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Our Hope is a place for accessible discussions about Israel and the Bible, as well as a resource for people who want to share their faith more effectively and compassionately with the Jewish community. This Chosen People Ministries production is hosted by Abraham Vazquez.

Our Hope Podcast Chosen People Ministries

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 59 Ratings

Our Hope is a place for accessible discussions about Israel and the Bible, as well as a resource for people who want to share their faith more effectively and compassionately with the Jewish community. This Chosen People Ministries production is hosted by Abraham Vazquez.

    What Are the Signs of the End Times?

    What Are the Signs of the End Times?

    For thousands of years, there have been many perspectives on the end times across different cultures and expressions of faith. Can we know for certain what is going to happen in the end, and what signs precede it? Are there events we can expect to take place before the Lord returns, and does He want us to be watching for them?
    As followers of Jesus, what should our response be when we encounter the various symbols, signs, and sayings associated with the end times? How can this knowledge strengthen our faith and help us discuss it with others? Join us as we explore these questions and many others with Mitch Glaser, PhD, president of Chosen People Ministries, in this episode of Our Hope.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Free Will and God's Sovereignty

    Free Will and God's Sovereignty

    What is the relationship between the sovereignty of God and human choice or free will? The Bible tells us God always accomplishes His plans according to His will. But it also tells us humans have a role to play in accordance with our choices. How can these two seemingly paradoxical ideas work simultaneously?
     
    In this episode of Our Hope podcast, Dr. Gregory Hagg, who teaches at the Charles L. Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies in New York City, walks us through each of these complex concepts and shows us how they intersect. We also explore questions like:
     
    How can evil occur despite God’s sovereignty?If God is sovereign, do my choices matter, and how?How does God’s sovereignty offer hope in our daily lives as believers?

    • 59 min
    What Is Heaven?

    What Is Heaven?

    Contemporary culture provides a variety of views of heaven—from pearly gates to sitting on clouds, strumming harps, and wearing wings. Different world religions offer an array of descriptions often characterizing heaven as a place of perfect peace and happiness, absent of pain and suffering, and the place where God dwells. But what does Scripture say?
     
    In this episode, we will learn what the Bible says and what Jewish people understand about heaven. We will also discuss how an understanding of heaven can help our faith as followers of Yeshua. Our guest is Darrell Bock, senior research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Together, we ponder questions like:
    What did Yeshua teach about heaven?How is heaven viewed within Jewish culture?Why is it important, as believers, to be conscious of heaven?

    • 30 min
    What Is Hell?

    What Is Hell?

    The Bible speaks of a place of judgment known as hell. This concept is difficult for those who believe the Scriptures and those who do not. Some reject the idea of a loving God sending anyone to such a place. Others fear they or those they love could end up there. Still, anyone who follows Jesus must grapple with God’s judgment and hell, which Jesus Himself spoke about (Matthew 5:22; Luke 12:5; etc.) The concept of punishment after death, however, is hardly unique to the New Testament. It is rooted in the Old Testament, especially in prophecy about God’s coming wrath.
    Robert Walter, who serves on our staff in Brooklyn, New York, is here to discuss this topic. He helps us understand not only what hell is but how Jesus’ sacrifice gives all people the opportunity to avoid hell and enjoy eternal life. This episode addresses:
    The nature of hell, Hades, and SheolWhat the Hebrew Scriptures say about hellJewish understandings of hell in Jesus’ timeWhether hell is eternalDegrees of punishment in hellReconciling God’s goodness and love with the existence of hell

    • 38 min
    What Is Spiritual Warfare?

    What Is Spiritual Warfare?

    The apostle Paul said it best: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
    As followers of Jesus, we recognize we are born into a war between good and evil. There is a good God who is our Father and an enemy who hates everything God has created and loves.
    What is spiritual warfare, and why does it exist? On this episode of Our Hope, we dive into this topic with Dr. Daniel Nessim. He is the Chosen People Ministries Branch Leader of Seattle, Washington, and holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Religion from the University of Exeter in England.

    • 54 min
    What Is Death?

    What Is Death?

    From grieving the death of a loved one to pondering our own mortality, death is a defining feature of human experience after sin entered creation. Death is ever-present in the world, but how should we think about it? Many people today view death as a normal, even good, part of the cycle of life. The thought of passing into oblivion may even appeal to some. In this episode, we discuss a biblical view of death. This view includes not only the body’s ceasing to function but also spiritual death—our estrangement from God.
    Our guest is Joey Benami, a Messianic rabbi in Texas. His areas of academic research include the book of Leviticus, biblical agricultural metaphors, and the study of linguistic and thematic allusions between the Hebrew and Apostolic Scriptures. Together, we ponder questions like:
    What is death?What does it mean for death to be an “enemy” (1 Corinthians 15:26)?How does Judaism traditionally view death?How does God abolish death through Jesus?

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

RichardGloria ,

Trusting Messiah in our suffering

This is a good podcast! I identified with the speakers. My mother suffered most of her life. My youngest sister has suffered many problems. And at the age of 63, I discovered that I had Celiac, genetic. By the time I was tested and diagnosed, I was having so much trouble that I could barely eat at all. It has been a difficult thing for me. Cross contamination is so difficult. That I have had to stay away from eating out most of the time. The problem doesn’t go away. Just patience and prayer. God’s love makes it all tolerable. Thank you Lord! God’s presence eases the pain and the hassle.

Kenny G23 ,

Glad to see another season!

Very informative podcast of key, relevant issues!

Glad to see it is back for another season 👍

LizFedez ,

Wow!

Love the format. I look forward to this show. I learn, I laugh and I cry. Love it. Great work.

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