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Lord, Help me Love Democrats (Part 10)

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Brother Andrew, author of God’s Smuggler and founder of Open Door Ministries, has witnessed horrible persecution of Christians firsthand by various governments, but yet, he refuses to take a political position. He views North Korean Communist leaders, Hamas leaders, and American politicians as all having the same problem: a need for Jesus Christ.

He met with 400 Hamas leaders in Gaza and said:

“I can’t change the situation you face here in Gaza. I can’t solve the problems you have with your enemies. But I can offer you the One who is called the Prince of Peace. You cannot have real peace without Jesus…” (Light Force: A Stirring Account of the Church Caught in the Middle East Crossfire, Brother Andrew and Al Janssen, Revell Publishing, 2005, pp. 182 to 190)

In an interview, Brother Andrew stated:

I always like to say at Open Doors we speak for those who cannot speak. We have to be bold in our statement without offending the government, because our role as dedicated followers of Jesus is not political. I want to emphasize that strongly, it must be spiritual and the moment we go off the track we are wrong… (The Christian Post, February 19, 2013)

Brother Andrew wrote in his book, Secret Believers: What Happens When Muslims Believe in Christ:

“Christians need a new filling of the Holy Spirit to love those who disagree with them…”

Yes, Brother Andrew is a radical Christian, but do his beliefs line up with the words of Jesus?

The Son of Man… a friend of tax collectors and sinners… (Matthew 11:19)

The Pharisees asked, “Tell us, then, what do You think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” Jesus said, “Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “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.” (Mark 22:17-21)

Even though Rome ruled Israel with a cruel hand, Jesus never once voiced a political opinion…nor did the Apostle Paul or the other apostles.

So, is it okay to vote? Is it okay to consider oneself a Democrat or a Republican?

(Continued in Part 11)

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Inside Israel

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Once again, it’s time to hear from our sister in Jerusalem about what she is witnessing there as a believer in Yeshua. Put your prayer shawls on and pray for Israel and Sister J. Now here she is …

Greetings for His glory on Shushan PURIM,

Well, even though He is not mentioned once in the book of Esther, none the less it IS all about God.  And I realized from an interesting comment that not everyone knows about Purim, a subject I have been writing about for years. Some of you are new and that is a joy.

For Jews, Esther is part of our history book and reminds us of the days during dispersion. And by comparison, it reminds us ALSO to rejoice that we are now free in our homeland, the land of promise.

It seems to me that EVERYTHING that The Lord does, He does to cause us to REMEMBER Who He is, what He has done for us, and what He requires of us. We have proven that we don’t have very long memories and our commitments are not always as deep as we wish, right?

Esther is not a difficult Old Testament book to understand and the queen is well known for her famous response of, “If I perish, I perish…” to her uncle Mordachai’s statement:

“Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.  For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:13-16.

It is the one book in the Bible where God’s Name is not used and yet He is evident on each page.  I love the pause between chapters 5 and 6.  Chapter 6 begins with the simple statement:

“That night the king could not sleep.” And we know from that moment on, every thing changed.  At the petition of His children, God invades the plans of men.

At the time (around 500 B.C.), there was anti-Semitism against the Jewish population of Persia, much the same as it has been throughout history.

What is interesting about Haman is that he was an Agagite.  Fear grips my soul whenever I think of King Saul, the compromising, weak king who became the enemy of David and the enemy of God through his fears, disobedience and half obedience.  It was Saul who was told to destroy the Amalekites, but who spared King Agag.  Just as Abraham’s side track into the flesh resulted in an Ishmael, the results of which continue to play out today, so we see Haman the Agagite rising up with a hatred shown so clearly in Esther 3:8,9:

Then Haman said to KingAhasuerus, “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from all other people’s, and they do not keep the king’s laws. Therefore it is not fitting for the king to let them remain.  If it pleases the king, let a decree be written that they be destroyed… “

I don’t need to read the book for you or to tell you the story, but to translate it and be your eyes and ears as to how it is followed TODAY in the land of Israel, particularly Jerusalem.  The descendents of Esther who would NOT BE ALIVE TODAY (including me) but for the INTERVENTION OF GOD, over and over again, to show His faithfulness to the unthankful, His faithfulness to His eternal promises and the purpose to make His Name known and be glorified and KNOWN among His children, and to a lost and dying world. How GOOD He is.

So, it is written in chapter 9 of Esther:

18 But the Jews who were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day, as well as on the fourteenth; and on the fifteenth of the month they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. 19 Therefore the Jews of the villages who dwelt in the unwalled towns celebrated the fourteenth day of the month of Adarwith gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to oneanother. 20 And Mordecai wrote these things and sent letters to all the Jews, near and far, who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, 21 to establish among them that they should celebrate yearly the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar, 22 as the days on which the Jews had rest from their enemies, as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them, and from mourning to a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and joy, of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor. 23 So the Jews accepted the custom which they had begun, as Mordecai had written to them, 24 because Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to annihilate them, and had cast Pur (that is, the lot), to consume them and destroy them; 25 but when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letter that this wicked plot which Haman had devised against the Jews should return on his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. 26 So they called these days Purim, after the name Pur. Therefore, because of all the words of this letter, what they had seen concerning this matter, and what had happened to them, 27 the Jews established and imposed it upon themselves and their descendants and all who would join them, that without fail they should celebrate these two days every year, according to the written instructions and according to the prescribed time, 28 that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city, that these days of Purim should not fail to be observed among the Jews, and that the memory of them should not perish among their descendants.”

And so it is celebrated today.

In the time of Aviv (Spring) on the 14th and 15th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, it is celebrated with a contagious joy, the giving of gift baskets, parades, the wearing of costumes, and the custom among the ultra orthodox men of drinking until they can not recognize their friend from their enemy. All of this comes from the idea that the opposite happened of what was intended and worked out for the good of the Jews.

The book of Esther (Magillet Esther) is read freely by everyone all over the country in gatherings, and noisemakers (greggors) and even fire crackers are set off in a racket at every mention of the name of Haman during the reading.  What a belegan!  You might scratch your head to think of a night in an orthodox synagogue when the most religious of men become drunk and the children are encouraged to set off fire crackers and make a racket during the service, but this is all part of the custom and rejoicing.  And yes, baskets of goodies are given to one and all.

It is a time to bring a treat to the guard at the market door or to the bus driver and to wish them “Purim sa’maech” or Happy Purim.  There are fun parties, particularly for the children, with special songs and foods.  In Israel, a large Purim is celebrated on the first day but in walled cities, such as Jerusalem, we celebrate the second day which means that today is Purim here for us.  It is fun to see all of the little Queen Esthers out on the street, dressed as small beaming brides bringing baskets to loved ones.

May we always be reminded to lift our voices, and our lives to Him in THANKSGIVING for His great deliverance from the death penalty of sin.  May we choose like Esther…”if I perish, I perish.” May there be nights that we just can’t sleep and instead grab hold of some key Truth that was buried to us before that night.  And may we be just who we are meant to be, doing His will, even if it is faithfully cleaning bathrooms,  “for such a time as this.”

God bless each of you.  Thank you for your patience, grace and love.

Lovingly,

your sis J

 

 

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Friday’s Prayers for Prisoners (3/28/2014)

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Movie Review by the Dove Foundation:

Limited Theatrical Release – This gripping new documentary film tells the untold story of millions of women in Asia who are culturally persecuted for no other reason than the fact that they are women. From birth until death, their life is a vicious cycle of poverty and oppression; from the mass epidemic of female suicides, dowry deaths, forced abortion to the high rate of illiteracy among the women and even how more than 46 MILLION widows are being cast aside and ostracized by society simply because their husband died.

However, despite more than a millennia of hardships, the Gospel is being spread into the remote villages as Christian women are now rising up across the entire nation of India; bringing cultural change in every area of life through the hope of Jesus Christ.

These are the faces of true survivors. Those who have withstood a lifetime of adversity in the face of a culture stacked against them. Take a heartfelt journey through the eyes of these women, and others… (Full Movie Review can be seen here.)

What Others Are Saying About Veil of Tears:

“When I saw it, I knew I would never—could never—be the same. ‘Veil of Tears’ has taught me how to pray, to give, and to make a difference for Christ.”
– Joni Eareckson Tada

 
“‘Veil of Tears’ was so moving and informative. I want everyone to watch it and join us in making a difference in the lives of these women.”
– Francis Chan

 
“A well-produced, powerful and shocking exposé. ‘Veil of Tears’ will have you in tears.”
– Ray Comfort, Living Waters

 
“‘Veil of Tears’ asks the question, ‘Do we care?’ Now it’s up to us to answer.”
– John Schlitt, PETRA (Lead Vocalist)

 
“This factual account of the oppression of millions of women in Asia must be told. Though the story begins with tears, the Good News is that help is on the way through the ministry of compassion seen here.”
– Robert Coleman

 

Check the listing of theaters here or free simulcast here.

I prayed today:

Lord, I pray that the Spirit of the Lord rests on Veil of Tears so that liberty may be proclaimed to female captives in India, our blind American eyes may be opened, and oppressed women may be set free. (Based on Luke 4:18)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?

Join with me on Fridays to fast and pray for prisoners, according to Hebrews 13:3.

 

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Beginning today and ending on April 1, my book, Where’s the Kingdom of God?, is on sale at Amazon for $.99. You can download it onto your Kindle or any iPad, PC, Mac, iPhone, and other smartphones with Kindle apps.

Amazon book description:

What was the message Jesus commanded His disciples to preach?

If your answer is the “gospel,” then you are almost correct, but you have omitted three important words.

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)

Jesus spoke about being “born again” one time. He barely mentioned the “church,” said nothing about the “Bride of Christ,” and talked little about “saving sinners.” His primary message was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God.

Yet, most of us understand little about the kingdom of God or its benefits for each of us.

Where’s the Kingdom of God? is written in an easy to read style, which will give you an understanding of the most important kingdom in the world. The seventy-two footnotes will encourage you to dig deeper in your own study time.

So, if you are like me and are dissatisfied with our governments and social systems, then you need to read this book. It will offer hope in the one government and kingdom which will never let us down: the Kingdom of God.

53 Pages     Reg. Price $2.99     Author: Larry Nevenhoven

Available on Amazon for Kindles and Kindle Apps.

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Tuesday’s Prayers for America (3/25/2014)

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Jesus’ choice of Matthew as one of His closest disciples had to be scandalous at the time. Matthew was a publican or a tax collector for the Romans. Jews hated tax collectors and considered them to be the lowest of sinners, a person that even God could not redeem.

As a tax collector, Matthew paid in advance tax money to the Romans for his tax booth. Then, Matthew collected taxes from the Jews to cover his investment. He charged more than the tax rate to insure himself a profit, but usually, tax collectors extorted far and above what was owed. They were known for their greed. Roman soldiers enforced their actions so no one dared to object to the dealings of a tax collector.

Thus, you can understand why the Jews hated tax collectors.

Matthew’s life ended up being an explosive testimony to the Jews of the life-changing power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Today, I prayed:

Lord, I pray that You walk through America and say, “Follow Me,” to the lowest of sinners, the Matthews among us, and use them as testimonies of Your greatness. (Based on Mark 2:14)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for America.

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Lord, Help me Love Democrats (Part 9)

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Is abortion America’s Ai, a battle we can’t win because we have a national sin?

If so, what is our national sin(s)?

I have written and published an eBook entitled, New Wind Blowing. The fifty-four page book declares an alternative solution to the abortion problem and three other major issues:

I believe that one of America’s sins, which has opened the doors for God’s judgments of first, abortion, and then, illegal aliens, national debt, and Islamic terrorists to fall upon our nation was our government’s treacherous handling of the Vietnam War, especially in dealing with South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Our broken promises and lies have resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent people whose blood has cried out to a just God. (New Wind Blowing by Larry Nevenhoven, Amazon eBook, 2013)

New Wind Blowing is a prophetic book, which means I believe the content came from the Holy Spirit. Could I be wrong? Yes, of course, I could be totally off the mark.

But yet, all of my premises in the book are backed up with numerous scriptures and historical points.

Okay, how many scriptures back up our dependence on putting faith in America’s political system to rid our nation of a sin, such as abortion? Can you name one? Probably not.

And yet, we American Christians continue to walk down the same path the Moral Majority laid out for us almost forty years ago.

What have we Christians got to lose by being open to new ideas? Or are we just so determined to keep beating the same dead horse forever with the same results at the end of the day?

(Continued in Part 10)

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Inside Israel

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Once again, it’s time to hear from our sister in Jerusalem about what she is witnessing there as a believer in Yeshua.  Put your prayer shawls on and pray for Israel and Sister J. Now here she is …

Blessings from quiet Jerusalem on a beautiful shabat in springtime.  May The Lord Yeshua be blessed and glorified and may you be blessed and edified.  Together may we be encouraged deeper, deeper into Him.

A couple of weeks ago, as my husband and I were out for our Shabat walk in the mountains surrounding Jerusalem, we had to laugh with joy at the wonder of the spring carpet of nearly microscopic flowers.  This isn’t the first time that I’ve seen them, nor is it the first place.  The first time I saw them was back in 1975 in California in the large horse pasture in front of our so-called cabin.  I was so knew in knowing Him, but His tender voice called me to join Him outside for a walk.

As we walked that very early spring morning, I felt Him tell me to look down. So I did.  I could barely discern the tiny white flowers.  I got down on my knees to look, and there before me was a literal carpet of these itty bitty white flowers stretching as far as my eye could see.  When I stood up, it all looked green again, but now I was aware of the flowers so that my eyes could pick them out. I worshipped Him for His beauty.

Later that evening, around sunset, He seemed to call me outside again and repeat the walk, so I went.  Again I felt Him tell me to look down.  As I did this time I saw a different carpet, for the evening, there were tiny diamonds of purple in the grass.  They looked the same and they were just as abundant, but as different as, well, sunrise and sunset.  As I worshipped Him for such beauty and thought about how billions of flowers are hidden from human eyes, blooming in remote corners of the earth for a day or an hour or even a minute, I felt that I heard His Voice speaking to me. He said, “You are on your path and someday you will meet The Artist Who created all of this.”

I’m sorry that I can’t capture for you the true wonder of the moment, but such a shiver of anticipation and longing went through me. I recall that day whenever I see again the tiny hidden joyful wonders.

This past Monday I stood outside of work waiting for someone.  I looked up.  My mouth dropped open and my heart leapt for flying over my head were the migrating storks coming from Africa.  Now, if you haven’t seen them, these storks are BIG.  They darkened the sky as they flew over.  I’ve had the great privilege of living near and often seeing great flights of the California Condor, bald eagles in huge number, the migration of the trumpeter swans, snow geese, and others, but you can only see them when you look up.

I called to a young woman passing by, telling her excitedly, “Look,  look up,” but she had her iPhone stuck in her ears and couldn’t hear me. She missed it.

And that got me praying and thinking as I stood there waiting, about how we have to have eyes to see and ears to hear or we miss it in the Spirit as well as the flesh.  I thought, “There He is when I look down, and there He is when I look up.”  I began to meditate on His ABSOLUTE FAITHFULNESS when I look at WHO is behind it all.  All around me are His Fingerprints and my faith received the boost that I had been praying for. But OF COURSE He already is in the future, which my brain knows, but perhaps it is only me who finds themselves of little faith.

Israel is one of the world’s centers for bird watching, by the way.  Situated in the fertile crescent, at the corner of Africa, Europe and the Orient, the bird migrations are wonderful. The country has cultivated areas to make it both safe and inviting to God’s creatures as they carry out their mysterious pattern.  There is just so much of His character illustrated in the creatures, but I guess, in all creation and particularly in man, all are created in His Image.

Now, THAT is the lesson that I have found so hard to learn.

When I left NYC in my late teens, early twenties, it was because I never LIKED people, and NYC was FULL of them. Noisy,   demanding PEOPLE.  They didn’t understand me and I didn’t understand them and that was that.  I am pretty sure that I told you that very shortly after I was saved, while living in the same house with the horse pasture I mentioned above, a difficult thing had happened. I went running up the mountain behind my house and pressed into Him until I was worshipping Him and enjoying the stillness of the trees and the beauty that seemed to worship all around me.  I said to Him, “Oh it is so wonderful.  I will just stay in the woods and worship You with all of nature.”

He answered me with a sad tinge in His Voice, calling me by name, “I did not die for the trees.”

And I knew that He was not going to allow me to live in remote areas forever and it scared me.  However in His mercy, He allowed me so many years of learning in those hot houses that He has, undisturbed by noise and the demands of hustle and bustle.

In this new apartment I am finding that I have to finally face this battle with my flesh once and for all.

I think that is why that above faith lesson was so critical for me just now.  My CONFESSION can be right on and I DO believe what I confess, but my EMOTIONS have been in utter rebellion.  I grump to The Lord that I want the leeks and garlic of Egypt . It gives me the shivers just to think of it that way.

I ride the noisy uncomfortable train, the bus, work in a high demand noisy doctor’s office, ride the noisy bus and train again and then come home. And at home, there is MORE noise and people shouting in front of my apartment and yet you are telling me to PRAY for them and, even worse, to LOVE them and I DON’T.

Oh I can love and pray for people in nice small portions, bouquets’ of people, but ALL OF THESE?  HELP!

And He is.  Slowly slowly I am going out on to our “merepesset” (balcony) and praying for all of the people below me.  I WANT to love them as He loves them and see each one as an individual.  I WANT to care about their eternity.  And I WANT to pray for them in earnest and with His passion.  He IS faithful.

So, those are my observations for today. ..and some confessions.  God bless and keep you close to Him for His glory and the furtherance of His kingdom.

Lovingly,

your sis in Jerusalem J

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