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Ruth Rosen
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Hi, thanks for stopping by! Wow, I'm excited that my colleagues Jeremiah and Audrey put together a video of an evangelistic slam poem I wrote. Please check it out at: http://bit.ly/1mMikLA. If you like it, please share it! Also, I love keeping our friends informed through our print newsletter but also through RealTime where I post weekly stories of what's going on in JFJ around the world. Check out RealTime here: http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/realtime. Questions? Comments? I'd love to hear from you!

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10/16/2014

Bio & Testimony

A long time ago in a place far away . . .

No wait.

It was the 4th of July when my mother, Ceil Rosen asked me why I looked so sad.

"I don't want to go to hell," I replied. (I was pathologically serious for a six-year-old.)

"Who told you that you are going to hell?"

It seemed strange to me that a kid should have to tell her mother that she (the kid) was a sinner, but I dutifully explained what I figured my mother must already know. Mom assured me that Jesus wanted to take care of "all that" if I would be sorry about my sin and trust that He had paid for it on the cross. He'd risen from the dead, my mom explained, to show that as far as God was concerned, the sin was all forgiven. I could ask God to let me into heaven on that basis and He would, but I needed to "give my heart" to Jesus.

This made some sort of sense, though it was hard for a six-year-old to know what it meant to give her heart.  But I prayed with my mom, who asked if I felt any better afterward (I didn't). And yet . . . over time, I really did sense that my heart belonged to Jesus.

Growing up as a Jewish Christian made life on the school playground interesting, and I quickly discovered that my identity did not depend on what anyone else thought. If the kids were confused that I ate peanut butter and matzoh sandwiches for lunch during Passover while trying to explain why everyone needs Jesus to go to heaven . . . oh well. I would just have to keep praying that they would understand. (For more about that, check out this story from our archives.)

Then came high school. I was bored with almost everything, including thoughts of God, and resentful of His expectations for how I should live my life. I gave myself permission to ignore Him until I graduated. It was sort of a short term rebellion--I planned to make it up once I started college.

Thing is, it only took a year to discover that life without God was depressing and pathetic. I wasn't sure I'd be able to scrape together enough sanity to give whatever was left of my heart back to Him if I waited that long.

I struggled through one excrutiatingly long night, telling God I would try to live for Him if He would make it easy for me to make changes, and to tell my friends what was happening with me spiritually. He more or less declined the offer, but did promise to be with me if I would step out in faith. I gulped really hard and said "Okay." Never regretted it, never looked back.

I have a lot of joy in my work, my play and all the wonderful people God has put in my life. It really is because of Jesus that the future looks bright. If you haven't yet considered for yourself who Jesus is, I hope you'll begin asking God to show you the truth today. If you were raised with some understanding of who Jesus is and turned away like I did, it's not too late to turn back. You won't regret it!

Ruth Rosen, daughter of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen, is a staff writer and editor with Jews for Jesus. Her parents raised her with a sense of Jewishness as well as "Jesusness."

Ruth has a degree in biblical studies from Biola College in Southern California and has been part of our full-time staff since 1979. She's toured with Jewish gospel drama teams and participated in many outreaches. She writes and edits quite a few of our evangelistic resources, including many broadside tracts. One of her favorites is, "Who Needs Politics." You can view it as a flash animation here.

Ruth also helps other Jewish believers in Jesus tell their stories. That includes her father, whose biography she authored in what she says was "one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life." For details, or to order your copy of Called to Controversy the Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, click here.  Or click here for a video desription of the biography. For the inside story and "extras" about the book, check out our Called to Controversy Facebook page

Ruth also writes shorter "faith journey" stories in books like Jewish Doctors Meet the Great Physician as well as in booklets like From Generation to Generation: A Jewish Family Finds Their Way Home, which you can download for free here. She edits the Jews for Jesus Newsletter and RealTime for Christians who want to pray for our ministry and our missionaries.

In her spare time, Ruth enjoys writing fiction and playing with her dog, Annie, whom she "rescued" from a shelter. Ruth says, "Some people say that rescue dogs have issues, and that is probably true. If dogs could talk, they'd probably say that people have issues, and that is probably even more true. I'm glad that God is in the business of rescuing people, (and dogs) despite—or maybe because of—all our issues."

You can follow Ruth Rosen on facebook or as RuthARosen on twitter.

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Ruth Rosen, daughter of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen, is a staff writer and editor with Jews for Jesus. Her parents raised her with a sense of Jewishness as well as "Jesusness."

Ruth has a degree in biblical studies from Biola College in Southern California and has been part of our full-time staff since 1979. She's toured with Jewish gospel drama teams and participated in many outreaches. She writes and edits quite a few of our evangelistic resources, including many broadside tracts. One of her favorites is, "Who Needs Politics." You can view it as a flash animation here.

Ruth also helps other Jewish believers in Jesus tell their stories. That includes her father, whose biography she authored in what she says was "one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life." For details, or to order your copy of Called to Controversy the Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, click here.  Or click here for a video desription of the biography. For the inside story and "extras" about the book, check out our Called to Controversy Facebook page

Ruth also writes shorter "faith journey" stories in books like Jewish Doctors Meet the Great Physician as well as in booklets like From Generation to Generation: A Jewish Family Finds Their Way Home, which you can download for free here. She edits the Jews for Jesus Newsletter and RealTime for Christians who want to pray for our ministry and our missionaries.

In her spare time, Ruth enjoys writing fiction and playing with her dog, Annie, whom she "rescued" from a shelter. Ruth says, "Some people say that rescue dogs have issues, and that is probably true. If dogs could talk, they'd probably say that people have issues, and that is probably even more true. I'm glad that God is in the business of rescuing people, (and dogs) despite—or maybe because of—all our issues."

You can follow Ruth Rosen on facebook or as RuthARosen on twitter.

Media Release for Ruth Rosen
JEWS FOR JESUS TO SPEAK

Ruth Rosen of Jews for Jesus will speak at (NAME OF CHURCH) on (DATE) at (TIME). (PASTOR’S NAME) invites all to attend. Jews for Jesus uses creative methods and contemporary issues to present the message that Jesus is the Messiah to Jewish people around the world.
 
With a last name like Rosen, it isn't difficult to figure out that her parents are Jewish. Yet, both of Rosen's parents became “Jews for Jesus” before she was born. In fact, her father was the founder of the Jews for Jesus organization. That explains her early decision to believe in Jesus. It also refutes the charge that young Jews who accept Christ are either rejecting their Jewishness or rebelling against their parents. “I was taught to appreciate my Jewishness,” Rosen states. “We celebrated the same holidays as my Jewish friends who didn't believe in Jesus. They knew I was Jewish... they also knew I believed in Jesus. As a child, I assumed that what my parents taught me was true, but as a teenager, like most, I went through a period of 'finding my own way.' I found that Y'shua (Jesus) was the way, not merely because my parents had taught me to believe, but because I couldn't deny the difference that only He could make in my life.”

Rosen, a senior missionary with Jews for Jesus, has been with their staff full-time since 1979. She received her biblical training from Biola College in La Mirada, California, where she graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies. Rosen has participated in intensive Jews for Jesus outreaches called Summer Witnessing Campaigns in New York City and in London, England. She has toured with the Jews for Jesus mobile evangelistic drama team, The New Jerusalem Players, and served with the organization's New York branch for a year. She has served as a member of the Jews for Jesus Council, the organization's strategy planning body, and also as a trustee for the Board of Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon.  

In addition to editing the Jews for Jesus Newsletter since 1995, Rosen has written many of their evangelistic "broadside" pamphlets, edited many of their evangelistic booklets, and has edited such books as Future Hope, Between Two Fathers, Christ in the Feast of Tabernacles andChrist in the Feast of Pentecost. Rosen also compiled and edited two books of mini-biographies of Jews who believe in Jesus, Testimonies of Jews Who Believe in Jesus and Jewish Doctors Meet the Great Physician. She penned a workbook calledFollowing Y'shua for Jewish people who have come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah and wish to learn more about their new faith. "I've wanted to be a writer since age five, when I read my first book," Rosen recalls.
 
Her most recent book is the biography of her father, Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, published by Thomas Nelson.
Rosen resides in the San Francisco Bay area with her dog, a boxer/Rhodesian ridgeback mix whom she says prevents her from taking herself too seriously. In addition to walks with the dog, Rosen spends a few hours of free time each week writing a young adult fantasy novel.
 
Jews for Jesus was founded in 1973 by Moishe Rosen, who revolutionized Jewish evangelism with his creative approach. Rosen died in May 2010. David Brickner, a fifth-generation Jewish believer in Jesus, has been the organization’s executive director since 1996. Brickner has kept Jews for Jesus on the cutting edge as the ministry has expanded and established branches in fourteen countries, including the United States, Brazil, Israel, Russia, France, and South Africa. “We exist to make the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide,” Brickner states. “There are still a few that haven’t heard of us!”
 
To Ruth Rosen and other Jews for Jesus staff, the objective evidence of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, and the transformation in their our own lives provide ample evidence that Jesus was who he claimed to be—the Jewish Messiah.Rosen will be happy to answer questions after the presentation. Call (CHURCH PHONE NUMBER) for more information. There is no admission charge.

Prayer and Support

It's great that you would want to pray for my concerns--thank you so much!

Alot of my work is behind the scenes in Jews for Jesus, helping to create resources that our front line missionaries use to reach out to or disciple those they meet. I meet most of the people I witness to directly  outside of my every day ministry with Jews for Jesus.

I met my friend Judy years ago at the dog park. She is amazingly intelligent and insightful. She was also an atheist when we first met. She now believes in God and sometimes even prays but, like most of my people, she was taught from childhood that Jews who follow Jesus are the worst kind of traitors. Sometimes it almost seems like she is beginning to believe in Him whether she wants to or not. She has major health concerns that also make life very difficult. Please pray for her to find peace and wholeness in Jesus, and to know that God cares for her amidst many hardships.

Please pray for my witness in my neighborhood. All five Jewish people on my block know who I am, including the couple right next door. Just recently I was catching up with them and when I mentioned my father's biography, they asked where they could buy it. They were delighted when I pulled a copy out of my car and made a gift of it. Please pray they'll actually read the book and  want to discuss it.

A number of my unbelieving relatives have also read the book and I'd love you to join me in praying that God will use it to draw them to faith in him.

Thank you so much for taking a few moments to share these concerns. God bless you!

Writings


DateTitle
10/01/2014 22:51:14So What?
09/24/2014 16:18:42So What?
09/23/2014 17:40:10Hello Israel
08/19/2014 18:09:17So What?
07/11/2014 23:40:55So What
06/17/2014 17:42:36So What?
05/16/2014 15:50:57So what? The conformity of a non-conformist
04/08/2014 18:31:54So What?
03/24/2014 21:44:06Are you divergent?
12/18/2013 22:47:56Hello, Israel
12/18/2013 22:45:18So What?
11/25/2013 18:36:45The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
10/04/2013 16:43:35So What?
09/04/2013 20:30:13So What?
08/09/2013 22:59:00So What?
08/07/2013 23:41:59Truth Hurts
06/29/2013 00:00:004th of July Launchers
06/10/2013 00:00:00Can Miracles Disappoint?
05/31/2013 00:00:00Judicious or Judgmental?
02/25/2013 00:00:00Resurrection Reflections
02/21/2013 11:27:13Oz, the Great and Powerful
01/21/2013 00:00:00Les Misérables: The book or the movie?
12/06/2012 00:00:00If You're Ever In Romania ... or Chicago
09/20/2012 00:00:00What Will You Be Wearing this Yom Kippur?
09/05/2012 00:00:00The Real Question
08/20/2012 00:00:00Leaping Over the Rejection Hurdle
04/13/2012 00:00:00The Hunger Games: What Would Jesus Do?
03/01/2012 00:00:00Called to Controversy Sneak Preview
01/01/2012 00:00:00Sneak Preview ...
08/05/2011 00:00:00Creativity: One of our Core Values
07/01/2011 00:00:00Ruth's Ramblings
05/04/2011 00:00:00Promises Fulfilled
04/01/2011 00:00:22Haiku
10/28/2010 00:00:00Moishe, Buddha and the LCJE
10/01/2010 00:00:22Sneak Preview: Excerpted from the Moishe Rosen biography
04/01/2010 00:00:22Ruth's Reflections
02/08/2010 00:00:00Breach of Contract a Purely Financial Matter?
06/01/2009 00:00:00Ruth's Ramblings
11/28/2008 00:00:00Shamash
05/29/2008 00:00:00Musing over Moishe’s Musings
12/01/2007 00:00:00Front Row
07/31/2007 00:00:00D'oh! It's the Simpsons!
07/03/2007 00:00:00Case in Point: Jews and Arabs Join to Make Jesus Known
02/01/2007 00:00:00It Shall Be to You a Memorial
09/01/2006 00:00:00Jesus: the Real King of Queens
09/01/2006 00:00:00The Next Generation . . . and the Next
09/01/2006 00:00:00Brooklyn: BYG and Beyond
09/01/2006 00:00:00A Steward for all Seasons
08/01/2006 00:00:00Why Words Are Important
02/05/2006 00:00:00Resources to Consider: Why Care About Israel by Sandra Teplinsky and Arabs in the Shadow of Israel by Tony Maalouf
02/01/2006 00:00:00Jews, Valentine's Day and the Gospel
01/01/2006 00:00:00Real Friendship Evangelism is Risky but Rewarding
11/01/2005 00:00:00Thanksgiving Thoughts
10/05/2005 00:00:00How Dare They Call Us Sinners?
09/01/2005 00:00:00You Think You Know…
04/01/2005 00:00:00Seeing Anyone Special?
08/01/2004 00:00:00Choices, Choices…
07/01/2004 00:00:00An Answer (or Two) to Prayer
06/01/2004 00:00:00Provoking to Jealousy
08/01/2003 00:00:00It's Not Either/Or
12/01/2002 00:00:00God With Us
09/01/2002 00:00:00Remembering 9/11-Changing the Landscape
05/01/2002 00:00:00Did You Know…About the Chinese-Jewish Connection?
03/01/2002 00:00:00The Christmas-Resurrection Connection
12/01/2001 00:00:00Pigs Off the Altar
01/01/2001 00:00:00Past Oppression, Present Excuse?
09/01/2000 00:00:00Stuff I'm Still Learning About Being Right and Wrong
06/01/2000 00:00:00Get Your Unlimited Anytime Minutes
03/01/2000 00:00:00Seeds of Meolotry
11/01/1999 00:00:00Thanksgiving Reflections from the Editor
04/01/1999 00:00:00Resurrection Reflections
12/01/1998 00:00:00Christmas Presence
04/01/1998 00:00:00Passover Ramblings
12/01/1997 00:00:00Shamash
07/01/1996 00:00:00Were You With Us in the Upper Room?
11/01/1995 00:00:00To Our Faithful Friends
05/01/1995 00:00:00Jewish and Christian: Can It Be?
07/01/1993 00:00:00Truth Hurts
10/01/1992 00:00:00Preparing a Proper Answer
07/01/1992 00:00:00Yeladim for Y'shua
04/01/1991 00:00:00Odds & Ends: You're Not Odd and This Isn't the End
03/01/1991 00:00:00Family Business
07/01/1990 00:00:00The New Age: A Messianic View
02/01/1990 00:00:00Who Needs God?
01/01/1990 00:00:00Praise!
07/01/1989 00:00:00The Gates of Zion
02/01/1989 00:00:00You Call That a Question? and Other Querulous Queries
01/01/1989 00:00:00Not for Poetry Lovers Only
07/01/1988 00:00:00Blood Brothers
04/01/1988 00:00:00Promoters of the Silent Witness
11/01/1987 00:00:00It Runs in the Family
09/01/1987 00:00:00Certainly! But then again, no...
01/01/1987 00:00:00Will the Witness Please Take the Stand?
07/01/1986 00:00:00We Hold These Prejudices…
07/01/1986 00:00:00And God Came In
01/01/1985 00:00:00Witnessing to Your Family This Passover
05/01/1984 00:00:00Immanuel: God With Us
03/01/1981 00:00:00Apple Trees and Jews for Jesus
01/01/1980 00:00:00John 3:16 in Practice
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