If, as a Jew, you want to have a feel-good moment make that a couple of feel-good hours all you need to do is make the annual trek to Arvada for Faith Bible Chapels Israel Awareness Day. Theres nothing like 3,000 Christians gathering to express their unbridled love for Israel and the Jewish people, while much of the worlds population is hostile or at least indifferent to Israel or Jews in the Diaspora.
Israel Awareness Day is a public expression of Faith Bible Chapels fundamental acceptance of the Bible with an emphasis on this verse from Genesis 12:3: I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse . . .
In all honesty, the members of Faith Bible Chapel, as well as other evangelical Christians, also believe that their messiah, Jesus Christ, will return once the Jews have been gathered in Israel. Thats whats in it for them to support Israel and the Jews.
While Jews reject this theological premise thats the fundamental difference between Jews and Christians they have begun to let their guard down and shed their mistrust of evangelical Christians who passionately and materially support Israel.
Faith Bible Chapel, led by Pastor George and Cheryl Morrison, have been doing Israel Awareness Day for 35 years, as of last Sundays A Night to Honor Israel.
That night, Pastor Morrison graciously gave credit to his predecessor Pastor Robert Hooley, the founder of Faith Bible Chapel, and the man who, in the early 1970s, first pointed out Genesis 12:3 to the young Morrisons and the rest of what would become a mega-congregation. Pastor Hooley pioneered the idea of taking Christians to Israel, and planted the passion for such support in the Morrisons hearts.
Each year, Israel Awareness Days Night to Honor Israel:
entertains, with song and dance by the International Singers and Dancers, who, by the way, entertain the Israeli troops and the infirm every year in Israel;
educates, with original dramatic performances which portray different aspects of Jewish and modern Israeli history;
acknowledges, with introductions of political and Jewish officials in attendance and, most poignantly, Holocaust survivors; and
enlightens, with important keynote speakers this year, IJN columnist and radio host Dennis Prager.
Most of all, Israel Awareness Day and A Night to Honor Israel gives Christians a chance to ease Jews stress in a world part of which has never really accepted Jews. Thank you, Faith Bible Chapel.
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