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,