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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,

Levi

 
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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,
Levi

 

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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.

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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.

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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,

Levi

 

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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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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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A Personal Note

Hello, dear readers of my blog. I have taken an extended time off from writing. I have been traveling a lot, and to be honest, I’ve need a break. It has been a time of rest, reflection, work, and worship. I will only write something sporadically for the rest of the year. I will continue to post my daily Spurgeon and the John Newton poems on Saturday. I have much to do while I have a few more days here in Tulsa before I return to New York in December.

This next year is starting to take shape. I am working on joining The Jewish Federation of Tulsa where I can be more involved with the local Jewish community. We have a small community of only around 3,000 so this will be a great way to build relationships with more of them. I will also be in Paris for the month of June with Jews For Jesus in the outreach there. The month of July will be spent in New York for their summer outreach. I have been invited by the Washington DC branch leader to come and work with him when I have available time. I will probably wait until Spring and go on to DC from New York. And of course, I will continue to make my monthly trips to New York. That’s more than a third of next year away.

I will tell you all that there is nothing more that I would rather be doing. Sharing the Good News of Yeshua with my Jewish people, has been, and continues to be the burden of my heart. My prayer is that the church would once again catch the passion of Paul in Romans 10:1 and be burdened for them as well. ” Brothers, my heart’s deepest desire and my prayer to God for Israel is for their salvation”.  Many churches are apathetic to Jewish missions, and a vast amount are anti-Semetic. Both are totally unbiblical.

Please continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

 

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

 

Levi

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Jewish Missions, Religion

 

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The Vibrancy of the City !!!!!!

My first day in New York this month was a good one. I read a post yesterday from someone I often read and she explained about a visit over the weekend to Long Island. She said that when she looked over the bridge toward Manhattan she could feel the vibrancy running through her. I fully understand where she is coming from. I feel the same way as soon as I land at LaGuardia. No matter how many times I come here I always anticipate it. As a rule, as soon as I’m settled into my room I take off Uptown. Jews For Jesus is located at 31st and Park Ave. so it is a very nice walk. Here is a photo of the Empire State Building last night. It is only about 3 blocks away.

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Today, after the staff meeting and lunch, I headed to Herald Square and stood on the corner of 35Th and 6th Ave passing out tracks and speaking with those that wished to. Herald Square is a great place to be a herald of the forgiveness of sins that can be had only in Jesus the Messiah. I handed out 400 Jews For Jesus tracks and was able to have 4 conversations, 3 of them being Jewish men. That may not sound like a lot, but what we don’t know is how God will work in the hearts of all that received and read the tract. In the staff meeting this morning a mention came out of a gentleman responding after 1 1/2 years. We have a promise that if we proclaim the message of the Gospel that God will take those words and do His perfect work.

“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
    and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it”. Isaiah 55:11

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Pray that God will use me in some small way in helping to reach some of this cities people to the Truth.

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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