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
By understanding the time and place in which Jesus was born, the background from which He drew his illustrations, and the audience He spoke to, we find details in the scriptures that the Western reader might normally miss.
What Would Jesus Read?
In a reading system that is still in use today by Jews all over the world, What Would Jesus Read? gives modern day Christians the opportunity to follow and practice the same devotional system that Jesus used!
Story in the Stars
An in-depth look at the Bible and all the signs God mapped out through constellations and planets. He ensured a way for all inhabitants of the earth to see the messages of salvation and redemption He painted in the stars.
Get Off Your Ash
In ancient times, ash was used as the international symbol for loss, pain and suffering. We confront what happened to us in the past in order to understand who we are in the present so we can be who we want to be in the future.
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 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 a popular television show, filmed on location in the Land of Israel. He has also produced documentary films such as “Unearthed: The Series”, “Hijacking the Holy Land”, “Understanding Jesus” and “Story in the Stars”.
Joe has traveled to Israel more than 45 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. Amaral served as the Teaching Pastor of PORTICO in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The midweek Bible study grew from 40 people to over 400 people in under 10 months.
In February of 2018, he relaunched 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 and remote villages.
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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