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Soli Deo Gloria is the writing and teaching ministry of Baruch Maoz in Israel. Baruch is engaged in writing original commentaries on the Bible, and theological and practical works in Hebrew. Some of his books are available in English. His Critique of the Messianic Movement, Come Let Us Reason Together: The Unity of Jews and Gentiles in the Church, has been published by P&R, and his Devotional Commentary, Malachi: A Prophet in Times of Distress by Founders Press. Both are available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon while Shepherd Press produced his Devotional Commentary Jonah: A Prophet on the Run.
Baruch has written a series of commentaries in Hebrew on Hosea, Joel, Amos, Micah, Jonah, Nahum and Malachi, Matthew, Romans and Colossians. He has written an Introdution to the Life and Epistles of Paul, an Introduction to Systematic Theology, and edited a modern translation of the Old Testament into spoken Hebrew. He is presently translating the New Testament into Modern Hebrew and engaged in other writing projects. In the pipeline are books on church life and structure, How to Preach and Listen to Sermons, and Daily Christian disciplines. To date, Baruch is the only author writing Christian literature n Hebrew.
Baruch and Bracha are Israeli Jewish Christians who have served in Israel for 5 decades now. Between April 1974 and December 2006 Baruch served with Christian Witness to Israel, most of that time as Israel Field Leader. Betwen May 1975 and December 2008 he served as Pastor of Grace and Truth Christian Congregation in Rishon LeTsion, Israel. Our website reflects the experiences gained in the course of that time.
Our monthly newsletter, MaozNews, is available for the asking, with back-issues to be found on this website (Baruch's Writings/News From Israel). To subscribe, click address at bottom of this page. His faceBook and Linkedin pages serve as blogs and provide almost daily information on the scene in Israel. His postings are also avaialble via Twitter @BaruchMaoz
Following is a link to Baruch's summary to Paul's letter to the Romans (audio, 40 minutes)
March 21, 2017
ISRAEL'S EXISTENTIAL THREAT: THE OCCUPATION
Gili Cohen Ha’Aretz March 22, 2017 12:02 PM
Former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo asserted on Tuesday that the Israeli occupation and the conflict with the Palestinians are the only existential threat facing Israel.
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“Israel has chosen not to choose, hoping the conflict will resolve itself – perhaps the Arabs will disappear, maybe some cosmic miracle will happen,” Pardo told a conference at the Netanya Academic College. “One day we will become a binational state because it will be impossible to untie the Gordian knot between the two peoples. That is not the way to decide.”
Pardo stated: “Israel has one existential threat. It is a ticking time bomb. We chose to stick our head in the sand, creating a variety of external threats. An almost identical number of Jews and Muslims reside between the sea and the Jordan. The non-Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria live under occupation. This is Israel's definition, not mine. The law in this territory is as we have made it, a military justice system that is subject to the authority of the Israel Defense Forces.”
He said that despite the full withdrawal from Gaza, responsibility for the territory remains in Israel’s hands. “Israel is responsible for the humanitarian situation, and this is the place with the biggest problem in the world today,” he said.
Pardo added: “Israel must deal with the demographic reality and [decide] which state we want to be. Life with alternative facts harbors a disaster for the Zionist vision. The key to saving the state requires brave leadership.”
March 16, 2017
For those interested, the following is our March-August 2017 itinerary:
April 1-2 Saturday - Sunday
AM Port Angeles WA
PM Bothell WA
April 7 Friday flight to Baltimore, drive to Camp Hill
April 8 Saturday Al Herman
April 8-9 Saturday-Sunday Media PA AM, PM
April 16 Sunday
AM Mount Carmel PA
PM RB Camp Hill
April 19 Wednesday– Mebane NC
April 20-24 Thursday-Monday Louisville KY
April 24-25 Monday- - Tuesday open for engagements
April 25-26 Tuesday – Wednesday Knoxville TN
April 26-27 Wednesday- Thursday open for engagements
April 28-May 1 Friday - Monday Hartsville TN
May 1-4 Monday-Thursday Atlanta GA
May 4- 6 Thursday- Saturday Tallahassee FL
May 6– 7 Saturday - Sunday Gainesville FL
PM Luzt FL
May 8 Monday Newly formed church
May 9-15 Tuesday - Monday Birmingham AL
AM Reformed Baptist
PM Briarwood Presbyterian
May 15-19 Monday – Saturday New Orleans Details to follow
May 22 Monday Shreveport LA
May 23 -25 Tuesday - Thursday Pasadena TX
May 25-26 Thursday – Friday open for engagements
May 26-29 Friday – Monday Fort Hood TX
30- 31May El Paso TX
May 31 – June 8 Wednesday – Thursday Phoenix AZ
MAY 1 Wednesday OPC PM
June 2-3 Friday - Saturday Show Low AZ
June 3 Saturday Gilbert AZ
June 4 AM Mesa AZ
PM Gilbert AZ
June 7 Wednesday Prescott AZ
June 8 Thursday San Diego
Friday June 9 Los Angeles
June 10-12 Saturday – Monday Visalia CA
Monday June 12 Sacramentoopen for engagements
June 13-15 Tuesday – Thursday Sacramento
June 15-July 5 Thursday – Saturday Seattle WA
Sunday June 18 PM Emmanuel Reformed Baptist
AM Kirkland WA
PM Issaquah WA
July 6-7 Thursday- Friday Post Falls, ID
July 7-8 Friday-Saturday Worland WY
July 8-10 Saturday - Monday Powell WY
July 10- 11 Monday - Tuesday Leith North Dakota
July 11-12 Tuesday - Wednesday Minneapolis MN open for engagements
July 12-13 Wednesday - Thursday Waukesha WI
July 13-15 Thursday – Saturday Bloomington IN
July 15-17 Saturday - Monday Grand Rapids MI
Am Reformed Baptist Jeffrey 09:30
PM Rev. Heritage Reformed
July 17- 18 Monday – Tuesday Datron OH
July 20 Thursday Cincinnati OH
July 21 Friday –Miamisburg OH
July 22-24 Saturday – Monday Flint MI
July 24-26 Monday – Wednesday North Canton MI
July 26-27 Wednesday- Thursday Lambertville MI
July 27-28 Thursday – Friday open for engagements
July 28 – 29 Friday - Saturday open for engagements
Saturday – Monday July 29-31 Franklin OH
July 31- August 7 Montreal
August 14-15 Leeds England
August 15-16 Swansea Wales
August 16 Depart for Tel Aviv
August 17 Home
March 16, 2017
Israel and the Six-Day War -- A Transformation of Israeli Society
Zionism: Redemptiion of the Land or of the People?
The Six Day War and the Transformation of Arab Aspirations
March 12, 2017
Disconcerting Trends in Israel – Democracy Undermined
Benjamin Netanyahu is now into his fourth term as Prime Minister and has repeatedly declared his intention to "lead the country for many years to come". He has systematically suppressed any potential competitors, emasculating any whose influence threatened to rival his and maintaining a careful balance between contending rivals. Legislative efforts, even within the Prime Minister’s own party, to establish term limits were brought to a screeching halt.
In a Government consisting of 21 members, two were without portfolio while Mr. Netanyahu initially held four over and above his duties as Prime Minister until he was forced by the Supreme Court to yield one (Heath), which added a member to the Government, and to forgo a second (Media and Communications), which added yet another member to a bloated Government.
Mr. Netanyahu has initiated and supported various other steps to strengthen his hold on the country. Among these are a series of legislative efforts. One will forbid non-citizens of Israel who oppose Israeli Government policies from entering the country. Another has accorded Knesset Members the right to withdraw membership from duly elected representatives on condition that 90 Knesset Members support such action against them. Laws are in the works to would forbid the Court to consider appeals against Knesset legislation and to determine the right of individuals or of parties to participate in elections. Another initiative is set to upset the balance of Electors authorized to appoint Supreme Court Justices by increasing the number of Government representatives in that body. Legislation is also in the works to appoint a Regulator of Media and Communications, selected by the Prime Minister; another such seeks to restrict NGO’s, including charities and ad hoc political movements’ ability to receive contributions, and requires them to submit detailed information of all contributors.
The Minister of Education has altered the core educational curriculum by adding to it distinctly religious elements to be taught in all secular schools, and removing elements deemed contrary to the present Government’s policies, including moral consideration of issues relating to the conflict with the Palestinians or the way the conflict is conducted. The Minister of Culture has withdrawn government support of cultural institutes deemed by the Government to be “unpatriotic” or that decline activity in the West Bank. This, of necessity, affects Israeli Arab cultural institutions critical of the present Government.
Still a bastion of democracy in the Middle East, Israel’s democratic principles are under attack by the very forces that should be defending them.
March 08, 2017
A Two-State Solution?
Reality stares in our faces and requires no extensive explanation:
The two-State solution seems to be the only solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Perfect justice is not an option in an imperfect, sinful world and the sooner the two sides come to their sense and realize that, the better. One side’s “perfect justice” is a perfect injustice to the other side.
If there is to be one State, all of its citizens must have equal rights, and the Arab majority will speedily be in a position to dismantle Israel as a Jewish homeland. What is more, its democratic nature would also be in jeopardy – Arab culture does not make for a working democracy. The only way to avoid such an outcome would be to limit the freedoms of the Palestinian majority, and that is as immoral an option as it is (rightly) unacceptable to the Palestinian populace.
True, the two-State solution would need to be realized gradually. Israel would need to be assured by more than mere verbiage that the Palestinian State would not serve as a staging-ground for renewed attacks. The only way to achieve that would be to effectively limit the Palestinian State’s freedom to arm itself, at least for a extensive period of time.
It is also more than likely that radical elements in the Palestinian State would oppose the compromise entailed in a two-State solution and endeavor to radicalize the newly-formed State, or even to take it over. Israel and the Palestinian Authorities would need to work together to obviate such a possibility. Opposition in Israel would not pose such dangers.
Israel would have to be very generous. Land-locked but for Gaza unobstructed access to the sea would need to be accorded, as well as the use of Israeli air space. Efforts would need to be made to help develop Palestine’s economy which, for lack of natural resources and due to limited arable land available, would naturally veer toward the marketing of services (tourism) and technological know-how. Cooperation between Israel and Palestine in these spheres would greatly enhance the welfare of both States. Jordanian aspirations to include Palestinian lands without the Hashemite kingdom would need to be forestalled and the horrendous state of the Gaza Strip would need to be resolved, including its over-population. Here, too, Israel cooperation could go a long way toward achieving the necessary goals.
But the advantages both sides would gain are tremendous. The losses both sides sustain by the ongoing conflict are incalculable. More important, both sides will have much for which to giver account on the day of judgement due to their selfish, cruel conduct of the conflict.
It is not tongue-in-cheek to say that the best source to read on the conflict is the Bible. For briefer reading, see my articles on the subject, available on this website.
March 07, 2017
Ben Gurion, quoting Confucius:
Ben Gurion, quoting Confucius: The superior man is one who first fulfills what he demands of others, and then demands of others only what he himself has fulfilled.
March 07, 2017
(Based on Nathan Alterman’s 1948 poem Al Zot, decrying war crimes perpetuated in the heat of a battle)
He passed through the city on a Jeep
A man in his prime, armed to the teeth
And there on the road
And old man with his load
Pressed a wall for fear of his feat
The young man smiled and did say
“I’ll try out the gun on this day”
the old man hid his face
And his blood splattered over the place
This, dears, but one scene from our war, be assured
The conflict we won to secure
It’s no secret, there are worse, I am sure
Our struggle demands to sung with great songs;
This, too, must be told. It belongs
Truth be told, they occur without murmur
“incidents” that are truly but murder
Let us sing, too of some who make light,
”Understanding” the heat of the fight
Let’s not say, “these are but small
In the annals of war, they’re not all”
Small and large combined make the whole
If we hear a man boast of his gore
If we take up arms to defend
But deny other’s rights, we offend
If we pull on the trigger
and merely do snigger.
Need and revenge ought never abide
War is cruel, that is true
But remember, we must rue
Justice and honesty require
We avoid all the mire
and promote righteousness
As for the host waxing poetry
Who do speak but of gallantry
Punishment should await
And court martials at the gate
Damned be the sweet-sounding whisper
That agrees, yet dares but lisp for
In a mirror our soldiers must see
What the public denies to a tee
And the brave, wonderful men
Who took arms to defend
Ought not shy from the truth
Or cowardly, forsooth,
February 20, 2017
Please pray that God will use my books to edify, challenge, strengthen and purify the church in Israel, promoting godliness and.the fear of God, a relish for his word and a lively affection for his glory.
Please pray as I work on my next book, on church life and structure, that I will say what is necessary in a helpful manner and very much in tune with God’s word.
Please pray for my dear Bracha and myself as well commence a lengthy tour of the continental US from the end of March to the middle of August.
Please pray that I will draw closer to God and that my conduct in life would be true to the Gospel.
February 10, 2017
Describing events in Turkey ...
Describing events in Turkey, Ferhat Boratav, CNN Turk’s editor-in-chief said “We are going toward ‘pure democracy,’ where the government’s authority is derived only from the election results. Issues like civil rights and the rule of law become secondary in the political game,” he says. “Power is based on the will of the people, who elect a leader who believes he can win every election.” In a pure democracy, a critical media becomes a nuisance."
This is a penetrating description of a process taking place, not only in Turkey. but in Israel, the USA and throughout the West. The results of fairly-conducted elections, the rule of law, fundamental principles, even the Constitution, no longer carry the moral weight attributed to them in the past. "The will of the people" is all that counts. Consequently, Houses of Legislature decry Supreme Court decisions, election results are contested on the streets rather than at the ballot box -- and churches consider being "seeker friendly" more important than adhering to the word of God. This is human arrogance gone mad.
February 02, 2017
Proclaiming the Gospel by Daring To Be Christian
August 16 2015
"When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, beware that you are not ensnared to follow them after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?’
"You shall not behave thus toward the Lord your God, for every abominable act which the Lord hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods; whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to no
I have deep respect and love for Baruch Maoz, and the work that he is carrying on in Israel, despite obstacles and opposition. He has been a dear friend for many years. I’ll never forget doing a conference for him in Israel several years ago. I pray that God may use his sound theology, helpful preaching, excellent books, and numerous gifts for the conversion and spiritual maturation of thousands of Israelis and for the abundant glory of God. Rev. Joel R. Beeke, Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation, Author
Baruch Maoz has been a minister of the gospel, author, publisher, and voice for believers in the land of Israel for four decades. I have seen firsthand the fruit of his ministry and I cannot recommend it too highly. Baruch’s preaching, teaching, and writing ministry should be supported by all who care about the gospel and its impact in Israel and beyond! Pastor Jerry Marcellino, Audubon Drive Bible Church, Federation of reformed Evangelicals – Laurel, Mississippi
Knowing and embracing our Lord’s clear directive to bring the Gospel to the “Jew first” I, along with BPC have been extraordinarily blessed to work in partnership with the effective biblical and faithful ministry of Baruch Maoz. His ministry of evangelism, discipleship, along with his strategic and insightful writing/translation projects, only enhance my opportunity to recommend him and his ministry. Rev. Harry Reeder, Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church (PCA), Birmingham AL
Tom Ascol of the Founders Movement writes: "Baruch and Bracha Maoz serve in the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Baruch has served as a pastor, publisher, author and church reformer in his homeland of Israel. He has ministered several times with our Grace Baptist Church family in Cape Coral and our people have come to love Bracha and him dearly. I highly recommend his and his ministry to any church that values expositional preaching and the gospel of God's grace." Dr. Thomas Ascol, Grace Baptist Church (SBC), Founders Movement, Cape Coral FL
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