Can There Be No Unity ???

In my post of last Saturday, July 25, I mentioned how I had witnessed unity within the church in France like I have never witnessed anywhere else. How that unity was achieved and has been kept alive, I’m not certain. One person told me that it is because the church is not large in numbers. I did speak with more declared atheists in Paris and London than I ever have in my whole life. It definitely is a post-modern culture there. Much more than I run across in NYC, and anywhere else in this country that I frequent. Perhaps this is a factor.

I believe that if the apostles were present today, or Jesus Himself, the church of today would not be recognizable to them. Paul, in his epistles, wrote 7 verses speaking of church unity to every one he wrote on justification by faith. This should speak volumes to us!! Justification by faith is very important, it is a major doctrine no doubt; but if Paul spent so much time on Christian unity, why does the church care so little about it??

There are hundreds of denominations here in the United States that have reproduced themselves all over the world. Most are so suspicious of one another and won’t even talk to one another. What a superior thought of oneself and a tragedy it is!! This is not to say that the early church had no disunity. In Romans Paul told the house churches there to get to know one another and not to be suspicious of one another.

” May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:5-7 (ESV)

It’s because of this disunity that the world doesn’t take us very seriously. When speaking with the many people that I do, church disunity, and all the differences, is a major drawback for them to not even want to consider Christianity. True Christian churches should have one central message, which is the Gospel. The Gospel is our unifying message and is what should bring us together. Not the way that a person is baptized, or the different views of Communion, or when and how Jesus is coming again, etc.

As I stated earlier, Paul spoke of unity within the church more than he spoke of justification by faith. He knew it was difficult, and so must we. Let’s do something about it!!!

Shalom until next time, Lord willing,



Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Uncategorized


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A Thought From Paris !!!!!!

It’s been 4 days since I returned home from my travels and I have had some time to reflect on some of the trip. I was away for close to 2 months and I witnessed so much that I will never forget. Watching the hand of God caress and love and work in the lives of people is something you don’t get over.

Mission work is not all about seeing immediate results. Before there is a harvest of the fruit, someone must sow the seed, someone must nurture the young tender plant and water it, and then after the proper time and environment you reap the harvest. Much of our work was seed sowing, particularly in Europe. I spoke with people who had heard of Jesus but knew nothing else about Him. Without a Damascus Road experience it will take them some time to know enough to make a decision concerning Jesus. We spoke with thousands of people and have hundreds that want us to contact them to learn more. There are enough to keep the local missionaries busy for a long time.

There were others who were ready for the harvest, and how great it was to see. A few of us were walking down the sidewalk in Paris on our way to the train station. A young man in his 20s almost hit us while riding his bicycle on the sidewalk. He had not done it on purpose and immediately he stopped, turned around, and apologized. He noticed that our shirts said “Juifs Pour Jésus” which is Jews For Jesus in French. He asked us what we were about. We explained to him who we were and what we did and he began to speak about his experience in church. He said he had felt convicted of his sin at one time but said he didn’t want have to confess it to a priest. He said “if I’ve sinned before God why do I have to confess it to a man? Why can’t I just go directly to God?” He thought this was the only way to find forgiveness. We told him that he could and should go directly to God. That God hears all and was still waiting on him to come. Within a few minutes he was praying the sinners prayer with a missionary in his native tongue.

I have several stories like this that happened in my time away. God works extraordinarily through, and in spite of our feeble efforts. He is building His Kingdom and it’s great to be a very small part of His work.

Shalom until next time, Lord willing,



Posted by on July 30, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Almost Home !!!

I write this while sitting on the initial leg of my flight home to Thetford Farms. I will publish it while on layover in Chicago. It’s been 54 days since I left home and I’m very ready to return. One can only be away from their own bed and family for so long. My mission work has been wonderful and blessed by God. I have many memories and experiences that I will always remember and cherish.
My journeys have taken me to Paris, London, and of course New York, my home away from home. Campaigns can be very arduous and long but God gives that extra strength and power that we may not ordinarily have. I have fared just fine physically and am in great shape. I’m only a little tired. In the course of this trip I have met some tremendous people which will be life-long friendships. I have adopted 2 new wonderful “kids”, Cara and Aden Friedman, Jews for Jesus South African missionaries whom I truly love. I have been able to share the love of Jesus with many, have prayed with many, and God has allowed me to reap some of His harvest as hearts have turned to Him. Not to forget some amazing meals. A real highlight was enjoying a “full English” breakfast with Paul Grace (Just Me Being Curious) while in London over some great fellowship.
People are the same the world over and have pretty much the same problems and concerns and hopes and dreams. I’ve enjoyed listening to these from hundreds of people and sharing and comforting as we sojourn together in this life.
I now understand Europe better than I have previously, and see more of where they come from. We Americans seem to think we are the world’s ultimate standard for everything. While we may be economically (possibly), I’ve learned that spiritually we aren’t. The warmest Christians I’ve ever met in my over 50 of being a believer were in 4 churches in Europe. These churches were the most loving, warm, inclusive bodies I have ever witnessed. They truly function as Christ body where the pastors and elders ministry is no more important than the rest of the body functioning. These churches didn’t  function by the micro-management of “the clergy”, or just sitting under a preaching/teaching ministry, but they minister to one another as I’ve never witnessed, out of love for one another and for the lost all around them. It was very refreshing to see. The label of type of church meant little them. Jesus greatest commandment to love God and to love their fellow neighbor as themselves is their driving force.
I just wanted to share a few thoughts today and will share some particular incidents and people in the days to come. It’s good to be back.
Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,


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What Was Meant For Evil God Used For His Good!!!!

I’m on the plane just having departed Laguardia for Thetford Farms = Home. It’s been a great 11 days in NYC. I truly am a blessed man living in the quiet countryside of rural Oklahoma, and then to be able to spend months in the hustle and bustle of big cities among the diverse people groups of the world.

This past weekend I had some really great encounters and shared Jesus wth several, mainly Jewish people, at Union Square. On May Day every year Union Square reminds me somewhat of how Paul described to us in Acts 17 of Athens.

The park becomes the place for public expression of every cause under the sun. Thousands and thousands of people are present, both to speak and to listen and to discuss. On Sunday a nice looking, very clean cut young man was on the steps speaking. I have to tell you that by appearance this guy looked like the kind of fellow you would want your daughter to bring home.


I stopped to listen to him speak among only a small group listening to him. As I listened to his words I could hardly believe what I was hearing. He was spewing out the most anti-Semitic verbiage I have ever heard. He blamed all of the ills and problems of the entire planet on the Jewish people. He was again calling for the annihilation of the Jewish people.

There was a young lady standing next to me and I leaned over and asked her what she thought of his ideas. She stated she was Jewish and she was scared to death. I then found out that the only listeners standing were all Jewish as well. This is the first time I had ever stood before a person calling for me and the lives of my peoples deaths while he was standing so boldly in his proclamation.

This opened the door for me to have a 30 minute conversation with Hagit about Jesus the Messiah. This is the first time she had ever heard of the love of God through Jesus, and that He came to this earth to die for the sins of mankind so that we could become righteous if we would only trust Him. Please pray for Hagit that she will come to the knowledge of the truth.


After my conversation with Hagit I went up to the venomous young man and asked him some questions, which he refused to answer, and then I shared some of my thoughts with him. He left immediately after my words. The terrible thing is he was speaking using some biblical language and a few verses as proof for his ideas. It sounds a lot like WWII Germany under Hitler. My prayer is that God will spare another Holocaust type event from ever occurring and that King Messiah Jesus will soon return and set up His kingdom of true peace.

That’s all for now.  I’m home for 3 weeks before leaving for Paris, London, and NY for 55 straight days. A busy summer is ahead of me. Pray with me that God will save many Jewish people in these 3 campaigns.

Shalom until next time, Lord willing,



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Jesus and the Mummy !!!!!!

Even though it has been a couple of weeks since we celebrated Passover and Resurrection Sunday, I wanted to share something that came across in my reading today. It’s not new information but maybe something that we need to be reminded of.

Every person that Jesus raised from the dead eventually died again. There is a big difference between a resurrection and a resuscitation.

Jesus called down into the darkness of the tomb with a loud cry, “Lazarus! Come out!” Jesus’ shout into the darkness reminds me of His earlier words: “I say to you, that an hour will come and is now here in which the dead will hear the voice of the son of God, and those who hear will surely live” (John 5:25).

Lazarus stepped out of the grave still bound in his tachrichin, the linen wrappings in which the Jewish people bury the dead to prepare them for the resurrection. In Jewish burial practice, the simple linen garments are tied around the dead with special ceremonial knots. A covering veils the face of the dead.

In those days, they placed a strip of linen on the body, wide and long enough to completely envelope it. The feet were placed at one end of the cloth and then they drew the cloth over the head to the feet. They bound the cloth at the angles, and they fastened the arms to the body with linen strips.

The Gospel’s description of Lazarus’ burial garments is consistent with Jewish burial garments to this very day. The Gospel of John later describes the tachrichin of Jesus in identical language, but in His case, Jesus left His burial garments behind, lying alone in the tomb.

So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. (John 19:40)

And so Simon Peter also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he saw the linen wrappings lying there. (John 20:6)

The grave clothes illustrate the difference between the resurrection of Lazarus (resuscitation) and the resurrection of Jesus (transformation). Although Lazarus returned from the dead, he remained clothed with a mortal body. He was certainly to die again. Jesus, however, left mortality behind in the tomb, much as He left behind His burial garments.

Jesus instructed the onlookers to release the revived Lazarus from his burial garments and let him go. Jesus also releases us from our mortal bodies and offers us a transformation. “Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus the Messiah our Master!” (Romans 7:24-25). An hour is coming when the dead will hear His voice and rise. We will at that time be unshackled and free indeed.


Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,




Posted by on April 18, 2015 in Christianity, Faith, Religion


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How To Live Debt-free




Back in the day when Jesus walked the streets of Jerusalem, taxes were a hated part of life, especially by the Jews. It reminded them they were subjected to foreign (Roman) rule, just like God had warned them if they did not obey and follow him.

Nothing has changed over 2,000 years. No matter which country we live in, we still hate taxes. And woe to us if we don’t pay them on time.

In one incident the religious leaders tried to entangle Jesus in his words by asking, “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” Jesus answered them, “Show me the coin for the tax.” They gave him the coin, and Jesus continued, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They answered, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Instead of trapping Jesus in what they thought would be an offense against the religious establishment or the Jewish authorities, depending on how he answered their question, they marveled instead at his answer and walked away. (See Matthew 22:15-22)

Come April 15, a collective groan goes up all over this country. Why do we resist paying taxes so? I think it’s because we were born to freedom. We know, deep down, we were meant to live without paying tribute to anybody except to the God who made us.

In truth, we owe much more than just taxes. We owe our very being to God. He gave us life and breath, but instead of acknowledging it, we resist Him with all our might and wills. Every newborn comes into the world with this predisposition, and lives and dies with it, unless some greater power from the outside invades that life and draws him to God.

That resistance is called sin and it has contaminated the human race. However, God has provided a way to come to Him, through his Son Yeshua (Jesus). Jesus lived a perfect life conforming to God’s laws with all his might and will, and also went to the cross as our sin bearer and died in our place. Anyone who believes this and places his faith in Yeshua’s finished work on the cross is declared debt-free in the sight of God.

We should heed what Jesus said to the religious leaders – we should pay taxes to our government, and also give to God the things that belong to him, namely ourselves in faith to him.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”John 8:33 ESV

Won’t you make April 15 the beginning of a debt-free life?


Written by Carolyne Rohrig

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Posted by on April 1, 2015 in Christianity, Faith, Religion


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Levi Thetford:

A message full of hope from my friend Carolyne. Thank you!!!

Originally posted on Messy Christians:

If you think the bible is about good people doing wonderful things for God, you ought to read it sometime!

The fact is, the bible is about a wonderful God doing good things for bad people.

The only good guys in the bible are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Everybody else is bad.

That includes you and me.

There is none righteous, no not one.” – Romans 3:10

The truth is not a single soul can stand before God and say, “I’ve done my best.”

We haven’t done our best, not even on our good days.

If God is going to save us and use us and make something of us, He’s going to have to do it in spite of ourselves. Not because we read the bible every day; not because we give thanks before every meal; not because we never miss church; and…

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Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Uncategorized


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