The Ballad of Gorgeous George and Jittery Jacob
George Mueller was a man of God if there ever was one. Spiritually I cannot place myself in his league by any means, but there are obvious inescapable comparisons, not between us but between the challenges faced. Before coming to know Jesus, Mueller was apparently something of a kind of philandering lush who was rather lavish with cash enjoying the high life. After coming to know Jesus, however, he had a heart for poor children (the urban poverty and plight of homeless children in the UK in his day was something akin to Third World conditions today as described in Dickens novels). Less noble in lifestyle than his London counterpart, Dr. Barnardo, Mueller of Bristol had been quite the character. Continue reading
HazorâimÂ (âthey that sowâ) â www.hazorim.org – is an initiative set up in New Zealand. Teams of volunteers are gathered from the body of Messiah, given basic training (extramural), and sent to Israel for three weeks. One week of visiting places of Biblical interest, combined with teaching, and two weeks of sharing Messiah YeshuaÂ on the streets.Â The principle tool used in the field is âMessiah Comesâ â www.messiah.com.es .
It is envisaged that, God willing,Â Hazorâim will soon operate out of more countries than just New Zealand.
Expressions of interest are invited. See www.hazorim.org for contact details.
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Peace I leave with you â My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do
I give unto you. Donât let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.Â (John 14:27, NASB)
What a rich, rich blessing we have in Jesus Christ! Jesus gives us His peace, a peace so unlike the false âpeaceâ that this world endlessly pursues. And so we shouldnât let our hearts be troubled, nor should we let our hearts be fearful. If youâre reading this right now and you have burdens, worries, stress, and pressure weighing heavily upon you, take a deep breath, and open up to John 14:27 and let His word minister to your soul. Actually, I recommend reading all the way through chapters 14-16â¦ these chapters have so very many precious truths contained in them! If we read them with a heart open to His Voice, it is virtually impossible to close The Bible and not feel way better than we did before. Jesusâ words are so beautiful indeed! Continue reading
By His wounds weâve been healed!(1 Peter 2:24)
I recently sent a detailed letter to the Russian Embassy in New York, asking them to explain why I was denied entrance to Russia last month. When I was at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow, the agent there had claimed that she couldnât explain exactly why I was being refused, and that Iâd have to contact the Embassy here in the US for them to explain it to me. And so, thatâs what I did, sending them a letter so as to find out why they denied my entrance. In the letter I pointed out the fact that the document I had been given in Moscow was to have been signed by both them and me, but that in fact, there were no signatures whatsoever on that document. I asked the Russian Embassy in New York to explain why I was not permitted to enter the country, and shared about how Iâve been helping the people of Beslan. Well, last week I received the Embassyâs âanswer,â if thatâs what you want to call it. Â In the classic Russian style of âletâs ignore the facts because they really make no difference to us whatsoever,â they ignored basically everything in my letter, only responding by saying that I was refused in accordance with law 27. The reason their âreplyâ was so hilarious was that the document which was given to me in Moscow (and which I photocopied and sent to the NY Embassy) already stated that! Well, at least I know they can read. But I was asking them to explain why they used that law to deny me entrance, for the agent in Moscow had assured me that the Embassy in the US would be able to do so. Iâm obviously going to send them another letter, but I waited to do so because in all honesty, I really felt like writing one of those âyou big dumb idiots!â kind of letter. Practical wisdom said to wait, since oneâs immediate response is usually not always the best one to send. JÂ Continue reading
Donât follow the masses in doing whatâs evil(Exodus 23:2)
The popular belief that bad things are okay because âeverybodyâs doing themâ is a lie that the adversary often uses in order to coax us to give in and just go with the flow. After all, why try to swim upstream, right? Wrong! Walking
in truth, righteousness, godliness, and holiness will often mean that weâll have few companions along the way, but be that as it may, Godâs Word instructs us to not follow the crowd in doing whatâs evil. Popularity does not justify sin. We are called to follow Jesus, and to pursue His ways, be they âpopularâ or not. Letâs resolve in our hearts once again just to follow Jesus Christ; no turning back! Continue reading
How blessed is the man who trusts in The Lord of Warriors!(Psalm 84:12)
Those who trust in the Lord are blessed indeed â for they trust not in themselves, nor in their own power, nor in their own accomplishments. Their trust is in The Lord. May we trust in Him, having faith & confidence in His Character, & living in the knowledge of His great love for us. He Is more than worthy of all of our trust! Continue reading
Give thanks to the Lord, for He Is Good â His lovingkindness is everlasting!Â Â Psalm 136
Shalom, brothers and sisters in Christ, our Rock and Redeemer!
Lord willing i fly out of Pittsburgh tomorrow (Tuesday) evening to return to B.e.s.l.a.n, R.u.s.s.i.a. where God has opened the door to again serve Him there for three months. iâm obviously very excited about returning there, and seeing what all Jesus will do in and through us as we enter this new chapter of reaching out to this broken-hearted community. Continue reading
Wintery greetings from Pittsburgh!
Attached is a report on the Jerusalem mis.sion work which God blessed us to share in, and praise be to The Lord for all that He used us for! Continue reading
Warm greetings from Jerusalem, the city of God!
I just wanted to write and send a short update on the labor here, and also to thank you for your prayers and support in sharing in this work. Itâs been a great blessing getting to see old friends again, make new ones, and spend time in Jerusalemâs Old City â by far, my favorite place here. You can check out this link to see photos and info on the Old City section if youâre interested: http://www.bibleplaces.com/oldcitygates.htm Continue reading
The Way Congregation
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As you can see at the side, we have a new logo. Its components are made of mountains â the Galilee mountains (we are located in the center of the Galilee and our vision is to serve the people of the Galilee). The Olive tree, that is so common in the Galilee and is full of Biblical symbolism from the Old and New Testaments, fits our name: “The Way”, and indeed Yeshua is the way the truth and the life. There is no other way to get to God the Father, and we pray that we can be like the Olive Tree â faithful, with fruit that produces good oil for people around us, lighting their way to God. Continue reading
Update from Russia, 25
October 23rd, 2007
YHWH has done great things for us, and we are glad! (Psalm 126:3)
10/16/07, Tuesday: The Lord blessed me with an opportunity to witness to Lyuda, the lady who runs the internet club. She showed me some card with one of their Russian icons on it, and i asked why we should pray to the saints. God enabled me to give her an example, showing her that going straight to The Lord in prayer is the way to go â God has the most power, so why not go straight to Him? Lyuda, like many here, believe that thereâs power in praying to âGodâs helpers.â i mentioned that the saints may have been holy people, but theyâre dead now. Lyuda interjected by saying, âJesus died too.â i looked at her in sort of a wide-eyed eyebrows-raised way and nodded my head to signify âyes,â and said, âYeahhhhh, but He rose from the dead, didnât He?â She agreed in sort of an âoh-yeah, I forgot about thatâ way. Continue reading
Update from Russia, 24. October 15th, 2007
May those who love YHWH be like the sunâs rising in its might! (Judges 5:31)
10/9/07, Tuesday: Visited w/ Gyerman, a man whose wife and two young children were among the hostages during the school massacre. The children survived, but his wife did not. It was good talking with Gyerman, a calm-natured man who comes across as just one of those really nice people whom we seldom meet in life. He shared how itâs so hard for him, now that heâs raising two young kids alone. Gyerman told me that he keeps going on for the sake of his children; he mentioned that if he didnât have his children, wellâ¦ he didnât exactly say what, but his meaning was clearly understood. He mentioned how he, like many here, has both good and bad neighbors. Tragically, this community has been living in not only sorrow and grief since the terrorist attack, but also in jealousy and envy; those who lost loved ones in the attack were given a large amount of money from the government, and many people around them have become very jealous that the victimâs families now live âbetterâ than they do. Itâs terrible what greed does to peopleâ¦ i mean, to envy families who lost loved ones in such a horrific way because they received money and you didnât â that is appalling. The precious families whom The Lord has blessed me to know here who lost children and other family members would give every cent they had if that would bring about the return of their loved ones. â¦Later went and visited with Khetag and his mom and dad. (Khetag managed to escape when the terrorist attack began, but his younger and only brother did not and he was killed in that tragedy.) Khetag is about 17 or so, and today he gave me the shirt off his back â pretty literally! A while back I saw him wearing a red t-shirt with âAlaniaâ written on it â Alania is another name for North Ossetia, the county in which Bsl_n is located â and i asked him where he got it. He told me iâd have to go the nearby city of Vladkavkz – but today, he saved me the trip and the money! Khetag gave me his shirt. Continue reading
Update from Russia, 23. October 8th, 2007
The fear of YHWH – to hate evil (Proverbs 8:13)
9/26/07, Wednesday: In the late afternoon, one of the little-neighbor girls, Madina, came by with some of her friends to escort me to her 10th birthday party! Young Madina was a hostage during the terrorist attack, along with her mother, and itâs a miracle that both of them survived. Madinaâs a very sweet little girl, and it was a lot of fun being there at her birthday partyâ¦ to Godâs praise, most of the kids here relate to me more like a friend rather than just âan adult,â although i’m already 30. You can see the attached photo, in which they wrapped both Madina and i up like mummies! When we were seated at the table, Madinaâs mom asked me to say a toast; in this culture, adults often stand up during celebrations and toast to othersâ health and so forth, but almost always done over alcohol, and often by invoking ethnic idols and so forth. i personally donât drink, and of course wouldnât be toasting using any of the names of the false deities here, and so i said that iâd pray instead. Yah blessed me to pray for Madina, and in The Name of Jesus – thanking Him for how He saved her from the terrorist attack, and asking for His blessing upon her. â¦Please pray for a young man here that i know, named Irbek â he looks like heâs around 20 or so, and i think he has some form of cancer or something. He works at the internet club i go to, and though i donât know him really, really well, heâs just one of those people that comes across like a truly nice person. The Lord enabled me to give him the new CD, and pray that The Lord uses it to touch Irbekâs heart. â¦Congratulations to my parents, Rick and Doreen Catizone, who celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary today! Please ask God to bless them richly, and to give them many more years together â in good health, and serving Jesus with all that they are. (Much love to you both!) Continue reading
Update from Russia, 20. September 18th, 2007
âBecause Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise You.â (Psalm 63:3, NASB)
9/12/07, Wednesday: In the evening, my neighbor Madina stopped by for help with her English homework. Madina is around 15, and is a really great girl. She smiles easily and often, and one would never be able to guess she herself was one of the more than 1,000 hostages who were held for three days in the gym during the terrorist attack. Madina was a hostage, along with all (four) of her siblings; she is the only one who survived. She is a believer, as are her parents, and they are amazing testimonies of trusting in Jesus even in the darkest of times. I helped Madina some with her homework, and iâm constantly amazed at what they try and teach these youth â texts which are way too hard for the levels theyâre at. The result is that many students donât really understand anything, and finish high school not being able to communicate hardly at all, although they studied English for 7 years. Continue reading