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Time to Pray to God About God

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The first thing we notice in the Lord’s Prayer is this:

“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.”

He’s our Father, not our own personal possession.

He’s a Father, perfect in all aspects of fatherhood, completely different from all earthly fathers. Discover who he is by reading your bible every day.

We are to hallow his name. What does that mean?

It’s a petition. God himself is our priority. He is not a means to any end. He is the end of all ends.

How often do we pray to God about himself?  Lamb of God

Ouch! I confess it’s rarely, if ever. I’m more eager to unroll my long list of petitions that center on me and my desires.

Hallowed means to make holy, to recognize his holiness, separation, not common.

God is unlike his created beings.

There is an unbridgeable gap between him and me and…

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Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Look Where You Lost Him !!!!!!

Night after night on my bed
I looked for the man I love.
I looked for him, but I didn’t find him.

Song of Solomon 3:1

Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find Him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find Him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust dwells. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, “Look for a thing where you dropped it–it is there.” So look for Christ where you lost Him, for He has not gone away.

But it is hard work to go back for Christ. Bunyan tells us that the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to the Arbor of Ease, where he lost his roll, the hardest he had ever traveled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost evidence. Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to Him.

But how is it you have lost Him? One would have thought you would never have parted with such a precious friend, whose presence is so sweet, whose words are so comforting, and whose company is so dear to you! How is it that you did not watch Him every moment for fear of losing sight of Him? Yet, since you have let Him go, what a mercy that you are seeking Him, even though you mournfully groan, “O that I knew where I might find Him!”

Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without your Lord. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd, like a tree without water at its roots, like a withered leaf in the storm–not bound to the tree of life. With your whole heart seek Him, and He will be found by you. Only give yourself thoroughly up to the search, and truly you shall yet discover Him to your joy and gladness.

Truth For Today Daily by Alistair Begg

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Help Me To Serve You !!!!!!

“So there remains a Shabbat-keeping for God’s people.” (Hebrews 4:9)

How different will be the state of the believer in heaven from what it is here! Here he is born to toil and suffer weariness, but in the land of the immortal, fatigue is never known. Anxious to serve his Master, he finds his strength unequal to his zeal; his constant cry is, “Help me to serve You, O my God.” If he be thoroughly active, he will have much labor; not too much for his will, but more than enough for his power, so that he will cry out, “I am not wearied of the labor, but I am wearied in it.”

Ah, Christian, the hot day of weariness does not last forever. The sun is nearing the horizon; it shall rise again with a brighter day than you have ever seen upon a land where they serve God day and night, and yet rest from their labors. Here rest is but partial; there it is perfect. Here the Christian is always unsettled; he feels that he has not yet attained. There all are at rest; they have attained the summit of the mountain; they have ascended to the bosom of their God. Higher they cannot go.

Ah, toil-worn laborer, only think of when you shall rest forever! Can you conceive it? It is a rest eternal; a rest that “remains.” Here my best joys bear “mortal” on their brow. My fair flowers fade; my dainty cups are drained to dregs; my sweetest birds fall before Death’s arrows; my most pleasant days are shadowed into nights; and the flood tides of my bliss subside into ebbs of sorrow. But there everything is immortal. The harp remains in tune, the crown unfading, the eye undimmed, the voice unfaltering, the heart unwavering; and the immortal being is wholly absorbed in infinite delight. Happy day when mortality shall be swallowed up of life, and the Eternal Sabbath shall begin!

Truth For Life Daily by Alistair Begg

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Incidents Of the Workings of God (2)

In my last post I told of an encounter where a gentleman stopped me out of the blue while walking down the side walk in Manhattan. The incident I’m about to tell you happened Thursday afternoon. I was in a meeting where 2 Jewish people had come to the Jews For Jesus office for a meeting to discuss Jesus from the Bible. They had both come to these meeting before, but individually. This is the first time either had met. Typically, the meetings are personal one on one meetings. In this case both knew the other would be there.  One of the people had come to faith in Jesus on the 26th of December. Her original contact with us was from the summer cold- brew coffee outreach. The other is still considering Jesus.

As soon as we all sat down the person still considering and unsaved said “I have something I just have to share. It only happened this week”. The person said  “when I was 4 years old my mother took me to kindergarten on the first day of school. While in line my mother met another mother escorting her 4 year old son. We met and continued to be friends all the way through high school. We lost contact for many years and happened to meet up with each other a few years ago. In fact, he had been an attorney right across the street from my office.

The attorney began to tell of an incident that happened to him this past Summer while he was walking out of the court house. A bird had flown over and dropped “you know what” on his fine suit jacket. He had another court appearance soon and had to get the mess cleaned off. He said he looked around and saw a Jews For Jesus table set up. He figured he could get some water there to get cleaned up.  When he walked up one of our missionaries from DC greeted him and asked if he would like a coffee or tea. He said no, I need some water to clean this mess off. Debbie got the water and cleaned him up and they exchanged contact information.

His name and information was entered into our database and he has been contacted monthly by the New York staff since the Summer campaign but had never made any contact with the him.  When our regular visitor heard this, she told the attorney that she had been meeting with us for awhile now. The attorney said that he wanted now to do the same. Now the chances of this occurring in a City of almost 8 million people is virtually nil. God is always at work to bring His people into the fold. The providential workings of God are so mind-blowing that I stand in amazement after witnessing it for 50 years now as a believer.  We serve a faithful, always working God, working behind the scenes as it appears to us. Stand in awe of Him today as we are on this splendid walk of life in Jesus.

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Incidents Of the Workings of God (1)

I am reflecting of the past week and wanted to share with you only a couple of the incidents that occurred. These incidents illustrate the how our God works and they may appear as a total surprise to us. 

The first incident occurred last Sunday night. I attended the evening service at Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan. It was my pleasure to hear a Jewish man’s testimony before he was baptized and how he came to see Yeshua as his Messiah and Savior.

I had left the church walking back to my room which is a couple of miles away. I was walking down 7th Ave. between 45th and 46th when a well dressed man in a suit stopped me and asked if we could talk. I was also in dress slacks, sweater, and leather coat with nothing distinguishing me as to what I do. Sam said he just needed to talk to someone and he was impressed to ask me. 

My first thought was he was going to ask me for money or something of that nature. This is not what he wanted at all. I found out he was a Jewish man in his mid thirties whose life wasn’t going so well. His occupation as a chef was rocky at the moment, he is raising a 13 year old daughter alone, and he was just down in spirit. 

After listening to him, I asked him of his spiritual condition. He admitted that although Jewish, he really didn’t practice anything and gave it very little thought. For 20 minutes I shared the message of God’s love to him expressed to us in and through the Person of Messiah Jesus. He was very receptive and asked questions which I answered. We exchanged contact info and he said he would be happy to communicate with me. 

I must admit that my thoughts were not on sharing the Gospel. My eyes were looking a few blocks down the street on Time Square. God had other plans. Paul told us to be ready in season and out of season, always ready to share the hope that is within us. 

Seize those opportunities when they are so widely opened. 

I will share the 2nd incident in another post. 

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing, 

Levi

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

 

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New York Ministry Update

I am currently at Laguardia Airport waiting for my flight back to Oklahoma. It has been a great week in NYC doing what I love and am called to do – that is to share Jesus as the Messiah and Savior to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

It has been a cold week so we spent Thursday afternoon offering hot chocolate with whipped cream to the sidewalk passerbys. Our objective in this is to show kindness, warm them up with something that taste very good, and to get into conversations with them. Relationships are how the Gospel is best shared. We always have group prayer before we begin an outreach that God will open hearts. He seldom disappoints.

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On Friday 3 of us traveled to Brooklyn Heights in a mainly Jewish area and spent 3 hours working to get into conversations with folks. We all were able to get into 3 conversations each to begin a realationship, to create thoughts of their need to contemplate spiritual things from the perspective of the Bible.

I mentioned the reason I can’t write posts for the blog often is because of my time constraint. I have been working 200-250 chats a week on the Jews For Jesus Live Chat room. After planting thoughts to consider I invited these people to our Live Chat to further discuss Messiah Jesus. In total anonymity they can come and discuss. I am very happy to report to you that in the past 3 weeks 2 individual Jewish people have come to Jesus. And many others are considering with further communications taking place. Theses are from the world over and some from Israel.

My highlight of the week though came Tuesday morning. After awakening there was a Jewish person in India that was going to end his life. He was crying out in desperation and I felt the urgency of the cry. I responded to him in a lengthy response of why he should not end his life and that there is hope only in God through Jesus.

Yesterday, after returning from Brooklyn Heights, I received the greatest email saying that he was now at peace and thanked God for saving his life.
I rejoiced that God used His Word and hopefully this gentleman will follow Jesus. It’s amazing to be a small part in the propagation of the Good News of the Son of God,

I have one more prayer request if you would. Stewart and Shoshannah Weinisch, missionaries in NYC, have met for a few months sharing weekly with Paula. She asked to have a meeting with me. I met with her for an hour and a half discussing Jesus. I feel she is very near in coming to Him. Please pray that Paula will soon be saved.

May God bless each one of you as you share God’s love expressed to us in the sending of His Son for our redemption.

Until next time, Lord willing, Shalom,

Levi

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2015 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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The Chief Objective of Contemplation

“Then I looked, and there was the Lamb standing on Mount Tziyon; and with him were 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
Revelation 14:1

The apostle John was privileged to look within the gates of heaven, and in describing what he saw, he begins by saying, “I looked, and, behold, . . . the Lamb.” This teaches us that the chief object of contemplation in the heavenly state is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”1 Nothing else attracted the apostle’s attention so much as the person of that Divine Being who has redeemed us by His blood. He is the theme of the songs of all glorified spirits and holy angels.

Christian, here is joy for you; you have looked, and you have seen the Lamb. Through your tears your eyes have seen the Lamb of God taking away your sins. Rejoice then. In a little while, when your eyes shall have been wiped from tears, you will see the same Lamb exalted on His throne. It is the joy of your heart to hold daily fellowship with Jesus. You shall have the same joy to a higher degree in heaven; you shall enjoy the constant vision of His presence; you shall dwell with Him forever. “I looked, and, behold, . . . the Lamb.” Why, that Lamb is heaven itself; for as good Rutherford says, “Heaven and Christ are the same thing.” To be with Christ is to be in heaven, and to be in heaven is to be with Christ.

That prisoner of the Lord very sweetly writes in one of his glowing letters, “O my Lord Jesus Christ, if I could be in heaven without you, it would be a hell; and if I could be in hell, and have you still, it would be a heaven to me, for you are all the heaven I want.” It is true, is it not, Christian? Does not your soul say so?

Not all the harps above
Can make a heavenly place,
If God His residence remove,
Or but conceal His face.

All you need to make you blessed, supremely blessed, is to be with Christ.

Truth For Life Daily by Alistair Begg

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2015 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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