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Newsletter January 1987 Newsletter (5747:3)

January 1987 Newsletter (5747:3)

Mortage Interest

Michael is a Jewish man from the Chicago area. Several years ago he sold his apartment to a couple who were Jewish believers in Jesus. Since Michael had financed the apartment for this couple, they sent their mortgage payments directly to him each month. Printed on each check were the words Jesus Is the Jewish Messiah.

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The Most Frequent Questions In Jewish Evangelism

QUESTION: Exactly what is Jews for Jesus?

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Campus Ministry

College campuses are not what they used to be. When I was in junior high and high school, I would hear about student revolutionaries holding sit-ins at state universities, rallying against social injustice and inequality, and fighting for human rights and free speech issues. I looked forward to the day when I would be able to join the ranks of those I saw as the soldiers on the frontlines of the battle to improve the quality of human life on our planet. By the time I got to college, the Vietnam War banner had been replaced by Solidarity placards, and ecological issues had been set aside for the No-Nukes movement. Like everyone else, I found that my priorities also had shifted, and my personal concern was for my grades and how to enjoy my hours off campus. I fell into the general apathy and self-absorption that characterizes most college campuses today. How I wished there was a cause worth really caring about—worth wholeheartedly throwing myself into!

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The Competition

I first saw Stoney Burke at the University of California Berkeley campus where I was handing out broadside tracts. He had drawn a large standing crowd. About 150 students had circled around him, while about 50 more stood on the nearby steps, all straining to see this madman's" antics. I watched him for a few moments. He made radical statements about every major issue of the day. As he spoke, he made sudden jerking motions and paused now and then to shout profanities before continuing his speech. A self-appointed prophet of this modern age, he was sharing his world view with the "future of America."

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The Jewishness of the New Testament

Rabbi Isaac Lichtenstein was curious when he saw one of the teachers in his school reading a small book printed in German. When he asked about it the teacher handed it to him. Casually Rabbi Lichtenstein leafed through the pages until his gaze fell upon the name Jesus Christ. Realizing that the book was a New Testament, he sternly rebuked the teacher for having it in his possession and furiously cast it across the room. It fell behind some other books on a shelf and lay forgotten for nearly 30 years.

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I Knew Just How She Felt

After one of our Liberated Wailing Wall presentations at a church in Vancouver, B.C., a woman approached me at the sales table. Can you come and talk to my friend? She needs to talk to you," she said. I saw her friend standing behind her. She looked as though she had been crying. Turning the sales table over to capable hands, I walked over to meet Stephanie. We found a quiet place where we could talk.

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Also to the Muslim

Spending as many hours as we do in Jews for Jesus distributing literature and proclaiming the gospel, we are afforded many opportunities to talk to people about Jesus. When we are out on the streets, we never know whom the Lord is going to bring across our paths. Most of the time we find ourselves talking to little Jewish grandmothers out shopping, businessmen and women on their lunch breaks, commuters hurrying to get their trains on time or travelers about to catch a flight. But occasionally the Lord opens the door for us to communicate to someone who is better known, even famous. He gave me that kind of opportunity one day while I was on campaign in New York City.

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Making Missionary History

Late last summer something happened at Easneye, a small quiet London suburb, that will undoubtedly leave its mark on the destiny and direction of Jewish evangelism. Nearly 160 participants from 17 nations met at All Nations Christian College, a missionary training institution, for the Third International Consultation of the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism (LCJE). The nine-day conference was the largest international gathering of its kind since a similar meeting in Warsaw, Poland, in 1927.

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The Trouble You Need

I have a New Year's greeting for all my friends—one I know they will not receive from anyone else:

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