Showing posts with label Passover. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Passover. Show all posts

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Muslim Woman Tells Jews: Your Messiah Changed My Heart - israel today

From Hamas Rockets in Sderot to Antisemitic Gunmen in California
From Hamas Rockets in Sderot to Antisemitic Gunmen in California
Two Israelis wounded in California synagogue shooting had left Israel after years of Hamas rocket attacks on their hometown
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 The Relevance of Passover to Our Contemporary Society
The Relevance of Passover to Our Contemporary Society
Many don't believe the Exodus really happened, but all come together for Passover due to the pull of our Jewish identity
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 Muslim Woman Tells Jews: Your Messiah Changed My Heart
Muslim Woman Tells Jews: Your Messiah Changed My Heart
"I love the Jewish people because it is their God and their Messiah I’m following and he told me to love them"
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 CLARIFICATION: Messianic Leaders Invited to Mar-A-Largo to Promote Pro-Israel Initiative
CLARIFICATION: Messianic Leaders Invited to Mar-A-Largo to Promote Pro-Israel Initiative
Top US-based Messianic leader offers urgent clarification to earlier story about Messianic-driven Mideast peace plan
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 Vacation Camp Stay for Disaster Victims
Vacation Camp Stay for Disaster Victims
In August, ZAKA is organizing a rehabilitation camp in Eilat for about 150 children injured by terror or in traffic accidents.
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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Passover/Easter weekend, there are some 1 million Jewish followers of Jesus in the world. I’m one of them. Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

This Passover/Easter weekend, there are some 1 million Jewish followers of Jesus in the world. I’m one of them. Here’s why.

by joelcrosenberg
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(Jerusalem, Israel) -- Last year, a ground-breaking study was released by LifeWay Research revealing there are now some 871,000 Jewish followers of Jesus in the United States alone.
Add in the 30,000 Jewish believers who live in Israel, and the many others who live in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere, and there are now about one million Jewish followers of Jesus in the world today.
That's an astonishing number, especially when you realize that in 1967 there were fewer than 2,000 Jewish believers in the entire world.
I'm grateful to be one of them. Yet, I'm constantly asked -- especially by Jewish people -- how in the world this is possible.
“Dude, how can you be Jewish and believe in Jesus?
I love this question. I was first asked it in November of 2002. I had just released my first novel, The Last Jihad. I was doing a telephone interview on a hard rock radio station in Rochester, New York, the city closest to where I grew up in Upstate New York. And the radio host, a guy who called himself “Brother Weese,” asked me this very question.
I've been happily answering it ever since. 
A nine-minute version of story of my spiritual journey — how I was raised by a Jewish father and Gentile mother, and how I came to believe that Jesus is, in fact, the Jewish Messiah, foretold by the ancient Hebrew prophets — was recently released online by a ministry called, “One For Israel.” 
Several years ago (2015), I recorded a longer and more detailed version. I'm including it here in case you're interested.
  • My spiritual journey — part 1 — how becoming the author of The Last Jihadtriggered people asking me a critical question
  • Part 2 — how my Jewish grandparents escaped from Russia, my father’s Jewish upbringing, my mother’s Gentile heritage, and how they met
  • Part 3 — my mother’s spiritual journey
  • Part 4 — my father’s spiritual journey, and then how I came to faith
  • Part 5 — how I learned I was Jewish, and then my crisis of faith in high school
  • Part 6 — the conclusion of my story, and so what? Why should any of this matter to you?
My hope and prayer is that as you listen to the story, it will encourage you in your own faith, and that it will be something you can share with family and friends to help and encourage them, as well. Thanks, and on this Passover / Easter weekend, may the Lord deeply bless you as you open the Bible, read the Holy Scriptures, and seek a personal relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord - Now Think On This by Steve Martin


Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord


“THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT. 'EVERY RAVINE WILL BE FILLED, AND EVERY MOUNTAIN AND HILL WILL BE BROUGHT LOW; THE CROOKED WILL BECOME STRAIGHT, AND THE ROUGH ROADS SMOOTH; AND ALL FLESH WILL SEE THE SALVATION OF GOD.'" Luke 3:4-6, NASU


In 1973, the year of my high school graduation, the movie Godspell hit the theatres. In my senior year, attending Columbus High School (Catholic) in Waterloo, Iowa, I went and saw it. Somewhat out of curiosity, but mostly because I liked some of the songs I was hearing on the radio. Though I didn’t care for every scene or song, I still think the Lord used it to reach ones who didn’t attend church or synagogues. At least I hope it did.

So why write about a secular movie production, or a play on Broadway, which it also was? Because even in these types of artistic displays, our God is reaching out to get the attention of those He has created. After all, He even used a talking donkey to speak His word, because that was what was available.

And yet even today in 2019, He is still using the words, “prepare ye the way of the Lord” (listen to the movie version below). I woke up one morning, and during preparation for the Sunday morning congregation gathering, during which I would help lead worship as a vocalist, the song came into my head. And it happened to be the start of Passover week, and on the Gregorian calendar, Palm Sunday. This was the historical day Jesus (Yeshua) rode into Jerusalem on a colt (donkey also), as the people hailed His kingship. Only to later, in that same week, witness His crucifixion.

I also recall the song I have sung many times as a worship leader, written by Forrest Richard Betts and recorded by Robin Mark, the wonderful worship leader from Northern Ireland, on his Revival in Belfast album (1999), entitled simply, “Revival.”

I remember it well, as I loved to sing the lyrics beginning the song, without instrumentation:

“I hear the voice of one calling, prepare ye the way of the Lord.
And make His paths straight in the wilderness
And let your light shine in the darkness
And let your rain fall in the desert.”

The song also had a special impact on me, being within the year my Dad passed onto heaven, having suffered through lymphoma cancer, and my Mom telling me some of the lyrics struck her, particularly, “to the widow walking through the veil of tears.”

And now Paul Wilbur, on his latest CD release in March 2019, Roar From Zion, includes an old favorite of almost everybody, Days of Elijah, which includes, once again, the words, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord1” (and he also has the worship team sing it in Hebrew.)


I say all that to say this. 

If we haven’t already begun, now is the time to prepare ye the way of the Lord.

As the Lord was speaking in the 1970s and the 1990s through these two songs, He is yet again speaking, loud and clear for those who have ears to hear, that now is certainly the time we as believers need to be preparing for His coming revival, that which will be manifested with millions of the lost coming into His salvation, making entry into His kingdom.

Through powerful, consistent, gathering together in prayer, be it two or three, or full congregations at one time; through the proclamation of His truth as recorded in His Word, the Torah, the Bible, in written and spoken realms (especially social media!); in addition to producing godly movies, singing Spirit-led songs, and taking back the lost ground that we as believers allowed the enemy to take while we have been on our watch; in all areas of education, medicine, government, the arts, and every area of life that touches our spirits, souls, and bodies.

The Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, is calling out to us and wanting to proclaim it through us, “PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD!”

We don’t have five or ten years anymore to sit back and do nothing. Today is the day. Now is the time.

So now think on this.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Steve Martin
Founder/President
Love For His People, Inc.

P.S. And the Lord knows, I hope to have the opportunity to sing “Revival” once again. Loud and clear!


You can listen here to the 1973 movie version: Godspell'sPrepare Ye (the way of the Lord)

Robin Mark’s worship song: Revival


Paul Wilbur's Roar From Zion album: Days of Elijah

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Now Think On This #411 - in the year of our Lord 04.14.19 – “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” – Sunday 7:07 pm

Revial Lyrics – Robin Mark

I hear the voice of one calling, prepare ye the way of the Lord.
And make His paths straight in the wilderness
And let your light shine in the darkness
And let your rain fall in the desert.

As sure as gold is precious and the honey sweet,
So you love this city and you love these streets.
Every child out playing by their own front door
Every baby laying on the bedroom floor.

Every dreamer dreaming in her dead-end job
Every driver driving through the rush hour mob
I feel it in my spirit, feel it in my bones
You're going to send revival, bring them all back home

I can hear that thunder in the distance
Like a train on the edge of town
I can feel the brooding of Your Spirit
"Lay your burdens down, Lay your burdens down".

From the Preacher preaching when the well is dry
To the lost soul reaching for a higher high
From the young man working through his hopes and fears
To the widow walking through the veil of tears

Every man and woman, every old and young
Every fathers daughter, every mothers son.
I feel it in my spirit, feel it in my bones
You're going to send revival, bring them all back home

I can hear that thunder in the distance
Like a train on the edge of town
I can feel the brooding of Your Spirit
"Lay your burdens down, Lay your burdens down".
Revive us, Revive us,
Revive us with your fire!

Songwriters: Forrest Richard Betts
Revival lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc