Born twice in Jerusalem

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

God Loved Me

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

The Personal Saviour

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

He Refused to be Rescued

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

Zacchaeus Listened, Will You?

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

Who is your Pilot?

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With stunning suddenness the flight from New York’s La Guardia Airport was over. The pilot radioed to air traffic controllers that he had experienced a bird strike and was declaring an emergency. Flight 1549, bound for Charlotte, North Carolina, was airborne less than three minutes when it cleared the George Washington Bridge and landed with a gentle glide on the Hudson River. All 155 people were safe due to the experience …

Dying of Thirst

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At the crack of dawn, three excited young men headed their jeep into the heart of the Sahara desert. They were fulfilling a long-standing dream of tracking and bagging a gazelle. When they had not returned forty-eight hours later, a rescue helicopter was dispatched. By noon, all hope that the hunters would be found alive in the stifling heat and parched wasteland was dwindling. In the afternoon, a lone …

Economic Uncertainties:

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What’s happening around the world is frightening for many. Things are happening with such rapidity that even the most seasoned analysts are not sure what will happen tomorrow. Governments are intervening at a national level to prop up the financial systems and to plug the holes in the dikes, but it seems that no sooner have they patched one hole with hundreds of millions of …

Finding Righteousness in Istanbul

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

He Lifted Up His Eyes

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