Three Questions

Three Questions

by Leo Tolstoy

It once occurred to a certain king, that if he always knew the right time to begin everything; if he knew who were the right people to listen to, and whom to avoid, and, above all, if he always knew what was the most important thing to do, he would never fail in anything he might undertake.

And this thought having occurred to him, he had it proclaimed throughout his kingdom that he would give a great reward to any one who would teach him what was the right time for every action, and who were the most necessary people, and how he might know what was the most important thing to do.

And learned men came to the King, but they all answered his questions differently.

In reply to the first question, some said that to know the right time for every action, one must draw up in advance, a table of days, months and years, and must live strictly according to it. Only thus, said they, could everything be done at its proper time. Others declared that it was impossible to decide beforehand the right time for every action; but that, not letting oneself be absorbed in idle pastimes, one should always attend to all that was going on, and then do what was most needful. Others, again, said that however attentive the King might be to what was going on, it was impossible for one man to decide correctly the right time for every action, but that he should have a Council of wise men, who would help him to fix the proper time for everything.

But then again others said there were some things which could not wait to be laid before a Council, but about which one had at once to decide whether to undertake them or not. But in order to decide that one must know beforehand what was going to happen. It is only magicians who know that; and, therefore in order to know the right time for every action, one must consult magicians.

Equally various were the answers to the second question. Some said, the people the King most needed were his councillors; others, the priests; others, the doctors; while some said the warriors were the most necessary.

To the third question, as to what was the most important occupation: some replied that the most important thing in the world was science. Others said it was skill in warfare; and others, again, that it was religious worship.

All the answers being different, the King agreed with none of them, and gave the reward to none. But still wishing to find the right answers to his questions, he decided to consult a hermit, widely renowned for his wisdom.

The hermit lived in a wood which he never quitted and he received none but common folk. So the King put on simple clothes, and before reaching the hermit’s cell dismounted from his horse, and, leaving his bodyguard behind, went on alone.

When the King approached, the hermit was digging the ground in front of his hut. Seeing the King, he greeted him and went on digging. The hermit was frail and weak, and each time he stuck his spade into the ground and turned a little earth, he breathed heavily.

The King went up to him and said: ‘I have come to you, wise hermit, to ask you to answer three questions: How can I learn to do the right thing at the right time? Who are the people I most need, and to whom should I, therefore, pay more attention than to the rest? And, what affairs are the most important and need my first attention?’

The hermit listened to the King, but answered nothing. He just spat on his hand and recommenced digging.

‘You are tired,’ said the King, ‘let me take the spade and work awhile for you.’

‘Thanks!’ said the hermit, and, giving the spade to the King, he sat down on the ground.

When he had dug two beds, the King stopped and repeated his questions. The hermit again gave no answer, but rose, stretched out his hand for the spade, and said:

‘Now rest awhile — and let me work a bit.’

But the King did not give him the spade, and continued to dig. One hour passed, and another. The sun began to sink behind the trees, and the King at last stuck the spade into the ground, and said:

‘I came to you, wise man, for an answer to my questions. If you can give me none, tell me so, and I will return home.’

‘Here comes some one running,’ said the hermit, ‘let us see who it is.’

The King turned round, and saw a bearded man come running out of the wood. The man held his hands pressed against his stomach, and blood was flowing from under them. When he reached the King, he fell fainting on the ground moaning feebly. The King and the hermit unfastened the man’s clothing. There was a large wound in his stomach. The King washed it as best he could, and bandaged it with his handkerchief and with a towel the hermit had. But the blood would not stop flowing, and the King again and again removed the bandage soaked with warm blood, and washed and rebandaged the wound. When at last the blood ceased flowing, the man revived and asked for something to drink. The King brought fresh water and gave it to him. Meanwhile the sun had set, and it had become cool. So the King, with the hermit’s help, carried the wounded man into the hut and laid him on the bed. Lying on the bed the man closed his eyes and was quiet; but the King was so tired with his walk and with the work he had done, that he crouched down on the threshold, and also fell asleep — so soundly that he slept all through the short summer night. When he awoke in the morning, it was long before he could remember where he was, or who was the strange bearded man lying on the bed and gazing intently at him with shining eyes.

‘Forgive me!’ said the bearded man in a weak voice, when he saw that the King was awake and was looking at him.

‘I do not know you, and have nothing to forgive you for,’ said the King.

‘You do not know me, but I know you. I am that enemy of yours who swore to revenge himself on you, because you executed his brother and seized his property. I knew you had gone alone to see the hermit, and I resolved to kill you on your way back. But the day passed and you did not return. So I came out from my ambush to find you, and I came upon your bodyguard, and they recognized me, and wounded me. I escaped from them, but should have bled to death had you not dressed my wound. I wished to kill you, and you have saved my life. Now, if I live, and if you wish it, I will serve you as your most faithful slave, and will bid my sons do the same. Forgive me!’

The King was very glad to have made peace with his enemy so easily, and to have gained him for a friend, and he not only forgave him, but said he would send his servants and his own physician to attend him, and promised to restore his property.

Having taken leave of the wounded man, the King went out into the porch and looked around for the hermit. Before going away he wished once more to beg an answer to the questions he had put. The hermit was outside, on his knees, sowing seeds in the beds that had been dug the day before.

The King approached him, and said:

‘For the last time, I pray you to answer my questions, wise man.’

‘You have already been answered!’ said the hermit still crouching on his thin legs, and looking up at the King, who stood before him.

‘How answered? What do you mean?’ asked the King.

‘Do you not see,’ replied the hermit. ‘If you had not pitied my weakness yesterday, and had not dug these beds for me, but had gone your way, that man would have attacked you, and you would have repented of not having stayed with me. So the most important time was when you were digging the beds; and I was the most important man; and to do me good was your most important business. Afterwards, when that man ran to us, the most important time was when you were attending to him, for if you had not bound up his wounds he would have died without having made peace with you. So he was the most important man, and what you did for him was your most important business. Remember then: there is only one time that is important — Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. The most necessary man is he with whom you are, for no man knows whether he will ever have dealings with any one else: and the most important affair is, to do him good, because for that purpose alone was man sent into this life!’

Are You Filled. . .

. . . With Sap and Green?

A Psalm (92). A Song for the Sabbath.

1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

2 to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,

3 to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.

4 For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

5 How great are your works, O LORD! Your thoughts are very deep!

6 The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this:

7 that though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever;

8 but you, O LORD, are on high forever.

9 For behold, your enemies, O LORD, for behold, your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be scattered.

10 But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; you have poured over mea fresh oil.

11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.

12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God.

14They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green,

15 to declare that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

L-RD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .

More Thoughts on Romans-2

This week I listened to Pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jone’s 100th Friday Night Sermon on Romans, preached in 1959. His verses for that sermon had arrived at chapter six verses 12,13, & 14. He said this marked Apostle Paul’s departure from pure doctrine and his beginning exhortations on the application of the doctrine set down. Pastor MLJ said that many people love to study doctrine, but have no use for application, and many people want only to hear application, and dislike doctrine. Pastor MLJ went on to explain why both views are dangerous, but that study of doctrine without application is the worst of the two. He said that if we know and are settled in the doctrine, application makes more sense to us. The key doctrine expounded upon by Apostle Paul, according to Pastor MLJ is “Justification.” Six chapters written to Christians, the Gentile and Jewish Believers, in Rome, all on one doctrine–Justification. And Pastor MLJ expounded, from the pulpit of Westminster Chapel, those six chapters for one hundred hours. In our 21st Century, our culture of six-second sound bites, it seems amazing. I admit to times during those 100 hours that I thought to myself, “he’s said this before, exactly as he’s saying it again.” Repetition. Pastor MLJ mentioned it too. He does it with intent. Not malicious. He said Apostle Paul, as all good teachers, makes frequent repetition. Repeat. Add a bit to the repetition. Repeat again, add more. Give a general statement. Expound on part of the statement for several verses, then expound on the remaining part of that statement. Repeat in different terms. According to Pastor MLJ, it is like a wonderful musical composition.

Every once and a while I recall my first experience reading Apostle Paul’s letters. I thought him harsh, quick to judge, strict and almost legalistic. Then there was this time when the First Assembly of God in San Luis Obispo, CA, was praying for guidance in selecting a new senior pastor. 1st AG had a room behind the stage (er alter) that was I suppose a room to hold choir robes and gather the choir before its entry. That would have been in the days before things got more casual. Anyway, this room was used as a prayer room, and a 3-day prayer session was called for. I attended. I really had no clue what to do while there except to be on a vigil, sort of, so during my allotted hours, I read through the entire letter to the Romans. Maybe more than once. I recall how in doing so I learned that Paul truly was filled with love, and that what I took as harsh was a loving intensity. And what I took as legalism was a desire to obey, not out of fear of losing salvation, not out of a desire to gain salvation, but out of a sincere and pure desire to love G-D and love G-D’s people.

According to Pastor MLJ, when we fully understand that we were justified in Christ while still sinners, that we died to the reign of sin in our true selves, we are free to live a life of holiness. It is our love of G-D that enables us to move forward, not bogged down by the mortal body that is still subject to sin. It is the Spirit of G-D that gives us that power to love.

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Christian Service

Christian service “is motivated by God’s holy-love,” wrote David Wells in his blog.

Mr. Wells explains that this Holy-Love is a composite or fullness of the Attributes of G-D. He uses the analogy of a prism that breaks out light into its various prime colors, so Holy-Love is broken out into the aspects of G-D’s being.

“The God who “is love” (1 John 4:8) is always, everywhere, and at the same time, the God who is a “consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29) and the One who is “light” (1 John 1:5). When we meet God, we meet Him in the wholeness of His character. His judgment, for example, is always preceded by His patience. It is always shadowed by His mercy. His love, in its bond with what is true and right, always accompanies, is always a part of, His holiness.”

It seems clear Mr. Wells is differentiating the prevailing notion that “G-D is Love” from the truth of what G-D’s love actually means. He calls it Holy-Love as to be absolutely clear. How many times have we heard the false logic stated something like: “God is love. God won’t all us to be punished. We are all “saved” by a loving God.” 

“Christian service is about how our redemption in Christ comes into flower in this world. It is what puts hands and feet and lips to God’s holy-love. Once we had as our life’s goal only ourselves. Our self-interest defined our worldview. Now this has changed. Now we are living a new kind of existence (2 Cor. 5:17). It is not one that is self-focused but one that is God-centered, not one that is self-pleasing but one that is open to others. And it is God’s holy-love that motivates this new direction even as it is Christ’s death that makes it possible,” wrote Mr. Wells.

“In this sense, everyone who belongs to Christ is an outpost of eternity in this world. God calls His people so to live, so to serve, that they are themselves the evidence that the age to come is already dawning. That evidence is the presence of holy-love,” wrote Mr. Wells.

We are not all alike. We come to know Messiah Yeshua from various backgrounds. Our personalities differ. Our appearance differs. We come to a Fraternity of the Faithful, we become brothers and sisters in Messiah. While we are citizens of Messiah’s Heavenly Reign, we are also Family. We are brought into the Family of G-D. Grafted into Israel, as it has been stated.

In his article, The Cause of Christ, Glenn Davis wrote about the personality differences between Believers. 

“Some people are loud and forward, others are quiet and retiring. It makes no difference to your commitment to the cause. Jesus Christ designed YOU for this time of history. He will call you from your comfort zone, but He is not going to require anything from you that He has not already given you. There are all types of assignments leading toward to ultimate goal. Elijah was confrontational with the wicked king Ahab, but Obadiah [1 Kings 18:3-4] was “undercover” and worked within the system. Both were necessary. Both required courage. We should never despise someone working for the victory of the cause of Christ in a different way as long as they are not in violation of the Word of God.”

I believe Mr. Davis makes an important point when he wrote that “we should never despise someone working for the victory of the cause of Christ in a different way as long as they are not in violation of he Word of God.” 

Recently, on some blog, I inferred that certain outcries agains various sins by individuals made Christians look bad. The author seemed to be saying that we should all be more moderate in our approach to others, more tolerant. I believe the author even said that this behavior made us all look intolerant. I admit, there are street preachers that are really out there. Signs held high. Megaphones blaring. Yet I can see in them the modern-day John the Baptist crying out against the sins of Israel. If I judge a person’s ministry based on my personality type—much more reserved—then I’m also saying that there was something wrong with Yeshua’s display of zeal when He drove people from the Temple Court. With A Whip. 

We face difficult times today, and more to come. We face difficult decisions. If we have not yet, we all will. And there are certainly times in which we are called not to directly engage in confrontation. I believe in our zeal we can be goaded into reacting, and in doing so perhaps we do “make us all appear badly.” Then again there are those times in which we must, Simply Must, stand up and say, “NO! That is Wrong!”

I suppose the best advice on how to handle ourselves is to follow the lead of Yeshua:

I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. John 14:31

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The Cause of Christ

In thinking about Pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jone’s teaching on Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Romans, I reread the verses from which he teaches, often in the English Standard Version, ESV. While doing so, I read various commentaries on those particular passages. Sometimes the commentaries offer additional insights, sometimes they differ somewhat in their explanation of the particular verse in question. 

Pastor Albert Barnes’s Notes on Romans 6 includes comments on our Baptism into Christ. Pastor MLJ distinguishes this particular Baptism from the water immersion Baptism, which he says is a more public display of faith. This particular Baptism is our entrance into the Kingdom of G-D at the time of our Salvation.

This is to “dedicate or consecrate us to the service of Christ.” wrote Pastor Barnes. “We have been solemnly consecrated by baptism to the service of Christ; and that to sin is therefore a violation of the very nature of our Christian profession.”

Baptized Into Christ. . .“Into – εἰς eis. This is the word which is used in Matthew 28:19, “Teach all nations, baptizing them into εἰς eis the name of the Father,” etc. It means, being baptized unto his service; receiving him as the Saviour and guide, devoting all unto him and his cause,” Pastor Barnes states. 

The way the word unto or into is used isn’t what caught my attention; when Pastor MLJ or Pastor Barnes wants to explain a particular word, each looks for similar usages in the Scriptures. What caught my eye was way Pastor Barnes said, “devoting all unto him and his cause.” The Cause of Messiah. The Cause of G-D. Then I spin off to my own looking around for various thoughts on the Cause of Christ.

“So what is the cause that Christ is calling us to? What is His goal? It is simple, but breath-taking: That the entire world in all its aspects would be in voluntary obedience to Jesus Christ BEFORE He returns,” writes Glenn Davis in his article “The Cause of Christ.”

Simple. Okay. But the application seems to me to be a bit more complicated, and certainly not without controversy. Especially these days when the mention of the Name of Yeshua Jesus has become an offensive to many in our Culture of Politically Correctness.

But we don’t make up the strategy; we don’t have to do that at all. We need only live our lives Unto Messiah. To follow the leading of the Spirit. Unto Messiah. To live beneath His Banner, as Citizens of Messiah’s Heavenly Reign. 

“Only in total commitment to the cause of Christ can anyone truly live. You may never face physical persecution or martyrdom. That is not the issue. Your commitment to the cause of Christ and willingness to cheerfully follow His commands is the issue. It is also encouraging to know that the success of our cause is ultimately guaranteed. It will happen, the only question is whether you will be a part of it or not,” writes Mr. Davis. [emphasis added]

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More Thoughts on Romans

Each day as I spend more time in Romans with Pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones and am more and more amazed at the depth he is taking Apostle Paul’s exposition of what Pastor MLJ considers the essential doctrine of Christianity. It’s very interesting. However, it also makes me think, “how deep an understanding does the average Christian need?” What I mean is, to drive a car one need only now certain things about its operation and the various rules of the road. One doesn’t need to be a mechanical or electrical engineer to drive. Does it help if one studies about aerodynamics? Probably only if one is contemplating a roof rack, and will then determine it will interfere with the air flow over the car, thereby reducing gas mileage.

For me, however, the more I know the more I want to know, the more I understand, the more I enjoy. Whether it is amateur radio, sailing, shooting, farming, et cetera. I enjoy the emersion into a subject. Yet studying about something is a far cry from actually doing it, actually experiencing it. Study helps, certainly, and it prepares one for the experience. As it is often said, one learns when the shoe leather hits the pavement, or the rubber meets the asphalt, or whatever phrase seems best to fit. 

For Christian, then, studying the Word of G-D is getting to know about G-D. It prepares us and keeps us “up-to-date” in the working of G-D’s Sprit. It augments, but doesn’t substitute, for actually experiencing G-D by walking with Him in our life.

As previously mentioned, Pastor MLJ spent a lot of time explaining the difference between the word ‘unto’ and ‘to,’ as in Living unto the L-RD. It’s got me thinking about it. A lot. Interestingly, when MLJ was preaching he used two Bible translations, though does often reference original Greek versions. ASIDE: I’ve often thought that some letters our fearless theologians tell us were written in Greek, were actually written in either Hebrew or Aramaic. Nevertheless, MLJ used the “Authorized” and the “Revised” versions. We, many years later, have the benefit, or the added confusion, of a lot of other versions (or cynically, opinions and interpretations). The case for more modern versions is clear when it comes to words like “unto.” It’s a word I think we seldom use. One “dictionary”defines “unto” as simply “to.” Another says it’s from the 13th Century and came as a shortened version of “until.” Anyway, according to MLJ, when we died unto sin, for instance, it means we died to the realm and reign of sin. In a similar, parallel, fashion, when we were resurrected with Messiah, we live a life unto Him, meaning we are now under, a part of, beneath the covering of, Messiah.

So the original question. . . at first glance, most Christians might get bored, and fine not real reason to split hairs between words and usage and are zebra’s black with white stripes or white with black stripes. Yet it also seems that Pastor MLJ is correct in saying that if we fully understand Justification, for instance, we become complete in the assurance of our salvation. Without that understanding, for instance, we wallow in doubt of our status if we do sin, and this causes us, according to Pastor MLJ, to feel isolated and doubt even our salvation. Doubting our salvation is to doubt G-D. Downward Spiral. Eventually we come to think need to be saved. Pastor MLJ would say that full assurance means we don’t come back again to be saved all over, that we are saved once and for all time, our eternal lives assured in Christ. Dead Unto Sin. . . the reign of sin, the realm of sin, the condemnation of sin. Once we are new creations, how then can we go back again and become the old? 

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Come Away to a Solitary Place

In 1986 I was invited to be a part of a team ministering in Israel. The team’s mission was to provide a children’s ministry for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ). The ICEJ began some years before when, as the founders put it, they realized how world turned cold hearts against Israel, none acknowledging Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel.

[Aside: Interestingly, President Trump is the first to begin the process of moving the Ame rican Embassy to Jerusalem. No wonder so much trouble has been stirred up against him. I’m convinced most of the world hates Israel. But those who bless Israel shall be blessed, though perhaps they’re persecuted first.]

The Western Wall, above which once stood The Temple

The annual Festival of Succoth was chosen as a time to gather as many Christians as possible from around the world to join in celebration. Rosh HaShanah begins tonight, Yom Kippur follows in 10 days, and then Succoth. As it was when first I went to Israel, so it is today: A time thousands of Christians gather in Jerusalem to Celebrate The Feast.

I fell in love with Israel, and in particular with Jerusalem. The work with the ICEJ was incredible and in the company of other volunteers, I was able to spend time touring the Biblical sites throughout Israel.

In 1987, I returned to Israel for The Feast, and to again work with the children’s ministry of the ICEJ, I did so planning to stay on in Jerusalem. Many other Christians that worked as volunteers for the Celebration Festivities did also. I became friends with a number of people that continued volunteer work in Jerusalem. One women provided full-time, live-in nursing care to an elderly woman, for instance. One man volunteered as a carpenter/fix-it man at a small village that had been turned into an asylum for the mentally ill, many of whom were Holocaust “survivors.” (I mean no disrespect by using quotes around survivors, for I those in that village sadly didn’t fully survive, though they lived.)

These people I met worked hard, long hours. If anyone needed a break, it was them. Like the disciples of Yeshua mentioned in the Gospel According to Mark:

“. . . [Yeshua] said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. ” v. 31

Responding to their need for a break, I was blessed to be able organize and secure financial assistance for a variety excursions. One particular trip to us, a group of about eight, to a monastery located above the town of Jericho. While the monks not always allowed visitors, we were blessed to be able to spend several hours simply relaxing atop that mountain, viewing the valley and town below. We ate in Jericho, then returned by bus late in the afternoon to Jerusalem.

At Giza, outside Cairo

A small group of us whet to Cairo, Egypt, for a few days. No, Cairo doesn’t fit the bill of a quiet and solitary place. But it was an adventure we shared together, and thoroughly enjoyed. We visited a few museums, a huge bazaar, and toured inside a pyramid. While we’d all spent a lot of time traveling in buses in various countries, one of the most interesting experiences was the buses of Cairo. They never stopped. To enter or leave, one would grab a handle on the doorway, and simply jump aboard. Just to ensure people didn’t fall as they entered, there were large scoop-shaped doors that protruded from the side of the bus. I was a pretty incredible thing to do. Returning to Israel we were able to easily get new visas, which was a good thing, as we were at the end of our short-term visas.

One of my favorite places to take groups was through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. A brief mention is made of it in 2 Kings 20:20:

“[Hezekiah] made the pool and the conduit and brought water into the city”

1884 sketch of the tunnel, by Charles Warren and Claude Reignier Conder, showing the tunnel as well as Warren's Shaft, the Pool of Siloam and the Fountain of the Virgin.
1884 sketch of the tunnel, by Charles Warren and Claude Reignier Conder, showing the tunnel as well as Warren’s Shaft, the Pool of Siloam and the Fountain of the Virgin. (Wikipedia)

While I suppose it’s changed today, but in the mid-1980s it was a very low-key adventure, and it was free. Then there were no signs even marking it’s entrance, until just before the stairway going downward. The story I was told is that King Hezekiah had engineers dig a tunnel from the springs located outside the city walls, to bring water within the city. It was especially useful when foreign nations attempted to take Jerusalem. Two teams of engineers were used, one from each end. Somewhere in the middle of the tunnel there is a sharp bend where it is said workers from one team could hear the sounds of the other team, and began their cut in that direction. It was mere feet between them at that point, and they soon met each other. Each of the groups I was privileged to lead carried candles, a tradition we were told, and trod through the icy waters the 583 yards (533 m) the tunnel runs through solid rock from the spring to the Pool of Siloam.

For all of us that felt called to go to Israel, felt called to show compassion upon a people that asked none, but so richly deserved it, we gladly served as able. Our various trials and difficulties in the doing of this service was offset by our travels in a beautiful country, rich in history, and filled with marvelous people. Certainly, those time we retreated to solitary places renewed within us the Spirit of G-D that enables us to continue our work.

It’s been a long time since Israel, and some faces of friends met there have faded, places have, likewise, become foggy in my mind, but other images are crystal clear. I hope they remain that way until the next time I am blessed to once again set foot upon the Promised Land of Milk and Honey.

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For some time now, I’ve been watching video presentations on YouTube. One of the groups of presenters is an online community called YoutTube Pipe Community (YTPC). Recently one of the presenters, Mike, began a series he calls “FaithChatFriday.” A number of others have added their video responses to it. The first in the series is “Why I believe in God.”

It can be viewed here:

FaithChatFriday “Why I Believe in God.”

When folks commented that they appreciated Mike beginning this series. Mike responded with his praise of G-D for the idea and thanked all who have responded. Mike gave G-D the glory for this endeavor.

Likewise, I thank G-D for working through Mike to share himself and his faith in G-D.

He’s invited anyone who wishes to view it to comment in the comment sections on the videos, as well as to begin their own FaithChatFriday vlogs.

Visit Mike’s vlog home at:


There is a tab “Play List” and there is a list entitled “FaithChatFriday” where Mike has listed many others who’ve offered their own vlog responses.

Some of those who’ve responded have never made a vlog before, though have followed the other vlog presentations that Mike and others have made. These fellows have put their belief in G-D out into the public domain, and I commend them on this. I thank Yeshua for all who come out publicly, whether for the first time or as a continued effort to offer G-D’s light to the world. I thank G-D for all who, in the many and varied ways, witness ourselves and their life of faith in G-D to all who would read, listen, or view.

Thank G-d for all those who agree with Apostle Paul’s statement:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

L-RD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .