David Brickner | San Francisco

Executive Director, Missionary

David Brickner is executive director of Jews for Jesus. David oversees the world-wide ministry from its headquarters in San Francisco. David received his Master’s degree in Missiology with a concentration in Jewish Evangelism and Judaic Studies from the Fuller School of World Mission. He has authored several books, and has been interviewed on national television shows such as Larry King Live. David’s daughter, Ilana is a recent graduate of Biola. His son, Isaac is on the missionary staff of Jews for Jesus. Isaac and his wife, Shaina, have one daughter, Nora, which makes David part of the grandparent club, a membership he is very proud of. See more here.

The Perspective Corrective: if you need a reason to be thankful
September 17, 2018
Topics: gratitude
Author: David Brickner

Jews for Jesus executive director offers some surprising thoughts about gratitude just in time for Thanksgiving.

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What’s New in the (Jewish) New Year?
August 27, 2018
Author: David Brickner

David Brickner invites you to celebrate the Jewish New Year as well as the new things God is doing in Jews for Jesus.

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Leaders Matter: Jews for Jesus team at the top
July 24, 2018
Author: David Brickner

Thanks to God and those who pray and support us, Jews for Jesus has grown. That growth has opened up new leadership needs and opportunities, and we are eager to introduce you to the leaders who are taking on new roles in our ministry!

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Two Hebrew Words that Jews for Jesus Wants You to Know
June 19, 2018
Author: David Brickner

We are finding ways to integrate projects that we launched in Jerusalem into our ministry worldwide!

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Beginning in Jerusalem: The Big Reveal!
May 31, 2018
Author: David Brickner

We just celebrated a very special Shavuot—one unlike any in the history of Jews for Jesus! Find out what happened this past Shavuot and what made it historic for our ministry.

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For Zion’s sake: the significance of Jerusalem
April 19, 2018
Topics: jerusalem
Author: David Brickner

What is the significance of Jerusalem? Read a clear and concise reflection by David Brickner, Jews for Jesus executive director.

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Anchors: the Jews for Jesus strategy
March 29, 2018
Author: David Brickner

Anchors are important to the mission of any ship for stability in a storm, or to hold steady while unloading precious cargo.  Jews for Jesus also has specific anchors that help us with our mission.

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Jews for Jesus: Our Approach
March 1, 2018
Author: David Brickner

Jews for Jesus: Our Approach Over the last two months I have shared with you our recently refreshed Jews for Jesus mission statement and core values. This month I am writing about our approach. Our approach has been the same all along, but we’ve never formalized a...

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What Makes Us Tick?
February 1, 2018
Author: David Brickner

What Makes Us Tick? Last month I shared our newly refreshed Jews for Jesus mission statement: “We relentlessly pursue God’s plan for the salvation of the Jewish people.” We’ve also refreshed our core values as we reexamined what makes us tick—what is at the heart of...

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A three-in-one festival
January 26, 2018
Author: David Brickner

A three-in-one festival You probably know that November 28 is Thanksgiving… but did you know it is also the first day (and second night) of Hanukkah? These two holidays coincided only once before (125 years ago). And they will not do so again until the year...

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What will you refresh in the New Year? (See our new mission statement.)
January 1, 2018
Author: David Brickner

How and why has Jews for Jesus changed the wording of our mission statement?

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The Best Gift Ever: A Meaningful December Tradition
December 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

Find out how David Brickner’s father instilled in his children a sense of anticipation and wonder at Christmas.

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God Chose You—To Be Fruitful!
November 1, 2017
Topics: evangelism
Author: David Brickner

When God works in and through us by the power of His Holy Spirit, the result is supernatural and eternal fruit! What does that mean for you?

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Repentance: Is it your lifestyle?
October 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

Do you have a wrong impression of God, sin and repentance? Increase your understanding and receive the blessings God has for those who embrace repentance as a lifestyle.

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How You Can Bring Peace to a Restless World
September 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

What is peace, where does it come from and how do we get it?

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THE JOURNEY: LEAVING LIFE AS USUAL FOR THE SAKE OF THE GOSPEL
August 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

Pray for our Jews for Jesus team as they witness to Israelis in India, and think about how God might be calling you out of your comfort zone to share the gospel with others.

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Shouted Down
June 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

When people try to prevent others from hearing a message, it often has the opposite effect . . . and the more so if the message happens to be the gospel!

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Can Israel Survive ISIS
Author: David Brickner

Today’s threat from ISIS is not the first time Israel has faced radical fundamentalism from Syria. The modern-day fundamentalism is a flash forward of what the prophet Daniel predicted (and which came to pass in the second century b.c.). But today’s existential threat to Israel is building to a far greater crisis.

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Go Ahead. Be Provocative! (In a Romans 11:11 way)
May 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

God has tasked Gentile Christians with making Jewish people jealous—of their relationship with God! We’d like to encourage you to do that, and we have some resources that can help.

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The Language of Prayer, Proclamation and Praise
April 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

Diverse languages, once a curse, are now a blessing. Read this month’s reflections by David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus.

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A Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism
March 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

A reporter for The Forward, a well-known Jewish newspaper based in New York City, asked what Jews for Jesus does to combat anti-Semitism. Among other things, we explained our commitment to inform Christian friends like you about this scourge wherever it raises its ugly head.

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God alone is the source.

True Love
February 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

Some declarations of love are not exactly honest and may actually be harmful—even if that’s not what would-be lovers intend.

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Hope for a new year

Hope for a New Year
January 1, 2017
Author: David Brickner

As we start the year with fresh hope, it seems like the odds are stacked against us. According to a recent U.S. News & World Report study, eighty percent of New Year’s resolutions are bound to fail. Even in light of that number, I’m not a cynic—I’m an optimist....

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Weird New York T-shirts

Weird
December 1, 2016
Author: David Brickner

  “You’re weird!” she blurted out to me. I was in the fifth grade and was trying to win a young girl’s affection. Her remark assaulted my confidence, so I slunk away hot-faced with embarrassment. I thought about this incident recently when I participated in a special...

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Making God smile: Thanksgiving Thoughts
November 1, 2016
Topics: thanksgiving
Author: David Brickner

It’s only human to focus on our problems, of course. But no matter what problems we may be facing, we still have so many reasons to thank God.

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A Triple Play of Jewish Holidays
October 1, 2016
Author: David Brickner

With the World Series coming up, some might wonder if by “triple play” I mean that most rare event that makes baseball fans cheer ecstatically. I am an avid fan, but I’m actually referring to a Jewish triple play—because it’s rare that all three of the Fall Feasts of Israel occur in the month of October. Don’t worry, I’m not going to pronounce the end of the world… though there is plenty of prophetic significance to these feasts.

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Hurt, humility and honor
September 1, 2016
Author: David Brickner

One of my favorite Bible stories is the unlikely tale of two lives unexpectedly entwined through terrible tragedy and profound desperation. It’s a story of surprising twists and transforming faith, and you’ll find it in 2 Kings, chapter 5. The story opens with Naaman, commander of the Syrian army, and a young Israeli servant.

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Catastrophe and Communion: Reflections on Tisha b’Av
August 1, 2016
Author: David Brickner

This month many Jewish people will join in mourning over an especially tragic date. According to Jewish tradition,Tisha b’Av—or the ninth day of the month of Av—is the date of destruction for both the first and second temples in Jerusalem.

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Our Mysterious Family
July 1, 2016
Author: David Brickner

All believers – Jews and Gentiles—have been adopted into God’s forever family

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The Cost of Reconciliation
June 1, 2016
Author: David Brickner

Do you know that even today, some scorn Christianity because we are required to forgive our enemies? They just don’t realize that apart from Jesus, we are all enemies of God!

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Loving the Gospel
April 1, 2016
Author: David Brickner

I recently asked our Jews for Jesus leadership team to be intentional in finding ways to encourage one another, recognizing that we live in an age of cynicism. We agreed that we want to consciously guard against that culture seeping into our own hearts and communities, and to help one another remember that it “should not be so among us.”

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Life from the Dead
February 22, 2016
Author: David Brickner

This is the message of hope and life that everyone needs!

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College Search
January 26, 2016
Author: David Brickner

Campus outreach is part of our ministry’s DNA. Here’s why we’re doing the same thing differently

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The Unchanging Resolution
Author: David Brickner

David’s thoughts for the new year include a commitment to staying the same by being different.

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Jews for Jesus Leader Denounces Vatican Statement on Jewish Evangelism
December 11, 2015
Author: David Brickner

The Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jews released a comprehensive document on Catholic-Jewish relations on December 10 which calls on the Catholic Church to “neither conduct nor support any specific institutional mission work directed towards Jews.”

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A Great Miracle Happened Here
November 23, 2015
Author: David Brickner

God sometimes performs miracles for an audience of one, but His miracles for the multitudes are also meant to be taken personally.

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Too much missionary mail?
October 28, 2015
Author: David Brickner

 Our executive director tell how you can avoid being frustrated by the amount of missionary mail you receive.

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Dare to Hope
September 22, 2015
Topics: hope
Author: David Brickner

What can we gain from Jeremiah’s advice to people who were completely and utterly devastated?

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A People of Destiny
August 21, 2015
Author: David Brickner

Are you a person of destiny? Here are some thoughts on what that means.

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Is there a Temple in Your Future?
July 22, 2015
Author: David Brickner

What did Jesus have to say about the Temple? Will the Temple be rebuilt? And does it make any difference to you either way?

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An Unsung Hero
June 18, 2015
Author: David Brickner

Are the heroes of our faith likely to be misfits, unpopular, or just plain ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things for God?

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The Multitudes
May 21, 2015
Author: David Brickner

David Brickner explores ways to join Jesus in caring for the multitudes.

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Prodigals Do Come Home
April 21, 2015
Author: David Brickner

If your heart has ever been broken over a young person who wandered away from the faith and is now living as though God does not exist, we hope this encourages you!

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How the Resurrection Speaks to the Holocaust
March 17, 2015
Author: David Brickner

 How genuine belief in the Resurrection affects commitment to evangelism

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The Increase
February 25, 2015
Author: David Brickner

David Brickner explains how people can unknowingly create competition between ministries when cooperation is key

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Caught in the Rain
January 21, 2015
Author: David Brickner

How getting soaked and spattered with mud can be a good thing…

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New
December 15, 2014
Author: David Brickner

Discover the meaning of “flexigidity” and find out what David means when he says, “We are moving forward together… and fast!”

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How to Save a Life
November 13, 2014
Author: David Brickner

Salvation. What does that word mean to you? What does it have to do with everyday life?

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Is Jesus everything?
October 1, 2014
Author: David Brickner

If we reinterpret God’s promises to Israel, we undermine the very basis for our confidence in the faithfulness of God.

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Good News on Yom Kippur
September 23, 2014
Author: David Brickner

There is no one like God when it comes to forgiveness. And no one but God can set the terms for how He chooses to forgive.

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Getting tested for Rosh Hashanah
August 19, 2014
Topics: abraham
Author: David Brickner

Throughout Scripture we see that God tested His people and we will be tested, too. The good news is that God promises to be with us and to help us see good fruit.

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A cup of cold water
Author: David Brickner

How do we proclaim the gospel in word and deed and what does it really mean to give a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name?

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You are not in Control
July 11, 2014
Author: David Brickner

There’s nothing like having a 22-year-old daughter bungee jump off a cliff to drive home the point that “you are not in control.” David reflects on issues of control and how they affect everyday life and ministry.

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David Brickner Invites You to Hear a Serious Message from Moishe Rosen
June 17, 2014
Author: David Brickner

After writing his article, David Brickner said, “Remember Moishe’s message that we recorded–the one where he tells how his father first reacted to his faith in Jesus? Let’s make that recording an onlinextra.” So we did—and here it...

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Harsh Words
Author: David Brickner

The purpose of truth telling is not to offend, but Jesus Himself knew that some would take offense at His sayings. We should not seek to offend people . . . but do we avoid it at all costs?

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God’s Forever Family
May 16, 2014
Author: David Brickner

If you long to see revival today, read David Brickner’s observations about what the Jesus People Movement can teach us.

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Dystopia: the truth behind the fiction
April 8, 2014
Author: David Brickner

The popularity of dystopian books and movies like Hunger Games and Divergent raises interesting questions for followers of Jesus who wish to make Christ known. Explore ways that you can join the conversation!

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Where was God?
March 11, 2014
Author: David Brickner

One of the most disturbing questions gnawing at the edges of Jewish consciousness is “where was God when the six million died?” David Brickner gives a straightforward perspective on a subject many Christians avoid.

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Why all the fuss?
February 17, 2014
Author: David Brickner

David Brickner answers the question, “Why do you have to call yourselves Jews for Jesus . . . why not just Christians?

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On God and the Gallows
Author: David Brickner

David Brickner’s thoughts on the year that Purim coincided with Good Friday

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Disapprobation
January 18, 2014
Author: David Brickner

Question:  What does President George W. Bush have to do with Jews for Jesus?  Answer:  Absolutely nothing, if liberal media elites and Jewish community leaders have anything to say about it! Maybe you heard, former President George Bush accepted an invitation from...

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What Will Happen In The New Year?
December 18, 2013
Author: David Brickner

In his newest book, Great By Choice author Jim Collins writes, "Life is uncertain, the future unknown. This is neither good nor bad. It just is, like gravity. Yet the task remains: how to master our fate, even so."

Really?

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A Promise Kept
November 8, 2013
Author: David Brickner

How do you feel when someone makes you a promise and then breaks it? Depending on the importance of the promise or the person, it might be anything from mild disappointment to a deep sense of betrayal. Or maybe you know what it’s like to be the one who broke a...

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My Brother Claimed to be God
September 4, 2013
Author: David Brickner

Ever imagined what it was like to be Jesus’ sibling? I’ve written a story* that does just that, and I’ll tell you why at the end!

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Let’s celebrate our 40th!
August 9, 2013
Author: David Brickner

Someone once said that life begins at 40. While I don’t believe that, I do agree that age 40 can be a time of great anticipation, as well as being a significant milestone. I hope you won’t mind if I reflect a bit as we celebrate our Jews for Jesus 40th...

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The Company You Keep: Insights on Integrity
July 19, 2013
Author: David Brickner

If I asked, “What’s the most recent scandal you’ve heard or read about in the news?” you could probably think of something within seconds. There’s never any shortage of such things. And as the whiff of scandal becomes the stench of...

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Israel’s Salvation
July 15, 2013
Topics: salvation
Author: David Brickner

I just had the opportunity to speak at the Messiah Conference in Grantham, Pennsylvania on a topic that is dear to me. I know that many of you feel as I do about Israel so I thought I might share some of that message here with you. With Egypt and Syria in flames it is...

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Seeing Through Fresh Eyes
June 30, 2013
Author: David Brickner

I am writing from the Jews for Jesus office in Tel Aviv, having been here for about ten days. I always enjoy my visits here. My parents have lived in Israel for 25 years and this year I was able to come just in time to celebrate my mom’s birthday (I won’t say how many years).

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A Matter of Inches
June 15, 2013
Author: David Brickner

It was the weekend and I had just returned from the morning’s worship service. I was on my couch when I noticed something on the floor. I got up to retrieve it and jammed my toe hard into the foot of the coffee table. Time seemed to go in slow motion as I summersaulted over the top of the coffee table and landed hard on my left wrist, my head and neck only inches from the sharp corner of the table.

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Those Great Special Effects
May 15, 2013
Author: David Brickner

Happy Pentecost! Most Christians think of Pentecost as the story of the early church in Acts 2, which many churches will commemorate this Sunday, May 19. But as mentioned in our Jewish Facts of Life last month, the Festival of Pentecost goes all the way back to the...

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Yeshua Loves His Bride
May 9, 2013
Author: David Brickner

“Every bride is beautiful” expresses a sentiment I hope we all can affirm. Though some may have more natural beauty than others, there is something very special about a bride on her wedding day—something that puts a smile on the faces of all who honor her and that newly-formed family she and her groom represent.

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Comparing Evangelism to Farming
May 1, 2013
Author: David Brickner

Jerry was a successful businessman whose wealth had afforded him a comfortable life in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He was also a prominent member of the Jewish community. When he was in his 70s, Jerry retired and handed over his company to his son. That’s...

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Pray for Israel

Pray for Israel
April 15, 2013
Author: David Brickner

This edition of RealTime comes to you on Yom ha-Azma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day (from sundown to sundown, April 15-16). Sixty-five years ago the modern state was born out of the ashes of the Holocaust, a true miracle of God’s mercy towards His...

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The Rat
April 1, 2013
Author: David Brickner

I have been living with a little terrorist. “Rattus Muridae” invaded my house late last October. At first I was merely annoyed. Having just returned from an overseas trip, I discovered my “little cuties” (small tangerines I had left in a basket...

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Wandering Jews for Jesus

Wandering Jews for Jesus
March 15, 2013
Author: David Brickner

When I was growing up my mom always had beautiful plants hanging in the window of our family room. Their purple and green leaves always looked full and fresh. But the plants, called “Wandering Jews,” actually looked a lot nicer than the notion behind their name.

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Redeemed

Redeemed
March 1, 2013
Author: David Brickner

If you could choose just one word to describe what you want people to know about you, what would it be? Were you surprised by the first thought that came to your mind? Usually what we want others to know about us reflects what we most value in ourselves. All of us are...

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Coincidence or Godincidence?
February 15, 2013
Author: David Brickner

Unpleasant, painful or difficult circumstances beyond your control ever get you down? Read on …

The festival of Purim (pronounced “poor-im”) on February 24-25 commemorates God’s deliverance of the Jewish nation as recounted in the Book of Esther. This joyous time is filled with games and fun and, of course, the reading of the Megillah (the Book of Esther)… Read More

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Bits from the Branches

The Weight of the Mission
February 1, 2013
Author: David Brickner

I will never forget the first time I handed out gospel tracts on the streets of Tel Aviv some 28 years ago. I was more than a little nervous but gratified that most people were taking the tracts. Suddenly a religious man in typical Hassidic garb stopped, read the...

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A Note From David Brickner: Launchers
January 15, 2013
Author: David Brickner

This past month, I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Amazing Grace,” by Eric Metaxas. The book is a biography of William Wilberforce, well known as a driving force behind the abolitionist movement in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century England. As a...

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A Life Well Lived

A Life Well Lived
January 1, 2013
Author: David Brickner

In our fast-paced, frenetic world, taking time to reflect on the course of our lives may seem like a luxury. Some use the new year as an opportunity for a personal review of how they have measured up to certain ideals and goals. But sometimes opportunities to reflect...

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What Are You Keeping This Christmas?
December 15, 2012
Author: David Brickner

A television commercial pictures a frolicking family treading lightly through the snow, carrying a bunch of brightly wrapped packages. One package falls to the ground, seemingly unnoticed. With bells jingling in the background, the smallest child in the family returns...

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Who is the Shammash?
November 30, 2012
Author: David Brickner

Shammash is a Hebrew word that means servant. In the Jewish community, shammash (also spelled “shammas”) commonly refers to the sexton—the person who manages the synagogue facilities and keeps things running smoothly. In the Middle Ages the term referenced a more...

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A Note From David Brickner: Post-Election Jitters
November 12, 2012
Author: David Brickner

In this post-election period people throughout our country are experiencing a wide range of feelings … some are euphoric while others are anxious or even fearful. We are in a time of transition, and transition often creates uncertainty. As we move from the known...

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The King is Coming
November 1, 2012
Topics: second coming
Author: David Brickner

In a little over two months we will inaugurate a newly-elected President of the United States of America. If you are reading this before November 6, you do not yet know who it will be—but you do know that he will begin serving his term of office on January 21, 2013....

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What’s Going Right With the Harvest?
October 15, 2012
Author: David Brickner

In 1975 Dr. Jim Engel published an influential book on missions and evangelism titled, “What’s Gone Wrong with the Harvest.” That title seems to describe a dilemma still facing the church today, a dilemma reflected in a brand new Pew survey of the...

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Loyal to Whom?
September 30, 2012
Author: David Brickner

My friend and colleague, Jhan Moskowitz has a one-word answer for those who ask, “What is the most difficult obstacle facing a Jewish person considering Christ?” He says, “Loyalty.” He then adds, “Loyalty is a virtue but when employed in the service of a lie, it...

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In Loving Memory of Jhan Moskowitz 1948-2012

A Note From David: A tribute to Jhan Moskowitz, one of the original Jews for Jesus
September 15, 2012
Topics: jhan moskowitz
Author: David Brickner

A week ago Wednesday I found myself sitting on a red eye flight to New York filled with shock and grief. As many of you know, Jhan Moskowitz—one of the founders of Jews for Jesus, and our North America Director—fell in the subway on Tuesday, September 4, receiving...

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Christ in the High Holidays
September 8, 2012
Author: David Brickner

This month, the holiest days of the entire Old Testament calendar will be observed in Jewish communities around the world. They are the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement, otherwise known as the High Holidays.* God commanded Israel to have “a holy...

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Small Miracles
August 14, 2012
Author: David Brickner

  • Video (above): Ruth Rosen introduces David Brickner’s article. When you think of modern-day miracles what comes to mind? For most people it is something spectacular, unmistakably impossible apart from God’s intervention. And, technically, miracles are...

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Triumph or Triumphalism?
August 8, 2012
Author: David Brickner

It was the week before Memorial Day. I was backpacking in the wilderness of Yosemite when I inadvertently crossed paths with a bear cub. Hearing a growl I knew the she-bear was only seconds away, and sure enough, she came crashing through the bushes. I ran as fast as...

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Shalom from New York City
July 12, 2012
Author: David Brickner

  • Video (above): David shares about his experience in New York. • Listen to the podcast of the whole article now. Greetings from the annual Jews for Jesus New York City Summer Witnessing Campaign. Our New York campaign is one of the longest standing traditions in...

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Jewish Hell?
July 7, 2012
Author: David Brickner

Noted British author and journalist G.K. Chesterton was once asked about his views on hell. “While I cannot speak from personal experience,” he replied, “it seems a place to be avoided.” Few would argue with the wit and wisdom of Chesterton on...

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Precious in the Sight of the Lord
June 15, 2012
Author: David Brickner

• Listen to the podcast of the whole article now. My cell phone rang and I reluctantly stepped out of the hospital maternity room and away from my newborn granddaughter. The call was from Robyn Wilk, who leads our work in Florida. “You need to call Stan Telchin...

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“Jesus Jews” of a Different Kind
June 8, 2012
Author: David Brickner

The Politico headline read “Jews for Jesus pays Rick Santorum $6000 to speak.” This was news to me! We quickly assured people that Jews for Jesus has not featured any politicians at our gatherings, nor would we be backing any particular candidate for president.

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: Which Jerusalem Day?
May 16, 2012
Author: David Brickner

May 20 marked the celebration of “Yom Yerushalayim,” or “Jerusalem Day.”  It is a national holiday in Israel commemorating the reestablishment of Jewish sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem in June 1967.  That victory marked a time of great...

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Talk of Reconciling
May 1, 2012
Author: David Brickner

Believers in Jesus are bound by the same frailties as the rest of humanity, yet we are not to mirror behaviors that are considered “normal” by the world. We are to reflect a different standard. Yeshua enshrined this expectation when He said, “By this...

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Awakening
April 6, 2012
Author: David Brickner

Who are your “heroes of the faith”? One of mine is Jonathan Edwards. Edwards was a pastor in Massachusetts back in the 1700’s and is closely associated with what is called America’s First Great Awakening. Although the nature and scope of that...

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A Note from David Brickner: Love at the Checkpoint
March 17, 2012
Author: David Brickner

  Click here to listen to / download the podcast of the full article. Over the past weeks I have witnessed some intense and heated exchanges between believers in Jesus concerning a conference at Bethlehem Bible College called “Christ at the Checkpoint.” ...

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Judgment Day
March 7, 2012
Topics: purim, justice
Author: David Brickner

A little over four months ago the world watched in horror as news reports showed graphic images of Muammar Gaddafi’s capture and execution in Libya.  No doubt many felt mixed emotions.  It is hard to find pity for a brutal dictator who enthusiastically sponsored...

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Jews and Others for Jesus
March 2, 2012
Author: David Brickner

Did you know that Jews for Jesus has led five to ten times as many non-Jews to faith in Christ as Jews?  It may be one of our best-kept secrets (more like a little-known fact since we really aren’t trying to keep it a secret.)  During a recent Jews for Jesus street...

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A Note from David Brickner: Look Before You Leap
February 15, 2012
Author: David Brickner

What do you plan to do with your extra 24 hours this month? Oh.  You didn’t know about that extra time did you? 2012 is a Leap Year with 366 days instead of 365 and that extra day is awarded to us this month.  You know the song: 30 days has September, April,...

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What’s So Controversial About Moishe Rosen?
January 21, 2012
Author: David Brickner

In less than two months the long awaited biography of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen will hit bookstores and e-readers across the country. Over seven years in the writing and authored by Ruth Rosen, Moishe’s second daughter, this fascinating chronicle of...

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Remember to Renew
January 1, 2012
Author: David Brickner

The new year is a milestone to mark the passing of time, to hope for the future and resolve to make changes. We also tend to think of the past—what was—as well as what might have been. For some, the new year may lead us to long for days gone by. Do you remember your...

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What Will You Be Wearing This Christmas?
December 16, 2011
Author: David Brickner

With Hanukkah and Christmas just around the corner, many find themselves caught up in the question of clothing. Have you pulled that gaudy Christmas sweater out of the back of your closet yet? Or maybe you are trying to figure out what kind of clothing you might buy...

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Another December Dilemma
December 1, 2011
Author: David Brickner

Right about now, Jewish newspapers, magazines, online blogs and even synagogue sermons are addressing the recurring theme of the “December Dilemma.” That phrase refers to the sense of alienation many Jewish people feel in the midst of a culture that makes...

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Even Our Joys Are Filled With Sorrow
November 16, 2011
Author: David Brickner

“This is Israel; even our joys are filled with sorrow.”  This poignant yet profound observation was made by a woman I was speaking to on the day that Gilad Shalit was released. You may know the story: Gilad Shalit is a young Israeli soldier who was...

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Grace Notes of Thanksgiving
November 1, 2011
Topics: thanksgiving, grace
Author: David Brickner

At times, life’s pains and problems seem overwhelming—and the more so if those times coincide with holiday celebrations. When this happens, it can be hard to feel much beyond the flood of sadness flowing out of the circumstances of our lives. You know that there...

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Lift the Scroll! Lift the Veil!*
October 15, 2011
Author: David Brickner

The climax of this year’s Jewish High Holy days began at sundown on Wednesday October 12 with the celebration of the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot).  While more Jews today observe the Feast of Trumpets (aka Rosh Hashanah) and the Day of Atonement...

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Fall Forward*
October 1, 2011
Author: David Brickner

The rule often cited for how to change our clocks for daylight savings time is “spring forward, fall back,” but when it comes to God’s timetable, as taught through the Jewish Festivals, it is always “fall forward.” Of each of the seven...

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: London is Burning
August 15, 2011
Author: David Brickner

I never imagined my visit to England this month would put me smack dab in the middle of one of the greatest episodes of civil unrest in British history.  Violence and mayhem on the streets of London and other major cities throughout the country have shocked the...

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Who is He?
August 6, 2011
Author: David Brickner

The most important question ever asked is the one Yeshua put to His disciples at Caesarea: “But who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). The debate over this question has engaged some of the most thoughtful minds as well as engendering some of the...

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The Voice of One Crying in the Subway
July 15, 2011
Author: David Brickner

I am writing to you from the Jews for Jesus Summer Witnessing Campaign in New York City. Can you pick me out of this picture? I am the one with my mouth open. Actually, all of us in the picture are opening our mouths in New York City this summer to declare the praises...

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A Brother From Another Mother
July 1, 2011
Author: David Brickner

As you read this month’s newsletter, I am most likely out on the streets of New York City, handing out broadsides (gospel tracts). I hope that many of you held onto last month’s prayer calendar and are interceding for us as we launch into our Summer...

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: These Jews Need Jesus
June 1, 2011
Author: David Brickner


The headline in this June’s New York online magazine certainly grabbed my attention: “Jews for Jesus Trying to Seduce Dominique Strauss-Kahn?”
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Pentecost in New York
Author: David Brickner

This month marks the observance of Pentecost on both Jewish and Christian calendars. June also kicks off the New York Summer Witnessing Campaign on our Jews for Jesus calendar. I’ve been thinking about these events, and seeing Pentecost as a terrific context for...

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An Independence Problem
May 3, 2011
Author: David Brickner

This month Israel is celebrating 63 years as a modern state. Yom HaAtzma’ut” (Israel’s national Independence Day) falls on May 9. With so much unrest in the Middle East and all the uprisings various countries have experienced over the last several...

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: Moishe Rosen’s Yahrzeit
May 1, 2011
Author: David Brickner

It was a year ago this week-May 19, 2010-that our beloved Jews for Jesus founder, Moishe Rosen, died and went to heaven. Hundreds of periodicals and online publications-including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Jerusalem Post-reported this event,...

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER No Pain, No Gain: A Passover-Passion Meditation
April 1, 2011
Author: David Brickner

This coming week is filled with celebration for those who believe in the God of Israel. It is the week of Passover and it is the week of the Messiah’s Passion. Christian and Jewish communities will gather to remember and to celebrate—yet

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Show Me Your ID
March 6, 2011
Author: David Brickner

Nowadays no one gets too far without personal identification (ID). Imagine if, rather than simply glancing at our driver’s licenses or passports, people in airports, border checkpoints and even the local grocery stores actually scanned our IDs. Now imagine...

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: Still Under Construction
March 1, 2011
Author: David Brickner

Once again, I am returning from Israel, where we have just dedicated the Moishe Rosen Center in the Florentine district of Tel Aviv, a very trendy neighborhood frequented by young Israeli Jews. It is hard to believe it’s been less than one year since I announced...

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: All Eyes on Egypt
February 1, 2011
Author: David Brickner


Once again we find ourselves riveted to news of the Middle East and this time it’s not because of trouble between Israelis and Palestinians. This time, all eyes are on Egypt…”

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Are We in the End Times?
Author: David Brickner

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Since time began, people have been craning their necks, trying to get a glimpse of the future....

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: Happy New Year to the Trees!
January 1, 2011
Author: David Brickner

I know that the 2011 New Year’s celebration is already a few weeks old by now but this week on the Jewish calendar, we actually celebrate another entirely different New Year … this time for trees. Really! This New Year” is a minor Jewish festival known as...

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: Operation Light in the Darkness
December 1, 2010
Author: David Brickner

This month I want to report on a strategic outreach in a part of the world where our missionaries face extraordinary opportunities as well as hardship. No, it’s not Israel… I’m talking about Jews for Jesus’ work in Russia and Ukraine. These are...

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Christmas Warfare
Author: David Brickner

It never ceases to amaze me how much fighting takes place over the celebration of Christmas. Legal battles about public displays of crèche or Christmas trees are fodder for the news media. One of the most bizarre examples was when Jewish comedian Jackie Mason made...

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: Courage and Cowardice Displayed When a Jew for Jesus is Beaten in Israel
November 1, 2010
Author: David Brickner

Opposition to the gospel seems to be heating up in the Land of Israel. While most Israelis are secular and tend to either be open or indifferent to our message, the religious minority is becoming increasingly hostile and is more and more willing to resort to bullying and even violence in their determination to stifle our message.

If you have been reading RealTime, you know that we are in the midst of a comprehensive evangelistic outreach called “Behold Your God, Israel.” Recently we concluded our sixth evangelism campaign in the North Shore region of Israel, including the cities of Hadera and Netanya. We were very encouraged because some seven hundred people requested further literature, and eight people prayed with us to receive the Lord during the campaign. But we also noticed a marked increase in physical assaults.

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Never Go Against God’s Anointed
Topics: king david, solomon
Author: David Brickner

This article contains descriptions, conversations and reflections of biblical characters that the author has imagined, based on Psalm 2; 1 Samuel 16, 24; 2 Samuel 5; 1 Kings 1-2. The two men leaned in close to one another, intent on a more intimate conversation than...

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem
October 1, 2010
Author: David Brickner

This week I am writing to you from Jerusalem. Next week I will be in Cape Town, South Africa at the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization’s world congress, a gathering of over 4000 church and mission leaders from around the globe. I have been asked to be...

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Outside the Camp
Author: David Brickner

A pastor once told me that he appreciated the ministry of Jews for Jesus but could not invite us to speak in his pulpit. He had what he felt was a good relationship with the rabbi across the street, with an annual pulpit exchange. I have an opportunity to be a witness...

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: 365 Days of Repentance
September 1, 2010
Author: David Brickner


We are drawing to the end of a time the Jewish calendar refers to as the “Days of Awe,” that ten-day period that begins with Rosh Hashanah, the Festival of Trumpets, and ends with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement…”

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A Holiday Reflection: New Beginnings
Author: David Brickner

Why celebrate new beginnings? They create a sense of wonder and anticipation of what might be. New beginnings are promising; they give us something to look forward to. Yet they also help us reflect on the past, to thank God for the goodness we have experienced by His...

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A Tale of Two Kings and Two Betrayals
August 1, 2010
Author: David Brickner

Act One There once was a King who loved God with all his heart. Yet he was far, very far, from being a perfect King.  In his anger he shed the blood of many men.  In his lust he defiled himself with women.  In his shame he hid his sin in deceitfulness and treachery. ...

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: Powerless in the Palm of Providence
June 1, 2010
Author: David Brickner

Two nameless, faceless people are chasing me down a dark, rain-soaked alley and I have no idea why. What am I running from? Where am I going? The fear is suffocating, my teeth are clenched; my heart feels like it is pounding out of my chest. As hard as I run, I feel...

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“It Happened at the Time When Kings Go Out To Battle…”
Topics: temptation
Author: David Brickner

Seasons of warfare are unavoidable. In modern (or postmodern) times, many people view the personal quest for spirituality as a road to peace and transcendence, while associating “organized religion” with violence and war.  This view has little to do with the Bible,...

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: He Sat Down (Another Reason to Celebrate Jesus)
May 1, 2010
Author: David Brickner

I want to propose a new celebration be added to the sacred calendar. I am not sure why it hasn’t already been suggested—it would commemorate an event that means so much to followers of Jesus, and I think we need more occasions to remember what He has done for us…”

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: Yom Times Four
April 15, 2010
Author: David Brickner

“Yom” is Hebrew for “Day,” and I am writing to you from the land of Israel, where several days this month are marked out as special commemorations on the Jewish calendar…

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: Four Jewish Holidays
April 1, 2010
Author: David Brickner

“Yom” is Hebrew for “Day,” and I am writing to you from the land of Israel, where several days this month are marked out as special commemorations on the Jewish calendar.

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Mysterious Passover Symbols
Author: David Brickner

Passover is a beautiful, often mysterious, celebration. More than any other festival it has been at the heart of the universal Jewish experience, helping to form the core of spiritual identity and pointing inexorably toward the hope of Israel’s salvation. Two...

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Who is The Hasid?” A Resurrection Meditation”
March 17, 2010
Author: David Brickner

I would love to have overheard the Bible study Yeshua (Jesus) gave His disciples just after He rose from the dead:

“Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me. And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:44-45)

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: “Who is The Hasid?” A Resurrection Meditation”
March 1, 2010
Author: David Brickner

I would love to have overheard the Bible study Yeshua (Jesus) gave His disciples just after He rose from the dead…

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How To Party God’s Way
February 15, 2010
Author: David Brickner

There is a lot of partying going on this month in some Jewish and Christian circles and most of it will not honor the God of Abraham, Moses and Jesus.

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: How To Party God’s Way
February 1, 2010
Author: David Brickner

There is a lot of partying going on this month in some Jewish and Christian circles and most of it will not honor the God of Abraham, Moses and Jesus.

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Forty-Nine Days of Purpose*
Author: David Brickner

The clock is ticking a significant countdown for Israel right now. In fact, this countdown has been an annual event for more than 3,000 years. It is a biblical mandate to mark the time between two important Jewish festivals, Passover, which began at sundown, March 29,...

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You Are Home
Author: David Brickner

My responsibilities with Jews for Jesus have me traveling approximately 125 days a year. As I write to you, I have just begun an eight-day trip that is taking me first to Dallas, then to London. I am grateful to God for giving me this opportunity to serve Him, yet I...

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Wandering Jews and Others
Author: David Brickner

Tradescantia pallida. It’s not a chant; it is the scientific name for a long, leafy, green, purple and white plant more commonly called the Wandering Jew.  For many years we had one hanging in the family room window of my childhood home. Though the plant was...

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A Little Taste of Heaven
Topics: unity
Author: David Brickner

You may have described an idyllic vacation spot as “a little taste of heaven” or perhaps you’ve uttered something to that effect after sampling a spoonful of one of those luscious calorie-rich desserts.  But the little taste of heaven I am thinking...

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Not a Word?
Author: David Brickner

How important are words when it comes to sharing the gospel?  Many are fond of quoting St. Francis of Assisi’s famous admonition: Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”  By this they mean the good news is best proclaimed by how we...

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A Little Taste of Heaven
January 18, 2010
Author: David Brickner


You may have described an idyllic vacation spot as “a little taste of heaven” or perhaps you’ve uttered something to that effect after sampling a spoonful of one of those luscious calorie-rich desserts. But the little taste of heaven I am thinking of is the memory of sweet and meaningful times of fellowship I have enjoyed with God’s people in different parts of the world. To spend time with fellow believers, to pray and worship the Lord together and to share a meal together can indeed be a little taste of heaven…

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Marking Time for a Happy New Year
January 4, 2010
Author: David Brickner

In His infinite wisdom, the eternal God marked time and counted the days as He created this world. He is not bound by time, but we, His creation, are. Think of the movies depicting prisoners locked away in solitary confinement or castaways stranded on a desert island. They always seem compelled to mark the days with hash marks on a stony wall. Those marks express a need to bring about order, to exercise knowledge of and perhaps a feeling of control over the passing of time…

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A Note from David Brickner: Why don’t the rabbis believe in Jesus?
January 1, 2010
Author: David Brickner

Why don’t the rabbis believe in Jesus?” Many Christians who ask me this assume that all rabbis are extremely knowledgeable about the Hebrew Scriptures”

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First And Also
Author: David Brickner

Usually we quote Bible verses in their entirety, but I’ve noticed an exception: Romans 1:16. You’ve heard the words: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.”  But how often do...

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O Little Town of Controversy
December 15, 2009
Author: David Brickner

Take a tour to Israel and there is one town you’ll need to think twice about visiting. Jewish tours almost always avoid it, even though it is the birthplace of the greatest ruler in Israel’s ancient history—King David. Christians like to tour there, but it is such a hassle that many settle for a “facsimile.”…

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Festivals of Light
December 7, 2009
Author: David Brickner

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Festivals of Light
December 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

December’s landscape is dominated by the artistry of light. In cities and suburbs, from store windows to neighborhoods strung with holiday decor, the beauty and attraction of light is wonderfully inescapable, inviting all to embrace the festive mood. Would that...

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: O Little Town of Controversy
Author: David Brickner

Take a tour to Israel and there is one town you’ll need to think twice about visiting. Jewish tours almost always avoid it, even though it is the birthplace of the greatest ruler in Israel’s ancient history—King David. Christians like to tour there, but it is such a hassle that many settle for a facsimile.” …”

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Marking Time for a Happy New Year
Author: David Brickner

In His infinite wisdom, the eternal God marked time and counted the days as He created this world. He is not bound by time, but we, His creation, are. Think of the movies depicting prisoners locked away in solitary confinement or castaways stranded on a desert island....

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In the Name of God
November 16, 2009
Author: David Brickner

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: In the Name of God
November 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

Once again, news headlines are confronting us with the ugly face of religious extremism. While our nation mourns the Fort Hood massacre of thirteen people carried out by the Islamist murderer, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, Israel is grappling with the implications of its own religious Jewish terrorist, Yaacov Teitel…

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Israel Among the Nations Redux
Author: David Brickner

British Historian Arnold J. Toynbee had a social Darwinian theory concerning the rise and inevitable fall of all nations, including Israel. In his seminal ten-volume work, A Study of History, the esteemed scholar reflected on the continuing existence of the Jewish...

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Sowing in a Time of Harvest
October 19, 2009
Author: David Brickner

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: SOWING IN A TIME OF HARVEST
October 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

This week Jews for Jesus completed our 4th Behold Your God witnessing campaign in Israel

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Seeking Wisdom
Author: David Brickner

Has God given you an opportunity or situation that made you realize just how much you need His wisdom? Becoming the executive director of Jews for Jesus has made me keenly aware of my need for godly wisdom.  When people ask how they might pray for me I always request...

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The Limitations of Dialogue
September 30, 2009
Author: David Brickner

Two bits of news from the “dog days of summer” shed interesting light on the challenges of sharing the gospel with Jewish people, and the limitations of dialogue as a means to accomplish this priority.

The first is a serious dust up between the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and several Jewish groups, including the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League and the National Council of Synagogues…

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A NOTE FROM DAVID BRICKNER: The Limitations of Dialogue
September 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

Two bits of news from the “dog days of summer” shed interesting light on the challenges of sharing the gospel with Jewish people, and the limitations of dialogue as a means to accomplish this priority.”

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Blow That Trumpet!
Author: David Brickner

I am a trumpet player; I grew up practicing, playing and studying to become the best trumpet player I could be. While pursuing a career in orchestral performance at Boston University I was apprehended by God and called into His service. Early on I found many...

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Rebuilding the Temple Revisited
August 17, 2009
Author: David Brickner

The request reads: “Children wanted for Future Temple service. Ultra-orthodox Jewish sect is searching for parents willing to hand over newborn sons to be raised in isolation and purity in preparation for the rebuilding of the biblical temple in Jerusalem. Only members of the Jewish priestly caste, the Kohanim need apply…”

Words from an ancient scroll discovered in a recent archeological dig? Or perhaps an excerpt from a Hollywood screenplay for some biblical epic? Actually, those words appeared in the contemporary Israeli newspaper, Haaretz…

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A Note from David Brickner: Rebuilding the Temple Revisited
August 1, 2009
Topics: antichrist
Author: David Brickner

The request reads: “Children wanted for Future Temple service. Ultra-orthodox Jewish sect is searching for parents willing to hand over newborn sons to be raised in isolation and purity in preparation for the rebuilding of the biblical temple in Jerusalem. Only...

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The Gospel Bubble
Author: David Brickner

Of the three Behold Your God Israel campaigns we’ve already completed, the opposition to our last one (May ’09) was the most violent we’ve experienced in Israel thus far. Our Jews for Jesus staff and volunteers were kicked and punched more in Rishon,...

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A Note from David Brickner: What You Need to Know About False Choices Regarding Evangelization
July 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

Did you hear the hubbub over newly released tapes that recorded more of the conversation between former President Richard Nixon and evangelist Billy Graham? For many, the focus was on anti-Semitic attitudes that appeared in the conversation. But the mention of Jews for Jesus in these tapes

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Strange Blessings
June 15, 2009
Author: David Brickner

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STRANGE BLESSINGS
June 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

The phone rang. It was Dan Sered calling from Israel, and he sounded very discouraged. Dan leads our Jews for Jesus branch in Tel Aviv. We were in the midst of our third Behold Your God Israel campaign and the opposition was heated.  But that wasn’t why Dan was...

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The Ministry of Reconciliation
May 30, 2009
Author: David Brickner

The most  proactive  group of  ambassadors in New  York City this month  are not representing  foreign governments;  this despite the  conspicuous presence  of the United Nations.  Instead, they are  representing the  Creator of the  Universe, offering  His peace...

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How Much Does Pentecost?*
May 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

Pentecost. Is it a denomination? A supernatural experience? A date on a liturgical church calendar? Perhaps it is the surname of a beloved Bible scholar? Actually, Pentecost is first and foremost one of the most important and least appreciated Jewish festivals in the...

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Opening the Door of Faith
April 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

All over the world, our Jews for Jesus missionaries are taking a collective deep breath, letting out a bit of a sigh and enjoying some well-deserved rest. For weeks we have been traveling and ministering all across the U.S., Canada and Europe, sharing the powerful redemption story of Christ in the Passover.” After returning from that intensive travel schedule, our missionaries concluded the busy season by hosting Passover banquets in all of our branch cities.”

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Of Samaritans, Sadducees and Plato
Author: David Brickner

While debating a Reform rabbi on a popular radio talk show, I stated that Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was the most compelling evidence that He is the Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the world. I expected the rabbi to argue that Jesus had not actually...

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How “Christian” is Christian Zionism
March 20, 2009
Author: David Brickner

Click here to download this article in pamphlet format for printing. The National Council of Churches describes Christian Zionism as “a danger to true peace in the Middle East.” Anglican Vicar Stephen Sizer, in his scorching and widely read book, Christian...

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How “Christian” is Christian Zionism
Author: David Brickner

Click here to download this article in pamphlet format for printing. The National Council of Churches describes Christian Zionism as “a danger to true peace in the Middle East.” Anglican Vicar Stephen Sizer, in his scorching and widely read book, Christian...

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Why this Jew Loves St. Patrick
March 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

On March 17 many people will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without a clue as to why or whom they are celebrating. I know this may raise eyebrows among some of our readers, but I love St. Patrick. Not the legendary guy who stars in stories about snakes and shamrocks and the luck of the Irish–most of those stories are bubbe miesehs,” (Yiddish for “grandmothers’ tales.”) But much of what Patrick wrote and stood for reminds me of another saint: the Apostle Paul.”

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Purim: A Modern-Day Guide to Survival
Author: David Brickner

These are trying times. As we’re confronted with an economic meltdown of global proportions, international terrorism, political upheaval and cultural decline, many can’t help wondering how we will survive such conditions. Jewish history has much to teach...

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A note from David Brickner: Great Election Expectations
February 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

I was just “friended” by Benjamin Netanyahu. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you might not know that being “friended” is like being “befriended” only…”

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A Persecuted Church in Israel?
Topics: israel, persecution
Author: David Brickner

A strange phenomenon is occurring. Despite a growing awareness of the persecuted church around the world, it seems like the plight of the church in Israel is practically off the radar.” I happened to be a guest at a good evangelical church on the International...

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The Weapon of Prayer
January 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

As I write, the headlines are dominated by war and unspeakable violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Thus far, the United States is standing by Israel’s efforts to defend herself from thousands of Qassam and Grad rockets that Hamas has been firing into the...

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If It’s New
Author: David Brickner

Don’t you love the smell of a new car, the sight of a newborn baby or the prospect of a New Year? Newness is often so appealing and can fill us with hope. Nevertheless, newness also has its drawbacks. It’s easy to be enticed by the newest improved version...

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A Christmas Spectacle
December 16, 2008
Author: David Brickner


Millions of people packed themselves into a 3-block radius, while thousands of New York City’s finest corralled them behind rows and rows of metal bars. Giant searchlights flooded the area, bouncing off buildings, illuminating the clouds against the velvety night sky. Old and young, the people strained and craned, pushed and pressed to see and hear the festivities at “30 Rock.” The air was positively pummeled with roaring helicopters overhead, while below police dogs barked at the hoards of people still flowing up out of the subways. Security was on high alert. The police seemed nervous . . .

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A note from David Brickner: A Christmas Spectacle
December 1, 2008
Author: David Brickner

Millions of people packed themselves into a 3-block radius, while thousands of New York City’s finest corralled them behind rows and rows of metal bars. Giant searchlights flooded the area, bouncing off buildings, illuminating the clouds against the velvety night sky. Old and young, the people strained and craned, pushed and pressed to see and hear the festivities at “30 Rock.” The air was positively pummeled with roaring helicopters overhead, while below police dogs barked at the hoards of people still flowing up out of the subways. Security was on high alert. The police seemed nervous . . .”

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Awaiting the Day
November 28, 2008
Author: David Brickner

Among my fondest childhood memories is the joyful anticipation as each December day brought us one step closer to the dawn of Christmas morning. That is not a typical memory for a nice Jewish boy from Boston! But I had the privilege of growing up in a Messianic Jewish...

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Let’s Elect a Dictator
November 17, 2008
Author: David Brickner

With the presidential elections behind us at last, responses to our new president-elect range from jubilation to despair to everything in between; some are bursting with enthusiasm while others are ridden with anxiety. Everyone has hopes or fears (or both) about changes the new administration will make—changes that will affect our lives and the life of our nation.

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A note from David Brickner: Let’s Elect a Dictator!
November 1, 2008
Author: David Brickner

With the presidential elections behind us at last, responses to our new president-elect range from jubilation to despair to everything in between; some are bursting with enthusiasm while others are ridden with anxiety. Everyone has hopes or fears (or both) about changes the new administration will make—changes that will affect our lives and the life of our nation.

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L’Dor v’dor: From Generation to Generation, Loving the Jewish People
Author: David Brickner

“My mother taught me to love the Jewish people; she always reminded me that the Jews are God’s chosen. That is why I love Jews for Jesus and support what you guys are doing.” We hear this over and over from friends who speak, often with a note of...

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“Extregelism”
October 16, 2008
Author: David Brickner

Last week I saw a new movie—”Religulous.” Believe me, I would not have spent time or money on this film, but inasmuch as Bill Maher interviewed someone identified as an “ex-Jew for Jesus,” I felt responsible to see what, if anything, was said about our ministry.

On the positive side, Jews for Jesus was not an issue in the film; our name only came up as a title for one of the interviewees, who happens to be a former staff member. On the down side I could write quite a bit, but suffice it to say I found the movie dull and intellectually dishonest. Maher’s unvarnished attempt to paint anyone with any religious convictions as a ridiculous extremist inspired the mean-spirited title, “Religulous.”

I know something about this kind of stereotyping; over the last month and a half…

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A note from David Brickner: EXTREGELISM
October 1, 2008
Author: David Brickner

Last week I saw a new movie—Religulous.” Believe me, I would not have spent time or money on this film, but inasmuch as Bill Maher interviewed someone identified as an “ex-Jew for Jesus,” I felt responsible to see what, if anything, was said about our ministry.”

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Blending in on the Day of Atonement
Author: David Brickner

It was Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), the year was 1982 and I was in Syracuse, New York. I was leading the Liberated Wailing Wall at the time, and we were looking for a place to worship on this, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Synagogues do not take up...

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A Further Clarification from David Brickner
September 11, 2008
Author: David Brickner

I want to thank those of you who have commented either here or in e-mails in response to the media furor over my remarks at Wasilla Bible Church on August 17th. The comments attributed to me were taken out of context. The notion that the terrorist, bulldozer attack in Jerusalem this summer was God?s judgment on Israel for not believing in Jesus, is absolutely not what I believe. In retrospect, I can see how my rhetoric might be misunderstood and I truly regret that.

Of course I never expected the kind of magnifying glass scrutiny on a message where I was speaking extemporaneously. Let me be clear. I don?t believe that any one event whether a terrorist attack or a natural disaster is a specific fulfillment of or manifestation of a Biblical prediction of judgment. I don?t believe that the newspaper should be used to interpret the Bible. The Bible interprets the Bible.

I love my Jewish people and the land of Israel. I stand with and support her against all efforts to harm her or her people in any way. Please feel free to read my further explanations, in my Realtime article and in the interviews I did with Christianity Today and NBC.

Sincerely,
David Brickner

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One Day in Wasilla
September 9, 2008
Author: David Brickner

Last month I had the privilege of speaking at a large church in the small town of Wasilla, Alaska. At the time, few people outside of Alaska had heard of Wasilla; now almost everyone in America knows that it is the hometown of Sarah Palin, John McCain’s Vice...

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The Jerusalem Dilemma, Wasilla Bible Church, August 17, 2008
Author: David Brickner

An MP3 recording of this message is avaialable by clicking here. Pastor Larry: The Lord put David Brickner on our calendar almost three years ago, put it in ink, said “David Brickner, August 17th, 2008, Wasilla Bible Church.” He’s an international...

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A note from David Brickner: misquoted by the media
September 1, 2008
Author: David Brickner

Last month I had the privilege of speaking at a large church in the small town of Wasilla, Alaska. At the time, few people outside of Alaska had heard of Wasilla; now almost everyone in America knows that it is the hometown of Sarah Palin, John McCain’s Vice Presidential running mate. She not only grew up in Wasilla; she served as its mayor before being elected governor of Alaska. The Palins now attend the church where I spoke; in fact, during the second service the entire family stood before the congregation as their newborn son was dedicated to the Lord.

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Agreeable Disagreement
August 26, 2008
Author: David Brickner

The political season is now in full swing here in the United States, and “civil discourse” is fast becoming an oxymoron. I suppose it is human nature to view disagreement as a zero-sum game. There are winners and losers; everything else is just spin. This...

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A note from David Brickner: young Jewish believers in Jesus are sharing their faith in India
August 1, 2008
Author: David Brickner

WHAT A JOURNEY!

Some people say, It’s a miracle!” whenever God does something out of the ordinary. I believe in miracles, but they occur when God suspends His physical laws of order. Many wondrous, out of the ordinary events He orchestrates are what we’d call “Divine Appointments,” which can be just as faith building. Take for example Philip’s encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch. No doubt this was a divine appointment: “

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Tisha B’Av: Why are Some Jews Mourning this Month?*
July 28, 2008
Author: David Brickner

If you have ever been to Israel (or looked at photographs for that matter), chances are you have seen the familiar view of Jerusalem from the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. There, glistening in the sun, is the golden Dome of the Rock, and just to the south sits...

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A note from David Brickner: Jews for Jesus going all out for the gospel in New York City
July 1, 2008
Author: David Brickner

Shalom from New York City where I am presently taking part in our annual summer witnessing campaign (SWC)! It always energizes me to be here, out on the streets, telling people about Jesus. Since our ministry’s inception in 1973, every single summer but one, we’ve campaigned to reach New York City with the gospel. No one campaign is exactly the same but they all share the following features:

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What is Real?
June 26, 2008
Author: David Brickner

Get a real job!” I’ve heard this countless times while handing out tracts on the streets. The “suggestion” to get a real job is intended to denigrate the proclamation of the gospel as lacking authenticity or importance. Many Jews for Jesus staff and volunteers will...

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A note from David Brickner: attempts to squelch the gospel in Israel have opposite effect
June 1, 2008
Author: David Brickner

The Rest of the Story

Have you ever heard radio commentator Paul Harvey’s engaging teaser, The rest of the story”? The first part of Harvey’s story always provides a bit of mystery, always leaves us hanging until he tells, “the rest of the story.” Life is often like that. We hear something. We wonder what it means or how it all will work out, but we are often left hanging. Much of the Christian life is lived in that “in between” zone. The first part of the story does not always appear hopeful or encouraging. That is why we need to live by faith and not by sight; faith gives us confidence to trust God for the rest of the story. Faith assures us that He knows what is best, that He wants what is best and that He will do what is best. Eventually, in His time, we will understand the rest of the story.

“The rest of the story” is sometimes surprising, but it always demonstrates that God is in control, that He is writing the stories of life to bring honor and glory to Himself. I have watched this happen several times in the last few months as news stories have hit the press regarding Israel, Jews and Jesus. I wanted to report to you on “the rest of these stories.”

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The Day Pentecost Was Fulfilled*
May 29, 2008
Author: David Brickner

This month, the Festival of Pentecost will slip past most Jews and Christians unnoticed; yet it is one of the three most important Festivals in the Old Testament and it marks a pivotal point in the history of Christianity. Allow me to transport you back to that event,...

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A note from David Brickner: What do Israelis think about Jesus?
May 1, 2008
Author: David Brickner

2008 Opinion Poll on What Israelis Think About Jesus This month marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel. It’s no coincidence that we’ve chosen this time for our first Behold Your God Israel Campaign. In preparation for the...

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Remarkably Well Preserved
April 29, 2008
Author: David Brickner

This month, Israel celebrates her 60th birthday; some of you are old enough to remember the 1948 declaration as a truly stunning turn of history. A hope was realized as, after nearly 2,000 years of exile, the independent Jewish state was reconstituted in the land of...

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A note from David Brickner: Stealth Christianity
April 1, 2008
Author: David Brickner

Quite a bit of controversy has been stirred over the recent publication in the New York Times” of The Gospel and the Jewish People: An Evangelical Statement sponsored by the World Evangelical Alliance. The statement, signed by prominent evangelical leaders, is an irenic open letter denouncing anti-Semitism while supporting direct Jewish evangelism and the rights of Jews who believe in Jesus to identify as Jews.

As you might expect, several Jewish leaders have publicly opposed the statement. The Anti-Defamation League responded to the statement with a press release in which Abraham Foxman shrilly denounced”

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Coloring Outside the Lines
March 31, 2008
Author: David Brickner

As a child, I enjoyed coloring books. Outlines of people, animals and landscapes awaited my choice of colors and craftsmanship to brighten the picture by filling in the areas indicated by the artist. It bothered me when people colored those pages without any reference...

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On God and the Gallows
March 19, 2008
Author: David Brickner

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A note from David Brickner: God and the Gallows, a Purim Reflection
March 1, 2008
Author: David Brickner

This Friday is a day of two gallows. It marks an unusual convergence of Good Friday and Purim. We know that Good Friday is a time to remember the crucifixion of our Messiah Jesus. Purim commemorates the rescue of the Jewish people from Haman’s murderous plot as...

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How Best To Help Israel
Author: David Brickner

Ever since I can remember there has been a pushke in the office of the executive director of Jews for Jesus. This particular pushke is for the JNF. If you’ve never heard of a pushke and you don’t know what the JNF is, the former is like a piggy bank, except instead of...

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Problem Prayers
February 19, 2008
Author: David Brickner

This year I was invited to attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. Praying with the president of the United States sounded like a unique opportunity, so I went. It wasn’t exactly an intimate time of intercession. 4000 people were squeezed into a...

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A Note From David Brickner: Reflections on the 2008 National Day of Prayer Breakfast
February 1, 2008
Author: David Brickner

Problem Prayers

This year I was invited to attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. Praying with the president of the United States sounded like a unique opportunity, so I went.

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Jesus and His People
Author: David Brickner

“Jesus I love you, but I don’t understand your wife, “She wears too much make-up and she always wants to fight; “In my world of black and gray, she argues shades of white.” song lyrics by Dead Artist Syndrome Does the evangelical church in America have an image...

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Who are you rooting for?

Who Are You Rooting For?
January 1, 2008
Author: David Brickner

In this season, primaries and playoffs dominate the media, captivating people’s attention and passion. There are winners and losers for each and every one of these contests.

Isn’t it amazing how wrapped up some of us get, how much emotion we expend, as we root for our guys” to win? My beloved San Francisco 49ers haven’t been in the hunt for a playoff birth for a very long time, but I am still rooting, for them, still a fan, still energetic in cheering for and/or defending my team.

We so identify with our team that when the game ends, it is as though we ourselves experience “the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat.” I admit that I can be downright mopey when “my team” loses, even if it’s the first time I’ve ever rooted for them.

When it comes to politics the stakes are higher, but there are parallels to “the game.”

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Something Old, Something New
Author: David Brickner

Harry was 75 and in the hospital when I first met him. I was 26 and just beginning my new ministry in Chicago. As I told him about Jesus he said, “David, I’m 75 years old and that is just too old to change.” I pointed out that he was in excellent company since Abraham...

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Good News and Bad News for the Holidays
December 1, 2007
Author: David Brickner

What would you do if you received enough funds to pay for a full-page ad in a secular newspaper like USA Today” or the “New York Times?” I hope you would use the advertising space to tell people who might never walk into a church something about Jesus. Jews for Jesus has had opportunities to do just that, and over the years we have had all sorts of “gospel ads” in the secular media. This year we did not have the funds to do so—until one family offered to make it happen.

These particular friends wanted to see a gospel statement that would explain very plainly and directly the issues of sin, judgment and God’s remedy in Jesus. They gave a most generous donation for that very purpose, and we worked hard to come up with a gospel statement that would fit that approach. It starts out like this:

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Irresistible, Irrepressible Hope
Author: David Brickner

Question: On which day (or night) of the year are Israeli Jews most likely to set foot in a church? Answer: Christmas Day (or Eve). Surprised? It’s true. Add to that the annual “December dilemma” discussions in synagogues, Jewish newspapers, magazines and websites...

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Letter to the Editor of Christianity Today
November 5, 2007
Author: David Brickner

Read David Brickner’s letter to the editor in response to Christianity Today’s article on “What It Means to Love Israel”.”

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Is Anne Coulter on to Something?
November 1, 2007
Author: David Brickner

A media dust-up has been blowing over political commentator Anne Coulter’s recent remark on the Donny Deutsch cable television show. Coulter told Deutsch, Christians want Jews to be perfected.” He responded by labeling her an anti-Semite and various people began hurling verbal grenades in earnest.

In the midst of the furor we received a phone call from “Newsweek” columnist Lisa Miller, asking if we could explain what Ann Coulter meant by her remark. “

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Images and Impressions
Author: David Brickner

Jews for Jesus is an image organization. That does not mean that we use consultants to try to make us look good. By image, I mean that people can recognize who we are and whom we represent in one quick look. Our name, “Jews for Jesus,” has been most effective in...

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Where’s the Joy?*
October 3, 2007
Author: David Brickner

The start of this month concludes the eight-day-long Feast of Tabernacles, the yearly festival to be characterized by great joy and celebration. In Bible times, the nations round about Israel served false gods in servile fear. The God of Israel wanted His people to...

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Mixing Politics and Religion
October 1, 2007
Author: David Brickner

Jesus told Pilate, My Kingdom is not of this world” (John.18:36). Nevertheless, debates have raged almost ever since over how Christians should expect their religious convictions to play out in government. I’m not talking about Christians voting their...

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Awesome Awe
September 1, 2007
Author: David Brickner

If we assigned a word that’s been overused and undervalued to each lette