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God’s Multiplication Table

God’s Multiplication Table

“A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time” (Isaiah 60:22).

Works for the LORD often begin on a small scale, and they are none the worse for this. Feebleness educates faith, brings God near, and wins glory for His name. Prize promises of increase! Mustard seed is the smallest among seeds, and yet it becomes a treelike plant, with branches which lodge the birds of heaven. We may begin with one, and that “a little one,” and yet it will “become a thousand.” The LORD is great at the multiplication table. How often did He say to His lone servant, “I will multiply thee!” Trust in the LORD, ye ones and twos; for He will be in the midst of you if you are gathered in His name. “A small one.” What can be more despicable in the eyes of those who count heads and weigh forces! Yet this is the nucleus of a great nation. Only one star shines out at first in the evening, but soon the sky is crowded with countless lights. Nor need we think the prospect of increase to be remote, for the promise is, “I Jehovah will hasten it in his time.” There will be no premature haste, like that which we see at excited meetings; it will be all in due time, but yet there will be no delay. When the LORD hastens, His speed is glorious.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 
 

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Update On Caleb

Thank you so very much for all of the prayers and encouragement from you all. There have been so many comments and emails that I have not been able to respond to them all. Today started early for me being a travel day home and I have had only limited communications access.

I finally was able to speak with Caleb last night about 10:30 and the doctor had just left the room. He explained that a tumor was found and that it was very large. A blood vessel was wrapped around it and surgery would be out of question. Today, a biopsy is to be performed and he will have the results tomorrow. After this the Drs. will know how to move forward. Also, the tumor is not in an organ, but on the outside. He did give somewhat encouraging news that a previous patient he treated had a very similar condition and responded to it successfully and is alive and kickin and well today.

This has all happened so quickly. At 3pm yesterday I went to Les Miserables on Broadway. As I entered I received a text that Caleb was taken to the emergency room. I received a couple of texts from Stacey (Caleb’s wife) during the show and I called my wife at intermission. When the show was over at 6pm I had walked 2 blocks and Stacey called with the news of the tumor. I thought immediately of the passage in James-

“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”-
yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15)

None of us knows what the next minute may hold. Life is very precious and we should live each day to the fullest and to the honor and glory of Jesus.

We are trusting God for Caleb’s full recovery. This world can be a dark place, but we know the only true Light. Nothing is too hard for the Lord. We will walk through this dark valley with Him.

I am thankful for my immediate family, church family, ministry family, blogging family, and many many friends. Your caring for us is felt.

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Please Pray For My Son, Caleb !!!!!!

I received a phone call from my daughter-in-law an hour ago telling me that our son Caleb was in the hospital. They took him to the emergency room this afternoon because he was having bad pains in his lower stomach. A cat scan was done and they found a mass 14cm by 16cm at the bottom of the stomach and top of his intestine.

A biopsy will be done probably tomorrow and no later than Tuesday. I tried to get a flight home from NY earlier than my scheduled noon tomorrow but couldn’t. Caleb is 38 and the father of 5 children.

Please pray for him and his family.

I know that God does all things well and am trusting Him in this.

Thank you so much!!!

Levi

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Mission’s Conference and Update

I left Jews For Jesus Ingathering retreat yesterday, a day early, to attend the missions conference at the historic Calvary Baptist Church in NYC. The pastor, David Epstein and his sweet wife Sandy, extended their hospitality to me and I am spending 2 nights in their home. Their home is very lovely situated on the 14th floor on 57th across the street from Carnegie Hall.

Ingathering was a wonderful meeting and retreat with approximately 125 people from the East Coast and Canada with Jews For Jesus. The setting was lovely in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. The foliage still had much color and the temperatures were refreshing; but the most refreshing ingredient was the fellowship and much time in God’s Word.

My heart is still rejoicing over the time spent there. It was also my first time to witness a Messianic Bat Mitzpah. She was the almost 13 year old daughter of missionaries in Toronto who wanted to share the celebration with fellow missionaries and many from their family traveled down as well. Most of the family are not believers in Jesus so we pray that the message of the hope we have in Jesus the Messiah will be embedded within their hearts and that they will trust in Him.

God is good. “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31). It’s an amazing thing to know that we were created in God’s own image, every person; but we have something far superior to look forward to than “good” if we believe in Jesus. Perfection, Heaven, the New Heaven and New Earth will soon be our eternal dwelling place together with The Son.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Rev. 21:1-4)

I’m sorry, I had some great pics of the Bat Mitzpah and landscape but couldn’t download them. I’m posting this from Starbucks..

Have a blessed Lord’s Day and worship Him today.

Shalom,until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion, Uncategorized

 

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Regulated Chastistement!!!!!!

I will correct thee in measure. (Jeremiah 30:11)

To be left uncorrected would be a fatal sign: it would prove that the Lord had said, “He is given unto idols, let him alone.” God grant that such may never be our portion! Uninterrupted prosperity is a thing to cause fear and trembling. As many as God tenderly loves He rebukes and chastens: those for whom He has no esteem He allows to fatten themselves without fear, like bullocks for the slaughter. It is in love that our heavenly Father uses the rod upon His children.

Yet see, the correction is in measure”: He gives us love without measure but chastisement “in measure.” As under the old law no Israelite could receive more than the “forty stripes save one,” which ensured careful counting and limited suffering; so is it with each afflicted member of the household of faith-every stroke is counted. It is the measure of wisdom, the measure of sympathy, the measure of love, by which our chastisement is regulated. Far be it from us to rebel against appointments so divine. Lord, if Thou standest by to measure the bitter drops into my cup, it is for me cheerfully to take that cup from Thy hand and drink according to Thy directions, saying, “Thy will be done.”

CH Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Tears, Then Joyful Harvest

Tears, Then Joyful Harvest

 

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy” (Psalm 126:5).

Weeping times are suitable for sowing: we do not want the ground to be too dry. Seed steeped in the tears of earnest anxiety will come up all the sooner. The salt of prayerful tears will give the good seed a flavor which will preserve it from the worm: truth spoken in awful earnestness has a double life about it. Instead of stopping our sowing because of our weeping, let us redouble our efforts because the season is so propitious. Our heavenly seed could not fitly be sown laughing. Deep sorrow and concern for the souls of others are a far more fit accompaniment of godly teaching than anything like levity. We have heard of men who went to war with a light heart, but they were beaten; and it is mostly so with those who sow in the same style. Come, then, my heart, sow on in thy weeping, for thou has the promise of a joyful harvest. Thou shalt reap. Thou, thyself, shalt see some results of thy labor. This shall come to thee in so large a measure as to give thee joy, which a poor, withered, and scanty harvest would not do. When thine eyes are dim with silver tears, think of the golden corn. Bear cheerfully the present toil and disappointment; for the harvest day will fully recompense thee.

CH Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2014 in C.H. Spurgeon, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Holy Fear !!

Holy Fear !!

He that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded. (Proverbs 13:13)

Holy awe of God’s Word is at a great discount. Men think themselves wiser than the Word of the Lord and sit in judgment upon it. “So did not I, because of the fear of God.” We accept the inspired Book as infallible and prove our esteem by our obedience. We have no terror of the Word, but we have a filial awe of it. We are not in fear of its penalties because we have a fear of its commands.

This holy fear of the commandment produces the restfulness of humility, which is far sweeter than the recklessness of pride. It becomes a guide to us in our movements: a drag when we are going downhill and a stimulus when we are climbing it. Preserved from evil and led into righteousness by our reverence of the command, we gain a quiet conscience, which is a well of wine; a sense of freedom from responsibility, which is as life from the dead; and a confidence of pleasing God, which is heaven below. The ungodly may ridicule our deep reverence for the Word of the Lord; but what of that?. The prize of our high calling is a sufficient consolation for us. The rewards of obedience make us scorn the scorning of the scorner.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2014 in C.H. Spurgeon, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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