WHAT PASTORS & LEADERS ARE SAYING . . .
“The fact that Jesus took on Jewish flesh means we can’t fully appreciate what He said and did unless we know the Jewish culture of His day. Joe Amaral sheds significant new light on the person and work of the Messiah and by digging deeper into the Hebraic roots of the New Testament text.”
Former Senior Pastor—King of Kings Community—Jerusalem
“We had Joe Amaral at Lift Church this year—we are having him back next year. Our church is passionate about the Bible and Joe matches that passion with insightful teaching, humor and joy. We packed the house on Sunday and the following three weeknights. Joe and Karen Amaral are becoming a part of our church family.”
Lead Pastor—Lift Church—Venice, FL
“Joe Amaral joined us as our morning speaker for Family Camp at Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp in Cobourg in 2015, and was so well received we invited him back again in 2016 and 2019. He is a very effective communicator, presenting Biblical truth and coupling it with real life applications and practical insights. He has earned the distinction of being one of our best received morning camp meeting speakers. It is an honour to commend Joe to you for consideration.”
Rev. Craig Burton
District Superintendent—Eastern Ontario & Nunavut District
Family Camp Director—Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp
“We have had Joe speak at our church a number of times. Our people love him! He is exceptional at capturing the interest of all ages with his insight and content coupled with his quick wit and humor. We also really appreciate the spirit of humility in which he serves our church. As a guest speaker he is great with adapting to the style and context of his surrounding and would be an excellent choice to have present at your church.”
Lead Pastor—LakePoint Family Church—Leamington, ON
“We had Joe Amaral spend a weekend with us at Vanderhoof Christian Fellowship. Joe’s passion for the Hebraic roots of our Christian faith gave incredible insight into the culture where Jesus lived and ministered. His session on “Story in the Stars” was a favourite for many. He was well received by our youth, families and the people of our community.”
Pastor—Vanderhoof Christian Fellowship
“Joe Amaral’s insights into first century Jewish culture will be of great benefit for anyone who is looking to discover and understand the original historical meaning of Jesus’ teachings.”
Dr. Craig A. Evans
John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins—Houston Theological Seminary
The Messianic Miracles
Joe Amaral explains and teaches both the history and culture behind some of the greatest miracles performed by Jesus. These were miracles that the Rabbis of the day taught the people that only the Messiah would be able to do. Amaral breaks them down one by one and explains why they were Messianic in nature.
This was filmed at PORTICO Community Church in October 2016 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
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Story in the Stars
Joe Amaral appears as a guest on the TCT Television Network’s “Celebrate Live” show to talk about his new book “Story in the Stars” with host Tim Walker. Discover the astronomical occurrences happening in the heavens the night of Jesus’ birth and how they all tied to John’s Revelation found in Revelation Chapter 12.
This live interview was filmed in Akron, Ohio on December 4, 2018.
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The Paths of Righteousness
Joe Amaral explains the Hebraic background of the Paths of Righteous as found in Psalm 23.
This was filmed on location in Israel in September 2019.
BOOKS WRITTEN BY JOE AMARAL
Modern-day Christians often bring their own presuppositions and assumptions to the reading of the Bible, not realizing how deeply their understanding of Christ’s life and teachings is affected by a 21st-century worldview. In UNDERSTANDING JESUS, Joe Amaral delves deep into Jewish history, societal mores, and cultural traditions, closing the gap created by geographical distance and over two thousand years of history. Using a chronological approach to the life of Christ, he guides the reader through significant events such as Jesus’ birth, baptism, and crucifixion, pointing out illuminating details that that the Western mind would normally miss.
Amaral’s premise is that to understand Jesus, we must understand the time and place in which He was born, the background from which He drew His illustrations, and the audience He spoke to. Throughout the book he explores specific terms, places, and events for their significance and shows how they add richness and meaning to the text. In UNDERSTANDING JESUS, Joe Amaral draws back the curtain on a way of life that existed during the reign of the Caesars, and in doing so, reveals truths about the way we live more than two thousand years later, half a world away.
What Would Jesus Read?
After the destruction of the first temple in Jerusalem, the Jews were exiled to Babylon. Not only was there no longer a physical place to pray, even the sacred Scriptures were becoming scarce. Many of the biblical scrolls were lost or destroyed during the exile. In an attempt to preserve the Scriptures, the Rabbis divided up the biblical texts into weekly reading portions and distributed them among the families of Israel. Each was responsible for memorizing their assigned passage and then reading it in the synagogue every Sabbath.
This system of reading is the basis for the story found in Luke 4:16-17: “He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him.”
This system is still in use today by Jews all over the world. In WHAT WOULD JESUS READ?, Joe Amaral gives modern day Christians the opportunity to follow and practice the same devotional system that Jesus used!
Story in the Stars
Thousands of words have been written about the first ten words in the Bible: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,” a simple and profound statement that has ignited a firestorm of debate and controversy. People often only focus on the “how” and “when” of creation, but STORY IN THE STARS explores the “why”. Why did God create such a vast universe? Why did He choose the sun and moon to light our paths? Why did He design images with stars in the night sky?
The Bible is very clear when it states that God created, named, and positioned all of the stars of the universe in their place in a very specific way—a way that tells us the greatest story ever to be told. In Luke 21:25 Jesus says, “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.” Signs are meant to point us towards something: Jesus. STORY IN THE STARS takes an in-depth look at the Bible and all the signs God mapped out through constellations, planets, and even the way the Earth is tilted. We are uniquely designed by God, and He loves us so much that He ensured a way for all inhabitants of the earth, through all of time, to see the messages of salvation and redemption He painted in the stars.
Years in Ministry
Trips to Israel
Since the early 90’s, Joe Amaral’s ministry career has afforded him the opportunity to serve in some pretty amazing roles.
Amaral served as a youth leader, youth pastor, associate pastor and senior pastor in churches in Southern Ontario from 1991 to 2001. It was during his first trip to Israel in 2002 that God instilled the vision in Joe to embrace and teach the Hebraic Roots of the Christian Faith.
Amaral then spent 14 years with First Century Foundations as an itinerant minister and director. In that time, he authored the best-selling book “Understanding Jesus” as well as “What Would Jesus Read?”―a daily devotional. Joe also served as Executive Producer and host of the popular “First Century Foundations” television show, filmed on location in the Land of Israel. He has also produced documentary films such as, “Israel After the War”, “Unearthed: The Series”, “Hijacking the Holy Land”, “Understanding Jesus” and “Story in the Stars”.
Joe has traveled to Israel more than 40 times and has been around the world, preaching and teaching in churches and at conferences. He also served as daily host for Canada’s longest running TV show: 100 Huntley Street.
Most recently, Amaral served as the Teaching Pastor of PORTICO—A Community Church in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The midweek Bible study grew from 40 people to over 400 people in under 10 months. People were hungry to learn.
In February of 2018, he launched out as a full time itinerant minister traveling to churches all around the world and wrote the book, “Story in the Stars”. He is also an Associate Global Worker with the PAOC focusing his mission on the country of Liberia—bringing humanitarian aid to the community of Paynesville and into the remote villages in the area.
Joe has been married to the love of his life, Karen, since 1990 and together they have two young adults―their daughter Katelyn, who is married to Aaron, and their son Daniel.
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