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©June 23, 2012 Revive Israel Ministries

Friends Forever

Asher Intrater

Does anyone want to have friends and be a friend? Does anyone want to be a friend to Yeshua? Is being a friend important?

Yeshua said that the end purpose of discipleship is to be His friends. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends – John 15:15. We were created to be friends with God and friends with one another. We raised our children with the hope of their eventually becoming our best friends.

But being a friend is not so easy. Many a man will declare his own goodness, but a faithful man, who can find? – Proverbs 20:6.  It takes faithfulness to be a good friend.  Many of us are too caught up in work and ministry to be able to take time for relationship building.

In the story of the Good Samaritan, Yeshua emphasized that the issue is not who our neighbor is but whether we ourselves are acting as a good neighbor (Luke 10:36). [My mother-in-law used to tell her daughters, "Don't look for the right man; be the right woman."]

The test of a real friend is whether he will stay with you in difficult times. There is a price to pay in order to forge friendships that will last. A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity – Proverbs 17:17. Yeshua paid the ultimate price to be friends with us.

God gives us time, resources and opportunities in this lifetime. One of the goals of this life is to build friendships that will last forever. Make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when it fails, they may receive you into an everlasting home – Luke 16:9.  Yeshua was not speaking of using money manipulatively in order to "buy" people's loyalty. He was emphasizing the priority of making "forever-type" friends, and using all the means at our disposal to do so.

Everything in this life will pass away. Only true loving relationships will last forever.

Anastasia on Homosexuality

The most politically "incorrect" and controversial Knesset member is undoubtedly Anastasia Michaelovski, age 37, mother of 8 children. Born in Russia to a nominal Christian family, she was chosen as the beauty queen of Leningrad. In 1997 she met Israeli businessman Yossi Samuelson at an engineering exhibition. She converted to Judaism and they were married in Jewish custom.

She says she didn't really want to go into politics anyway; that she would rather be at home with her children. She jokes that she has been pregnant during her whole career, and she sees having children as a "mission from God." She is a loyal member of Avigdor Lieberman's party (although she refers to herself as the wildest, youngest daughter of the party).

Feisty and fascinating, Anastasia has appeared as a television host, done snappling in her ninth month of pregnancy, and travels to work on the public bus system. She has been known for anti-feminist remarks, for throwing water on Arab Knesset member Majadela after he told her to shut up, for protesting the anti-Israel statements of Arab female Knesset member Zoavi.

Her most recent scandal has been her remarks on homosexuality. In a major interview in Maariv newspaper weekend supplement (22-6-2012) entitled Let There Be Darkness, and subtitled Drama Queen, Anastasia said, ‘Films and advertisements on television have portrayed homosexuality as a proper and normative model; which has had grave influence upon the public, particularly children and teenagers.’

When challenged that homosexuality is a trait one is born with, she answered, ‘This popular opinion grants legitimacy. Sexual tendency develops because there is not proper education on normative family values. Normal marital relationships should be between a man and a woman. When men go out in the streets in a gay-pride parade in underwear, or even without underwear, is that pride? That's going too far. It harms the rights of children, the rights of the family, and the rights of women.’

Most political analysts say she has little chance to be re-elected.

Egypt Tensions

By Eddie Santoro

This week Egypt elected Mohamed Morsy, a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood, to be its new President. The current military council, led by General Ahmed Shafik, closed the parliament and issued an interim constitutional declaration in an effort to prevent an Islamic takeover. The stage is set for a major confrontation between these two very strong forces within Egypt.

If the Muslim Brotherhood wins this battle, the peace treaty that has been operative for 36 years will probably be torn up and the formerly quiet border between Israel and Egypt could degenerate into a state of tension, terror and ultimately, war.

On Sunday, terrorists from within the Sinai Desert in Egypt crossed over the border and attacked several Israeli workers. One man was killed and a second was severely wounded.

Hamas has again been targeting southern Israel with rocket and mortar fire from within the Gaza strip. Over fifty projectiles have landed within southern Israel and one rocket scored a direct hit on a building in Ashkelon, seriously wounding a police officer.

The daily tension that is felt by so many in Israel is a byproduct of the spiritual and physical war that rages against the very existence of Israel. And the conflict will only get more heated as the return of the Lord draws ever closer.

Son of Hamas in Israel

Mousab ben Yousef, author of "Son of Hamas" is currently in Israel working on a new project: a movie depicting the life of Muhammad. In a press conference, Yousef stated that Islam is a fanatical religion that favors war over peace. He cited the Arab Spring’s failure to create meaningful change and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as proof that Islam is propelling Arab states backward rather than forward.

For full article Jerusalem Post, click here.

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