and sleep in their homes not as a stranger, but as a friend and as a follower of Jesus. I have been showered with love from these people. ..-A pilgrim follower of Jesus, Arthur Blessitt Luke 18:1 ( Middle Eastern: Jordan)


  • Lawrence of Arabia

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    "The definitive epic of the cinema's history. "Lawrence of Arabia" is hands-down the finest production of the 1960s and makes a strong case as the best movie ever made. The titled character (Oscar-nominee Peter O'Toole in his career-defining role) dies in a freak motorcycle accident in the early-1930s in his homeland of England. In spite of being honored by the nation, many knew nothing of him. Some loved him, others despised him, but no one seemed to know the man at all. Flashbacks immediately start as we meet the character during World War I. He is a lieutenant assigned to mundane duties, but suddenly he is thrust into a greater role in North Africa. He is to assist a Saudi Arabian prince (Alec Guinness). The goal is to fight off the dreaded Turkish regime that poses a threat to the Arabs. If the Turks take over this land in Africa, what will it mean for the English? This concern leads to those in charge (most notably Claude Rains) wanting the titled character to help the Arabs to win their freedom back from the Turks. With the help of allies Omar Sharif (Oscar-nominated) and Anthony Quinn, among a whole host of others, O'Toole starts to assist the Arabs in their all-or-nothing task. An ambitious American journalist (Arthur Kennedy) wants to tell O'Toole's story in the hopes of getting the U.S. interested in the war (basically trying to get his nation involved in World War I by presenting them with a larger-than-life hero). During the venture O'Toole becomes a bit war-crazed and looks at himself as a sort of Christ-like figure who thinks of himself as immortal. O'Toole proves to be someone who is very at home in combat and when the combat is over, will he be able to function properly? Franklin J. Schaffner's "Patton" benefited greatly from David Lean's (Oscar-winning for directing) masterpiece. This Best Picture Oscar winner from 1962 just grows in importance as the years pass by. "Lawrence of Arabia" is a thinking person's film that is much, much deeper than it appears on the surface (and it appears deep on the surface to start with). The film deals with a slice of history that really did not seem that important back during World War I, but the situations in the Middle East now are greatly due to T.E. Lawrence's acts nearly a century ago. Did leading the Arabs to freedom make the world a safer place? This is the main question that Lean's film raises. Guinness' character is someone who changes almost immediately near the end of the production and it is a somewhat frightening foreshadower of things to come. A monumental milestone in film-making that stands so tall against all the other great productions of all eras. 5 stars out of 5."
    "Upon its original release, Lawrence was a huge critical and financial success, and it remains very popular with the public and critics alike to this day. It is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films ever made. Its visual style has influenced many directors, including Steven Spielberg, who described the film as "a miracle", George Lucas, Sam Peckinpah, and Martin Scorsese. Its influence upon filmmaking and popular culture has been called "undeniable". It is today regarded as a masterpiece of world cinema and is often featured highly on critical lists of best films. It was rated the fifth greatest American film of all time by the American Film Institute in 1997; In its 2007 Tenth Anniversary Edition list, Lawrence of Arabia was seventh."


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  • Persecution

    Persecution by Mideast Police

    "This short video documents some of the tragedies that Christians have faced while being persecuted. When a corrupt police dept has already decided to blame one Christian for a murder, they go to great lengths to get a confession out of the people that know him. WARNING! THE DESCRIPTIONS IN THIS CLIP CAN BE GRAPHIC"


    "Isa/Y'shua/Jesus is the Prince of Peace in the Middle East"


    ABRHAMIC (Avraham/Ibrāhīm) FAITH
    *see GoodNewsEverybody: Religious

    Genesis 11
    "From Shem to Abram
    ...26 After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.

    27 This is the account of Terah.
    Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. 29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah. 30 Now Sarai was barren; she had no children.
    31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there.
    32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran. ...

    "Abraham From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    . " Abraham (Hebrew: אַבְרָהָם, Standard Avraham Tiberian ʾAḇrāhām Ashkenazi Avrohom or Avruhom ; Arabic: ابراهيم‎, Ibrāhīm ; Ge'ez: አብርሃም, ʾAbrəham) is a man featured in the Book of Genesis and an important figure in several monotheistic religions. Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions regard him as the founding patriarch of the Israelites, Ishmaelites and Edomite peoples. He is widely regarded as the patriarch of Judaism and monotheism. Abraham means "Father of Nations" - "Av" is Hebrew for "Father", and "Raham" is the Arabic for "Nations or Multitude". Also considered to mean "High Father", coming from the Aramaic words "Aba Rama"
    Abraham's father was Terah, the grandfather was Nahor. Abraham's brothers were named Nahor and Haran.[2] According to Genesis, Abraham was brought by God from Mesopotamia to the land of Canaan. There Abraham entered into a covenant: in exchange for sole recognition of YHWH as supreme universal deity and authority, Abraham will be blessed with innumerable progeny. According to Jewish tradition (based on the Anno Mundi era), Abraham lived AM 1948–2123 (1812 BCE to 1637 BCE). Christian traditional dates are about 2000 BCE to 1825 BCE.[3]
    Judaism, Christianity and Islam are sometimes referred to as the "Abrahamic religions", because of the progenitor role Abraham plays in their holy books. In the Jewish tradition, he is called Avraham Avinu or "Abraham, our Father". God promised Abraham that through his offspring, all the nations of the world will come to be blessed (Genesis 12:3), interpreted in Christian tradition as a reference particularly to Christ. ..."

    Abraham (bible movies) 1/19

    "Genesis 16
    Hagar and Ishmael
    1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, "The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her." "

    Haran-How does the ancient city of Haran play into Bible history? , from
    "...Haran was the city which Abraham's family settled in after leaving Ur of the Chaldees. Abraham's father Terah took Abraham and his brother Nahor with him to Haran following the death of his son who coincidentally was also named Haran. Haran was Abraham's brother and Lot's father (Lot was Abraham's nephew). After staying in the city of Haran for sometime the Lord called Abraham to leave the ancient city and to travel to the land of Canaan, just south of Haran. Canaan was to become his inheritance and was passed on to his descendants, the Children of Israel. ..."
    *see GoodnewsEverybody: Middle Eastern-Turkey
    Abraham (bible movies) 2/19, from
    *click link for separate page to watch and follow readings...
    "... 7 The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 8 And he said, "Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?"
    "I'm running away from my mistress Sarai," she answered.
    9 Then the angel of the LORD told her, "Go back to your mistress and submit to her." 10 The angel added, "I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count."
    11 The angel of the LORD also said to her: "You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, [a] for the LORD has heard of your misery.
    12 He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward [b] all his brothers."
    13 She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen [c] the One who sees me." 14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi [d] ; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.
    15 So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael. ..."
    -Genesis 16
    *see GoodnewsEverybody: Middle East-Syria
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    Ishmael From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "...Ishmael (Hebrew: יִשְׁמָעֵאל, Standard Yišmaʿel Tiberian Yišmāʿêl; Arabic: إسماعيل‎, 'Ismā‘īl) is a figure in the Torah, Bible, and Qur'an. Jewish, Christian and Muslim believers regard Ishmael as Abraham's eldest son, born of his wife Sarah's hand maiden Hagar (Genesis 16:3). Though born of Hagar, according to Mesopotamian law, Ishmael was credited as Sarah's son (Genesis 16:2)[1] According to the Genesis account, he died at the age of 137 (Genesis 25:17).[2] .."
    Both Jewish and Islamic traditions consider Ishmael as the ancestor of northern Arab people.[1] Judaism has generally viewed Ishmael as wicked though repentant.[1] Judaism maintains that Isaac (the father of the Jewish people) rather than Ishmael was the true heir of Abraham.[3] The New Testament contains few references to Ishmael. In Christian biblical interpretation, Ishmael is used to symbolize the older—now rejected—Judaic tradition; Isaac symbolizes the new tradition of Christianity.[1] Islamic tradition, however, has a very positive view of Ishmael, giving him a larger and more significant role. The Qur'an views him as an Islamic prophet. According to the interpretation[citation needed] of some early Islamic theologians whose view prevailed later, Ishmael was the actual son that Abraham was called on to sacrifice, as opposed to Isaac...."

    *see my personal start on understanding this "family feud" (see Trip To the Philippines 01'
    "Festival of Sacrifice" Monday, May. 19, 1930 (
    " Only two sons of Abraham, traveling, idol-smashing Hebrew, became famed— Ishmael and Isaac. Isaac, son of Sarah, Abraham's half-sister by another mother, was the younger. He became two sons of Abraham, traveling, idol-smashing Hebrew, became famed— Ishmael and Isaac. Isaac, son of Sarah, Abraham's half-sister by another mother, was the younger. He became the ancestor of the Israelites (of whom the Jews are the professedly sole remnants). Ishmael, born of Hagar, Sarah's Egyptian servant, was the elder. After Sarah's jealousy nagged Abraham into driving Hagar and her Ishmael into the wilderness, Ishmael became an archer, married an Egyptian girl, begot twelve sons who became ancestors of the Nomad tribes around Palestine from whom the Arabians are descended.
    As Isaac is to the Jews, so Ishmael is to the Mohammedans, whose culture is mainly Arabian. Many of Isaac's traditions Moslems apply to Ishmael, including Abraham's miraculously finding a ram to sacrifice instead of Isaac..."

    Abraham (Bible Movies)3/19 , from
    "Genesis 12
    The Call of Abram
    1 The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. 2 "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. ...

    *see GoodnewsEverybody Life-Dreams
    Abraham (Bible Movies) 4/19, from
    *see GoodnewsEverybody: Middle East-Israel
    Abraham (Bible Movies) 5/19, from
    "...18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river [d] of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates- 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites."....-Genesis 15
    Canaan From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    ".. is an ancient term for a region encompassing modern-day Israel and Lebanon, the Arab Palestinian Authority, plus adjoining coastal lands and parts of Jordan, Syria and northeastern Egypt. In the Hebrew Bible, the "Land of Canaan" extends from Lebanon southward across Gaza to the "Brook of Egypt" and eastward to the Jordan River Valley, thus including modern Israel and the area presently ruled by the Arab Palestinian Authority. In far ancient times, the southern area included various ethnic groups. .."
    *see GoodnewsEverybody: Middle Eastern-Jordan
    Abraham (Bible Movies) 6/19, from
    "Genesis 13
    Abram and Lot Separate
    1 So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. 2 Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold. 3 From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier 4 and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the LORD.

    *see GoodnewsEverybody African-Egypt
    Abraham (Bible Movies)7/19, from
    "Abram in Egypt
    10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, "I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife.' Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you."
    14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that she was a very beautiful woman. 15 And when Pharaoh's officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, menservants and maidservants, and camels..."
    -Genesis 12

    Abraham (Bible movies) 8/19, from
    ".... 17 But the LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. "What have you done to me?" he said. "Why didn't you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, 'She is my sister,' so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!" 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had. "-Genesis 12
    Abraham (Bible movies) 9/19, from
    "Genesis 13
    Abram and Lot Separate
    1 So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. 2 Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold...."

    Abraham (Bible movies) 10/19

    "Genesis 14
    Abram Rescues Lot
    1 At this time Amraphel king of Shinar, [a] Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of Goiim 2 went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 3 All these latter kings joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (the Salt Sea [b] ). 4 For twelve years they had been subject to Kedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled..."

    Abraham (Bible Movies) 11/19, from
    "... When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. 16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.
    17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King's Valley).
    18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem [d] brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying, "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator [e] of heaven and earth.
    20 And blessed be [f] God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand." Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
    21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself."
    22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, and have taken an oath 23 that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, 'I made Abram rich.' 24 I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me—to Aner, Eshcol and Mamre. Let them have their share." ..."
    -Genesis 14
    Sodom and Gomorrah From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "The Biblical text
    ....In Ezekiel 16:48-50 God compares Jerusalem to Sodom, saying "Sodom never did what you and your daughters have done." He explains that the sin of Sodom was that "She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me." ..
    Jewish views
    The people of Sodom were seen as guilty of many other significant sins. Rabbinic writings affirm that the Sodomites also committed economic crimes, blasphemy and bloodshed[1]. One of the worst was to give money or even gold ingots to beggars, after inscribing their names on them, and then subsequently refusing to sell them food. The unfortunate stranger would end up starving and after his death, the people who gave him the money would reclaim it...
    Christian view
    ...This idea is paralleled in the Gospels when Jesus compares an inhospitable reception to Sodom:
    If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town. I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. —Matthew 10:14-15"
    Islamic view
    The major difference between the Islamic view of Lot and the Biblical version of Lot is that the Bible includes later stories of Lot's incestuous relationship with his daughters, which are implicitly denied in Islam. Since Lot is referred to as a prophet of God,[5] and Islamic prophets are considered to never break God's law, Lot would not have had such an incestuous relationship. .."

    *see GoodnewsEverybody: Social Issues-Homosexuality
    Abraham (Bible Movies) 12/19, from
    Abraham (Bible Movies) 13/19, from
    " Genesis 16
    Hagar and Ishmael
    1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, "The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her."

    Abraham (Bible Movies) 14/19, from
    "... 23 On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and circumcised them, as God told him. 24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised, 25 and his son Ishmael was thirteen; 26 Abraham and his son Ishmael were both circumcised on that same day. 27 And every male in Abraham's household, including those born in his household or bought from a foreigner, was circumcised with him."-Genesis 17

    Abraham (Bible Movies) 15/19, from
    "...15 God also said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her."
    17 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, "Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?" 18 And Abraham said to God, "If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!"
    19 Then God said, "Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. [d] I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. ..."
    -Genesis 17
    "Abraham Pleads for Sodom
    ...20 Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know." ..."
    -Genesis 18
    Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed
    "...23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the LORD out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 26 But Lot's wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. ...-Genesis 19
    *see GoodnewsEverybody: Science-Geology
    Sodom and Gomorrah The Cities of the Plain Ash and brimstone remain , from
    "...Biblical Warning For All
    The cities of the plain were destroyed as a warning for all that this same event will happen again one day to the wicked. One would think God is capable of preserving this ancient lesson for us to see and to learn from.
    "Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens" Genesis 19:24. "Turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly" II Peter 2:6. (The word for "example" means an exhibit for warning.) ...

    *see GoodnewsEverybody: History-Archaeology
    Abraham (bible Movies)16/19, from
    "Genesis 20
    Abraham and Abimelech

    1 Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, 2 and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." Then Abimelech king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her....
    17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife and his slave girls so they could have children again, 18 for the LORD had closed up every womb in Abimelech's household because of Abraham's wife Sarah.

    Genesis 21
    The Birth of Isaac
    Abraham (Bible Movies) 17/19, from
    "Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away
    8 The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. 9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 10 and she said to Abraham, "Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac...
    He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the desert of Beersheba. ..
    20 God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. 21 While he was living in the Desert of Paran, his mother got a wife for him from Egypt."
    -Genesis 21
    Abraham (bible Movies)18/19, from
    "The Treaty at Beersheba
    22 At that time Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his forces said to Abraham, "God is with you in everything you do. 23 Now swear to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants. Show to me and the country where you are living as an alien the same kindness I have shown to you." ..
    32 After the treaty had been made at Beersheba, Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his forces returned to the land of the Philistines. 33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called upon the name of the LORD, the Eternal God. 34 And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for a long time."
    -Genesis 21
    *see GoodnewsEverybody: Middle Eastern-Palestine
    Natural Allies by Rev. Lee Woofenden Bridgewater, Massachusetts, October 17, 2004 Sermons on Audio
    "....Abraham and Abimelech had clashing ideas. Abimelech saw the land on which he was living as belonging to him and his nation. But Abraham believed that God had promised this entire land to him and his descendants. Each had his own view of things, his own "truth." And those conflicting ideas were expressed outwardly in their conflicts over water. ...
    In contrast to the sea, a well represents a higher and more living source of truth and understanding. Specifically, a well represents spiritual truth, or the Word of the Lord.
    What, then, is the conflict here? And how is it resolved?
    "Beersheba," Swedenborg tells us, "represents merely human rational ideas that are allied with religious teachings." In the Lord’s life, the treaty of Beersheba meant that he could use all he had learned from religious leaders, and make it a part of his ministry to the people. And in the Gospel story, we find him very effectively using his thorough knowledge of the Scriptures and of Jewish customs in preaching his own higher message ....."

    Abraham (bible movies)19/19

    "Genesis 22
    Abraham Tested
    1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied. 2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."...
    8 Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together. ..
    13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram [a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided."
    15 The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, "I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring [b] all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me." ...

    Abraham and Isaac, (cartoon) from
    Abraham & Isaac A Prophetic Journey, from

    "Was God testing Abraham's faith by asking him to sacrifice his son? That was part of it, but I contend it was meant to be a model for the future sacrifice of his son. Often we can not see that God has a much larger purpose for the trials we face. In this case Abraham modeled the Father's redemption of mankind. "
    *see GoodnewsEverybody: Passion -Music
    Abraham Where Is The Lamb

    "Great song by Wendy Francisco wife ot Don Francisco. Hope you enjoy."
    Father Abraham, from
    "Bible School Song "
    Father Abraham Techno, from

    "Hagar and Sarah
    21Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? 22For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. 23His son by the slave woman was born in the ordinary way; but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a promise.
    24These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. 25Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 26But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. 27For it is written:
    "Be glad, O barren woman,
    who bears no children;
    break forth and cry aloud,
    you who have no labor pains;
    because more are the children of the desolate woman
    than of her who has a husband."[b]
    28Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29At that time the son born in the ordinary way persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. 30But what does the Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son."[c] 31Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman."
    -Galatians 4

    "19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that -and shudder. 20You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. 24You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. "-James 2


  • Bible cited as Israel's claim on Jerusalem Posted: 17 May, 2010

  • "Israel (MNN) ― Israel's leader is quoting the Bible to stake claims on Jerusalem as being the nation's capital. Last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a parliamentary session commemorating Israel's capture of East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war that "Jerusalem" and its alternative Hebrew name "Zion" appear 850 times in the Old Testament--Judaism's core canon. Citing such ancestry, Israel calls all of Jerusalem its "eternal and indivisible" capital -- a designation not recognized abroad, where many powers support Arab claims to East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
    Netanyahu didn't talk about them being given Jerusalem in 1948 or mention any of the wars they had won.
    Tom Doyle, Middle East expert with E3 Partners, says Netanyahu quoting the Old Testament is profound. "The Bible is clear on whose capital it is, and Israel has shown that they're willing to share it. But I think this is the first time I've heard bold statements like that, giving the sole justification for Jerusalem from the Bible."
    Muslims reject the Bible, says Doyle. "Muslims say the Scriptures are corrupted, and they don't trust them. They may honor Jesus in some ways and say some things are good in the Bible," but they don't believe the Bible.
    Ironically, Jerusalem isn't mentioned in the Koran. Doyle says Jerusalem only recently has been known as a Muslim holy city. "We don't see that until the 60's when Palestinian Leader Yasir Arafat coined that expression that Jerusalem was Islam's third-holiest city. Until then, there was a big debate on what was the third-holiest city."
    While Netanyahu's citing of Scripture is unprecedented, Doyle says Palestinian Christians may face difficult days ahead. "Arab Muslims would know that they read the Bible and take the Bible literally. And so when you've got the Israeli Prime Minister saying that about Jerusalem, Arab believers will feel some heat."
    Palestinian Christian are caught in the middle of this political turmoil. They're opposed by Israelis because they're Palestinians. Their called Zionists by Palestinian Muslims because they are so peaceful.
    While tensions are high in the region, Doyle says, "We are not seeing any cutbacks because of the political tension. In fact, we're seeing exactly the opposite. We're seeing more believers, more disciples, and more churches planted throughout the Middle East."
    E3 Partners provides training and resources to Christians in the region. Doyle says, "$30 a month can sponsor a Middle East leader. And, that will help him get the tools and the training he needs to be more effective within the region."
    If you'd like to help E3 Partners with their work in the Middle East, click here.

    Many surprised by genetic and cultural links between Palestinians and Jews

    -Chromosome for the Cohen, “priestly” line, shows up in Palestinians By Mark Ellis Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service Friday, September 16, 2011
    "GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO (ANS) -- In some of the dry and dusty Palestinian and Bedouin villages they still circumcise their boys after the seventh day. Hidden away in some Palestinian homes are Jewish mezuzahs and tefillin. Some older residents can recall lighting candles on the Sabbath.
    “Many of the Palestinians know it, but it’s not politically correct to acknowledge this publicly among Muslims,” says Steve Hagerman, founder of Turkish World Outreach. “There are two houses of Israel in the Holy Land: one aligned with the West and primarily secular or Jewish and the other aligned with the East and primarily Islam.”
    When the northern kingdom of Israel was deported by the Assyrians in 745-702 B.C., most were sent to the east, Hagerman notes. After the Roman conquest, many Jews were carried away as slaves or fled to the west. “Many of the people in southern and central Italy are of Jewish origin, because so many slaves were carried away by the Romans to big estates in southern Italy.”
    Hagerman cites a documentary that appeared on Israeli television in 2009 that established many common links. The documentary, produced by Nissim Mossek, quotes Rabbi Dov Stein, secretary of the New Sanhedrin, “It becomes clear that a significant part of the Arabs in the land of Israel are actually descendants of Jews who were forced to convert to Islam over the centuries,” he says. “There are studies which indicate that 85% of this group is of Jewish origin.”
    Genetic studies have confirmed the connection. Ariella Oppenheim PhD, a researcher at Hebrew University and the Hadassah Medical School labs, did several important studies in 2000 and 2001. She was able to demonstrate common origins and a number of surprising relationships. Oppenheim established that both the Palestinians and the Jews descended from the Kurds of Babylon, homeland of the patriarch Abraham.
    Even more surprising, she found the Ashkenazi Jews from Europe are genetically closer to the Palestinians than Middle East Jews.



    ...Some experts see their clumsiness as the product of nondenominational churches lacking the resources for proper training programs. Others suggest that the culprits are "short termers" who don't stay in the region long enough to witness the cycles of retribution their confrontational styles can touch off. Says Robert Seiple, the State Department's Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom until 2000 and himself an Evangelical: "There is a lot more good than bad. The major denominations get it right more than wrong. But what I discovered is that well-intended people have in many, many cases eroded the message they were trying to communicate through inappropriate methodologies. Persecution results, and there are times you wish they had stayed home...."...

    10/40 Window

    ....A missions strategist named Ralph Winter suggested in 1974 that Christians turn their attention from areas already exposed to Christ to "unreached people groups" who had never heard the Gospel. The plan held special allure for those who read literally another verse in Matthew suggesting that when every nation is reached, the long-awaited end times can commence. In 1989 Argentine-born evangelist Luis Bush pointed out that 97% of the unevangelized lived in a "window" between the 10th and 40th latitudes. This immense global slice, he explained, was disproportionately poor; the majority of its inhabitants "enslaved" by Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism and, ultimately, by Satan....

    ..."Henry" and "Sarah" practice a kind of evangelism that might satisfy the staunchest agnostic. In the early 1980s they arrived in the North African country where they serve as missionary-team leaders. "We didn't want to run through, do our thing and preach," says Sarah. "We wanted to live." They founded an adventure-travel business and made friends. They talked sports and taxes and children with their neighbors, went camping with them and gathered with them on Muslim feast days. They didn't hide their faith, but they didn't press it on others, so when a friend's friend who had taken a Christian correspondence course approached them on behalf of his family, they shared Christ on his terms. "They pursued us," Henry insists. The two clans grew close and still are; eventually several of the Muslims embraced Christ. To tentmaking theorists, this is "relationship evangelism." Henry prefers to speak of the difference in connotation between two Arabic words, tansir and tabshir. "Tansir means to coerce people to change their religion," he explains. "Tabshir means to share, to be a witness."...


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    Wayne, Pennsylvania (ANS) -- Officials at this Christian Satellite Television Ministry to the Middle East and North Africa recently joined with their Arab Christian counterparts on staff throughout the Middle East in reaction to the tragic terrorism attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

    "It is clear that when the disaster hit us here in America, it also struck deep into the hearts of fellow believers all over the Middle East and North Africa," said SAT-7 North America President Ron Ensminger. "We have had such profound expressions of sympathy for American Christians from Arabic fellow believers that I want to pass some of them along as encouragements." [NOTE: a partial text of these quotes is attached to this release].

    "At the same time, we have heard positive expressions of support for our ministry in the Middle East from many American Christians. They are encouraging us to continue our efforts to send the Good News of Jesus Christ into homes all across the region with our Bible-based, Arabic-language programming. It would be easy to allow Tuesday's events to turn our hearts towards bitterness to all foreigners," said Ensminger, "Fortunately, Christians are telling us that our job has never been more important and they have specifically expressed compassion and mercy to Christians living in Arab lands."

    "We intend to continue our efforts in the aftermath of this terrible terrorist attack and we welcome those who choose to join us," said Ensminger. "We are grateful to our Christian partners who have voiced their encouragements during these difficult days, both our neighbors here and overseas. The joy of the Lord is our strength!"



    "Father Zakaria is an Egyptian Coptic priest who was kicked out of his country for converting Muslims to Christ. Today he has a ministry to the Muslim world through his satellite TV broadcast, 'Truth Talk.'
    Broadcast daily into the Middle East, the program challenges Muslims to examine their faith and encourages them to discuss issues in an Internet chat room on Pal Talk.
    Watch the interview to learn how those broadcasts are leading Muslim clerics to Christ.
    Truth Talk' To The Muslim World, General: October 7, 2006 (

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