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An Article In Israel Today Magazine About The Jews For Jesus Campaign In Israel !!!!!!

I want for you all to see the stir that the Jews For Jesus campaign in Israel had last month. The campaign that I currently am involved in in NYC was preceded by this one in Israel. The ultra-orthodox can be very vehement against any Jew who believes that Jesus was/is Israel’s Messiah. As I walk the streets of Manhattan with my Jews For Jesus tee shirt I am a walking billboard announcing who I am and in Whom I believe. When around the orthodox here I will get a few negative words and sneers but nothing serious. In Israel the matter is completely different. The article below will give you an idea of what a Jewish believer faces in the birthplace of Christianity.

 

Yeshua Campaign Causes Buzz in Southern Israel
Friday, June 29, 2014 |  David Lazarus

When an Israeli army general noticed the Yeshua (Jesus) placards along the highway on his way to base in Beersheva, he called his battalion to a special meeting and explained to his soldiers who these “Messianic (believe that Jesus was/is Israel’s Messiah and are Christians) Jews are and what they believe about Yeshua.”

While the gospel campaign by Jews for Jesus created a lot of buzz among local residents, not everyone was as sympathetic toward the Messianics as the general.

“May his name be cut off forever,” screamed Ofer Karadi, a member of the ultra-orthodox Shas party, when a Messianic Jew dared to mention the name of Yeshua (Jesus) on the Radio Darom morning program.

With all the commotion stirred up in the Negev by the campaign, the popular radio station was interviewing the local Shas representative together with the deputy mayor of Beersheva and a local Messianic Jew.

“Are you so degenerate as to allow this impious infidel to even speak on the radio,” shouted Karadi in reference to his Messianic co-guest. “It is unacceptable to allow these degenerates to speak about these things in our city.”

“These are all lies. Let them (Messianics) go to the Bedouins and tell them about Yesu. You should never give these infidels a microphone. You should hit him over the head with the microphone!” shouted the orthodox Shas representative.

Pleading to give others an opportunity to respond, the host asked Karadi to “please show some respect to others.”

“I respect everyone,” responded Karadi. “How degenerate can you people get. These people are criminals of humanity. They have nothing. No intelligence. Where do they get this stupidity. They should be sent out of the country.”

“What do you say about this campaign to tell people about Yeshua?” the host was finally able to ask his Messianic guest.

“Some within the Messianic community are opposed to this kind of public campaign. Although every believer is commanded to tell others about our faith. Everyone should at least have the opportunity to check for himself what the Hebrew Bible teaches about the Messiah,” said the local Jewish believer.

“How can you give a platform for these empty-headed people,” cut in Karadi. “They are extremists. They are causing a civil war here in Israel!” (what this really means is that if Messianic Jews keep preaching the gospel in Israel, the orthodox will rise up with violent resistance).

“Is Judaism so weak that you need to make these kind of threats to Jews who believe in Yeshua?” retored the host.

When Karadi continued shouting his anti- Messianic slogans, the announcer finally had enough and said “good-by” before turning off his microphone.

“What do you say to all this?” he asked the Messianic Jew, who responded:

“Yeshua is like Joseph in the Torah portion we read this week. He is still hidden to his own people. But the day is coming when he will be revealed. Everyone should be allowed to read for himself what the Scriptures teach about the Messiah and come to his or her own conclusion. We are Jews who believe that Yeshua is the promised Messiah for Israel. We are here to give everyone at least an opportunity to decide for themselves if Yeshua is our Messiah.”

“What do you say about all this, Mr. Deputy Mayor?” asked the host.

“I represent all of the citizens of Beersheva,” he said with some trepidation. “I want to be friends with everyone on all sides.” Not an easy task given the religious fervor stirred up when Jews believe in Jesus.

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Am I Blessed Like This ??????

Blessed are . . . —Matthew 5:3-11

When we first read the statements of Jesus, they seem wonderfully simple and unstartling, and they sink unnoticed into our subconscious minds. For instance, the Beatitudes initially seem to be merely soothing and beautiful precepts for overly spiritual and seemingly useless people, but of very little practical use in the rigid, fast-paced workdays of the world in which we live. We soon find, however, that the Beatitudes contain the “dynamite” of the Holy Spirit. And they “explode” when the circumstances of our lives cause them to do so. When the Holy Spirit brings to our remembrance one of the Beatitudes, we say, “What a startling statement that is!” Then we must decide whether or not we will accept the tremendous spiritual upheaval that will be produced in our circumstances if we obey His words. That is the way the Spirit of God works. We do not need to be born again to apply the Sermon on the Mount literally. The literal interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount is as easy as child’s play. But the interpretation by the Spirit of God as He applies our Lord’s statements to our circumstances is the strict and difficult work of a saint.

The teachings of Jesus are all out of proportion when compared to our natural way of looking at things, and they come to us initially with astonishing discomfort. We gradually have to conform our walk and conversation to the precepts of Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit applies them to our circumstances. The Sermon on the Mount is not a set of rules and regulations— it is a picture of the life we will live when the Holy Spirit is having His unhindered way with us.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest

 

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Perfect Purity !!!!!!

Perfect Purity !!!!!!

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment. (Revelation 3:5)

Warrior of the cross, fight on! Never rest till thy victory is complete, for thine eternal reward will prove worthy of a life of warfare.

See, here is perfect purity for thee! A few in Sardis kept their garments undefiled, and their recompense is to be spotless. Perfect holiness is the prize of our high calling; let us not miss it.

See, here is joy! Thou shalt wear holiday robes, such as men put on at wedding feasts; thou shalt be clothed with gladness and be made bright with rejoicing. Painful struggles shall end in peace of conscience and joy in the Lord.

See, here is victory! Thou shalt have thy triumph. Palm, and crown, and white robe shall be thy guerdon; thou shalt be treated as a conqueror and owned as such by the Lord Himself.

See, here is priestly array! Thou shalt stand before the Lord in such raiment as the sons of Aaron wore; thou shalt offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving and draw near unto the Lord with the incense of praise.

Who would not fight for a Lord who gives such large honors to the very least of His faithful servants? Who would not be clothed in a fool’s coat for Christ’s sake, seeing He will robe us with glory?

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 

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Day 11 NY, A Day Off

Day 11 in New York was wonderful. I mentioned before that Tuesday is the day off for everybody; therefore it was time to play a little. I invited all of the stewards to breakfast because of all of the hard work that they do everyday. I will speak of them another day but they are the behind the scene people who do all of the unnoticed things that make everything REALLY run.

Since I’m not very familiar with the nice eating establishments I let them decide where we would eat. The decision was made and we ate at Maison Kayser, a French pastry shop and restaurant on Broadway. We had a very nice breakfast and conversation. The food and pastries were excellent and all had a great time.

After breakfast we all wanted to do different things and so we split up. Wayne and I decided to go downtown and see Wall Street and some other sites. I love walking the streets of New York. You can look at photos all day long but the experience is totally a human one because all of your senses are used. If I could only bottle the smells of NY, which isn’t foul, I could probably make a fortune.

imageNew York Stock Exchange

imageOne World Trade Center

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Statue of Liberty

These are only some of the sites that were scene today. Time doesn’t allow for me go into detail about much of the day. We did make our way to Staten Island on the ferry and I was able to take some very nice pics of the skyline.

To top the day off I had a wonderful hickory smoked barbecue meal. I couldn’t believe that I found this restaurant only a block off of Park Ave. I felt like I was in Oklahoma. The food was excellent and my conversation with Wayne was great. It was a nice ending to the day.

Tomorrow morning is almost here and it’s back to the streets handing out coffee and getting into conversations about Jesus. I really can’t wait. The only reason that we are all here is to share the wonder of the cross of Christ. This is our final week of the month long campaign. Please pray that God will use us all for the remainder of the week, and that He will open hearts to the message of the Gospel.

Until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Absolutely No Remembrance !!!!!!

Absolutely No Remembrance !!!!!!

And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 10:17)

According to this gracious covenant the Lord treats His people as if they had never sinned. Practically, He forgets all their trespasses. Sins of all kinds He treats as if they had never been, as if they were quite erased from His memory. O miracle of grace! God here doth that which in certain aspects is impossible to Him. His mercy worketh miracles which far transcend all other miracles.

Our God ignores our sin now that the sacrifice of Jesus has ratified the covenant. We may rejoice in Him without fear that He will be provoked to anger against us because of our iniquities. See! He puts us among the children; He accepts us as righteous; He takes delight in us as if we were perfectly holy. He even puts us into places of trust; makes us guardians of His honor, trustees of the crown jewels, stewards of the gospel. He counts us worthy and gives us a ministry; this is the highest and most special proof that He does not remember our sins. Even when we forgive an enemy, we are very slow to trust him; we judge it to be imprudent so to do. But the Lord forgets our sins and treats us as if we had never erred. O my soul, what a promise is this! Believe it and be happy.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 

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The Doorway To The Kingdom !!!!!!

Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . —Matthew 5:3

Beware of thinking of our Lord as only a teacher. If Jesus Christ is only a teacher, then all He can do is frustrate me by setting a standard before me I cannot attain. What is the point of presenting me with such a lofty ideal if I cannot possibly come close to reaching it? I would be happier if I never knew it. What good is there in telling me to be what I can never be— to be “pure in heart” (Matthew 5:8), to do more than my duty, or to be completely devoted to God? I must know Jesus Christ as my Savior before His teaching has any meaning for me other than that of a lofty ideal which only leads to despair. But when I am born again by the Spirit of God, I know that Jesus Christ did not come only to teach— He came to make me what He teaches I should be. The redemption means that Jesus Christ can place within anyone the same nature that ruled His own life, and all the standards God gives us are based on that nature.

The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount produces a sense of despair in the natural man— exactly what Jesus means for it to do. As long as we have some self-righteous idea that we can carry out our Lord’s teaching, God will allow us to continue until we expose our own ignorance by stumbling over some obstacle in our way. Only then are we willing to come to Him as paupers and receive from Him. “Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . .” This is the first principle in the kingdom of God. The underlying foundation of Jesus Christ’s kingdom is poverty, not possessions; not making decisions for Jesus, but having such a sense of absolute futility that we finally admit, “Lord, I cannot even begin to do it.” Then Jesus says, “Blessed are you . . .” (Matthew 5:11). This is the doorway to the kingdom, and yet it takes us so long to believe that we are actually poor! The knowledge of our own poverty is what brings us to the proper place where Jesus Christ accomplishes His work.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest

 
 

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An Eternal Pledge !!!!!!

An Eternal Pledge !!!!!!

And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness; and thou shalt know the Lord. (Hosea 2:19-20)

Betrothment unto the Lord! What an honor and a joy! My soul, is Jesus indeed thine by His own condescending betrothal? Then, mark it is forever. He will never break His engagement, much less sue out a divorce against a soul joined to Himself in marriage bonds.

Three times the Lord says, “I will betroth thee.” What words He heaps together to set forth the betrothal! Righteousness comes in to make the covenant legal; none can forbid these lawful bans. Judgment sanctions the alliance with its decree: none can see folly or error in the match. Lovingkindness warrants that this is a love union, for without love betrothal is bondage and not blessedness. Meanwhile, mercy smiles and even sings; yea, she multiplies herself into “mercies” because of the abounding grace of this holy union.

Faithfulness is the registrar and records the marriage, and the Holy Spirit says “Amen” to it as He promises to teach the betrothal heart all the sacred knowledge needful for its high destiny, What a promise!

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 

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