Israel finds a welcome audience with Christian journalists – Josef Federman

 

Israel’s nationalist government may be unpopular with Western liberals and much of its domestic press corps, but it has found a close friend among the world’s evangelical Christians and their media outlets.

The government this week is hosting a first-of-its-kind summit for Christian journalists, featuring softball questions, mutual admiration and a welcome respite for embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His outreach to evangelical leaders reflects striking tactical parallels to his close ally and fellow media basher, President Donald Trump.

About 130 journalists from some 30 countries are participating in the four-day summit, which ends Wednesday. The world’s largest broadcasters, including the Christian Broadcasting Network, Daystar, Trinity Broadcasting Network and God TV, are all represented.

Nitzan Chen, the director of Israel’s Government Press Office, said he believed the summit was long overdue, and that planners chose the 50th anniversary celebrations of Israel’s capture of east Jerusalem as a fitting occasion for the conference.

For many years, Israel has held a summit for Jewish media outlets, cultivating those journalists as unofficial “ambassadors” to help promote Israel’s image abroad, he said. “Using the same logic,” it decided to reach out to Christian media, in what could become a regular event.

The summit’s agenda includes meetings with top Israeli politicians, most from the nationalist side. Palestinian speakers barely appear on the agenda.

Sessions include discussions on archaeology and Jewish-Christian relations, but also “radical Islam” and alleged media bias, legal “warfare” and Palestinian “incitement” against Israel. While Israel’s West Bank settlements are largely vilified in the West, participants are offered a chance to visit one.

The media summit extends what has become a warm relationship between Israel and its evangelical supporters.

Local charities raise millions of dollars from Christian friends around the world, and evangelical Christians make up a sizeable segment of the tourism industry. Last week, thousands of Christians gathered in Jerusalem for an annual celebration and parade coinciding with the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

According to Israel’s Tourism Ministry, evangelical Christians account for roughly one-fifth of all Christian tourists visiting the country. Among American Christian visitors, the number of evangelicals is much higher, at nearly 40 percent.

“The evangelical market is one of our main target audiences,” said Eyal Carlin, director of the ministry’s Americas department. He said the ministry advertises in Christian media, sponsors trips for influential community leaders and works with Christian tour operators to offer visits with “faith-based or biblical themes.”

Gordon Robertson, chief executive of the Christian Broadcasting Network and a summit participant, said evangelical support for Israel was deep and heartfelt.

He described Israel’s modern-day history, from its founding in 1948 to its capture of east Jerusalem in 1967 to scenes last week of children laughing and playing in his Jerusalem hotel, as fulfilling biblical prophecy — the bedrock idea seemingly driving the Evangelicals’ support.

He also talked of his strong personal affinity for Israel and the Jewish faith, noting that he enjoys studying the Hebrew Bible. “I like to joke, the longer I’m a Christian the more Jewish I become,” he said.

CBN, known best for its “700 Club” show and which claims a worldwide audience of 360 million people, delivered its first satellite broadcast from Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives in 1976. Today, its Jerusalem operation is “one of our most productive bureaus in the world,” he said.

While Robertson, the son of famed televangelist Pat Robertson, said he did not consider himself to be a direct partner of the Israeli government, he said, “I think we can be a partner with the Israeli people.”

“Israel is obviously in a very difficult position with the Palestinians, with the Arab world, and there needs to be a voice that’s independent from Israel, saying, ‘wait a minute, Israel is actually doing the right thing.'” He said.

That strong support for Israel was evident at Netanyahu’s meeting with the visiting journalists.

Netanyahu, who routinely spars with local media and has accused them of reporting “fake news” in their coverage of a series of corruption scandals, received a warm welcome.

“Good to see you, my friend,” said one journalist before asking a question. “There’s no fake news here.”

Netanyahu’s embrace of the Christian media echoes the strategy employed by Trump.

White evangelicals were a core constituency that propelled Trump to victory in last year’s election. And even after the tumultuous start to his presidency, they remain staunch supporters. Trump, along with members of his administration and his family, have appeared regularly on CBN.

Robertson said that Christian voters were drawn to Trump in part because of his strong support for Israel. “It’s absolutely an issue. It will absolutely determine a vote,” he said.

Ahmad Majdalani, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said evangelical support for Israel is well-known but difficult to understand. He said that both Palestinian Christians and Muslims are harmed by Israeli policies.

“I think those evangelical people are deluded by the Israeli propaganda,” he said. “I recommend they go to Bethlehem and see the large swatch of Christian land that was confiscated and turned into Jewish settlements.”

Robertson echoed the Israeli claim that the Palestinians have rejected repeated peace offers and refused to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

He also rejected a common “accusation” in Israel that evangelical Christians are here to convert Jews or prepare for the End of Days.

“We really truly stand with Israel, and we really truly want to be dear friends,” he said.

Not everyone agrees. Jeremy Ben Ami, president of J Street, a liberal pro-Israel group in Washington that is often critical of the Israeli government, said the evangelicals do not necessarily have Israel’s best interests in mind.

“Israel should be wary of embracing extreme Christian Zionist groups that may be more concerned with their own theological agendas than with Israel’s long-term survival as a secure, democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” he said.

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Kent school cuts ties with Christian group after parents’ complaints

Group of parents say children have been given hateful messages in assemblies and lessons led by charity CrossTeach

St John’s Church of England primary school in Tunbridge Wells. Photograph: Google Maps

 

A primary school in Kent has cuts its ties with a Christian group after parents complained of religious extremism and claimed children had been distressed by comments about gay marriage and a demonstration of “God’s power” in assemblies.

Dan Turvey, the headteacher of St John’s Church of England primary school in Tunbridge Wells, told parents in a letter that he was ending invitations to the charity CrossTeach to lead school assemblies and take lessons, after what he called a campaign by parents.

The group of parents said they had been raising concerns for several months, and that the school had failed to address a string of complaints.

Incidents included a harvest festival assembly in which a CrossTeach guest speaker attempted to demonstrate “the destructive power of God” by smashing a model boat.

One parent claimed her son had been told last week that “men can’t marry men”.

The group of parents said in a statement: “We recognise and respect the school’s Christian values but think there is a brand of Christianitythat is abusing that respect. The basis of [our] complaint relates purely to concerns over the welfare and safeguarding of children who we believe are being exposed to potentially damaging ideology.”

One parent with a child at the school, who did not wish to be identified, said: “The fact that the school didn’t care or do anything about it is unbelievable. We have tried to engage with them but they weren’t really interested. What we don’t like is the hateful messages that have been given to our children.”

Turvey said the parents believed CrossTalk and others from St John’s church had an “extremist set of beliefs” but said he had not heard extremist views being expressed at the school.

“After careful consideration I have decided that we will end our regular commitment to CrossTeach and that they will no longer lead assemblies or take lessons,” Turvey told parents in the letter sent on Monday.

He said he was “deeply saddened” to take the step. “They do not deserve the tarnishing of their good name and allegations of extremism that have taken place over the last few months,” Turvey said in his letter. He said the group would still be allowed to run voluntary after-school clubs.

CrossTeach failed to answer requests for a response. Turvey told the Guardian: “Things we’ve read and heard from parents … we don’t recognise them. It’s clear there’s been some misunderstanding.”

As a faith school, St John’s has more leeway to promote the Church of England and Christianity to pupils. But faith schools must still adhere to Department for Education guidelines regarding fundamental British values, including equality and non-discrimination in matters such as gay marriage, as well as respect and tolerance for other faiths.

In recent years several Muslim faith schools have been penalised by the DfE and Ofsted for failing to respect British values, while some non-faith state schools

have been cited for failing to adequately prepare pupils for life in modern Britain.

In his letter to parents, Turvey bemoaned the influence of social media on the school during the campaign by parents.

“It is my view that the use of social media can be destructive and counterproductive. In this case I believe that the damage caused by the use of this media will take a very long time to repair,” he said, adding that it was clear “relationships have been soured and trust eroded” at the school.

Turvey told parents: “The past few months have been stressful, tiring and a distraction from our focus,” with the school facing an Ofsted inspection and financial difficulties.

 

 

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Event: Live Online Worship with Ify Dan Excell

Come Monday, the 9th of October, 2017… from 12 Noon, worship leader Ify Dan Excell will be leading a live online worship session to celebrate her birthday in reverence and gratitude to God for His grace and unfailing love.

The worship session will be streamed live via her social network profiles:

Twitter: @ifydanexcell
Instagram: @ifydannwude
Facebook: Ifeoma Dan Nwude
YouTube: Ify Dan Excell

Kindly connect with her on these channels and be sure to drop good prayers and wishes as we worship our Maker, The ALMIGHTY GOD.



You can also get her music from these stores:

Music+: tinyurl.com/ifyDanExcell-mp

Cloud9: cloud9.com.ng/ify-dan-excell

Ntertane: tinyurl.com/nt-ifyDanExcell

Event: THE FELLOWSHIP with Carol Cee on Sunday 06/08/2017 Make It A Date!

Praise Affairs Int’l, the music group and record label managing legendary musicians like Righteousman, has announced the headline concert of one of her top artistes – Carol Cee. The event is tagged: THE FELLOWSHIP WITH CAROL CEE. 

THE FELLOWSHIP with Carol Cee is going to be an endless stream of communion. Carol Cee and friends will usher us into the Holiest of Holies through heartfelt worship by the rendering of psalms and songs to glorify God. Make it a date!

Venue: Beehive Hall. Plot A. L.J Dosunmu str, The street behind NECA House. The road opposite African Shrine. Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

Date: Sunday, 6th of August, 2017

Time: 4pm

Host Minister: Carol Cee
Guest Ministers: Righteousman, Buchi, Monique, Asu Ekiye, Mike Abdul, Joe Praise
Wole Oni, Esther Aite, Anny, Segun Obe, Pst Aity Dennis, Zino J, E’Davids, Dason, Ebele The Flutist and many more.

Hosts: Keppy Ekpeyong, Hugo Bros, Obus Zalee.

Official Video Promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTaPxAXZZRs

More info and reservations can be on the official event page: http://bit.ly/2uswY0L

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1838604766401534/

Watch top stars inviting you to THE FELLOWSHIP with Carol Cee:

AllStars video: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gZQ5mxy708

Asu Ekiye Invites You to The Fellowship with Carol Cee: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50DrremsU-c

Buchi Invites You to The Fellowship with Carol Cee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz90uosw7wo

Segun Obe Invites You to The Fellowship with Carol Cee:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-vh8xwPIWI

 

Bezaleel Gospel Music Competiton sets to kickoff with STAGE 1

After a successful open audition held on the 2nd of July, 2017 Bezaleel is set to hold the Stage 1 of your favourite gospel music competition.

At the open audition, Judges Pst. Cousin Victory, Sophie CoolFM and Dr. Emamoke  lent their exceptional music knowledge and experience in selecting the 15 contestants who made it through to stage one.

Below are the list of contestants that got strong YESes which got them into the academy:

Jerry Fidel

Favour Christiana Ogbuagu

Laureen Onoja

Prince Jil Valentine

Vincent Gabriel

Egbuna Josehine Ngozi

Chidinma Ifedike

Victoria Jacob

Emmanuella Macaulay

Leah Yunusa

Tosin  Ologunu Mary

Ngozi Udensi Clara

Juliana Samuel

Sanya Oluwatobi

Daniel Lawrence

This Sunday 23rd July, 2017 at exactly 4pm, doors of Living Faith Church, 3 Iroko avenue, Nomansland, Kano shall be open to welcome you for the Stage 1 of this great event.

Mark your calendar. Do not miss it for anything.

VIDEO: MUSIC MINISTER, VICTORIA COLE UNVEILS OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR “I’M A WINNER” ALONG WITH LYRICS 

MUSIC MINISTER, VICTORIA COLE UNVEILS OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR “I’M A WINNER” 


The official and exciting new video for the hit single, I’m A Winner by Victoria Cole is out now! Guaranteed to get you dancing. It’s exciting, dynamic, prophetic and spiritual.

The video was directed by DMA (Simplicity Studio).

Watch the uplifting visuals below: 

DOWNLOAD AUDIO 

LYRICS


I’m A Winner by Victoria Cole

We are anointed

Yes we are – repeat
I m a winner
I’m a Champion
I’m at the top
I cannot lose
For my God is for me – I cannot lose

For my God is great – I cannot lose
I cannot lose for my God is with me
I cannot lose for my God is great
Old things are gone and now I’m new in Jesus Christ
We are anointed

NEW MUSIC: MOSES JOHNSON DEBUTS WITH “WHO IS LIKE UNTO THEE” (Medley) 



Singer, Song writer and Music director, Moses Johnson is such anointed and skilful music minister with so much energy. He has shared stage with great names in the gospel music world. Moses has coordinated so many choir and groups and has a great sense of creativity in arranging music. He is one of the Music directors of Worshipculture; a TWC Media managed worship team and currently the Provincial Music Director of RCCG, Province 32.

After years of directing choirs and groups, he is set to present to the world what God can use him to do and that is evident in this first single “WHO IS LIKE UNTO THEE”

Download, listen and share.

DOWNLOAD 

Event : 90 minutes of worship with Viva 

VivaSo Rocks Sound presents a live worship event titled 90 minutes of Worship.

 

90 minutes of worship is a time set aside by God to influence the world with His divine presence through music ministrations. It is more than just singing of songs it is a time divinely orchestrated by God.

 

We believe God that this event will be full of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit, we have been told by God that many across the globe will receive healing, miracles and deliverance from the bondage of the adversary. Many will speak in new tongues and many will rekindle their relationship with the Holy Spirit. It’s a time of intimacy, a time to take our lives to the next and higher level of total worship, prosperity and success.

 

With great joy in our spirit we urge you all to participate in this epoch making event because we sure know, there is a knowing in our spirit that your lives will never remain the same.



 How to participate 



Due to the limited nature of the venue we appeal that you join us via facebook.

The link to log in and participate live on Facebook is : 



  http://www.facebook.com/ntigeli.v.viva 

 

 

 

Date : 30th January 2017

Time : 2pm

Praise Unplugged 1.0 With Shijuadey 

Shijuadey and Her Divine Crew In Collaboration With Royal Records Presents Praise Unplugged 1.0

Venue: RCCG Pentecostal House, 2/4 Adefela Marcus Street, Off Powerline Egbeda Lagos

Date: 13th Nov; 2016

Time: RedCarpet 2pm | Ministration: 3pm

Ministering: Shijuadey, Divine Crew, Ayan Jesu, Onome Akeni, High Priest Band, Shekianh Glory , Alabaster Sax & Pentecostal Zonal Mass Choir

Supported By: Gospel Hotspot Radio, eBlack Pride, Amen Radio, Gospel Crib, Royal Records, Miracle Fingers Photos, Proudly Gospel, Pricherman116, Gospotainment, Gmusic Plus, Gospel Centric, Selah Afik, Gospogroove, Naija Gospel Beatz, Stand Strong Magazine & Gospel Naija



For More Info Contact:
www.twitter.com/ShijuadeySings
www.facebook.com/babayemi.oluwatobi
Gabriel: 07085303597
Eyitayo: 08100804242


EVENT: WINNING EDGE CONFERENCE 2016 WITH FUNKE ADEJUMO

Women on the Winning Edge Conference is all about Celebrating Womanhood and Inspiring the Female Gender. Out of a constant thirst for God and his mandate on the earth, the vision of Women on the Winning Edge Conference was born. Women on the Winning Edge…the woman, her dignity

This is a godly calling to all women to pump self-confidence into them; to raise godly women who will build good homes, raise Godly children, be
wealthy, and stand toe to toe with other women of various cadres without denying the faith.

Women on the Winning Edge Conference; organized by the Funke Felix-Adejumo Foundation is an International Conference whose maiden edition held on the 16th to 18th of January, 2015. The next edition, Winning Edge Conference 2016 will hold on the 16th to 17th January 2016 at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos State, Nigeria.

This conference is about ministering to women of all ages and strata with the hopes of:

Leading them to Christ Prayerfully and biblically discussing key issues as it affects the woman, her purpose, her future, and her dignity. This vision is about God’s move on earth and because it is for the woman, it is a large umbrella which includes the single parent, married, divorced, career woman, politician, matured single, widow, etc. Whatever category she falls, as long as she is a woman, the Winning Edge family
will be there for her.

Date: 16th & 17th January, 2015
Venue: Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Onikan, Lagos.

This 2-day programme has been divided into various segments:

Preaching/Teaching of the Word
Panel Sessions (where questions from women, that have been collated before, and during the course of the programme will be answered)
Shop for Free (An avenue to give back to the woman in need)
African Praise Night (a time to return praises to God)
Ministering at the African Praise Night are Dr. Ron Kenoly, Nathaniel Bassey, Chioma Jesus, Ayan Jesu Gospel Singers, Bolaji Sax, Gbemiga
Adejumo and Clouds of Joy.

It is time for women to arise, take their God-given place, and begin to fulfill their God-given mandate on this side of the divide.

Video Advert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRz9S7Z4NYY

Visionary and Convener,
Funke Felix-Adejumo