May 19, 2018 | US Embassy Move/What is the Church?

US Embassy Move/Iran

Wow! A lot is happening in Israel right now. If you read or watch the news you’ve seen the United States moved their embassy to Israel’s capital, Israel reacting to the terrorist organization Hamas at the Gaza border, and Iran is trying to expand through terror in Syria. Chris unpacks all that is happening in Israel and the Middle East in our first segment. And he reminds us we need to pray for wisdom for Israel as they defend themselves from their enemies.

The Best of Zvi

by Zvi Kalisher

Apples of Gold is one of our most popular segments here on The Friends of Israel Today program. Zvi Kalisher’s timeless adventures in Israel and the way he shares his faith with anyone he encounters has inspired countless people around the world.

Available for a limited time we are offering the beloved book, The Best of Zvi for only $5!

The Best of Zvi is a compilation of his most popular stories. This unique sampler will inspire and encourage you as you see God’s infinite love, wisdom, and power in action. Walk through the streets of Jerusalem with Zvi as he converses with people of all backgrounds in all types of places—army camps, hospitals, religious schools, synagogues, workplaces, and even people’s homes.

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What is the Church?

Did you know that when you come to a saving knowledge of Jesus you are adopted into a family? You become part of the family of God! Although the local church is very important, sometimes we forget that we are all part of a bigger family. We’ll learn today about our roots as believers. Chris will take us back to Matthew 16 when Jesus was with His disciples at Caesarea Philippi. There He asked who people thought the Son of Man was. Then He asked the all important question, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” That is when He said that on those words that Peter confessed, He would build His church. That’s not a building or place—that’s us as believers!

Don’t miss this important truth about what the church looks like on a local level as well as a universal level. It’s an easy thing to forget or just not think about. But in reality, living who we are as believers in Jesus and being rooted in Him, changes everything!

Apples of Gold: Wisdom Without Faith is Useless

Zvi noticed that a popular rabbi was coming to his town to speak. He decided to go and see what the man had to say. With over 300 people in attendance the rabbi told everyone that they needed to gain knowledge over faith in God. After praying for courage, Zvi stood up and asked the rabbi some hard questions that didn’t end the way he expected. Listen and find out how God used him!

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.  Available for a limited time we are offering the beloved book, The Best of Zvi for only $5!


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

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