Supporting Israel is the right thing to do

Supporting Israel is the right thing to do

by Bishop Tom Brown

          It is a moral imperative to support Israel. So when Representative O”Rouke voted “No” to give Israel the necessary funding for the Iron Dome he acted wrongly. The Iron Dome is not an offensive weapon; it’s purely defensive. It saves the lives, not only of Israeli citizens, but American’s visiting there right now, including some El Pasoans. It also saves the lives of Palestinians, because without it, Israel would be forced to act with less restraint, thus more Palestinians would have been killed in Gaza.

Rather than speak directly on O’Rourkes bad judgment, I want to write about the larger problem that O’Rourke’s generation has with Israel. Surveys have shown that younger Americans, like O’Rourke, are less likely to support Israel than older Americans. The reason is because young people are less incline to believe in the Bible and to go to church. As a result, their moral compass is not as accurate as it should be. Yet, I have hope for the youth.

I want to speak to this young age group as to why they should support Israel.

  1. To support Israel is to bring a blessing on themselves. God told Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Gen 12:3). The Jews are the natural, promise seed of Abraham, and to bless the Jews is to receive God’s blessing in return. America is the most blessed nation on the earth, and it is no coincidence that it is also the biggest supporter of Israel. God keeps His Word. He will bless those that bless Israel.
  2. To support Israel shows she has the right to exist. America was created by citizens from other countries, primarily England. Who in their right mind would deny America its right to exist? If America has a right to exist, and she does, then Israel has even a greater right to exist because it was built by people living there and by Jews returning to their original homeland.. The territory in Israel was the original homeland for the Jews and, therefore, they have a moral right to return home.
  3. To support Israel is to express gratitude because they gave us their Messiah, Jesus, as our Savior. The Apostle Paul makes this argument in Romans 15:27, “For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.” Christians owe to Israel our material support. This is one reason I joined Christians United for Israel, and am now the area director.
  4. To support Israel is support the only free, democratic nation in the Middle East. If we cannot support people that share our values, then who can we support? Hamas, who is bent on Israel’s destruction, does not share our values! They recently executed three Palestinians for protesting Hamas. In Israel, you can protest the government without fear of imprisonment. Israel stands for free speech and freedom of religion.

Finally, let me address the current conflict in Israel and Gaza right now. First, Israel did not initiate the war; the terrorist group, Hamas, did by firing rockets into Israel.  Since Israel is simply defending itself, it has the high moral ground in the conflict. Second, Israel is fighting an evil ideology. Hamas sees Israel as the little satan and America as the great Satan. Third, the blood of Palestinians, which all of us feel grief for, is the fault of Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. You can no more blame Israel for the deaths in Gaza than you could blame the Allies for the deaths of Germans in WWII.

It is time for us to think clearly, consider the Word of God, and make sure we support our friends in Israel.



Power of Dad

Power of Dad


Mal 4:5-6

5 “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

  1. Barbara Walters on her last interview, “More celebrities wept when they talked about their fathers than their mothers.” Stats on absentee fathers.
  2. 70 percent of all prisoners grew up without fathers.
  3. 80 percent of all rapists grew up without fathers.
  4. 71 percent of high school drop outs grew up without fathers. or had abusive fathers
  5. 63 percent of teen suicides grew up without fathers.
  6. 40 percent of all children born from single parents.
  7. I believe the number one social pathological problems stem from a lack of fathers.
  8. Financial cost is staggering: 52 billion in prisons, 8 billion in public assistance many being dropouts,
  9. Estimate of 300 billion is lost tax revenue as a result of drop out students.
  10. Word for Family is Patria. Pater means father. Central figure of the family is the father. Children get their names from fathers.
  11. An orphan was considered fatherless.


Ex 12:3-4

3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.

  1. Priests are called fathers, fathers should be called priests.
  2. Before the Levitical priesthood, fathers were the spiritual leaders in Israel.
  3. Fathers should be the spiritual leaders in their homes.

Isa 3:12

2 Youths oppress my people,

women rule over them.

  1. Not an indictment on women or youth, but on men, because they failed to take their place in the homes.


1 Cor 11:12

3 Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

  1. Priests. Just as Christ must represent the Father to us, it is the husband who must represent Christ to his wife, and by implication to his family.
  2. Biologically, fathers determine the sexual identity of the children. Biblically, fathers determine the spiritually identity of the children.
  3. The greatest curse of our present age is fathers who have misrepresented God.
  4. Story of man witnessing for Christ, “God wants to be your father.” “My father is the man I hate most,:
  5. One word describes the function as a priest: sacrifice.
  6. Sacrifice themselves.

Heb 7:27

He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

  1. Absentee fathers
  2. Offering thanksgiving

Heb 13:15

15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess his name.

  1. Take much more time thanking God for your family, because in so doing you create an atmosphere around them that makes it easy for them to succeed.
  2. Crushing spirits.

Eph 6:4

4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children;

  1. We only like to learn from people who we believe love us.
  2. If our children do not believe we are thankful to God for them, they will likely care the spirit of rejection.
  3. On the cross Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” It was not enough that Jesus mother was at the foot of the cross, it matter more that Jesus father had forsaken him.


  1. Making intercession

Job 1:4-5

 5 When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.

a. Intercession involves claiming the benefits of Calvary’s sacrifice.

b. Critics: Job prayers did not work, his children die.

c. My example of praying for my children

c. God blessed him with twice as many animals, but only the same amount of sons and daughters, which meant he did not lose them for eternity, they greeted him in heaven.

Job 42:10

10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.

Job 42:12-13

12 The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters.


  1. Making the way for salvation

Ex 12:3-4

3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.

  1. Father’s cannot send their children off to church with the mothers and stay home and watch TV.


WOL Church turns 30

WOLChurch turns 30


One of El   Paso’s most talked about church turns 30. On April 1, 1984, Pastor Tom Brown along with his wife, Sonia, founded the Word of Life Church in the AscarateSchool. Starting with only seven people, it has grown to be one of the most relevant churches in the city.

Historical Facts:

  • Word of Life Church was founded by Pastor Tom Brown on April 1, 1984 with seven people. It started in the AscarateElementary School on Alameda.
  • Three years later the church moved to a rented facility on 7750 North Loop.
  • Seven years later the church purchased nine acres of prime real estate off of Pratt Ave and Saul Kleinfeld and built its first building on 1994. The original square footage was 8,000. Later the church sold an acre.
  • The church expanded in 2004 and added an indoor playground and children’s facilities. The total square footage went past 17,000.
  • The church added new offices in 2011, increasing the square footage past 18,000.
  • Tom Brown was ordained and consecrated as an Anglican bishop on March 7, 2012.1
  • The church expanded once again by adding 3,200 more square footage for the children and coffee shop and another 2,200 square feet is used to increase the sanctuary by building premier box seats (commonly called a balcony). This brings total square footage well past 23,000 and seating to 812.
  • The ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the enlarged church as a Patriarchal Cathedral took place on Christmas Eve, December 24, Monday at 4:24 pm, 11675   Pratt Ave, El Paso, Texas79936. Two Christmas Eve services followed The Patriarch John Githiga was present to dedicate the cathedral.

Word of Life Church is celebrating this landmark occasion at the famous Cattlemen’s Steak House in Fabens on March 28, Friday at 6-9. Later it will celebrate the event at the church, 11675 Pratt Ave, on April 1, Tuesday at 7:15. There will be special music, video presentation of the history of the church, and stories of how people’s lives were positively impacted by the church. Bishop Tom Brown will also give an inspirational message on how you can make your dreams come true. (915) 855-9673

For interviews with Bishop Tom Brown, call (915) 855-9673

1 The ordaining body is a continuing Anglican Church which means it retains the heritage and apostolic succession of the Anglican church; however the church is not in full communion with the See of Canterbury.


Arizona Bill protecting religious freedom

Religious Freedom must be protected at all costs

by Bishop Tom Brown

            There are a lot of negative things being said about the Arizona’s Bill of Religious Freedom; however, I want to make a defense of the bill. It simply allows individuals, including businesses, to refuse business on the grounds that it conflicts with their religious practices.

My daughter is a ghost writer. Imagine that an atheist wants her to ghost write a book that tries to debunk Christianity. Is she forced to take that business? I do not think my daughter should be forced, by law, to ghost write that book, do you?

Of course people are not thinking of my daughter’s religious freedom when it comes to the law. They are thinking that gays will be discriminated against by the bill.

The example usually sited is a photographer is asked to photograph a gay wedding. Let’s say it is her religious view that gays cannot get married by God. So should she be forced to take pictures when it is against her religious views? Can both groups be equally accommodated? Probably not; however, the first amendment trumps everything.

I am very concern that people are using their morals to force others to compromise their morals. However, I do not think the constitution forces businesses to accept all customers. Businesses may have all sorts of legal and legitimate reasons why they do not want to accept a job. Religious reasons cannot be discarded as a reason.

People are rightly concerned, however, that the Arizona law could permit racial discrimination. They argue that businesses could refuse to make a wedding cake for an interracial couple on the grounds that it conflicts with their religious practice. However, the Federal Law protects discrimination against race, and Federal Law trumps state laws. So the Arizona law could not be misused that way.

I understand both sides of the argument, because laws like the Arizona one can get tricky. The problem comes with more difficult situations, and there will always be prejudice people hiding behind laws. However, I believe in the free enterprise system. If a business develops a bad reputation for exercising their religious freedom, then it will go out of business; which it ought to. That means, each business must think carefully when and if it wants to exercise a religious exemption, because there could be grave consequences for the business to do so.

There are consequences for using one’s religion to not serve another in business. However, religious rights must be protected at all costs.  For example, I think my daughter’s religious liberty to opt out of ghost writing an anti-Christian book would solicited sympathy by most, and will likely not hurt her ghost-writing opportunities. But the point is, her rights must be protected. On the other hand, a contractor, who refused to build churches that are not part of his denomination, will likely encounter bad publicity. However, the answer is not to take away religious freedom but to give it, knowing that people must be accountable when and if they choose to opt out making money for religious reasons.

In the end, our first amendment rights allow us to freely say what we want to say and practice our faith where and when we want to, even if those practices are detrimental to our own businesses. Although the bill is likely to be vetoed by the governor, I think we need to look closely at protecting our religious liberties.

Link to the actual bill:

Four Blood Moons

Four Blood Moons


Joel 2:30-31

30 I will show wonders in the heavens

and on the earth,

blood and fire and billows of smoke.

31 The sun will be turned to darkness

and the moon to blood

before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

I.                   Introduction: Something big is about to happen. It involves the four blood moons.  I want to talk about the four blood moons called a Tetrad. A tetrad is a series of back to to “total” lunar eclipses occuring within 2 years. It’s called a “blood moon” because the light reflected through the earth’s atmosphere onto the moon gives it a red color. You do not need to have a total lunar ecplipse to have the moon look red. It can look red with a patial eclipse or even when it is on the horizon.

  1. Beginning this Passover will start the first of four blood moons, all occuring on Jewish Feasts of Passover and Tabernacle.
  2. Picture: Blood Moons Illustrated.
  3. In 2014, there are two solar eclipses and two total lunar eclipses as follows.

2014 April 15, Total Lunar Eclipse (Passover)

2014 Oct 08, Total Lunar Eclipse (Tabernacles)



  1. The Next year, 2015, the same will happen, except for one unusual event, a total solar eclipse just 2 weeks before Passover.

2015 April 04 Total Lunar Eclipse (Passover)

2015 Sept 28 Total Lunar Eclipse (Tabernacles)

2015 Mar 20: Total Solar Eclipse

2015 Apr 04: Total Lunar Eclipse

2015 Sep 13: Partial Solar Eclipse

2015 Sep 28: Total Lunar Eclipse


Gen 1:14

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years


Ps 19:1-4

9 The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2 Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they display knowledge.

3 There is no speech or language

where their voice is not heard. 

4 Their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.

II.                 The Jewish Talmud (book of tradition / Interpretation) says; “When the moon is in eclipse, it is a bad omen for Israel. If its face is as red as blood, (it is a sign that) the sword is coming to the world.” Therefore: Lunar Eclipse = bad omen for the Jewish people and Israel; Blood Moon = sword coming; Solar Eclipse = bad omen for the world.

    1. Divine       Billboard.
    2. Four, blood moons on Jewish Feast days within       two years in Israel       is very rare and has only occurred seven times since the time of       Jesus. There are now four blood moons scheduled to appear in 2014/2015       and then there will NOT be any for the next 100 years.
    3. It does       not take a total lunar eclipes to produce a blood moon.
    4. Moon can       turn blood by being near the horizon.


III.             Peter appears to allude to a solar and lunar eclipes near there date.

Acts 2:16-21

6 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says,

I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,

your young men will see visions,

your old men will dream dreams.

18 Even on my servants, both men and women,

I will pour out my Spirit in those days,

and they will prophesy.

19 I will show wonders in the heaven above

and signs on the earth below,

blood and fire and billows of smoke.

20 The sun will be turned to darkness

and the moon to blood

before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.

21 And everyone who calls

on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ 

    1. “Blood-colored moon” is a well-known phenomenon       observed during lunar eclipses (unlike the solar ones, lunar eclipses       happen when the moon is full) when the moon is not fully covered by the       shadow of the earth, but is fully covered by the shadow of the earth’s       atmosphere. A similar effect can be observed on the earth when the sun is       setting behind clouds on the horizon and only dark red rays fall on an       object.
    2. In A.D.33 a partial lunar eclipse happened when the       moon rose at the night of April 3 – that was exactly the first full moon       after the spring equinox, i.e. on the Passover, as Nissan 15 began. The       eclipse took place from about 6 pm       to 9 pm according to the local       time in the Middle East –What is significant though is that the red moon       was a series of four blood moons. It began on Passover of 32
  1. Total solar eclipse on March 19, AD 33 Picture of Total Solar Eclipse on March 19, 33 AD
  2. Lunar Eclipse April 3, AD 33 Picture of Lunar Eclipse on April 3, 33 AD
    1. Peter was reminding the Jewish leaders of these       solar and lunar eclipse as a sign that God did something great.

Luke 21:7

7 “Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”

  1. Sun and Moon as signs.
    1. A.     Jesus then gives signs preceding the destruction of the Temple.

Luke 21:25

25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.

Matt 24:29

29 “Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,

and the moon will not give its light;

the stars will fall from the sky,

and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ 

B.     Destruction ofTemple: DestructionAug 4, 70 AD

  1. Total Solar Eclipse on March 30,   70 AD Picture of Total Solar Eclipse on March 30, 70 AD
  2. Lunar Eclipse April 14 70 AD Picture of Lunar Eclipse on April 14 70 AD


V. What now?

A.     These four lunar eclipse are even more significant than the time of either Christ or Destruction of the Temple in that they are total lunar eclipses.

B.     What makes them even more important is that a Total Solar Eclipse will take place 2 weeks before the 3rd Tetrad. Total Eclipse on March 20, 2015. It is also called the Kings New Year. Picture of Total Solar Eclipse on March 20, 2015

C.     This is the patterned of Jesus Resurrection.

D.    Something significant will take place after Passover, April 4, 2015.


Voting in the Republican Primary

If I were voting the Republican Primary, here is how I would vote:


US Senator

John Cornyn



Greg Abbott


Lieutenant Governor

David Dewhurst


Attorney General

Ken Paxton


Commissioner of General Land Office

George P Bush


Chief Justice, Supreme Court

Nathan Hecht


County Commissioner Precinct 4

Andrew R Haggerty




No 1 Religious Freedom



No 2. Concealed Handguns



No 3 Margin Tax



No 4 Drug Testing



No 5 No lawmaker exceptions



Regardless of how you vote, get out and vote. “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

How I am voting in El Paso

El Paso Elections

Here is how I am voting in the Democratic Primary:


Chief Justice for the 8th Court of Appeals

Mario Alberto Gonzalez


District Judge, 168th Judicial Court

Marcos Lizzarraga


District Judge, 205th Judicial Court

Daniel “Danny” Anchondo



Eddie Holguin, Jr or Aliana Apodoca (I lean toward Aliana Apodoca)


State Representative, District 76

Norma Chavez


State Representative, District 77

Marisa Marquez


State Representative, District 79

Joe Pickett


On Immigration Reform



Living Wage for All Texans



Non Discrimination

Against (It is a pro gay agenda)


I have no strong opinions outside of these choices. Regardless of how you vote, get out and vote. Remember, “Give to Caesars what is Caesars and to God what is God’s.”

Scarlett Johansson pressured against Israel, stands firm

Scarlett Johansson stepped down from her support of the humanitarian group, Oxford International. Why? Simply because they want her to stop her endorsement deal with SodaStream International Ltd.  The Oxford group feels that any Israeli company operating in the West Bank is impoverishing the people of Palestine. That is hogwash. I am happy to see that Scarlet Johansson understands that supporting SodaStream does not impoverish the people in Palestine, but gives them job opportunities.

Scarlett Johansson refused to succumb to the anti-Semitic forces that see Israel as the bad guys. Cmon. We know better. The same forces that call good evil, and evil good, are at it again. These are same people who call homosexuality good, and those for traditional marriage as bad. These are the same people that call abortion good, and those opposed to abortion as bad.

Regardless of your views on homosexuality and abortion, surely we can agree that building businesses in the West Bank is good for the Palestinians. It gives them jobs, and I see nothing better to promote harmony between Israelis and Palestinians than economic partnerships.

This is why I am happy and honored to serve as the president of Christians United for Israel for the local, El Paso branch. I am tired of seeing people pressured to abandon goodness. Make so mistake about this: Satan is behind the anti-God, anti-Christian and anti-Israel movement. Let’s take a stand and support our friends in Israel. And SodaStream is good for the Palestinians, too.

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Girl Scout Cookies

Some Christians have decided to not purchase Girl Scout Cookies over the alleged accusation that some of the profit of the GSUSA go to Planned Parenthood. Click the link the story:
I have trouble with the premise that if someone including the baker who works with GSUSA funds Plan Parent Hood, that somehow the local girl scout is an accomplice with them.
Look, in the end, what you purchase, (food, clothes, cars, houses), doesn’t some of it go to liberal politics and pro-abortion as well as conservative and right to life causes? If I buy something and even an employee who makes money through my purchase is a pro-abortion liberal, doesn’t some of my money go to that employees’ causes?  Do I stop buying because some portion goes to where I do not like? That is impossible in this world.
Unless the local scout troupe, that keeps most of the money, is pouring their money into abortion clinics, I am not going to turn down the cute, godly girls wanting to make a positive difference in our society. I just bought some cookies from one of the members of my church, and I can assure you that the family and little girl stand for the truth.

Humility comes before Grace

Humility comes before Grace

James 4:6
6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
I. Humility
A. Relationship with Grace.
B. Grace is received without merit, so humility is built on grace.
C. Grace is like water. Water flows down to the lowest parts of the earth. Grace flows down to the one who humbles and lowers himself.
D. More grace

Phil 2:3
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
II. Definition of humility.
A. Consider others better than yourself.
B. Someone gets promoted, you consider them to be better.
C. David was humble. And faithful\
D. The people God called showed humility when they responded to the Call:
1. Moses, I am slow of speech.
2. Gideon, I am from the least tribe, member of the lowest clan of the tribe.
3. Jeremiah, I am too young.
4. Isaiah, I am unclean and a member of on unclean people.
5. Amos, I am no prophet. I am only a shepherd.
6. John the Baptism. I am not he.
7. Peter, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man.
8. Paul, I am the least of God’s people, chief sinner.
D. Pride creeps in the form of jealousy. Gets paid more, more likeable, promoted,
E. Eliab judge David’s heart.
F. Moses and Korah.

Prov 16:18
8 Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.
III. Battle with pride is lifelong. You can begin in humility and end in pride.
A. Saul downfall was pride.
1 Sam 15:17
17 Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel?
B. Saul misjudge his son in law. Insecurity feeds pride.

Rom 12:3
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

Rom 12:6
6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.
IV. Exaggerated view of your gifts.
A. I made my boss rich. He can’t get along without me.
B. REVELATION: World advance before our birth and it will advance after our death.
C. We are loved by God. God uses us for his glory. But none of us are indispensable.

1 Pet 4:10
10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
V. Faithfulness. Someone who does what he says he will do or does what a higher authority told him to do. It is also someone who does what he is gifted to do whether asked or not, or whether he promises to do it or not.
1. Promise
2. Command.
3. Fulfill your gift.
A. A person is faithful when he sees others better than himself.
B. I see everyone who has proven themselves more than me as one who has authority over me.

Luke 2:40
40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled w
ith wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
VI. Teachable—wisdom.
A. Grace and wisdom.
B. Humility teaches you wisdom.
C. Even Jesus, who was the wisdom of God, asked his elders questions.
Luke 2:46
46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

Prov 11:2
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
VII. Disgrace means “not” grace. Disgrace is humiliation.
A. Humility brings wisdom.
1. Parents correct
2. Spouse correct
3. Boss correct
4. Pastor correct
B. No one under authority has the right to correct those over them. That’s pride.

Luke 17:7-10
7 “Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Would he not rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'”
VIII. When we have done our duty, do not look for a pat in the back.
A. No amount of awards, no amounts of appreciation, no amounts of thanks you, no amounts of compliments, will be enough for a prideful person.
B. Jesus teaches, The fact you think you need one token of appreciation is a sign of pride.
C. We should never NEED affirmation.