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How To Live Debt-free

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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

Original post: Debt-free Living

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

 

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The Great Tribunal !!!!!! (A John Newton Poem)

John in vision saw the day
When the Judge will hasten down;
Heav’n and earth shall flee away
From the terror of his frown:
Dead and living, small and great,
Raised from the earth and sea;
At his bar shall hear their fate,
What will then become of me?

Can I bear his aweful looks?
Shall I stand in judgment then,
When I see the opened books,
Written by th’ Almighty’s pen?
If he to remembrance bring,
And expose to public view,
Every work and secret thing,
Ah, my soul, what canst thou do?

When the list shall be produced
Of the talents I enjoyed;
Means and mercies, how abused!
Time and strength, how misemployed!
Conscience then, compelled to read,
Must allow the charge is true;
Say, my soul, what canst thou plead
In that hour, what wilt thou do?

But the book of life I see,
May my name be written there!
Then from guilt and danger free,
Glad I’ll meet him in the air:
That’s the book I hope to plead,
‘Tis the gospel opened wide;
Lord, I am a wretch indeed!
I have sinned, but thou hast died.

Now my soul knows what to do;
Thus I shall with boldness stand,
Numbered with the faithful few,
Owned and saved, at thy right hand:
If thou help a foolish worm
To believe thy promise now;
Justice will at last confirm
What thy mercy wrought below.

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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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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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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