July 13, 2019 | The Gospels Speak to Everyone: Mark (REBROADCAST)

This program is a rebroadcast from October 15, 2016.

The Gospel of Mark

Last week Chris kicked off our series with a look into the book of Matthew and its message to a Jewish audience. We continue our study of the Gospels this week with Mark.

With only 16 chapters, this shortest Gospel was ignored throughout history. Many thought it didn’t matter compared to Matthew, Luke, and John. But the book has such a special point of view to offer! Though Mark was not an eyewitness of Jesus’ ministry, he worked closely with one of the 12 apostles. As a result, this book looks at the life of Jesus through accounts from a close perspective. Unlike the book of Matthew, Mark was written to the Roman believers who were being persecuted under Nero’s rule. Just as Jesus came as a suffering servant, we need to be ready to suffer and serve, too. 

There is a great price to be paid to be a disciple of Jesus, and Mark encourages his readers to follow the servant King no matter the cost. We hope Mark’s message inspires you today!

If you missed Part One of this series, you can listen here.

The Gospel in the Feasts of Israel

by Dr. Victor Buksbazen

We are in the middle of the fall Jewish holiday season and what better book to pair with what Chris is teaching in our series on the gospels than The Gospel in the Feasts of Israel. Learn how the ancient feasts interact with and illuminate the teachings of Jesus, the writings of the New Testament, and the message of the gospel. The author, former executive director of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Dr. Victor Buksbazen was a brilliant scholar who easily communicated his intimate understanding of the Holy Scriptures, Judaic studies, and the original languages of the biblical text.


The Feast of Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles may seem foreign to you. When the chill of autumn comes, you probably wonder, “Why are my Jewish neighbors building booths outside their home and eating meals inside them?” It’s a remembrance of God’s faithfulness to His people when He led them through the wilderness. The feast is a powerful reminder of God’s presence in our lives. He was with the Israelites in the Tabernacle in the Old Testament, but He is living within us, His Tabernacle, today. Listen as Chris gives the history of God’s design for the Feast of Tabernacles, the provision He made for the Israelites, and the sweet reward of the harvest during the Feast. You’ll be amazed at how much the Feast connects with us today!

If you want to learn more about The Feast of Tabernacles or other Jewish feasts you can purchase The Feasts of Israel by Bruce Scott here.

Apples of Gold: The One Who is Always There

Zvi found a visit with a friend suffering with depression to be a perfect time to share the love of God. Though his friend felt like no one cared or listened to him, Zvi introduced him to the One who always hears our prayers. He used Old Testament passages to perfectly capture how God was near to his friend and how Jesus had gone through trials, too. He could relate to the man’s pain!  Zvi’s knowledge of the Old Testament caught his friend’s attention. Through this meeting, Zvi introduced his friend to the One who could give salvation and joy in the saddest moments.

There are more stories like this from Zvi Kalisher! Purchase The Best of Zvi from our online store.

For more on the life of Zvi Kalisher, visit our online store to find his biography, Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph Over the Holocaust.


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

Also heard on this week’s show:
»Snowy Daze (Ketsa)
»When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Timothy Shaw, from the CD, Rejoice! Devotional Hymn Settings

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