Jobst Bittner 🇺🇸
By Jobst Bittner
Messages, spiritual insights, weekly updates, travel notes, seminars and much more coming from Jobst Bittner, founder & senior pastor TOS Ministries // founder & president March of Life Movement.
Yom Kippur - Why this day is important for us, our nations and societies! [JWU #104]
Hello dear Friends, welcome to this edition of the Weekly Update. Tonight marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement, which is the final day of the 10-day period of cleansing and repentance before God. Today I am speaking about the necessity to turn back to God in our nations and societies. May this be a Yom Kippur of repentance, reconciliation and healing for you. May you be sealed in the Book of Life and see you again next time. Links: www.tos.info www.marchoflife.org www.marchofthenations.com www.jobstbittner.com
September 30, 2020
Why Israel’s second lockdown is happening at a special time [JWU #103]
Hello dear Friends, welcome to this edition of the Weekly Update. We have just finished celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Let me share a few pictures of how we celebrated in the city with the entire church, giving away apples and honey to passersby. And now we are in the period of the Days of Awe leading up to Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement, when we examine our lives before God. I wish you a blessed week and see you again next time. Links: www.tos.info www.marchoflife.org www.marchofthenations.com www.jobstbittner.com
September 21, 2020
Covid-19 will not stop the March of Life [JWU #102]
Hello dear Friends, welcome to this edition of the Weekly Update. Today my special guest in the studio is Heinz Reuss, international director of March of Life. We are speaking about how even the COVID-19 pandemic was not able to stop March of Life and we are sharing about the project "Reconciliation, not Hate" on October 4, 2020. Find out more and join us on www.marchoflife.org. I wish you a blessed week and see you again next time. Links: www.tos.info www.marchoflife.org www.marchofthenations.com www.jobstbittner.com
September 13, 2020
Antisemitism and hatred of Jews knows no lockdown [JWU #101]
Hello dear Friends, welcome to this edition of the Weekly Update. Today I am speaking about the latest developments of March of Life in Finland as well as the connection between conspiracy theories and antisemitism in the time of COVID-19. Watch the entire update to find out more. I wish you a blessed week and see you again next time. Links: www.tos.info www.marchoflife.org www.marchofthenations.com www.jobstbittner.com
September 06, 2020
🎥🎉1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ Weekly Update anniversary from Finnland: 100th episode! [JWU #100]
[JWU Dear Friends, Welcome to the 100th Weekly Update! I am happy to greet you from beautiful Finnland and to share some news with you. Thank you to everyone who has been following our journey so far and continues to stand with us! In this edition I want to say thank you and to keep you updated about the upcoming events: I invite you to join the Global Day of Action “Reconciliation, not Hate!”, on October 4, 2020, to raise our voices for Israel and Jewish Life (more information: https://marchoflife.org/mol-events/reconciliation-not-hate/). I wish you a blessed week and see you again next time. Links: www.tos.info www.marchoflife.org www.marchofthenations.com www.jobstbittner.com
August 27, 2020
FACTS IN A NUTSHELL #8 - Antisemitism in Germany after 1990 [JWU #99]
Dear Friends, welcome to this edition of the Weekly Update. Today is Part 8 - the final part - of the series FACTS IN A NUTSHELL. I am sharing some impressions from the March of Life in Davos and then Hannah Kubsch will be speaking about antisemitism in Germany after 1990. We can find this modern form of antisemitism both in the right and leftwing extremes, but also in the very center of society. A comparatively new phenomenon in Germany is violent Muslim antisemitism. Please find all parts of the program here .https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjZbT5kOL8tq7pc9MKGF-7GjXSqrOGjRA I wish you a blessed week and see you again next time. Links: www.tos.info www.marchoflife.org www.marchofthenations.com www.jobstbittner.com
August 16, 2020
FACTS IN A NUTSHELL #7 - antisemitism in Germany between 1945 and 1990 [JWU #98]
Dear Friends, welcome to this edition of the Weekly Update. Today is Part 7 of the series FACTS IN A NUTSHELL. I will be speaking about antisemitism in both the Federal Republic of Germany after the war and in the Eastern, communist part of Germany, the German Democratic Republic, up to 1990. Please find all parts of the program here .https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjZbT5kOL8tq7pc9MKGF-7GjXSqrOGjRA I wish you a blessed week and see you again next time. Book link “Raise your voice and be a light”: https://tos-medien.de/buecher/fremdsprachige-buecher/85304/raise-your-voice-and-be-a-light Links: www.tos.info www.marchoflife.org www.marchofthenations.com www.jobstbittner.com
August 09, 2020
MESSAGE - August 09, 2020
Message - August 09, 2020
August 09, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE - FACTS IN A NUTSHELL #6 - From persecution to annihilation [JWU #97]
Dear Friends, welcome to this edition of the Weekly Update. Today is Part 6 of the series FACTS IN A NUTSHELL. I am sharing briefly about the Radical Love and Prayer Online Convocation and continue then speaking about the development from persecution to annihilation in Hitler's "final solution". Please find all parts of the program here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjZbT5kOL8tq7pc9MKGF-7GjXSqrOGjRA I wish you a blessed week and see you again next time. Jehuda's life story: Part 1: https://youtu.be/DpWK7WqN_YQ Part 2: https://youtu.be/sjPhd22oHUc Book link:: https://tos-medien.de/buecher/marsch-des-lebens-edition/66077/ich-will-dich-tragen Links: www.tos.info www.marchoflife.org www.marchofthenations.com www.jobstbittner.com
August 02, 2020
MESSAGE - July 26, 2020
MESSAGE - July 26, 2020
July 26, 2020
FACTS IN A NUTSHELL - Hitler's antisemitism [JWU #96]
Dear Friends, welcome to this edition of the Weekly Update. Today is Part 5 of the series FACTS IN A NUTSHELL. I am speaking about Hitler's antisemitism and how nobody could possibly claim not to have known his plans. Please find all parts of the program here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjZbT5kOL8tq7pc9MKGF-7GjXSqrOGjRA I wish you a blessed week and see you again next time. Links: www.tos.info www.marchoflife.org www.marchofthenations.com www.jobstbittner.com
July 26, 2020
FACTS IN A NUTSHELL - Antisemitism in the Weimar Republic [JWU #95]
Dear Friends, welcome to this edition of the Weekly Update. Today is Part 4 of the series FACTS IN A NUTSHELL. I am speaking about antisemitism during the time of the Weimar Republic. Please find all parts of the program here. I wish you a blessed week and see you again next time. Links: www.tos.info www.marchoflife.org www.marchofthenations.com www.jobstbittner.com
July 19, 2020
MESSAGE - Elisha and the Widow’s Oil: Overcoming Limitations! [2Ki 4:1-7]
Everyone has limitations. All who overcome them will be able to receive God's miracles through their faith. Jobst Bittner speaks of spiritual awakening in Germany and shows how new faith can grow in every person and how they can be set free in their calling Bible passage: 2Kings 4:1-7 Message July 12, 2020 🇩🇪 diese Predigt auf Deutsch findest du hier: https://youtu.be/VHvj7tKTTxc
July 12, 2020
FACTS IN A NUTSHELL - from anti-Judaism to modern antisemitism [JWU #94]
Dear Friends, how did Christian anti-Judaism develop into modern antisemitism under the guise of "racial studies"? My Weekly Update today is part of the series FACTS IN A NUTSHELL. I have Hannah Kubsch as my studio guest, and we are talking about the genesis of antisemitism. Please find all parts of the program here. I wish you a blessed week and see you again next time. Jobst’s Weekly Update #94
July 12, 2020
FACTS IN A NUTSHELL - Development of antijudaism from antique times up to the modern era [JWU #93]
Dear Friends, welcome to this edition of the Weekly Update with the second part of the series FACTS IN A NUTSHELL in which we take a look at the historic roots of antisemitism. I am giving an overview of the development of antijudaism from antique times up to the modern era. I hope you enjoy this new format and it is proving to be useful to you. See you again next week.
July 05, 2020
MESSAGE - The Coat of Elisha. The Anointing of the Covid-19 Generation! [2Ki 2:14]
Elisha picks up the coat of the prophet Elijah. After Elijah is taken up to heaven, Elisha is on his own. He is a tool in the hand of the heavenly master craftsman. How can he follow God’s call in a time of “polluted wells” - and how will he prove himself? Bible passage: 2 Kings 2:14 Message dated June 28, 2020 🇩🇪 diese Predigt auf Deutsch findest du hier: https://youtu.be/SxuR_sTz2Dc
June 28, 2020
FACTS IN A NUTSHELL - What is antisemitism [JWU #92]
Dear Friends, welcome to this edition of the Weekly Update. Amidst news of rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in Israel and concern about the development of the situation in the US, today we take a closer look at the definition of the term "Antisemitism", statistics on antisemitism in Germany, and the necessary distinction between movtivations for antisemitic hate crimes, as that can come from right wing, left wing, Islamic, secular or Christian sources. Lets us keep raising our voices wherever we are! See you again next time! Jobst’s Weekly Update #92
June 28, 2020
Can anti-Semitism be a consequence of a recession? [JWU #91]
Hello dear Friends, up to now I used to give you detailed background information on the March of Life in the Weekly Updates. I will keep doing so, but will also be focusing on the different aspects of antisemitism both historically and modern. Today we will also take a closer look at recession and its effects, especially with regard to antisemitism. I am looking forward to seeing you again next time!
June 21, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #90 - Antisemitism and Racism in the Caribbean?
Hello dear Friends, In my Weekly Update today I have Arhea Marshall from Trinidad as my guest and we are talking about antisemitism in the Caribbean and Tübingen/ Germany, about love for Israel and how important it is to take to the streets for reconciliation. I desire greatly to see Marches of Life taking place again all over the world! God's blessing and have a great week! See you again next time!
June 14, 2020
Message - June 14, 2020
Message June 14, 2020
June 14, 2020
George Floyd - Why we must raise our voice against racism and antisemitism! [JWU #89]
Hello dear Friends, in today‘s Weekly Update I talk about George Floyd and the need to raise our voices against racism and antisemitism! I wish you a blessed week in which we experience the miracles of God and in which the peace of God settles over the nations! See you again next time!
June 07, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #88 - Shavuot & Pentecost | In Israel and everywhere there is prayer!
Hello dear Friends, welcome to this edition of the Weekly Update. We are currently seeing an unprecedented surge of prayer around the world, and also on Shavuot there were numerous global prayer efforts. Find out more about our Shavuot Global Prayer Day, uniting 10,000 intercessors and about the plans for next year's March of the Nations in Israel on May 10-15, 2021. See you again next time!
June 06, 2020
MESSAGE - May 31, 2020
Message, Jobst Bittner, May 31, 2020
June 03, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #87 - Israel finally has a stable government! The Dawn of a new Era
Hello dear Friends, welcome to this edition of the Weekly Update. Congratulations to Israel on finally finding a new government! Today I am sharing about the March of the Nations 2021 and why at the time of the coronavirus it is more important than ever to take a public stand against antisemitism. The Jewish Feast of Shavuot is the time of Pentecost, the Feast of Weeks, which marked the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the first disciples. Find out more about the special Shavuot Global Prayer Day with its global, international prayer chain on May 28 and 29. Come and join us! See you next time!
June 03, 2020
MESSAGE - May 17, 2002
Message, Jobst Bittner, May 17, 2020
June 03, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #86 - It took Germany 40 Years to come to realization that the ...
It took Germany 40 YEARS to come to the realization that it wasn't the day of surrender, but the day of liberation from National Socialism!! In this edition of the Weekly Update I have Felix Kunze of March of Life with me in the studio. We are talking about May 8, the end of WWII... Wishing you a blessed week and see you again next time. Weekly Update #86
June 02, 2020
MESSAGE - June 03, 2020
Message dated June 03, 2020
June 02, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #85 - What happens AFTER the LOCKDOWN?
Welcome to this edition of the Weekly Update. Today we are talking about what happens after the end of the lockdown. I have Eddie Incedi and Anna Reiner of the worship band Kehatim with us who speak about the importance of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. Also a warm invitation to join us for the March of the Nations in May 2021! See you next time!
June 02, 2020
MESSAGE - April, 26, 2020
Message, Jobst Bittner, April 26, 2020
June 01, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #84 ++ Yom HaShoah + Day of Independence
Welcome to this edition of the Weekly Update. Today we are live from Tübingen, talking about the moving conference on Yom HaShoah last week with over 10,000 online attendees and we also take a look at the upcoming Day of Independence next week. My guest today is Ps Guido Kasch from TOS Church Tübingen. Until next time!
June 01, 2020
MESSAGE - April 12, 2020
Message, Jobst Bittner, April 12, 2020
June 01, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #83 - HE IS RISEN - greetings from Tübingen!!
Welcome to this special Easter Edition of the Weekly Update, celebrating the Resurrection! If you always wanted to know how I came to faith and a living relationship to Jesus, this Weekly Update is just for you! Wishing you a personal encounter with the love of God at this time! See you again next week!
June 01, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #82 - Locked Up Behind Closed Doors
All over the world we are locked up behind closed doors - but all the more we are very much connected to you in our hearts, so a big hug to you through the camera! We are heading towards Passover and Good Friday - it is my prayer for you that you will receive God‘s deep peace during this time. We are sending our love especially to all Holocaust survivors - we cannot visit you right now, but we are praying for you! We are in the hand of the faithful God, neither heights nor depths can take us from the hand of God! Together with my wife Charlotte, I am sending you our very best! See you soon.
June 01, 2020
MESSAGE - The Corona Pandemic - an Orientation Guide
There is a wealth of prophetic words and biblical references to the Corona Pandemic. How can we find a sense of direction? How do we deal with this crucial event in human and church history? Is the Corona Pandemic a worldwide crisis - or are we experiencing the fulfilment of end-time prophecy? Bible passage: Daniel 5 / 2 Kings 5 Message dated March 29, 2020
May 30, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #81
Serve Holocaust survivors practically despite social distancing - JWU#81 Hello dear Friends, at this time of social distancing it is of particular importance to take care of our Holocaust survivors, many of whom are re-traumatized by the lock-down. Call them to let them know they are not alone! Hear more about how to do this in this edition of the Weekly Update! Until next week!
May 29, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #80 ++ Virus shakes the world - God is in control!
Hello dear Friends, in times of the coronavirus everything is a bit different. We have transformed our services and events into online worship services and send our warmest greetings to all our friends in all nations. A tiny virus is turning the world upside down. In order to protect others, we must distance ourselves from them. Our prayer is for all those who are trapped in fear, and I want to tell you that our God has everything in His hands! The Marches of Life and the March of Nations had to be postponed. A warm invitation also to the "Prayer of the 9th Hour". Find out more in my new Weekly Update. See you next time!
May 29, 2020
MESSAGE - The Ninth Hour - [Hag 2:6]
The days of the coronavirus mark a profound break in history. This is God's wakeup call to seek His face in prayer and to return to Him. In Judaism, the ninth hour was the hour of prayer (see Acts 3:1). What will be our response to God's call? Bible passage: Haggai 2:6 Message dated March 15, 2020
May 28, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #79
Dear Friends, the global repercussions of the coronavirus can be felt in every nation. Today I am speaking about what that means for us as believers, how the Church can be a light in the world at this time, and what it means for us as a church in practical terms and for the Awakening Fire Conference. We are praying for you all! See you again next time!
May 28, 2020
Weekly Update #78 LIVE from Tübingen
Hello dear Friends, Today I am talking to the doctor Franziska Eckert about what is probably the most central topic at the moment: the corona virus. She almost sat in the meeting with the infected pathologist in the hospital of Tübingen. Watch the live video now to find out more! Welcome to our services, the Awakening Fire Conference from April 9-11 and the March of the Nations in Israel from May 12-14! See you next time!
May 28, 2020
MESSAGE - Wash Your Hands and Cleanse Your Hearts [James 4:8]
The new coronavirus is causing global fear. By now it has also reached Germany. Is there a spiritual message that we need to hear? Bible passage: James 4:8 Message dated March 01, 2020
May 27, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #77 ++ Coronavirus + ‘China Expert’ + biblical view
Hello dear Friends, my guest in the studio today is Siyu Rowley, a teacher. She is a leader in TOS and heads the dance team YC Dance. Today she is here as our "China Expert", as we talk about the coronavirus that is currently spreading worldwide. Watch my Weekly Update to learn more! See you again next time!
May 27, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #76 ++ racist attack in Hanau ++ importance of the March of Life
Hello dear Friends, today I have Michaela Buckel as my guest in the studio again. Like everybody in Germany, we are deeply saddened by the recent racist attack in Hanau. I am talking to Michaela about the connection between identity, nationalism, racism and antisemitism, and that this is not just a German problem, but it affects all nations. At our March of Life conference last weekend, we, together with participants from 18 nations, looked for answers to precisely these questions and talked about the importance of taking a stand and raising our voices.
May 27, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #75 ++ March of Life Conference 2020
Hello dear Friends, We just finished the March of Life Conference. We had participants from 18 different nations. Holocaust survivor Ruth Michel shared her impressive story of survival. The theme for the Marches of Life 2020 is "Saying Never Again is not enough!" Learn more in the video! I wish you a great week and I am looking forward to hearing from you! See you again at the next Weekly Update! Day 2: https://www.facebook.com/marchoflife/videos/334703564081652/ Day 1: https://www.facebook.com/marchoflife/videos/205789717207253/
March 01, 2020
JOBST BITTNER - Lord, have mercy on our land [Mt 4:1-11]
What is wrong in Germany? We need a fresh visitation from God and an outpouring of the spirit of prayer and supplication - but how can this happen? Who will be willing to stand in the gap? Bible passage: Mathew 4:1-11 Message dated February 09, 2020 🇩🇪 diese Predigt auf Deutsch findest du hier: https://youtu.be/mS-NUlyd13A 🇺🇸 watch this message in English here: https://youtu.be/gO6bsgIXMaE
February 28, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #74 ++ Award Ceremony in Israel + MOL Conference + MON20
Hello dear Friends, last week I was in Israel to receive an award from the Ministry of Tourism. In my speech I said that this award was an encouragement and a challenge for the March of Life at the same time never to stop the Marches and to call people to Israel. So it is my call to every church to send 7 representatives to the March of the Nations in Israel on May 12-14! For further information, please see www.marchofthenations.com We are looking forward to seeing you there! Until next time!
February 27, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #73
🔴 Hello dear Friends, we are here live-streaming from the detention camp in Atlit, Israel. Right here we will have the first event of the March of the Nations conference with the musical “Exodus 1947”. Tune in to learn more about this place and why we will be starting here!
February 26, 2020
JOBST BITTNER - How can I know the Will of God? [Mt 6:10]
The will of God is so vitally important that Jesus taught His disciples in the Lord's Prayer: "Your kingdom come, your will be done!" Millions of Christians pray this prayer every day without understanding how to know the will of God. What is the perfect will of God? Are there situations that God simply allows or permits to happen? And how do I recognize the will of God? Bible passage: Mathew 6:10 Message dated January 19, 2020
February 26, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #72 ++ March of Life Conference ++ Sari Granitza ++ Ruth Michel ++ Ben Salomo ++
Hello dear Friends, today I am talking to studio guest and March of Life director Heinz Reuss about the upcoming March of Life Conference on Feb 14-16, 2020! International organizers and directors, Jewish and Christian guests will be meeting in Tübingen for this event. The theme of the conference is "Bringing the Voice Against antisemitism to the Streets!" Holocaust survivor Ruth Michel will be present and tell her impressive life story. A warm invitation to you too! Registration and further information is available at www.marschdeslebens.org. We look forward to seeing you there! See you next time! In Jobst Bittner's latest weekly update he dives deep into the upcoming March of Life Conference and together with international director Heinz Reuss, gives great insights on all the March of Life directors and organisers who will be attending from around the world, who will be our special guests and why you shouldn’t miss the opportunity and come to the conference. https://www.facebook.com/jobstbittner/videos/623543625142240/
February 14, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #71 ++ Eyewitness account of the arson attack ++ What's next?
Hello dear Friends, many of you are probably wondering how we are doing after the arson attack and how we will continue. Today I have two studio guests in the Weekly Update: Tobias Rager, eyewitness of the arson attack, and Felix Kunze, Social Media Manager. Thank you for all your support - now all the more we want to come together as Christians and make a statement together - and we can do that at the Awakening Fire Conference in April! See you next time! #af2020 #awakeningfire2020
February 13, 2020
JOBST BITTNER - A Sign that will be Spoken Against [Luke 2:34]
Followers of Jesus have to be increasingly prepared that others will question and reject the basic values of the Gospel. Their testimony and the Good News of the Gospel are like reflectors of light in places of darkness. Bible passage: Luke 2:34 Message dated January 05, 2020
February 12, 2020
MESSAGE - The Name Above All Names [Facing 2020 - 4/4]
Redemption and salvation is found in no other name. In His name people are healed and receive new strength. In a time of increasing disorientation the name of Jesus is God's indicator for Christians whose faith is alive. Bible passage: Luke 2:22-33 Message dated December 22, 2019
February 11, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #70 ++ Looking Back in Gratitude ++ Christmas: God Sends His Light
Dear Friends, welcome to the final Weekly Update of this year! I am currently speaking a lot about what to expect in 2020 and how to prepare for the new decade. I am grateful for many travels this year - thank you for your loyalty in watching my Weekly Updates from Poland, England, the Ukraine, Belarus and Israel. How special that this year Hanukkah and Christmas fall on the same time: the light of God and the glory of Israel. I wish you a blessed Christmas season and a fruitful year 2020! See you next time!
February 10, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #69 - Why Jews love the granddaughter of a Nazi-Perpetrator
Dear Friends, today I have Petra Hennig with me as my guest in the studio who works in the March of Life House in Caesarea, Israel. Every month they host between 40 and 80 Holocaust survivors. They eat together and share their life stories. Also descendants of Nazi perpetrators share about the involvement of their ancestors in the Holocaust - it is so important for the survivors to hear these stories! This very special work in Israel is done in cooperation with our partners at the Israeli organization @Helping Hand Coalition You can learn more about this in the Weekly Update. If you would like to support the March of Life House you can do this here www.marchoflife.org/house! See you again next time!
February 09, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #68 ++ will Jews have to leave the 🇬🇧?!? ++
Hello dear Friends, greetings from London, where we are taking part in a rally against antisemitism. Jewish friends here report that they will leave London or even the UK, if Jeremy Corbyn should win the elections. We had several meetings here where we were able to speak about the March of Life. It is so important to raise our voices together against antisemitism and to stand in solidarity with the British Jews. See you next time!
February 08, 2020
MESSAGE - FACING 2020 - 3/4 | When the Invisible Becomes Visible [Acts 3:6-13; Acts 4:29-31]
What happens when the sky opens and the supernatural world becomes visible? Are you really ready for change? A message that moves many! Bible passage: Acts 3:6-13; Acts 4:29-31 Message dated June 9, 2019
February 07, 2020
MESSAGE - FACING 2020 - 2/4 | Opening Buried Wells in Europe! [Genesis 26:15-33]
How do we prepare for the new decade? Each of Isaac's wells represents a buried well that is opened up once again. God is preparing a new generation in 2020 to reopen buried spiritual wells. Bible passage: Genesis 26:15-33 Message dated November 10, 2019
February 06, 2020
MESSAGE - FACING 2020 - 1/4 | People With Whom God Makes History! [Acts 1:15-26; 4:36; 5:1-11]
God is looking for people with whom he can write history! Your life is too precious to lag behind his calling and mission. Using the three examples of Matthias, Hananias and Barnabas. Bible passage: Acts 1:15-26; 4:36; 5:1-11 Message dated November 10, 2019
February 05, 2020
WEEKLY UPDATE #67
Hello dear Friends, I have just returned from Switzerland, where we had a March of Life Multiplication Day and a Veil of Silence Seminar. Many people from all over Switzerland came to Andermatt, which is located directly in the Gotthard Mountains, the heart of Switzerland. It was a privilege to be there. We believe that Marches of Life will take place in every canton of Switzerland! Did you know that I have written an article on the topic "How We Can Pray for Israel Now"? You can find it here https://jobstbittner.com/en/blog/ See you next time!
December 02, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #66
Hello dear Friends, each year, the Simon Wiesenthal Center publishes a list of the worst antisemitic and anti-Israel incidents. Currently the German UN Ambassador Christoph Heusgen is a potential candidate for this list. I will tell you why in today's Weekly Update! This was precisely the topic of a petition we presented to the German Chancellor this year, titled UN RESOLUTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL - NOT WITH MY VOTE! See you next time! This is the link to the petition: www.marchoflife.org/petition
November 24, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #65 - Israel -and what we experienced here
Hello dear Friends, greetings from Rosh Pina in Israel! With me is Lesly Jimenez, who has been welcoming Holocaust survivors to the March of Life House in Caesarea for 4 years now, or is visiting them at home. She is also facilitating encounters between Israeli students and German youths. In my Weekly Update she talks about her ministry and how she deals with the tensions as we also experienced here live this week. See you again next time! www.marchofthenations.com #marchofthenations #marchoflife
November 19, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #64
Dear Friends, Israel has been in an exceptional political situation for many months now. President Reuven Rivlin currently sees the State of Israel in great trouble. It is an emergency for Israeli security and society. Next week, we will be in Israel to prepare the March of the Nations 2020, to meet with friends and to spend time in prayer. The March of the Nations in Israel will take place on May 14, 2020. We will be in 6 cities and expect 500 international and 500 Israeli participants. Next week, you will hear more about it straight from Israel. Set you again next time!
November 10, 2019
Weekly Update #63 - Halle (Saale), Kiev und Kaliningrad, a flashback
Hello dear Friends, Best regards from Halle. Behind me you can see the synagogue that was attacked three weeks ago. Today we had a March of Life here with the theme of "Halle Concerns Us All" with 500 participants. A young Iranian man got up on the stage to share that in Iran he was taught to hate Israel. But through the March of Life he learned the truth about Israel, and now he raises his voice against antisemitism, very practically in everyday life. Behind me you can see the door of the synagogue that still shows the bullet holes. It bears witness to God's protection, as Max Privorotzky (president of the Jewish community in Halle) also mentioned in his address. For further details, the time in Kaliningrad and Kiev, watch today's Weekly Update. See you again next time.
November 04, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #62
Hello dear Friends, This weekend I am at a March of Life conference in Kaliningrad. Until 1945, this city was called "Königsberg" (part of East Prussia). East Prussia was a stronghold of the NSDAP. In 1944, this city was almost completely destroyed by bombs. After the surrender, tens of thousands were killed by hunger, epidemics and deportations. Jewish life was completely destroyed, synagogues were set on fire, and of the 3200 Jews only 60 Jewish families were still alive there after the Second World War. Together with the Germans, they were expelled by the Soviets in 1948. Today the city is called a city of reconciliation. How special that the first first March of Life in Russia will take place here! After the conference, we will go to Kiev, where we will also have a March of Life Conference together with churches and congregations of the Ukraine - they are convinced the Ukraine will not change without working through its own history. You can find all information about this, and about the March of Life in Halle on Nov 3 on my Facebook and Instagram page as well as on www.marchoflife.org! See you next time!
October 27, 2019
MESSAGE - Feeding on Ashes [Is 44:20]
Jobst Bittner is speaking on the the Bible nuggets in the Prophet Isaiah. One particular word - nugget - is found in Isaiah 44:20 about "feeding on ashes". When the fire of God dies down in you, you start "feeding on ashes". Bible passage: Isaiah 44,20 Message dated October 20, 2019
October 25, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #61
Hello dear Friends, Today in my Weekly Update I am looking at the antisemitic attack in Halle and I am talking about how important it is to keep standing with our Jewish friends in future. We as March of Life will organize a public remembrance event on November 3 together with the president of the Jewish community, Max Privorozki, and we warmly invite you to join us! And also we do have the official date for the March of the Nations in Israel for 2020 - watch my Weekly Update to find out! Links: www.marchoflife.org // www.marchofthenations.com
October 20, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #60 - Attack on Halle synagogue!
Hello dear Friends, best regards from Switzerland! On Wednesday, the day of Yom Kippur, there was an attempted attack on the synagogue in Halle (Germany). This shows a new level of violence and antisemitism. I wonder what is going to happen now? How can we give the right answers? In the last Weekly Update I mentioned that the breeding ground of antisemitism is right in the center of society: we have been carrying this antisemitism within us for generations. We must speak about it and overcome this indifference. We must raise our voices every day! A good week to all of you and see you again next time!
October 13, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #59
Welcome to the 59th edition of the Weekly Update, in which I speak about aggressive antisemitism in Germany, the report about the March of Life in the "Jerusalem Post" and Yom Kippur. The Hebrew greeting for Yom Kippur גמר חתימה טובה (gmar chatima tova), in English "May your inscription (in the Book of Life) be well completed". All the best - until next time! P.S. My Weekly Update is the best way to get background information on March of Life and my ministry. In the future it will be translated into Spanish and Polish as well as English. It would be great if you could share it with other friends. You can also get the most important information and pictures from my Instagram page and you can listen to my messages on YouTube or as podcasts.
October 06, 2019
MESSAGE - They have perverted the truth about God [Ro 1:25-32]
This message is a continuation of last week's message: "A Firm Hold in Insecure Times"! What happens when instead of worshiping God the Creator, we worship creation itself? All who loose their firm hold in the living God and His Word are seriously at risk of being captured by the fears and ideologies of our time. Bible passage: Romans 1:25-32 Message dated September 29, 2019 🇩🇪 diese Predigt auf Deutsch findest du hier: 🇺🇸 watch this message in English here: http://tiny.cc/JBmessage
October 02, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #58
Hello dear friends, After the summer break we are back again with the Weekly Update - welcome! In Gdańsk (Poland) we had a strong march of life with almost 1.000 participants. Worldwide we have 70 marches this year and everywhere the doors are still opening: in London, Kaliningrad, in the Caribbean, etc. In the near future there will also be national and international silent seminars. If you are interested in conducting a March of Life or a Ceiling of Silence seminar, please contact us! I wish you a blessed week!
September 29, 2019
MESSAGE - A Firm Hold in Insecure Times [Is 22:25]
The negative headlines keep building: World climate disaster, War in the Middle East, economic decline, Brexit. Nothing seems to be like it was any more. What can we hold on to, what will carry us - and where is the chance for the Church to be salt and light at this time? Bible passage: Isaiah 22:25 Message dated September 22, 2019 🇩🇪 diese Predigt auf Deutsch findest du hier: 🇺🇸 watch this message in English here: http://tiny.cc/JBmessage
September 25, 2019
MESSAGE - Expect right to win right. [PS 34:7]
Hunger and thirst are signs of life! If you live without expectation, you have lost hope. So expect right to win right! Bible passage: Psalm 34:7 Message dated August 25, 2019 🇩🇪 diese Predigt auf Deutsch findest du hier: https://youtu.be/HjUn0tw0t8s 🇺🇸 watch this message in English here: https://youtu.be/WW7DZlU-9Pk
August 28, 2019
MESSAGE - Only faith overcomes [1. John 5:4]
There’s a key to realize your dreams and reaching God’s goals. Faith is the “the currency of heaven”. The more you invest, the greater is your spiritual authority! The one who doesn’t want to stay in a spiritual desert of anxiety and fear should learn how to grow in faith. Bible passage: 1. John 5:4 Message dated August 18, 2019 diese Predigt auf Deutsch findest du hier: https://youtu.be/hvjJqNdsIFU watch this message in English here: http://tiny.cc/JBmessage
August 20, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #57 - Heinz Reuss speaks of his uncle's participation in the invasion of Poland
Dear friends, Today we speak with March of Life Director Heinz Reuss about the beginnings of March of Life and how he was involved in this process, as well as his personal family’s history. We’ll also speak about the special significance of the Polish – German Friendship Conference and the March of Life in Gdansk, which take place in two weeks time! (You can still sign up on www.maschdeslebens.org) We’ll take a four-week break from our Weekly Updates and look forward to the next Update in September!
August 18, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #56 - How fragile and important is the reconciliation between Poles and Germans?
Hello dear Friends, the newspaper "Die Zeit", one of the largest weekly papers in Germany, writes about reconciliation between Poles and Germans: "This reconciliation is very fragile. No one in Germany can be surprised to learn that the outrageous crimes committed by Germans are still causing tremendous pain for many Poles. Almost 6 million Poles lost their lives during the German occupation. (...) ". Today we talk again with studio guest Kasia Martinovic about the topic of reconciliation, how to achieve it and what it stirs within us. From August 30 to September 1, 2019 a Polish-German Friendship Conference will take place in Gdansk, Poland. Register now at www.marchoflife.org/ http://fundacjapojednanie.com/!
August 13, 2019
MESSAGE – Jonah - You Can Never Stop the Love of God (Jonah 4:1-4)
God’s Love is Unstoppable - Ours isn’t! Bible passage: Jonah 4:1-4 Message dated August 4, 2019 🇩🇪 diese Predigt auf Deutsch findest du hier: https://youtu.be/avbvHJZV6i0 🇺🇸 watch this message in English here: http://tiny.cc/JBmessage
August 05, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #55 - Critical media reports in Poland & reconciliation conference in Gdańsk
Jobst’s Weekly updates #55 Hello dear Friends, last week there were many critical media reports in Poland. The media claimed that we were playing down the truth of history and planning to dance on the graves of the dead with the March of Life in Gdańsk, celebrating the invasion of Poland. These accusations are false: Marches of Life have been taking place in Poland since 2012 - with the request for forgiveness by descendants of Wehrmacht soldiers, resulting in reconciliation and friendship. We are looking forward to the Polish-German Reconciliation Conference in Gdańsk from August 30 - September 1, 2019! You are invited - register now! Until next time, I am looking forward to seeing you! Links: TVP: https://www.tvp.info/8334835/kaci-i-ofiary-marsz-zycia-droga-do-pojednania https://www.facebook.com/events/607822849690012/ www.facebook.com/marchoflife/ https://www.facebook.com/FundacjaPojednanie/ https://www.marschdeslebens.org
August 04, 2019
MESSAGE - What did Jonah preach in Nineveh? [Mt 16:1-4 & Jon 1+2]
In Germany, hundreds of thousands of people are leaving the church. Teenagers who are running away from God belong to the new generation of the present time. Jonahs story is a call to all those people who are on the run from God and his purpose for their lives. Bible passage: Mathew 16:1-4 & Jonah 1+2 Message dated July 28, 2019
July 31, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #54
Hello dear Friends, I am very happy about my studio guest today, Kasia Martinovic. She is a scholar of Jewish Studies and has been living in Germany for 7 years now. Originally she is from Poland. Today we are talking about the Polish-German Friendship Conference in Gdansk, Poland from Aug 30 - Sep 1, 2019 on occasion of the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. Interestingly, this part of history is much more known and established in Polish society than in Germany. Kasia shares about her own life and the traumas that can still be found there today. Watch my Weekly Update to find out more - and register now at https://www.marchoflife.org/ ! See you next time!
July 28, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #53
Hello dear Friends, great to see you again at the Weekly Update - today with studio guest Anja Khralovitch, part of the leadership team of the "Church of Healing" in Svetlagorsk, Belarus! We have known Anja for many years. She also experienced the Veil of Silence in her own family - but the other side, a silence about her Jewish heritage. Her ancestors also lived in such a shtetl like the ones we talked about last time. Check out the Weekly Update to learn more! I am looking forward to seeing you again next time! God bless and goodbye!
July 21, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #52
Hello dear Friends, today I have a special friend with me in the studio: Sergey Pishchalo, pastor and head of our drug rehabilitation center in Belarus. He is sharing about the history of Belarus, how much Jewish life there was and how it was taken by the Holocaust. He also tells about his own life - how he found new life and hope through Jesus out of drug addiction. We also talk about the planned March of Life in Belarus. See you next time - again with a special studio guest!
July 17, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #51
Jobst’s Weekly updates #51 Hello dear Friends, we are still thrilled by what happened at the March of the Nations in Israel. Some of you were there - we were in 3 cities (Sderot, Kfar Saba and Tiberias) and each city had its own character. The mayors of Kfar Saba and Tiberias said we absolutely have to repeat this. Our friend Yehudah Glick said he loved the idea of going to the cities. This provides the opportunity for many more personal encounters with Holocaust survivors, students and Israeli friends. More cities are already getting ready for next year - now all that is missing are the participants from the nations. Will you be there? Your church? Your band or dance group? Save the date for next year: May 10-17, 2020! See you next time!
July 12, 2019
MESSAGE - God hears your cry [Mk 10:46-52]
To know God's heart is to be touched by His mercy for the poor and the lost. How this happens and what effects it has - that is the theme of this message on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Christian charity "TOS Ministries International". Bible passage: Mark 10:46-52 Message dated July 6, 2019
July 11, 2019
MESSAGE - The Code of Heaven [Nehemiah 2:17]
Between hopelessness and discouragement and the miracle of God there is only one word: "YET". Men and women of world history were able to achieve much because they did not allow circumstances to stop them. The heroes of faith in the Bible did not allow anything to distract them and said in the face of all obstacles "still". Nehemiah knew the code of heaven and said, "AND YET!" Those who follow Jesus and say: "Yet I will always be with you!" (Ps 73) will see the miracles of God! Bible passage: Nehemiah 2:17 Message dated June 30, 2019
July 10, 2019
MESSAGE - The Miracle of Pentecost [Matthew 14:22-33]
In all four Gospels, Jesus is called the One who "baptizes with fire". Why is that so significant for every believer - and how can the Miracle of Pentecost become our reality today?
June 16, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #50
Hello dear Friends, today is the 50th edition of the Weekly Update 🥳🎉, and my studio guest is Andrea Werth! Her grandfather was part of the Wehrmacht and a devout Nazi. The only stories he had ever told her of his time in Finland had sounded more like they had been there to pick flowers than anything else. And it was only recently that she found out what really happened. Now she went with us to Finland for the March of Life with 1000 participants where she also shared her story. Watch the Weekly Update to learn the details! See you again next time! And perhaps we will meet at the March of the Nations in Israel - United to be a Light. You can still register! For more information see https://marchofthenations.com/
June 15, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #49
Hello dear Friends, this week, the German commissioner against antisemitism, Felix Klein, said that Jews - for their own sake - ought better not to wear a kippah on the streets of Germany. In response, next to sharply criticizing Klein, the large national newspaper BILD printed the image of a kippah and called on readers to cut out and wear the printed kippah. An even stronger, more public statement is participation in a March of Life, like last Sunday in Plauen, the birthplace of the Hitler Youth movement and the Nazi girls' organization, that has recently seen large Nazi marches and demonstrations. Greetings and see you soon, probably from Helsinki, where I will take part in a large March of Life this weekend!
June 14, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #48
Dear Friends, as you can see I have returned back home safely from an extended tour to Israel, Geneva, Erfurt and finally Berlin. Marches of Life are continuing all over the world, like in Plauen today. Today we have the European elections - and I am more interested in these elections than I have been in a long time. You can really sense these elections are becoming more and more significant and and they are gaining increasing attention. In my Weekly Update today I am talking about the elections, sharing a word from Revelation. I wish you a week full of hope and perspective! See you again next time!
June 13, 2019
MESSAGE - The Key of Your Mind [John 20:24]
Your thoughts determine your life more than you think. The good news: You can direct your thoughts and renew them by the Word of God. God wants to work miracles - and it all begins in your thoughts! Bible Verse: John 20:24 Message on May 26, 2019
June 13, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #47
Dear Friends, behind me you can see Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. We just had a March of Life here with about 500 participants, At the closing event right here, I mentioned the petition, which will be presented at the Federal Chancellery tomorrow. We are calling upon Chancellor Merkel to change the German voting pattern concerning Israel at the UN, and also to replace the German UN Ambassador Heusgen. We believe this really is going to make a difference! Even our Foreign Secretary Dr. Heiko Maas has called for an end to the marginalization of Israel at the UN. Thank you very much to everyone who sigend the petition: One voice has an effect, many voices have an even greater effect! Best reagrds and thank you once again.
June 13, 2019
MESSAGE - Living Without Skid Marks [Psalm 68:6]
The four basic elements of a living relationship with God: vision, faith, childlike obedience, and determination must all be based on a living love relationship. Jobst Bittner preaches about the example of faith Reinhard Bonnke and the experiences he had at the beginning of his ministry. Bible Verse: Psalm 68:6 Message on May 19, 2019
June 12, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #46
Hello dear Friends, Greetings from Sderot in Israel. Behind us you can see the city council where we had a meeting with the mayor. On June 20, we will be holding a march here as a part of the March of the Nations Compact. It’s going to be a massive statement, right here in this place, saying „Israel, you are not alone“! I hope you will be there - register now on www.marchofthenations.com!
June 07, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #45
Hello dear Friends, let me begin by wishing you all a very happy Easter and happy Passover! Today we have Carmen Shamsianpur, a scholar of Islamic Studies and antisemitism researcher, as our guest in the studio. I'm interested in why someone chooses to study something like this and research antisemitism and then be a friend of Israel? Check out my Weekly Update to learn more about her motivation, the UN, the current petition "UN Resolutions Against Israel - Not With My Voice", UNESCO, and the over 70 Marches of Life that will take place around Yom haShoa. I am looking forward to hearing from you - see you soon!
June 06, 2019
MESSAGE - Easter saved my life
Religion won't take you to heaven! Easter means salvation, eternal life - resurrection ....if you leave the prison of religion behind you and get to know Jesus personally as the living and risen Son of God and have a deep love relationship with Him. Jobst Bittner talks how this still happens today with millions of people, using biblical witnesses of the resurrection. Bible Verse: Matthew 28:1-7 Message on April 21, 2019
June 05, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #44
Dear Friends, Happy Easter and - Chag Sameach - Happy Passover! Today we will celebrate both holidays together in our church in a worship service, as they both fall on the same day, just as we read in the Gospel of John. I think this day is very special. I just returned from Belarus, where we had memorial events and a conference. Before the war, 50-80% of the population there was Jewish. 150.000 of them were brutally killed in the extermination camp "Maly Trostenets", where we visited the memorial with our friends and with Holocaust survivors. Descendants of Nazi perpetrators were able to ask for forgiveness right there. We cannot undo history and the atrocities that happened there - but as descendants of the perpetrators we have a responsibility: with our request for forgiveness hearts can be healed and reconciliation can happen. It is a great privilege to do this, even if it is very painful. I wish you all blessed Easter and Happy Passover!
June 05, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #43
Hello dear Friends, my guest in the studio today is Carmen Shamsianpur, Scholar of Islamic Studies and Antisemitism Researcher. She explains the voting pattern at the UN against Israel, using examples from the past three years. Unfortunately Germany, too, is taking its position right in the midst of this voting process. Why? What is the motivation behind German government decisions, and what can I do about this? Your voice is more important than ever. It is heard and can change policy. So we are calling for people to sign this petition and to keep spreading it. Raise your voice for Israel by signing the petition and forward this video to your friends and contacts! This is the link to the petition: https://openpetition.de/israel Personal statement video: https://youtu.be/1Wb2b0hfwCo
May 29, 2019
PREACHING - The Spirit of Elijah [1 Kings 19:4]
This message provides discouraged Christians with an answer as to how they - like Elijah - can leave behind the thorn bush of their worries and fears. The spirit of Elijah stands for a generation that does not bow to the idols of their time. At the same time it stands for the restoration of the relationship between "fathers and sons": on a personal level, between generations, and for the Church with the fact that Israel is chosen.
April 10, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #42
Hello dear Friends, recent decisions in German politics and the related UN Resolutions against Israel caused me to address a video message to our Chancellor Angela Merkel. In this video message I state a clear position to the voting pattern of the German UN Ambassador Christoph Heusgen and I am giving the reasons for my call to sign a petition. Where are the voices against antisemitism and against one-sided condemnation of Israel in politics? The video message and petition are my answer! Raise your voice also and sign and share the petition. Raise your voice also and be a light! You can sign and share the petition here https://openpetition.de/israel
April 03, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #41
Hello dear Friends, in this edition of the Weekly Update I have Matthias Rowley as my studio guest, who is responsible for film and video productions at TOS Ministries and March of Life. In this interview he talks about his personal family story and what motivates him to make films for March of Life. The ministry in Finland had a big impact: on June 2, 2019 a big March of Life will take place in Helsinki, in cooperation with the local Israel Ministries. We are very much looking forward to it! I warmly invite you to the Veil of Silence Conference on April 5 - 7. We have expanded the program with many new important topics. I am looking forward to seeing you there. See you next time!
March 29, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #40
Hello dear Friends, today my Weekly Update is from Järvenpää, Finland. We just finished a Breaking the Veil of Silence seminar, because Finland, too, is covered by a Veil of Silence concerning the Holocaust and WWII. Watch my Weekly Update to learn more! Greetings and see you again next time!
March 27, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #39
Dear Friends, next week we will be going to Finland. So today, I have Paula Karppanen in the studio with me who is Finnish and came to Tübingen to study Historical and Cultural Anthropology. She did her master's theses on the culture of remembrance in Finland. Today, we will be speaking about the history of Finland and how the Veil of Silence has to be broken there as well. For more details, please watch the video. Next week we will be reporting live from Finland. See you then!
March 08, 2019
MESSAGE - When Heaven touches Earth [Rev 21:3-7]
The new message from Jobst Bittner.
March 08, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #38
Hello dear Friends, the March of Life Conference last weekend was really special and unique again! We had special guests - their personal stories were the highlight of the conference: Dr. Arie Itamar (Holocaust survivor and passenger of the Exodus 1947), Izac Rozman (son of one of the Haganah leaders on board and Chairman of the Exodus Commemoration Comittee), Shaya Ben Yehuda ( Director of International Relations at Yad Vashem) and Josh Reinstein (Director of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus) were among those present. The topic is still relevant today, as these newspaper articles prove - antisemitism is on the rise again, and we as churches and congregations have to take a stand against it now more than ever! How exactly we can do this, I'll tell you at the next Weekly Update. See you next time!
March 08, 2019
MESSAGE - A Message for Frustrated Christians [John 2:1-11]
Why are so many Christians discouraged and feel frustrated? How can we live an intimate and deep relationship with Jesus? The story of the wedding at Cana teaches us that our alignment with the will of God can transform frustration into new life. Bible Passage: John 2:1-11
February 24, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #37
Dear Friends, next week we will have the March of Life Conference. I am especially looking forward to having Dr. Arie Itamar with us, a Holocaust survivor from Israel, who was a passenger on the Exodus when he was a child. Today, I have Friedhelm Chmell with me in the studio once more - he is one of the actors in the musical "Exodus". Today we will be talking about Christian antisemitism, indifference and a special encounter with orthodox Jews in Bnei Barak, Israel. Byebye and see you again for our next Weekly Update - or next week at the March of Life Conference in Tübingen!
February 24, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #36
Hello dear Friends, here I am right at the Westerplatte near Gdansk, where 80 years ago Hitler started WWII. Süß million Poles and therefrom three million Jews were murdered in Poland. Therefore we are planning a Polish-German Friendship Conference from August 30 to September 1, 2019. It will include a conference in the Shakespeare Theater and a March through Gdansk. You are invited! Bye and see you next time! Polish-German Friendship Conference: https://www.facebook.com/events/607822849690012/
February 23, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #35
Hello dear Friends and welcome to our studio in Tübingen. Tomorrow is the international Holocaust Memorial Day with Marches of Life taking place across the globe (Bolivia, Finland, Germany) to remember the liberation of the concentration camp at Auschwitz and to raise a global voice for Israel and against antisemitism and Jew hatred. Today, I have a very special guest in the studio with me, Friedhelm Chmell whose family was among the leading personalities in church circles during the Nazi era, and whose influence on the mindset of countless christians at the time cannot be overestimated. And yet Friedhelm used to carry a deadly indifference in his own heart concerning the Holocaust and his own family's involvement until he discovered some very unsettling things. Come with us on the journey of what he discovered and what were the effects on his own life. If you want to find out more about your own family history and how to research it, join us for the Veil of Silence Conference in Tübingen on April 5-7 and register at https://tos.info/breaking-the-veil-of-silence See you again next time!
February 23, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #34
Hello and welcome! Recently, German television showed a repeat of the TV series "Holocaust" which was first aired in 1977 and which had quite a mixed reception. Many were deeply moved, others responded even aggressively. Back then, 200 million viewers watched the series. Today, Caro Hohnecker is back in the studio with me, a psychotherapist with a special focus on trauma research. She explains how traumas can be passed down even through the generations. This year, we will have Veil of Silence Seminars in many different cities and nations, plus a conference in Tübingen, that will help you to work through your own personal family history. For more information, please go to https://tos.info/breaking-the-veil-of-silence See you next time!
February 23, 2019
MESSAGE - Life in God's Presence [Psalm 84]
Psalm 84 is a unique model of how we can experience and live God's presence. The Hebrew language reveals wonderful mysteries of God that can draw us back to His heart and revive our prayer life. Bible passage: Psalm 84:1-13
February 23, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #33
Dear Friends, Today I have Caro Hohnecker in the studio with me. She shares about the shocking influence of the Veil of Silence in her own life and speaks about the psychological perspective on epigenetic transmission of traumas, which you can actually do something about by working through your own family story and by breaking the Veil of Silence. This is still a very significant topic. Therefore, we will put a fresh emphasis on Veil of Silence seminars this year - we would like to invite you to join us for one of them or to host one yourself! (Please write to us at email@example.com) See you again next time, Jobst Bittner
February 23, 2019
MESSAGE - Expect Rightly and Receive the Best [Psalms 36:8-10]
If we learn to focus our expectations on God and not on people, we will have a never-ending source going from strength to strength and will receive direction and prophetic revelation in His light. Bible passage: Psalm 36:8-10
February 23, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #32
Dear friends, Greetings from Caesarea, Israel. We have had a special week behind us: Musical performances in several cities with many encounters with Holocaust survivors who are witnesses of the exodus ship and were very moved by the musical. You'll find more on this and what awaits us in 2019 in my weekly update! Be blessed and see you soon!
February 23, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #31
Hello dear Friends, We are so grateful for the past year! Of course, the year 2018 was marked largely by the March of the Nations with its 6,000 participants. Thank you very much for all your support - both by joining us on the March and financially. We have the call to continue - for instance we will have a March of Life in Colombia with 20,000 - 30,000 participants. At the March of the Nations, we preformed the musical "Exodus 1947", based on the story of Holocaust survivor Noah Klieger, who passed away just a few days ago. During the coming week this musical will tour various schools and public venues in Israel in memory of Noah Klieger. For further information please see https://www.facebook.com/events/208851810048734/ Come and join us! See you again next week for the Weekly Update from Israel!
February 23, 2019
MESSAGE - A Guided Life! Life in the Freedom of the Spirit [Romans 8]
A victorious life without condemnation in a wonderful freedom of the Spirit is God's gift and at the same time His challenge to clearly say no to an ego-centered life "as a carnal Christian". Bible passage: Romans 8:1-4; 14-17
February 23, 2019
MESSAGE - A Liberated Life! Freedom from the Law [Romans 7]
Romans 6-8 is one of the key positions of Paul's theology. Can one still preach today about sin, sanctification, judgment, heaven and hell? What does the law mean to us today? Have we overemphasized grace, landing us in a "spiritual cozy corner" where the truth of the Gospel has become a threat instead of the way to freedom? Bible Passage: Romans 7:4
February 23, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #30
Dear Friends, Happy Chanukka and Chag Sameach! I would like to greet you with a word from Psalm 18:1-2 that names nine of God's attibutes: my strength, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my refuge, my shield, horn of my salvation, my stronghold. A very warm invitation to join us in Tübinge for our Hanukkah Days, for example tonight at 7:30 pm with Cantor Nikola David (Serbia / Munich), and on Sunday morning with Doron Almog (Israel) at 11 am. We will be streaming live on facebook for both events. For further information, please see our website www.marchoflife.org. In this latest edition of my Weekly Update I share about my time in South America and Houston during the past two weeks, among other things about meeting Holocaust survivor Ruth Steinfeld. See you again next week!
February 20, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #29 – *60.000 church members, *March of Life in Bogota
Dear Friends, greetings from Bogota, Colombia. I am here together with Pastor Fernando, head pastor of Manantial Church with 60,000 members. In this edition of the Weekly Update, he shares about Manantial Church and gives us keys for church growth in Europe. He also talks about how excited Eduardo Cañas was when he returned from his trip to Tübingen. Next year, there will be a big March of Life in Bogota. I want to encourage you also to hold a March of Life in your city!
February 06, 2019
MESSAGE - A New Life! Freedom from Sin [Romans 6]
What is the real meaning of “sin”? How do we get rid of the “old man”? How do we “rule” over sin and how do we live a life that governed by God’s will which is pleasing to Him? Jobst Bittner lays an important spiritual foundation for a life in discipleship to Jesus in a series of messages on Romans 6-8, three of the most demanding and important chapters of Paul’s Epistles. Bible passage: Romans 6:6-7
January 30, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #28 – *hundreds of missiles towards Israel; *special guest Gudula Kasch
Dear Friends, hundreds of missiles have rained down on Israel in the last few days. Let us stand united in prayer for Israel - the prayers worldwide are like a shieldof protection for Israel. We must not stop standing in friendship by Israel’s side. So, last week we had a big demonstration against antisemitism, for Israel and for Jerusalem at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Today my special interview guest in the Weekly Update: Gudula Kasch, singer in the band Be´er Sheva, who often sings Yiddish songs at Christian conferences and memorial events. She talks about her family background and special encounters with Holocaust survivors. Sometimes we are not moved when we hear the news about threats against Israel. Each of us has a personal story - use it for the people of Israel and make your statement for Israel!
January 30, 2019
MESSAGE – The Lesson of Job [James 5:7-11]
The Book of Job is precious, but sometimes difficult to understand. How can I continue to trust God in a crisis? What steps will lead me out of my crisis into a new and deeper relationship with God? Why is Job’s example used as a prophetic image for the church? Bible passage: James 5:7-11
January 30, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #27 – *MOL "Never again Silence“ exhibition grand opening; *Hanukkah Events
Dear Friends, Tübingen is not only the place of origin for TOS Ministries worldwide, but also of the March of Life Movement. Every year on Hanukka we celebrate the Jewish-Christian Cultural Encounter. This year, on Monday, Dec 3, we will have the grand opening of the exhibition "Never again Silence“ at the Market Square. On each of the nights of Hanukka, we will light the next candle at a different place in Tübingen. Also, we will have events on Thursday, Dec 6, with Cantor Nikolai David, and on Sunday, Dec 9, with Doron Almog (Founder of ALEH, the largest facility for the severly disabled in Israel). Today, there is a very special event in Erfurt on "80 Years Kristallnacht – Germany, where are you going?". Stephan Kramer, Prof. Gideon Greif, and I will be speaking. Tomorrow, on Saturday, Nov 10, there will be a big demonstration for Israel in Berlin against antisemitism and for Israel and for Jerusalem. We expect several thousand participants. Join us for these events!
January 28, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #26 – new chairman of the MOL
Hello dear Friends, Today I have special news for you: I will step down as chairman of the March of Life association which we founded in 2015. My guest in today's Weekly Update is the new chairman. Listen to find out who it is!
January 28, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #25 – *MOL in Wroclaw, Poland; *from drug addict to millionaire to pastor
Hello dear Friends, best regards from Wroclaw, Poland, where we had a March of Life Day this weekend with roughly 120 people from all over Poland. This continued the reconciliation between Polish and German people that started back in 2014 with a Polish-German Reconciliation Conference in Tübingen. Moreover, we also focused on what lies ahead of us: the March of Life in various cities and the "March of the Nations compact" next year. I was especially touched be the story of the pastor in the church, who used to be a drug addict and a rock star, and now he loves Jesus and Israel, and is a great blessing for Poland. Best regards from Wroclaw and see you again next week!
January 28, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #24 – *Completion and introduction of the Torah scroll in Stuttgart
Hello dear Friends, This week I was privileged to take part in the completion and introduction of the new Torah scroll in the synagogue of Stuttgart. What a special event! It took a whole year to write the Torah scroll - and a few letters were saved for the official completion of the scroll. I was privileged to place my hand on the arm of scribe while he finished the letter. Hear more about this in my Weekly Update. See you again next week!
January 23, 2019
WEEKLY UPDATE #23 - *Paraguay, *Torah scroll in Stuttgart
Dear Friends, after Paraguay decided to move their embassy back to Tel Aviv lots of national and local churches are taking a stand, collect signatures, and even organize demonstrations in front of the Foreign Office. Our March of Life representatives, Ralf and Elke Steinmetz, are present there, and together with other pastors they have signed a petition to keep the embassy in Jerusalem. I think this is an example of what can happen in any nation. We need to raise our voices in all our nations! At the March of Life in Stuttgart earlier this year, we raised funds for a new Torah scroll. Next week, on September 26, it will be completed and introduced to the Jewish Community of Stuttgart. At this time it is crucial to stand with our Jewish friends and to raise our voices against antisemitism! Come and join us for the March of Life Conference in February 2019 in Tübingen!
September 25, 2018
WEEKLY UPDATE #22 - Yom Kippur Prayer Service & strategic dates
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September 25, 2018
MESSAGE - What is going on in Germany? Answers to the events in Chemnitz
Migrants, foreigners, strangers. Answers to the events in Chemnitz from a Biblical perspective What does the Bible have to say about strangers and migrants? Why is the Church des best place for integration? It is a challenge to Christians at this time to be salt and light - but how, if they have lost the power of their faith? Bible Passages: Deuteronomy 26:5-9; Matthew 25:35
September 12, 2018
WEEKLY UPDATE #21 - Rosh Hashanah
Dear Friends, this week we will celebrate the Jewish new year Rosh Hashanah. I wish all of our friends "Shanah Tovah" - a sweet and blessed new year! But this day also has another meaning. It is "Yom Hadin", the Day of Judgement. The following ten days are days of repentance, reflection, and prayer, and they culminate in the great Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. In the face of the disturbing events in Chemnitz it is all the more up to us to seek God in prayer and to raise our voices against racism and antisemitism. The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will be days of prayer and fasting for us. Firstly, for our government to take a clear and positive attitude towards Israel. Secondly, for Christians to reflect upon and repent of their indifference. And thirdly, for Israel's protection. Shanah Tovah - wishing you a sweet and blessed new year!
September 10, 2018
WEEKLY UPDATE #20 - GUEST: GUIDO KASCH
Jobst Bittner’s Weekly updates #20 Hello dear Friends, I recently read in the German national newspaper “Die Welt” that the Jewish World Congress is very concerned about the level of antisemitism in Germany. “Ron Lauder, President of the Jewish World Congress, remarks a constant rise of violent incidents and attacks against Jews in Germany, and he demands determined action to stop this.” The March of Life is an important answer here: In our churches, we have to think about what we need to do, and we should consider having a March of Life next year around the time of Yom haShoa. We will offer March of Life days and conferences in order to train people. Today, I have a guest in my studio: Guido Kasch, Pastor of TOS Church Tübingen. For years, he has been guiding Israeli tour groups through the exhibition „No longer silent“ in Tübingen. He shares his experiences and also his personal family story.
August 18, 2018
WEEKLY UPDATE #19
Hello dear Friends, first of all I wish all of you a great and restful vacation time! We currently see a fresh rise of antisemitism in Germany, especially in Berlin and Bavaria. But next to overt antisemitism there also is the silent form of antisemitism found in the center of our society. The indifference and apathy is shocking! There is so little willingness to take to the streets, to raise one’s voice and to be light. Sometimes I think we can only do that once we truly start working through our own family story. Today, I have a special guest for my Weekly Update: Ingrid Maier, whose father was involved in the massacre of Babyn Jar in the Ukraine in 1941. She recently took part in a March of Life in Kiev and publicly shared her personal family story. We will not stop encouraging people to hold Marches of Life all over the world and to raise their voices for Israel, and to hold “Breaking the Veil of Silence Seminars”. See you again next time!
August 11, 2018
WEEKLY UPDATE #18
Dear Friends, today I have two special interview partners for my Weekly Update: Bride and Groom Felix and Kim, who will enter into the covenant of marriage today! Felix is our Social Media Manager at March of Life and was MC for some of March of the Naitons Events. Kim is part of the dance team YC Dance and has performed - among other things - at the March of the Nations for 6,000 people. They are getting married under the chuppah today. It is open on all four sides; this is to remind us of the house of our Jewish forefather Abraham that had an open door on all four sides to receive guests. We are inviting you to join us for the wedding service at 3:30pm (CEST) via live stream! http://tiny.cc/felix-kim-wedding
August 09, 2018
MESSAGE - The Secret of Success [Mt 20:25-28]
Is it permitted for a Christian to be sucessful? The Bible speaks of "success", "blessing", "harvest" or "fullness". 5 steps to success can change your life.
August 09, 2018
WEEKLY UPDATE #17 - Guest: Michaela Buckel, Writer & Director "Exodus 1947"
"Hello dear Friends, in Germany, it is currently almost as hot as in Israel. When we were in Israel recently, many said to us, ""The musical you showed at the March of the Nations touched us so deeply"". In this Weekly Update, I am interviewing Michaela Buckel, author of the musical, who tells us the story behind the musical. Very special is the fact that the musical uses mainly eyewitness reports. I have good news: the Musical will not only be released as video shortly, but will even go on tour in Germany and Israel! Greetings from Tübingen, see you next week in the next Weekly Update!"
August 08, 2018
MESSAGE - He Who Trusts in God [2Chronicles 16:12]
In whom do we trust? Do we truly trust in God or do we actually seek help in ourselves? What happens when we rely more on everything else than on the living God? There are many believers who have developed a "disease in their feet". They have lost the joy of their partnership with God and daily guidance by the Holy Spirit. Jobst Bittner uses the example of King Asa in the Old Testament to teach on crucial Biblical aspects of our spiritual life. Focus: Faith Building, Encouraging, Challenging - Biblical Teaching
August 08, 2018
WEEKLY UPDATE #16 – from Caesarea, Israel
TOPICS * The destructive power of the "fire kites” in Israel * Meeting with MK Yehudah Glick & Yechiel Aleksander (Holocaust survivor) * HIGHLIGHT: Meeting with Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, the spiritual leader in Israel * The March of the Nations will continue in Israel * Marches of Life worldwide * Aleh - a home for disabled people
July 23, 2018