Join us this hour as we focus on the power of the Gospel to transform not just the human heart but the entire Middle East. How do we pray for the Iranian people, who are not happy with their government? Why are so many Iranians supporting Israel? Then, what is happening to believing Jews in Israel while that tiny but significant nation is at war? How do we pray for that intensifying war as followers of Christ? We tackle those questions and more on today’s broadcast.
Our culture has a preoccupation with self-identity. Answering the question, "Who am I?" is part of being human. Yet, through a Biblical lens, we know something has gone terribly wrong with our human nature. Brokenness happened when sin separated us from our Creator God, and the answers we seek are only obtainable when we reconnect with him. Our guest today will tell us why the Gospel is the only answer to 'finding ourselves'. When we internalize the gospel's message of restorative love, we break a perpetual loop of introspection and come to know who we are more and more every day.
Dr. Hormoz Shariat is the founder of Iran Alive Ministries. He was born into a Muslim family in Iran and came to the United States after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, where he came to Christ while earning my Ph.D. in Computer Engineering as a graduate student at USC in 1980. In 1987, Hormoz planted a church in San Jose, California. With hundreds of Muslim converts, which remains one of the largest churches of its kind in the United States. In 2001 he followed the Lord’s leading and founded Iran Alive Ministries, which utilizes Satellite TV to reach the millions of lost and broken people of Iran and the rest of the Middle East. Today, the ministry broadcasts the Gospel 24/7 from studios in Dallas to Iran and the Middle East, trusting the Lord to transform a nation, which is responding to the Gospel unlike any other time in history.
David Brickner is the CEO and executive director of Jews for Jesus, the leading Jewish mission and evangelistic organization in the world. He has dedicated his career to sharing the hope of the gospel with his Jewish people worldwide. David Brickner has been the executive director of Jews for Jesus since 1996. Born in Massachusetts to Jewish parents, he comes from five generations of Jewish followers of Messiah Jesus. David considers himself living proof that following Jesus does not require abandoning one’s Jewish identity. David oversees the work of Jews for Jesus in over a dozen countries worldwide. Under his leadership, Jews for Jesus has advanced internationally with missionaries in 12 countries, the largest number being in Israel. He is the author of several books, including Christ in the Feast of Tabernacles and Future Hope—A Jewish Christian Look at the End of the World. David has been interviewed on secular and Christian national radio and television shows, including Larry King Live and In the Market with Janet Parshall.
Dr. Judy Cha (MA, Westminster Theological Seminary, Ph.D, Eastern University) is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in relationships, self-image, and multicultural issues. She serves as the director of Redeemer Counseling Services, a ministry of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. In addition to leading the counseling ministry, Judy counsels individuals, couples, and families through her Gospel-centered Integrative Framework for Therapy (GIFT) approach.