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Episode: “New series and new faces”
Viewers get a preview of Close Encounters with Yeshua, a new series that begins next week. This ten-program series focuses on how Jesus (Yeshua) supernaturally came, ministered on Earth, and calls people to draw near to Him today. While viewers will continue to see Myles and Katharine, this program introduces the new hosts of Zola Levitt Presents.

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  • 00:11 Brethren, my heart's desire
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  • 00:14 and prayer to God for Israel
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  • 00:16 is that they might be saved
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  • 00:18 for there is no difference
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  • 00:20 between the Jew and the Greek
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  • 00:21 for the same Lord over all
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  • 00:23 is rich unto all that call upon Him.
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  • 00:35 Hello, I'm Wayne Fornier
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  • 00:37 and I've been a supporter of Zola Levitt Ministries
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  • 00:40 for many years now.
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  • 00:42 I'm here today to talk about some exciting
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  • 00:45 changes we have in the ministry ahead.
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  • 00:47 And here to help me with that
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  • 00:50 is the Executive Director of Zola Levitt Ministries.
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  • 00:54 And he just happens to be Zola's son.
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  • 00:57 Mark Levitt, thanks for being with us in the studio today.
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  • 00:59 Hi Wayne, thanks for being here.
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  • 01:02 When I joined the ministry in 1988
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  • 01:04 it had already been operating for about 10 years
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  • 01:06 and it began in the 70's.
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  • 01:09 Zola was on the radio with "Heart of the Matter"
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  • 01:12 You saw the ministry start from the
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  • 01:14 very beginning in Zola's house.
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  • 01:16 You were there with him and
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  • 01:18 you saw everything right from the start.
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  • 01:20 That's right.
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  • 01:21 He typed a little study booklet that we sell now,
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  • 01:23 "The Miracle of Passover".
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  • 01:25 "The Seven Feasts of Israel"
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  • 01:26 "A Christian Love Story"
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  • 01:27 on an IBM Selectric working in a temporary house in our back yard.
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  • 01:30 So you saw it and helped him
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  • 01:32 and I guess it was natural for you to get into the ministry.
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  • 01:36 He began on the radio first though before television.
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  • 01:39 That's right.
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  • 01:40 It was a call-in program called
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  • 01:42 "The Heart of the Matter".
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  • 01:43 In fact, this program was called "Zola Levitt Live"
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  • 01:46 initially because it was taped virtually live.
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  • 01:48 And I was trying to think the other day
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  • 01:52 how many television programs did Zola make?
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  • 01:56 Well he was on from 79 to 2006
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  • 02:00 so that's hundreds and hundreds.
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  • 02:01 Quite a few.
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  • 02:02 That's right.
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  • 02:04 He was the first Jewish Christian television ministry.
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  • 02:07 That's right.
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  • 02:08 And he met so many people in Israel
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  • 02:12 and interviewed them on location
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  • 02:14 and brought so many lessons to the television screen.
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  • 02:16 Yeah, I believe he was the first one to take us to Israel, for sure.
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  • 02:19 And then sadly, Zola did pass away.
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  • 02:23 Well, he graduated to heaven and then
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  • 02:25 we had some new spokes people step into his shoes.
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  • 02:27 Dr. Jeff Seif came in.
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  • 02:29 That's right.
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  • 02:30 Along with Zola's widow - Sandra.
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  • 02:32 And I think one of the reasons Jeff was so instrumental was
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  • 02:37 because he worked with Zola,
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  • 02:38 collaborated on that big work,
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  • 02:41 The Institute of Jewish Christian Studies
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  • 02:43 That's right.
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  • 02:44 It's a correspondence course.
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  • 02:45 People take all 12 courses
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  • 02:47 over a period of about a year.
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  • 02:48 And then they get a diploma with
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  • 02:50 their name in calligraphy
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  • 02:51 when they graduate.
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  • 02:52 That's one of the ways I was
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  • 02:54 introduced to the ministry as well too.
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  • 02:56 I started taking that course.
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  • 02:57 I loved that.
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  • 02:59 Now Jeff Seif was with us for how long?
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  • 03:01 For 5 years.
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  • 03:02 Okay, and then of course after Jeff, Myles and Katharine.
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  • 03:06 That's right and they've been with us for 6 years.
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  • 03:08 And the tours continue.
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  • 03:10 The Institute continues.
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  • 03:11 And you can see everything on our website levitt.com
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  • 03:14 And now we're adding new people to the team.
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  • 03:17 That's right.
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  • 03:19 Yes, as a matter of fact,
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  • 03:21 some exciting changes ahead
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  • 03:23 in Zola Levitt Presents.
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  • 03:25 And we're going to be talking about that in just a minute.
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  • 03:28 But first we want you to see scenes
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  • 03:31 from a new series that we're working on.
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  • 03:34 A series that focuses on the miraculous birth
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  • 03:37 and the ministry of Yeshua here on earth
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  • 03:41 and the fact that today He is calling
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  • 03:43 people to Him to draw near.
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  • 03:46 Let's take a look at this right now.
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  • 03:58 Not long ago, our first encounter
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  • 04:00 on the waters of the Galilee.
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  • 04:02 My hand is completely restored.
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  • 04:04 He said, Your faith has saved you.
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  • 04:07 I've heard Yeshua speak in our synagogue.
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  • 04:11 He talked about the Kingdom of God.
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  • 04:14 Then He showed us His wounds in His hands and feet.
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  • 04:17 I believe He really is a King.
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  • 04:28 Some people have always believed in the promises
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  • 04:31 that are in this Book.
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  • 04:33 Some people have believed before the Book was written.
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  • 04:36 We're here in the desert.
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  • 04:37 Desert Mid bar .
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  • 04:39 One of the root words for the word "to speak".
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  • 04:42 And it's here that God speaks.
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  • 04:44 It's here in the loneliness
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  • 04:46 in the solitude and the quiet
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  • 04:47 that the God of all Creation spoke,
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  • 04:51 called Abraham from here.
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  • 04:53 Think about what this place means to God.
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  • 04:55 It's a place where we become dependent on Him.
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  • 05:00 I just think about this place.
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  • 05:03 The modern world is intruding,
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  • 05:05 the sound in the background.
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  • 05:07 But if you listen carefully,
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  • 05:08 the sound of the waves,
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  • 05:10 this look of the sea
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  • 05:13 is exactly the way it was 2,000 years ago.
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  • 05:17 It's such a privilege to be here, to bring you here
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  • 05:20 to speak about the miracles of Yeshua .
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  • 05:25 We had been fishing all night.
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  • 05:28 Waste of time.
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  • 05:31 We were hungry...tired.
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  • 05:33 Just wanted to go home.
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  • 05:36 Then Simone Peter motions us for help.
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  • 05:39 His net is broken
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  • 05:40 and his boat was sinking
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  • 05:42 with more fish than it could handle.
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  • 05:44 So I brought my boat close to his to help.
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  • 05:47 But the catch was so big
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  • 05:49 that my boat began sinking too.
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  • 05:53 I tell you, I've been fishing here on the Galilee
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  • 05:56 my whole life.
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  • 05:59 Never seen anything like it.
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  • 06:03 Never.
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  • 06:05 It turns out Yeshua ben Yosef ,
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  • 06:08 the son of Joseph,
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  • 06:10 he was the one who told Peter where to drop his nets.
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  • 06:13 The exact spot.
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  • 06:16 And then he tells him that he would catch...men.
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  • 06:23 Strange...
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  • 06:25 I don't know what he meant by that.
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  • 06:27 But Peter and the Sons of Zebedee
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  • 06:30 they seemed changed by the whole thing.
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  • 06:33 Transformed somehow.
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  • 06:42 I heard Yeshua attends our synagogue.
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  • 06:47 Next time he's there
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  • 06:53 I'll be there.
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  • 06:55 I want to know more.
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  • 07:01 Well as you can see
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  • 07:02 this is going to be and exciting new series.
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  • 07:05 And joining me now in the studio
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  • 07:08 are a couple of new faces that you're
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  • 07:09 going to be seeing in the coming weeks and months.
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  • 07:11 May I introduce Dave and Kirsten Hart.
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  • 07:14 Welcome to Zola Levitt Presents.
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  • 07:15 Hi Wayne
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  • 07:16 Thank you!
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  • 07:17 We're thrilled to be here.
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  • 07:18 We're thrilled and we're so honored.
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  • 07:20 Thank you very much.
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  • 07:21 We're thrilled to have you here
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  • 07:22 joining our team.
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  • 07:24 Let me ask you...
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  • 07:25 We want to find out about you
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  • 07:27 but the first thing I'd like to ask,
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  • 07:28 How did you come to faith in Yeshua?
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  • 07:30 Do you want me to start?
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  • 07:31 Go ahead.
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  • 07:32 I am a PK...
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  • 07:34 a Pastor's son.
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  • 07:35 Wayne - That explains a lot!
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  • 07:37 And you may have heard about us.
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  • 07:38 It's true what they say
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  • 07:40 that we're the worst kids.
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  • 07:41 Cause we hang out with the Deacon's kids all the time.
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  • 07:44 You know that.
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  • 07:45 I at age 12 became a Christian
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  • 07:48 through my Sunday School teacher.
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  • 07:50 And she prayed the prayer with me and
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  • 07:53 I'm so thankful that...
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  • 07:55 I've had a lot of Sunday School Teachers growing up
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  • 07:57 but she was the one that I remember out of any other names.
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  • 08:00 And she was just a great teacher.
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  • 08:03 God always seems to use one particular person to lead us to Him.
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  • 08:07 Yes.
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  • 08:08 He does...and I was younger than you.
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  • 08:09 I was in kindergarten.
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  • 08:10 I was ready
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  • 08:12 [All laughing]
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  • 08:13 And at that time in kindergarten
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  • 08:14 I asked Jesus into my heart
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  • 08:16 before I knew His name was actually Yeshua.
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  • 08:18 So we're learning.
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  • 08:20 And I remember even in elementary school
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  • 08:22 we lived in Princeton, New Jersey.
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  • 08:25 We'd go to the Princeton Theological Seminary for Passover Seder.
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  • 08:29 So I remember doing that just as a young girl.
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  • 08:32 And of course when you have to eat the bitters
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  • 08:34 it was....uhhh!
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  • 08:36 But that's kind of some of my background.
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  • 08:38 We're so thankful too that we grew up in the church.
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  • 08:40 We have that heritage of growing up
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  • 08:42 as little kids every time the doors were open.
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  • 08:44 Your Mom was the Organist.
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  • 08:46 Right
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  • 08:47 My Dad was the Preacher.
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  • 08:48 My father led music.
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  • 08:49 So we're Church babies.
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  • 08:51 So to be clear, did you grow up in the same church?
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  • 08:54 We didn't believe it or not.
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  • 08:56 I grew up in New Jersey, so I'm East Coast.
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  • 08:59 I'm Southern California.
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  • 09:00 Wayne - alright.
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  • 09:02 God brought us together.
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  • 09:03 So there had to be something
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  • 09:05 happening there to get you together.
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  • 09:07 And actually we met in the middle of the country
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  • 09:09 So we joined a group...
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  • 09:10 or your were the vocal director
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  • 09:12 for a group called "Eternity"
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  • 09:13 based out of Austin.
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  • 09:14 So different coasts and we come...
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  • 09:16 We tell people that we met in Eternity.
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  • 09:18 So you two are definitely singers.
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  • 09:20 This is all coming to fruition now
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  • 09:23 Part of our ministry - yes.
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  • 09:24 Yes.
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  • 09:26 Wow...
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  • 09:27 Can't wait to hear you sing sometime.
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  • 09:28 But that'll be for another time.
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  • 09:30 More about your ministry and your faith now...please?
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  • 09:33 You're a minister of music in a church.
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  • 09:36 I am.
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  • 09:37 I lead full time at a church and
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  • 09:40 also do some singing in Branson and...
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  • 09:43 Wayne - Branson, Missouri.
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  • 09:44 That's where you live now.
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  • 09:45 Yes we do.
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  • 09:47 And I speak for women's conferences
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  • 09:50 so I'm out on weekends and do women's retreats and conferences
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  • 09:52 and speak at churches also.
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  • 09:54 Wayne - so you both lead pretty busy lives.
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  • 09:56 Thank you for joining us on Zola Levitt Presents.
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  • 09:59 We've got a lot with this new series
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  • 10:02 "Close Encounters with Yeshua"
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  • 10:04 that you're going to be working on that
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  • 10:05 and so many more too.
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  • 10:07 It's a great new series.
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  • 10:08 We have a lot more with Dave and Kirsten
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  • 10:11 when we come back.
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  • 10:15 Our offer on this program
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  • 10:17 "Sons of Israel"
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  • 10:19 3 DVDs featuring the teaching of Zola Levitt
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  • 10:22 on location in Israel.
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  • 10:24 This 9 part series chronicles
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  • 10:26 the fascinating lives of
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  • 10:28 some of God's key men
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  • 10:30 from Abraham, Moses and David
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  • 10:33 to the Messiah and the Apostles.
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  • 10:36 An informative and
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  • 10:37 stunningly beautiful history
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  • 10:39 of the people God chose
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  • 10:41 and the special men among them
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  • 10:43 that He used for His purposes.
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  • 10:46 A 9 part series on 3 DVDs
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  • 10:49 "Sons of Israel"
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  • 10:53 Shalom, it's good to see you.
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  • 10:54 We are bringing you quality programming from Israel
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  • 10:57 Christianity through Jewish eyes.
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  • 10:59 Thank you for your donations and your support.
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  • 11:01 We need you to partner with us.
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  • 11:03 We are so grateful for your prayers
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  • 11:05 and your financial giving to this ministry.
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  • 11:07 It enables us to bring you to Israel with us
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  • 11:10 and bring Israel to you.
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  • 11:12 So, thanks again.
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  • 11:39 For more information on our next tour to Israel call...
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  • 11:45 Zola Tours to Israel...
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  • 11:47 It is the trip of a lifetime.
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  • 11:50 And joining me in the studio today
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  • 11:52 are Dave and Kirsten Hart.
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  • 11:53 And I understand that your son
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  • 11:55 lives and works in Israel.
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  • 11:56 He does, our youngest is Ryan.
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  • 11:58 We have a 25 year old named Tyler who's married
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  • 12:02 and we have a grandchild with him.
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  • 12:03 But our youngest just moved to Jerusalem in August.
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  • 12:07 He is video production specialist with
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  • 12:09 International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem.
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  • 12:12 The ICEJ!
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  • 12:13 Yes!
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  • 12:14 So whenever you see videos coming out
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  • 12:16 on the website or on the Internet
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  • 12:19 it's all our son, our baby.
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  • 12:21 He's been there since August.
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  • 12:22 Yes, and he will be there for 2 years.
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  • 12:24 Alright, so I'm sure his work is very interesting.
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  • 12:27 It is!
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  • 12:28 He's on location all the time.
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  • 12:30 And we were just with him.
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  • 12:31 Just about every day.
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  • 12:32 Yeah.
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  • 12:33 And you've been there obviously to see him
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  • 12:35 so tell us about your trips to Israel.
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  • 12:37 We actually just got back for our 2nd Tour.
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  • 12:39 And it's like you said.
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  • 12:41 It's a trip of a lifetime
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  • 12:43 and we can't wait to go back again
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  • 12:45 and take a bunch of friends with us.
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  • 12:47 So you've seen all the spots.
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  • 12:48 I don't think so.
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  • 12:50 I think we missed Masada.
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  • 12:52 We missed Masada because it was raining.
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  • 12:54 It was pouring for a whole week in Jerusalem.
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  • 12:56 And we were on our way to Masada
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  • 12:58 but the roads were flooded out.
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  • 13:00 Tell us a little bit what it's like in Israel
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  • 13:02 right now, this year as far as you know.
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  • 13:05 From experience, telling our friends
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  • 13:08 and even our family that we were going to Israel
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  • 13:10 There was a lot of concern.
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  • 13:12 They were worried that we were going.
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  • 13:14 And there's so much peace there,
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  • 13:16 almost more than here in America.
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  • 13:18 I think we felt safer walking around the streets of Jerusalem
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  • 13:23 than we in Missouri.
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  • 13:25 I know that sounds horrible
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  • 13:26 but I think it's true.
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  • 13:28 And a lot of peace knowing that our son lives there
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  • 13:30 and he just loves it.
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  • 13:32 So do you experience the food...is the...
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  • 13:35 Ohhhh! I need a falafel right now.
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  • 13:37 [Laughing]
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  • 13:38 We were inboxing on Facebook with our son just yesterday.
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  • 13:41 And he said, I just found the best falafel place ever.
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  • 13:44 And I said, Okay, we're going when we get back.
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  • 13:47 And we miss humus and the pita bread, and the salads.
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  • 13:51 She tried to make it the other day.
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  • 13:52 Tried!
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  • 13:53 Woops!
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  • 13:54 I did make humus!
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  • 13:55 It wasn't quite the same
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  • 13:56 but I appreciate you trying.
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  • 13:57 Thank you!
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  • 13:59 Wayne - Where's your favorite place to go in Israel?
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  • 14:01 Ahhh - there's so many.
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  • 14:04 Favorite?
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  • 14:06 This might sound so strange.
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  • 14:07 When we were just there I wanted to see real Jerusalem
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  • 14:12 where everyone worked and where they ate.
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  • 14:14 And one of my favorite spots was
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  • 14:16 The "Shuk" [Shook], The Old Market.
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  • 14:18 Have you been?
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  • 14:19 No, but I've heard so many people speak about that.
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  • 14:22 That has so much activity going on.
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  • 14:24 It's amazing.
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  • 14:25 We went Thursday night, right before Shabbat.
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  • 14:27 And everyone is gathering up their food.
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  • 14:29 The produce is phenomenal.
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  • 14:31 It's colorful, it's loud, people are active.
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  • 14:34 And I - honestly I think that's one of my favorite spots.
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  • 14:36 It was fun.
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  • 14:37 That's where you get a chance to
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  • 14:39 negotiate prices when you're buying things, right?
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  • 14:40 And I didn't because I didn't know.
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  • 14:42 We're learning about shekels
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  • 14:43 and how much this is worth
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  • 14:45 and I didn't want to, you know... get in a fight,
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  • 14:47 but we loved it!
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  • 14:50 And it was your non-tour spot
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  • 14:51 so it was just where the Israelis were
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  • 14:53 in there shopping and doing life
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  • 14:55 and it was just amazing.
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  • 14:57 How are the Israeli people?
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  • 14:58 They're wonderful.
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  • 14:59 They're thriving.
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  • 15:01 And they love that Americans are going over
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  • 15:04 and we care about them.
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  • 15:06 They sense that we love their Country.
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  • 15:09 And I think our Churches are starting
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  • 15:12 to grasp what it's like to
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  • 15:15 go over and to pray for them.
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  • 15:18 It's a sense of pride and gratitude
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  • 15:20 at the same time that Americans
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  • 15:22 are taking such an interest in Israel, isn't it?
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  • 15:25 It is and that's why everyone needs to
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  • 15:26 support this ministry Zola Levitt Ministries
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  • 15:29 because what we're doing for Israel and for the Jewish people.
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  • 15:33 Myles, right now, will give you information
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  • 15:36 how you can support Zola Levitt Presents.
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  • 15:42 You know, as we're bringing you these
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  • 15:43 previews of what's upcoming
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  • 15:45 we want to take you a little bit behind the scenes
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  • 15:46 and find out how we pay for these programs.
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  • 15:48 It's expensive to do television in Israel
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  • 15:51 and bring these programs to you.
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  • 15:53 And so my guest today is Ray Gary from "I Donate".
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  • 15:55 Thank you Ray for being with us.
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  • 15:57 It's a pleasure to be here.
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  • 15:58 Tell our viewers a little bit about your background.
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  • 16:00 How did you come into this non-profit funding world?
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  • 16:03 Well, Myles my entire background in business
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  • 16:06 had been on the "for" profit side.
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  • 16:08 I had worked in various technology companies over the years...
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  • 16:11 really for about 28 years or so.
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  • 16:13 And I had gone through the Halftime Institute
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  • 16:16 where I had met Bob Buford.
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  • 16:17 And I came out of that with the realization
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  • 16:20 that while I had spent the majority of
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  • 16:23 the first half of my life kind of
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  • 16:24 focused on success and ambition
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  • 16:26 I really needed to re calibrate and think about something to do
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  • 16:29 that was significant that really mattered
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  • 16:31 and that really put my talents in uses
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  • 16:33 together for the Kingdom and for the Lord.
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  • 16:36 Best of both worlds.
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  • 16:37 Yeah, and so I met through that process
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  • 16:39 which of course was providential.
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  • 16:41 I met some guys with the National Christian Foundation
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  • 16:43 that were experimenting with this idea of
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  • 16:46 opening up the idea of giving non-cash.
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  • 16:49 And I had a venture capital background
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  • 16:51 so I just got kind of enthralled when
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  • 16:53 I looked at the numbers and saw there was
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  • 16:55 40 Billion Dollars given every single year in non-cash
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  • 16:58 and yet faith based organizations were
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  • 17:00 getting less than 8 per cent of that.
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  • 17:01 What do you mean by "non-cash"?
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  • 17:03 Give our viewers an idea of what that is.
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  • 17:04 Sure, the IRS classifies non-cash as things like
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  • 17:08 vehicles, boats, jewelry, real estate, electronics, collectibles.
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  • 17:15 There's about 12 to 13 asset classes
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  • 17:17 that make up about 40 Billion Dollars a year.
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  • 17:19 People don't realize that there's
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  • 17:20 40 Billion Dollars a year given in non-cash,
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  • 17:23 but it doesn't go to faith based organizations.
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  • 17:26 How do you explain that?
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  • 17:27 You know the best explanation I can give you for it
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  • 17:30 is they don't ask.
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  • 17:32 WOW
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  • 17:33 And I always like to tell the story, very quickly,
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  • 17:36 of an Easter lunch conversation
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  • 17:38 when I'm with 20 family members
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  • 17:40 all of which are believers.
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  • 17:42 And we're sitting around the table
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  • 17:43 and they're talking about they haven't
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  • 17:44 given their car over the years.
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  • 17:46 And I said, who did you give it to?
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  • 17:47 And they would mention some organization on the radio.
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  • 17:49 And I said, well why didn't you give it to your church?
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  • 17:51 Or...Why didn't you give it to this
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  • 17:52 organization that you cared about?
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  • 17:53 And they said, Well I didn't know you could.
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  • 17:55 And so I think we just don't ask for those kind of things.
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  • 17:58 So part of what you're doing
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  • 18:00 is not like building a platform electronically
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  • 18:02 for people to give
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  • 18:04 but also educating people about how to
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  • 18:06 give more and more efficiently...
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  • 18:08 more generously.
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  • 18:09 There's no question,
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  • 18:11 that's the biggest missing ingredient
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  • 18:12 is you have to first educate somebody that says,
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  • 18:15 Did you know that you could give a mink coat?
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  • 18:17 Did you know that you could give an RV?
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  • 18:19 Did you know that you could get stock
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  • 18:21 and not pay capital gains so that you can
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  • 18:23 give more to your organization?
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  • 18:25 And then you have to inspire them to give.
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  • 18:27 And you do that through story telling
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  • 18:29 and through tying the impact of
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  • 18:31 You mean an RV actually paid for 24 orphanages?
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  • 18:35 Or something like that.
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  • 18:36 And then of course ask for the conversion or ask for the gift.
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  • 18:39 But there is an education and
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  • 18:41 an inspiration piece on the front end.
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  • 18:42 In congregational life we always say
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  • 18:44 that 20 per cent of the people do 80 per cent of the work.
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  • 18:47 20 per cent of the people do 80 per cent of the giving.
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  • 18:49 But you have some astounding statistics
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  • 18:52 about the percentage of giving in the United States.
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  • 18:55 Can you tell us about that?
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  • 18:56 Oh, Yeah...
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  • 18:57 Well one of the things that just kind of
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  • 18:59 reached out and grabbed me early on
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  • 19:00 was when I was doing all the research...
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  • 19:02 like that's kind of like it was wired.
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  • 19:05 I was doing all the research.
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  • 19:07 I learned that from a giving standpoint
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  • 19:09 the charitable industry is about a 350 Billion Dollar industry.
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  • 19:12 But if we look at giving as a per cent
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  • 19:14 of our Personal Disposable Income
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  • 19:15 we give 2 per cent.
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  • 19:17 And what's more radical than that,
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  • 19:19 we've given at 2 per cent or less
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  • 19:21 for the last 6 or 7 decades.
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  • 19:23 If you saw a line it would be flat.
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  • 19:24 And then when you add on top of that our household wealth,
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  • 19:28 last year it was 89 Trillion
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  • 19:29 meaning the stuff that we have.
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  • 19:31 We give at a rate of a half of a per cent of our wealth.
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  • 19:34 This is shocking.
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  • 19:35 No, it's amazing.
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  • 19:37 And then just to give you a couple more data points,
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  • 19:39 I looked at the self storage industry.
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  • 19:42 You wouldn't think about it
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  • 19:43 but do you know how much we spend on rentals?
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  • 19:45 I hate to think of it.
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  • 19:46 22 Billion a year.
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  • 19:48 Just to keep stuff in boxes somewhere.
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  • 19:50 1 in 10 Americans have one.
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  • 19:52 We spend 22 Billion Dollars a year.
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  • 19:53 If you took all the self storage in the United States
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  • 19:55 it would be 3 Manhattan Islands.
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  • 19:57 Ah... Astounding.
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  • 19:59 So we're overwhelmed with stuff and
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  • 20:02 our houses are getting bigger
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  • 20:04 yet according to a UCLA study
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  • 20:06 75 per cent of the people can't even use their garage.
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  • 20:09 I know.
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  • 20:10 I have a friend who says...
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  • 20:11 America is the only place...
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  • 20:12 He's a missionary around the world.
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  • 20:13 He said, this is the only country where
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  • 20:14 people have a $60,000 car in the driveway
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  • 20:16 and they can't put it in the garage.
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  • 20:17 It's full of junk.
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  • 20:18 Right...right.
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  • 20:20 So our viewers are very generous.
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  • 20:21 They want to support us.
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  • 20:22 Tell us - How do they do that?
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  • 20:24 What's the best way?
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  • 20:25 Simplest way is just to go to your web site.
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  • 20:26 When they click "Give" they'll see
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  • 20:28 the opportunity to give cash
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  • 20:29 or they'll see the opportunity to give non-cash.
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  • 20:31 And we have a simple process that walks you through that.
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  • 20:34 Dependent upon what they give you'll get
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  • 20:36 instructions in an email that tells you
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  • 20:38 that somebody will be showing up to
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  • 20:39 arrange the title transfer
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  • 20:41 or a box will be arriving for your cell phone.
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  • 20:43 And if you have any problems whatsoever
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  • 20:45 there's a phone number where you can just simply call in.
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  • 20:47 That's great.
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  • 20:48 Now I love to give.
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  • 20:49 My Dad taught me that.
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  • 20:51 Why should our people give?
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  • 20:53 What's the payoff for our people?
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  • 20:55 Well as you know,
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  • 20:56 as we know as believers
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  • 20:58 the real joy is in the giving.
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  • 21:01 And what we find more and more
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  • 21:04 and what we see that just really excites us is
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  • 21:06 when people give stuff,
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  • 21:08 people give things of value
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  • 21:10 verses just sending $100 on a VISA card
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  • 21:13 or something like that that's sentimental or they've attached to.
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  • 21:16 And then they know that RV or that mink coat
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  • 21:18 or that grain, that commodity
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  • 21:20 can actually make a difference in the non-profit's life
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  • 21:23 there's just a different emotion and joy
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  • 21:25 and there's also a liberation sometimes
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  • 21:27 of getting rid of stuff that you're carry around.
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  • 21:29 Just the liberation factor.
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  • 21:31 That's good.
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  • 21:32 So I would encourage your folks to go to the site,
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  • 21:34 pray about what to give
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  • 21:37 and feel free to just give anything of value to your organization.
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  • 21:41 And what we do is we simply convert those things into dollars
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  • 21:45 and then to the impact of your ministry.
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  • 21:47 That is so good.
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  • 21:49 Well, you heard it here.
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  • 21:50 We want to encourage you
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  • 21:51 to give to Zola Levitt Ministries.
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  • 21:53 We want to continue to bring you quality programs from Israel.
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  • 21:56 And so thank you for listening.
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  • 21:58 Ray, thanks so much.
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  • 21:59 You bet, pleasure to be here.
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  • 22:11 Next week we start our brand new series
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  • 22:13 "Close Encounters with Yeshua".
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  • 22:15 We will have some dramas
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  • 22:17 and an interview with a Messianic believer.
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  • 22:19 Here are some excerpts now.
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  • 22:23 Peter's denial brought so much confusion
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  • 22:26 because it pointed out
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  • 22:28 that any one of us could deny the faith.
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  • 22:30 Right
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  • 22:31 There's always a struggle between the soul and the Spirit.
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  • 22:34 And he was wanting like you said,
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  • 22:36 the Jewish people wanted a Kingdom now.
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  • 22:39 They wanted Yeshua to reign now.
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  • 22:42 And He was setting up a different world view.
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  • 22:44 It's such a different picture for us
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  • 22:47 than for the Jewish people as a whole
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  • 22:48 because Israel believes in a national salvation,
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  • 22:52 the day coming, a Messianic Kingdom,
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  • 22:54 when the entire nation will serve God and it
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  • 22:57 will be a time of peace and no war.
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  • 22:59 And so it's different than the idea of individual >>salvation that I think
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  • 23:02 Christians are used to thinking about.
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  • 23:04 It's important to remember that
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  • 23:07 every single event in this trial,
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  • 23:10 this scourging, the torture,
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  • 23:13 the crucifixion, the death,
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  • 23:15 the burial, the resurrection
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  • 23:17 all of it is prophesied in the Bible.
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  • 23:20 There's no way that these events
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  • 23:22 could have happened in the life of one man
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  • 23:25 unless God was in charge of it all.
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  • 23:28 So I said, "Jesus?"
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  • 23:29 And the next line was, I invite you into my heart.
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  • 23:32 I invite you into my heart
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  • 23:34 I ask you to forgive me for my sins.
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  • 23:37 I had no idea what my sins were but I said these words.
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  • 23:40 WOW
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  • 23:41 Until you see the holiness of God
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  • 23:43 you can't even recognize your sin.
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  • 23:45 And so I said this and then I said,
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  • 23:48 I ask you to save me.
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  • 23:50 And that was it.
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  • 23:52 And immediately I felt...
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  • 23:55 I knew I was in the presence of truth.
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  • 23:57 It was like the Spirit of Truth was in the room.
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  • 24:01 And it pierced my heart.
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  • 24:03 It pierced beyond every intellectual objection
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  • 24:07 I'd ever had to Christianity, the Name of Jesus.
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  • 24:09 It defied all my pre-conceived ideas.
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  • 24:13 And somehow I knew I had touched on the truth.
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  • 24:17 The perception of most Israeli Jews
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  • 24:20 and most Jews from around the world,
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  • 24:22 that a Jewish person who believes in Jesus,
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  • 24:26 in Yeshua, is no longer a Jew, they become a Christian.
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  • 24:28 And if you ask any Messianic Jew in the world
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  • 24:31 they'll tell you that's absolutely not true.
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  • 24:33 They are more Jewish than they were before they accepted Yeshua
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  • 24:36 and they're more Zionistic, and
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  • 24:37 they love the country and they love God and they love His Word
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  • 24:39 more than ever.
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  • 24:40 So this is a deep perception.
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  • 24:42 It goes back to the terrible things
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  • 24:44 that have been done to the Jewish people
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  • 24:45 thru the centuries by so-called "Christians"
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  • 24:48 and even by the Church itself.
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  • 24:49 But I specifically like Ezekiel 36:24
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  • 24:53 where He says, I will gather you
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  • 24:54 from all the countries that I've scattered you
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  • 24:56 and then I will pour out...
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  • 24:58 I will take out the heart of stone.
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  • 25:00 I'll put in a new heart, a new spirit I'll put within you.
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  • 25:03 And I feel that I'm a part of that as a believer.
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  • 25:05 And this is just I think the first fruits of the rest of the harvest.
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  • 25:10 How much it makes me happy,
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  • 25:13 or how much it makes the Lord happy
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  • 25:15 when there are conflicts outside of the church between Arab and Jews
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  • 25:20 and you see them hugging and loving each other through Christ.
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  • 25:24 Yes
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  • 25:25 If you do not have Christ you cannot love anyone.
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  • 25:28 So the way to love Jews and Jews to love Arab
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  • 25:32 and everyone love everyone...
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  • 25:34 through Jesus...Amen
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  • 25:36 Yes.
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  • 26:04 It takes a long time to produce our weekly program.
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  • 26:06 We want it to be the very best it can be each week for you.
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  • 26:10 The interviews are wonderful.
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  • 26:12 And it's hard to put those into a 30 minute program each week.
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  • 26:16 So what we've done is put the whole interview on our website.
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  • 26:19 All you have to do is click on to that
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  • 26:22 and you can see the whole interview.
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  • 26:24 I know we're new faces.
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  • 26:26 But we promise that the content will remain.
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  • 26:29 The shows coming up are wonderful.
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  • 26:32 Myles and Katharine will be on location
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  • 26:34 in Jerusalem and throughout the Country of Israel teaching.
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  • 26:38 And we will remain focused on what
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  • 26:40 Zola Levitt, our wonderful founder wanted,
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  • 26:43 to bring Christianity through Jewish eyes.
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  • 26:47 That will never change.
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  • 26:49 Well, as has already been said,
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  • 26:51 Zola Levitt Presents has been on the air for 38 years.
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  • 26:55 Unbelievable - WOW.
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  • 26:56 And we hope for many more.
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  • 26:58 Yes
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  • 26:59 We can't say for sure how many
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  • 27:00 because we just don't know when the Lord may return.
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  • 27:04 It Could be tomorrow.
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  • 27:05 Unbelievable.
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  • 27:07 So, all of that being said,
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  • 27:08 are you two going to be
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  • 27:10 closing this program the way has always been done traditionally?
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  • 27:14 We've been working on our Hebrew.
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  • 27:16 We have a little bit.
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  • 27:17 But we have this one down.
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  • 27:18 Sha a lu Shalom Yerushalayim
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  • 27:21 Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.
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  • 27:26 Our monthly newsletter, the Levitt Letter is free
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  • 27:28 and full of insightful articles and news commentary
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  • 27:31 from a Messianic perspective.
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  • 27:33 Visit levitt.com to find our newsletter
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  • 27:36 along with current and past programs,
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  • 27:38 our television schedule,
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  • 27:40 and much more!
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  • 27:41 Don't forget to order this week's resource
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  • 27:43 by calling 1-800-WONDERS
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  • 27:46 or you can purchase it from our catalogue at levitt.com
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  • 27:53 help these organizations
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