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Episode: “Miraculous Ministry”
Near the Sea of Galilee, Yeshua performed many signs and wonders that amazed many but disturbed others. Interview: Eric and Terri Morey, founders of The Galilee Experience.
Series: “Close Encounters with Yeshua”
This ten-program series focuses on how Jesus/Yeshua supernaturally came and ministered on Earth, and today calls all mortals to draw near to Him. David and Kirsten Hart introduce each episode from the studio, while Myles and Katharine Weiss teach in Israel, using dramatic re-enactments and interviews with Believers about their journeys to faith in Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah.

Caption transcript for Close Encounters with Yeshua: “Miraculous Ministry” (4/10)

  • 00:01 Welcome to Zola Levitt Presents.
  • 00:03 I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:05 And I'm David Hart.
  • 00:06 On today's program Myles will be teaching
  • 00:08 in one of my favorite spots in Israel,
  • 00:10 the Sea of Galilee
  • 00:12 where most of Yeshua's miracles were performed.
  • 00:15 And we'll have a wonderful dramatic reenactment
  • 00:18 of a 1st Century fisherman
  • 00:20 and an interview with "Completed" Jewish believers.
  • 00:24 Stay with us.
  • 00:35 It was not long ago our first encounter
  • 00:37 on the waters of the Galilee.
  • 00:39 My hand is completely restored.
  • 00:42 He said, Your faith has saved you.
  • 00:45 I've heard Yeshua speak in our synagogue.
  • 00:48 He talked about the Kingdom of God.
  • 00:51 Then He showed us His wounds in His hands and His feet.
  • 00:54 I believe He really is a King.
  • 01:08 Shalom Havarim Hello Friends
  • 01:09 and welcome to our program
  • 01:11 I'm Myles Weiss.
  • 01:12 And I'm Katharine Weiss
  • 01:13 We want to welcome you to our series
  • 01:15 "Close Encounters with Yeshua"
  • 01:17 "Yeshua" is the Hebrew way for saying "Jesus"
  • 01:19 And we love to teach about how Jesus came as a Jewish man,
  • 01:24 and He started His ministry as a Jewish man, and
  • 01:28 He remains having this Jewish identity.
  • 01:31 Over the centuries monarchs, kings, rulers
  • 01:36 tried to divorce the Jewish people from their Messiah and it
  • 01:39 has been our joy to see that revival
  • 01:43 and that restoration be brought back together.
  • 01:45 Absolutely.
  • 01:46 And everything in the story of these close encounters
  • 01:48 brings us to this conclusion
  • 01:50 that there's a struggle,
  • 01:51 there's a wrestling match
  • 01:52 and there's an identity crisis
  • 01:54 for the people of Jewish religion,
  • 01:56 Jewish faith, Jewish background culture
  • 01:58 to realize that Jesus belongs to us.
  • 02:00 But we see it unfolding
  • 02:02 even when He began His ministry.
  • 02:03 Right
  • 02:04 He began His ministry at age 30
  • 02:06 which was the prescribed time for a young man
  • 02:08 to come into ministry age.
  • 02:09 Absolutely.
  • 02:10 So this Bible is a book of predictive prophecy
  • 02:13 and full of signs and wonders.
  • 02:15 Jesus started His ministry in the north as predicted
  • 02:18 by Isaiah in Chapter 9,
  • 02:20 that there would be a Light coming to the Gentiles in the Galilee area.
  • 02:24 It begins with simple fishermen.
  • 02:26 Like the angels appeared to Miriam
  • 02:29 and the shepherds in the fields
  • 02:31 it begins with simple fishermen.
  • 02:33 So let's go to our drama where we begin to see
  • 02:35 the arising of this wondering about Yeshua... about Jesus
  • 02:40 as He begins to perform miracles in the Galilee.
  • 02:50 We'd been fishing all night
  • 02:54 Waste of time.
  • 02:56 We were hungry...tired.
  • 02:58 Just wanted to go home.
  • 03:01 Then Simone Peter motions us for help.
  • 03:04 His net is broken
  • 03:06 and his boat was sinking
  • 03:07 with more fish than it could handle.
  • 03:09 So I brought my boat close to his to help.
  • 03:12 But the catch was so big
  • 03:14 that my boat began sinking too.
  • 03:17 I tell you, I've been fishing here on the Galilee
  • 03:22 my whole life.
  • 03:25 Never seen anything like it.
  • 03:28 Never.
  • 03:31 It turns out Yeshua ben Yosef ,
  • 03:33 the son of Joseph,
  • 03:35 he was the one who told Peter where to drop his nets.
  • 03:39 The exact spot.
  • 03:41 And then he tells him that he would catch...men.
  • 03:49 Strange...
  • 03:50 I don't know what he meant by that.
  • 03:53 But Peter and the Sons of Zebedee
  • 03:56 they seemed changed by the whole thing.
  • 03:59 Transformed somehow.
  • 04:07 I heard Yeshua attends our synagogue.
  • 04:11 Next time he's there
  • 04:18 I'll be there.
  • 04:20 I want to know more.
  • 04:31 The Eastern shore of the Galilee
  • 04:33 most likely the very place where
  • 04:36 that miracle took place where
  • 04:39 after toiling all night the disciples
  • 04:42 spoke to Yeshua.
  • 04:43 And Yeshua said, Just cast your nets again.
  • 04:46 And so many fish came in the net almost broke.
  • 04:49 They had to bring in a 2nd boat to
  • 04:52 carry the fish in from the shore.
  • 04:54 I just think about this place.
  • 04:57 The modern world is intruding...
  • 04:59 the sound in the background.
  • 05:01 But if you listen carefully...
  • 05:03 this sound of the waves,
  • 05:04 this look of the sea
  • 05:07 is exactly the way it was 2,000 years ago.
  • 05:11 It's such a privilege to be here,
  • 05:13 to bring you here,
  • 05:15 to speak about the miracles of Yeshua.
  • 05:18 You know, 75 percent of the ministry of Yeshua,
  • 05:21 the miracles and the teaching took place
  • 05:24 in this 12 square mile area.
  • 05:28 Even smaller the 3 cities, the "Woe" cities.
  • 05:31 Bethsaida
  • 05:32 Chorazin,
  • 05:33 Capernaum.
  • 05:34 This was the place where it all began.
  • 05:36 This is Galilee of the Gentiles.
  • 05:38 Why?
  • 05:39 Because this was the place where
  • 05:41 the Jews and the Gentiles lived together.
  • 05:43 I think it was foreshadowing
  • 05:44 something that God was going to do
  • 05:46 when He would eventually bring the Gentiles
  • 05:48 into the Kingdom through the preaching of the Word.
  • 05:52 But this just didn't happen when Yeshua appeared on the scene.
  • 05:55 This was prophesied by the prophets
  • 05:59 at least 800 years earlier.
  • 06:05 You see in Isaiah it speaks about
  • 06:10 the area of Zebulun and Naphtali,
  • 06:13 the area of this Galilee of the Gentiles.
  • 06:15 It's so fascinating to me that Zebulun
  • 06:18 has to do with the exalted place and
  • 06:22 "Naphtali" means "Wrestling"
  • 06:25 and so this place where God was going to take
  • 06:28 a low and humble group of people
  • 06:30 and exalt them
  • 06:32 and where people would wrestle
  • 06:34 with the identity of Yeshua
  • 06:36 is right here in this area of Galilee of the Gentiles.
  • 06:39 Remember that everyone had trampled this place down.
  • 06:43 The Canaanites had been here.
  • 06:45 The Egyptians had been here.
  • 06:48 The Assyrians had been here.
  • 06:50 All taking turns oppressing the Jewish people of the area.
  • 06:54 And there was always a remnant of Gentiles here.
  • 06:56 So this was a place where both lived.
  • 07:00 But the prophecy was that this place which sat in darkness
  • 07:04 would see a great Light.
  • 07:06 Going from Isaiah 8 into Isaiah 9.
  • 07:09 The first 6 verses speaks about the
  • 07:11 coming of the Light to this place.
  • 07:13 And who is the Light?
  • 07:15 Yeshua, the Light of the World
  • 07:17 was about to walk this very area.
  • 07:20 And He was going to do miracles,
  • 07:22 signs, wonders and teach here
  • 07:24 in ways that would be life changing
  • 07:26 for everyone who interacted with Him.
  • 07:28 Now remember that the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Essenes,
  • 07:31 all of the rabbinical streams
  • 07:34 were not the only ones that were watching for Yeshua
  • 07:37 because the Zealots were looking for
  • 07:40 a political leader who would overthrow Rome
  • 07:42 and establish a kingdom for the Jews here.
  • 07:45 But Yeshua was not on His father's timetable.
  • 07:48 He was not going to be swept up in a political stream.
  • 07:51 He was not going to be proclaimed as a political king because
  • 07:54 He said His Kingdom was coming from Heaven to Earth.
  • 07:58 It is an inside job.
  • 08:00 He came to change the hearts of men and women from the inside out.
  • 08:04 And so there was always that contention about not revealing.
  • 08:08 There was a wrestling,
  • 08:09 not revealing until the time was right because
  • 08:12 he did not want to be called a revolutionary
  • 08:15 or identify with the Zealots.
  • 08:17 But it is here on this shore
  • 08:19 that the disciples were called.
  • 08:21 It's here in this very place where God is calling you today.
  • 08:25 It's here where God is reminding you
  • 08:27 that Israel is at the center of the future of the Kingdom of God.
  • 08:32 And Israel is a central part of what you can be part of
  • 08:37 as you are grafted in to the Commonwealth of Israel
  • 08:41 by your faith in Yeshua HaMashiach.
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  • 09:59 On the shores of the Galilee
  • 10:01 where the disciples were called,
  • 10:03 where later in John Chapter 21
  • 10:05 Yeshua will restore Peter and there will be that
  • 10:08 incredible scene of breakfast with the risen Messiah
  • 10:12 on a shore like this with a fire like this
  • 10:14 and fish right out of the sea.
  • 10:16 It's a marvel to be here.
  • 10:18 It's a wonder to bring you here
  • 10:20 and to have you see the exact locations
  • 10:23 where the story of the Bible takes place
  • 10:25 and where the truth of the Bible is revealed.
  • 10:28 This is the fresh water supply for Israel.
  • 10:31 This is at the center, the heart of the matter.
  • 10:34 There's such a technological
  • 10:36 breakthrough going on right now
  • 10:38 that the desalination program is changing the face of the Middle East
  • 10:42 because the Jewish people, the Israelis are now
  • 10:44 understanding how to take sea water and make it fresh
  • 10:48 so the Galilee still becomes a main source
  • 10:51 but is one of several sources.
  • 10:53 What a boon, what an incredible change for the Middle East
  • 10:56 and for this neighborhood and the Jewish people and the Israelis
  • 11:00 to become water independent.
  • 11:02 I can see Yeshua on the shores here
  • 11:06 calling the disciples...
  • 11:08 Andrew, whose name means "manly or strong"
  • 11:10 and how these men were simple fishermen
  • 11:13 but they were not ignorant of the Bible.
  • 11:16 This was a Torah observant area.
  • 11:18 It was a mix of Jews and Gentiles, yes
  • 11:20 but not far from here is Sepphoris which was a Greek scholarly city
  • 11:24 no doubt influencing everything around here.
  • 11:27 Some people speculate that Yeshua interacted with the town of Sepphoris
  • 11:31 in bringing His authority in the Word
  • 11:34 and having it connect with the scholarship of the area.
  • 11:38 But it's here where the disciples are called.
  • 11:41 And they are each called as a "Shaliach".
  • 11:44 We say it in English from the Greek as "Apostle" or "Sent one"
  • 11:47 But a Shaliach in Hebrew is someone
  • 11:49 who so represents the sender that
  • 11:52 they have legal authority.
  • 11:54 It's like a power of attorney.
  • 11:56 So these disciples were called, sent with the power of attorney
  • 12:00 to do what Yeshua did and to represent Him
  • 12:03 faithfully in the earth wherever they were sent.
  • 12:06 Several kinds of fishing that go on here.
  • 12:08 There's the shoreline net fishing.
  • 12:12 There's the deep water net fishing.
  • 12:14 And then there's the angling.
  • 12:15 And I think about when Yeshua said
  • 12:18 that He was going to make these fishermen "fishers of men"
  • 12:21 that's kind of like our calling too, isn't it?
  • 12:24 We have the angling where we cast a rod out
  • 12:27 and one by one through relationship
  • 12:29 we get close to people and we speak to them
  • 12:31 about the reality of who Jesus is.
  • 12:34 There' that one on one angling
  • 12:36 rod and reel kind of fishing with the Gospel.
  • 12:39 And then there's the shoreline fishing.
  • 12:41 Maybe at our local church
  • 12:42 or area where we have a sphere of influence
  • 12:44 or our work.
  • 12:46 And I think about deep water fishing.
  • 12:47 Something like this program perhaps or
  • 12:49 sending someone on the mission field
  • 12:51 where we have this wide, deep net that is cast.
  • 12:54 And I think this program is one of those wide, deep nets
  • 12:57 because it goes all over the world.
  • 12:59 And we get testimonies all the time of people
  • 13:02 who have seen the program and eventually come to faith.
  • 13:05 So here we have this incredible
  • 13:08 story of the rising up and the sending out
  • 13:12 of the disciples as fishers of men.
  • 13:15 We have this lake [the Galilee]
  • 13:17 that is in the shape of a harp.
  • 13:19 The ancient word is "Kinneret" meaning "Harp".
  • 13:21 It's a harp-like shape that supplies fresh living water.
  • 13:25 And it's from this place that Yeshua sent out
  • 13:29 the disciples with the Word of Life.
  • 13:33 I think also about the toiling all night.
  • 13:37 So many of us working in our own strength
  • 13:40 getting "burned out" in ministry or at our jobs.
  • 13:43 As someone told me, I needed to work smarter not harder.
  • 13:48 I think the ultimate expression of that
  • 13:51 is what Yeshua said when He came here
  • 13:54 and gave them the exact instructions
  • 13:56 on how to catch so many fish that the nets almost broke
  • 14:00 because it was His way not their way.
  • 14:04 And I believe that's a word for us today.
  • 14:06 Remember, in Matthew 11:30 Yeshua said,
  • 14:16 And I believe when we work with Him,
  • 14:18 not before Him not after Him,
  • 14:20 not apart from Him,
  • 14:22 but when we work with Him things go better because
  • 14:25 His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
  • 14:27 And that's a word for you today.
  • 14:29 God wants to be closer to you
  • 14:31 in your work, in your ministry, in your family life.
  • 14:52 ♪ Father, Father take this sheep ♪
  • 14:56 ♪ Take one more unworthy sheep ♪
  • 15:00 ♪ In my heart Thy Word I keep ♪
  • 15:05 ♪ Father take this sheep ♪
  • 15:09 ♪ [Orchestra Music] ♪
  • 15:25 ♪ For I long to see the Kingdom come ♪
  • 15:29 ♪ And in praise and prayers I sing ♪
  • 15:33 ♪ And my life is Yours till the end of time ♪
  • 15:36 ♪ For the service of the King ♪♪
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  • 16:26 We were just recently right on the Sea of Galilee
  • 16:31 where you saw Myles teaching today.
  • 16:33 Everyone says the peace of the Sea of Galilee
  • 16:36 is like none other.
  • 16:38 Recently when we were on a "Jesus Boat"
  • 16:41 which is a tour boat that takes you out on the sea.
  • 16:44 I had the chance to sing the song "It is Well With My Soul" at sunset.
  • 16:50 And it was well with my soul.
  • 16:53 There's something about the Galilee.
  • 16:55 And that peace...
  • 16:57 It's much like the peace of Shabbat.
  • 17:03 Shabbat...
  • 17:07 Adonai gave it to us as a day of rest.
  • 17:12 The synagogue seems so perplexed.
  • 17:16 The Pharisees are in an uproar over Yeshua
  • 17:19 ...the son of Joseph.
  • 17:23 On a recent Shabbat
  • 17:24 He was walking through the fields
  • 17:26 and His followers were seen picking and eating the grain.
  • 17:30 The Pharisees deemed it blasphemy.
  • 17:32 Now...I don't claim to be an expert on the Torah
  • 17:38 but picking and eating grain when you're hungry?
  • 17:43 And then last Shabbat
  • 17:45 He was teaching at our Synagogue
  • 17:46 and it happened again!
  • 17:48 There was some who took issue with an act that still has them puzzled.
  • 17:53 Yeshua...
  • 17:56 Yeshua noticed a man sitting to the side
  • 17:58 who had a shriveled hand.
  • 18:01 He asked...
  • 18:04 Is it lawful on the Shabbat to do good or to do evil?
  • 18:09 to save life or destroy it?
  • 18:13 [Speaking Hebrew]
  • 18:15 "Hold out your hand", He said.
  • 18:20 And I did.
  • 18:26 And I was healed!
  • 18:29 My hand is completely restored!
  • 18:32 I'm a new man, not just my hand but
  • 18:35 all of me!
  • 18:38 Just...don't seem to get it.
  • 18:42 [breathes in deeply]
  • 18:46 This is rest I've never known.
  • 18:49 [breathes out]
  • 19:00 The healing of the man with the withered hand
  • 19:02 was one of the most controversial miracles
  • 19:04 in Yeshua's ministry.
  • 19:05 They were all controversial
  • 19:07 because supernatural life of God
  • 19:09 breaks through into our normal life.
  • 19:11 It's gonna upset things.
  • 19:12 Well, miracles are for today.
  • 19:14 And they still upset things today.
  • 19:16 Yes, the idea of healing on the Sabbath;
  • 19:18 It was a big deal because...you know
  • 19:21 we're in the area here on the Mount of Beatitudes.
  • 19:23 In this Galilee area 3 quarters of the miracles,
  • 19:26 3 quarters of the teaching of Yeshua went forward.
  • 19:29 So this was where all the ground was laid
  • 19:31 for what would come later in Jerusalem.
  • 19:33 In Matthew 12's man with the withered hand was healed,
  • 19:37 And the question didn't come about,
  • 19:39 "Wow, this is awesome, isn't this fantastic that he's healed?"
  • 19:41 It was, "Hey...can you do this on Shabbat?"
  • 19:45 Well, God says that man was not made for the Sabbath,
  • 19:47 but the Sabbath for man.
  • 19:49 He always intended mercy would triumph over the rules.
  • 19:53 And He was reminding the Pharisees and
  • 19:56 He's reminding the religious spirits of our day that
  • 19:59 it's not so much about how we have known Yeshua in our own concept,
  • 20:03 but let Him come and offend our mind to reveal our heart.
  • 20:06 Let Him come to remind us that it's about mercy
  • 20:10 and not about the rules.
  • 20:12 That's good.
  • 20:13 The idea that we're here on the Mount of Beatitudes...
  • 20:16 There are 8 Beatitudes,
  • 20:17 "8" the number of "New Beginnings".
  • 20:19 He was instituting a new way of looking at things
  • 20:21 where, yes, mercy triumphs over judgment
  • 20:23 and where the simple idea that it's good
  • 20:26 to do good whenever and wherever
  • 20:29 even on the Sabbath.
  • 20:31 Well it's so amazing that we are actually
  • 20:33 here in the Galilee.
  • 20:35 You can see the Mount of Beatitudes behind us
  • 20:38 and the beautiful Kinneret to my left,
  • 20:41 the blue, blue water,
  • 20:44 the blue sky, the blue water
  • 20:46 is something that ancient people yearned for, longed for
  • 20:50 and we are here
  • 20:52 and we're reminding you that Yeshua came to say
  • 20:54 "I am the Bread of Life"
  • 20:56 "I am the One who came down from heaven to feed men"
  • 20:59 "And I am the Living Water"
  • 21:01 "And if you eat me and if you drink of me,"
  • 21:03 "if you partake of me"
  • 21:05 ...just the whole "Our Father Who art in heaven,"
  • 21:06 "hallowed be thy Name"
  • 21:08 "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done"
  • 21:10 And "Give us this day our daily bread"
  • 21:11 is not just the bread that we eat.
  • 21:13 But it's the sustenance of His Word
  • 21:15 that we need to have eternal life.
  • 21:18 Well we're in the Passages now where
  • 21:20 He's going to proclaim...
  • 21:21 [Speaking Hebrew]
  • 21:28 And it's just an outrageous statement.
  • 21:31 But you were pointing something out to me before
  • 21:33 that identifying Himself as "The Bread of Heaven"
  • 21:35 was a real offense.
  • 21:36 Right, it's a real offense
  • 21:37 because He was saying He was above Moses,
  • 21:39 that He was above the Temple.
  • 21:41 He's offending all their concepts of
  • 21:43 how they know this Jesus
  • 21:46 who came from the back waters in Nazareth.
  • 21:49 I mean, who has ever even heard of Nazareth?
  • 21:52 And yet, He came from there and
  • 21:54 He came with a story
  • 21:56 and He came with an eternal story
  • 21:57 that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
  • 22:00 That's good
  • 22:00 I love that the Lord makes this statement
  • 22:04 about doing on Shabbat.
  • 22:06 As Katharine said, that mercy triumphs over judgment.
  • 22:09 Proverbs 3; James 4;
  • 22:11 those kind of verses tell us that if you
  • 22:13 know to good and you don't do it,
  • 22:15 to you it's sin.
  • 22:16 And it's better to do good than to withhold good.
  • 22:21 And those kind of verses really back up what
  • 22:23 Yeshua was doing here in this time
  • 22:26 because He knows where He's going.
  • 22:28 Right.
  • 22:30 The disciples yet do not know what's going to happen in Jerusalem.
  • 22:32 And so we're in this place where He's beginning
  • 22:34 to demonstrate the power, the authority that He has,
  • 22:37 whether it's walking on the water
  • 22:39 demonstrating authority over the local gods,
  • 22:41 or demonstrating His ability over the wind and the waves,
  • 22:44 or here, actually healing someone
  • 22:47 with a life-changing experience in spite of it being the Sabbath,
  • 22:53 or perhaps, maybe because it is the Sabbath
  • 22:55 because He is our rest.
  • 22:57 He is our Shabbat.
  • 23:06 In the 1990's ZLM helped found the Galilee Experience.
  • 23:11 Long time viewers may remember Zola asking
  • 23:13 for pray for this attraction in Tiberius
  • 23:16 that takes the viewers through a historical picture
  • 23:20 of the entire nation of Israel
  • 23:21 including the coming of Jesus.
  • 23:23 It's been there for a long time.
  • 23:25 The Founders, Eric and Terri Morey,
  • 23:27 have been in Israel since 1983 when they made Aliya.
  • 23:30 They still have a message for us today.
  • 23:32 Let's go to our interviews with Eric and Terri now.
  • 23:37 I'm so glad that you're here at this particular time.
  • 23:40 because at this particular time
  • 23:42 we have a new battle.
  • 23:44 It's an old battle
  • 23:45 but it's become new.
  • 23:48 I can some it up in a few words.
  • 23:51 I, as a Jew, did not change my religion
  • 23:55 to accept Yeshua into my life.
  • 23:58 I am still Jewish.
  • 24:00 The problem with this is that
  • 24:02 most Jewish people including myself,
  • 24:04 before I became a Messianic Jew
  • 24:07 I was sure that if you accepted Yeshua,
  • 24:10 you became a Christian or a Catholic.
  • 24:13 Actually I didn't know too much about the world of Christianity.
  • 24:18 So I accepted that was going to happen to me.
  • 24:22 I didn't realize that you could be
  • 24:25 a fulfilled, completed Jew
  • 24:29 and following a Jewish Man
  • 24:32 and believing in a Jewish Man
  • 24:34 that came to the Jewish people
  • 24:37 that I would not be called a Jew anymore.
  • 24:41 The perception of most Israeli Jews
  • 24:44 and most Jews from around the world
  • 24:46 that a Jewish person who believes in Jesus, in Yeshua
  • 24:50 is no longer a Jew, they become a Christian.
  • 24:52 And if you ask any Messianic Jew in the world
  • 24:55 they will tell you that's absolutely not true.
  • 24:57 They are more Jewish than they were before they accepted Yeshua
  • 24:59 and they're more Zionistic and they love the country
  • 25:01 and the love God and they love His Word more than ever.
  • 25:04 So this is a deep perception that goes
  • 25:06 back to the terrible things that were done to the Jewish people
  • 25:10 through the centuries by so called Christians
  • 25:12 and even by the Church itself.
  • 25:14 And us that live here in the Land
  • 25:15 I think you can't even appreciate more of what I'm saying.
  • 25:19 We want to grow...
  • 25:20 we want to grow.
  • 25:22 And they have to realize
  • 25:24 they are not changing their religion,
  • 25:26 they're completing themselves as Jews.
  • 25:30 And so this is a deep wound in the Jewish soul
  • 25:33 that needs to be healed.
  • 25:34 And its doing a lot of harm
  • 25:36 because Jewish people are afraid to accept Yeshua if it means
  • 25:39 they're not going to be Jewish anymore.
  • 25:41 And it doesn't mean that at all
  • 25:42 and we need to change that perception.
  • 25:44 We would solicit your prayers in that regard.
  • 25:49 Eric and Terri
  • 25:50 I loved hearing from them today.
  • 25:52 I almost felt like that maybe they were
  • 25:55 pleading for us to pray and to
  • 25:58 step it up as a local church to pray for them,
  • 26:01 to pray for our brothers and sisters,
  • 26:03 our Jewish brothers and sisters.
  • 26:05 We need to do that.
  • 26:07 We're so concerned with us, my needs, what I need.
  • 26:13 where I can park in church.
  • 26:15 Have you ever had anyone ever get upset about that?
  • 26:17 I remember one time I was sitting in someone's pew
  • 26:20 and I got a dirty look from that.
  • 26:22 Crazy - it's so petty.
  • 26:24 I know people...
  • 26:26 this sounds horrible...
  • 26:27 have gone through McDonald's and have complained because
  • 26:29 they're out of french fries.
  • 26:31 But yet, believers across the world
  • 26:34 are being beheaded,
  • 26:36 they're being put to death in horrible ways
  • 26:39 for believing in Yeshua.
  • 26:43 Eric and Terri said, please pray for us.
  • 26:46 It's time for us as I think you just said,
  • 26:49 to step up our prayer life,
  • 26:52 to have it beyond Lord bless me,
  • 26:54 Lord help "me".
  • 26:56 Let's pray for those that are
  • 26:57 really being persecuted.
  • 27:00 Let's pray for our brothers and sisters in Israel
  • 27:03 and make it a point to pray for that God's will, will be done.
  • 27:08 That's right.
  • 27:09 Thank you for being with us today.
  • 27:11 And we are continuing our new series
  • 27:14 "Close Encounters with Yeshua"
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Episodes in this series

  1. God is Coming
  2. Humble Beginnings
  3. Jewish Context
  4. Miraculous Ministry
  5. Prophecy Fulfilled
  6. Living Water
  7. Mountaintop Experience
  8. Life Laid Down
  9. Empty Tomb
  10. Interview with Gary Bayer

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