Moishe Rosen, a young devout Jew in California, spent several years studying the Old Testament to determine if Jesus was truly the Messiah. At age twenty-one, he was convinced this was true, and he converted to Christianity. Twenty years later in 1973, with his fervent desire to share his findings with others, he founded the organization, Jews for Jesus.
In his book, Y’SHUA (The Jewish Way to Say Jesus) he wrote “Although Jesus decried religious hypocrisy, He never preached against Judaism, but against sin- the failure to keep God’s standards. Jesus said he did not come to destroy the Mosaic Law but to fulfill it. Neither Jesus nor the apostle Paul tried to create a new religion.”
Through my new friendship with Larry Durbin, head of the Jews for Christ organization in Washington, D.C., I have been astounded at the splendid missionary work that Larry and his members are doing. Their goal is to confirm to all—Jews and non-Jews—that Christ is the true Messiah.
In addition to teaching through bible-study groups and other religious gatherings, they do street talks to one-and-all. They have effective small handouts that focus on today. For example, the one for the Nationals, the local baseball team that is having a good season, the flashy handout said, THIS MAY BE THE YEAR! Although we can’t get you a seat in the stadium, we can guarantee you a seat in Heaven.
Again quoting Moishe Rosen, he wrote, “When it comes to the topic of religion, most people either shy away from the subject or express a traditional view-point that has not necessarily been thought out. Many Americans, for instance, hold a vague traditional belief in God, with the hazy idea that what God really wants from all of us is that we behave nicely and enjoy life.”
I envy and admire the Jews for Jesus members for many reasons. I, too, would like to take part in the major Jewish holidays (as Jesus did) that are a vital part of our Jewish heritage, several thousand years old. And I admit that I politely conceal my belief in Christ as I do my credit cards (hidden, and available only to me). I would find it difficult, even in my own condo, to invade the privacy of fellow condo-owners to talk about Jesus, the true Messiah. I am chicken.
But not so with Jews for Jesus. They got guts! One valuable thing they have taught me is to start each day with the thought—- “Jagoe (that’s me) for Jesus”—then I try to do my best.
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♦ In Kaduna, Nigeria, Muslim gunmen killed 15 Christians (members of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ). and set fire to over 20 of their homes. In a neighboring area, the Muslims then killed three members of the Church of Christ in Nations.
♦ Pope Francis advised a group of new priests “Be sure that your homilies are not boring.”(Comment: I add AMEN!)
♦ When Turkish President Erdogan learned the Pope had used the work “genocide” in referring to the Turks’ massacre of the Christian Armenians, he said,”I condemn the pope and would like to warn him not to make similar mistakes again.” (Comment: Ha! Look who’s talking!)
♦ In the Holy Land, since 2009, 43 churches and mosques have been torched or desecrated.
♦ In Kaduna, Nigeria, Muslim gunmen killed 15 Christians (members of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ).and set fire to over 20 of their homes. In a neighboring area, the Muslims then killed three members of the Church of Christ in Nations.
Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests
The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests.
Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group by clicking here
Msg. John Macfarlane (Rockville, MD) New
Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)
Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)
Fr. Edmund Connors Katonah, NY
Fr. Edward Gorman O.P. (Providence, RI)
Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA)
Fr. John Dowling (Fairfield Glade,TN )
Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)
Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)
Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)
Mark Henninger (Chicago, IL)
Fr. Charles E. Jacobs (Hartford, CT)
Bishop James Vann Johnston (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)
Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)
Fr. Robert Kus (Wilmington, NC)
Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)
Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)
Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA)
Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)
Msgr. Francis I. Malone (Little Rock, AR)
Fr. Christian Marte, S.J. (Vienna, Austria)
Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)
Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)
Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)
Fr. Kevin Nelson (Lantana, FL)
Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)
Fr. Kevin J. O’Neil (Washington, DC
Fr.Francisco Pires (HydePark, NY)
Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)
Fr. Fr.James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)
Fr. Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)
Fr. Michael Radermache (Vancouver, WA)
Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)
Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)
Fr. Alberto Rodriguez (Miami)
Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)
Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)
Fr. Matthew Ruhl S.J. (Kansas City, KS)
Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)
Fr. Don Senior (Chicago, IL) NEW!
Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)
Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)
Fr. Alex Waraksa, St. Patrick’s parish (Morristown, TN)
Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)
Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)
Fr. Joe Wimmer (Washington, DC)