Keeping It Israel

Jeff Futers

Join Jeff Futers and his guests talking everything Israel as it relates to Christian faith and the church. If you are a Christian and you stand with Israel, you will be encouraged and challenged by this podcast, and if you’re not so sure about the whole Israel thing…you need to learn how your faith connects with Israel and why standing with Israel matters. read less
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Settling the "Settler" Question: An Interview with Sondra Baras, International President of CFOIC Israel
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Settling the "Settler" Question: An Interview with Sondra Baras, International President of CFOIC Israel
In this interview, Jeff talks to Sondra Baras about the legitimacy of the Jewish claim to the Land of Israel, and in particular, the area referred to as "The West Bank". Sondra explains why the "West Bank" should only be called "Judea and Samaria" and she unpacks why it is inappropriate to refer to her  - or anyone else in her community - as a "Settler" because of the legal and biblical right all Jews have  - and have always had - to the heartland of Israel. Sondra Oster Baras is an Orthodox Jew, born and raised in the US.  She and her husband moved to Israel in 1984, and shortly thereafter, she became an active spokes-person for the communities of Judea and Samaria. In 1998, Sondra Baras founded CFOIC Heartland, a Christian organization which focuses exclusively on the communities in the heartland of Biblical Israel. CFOIC Heartland raises funds for these communities,and they are the primary resource for connecting Christians from all over the world to the people of Biblical Israel. In September 2023, Sondra Oster Baras retired as Director of CFOIC-Israel and assumed the position of International President. She and her husband Edward raised five children in Karnei Shomron, where they still reside today. In her spare time, Baras enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, and studies and teaches Bible, her greatest passion.First Century Foundations is a Charity that supports ministries in Jerusalem and many other parts of the country of Israel. Our mission is to turn hearts around the world toward the land, people and God of Israel. LEARN MORE ABOUT US HERE. You can watch this entire episode on OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL! Make sure you subscribe so you can be notified of First Century Foundations' regular uploads!Support the showIf you enjoy our podcast, please consider supporting the show HERE so that our Bible-based message about Israel can continue. God blesses those who bless Israel! We agree with God's Word that He will bless you richly in return!
Harun Ibrahim, a Jerusalem-born Arab Christian Talks About Dangers of Islam and the War in Israel
Mar 27 2024
Harun Ibrahim, a Jerusalem-born Arab Christian Talks About Dangers of Islam and the War in Israel
In this episode of Keeping it Israel's "Battle for Truth" series, Jeff has a conversation with Harun Ibrahim, Director of Al Hayat Ministries. Al Hayat Ministries was established in 2003 to operate and produce media for the Al Hayat Channel, an Arabic Christian TV channel that boldly preaches the Gospel and challenges Muslims by shining light on the lies and deception of Islam. As an Arab who was born in Israel, Harun shares a powerful testimony about coming to know Christ, explains what the Koran teaches about Jews and the Land of Israel, and gives his perspective of the current war between Israel and Hamas.To learn more about Al Hayat, Communio Messianic and MBB Global please visit:https://www.alhayat.orghttps://www.communiomessianica.org/https://mbbglobal.net/First Century Foundations is a Charity that supports ministries in Jerusalem and many other parts of the country of Israel. Our mission is to turn hearts around the world toward the land, people and God of Israel. LEARN MORE ABOUT US HERE.You can watch this entire episode on OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL! Make sure you subscribe so you can be notified of First Century Foundations' regular uploads!Support the showIf you enjoy our podcast, please consider supporting the show HERE so that our Bible-based message about Israel can continue. God blesses those who bless Israel! We agree with God's Word that He will bless you richly in return!
Interview with Mike Fegelman - The Critical War Against Media Misrepresentation of Israel
Feb 28 2024
Interview with Mike Fegelman - The Critical War Against Media Misrepresentation of Israel
In this episode of our "Battle for Truth" series, Jeff talks to Mike Fegelman, Executive Director of Honest Reporting Canada to discuss how the media is reporting the war in Israel. Together they tackle some of the most concerning falsehoods circulating out there right now. The Bible tells us that RIGHTEOUSNESS and JUSTICE are the foundation of God’s throne. And when it comes to Israel, we want to be especially careful that we are aligned with what is RIGHT and JUST. Mike Fegelman is an 18-year veteran of the Canadian journalism industry and Executive Director of HonestReporting Canada (HRC). He has testified before parliamentary committees and has given testimony to the Standing Senate Committee for Transport and Communications to express HRC’s concerns about the CBC’s reporting of Israel and the Middle East. Mike’s opinions and views are widely sought out for by Canada’s media and political elite. His work has been published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Le Devoir, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen and many more. To learn more about Honest Reporting Canada CLICK HERE First Century Foundations is a Charity that supports ministries in Jerusalem and many other parts of the country of Israel. Our mission is to turn hearts around the world toward the land, people and God of Israel. LEARN MORE ABOUT US HERE.You can watch this entire episode on OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL! Make sure you subscribe so you can be notified of First Century Foundations' regular uploads!Support the showIf you enjoy our podcast, please consider supporting the show HERE so that our Bible-based message about Israel can continue. God blesses those who bless Israel! We agree with God's Word that He will bless you richly in return!
Itamar Marcus: Watching Palestinian Media is Heartbreaking, but KEY in Understanding the Conflict!
Feb 14 2024
Itamar Marcus: Watching Palestinian Media is Heartbreaking, but KEY in Understanding the Conflict!
In this episode of our BATTLE FOR TRUTH podcast series, Jeff talks to Itamar Marcus, Founder and Director of Palestinian Media Watch, one of the foremost authorities on Palestinian ideology and policy. Marcus was appointed by the Israeli government to represent Israel in negotiations on incitement with the Palestinian Authority in 1999. He makes regular presentations to legislators, governments, and other decision-makers about PA leaders, education, sports, etc. His book Deception was acclaimed by the founder of Human Rights Watch, Robert Bernstein, as "one of the most important books you handle in your lives.” Itamar has been seeing the events of October 7th coming for quite some time because of his exposure to Palestinian media and propaganda. Even small children under the Palestinian Authority are indoctrinated to hate Israel and the Jewish people, and be willing to sacrifice their lives to kill them. There is no hope for peace unless people truly care enough for the Palestinian people to do something about this. Please learn more about Palestinian Media Watch here.First Century Foundations is a Charity that supports ministries in Jerusalem and many other parts of the country of Israel. Our mission is to turn hearts around the world toward the land, people and God of Israel. LEARN MORE ABOUT US HERE.You can watch this entire episode on OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL! Make sure you subscribe so you can be notified of First Century Foundations' regular uploads!Support the showIf you enjoy our podcast, please consider supporting the show HERE so that our Bible-based message about Israel can continue. God blesses those who bless Israel! We agree with God's Word that He will bless you richly in return!
Israel's war with Hamas Cannot be Construed as Genocide |  International Lawyer, Andrew Tucker
Jan 31 2024
Israel's war with Hamas Cannot be Construed as Genocide | International Lawyer, Andrew Tucker
In this episode of Keeping it Israel's "Battle for Truth" series, Jeff talks to Andrew Tucker, Director of The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation (thinc.) about the absurdity of South Africa's case against Israel at the ICJ and why there are no grounds for accusing Israel of genocide. Andrew also helps answer the questions, Does Israel follow International Law? Is Israel using too much force? Why are there so many civilians being killed in Gaza? Does Israel need to completely defeat Hamas? How can Christians best be "Watchmen" for Israel right now (Isaiah 62)? A graduate of the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford, Andrew Tucker has over 20 years of experience as an attorney in Australia, UK and the Netherlands. From 2004 to 2018 he served as Executive Director of Christians for Israel International. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the global publicationIsrael & Christians Today. In 2017 he co-founded The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation (thinc.) – a network of experts in the fields of international law , history and religion. Thinc challenge the misuse of international law to delegitimize the state of Israel . Andrew lives in the Netherlands with his wife and four children.Learn more about Thinc. here: https://www.thinc-israel.orgSupport the showIf you enjoy our podcast, please consider supporting the show HERE so that our Bible-based message about Israel can continue. God blesses those who bless Israel! We agree with God's Word that He will bless you richly in return!
IS ZIONISM RACISM? An Interview with Human Rights Attorney, Monique Beadle
Jan 17 2024
IS ZIONISM RACISM? An Interview with Human Rights Attorney, Monique Beadle
In this episode of Keeping it Israel's series, "Battle for Truth" Jeff Futers talks to Monique Beadle, Director of US Policy & Advocacy, Jerusalem Institute of Justice. Together they address the questions, "Is Zionism Racism?" "Is Israel committing genocide in Gaza?" "Is Israel committing war crimes?" and "Where should Christians stand in Israel's war today?"Monique Beadle is a human rights attorney with 19 years of experience in international affairs, asylum and refugee issues, and the rights of victims of human trafficking, torture, and sexual abuse. As a grandchild of Holocaust survivors from Germany, she has spent most of her career advocating for other people, in Thailand, Ukraine, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She recently joined the Jerusalem Institute of Justice, where she has joined her own people in an existential struggle for survival. JIJ is an Israeli human rights organization based in Jerusalem. For 20 years, JIJ has fought for the rights and well-being of vulnerable people in Israel and the Middle East. Within Israel, JIJ provides free legal aid to survivors of human trafficking, Israeli civilians who have been internally displaced since October 7th, and new immigrants arriving from around the globe.  First Century Foundations is a Charity that supports ministries in Jerusalem and many other parts of the country of Israel. Our mission is to turn hearts around the world toward the land, people and God of Israel. LEARN MORE ABOUT US HERE.You can watch this entire episode on OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL!  Make sure you subscribe so you can be notified of First Century Foundations' regular uploads!Support the showIf you enjoy our podcast, please consider supporting the show HERE so that our Bible-based message about Israel can continue. God blesses those who bless Israel! We agree with God's Word that He will bless you richly in return!
The Impeccable Transmission of the Hebrew Bible: An Interview with Dr. Susan Schmidt from Jerusalem
Nov 29 2023
The Impeccable Transmission of the Hebrew Bible: An Interview with Dr. Susan Schmidt from Jerusalem
In this episode of our "Keeping it Israel" podcast, Dr. Susan Schmidt (PhD Hebrew Bible Manuscripts) talks to Jeff about the meticulous, skilled and seemingly worshipful way in which Jewish scribes transmitted the Hebrew Bible. For the first time in 1000 years, Dr. Schmidt transcribed the 16 carpet illuminations of Codex Leningrad, on which our modern Bibles are based. She is particularly interested in these manuscripts as material witnesses to our faith. You can visit Susan's YouTube channel Here: https://www.youtube.com/ @slwschmidt For Acadamia Site Access visit:https://independent.academia.edu/SusanSchmidt11 For open access to Dr. Schmidt's Dissertation visit:https://www.proquest.com/docview/2354664005/2BB945C9BE754B6CPQ/1 Please subscribe to our podcast! ___https://firstcenturyfoundations.comFollow FCF on FacebookFollow us on Instagram___In 1985 First Century Foundations (formerly ‘Operation Outreach’) was founded by Rev. Clyde and Marion Williamson and birthed out of prayer and a burning desire to bless the land and people of Israel through the love of God. Since then, the organization has grown to include teaching believers about the Hebraic roots of Christianity, expanding this message to digital media and reaching out to those who do not yet know Christ. In 2020, the vision was enlarged again and First Century Foundations USA was launched to bring the same challenge for prayer and blessing the land and people of Israel to partners in the United States.Support the showIf you enjoy our podcast, please consider supporting the show HERE so that our Bible-based message about Israel can continue. God blesses those who bless Israel! We agree with God's Word that He will bless you richly in return!