I received Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord when I was growing up in Fairport, a small town in upstate New York, not far from Rochester. I was eight years old, though it wasn’t until I was 17 that I truly wrestled it all out and decided to follow Jesus without reservation. My father is Jewish. My mother is Gentile. They actually became followers of Jesus before I did, as I describe in my spiritual journey, written several years ago.
Ever since, we have been fascinated by God’s love for all the people of the world, and especially His plan and purpose for the people of the Middle East, the epicenter of the momentous events that are shaking our world and shaping its future. What intrigues me most is that Jesus Christ was born in the epicenter, lived in the epicenter, taught in the epicenter, did miracles in the epicenter, demonstrated His great love by dying for us on the cross in the epicenter, then miraculously rose from the dead again in the epicenter, and that He is really coming back soon to the epicenter to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6). The Bible tells us, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12)
Do you know Jesus Christ in a real and personal way? Have you received Him as your personal Savior and Lord? My prayer is that this weekend you’ll take time to truly consider what Jesus said, what He did, and His call to you, “Come, follow Me.” (Mark 1:17)
A brief account of Joel’s spiritual journey.
A simple and concise explanation of the gospel, the good news, and how you can receive Jesus Christ today by faith, be forgiven of all of your sins, be adopted into God’s family, and be assured that when you pass from this life you will spend eternity in heaven with God.
A portion of the New Testament, the Gospel According to John.
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