February 16, 2019 | The Common Thread, Part 6


Jonah & Peter

Have you ever been to the ancient port town of Joppa in Israel? Several stories in the Bible mention and take place there. Today we’re going to look at two of those events. 700 years separated Jonah and the Apostle Peter. They both were called by God to proclaim His offer of repentance but as we’ll learn, they had very different responses.

So what does this have to do with Abraham and the common thread we have been learning about? At the center of the covenant with Abraham is Jesus. God told Abraham that he was going to bless all the families of the earth and the Apostle Peter knew that. He obeyed the calling of God and was blessed through obedience. But Jonah? He had a harder time obeying and because of his attitude, did not see the blessing before him. It’s a powerful lesson we all need to hear.

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Charting the Bible Chronologically

This hardbound, full color piece by authors Ed Hindson and Thomas Ice gives you a panoramic view of the events recorded in Scripture. With more than 40 charts of timelines and overviews of major empires, Bible characters, and events throughout history —we know you will enjoy it and reference it as much as we do as you study God’s Word both privately and with a group.


Apples of Gold: It is Hard for Us to Forsake the Old Ways

Zvi encountered Israelis that believe God will allow them to live in Israel even when they live in unbelief. He asked them where they get their authority from, the Bible of man written books. They accused him of trying to proselytize because he was a believer in Jesus. Hear how he explained where his authority and hope comes from.

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.


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

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