Jewish Lives Matter

A Letter to the Editor This Christmas 2018

I would like you to consider helping me get this inter-denominational Letter to the Editor of the Virginian-Pilot signed by Catholic priests in the Hampton Roads area. We have about 20 signatures from a wide variety of  protestant pastors so far. 
Here is an opportunity for protestant and catholic leaders to stand together on the right side of an issue: anti-semitism and the debt we Christians owe to Jewish people.
I have included a link to a form to help record the title and name of each signing leader: Click here to sign
Here is the proposed letter to the Editor of the Virginian-Pilot:
Jewish Lives Matter

This Christmas, Christians everywhere celebrate the birth of a Jewish man named Jesus born in Israel. Christians believe Jesus to be the Jewish Messiah, promised in the Old Testament.

While it is always appropriate to honor Jewish people for their many contributions to mankind,  it is even more important for Americans to honor them now, in the aftermath of the recent massacre at an American synagogue.

As Christian leaders in Hampton Roads, we wish to publicly express our gratitude, respect and love for our Jewish neighbors.  Christianity would not exist without the Jews.

The Old Testament—the Scriptures Jesus followed— was obviously written by Jews.   The New Testament was entirely written by Jews, with the possible exception of Luke’s Gospel.  Jesus was a Jew. All of his apostles were Jewish. Most of the early church were Jews.   Jesus said He came initially only to serve Jews.  Jesus said, “Salvation is from the Jews.”

This Christmas season we encourage the people of Hampton Roads to honor your Jewish neighbors. We encourage you to thank them for their courage, their incredible wisdom and for their generous forgiveness for all that non-Jews have done to them for over 2000 years.

Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2018

It's coming to America

We in America have not had to face this YET—but it may come to our homes someday: persecution because of our faith in Jesus and what the Bible says.

This Sunday we will focus on the annual Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  We have not idea what they are going through—even American’s who live in lands hostile to the Gospel.

It is more than coincidence that I just received this email from an old friend who was a missionary in Papua New Guinea ( PNG).

“I was just texting a friend named who is in PNG ( Papua New Guinea) for a few weeks, and who is a former PNG translator. While we were texting at around 10:30 her time a message arrived from her daughter who lives in a “sensitive” country with her husband. The daughter said that 12 police had just come and taken her husband, Bob, saying they would bring in back in the morning. So at this moment Bob is in their hands.

Thank you for praying.”

Pray for Bob. Pray for those you know who are living in such places. This is going on in great numbers in China right now. The government there is trying to rid China of all foreign missionaries—just as they did in the 50’s. China’s church grew exponentially as a result, of course. 🙂

Pray that you will not be afraid to take your stand with them for the Gospel when called upon even here in America. 

Radical, fundamental Islam is plotting now to take over America—as they have almost accomplished in Europe. In about 25 years, the takeover will be complete. Only a huge miracle can save Europe now. If yo do not believe that, I encourage you to watch this movie on Youtube.

This movie, made by a Muslim doctor, reveals what many of our American and European leaders do not want to admit:The Third Jihad.   Here is that movie on Youtube.   I believe the facts the movie states are spot on, accurate and probably understated. 

Please do not let this movie frighten you. God knows all this and He has a plane to deal with this real threat to western civilization and Christianity & Judaism in particular. Instead, let this real threat encourage you to draw near to God, use your life glorify God and spread the Gospel as much as you can. Millions of Christians have lived under such threats for centuries. If we must face it here, God will give us the grace to endure and triumph over it spiritually and perhaps physically.

Also, do not hate Muslims. We must love them. God commands us to do that. Pray for their salvation. Our church does every second Sunday in the worship service.

Muslims are the greatest victims of the false god, Allah and his warlike Koran. The Allah of the Koran is NOT our God. The Jesus of the Koran is NOT our Jesus, by the way. Most Muslims just want a peaceful life. Unfortunately, about 200 million radical Muslims speak for them and act for them most often around the world.

These are sobering thoughts. This is the age we live in and God plans to use our faith and love—even for our enemies—to bring many people to Jesus. This is what happens when persecution comes to God’s people: the Church is purified and grows. What the devil means for evil, God means for good! (Gen. 50:20).

We are honored to represent God in these times. Jesus is our example.  We follow a suffering, persecuted Savior Who calls us to pick up our cross and follow Him.

Following Jesus with you,

Pastor Bob Fox

On MARCH 30, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer:

American Needs More days like This!

During the Civil War, on MARCH 30, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer:

“Whereas, the Senate of the United States devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God in all the affairs of men and of nations,

has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation; and

Whereas, it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow

yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history: that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord;

… And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisement in this world,

may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil warwhich now desolates the landmay be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people?

… We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity.

We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.

But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us;

and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace,too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Powerto confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

… Now, therefore, in compliance with the request and fully concurring in the view of the Senate,

I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the30TH DAY OF APRIL, 1863, as a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer.

… And I do hereby request all the people to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.

… All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, thatthe united cry of the nation will be heard on high and answered with blessing no less than the pardon of our national sinsand the restoration of our now divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace.

… In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this 30th day of March, A.D. 1863, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-seventh. Abraham Lincoln. By the President: William H. Seward, Secretary of State.”

Taken from Bill Federer’s excellent newsletter here. 

Rally at the U.S. Supreme Court On Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Rally to support Jack Phillips in his fight for religious freedom

On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, There will be a rally to support Jack Phillips in his fight for religious freedom at the United States Supreme Court Building, Washington DC at 7:30 AM until Noon. At the conclusion of the rally, lunch will be provided by ADF.

This is about the Colorado bakers who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding.

The Family Foundation is providing two different bus options for the rally:

An early trip on Monday, December 4th. A FREE bus will leave from Richmond at 5:00 p.m. to go to Washington D.C. We will have a special tour of the Capitol and then will enjoy dinner with special guests. Housing is up to you, but a hotel block has been reserved for the event and booking a room must be done soon.

Everyone who goes up on Monday will join with the second group the following day at the rally.

A second FREE bus will also be leaving on Tuesday, December 5th, at 5:30 a.m. from Richmond. This bus will drop off directly at the rally at the Supreme Court. After the rally, lunch will be served in a location still to be determined. The bus will pick everyone up after lunch and return to Richmond.

For more information about the bus trip, or to register, visit www.familyfoundation.org/scotus.

Praise Is Not an Option!

We have to--even in the worst of times. Remember Job?

This is from my son’s wife, Abigail. She leads intercessors in her church and knows a lot about how to deal with suffering. 
 Job praised the Lord..anyway!

In the past few months I have seen, heard, and experienced some really tough times.  

People have lost jobs and there has been financial struggles.  I have seen hearts broken from divorce and broken relationships.  People have died.  People are sick.  There are those with agonizing chronic illnesses.  I met someone who was homeless and was pleading with the Lord for a safe place to call home.  There is anger and strife; depression and anxiety.  There is despair, heartache, pain, and loss.  There are many disappointments and many tears shed.  And then the Lord reminded me of Job.

According to God, Job was the finest man in all the earth.  A man of integrity and prosperity.  A man that feared the Lord and stayed away from evil.  Do you know anyone like that?  God loved Job so much that even Satan couldn’t get to him because of the wall of protection around him, his home, and his property.

 Job was a wealthy man owning thousands of animals and many servants.  He was a family man.  He loved his children so much and held God in such high reverence that he would purify his children by offering burnt sacrifices to the Lord.  He was a well known man.  So well known, that Satan himself had his eye on him.  Now, I know we know how the story goes.  Satan petitions the Lord to test him.  God agrees.  

In his first test, there were four big blows and all at the same time.  Animals were stolen, farmhands killed, fire burned his sheep and all his shepherds, camels were stolen and more servants killed, and last but not least, all his children died.  Can you imagine?  And that was just the first test.  All of this news coming to you at one time, one messenger after another delivering heart wrenching news.  

Do you know what Job did?  He worshiped!  He fell to the ground and worshiped.  He lost everything he owned and everything he cherished.  In his deep pain, grief, and disappointment he fell to the ground and worshiped his God.  Job 1:21, “…The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away.  Praise the name of the Lord!”  His response to all that news was “Praise the name of Lord.”  

Let us be encouraged this month to worship and praise our precious Lord in all the heartache, suffering, and grief.  Job’s response was not at all what the Accuser, Satan, was expecting or anticipating.  Job’s act of worship and praise was a threat to the enemy.  Graham Cooke in his book, “Qualities of a Spiritual Warrior”, states, “Praise is not an option.  It is an absolute necessity, like air and water.  Your revelation of God must result in a praise proclamation against the enemy.”  

Attention Intercessors: You are warriors!  We must worship and praise even in all the tragedies.  It only takes a few to set the example for others.  It may not bring the dead back to life, heal you instantly, or put money in your bank account.  But it will change the atmosphere.  It will glorify God, advance His purposes for his kingdom, and it will kill the enemy.  It takes practice. Will you join me as God teaches us how to praise and worship in the midst of a dying and corrupt world?  We must first learn it for ourselves so that we may demonstrate it to others.

 The next time you receive some devastating news, as Job’s friends put it, “his suffering was too great for words” kind of news.  And whether it affects you directly or someone you are praying with, let us fall to the ground in holy worship and praise the name of the Lord.  

It’s not going to be easy, but as God encourages us and teaches us we can say as Job did in 23:10, “But he knows where I am going.  And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.”          

You are oh so treasured and like Job, some of the finest men and women I know.



Abigail Fox