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Shalom and warm greetings, dear friends and supporters, in the name of our Lord, Yeshua HaMaschiach, Jesus the Messiah. (Literally, warmer than warm; it is 110 degrees here in Phoenix today.)
I had a brief reprieve when visiting Chicago for my grandson’s graduation from high school. However, I was re-introduced to humidity. There are no Bible verses, that I know of, concerning weather in Heaven, so I assume, like everything else there, it’s going to be perfect.
ALL ROADS LEAD TO A HIGHER ENTITY
A self-proclaimed atheist, “J”, is an acquaintance of my daughter’s and lives in the same high-rise apartment building in Chicago. In the course of our challenging conversation, he said that science does not support our beliefs and, besides, he would rather focus on history. So we focused on the historical perspective of the Bible, which somewhat perplexed him since he had never read it. Although reticent and defensive, he kept asking questions about the Bible because he had never met anyone like us before. The next morning, he texted my daughter, asking her what we thought of Ezekiel 23. I thought it was an odd choice, but told him that Ezekiel was a Jewish priest exiled in Babylon, who became God’s spokesman to fellow exiles. He shared unusual—and even bizarre-visions with his people, reminding them of the sin that led to their captivity—failing to worship the One True God—but also offering hope for the national restoration of Israel. I was, however, curious as to why he chose that book and chapter. He said that he had heard it mentioned on a radio station. The inquiries have since ceased. Please pray that J will come to the knowledge of His saving grace.
WAITING FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT
On the flight back to Phoenix, a couple was sitting next to me. Noticing the Bible on the husband’s lap, I asked if he was a Bible teacher or pastor. He said, “No, I just love the Word of God.” I responded, “I do too!” We were off and running, sharing backgrounds, testimonies, favorite verses, etc. He and his wife were born in Romania, whose families followed the teachings of the Romanian Orthodox church. (My early religious training was in the Greek Orthodox church.) However, when he was young, a neighbor witnessed to his mother and it had such a profound impact that his mother and father and their family of 10 children left the Orthodox church and began attending the neighbor’s Pentecostal church. Although he had, subsequently, prayed to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior, “William” told me that he had not yet received the Holy Spirit—he was waiting for the gift of tongues. For three hours, William and I pored over the Scriptures together. As I directed him to certain verses, he read them in his Bible (which was in Romanian), translated them for me, and we discussed their meaning in the context of the passage. He was such a serious, thoughtful man who, other than his doctrinal dilemma, was evidently born again through the Holy Spirit. Please pray that God grants him peace. When I mentioned his landsman, Richard Wurmbrand, founder of Voice of the Martyrs, he didn’t know that much about him, so I recommended that he read his book, Tortured for Christ. I also told him that it was no coincidence that we were seated next to each other. He agreed. As we parted company, he said, “God be with you!” in Romanian, and I repeated it to him in Greek. “Confusion is not the walk of faith. When other lights are going out, the lamps of faith are brightly burning.” – C. E. Cowman.
THE FIRST TIME
This year, a Jewish staff member of the resort where we hold our annual Passover Seder sat in and listened to her first Messianic Seder. When David and I met with “Rebecca” again to plan our 2020 Messianic Passover Seder, she said that she had found this year’s seder very interesting. I asked whether she ever thought that perhaps Yeshua (Jesus) is the promised Messiah of Israel—the fulfillment of prophecies in the Older Testament. She said that although she wasn’t very religious, she had thought about it and shared what she believed to be divine intervention in a personal healing from a “Greater Power,” considering herself “lucky.” When I challenged her concerning her choice of words, she said that we would probably say “God” and “blessed.” Her heart was tender and open, so David proceeded, boldly, to explain the Gospel message to her. She listened intently and agreed to pray for God to reveal Yeshua to her. We prayed together and as the three of us hugged goodbye, I detected tears in Rebecca’s eyes—as were also in mine and David’s. Please pray for her salvation.
Through the years, God has blessed Tikvah BaMidbar (Hope in the Desert) our monthly Bible study with good Bible teachings and special music ministries. It was a joy to have Rachel Zaferatos as our music worship leader for the past three years. (See farewell party photos.) She recently married and now lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where she desires to continue her music ministry. In addition to her God-given gifts in music, she is fluent in languages, mainly Greek and Spanish, and has composed and shared songs in those languages and also in Hebrew—all based on Scripture. We will miss her, but greatly appreciate her burden to continue to reach “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” in Cleveland. Please pray that God would open that door for her.
Thank you, always, my dear brothers and sisters, for your faithfulness—for your love, your prayers, and your financial support that make all things possible. May we continue to rejoice together in God’s indescribable gift to us—Jesus!
Nothing apart from Him,
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