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!
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
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
"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!"
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
* 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