Born twice in Jerusalem

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I was born in Israel in the city of Jerusalem and brought up, like the rest of my family and race, to love and honour God, to keep the Sabbath, the law and its traditions. As I grew up in a Jewish environment, I had a love for my country and my people. My parents wanted me to learn English, so after I finished primary school they suggested …

God Loved Me

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I was the only son of my parents. One day, after my father left for work, a taxi pulled up to the door, and my mother told me that we were going away! Nine months later my dad obtained custody of me and I went to live with his sister. I did not know what ‘separation and divorce’ meant. I only knew it hurt. But …

The Personal Saviour

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There is a special blessing in the Christmas message that is frequently missed by many. The birth of Jesus is not simply an interesting fact of history unrelated to your present life, but rather it has a direct bearing upon it. When the angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, the personal importance of His coming was emphasized. He said “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you …

Finding Righteousness in Istanbul

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As Muhammad and his friend were walking through the Bazaar Quarter of Istanbul, they heard a loud explosion, and joined the crowd that was gathering at the site. When they saw an American father trying to reassure his two young daughters, Muhammad offered to buy ice cream for the little girls. After the ice cream had comforted them, Mohammad and his friend asked the father about himself. The American told …

He Lifted Up His Eyes

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Bold explorations of outer space and stunning pictures transmitted back to earth have created new levels of wonder at the marvels of the universe. As current as this interest might be, it is certainly not new. Long ago, as David, a young shepherd, lifted his eyes and scanned the starry sky, he was awestruck with the Creator of it all, and wondered why such a great God was involved in the affairs of men (Psalm 8:3- 4). Our …

I Am Alive for Evermore!

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It had been many years since the apostle John shared a fish breakfast, on the shores of Galilee, with Jesus Christ. He had seen the Lord on several occasions after His resurrection. Now, in the twilight of his life, banished by the Roman Emperor to the island of Patmos, John receives another view of the living Christ. Jesus said, “Behold, I am alive for evermore” (Revelation 1:18). These five …

I have the scars to prove it

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One of John McCain’s punch lines during his two-year campaign in the 2008 United States Presidential election was “I’ve got the scars to prove it.” He was referring to the wounds he sustained when he was a prisoner of war. John McCain was engaged in a war of mortal combat when he sustained those wounds. Thank God, he is alive to tell the story. There is, however, another …

The Worst Pandemic

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The World Health Organization has set out three essential characteristics of a pandemic: It must be a new virus to which no one is immune; it is capable of producing a fatal illness; and it can be transmitted from one person to another. In 1918 a flu pandemic (commonly referred to as the Spanish flu) spread to nearly every part of the world. Most of its victims were healthy young adults. …

He Refused to be Rescued

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It seems bizarre that someone who was perishing would resist being rescued, and yet it happened A 30-year old man climbed over the retaining wall and jumped into the rapids of Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls. Quickly the currents carried him towards the 173-foot drop. Even if he wanted to, there could be no turning back. The 675,000 gallons of water that plunge over the cataract every second hurled him like …

Zacchaeus Listened, Will You?

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Have you heard the story about Zacchaeus, the tax collector? He was not a popular man. No one likes a tax collector, especially a dishonest tax collector. Zacchaeus was also very short. I can imagine him trying to see the Lord Jesus as He came through Jericho. I can picture the people being rude to him and not giving him an opportunity to get in through the crowd. I …