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Even Christian Zionist pastors can changChristCheckpointConferenceBanner.jpge their minds about the Israel/Palestine conflict when they thoroughly study the issues with some help and encouragement from friends and relatives.  Thanks to the efforts of our friend and brother in Christ, Palestinian Pastor Alex Awad from Bethlehem Bible College and the Christ At The Checkpoint conferences that layed the groundwork, We Hold These Truths' founder Chuck Carlson, shares the results of one of our activist friends in a four minute audio nugget of sunshine and hope that encouraged and inspired us.  We hope you will be inspired, too!

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Asma weeps at the funeral of her brother, Gomha Abu Shalouf [Killed by the IDF in Operation Protective Edge - 7/8/2014] Image: AP/Press Association Images

Many Grandmothers in America aren't aware of the collective punishment being unmercifully committed against the Palestinians in Gaza during Israel's latest planned assault, "Operation Protective Edge."  An estimated 75% of the casualties are civilians, with a large percentage being women and children. We try to answer a grandma who didn't think about the innocent children being killed when she parroted a question she learned from our media, "What about all the rockets Hamas launches? Doesn't Israel have a right to protect itself?"  It seems most Americans have lost the capacity to ask questions to challenge what they are being spoon fed by the US government, the main stream media and the Zionist lobby. In this program we look behind the curtain at the human tragedy side of Operation Protective Edge that should make a Grandma weep.

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We Hold These Truths joined the Arizona State University chapter of Students For Justice In Palestine's rally held in Tempe, AZ to show support for the Palestinians in Gaza who are, for the third time in less than five years, being brutalized by Israel's latest supplement to their ongoing military occupation of Palestine...Operation Protective Edge.  These attacks by Israel demonstrate their affinity to making disproportional assaults against the Palestinians, and, Israel's collective punishment mentality.  You won't see this on FOX News!  So, please pass this four minute video report of the rally on to a friend. It, also, includes an appeal to the viewer to watch our award winning documentary, Christian Zionist: The Tragedy & The Turning, Part I.
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Putin-Russia-04.jpgIt turns out that Chuck Carlson learned some "Top Secret" information from a missionary to Russia at a recent high school reunion he attended in South Dakota.  And, as a public service, we are passing it along to you. This piece is one of those curious nuggets of conversation that occurs before we start a podcast program.  We think many Christian Zionists will want to go to the bank with this story and pass it on to the rest of the flock who are getting ready (for sure, this time) for the end times.
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PopeFrancis-03-Bethlehem.jpgRather than look the other way as millions of Christian Zionists do, Pope Francis prayed at the separation wall in occupied Palestine during his 2014 visit to the Holy Land.

Israel and the Zionists fear Christians learning the truth about the Zionists' forced removal of Palestinians and the destruction of over 400 villages at the start of the founding of Israel in 1948 and the brutal military occupation of Palestine since 1967.  Over 40 million American Christians are influenced and blinded by Christian Zionism's reverential treatment of Israel, no matter what it does to the Palestinians.  The recent congregational study guide, Zionism Unsettled published by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a resource you should purchase to educate yourself and others about the Israel/Palestine conflict (CLICK HERE to order).
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Presbyterians-01-GA-logo-round.jpgThe Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. (PCUSA) has relented to vicious attacks by Zionists (both the "regular" and "Christian" varieties) by removing for sale, its congregational study guide, Zionism Unsettled, published by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the PCUSA.  In addition, at the PCUSA's 2014 General Assembly meeting, a measure to divest of their holdings of three companies, supporting the Israeli occupation, was approved.  Zionists don't seem to mind toothless measures like this.   What they are terrified of, is the education of American Christians to the realities of the military occupation of Palestine by Israel, with reliable information like Zionism Unsettled provides.  Join Chuck Carlson for the rest of the story.  
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Acts 21: 27 (Part 44)

In this lesson, Mark Horton discusses the background to the charges brought against Paul claiming that he was not following the Law of Moses and was speaking  against the temple in Jerusalem.  Mark also includes some interesting comparisons between Jesus' and Paul's lives.

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Dr. Paul Larudee, co-founder of the Free Palestine Movement, has just returned from Syria where he was an election observeLarudeePaul-05.jpgr for the presidential election held there.  This was his third trip to Syria in just over a year.  If you believe the assessment of the situation in Syria by the US government and our main stream media, you will not want to hear the amazing insights Dr. Larudee has observed first hand and thoroughly analyzed.  In just over 30 minutes you will be able to better understand "the big picture" in Syria.  You'll learn what are the roles of the international cast of groups, like ISIS, and countries involved in the conflict:  United States, Russia, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran. Then, to keep current with what's going on in Syria, Paul recommends visiting the Syria Solidarity Movement's website.     
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Acts 21: 15-26 (Part 43)

During the days of the aostles, Judean Burean Christians continued to keep the laws of Moses in addition to the Ten Commandments.  Gentil believers not following these "extra" laws.  Mark Horton discusses the question, "Was the Law of Moses" completely fulfilled at the cross?
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ChristianZionism-02-Dees.jpgIn this podcast we look into some of the beliefs held by Christian Zionists.  Included is a fascinating story about an encounter with two Christian Zionists, one an an amateur and one a professional by Chuck Carlson.  Also, Mark Horton tells about one of Israel's most decorated veterans, who is a convert to Christianity and a Holy Land tour guide who asked the question "What is a Jew?"  The answer is very thought provoking.
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Paul bids farewell to the Ephesian elders and continues onto to Jerusalem.
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ChristianZionism-01.jpgIn our last podcast, "Christian Palestinianism: The New Threat to Israel?" we looked at something new that Christians United For Israel is promoting, to demonize Christians who are working for peace and justice in the Holy Land.  The term "Christian Palestinianism" was coined by a British theologian, Dr. Paul Wilkinson.  In this podcast, we take a revealing look at this latest example of "Mean Spirited Religiosty" that ignores what Jesus taught (for example, "Blessed are the Peacemakers") and turns its back to the injustices being heaped on Palestinians by Israel.  Don't miss this eye opening program.
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Acts 20: 7-24 (Part 41)

After spending 3 years in Ephesus and a year and a half in Macedonia and Greece, Paul makes his way to Jerusalem to arrive by Pentecost.  In Troas, Paul performs a miracle on Eutchyus who had fallen for dead from a loft. 
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ChristianPalestinianism-03.jpgAccording to Christian Zionists groups like John Hagee's Christians United For Israel (CUFI) there is a new specter lurking that is a threat to the very existence of Israel.  We Hold These Truths' vigil leader, Craig Hanson, learned at a recent CUFI event that this "abomination" has been labeled "Christian Palestinianism."  Evidently, Christians who support ending the military occupation by Israel of Palestine aren't true Christians, they are are "Christian Palestinianists." Some proponents of this notion claim that "Christian Palestianism" is a sinister plot to merge Islam & Christianity and to wipe out Judaism and Israel. Of course, these people believe that Christian Zionism is the only true path to interpreting the Bible.  Hang on for Craig's fascinating report.
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During Operation Cast Lead by the Israeli Occupation Forces ending in Jan., 2009, over 300 Gaza-2009-01a.gifinnocent, Palestinian children, such as this child from Gaza, were brutally murdered.

Lorrie Rutledge, from Michigan, was a Christian Zionist but she didn't know she was one because her pastors had told her that the modern state of Israel was the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and deserved support by Christians, and, she never questioned them.  One day, a friend of Lorrie asked her to watch a video that showed pictures of murdered Palestinian children.  Lorrie went to work to find out if what she saw was really true.  This podcast is about Lorrie's journey out of Christian Zionism.  Don't miss it. It's very inspiring.  And, if your not sure about the Israeli treatment against Palestinian children, you need to watch the recent Australian Broadcasting Company's documentary about the brutal and ongoing attacks against Palestinian Children.  Click Here

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It's no surprise that the "major media" source for this documentary was not found in the US where politicians are attacked if they mention Israel and "occupation" or "military occupation" in the same sentence.  The ABC's (Australian Broadcasting Company) program, "Four Corners" in conjunction with The Australian newspaper, has produced an amazing 45 minute documentary, Stone Cold Justice about the ongoing, brutal practices used by the Israeli, military occupation, forces against Palestinian children.  The program was aired several times on national Australian TV in February, 2014.  Please watch and spread the news.
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Silversmith Demetrius, stirs up a mob against Paul in Ephesus.  Fin out what the god, Artemis has to do with all the stir.
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Jesus-IsraelFlag-01.jpgMost Christian Bibles use the term "Jew"  along with with "Judean" in their translations.  What is the difference and what difference does it make?  Who are the "chosen people" today?  Join Chuck Carlson, Pastor William Bell, Craig Hanson and Tom Compton for a fascinating look into a touchy subject.
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The United States needs credible enemies to sustain and nourish its war based economy.  Is Russia the next enemy de jour?  In this podcast, Chuck Carlson and friends look at the big picture behind the events in the Ukraine and discuss what the response by Christ followers should be. 
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We take a step back in our study of Acts to look at the big picture of the kingdom of God as fulfilled in the book of Acts.  Our study leader, Mark Horton, has been using a study guide developed by Pastor Don Preston.  In this podcast we are fortunate to have Pastors Don Preston and William Bell, Jr. join us.  Don't miss this installment.
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John Hagee greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a CUFI event.  Jesus takes a back seat at these events.

It seems John Hagee and David Brog. Executive Director, of Christians United For Israel (CUFI) have been crying the blues about declining support for Israel among Christians.  A recent story in the Washington Post, "Is support for Israel waning among evangelicals?" is based on a piece by David Brog, entitled "The End of Evangelical Support for Israel?"  Find out in this podcast the rest of the story that the lame stream media and CUFI are not telling.
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One of the methods being carried out around the globe by opponents of the Israeli military BDS-SAfrica-Israel-02.pngoccupation of Palestine is the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS).  What are the similarities and dissimilarities between the BDS movements in South Africa and Israel?  Did the apartheid regime in South Africa fall due to BDS or was it the result of a more powerful force?  Who are the "soft" Zionists?  So, what's the big deal with adding the phrase "occupied in June 1967" to the BDS Israel, mission statement?  And, there's more.  Don't miss this fascinating podcast with Chuck Carlson, Craig Hanson, Tom Compton and Travis Steele.
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Acts 19: 8-22 (Part 38)

Our journey through acts stops in Ephesus where it's Paul versus Judean exorcists.  Once again, Mark Horton brings out some fascinating history and analysis.

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The ICJS (Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies) has published an 8 part statement, "Dabru Emet [Speak Truth] - A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity,"  that was formulated by four Jewish scholars.  We critically analyze these 8 points, starting with "1. Jews and Christians worship the same God."  The Executive Director of ICJS is Presbyterian minister, Dr. Christopher M. Leighton, who attacked the Presbyterian Church USA for publishingZionism Unsettled, a study guide on the Israel/Palestine conflict (for background, go to our podcasts:  "Presbyterians Attacked For Publishing 'Zionism Unsettled,' Others Applaud," and "Defaming And Defending Presbyterians").
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Mark Horton, our study leader, makes this lesson about Appolos, a Judean, who taught correctly before his conversion with only his knowledge of the baptism of John, fascinating.
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Selling Perpetual War

The United States and Great Britain, to a lesser extent, have war based economies.  John Pilger's compelling documentary, The War You Don't See, shows how government propaganda, disseminated through the main stream media, using embedded journalists, molds public support for these wars.  In addition to analyzing the Afghan and Iraqi Wars, John Pilger looks at the Israeli attack on the Gaza aid ships in May, 2010 and shows the propaganda used to make it look like Israel was the victim, even though the IDF killed 9 civilians in a brutal attack, in international waters, on the aid ships.  This is a must see documentary to look inside the Warmakers' wars to better understand the conditioning process that gets Americans to fervently support our serial wars.
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It's easy to tell who is the current, world's most popular, bad actor and rogue country.  Here in the US, just listen to one of the talking heads on the lame stream media or listen to tough talk by President Obama that President Putin of Russia is the culprit in what's going on in the Ukraine; just look what Putin did in Crimea.  In this podcast we peel back the onion to find out what's going on in the Ukraine, behind the scenes with the US duplicity.
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We couldn't resist adding this piece of serious satire developed from a clip to promote the 20014 AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference in Washington, DC where politicians with different stripes go to swear their allegiance to Israel . If truth in advertising laws were enforced, this revised promo would pass muster.  Christian Zionists, like John Hagee, worship at the feet of AIPAC.
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While rummaging through the cellar at WHTT, we happened upon some Serious Non-Sequitur Satire written after the housing bubble in 2008.  Is the next US crisis going to be due to a student loan bubble? If you are fuzzy over the logic of government financial recovery programs, this piece will help clear the air of flying debris.  And, be sure to duck when getting off the elevator.
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The release of the congregational study guide, Zionism Unsettled by the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s Israel/Palestine Mission Network has resulted in some interesting attacks on the PCUSA by Presbyterian ministers and defense by a Jewish rabbi and a different Presbyterian minister.  We discuss these developments in our podcast.  For background see our podcast, "Presbyterian Church Attacked For Publishing 'Zionism Unsettled,' Others Applaud."
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Here's a piece of ancient satire we just uncovered that makes as much sense today as the US government's ongoing economy, jump starting plans.  It was written by our resident, unpaid satirist who has subsequently been laid off since we didn't have the funds to keep him on staff.   It was written in 2009 after the deadly attack on Gaza where over 1300 innocent civilians were killed by Israel in their "Operation Cast Lead" (our two podcasts that talk about this are:  "Operation Cast Lead Is "Zionese" For Killing People" & "Operation Cast Lead: Israelis Remember The Brutality of The IDF").  If you missed our first U-DA-MAN recovery plan you can still see it here.
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The "Turning" from Christian Zionism is coming ever, so slowly from the ranks of mainline Christian churches.  Recently, the Presbyterian Church (USA) released a congregational study guide, "Zionism Unsettled" about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The PCUSA is being attacked by Zionist organizations and Christian Zionists.  We discuss these new developments, including a very encouraging event at a United Methodist Church attended by Chuck Carlson.
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Acts 18: 1-21 (Part 36)

Paul travels to Corinth where the ruler of the synagogue becomes a follower of Jesus Christ and the reaction by the Israelites turns bitter.
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Another Federal Reserve Chairman has been put in place and the question begs, who really calls the shots at the Fed?  This is a fascinating look behind the scenes that was even obvious to a sixteen year old high school student almost 30 years ago but escapes 95% of Americans, including economists.  
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Acts 17: 22-34 (Part 35)

Paul addresses Athenians about their altar to the "Unknown God."  Mark Horton provides some interesting historical incites in this weeks study.
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Millions of Americans have been conditioned by their government, media and even church leaders to mistrust and despise Iran and Iranians. We are proud of the award given to our film, Christian Zionism:  The Tragedy & The Turning, Part 1 at the Ammar Popular Film Festival in Tehran, Iran in January, 2014. This podcast is about the reaction of a person who watched the whole video, threw it in the trash after watching it, and sent us an email to set us straight about our "extreme" and "vituperative" film. We think you'll find this interchange eyeopening, and, very curious, indeed!
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Acts 17: 5-21 (Part 34)

Angry and jealous Judeans in Thessalonica strike out against followers of Jesus Christ.
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Mark Horton discusses the miraculous release of Paul & Silas from the Philippi jail and the conversion of the jailer, a gentile.  Don't miss the interesting questions and discussions.
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Mark Glenn of theuglytruth.wordpress.com and Chuck Carlson of We Hold These Truths were guest speakers at the recent Muslim Students Association's annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.  Mark's topic was "The Messiah From the View of Other Faiths:  Christian, Judaism, etc."  Chuck discussed the bitter fruits of Christian Zionism and showed our award winning documentary, Christian Zionism:  The Tragedy & The Turning, Part 1.  Listen to this podcast and find out why Muslims would invite Christians to their conference.
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Acts 16: 9-24 (Part 32)

Paul receives a divine call to Philippi in Macedonia where he has a most interesting healing encounter.  Mark Horton always provides very interesting background information in his lessons.
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Back in 2001 We Hold These Truths was encountering the beliefs of Judeo-Christians who had an undying love affair with the State of Israel and had all the Bible verses to back it up, or so they thought.  Today we call them Christian Zionists.  We review and discuss in this podcast an email exchange between Chuck Carlson and a Judeo-Christian, Sherry in 2001.  The interchanges resulted in a ground breaking series, "Sherry's War" written by Chuck Carlson.


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Without the widespread distribution of the Scofield Reference Bible in evangelical Christian seminaries for over a hundred years, Christian Zionism would be a small sect of Christianity hardly noticed today.  Instead, 40 to 70 million American Christians are influenced by what can be termed "Judeo-Christianity" or "Christian Zionism."  We take another look at C.I. Scofield in this program.
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After over 11 years conducting vigils in front of Christian Zionist churches and events, we've encountered a variety of responses from our audience.  Chuck Carlson recently entered into a conversation with a Christian Zionist who wrote to challenge us.  This podcast will help anyone interested in what makes a Christian Zionist tick, understand their logic and religious dogma.  It's fascinating. 
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In this lesson, Mark Horton explains how the reformation of Israel is not a repeat of the Old Testament, carnal, nationalistic kingdom but a transformation to a new, universal, spiritual kingdom.
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Acts 15: 22-35 (Part 30)

Paul and Barnabas deliver a letter from Christ followers in Jerusalem to gentile believers in Antioch. 

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We Hold These Truths has conducted over 100 vigils in the past 12 years around the country.  Most of these events go unnoticed by the media but they are remembered by church goers.  Before the 2003 Gulf War started, our vigil at a large Christian Zionist church in Tempe, AZ was newsworthy.  This short video contains news reports aired January, 19, 2003 on three Phoenix TV stations.
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Hosting two CUFI (Christians United For Israel) events in June, and then in August must be some kind of record for a Christian Zionist church.  WHTT recently conducted our second vigil at Trinity Life Center (TLC) in Sacramento, CA.  Team member, Craig Hansen, ventured in to the event and has another fascinating report.
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We discuss a thought provoking article by activist and author, David Swanson about the delay of a US war on  Syria, maybe even stopping it.  Maybe, it's time for a small celebration but only for a short while, as the US is still addicted to war.
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Acts 15: 13-21 (Part 29)

In this lesson Mark Horton takes a deeper look into the rich symbolism tied up in the recreation of the tabernacle of David before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

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That the U.S. economy is a war-based economy should be a universal, obvious truth but it isn't to the vast majority of Americans.  Our documentary, Christian Zionism: The Tragedy & The Turning, Part 1 (the entire 32 minute can now be viewed for free), starts out with the claim that U.S. has a war based economy supported by millions of Christian Zionists.  Maybe, this explains the big push to start another war, this time in Syria.
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