Father’s Day Prayer

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From the Heart of A Born Again Father

I Want My Family to Know: The day will come when like my father before me I will no longer be here. I have left a legacy of words and memories that speak to who I am and what I believe. To know me is to read my words that come from my heart on crosseseverywhere.com

I WANT THEM TO KNOW: That I love them, pray for them and will wait for them in a better place. I want them to know that I placed my eternal life in the nail scarred hands of Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, the Son of the Living God.

I WANT THEM TO KNOW: That I have not found a religion of men, but a personal relationship with The Son of God. I want them to know that as long as they have life they have the ability to Seek the Living God who waits at the top of the stairs for them with a welcome matt before the door of His Heaven.

All they need to do is open the door of their hearts and He will open the door to them so they can go into the ARK of refuge found ONLY in HIS Auto-Biography called the Old & New Testaments. There they will find the Living Words of God, written personally to each of them.

I WANT THEM TO KNOW: Only by reading His Words will they come to the knowledge of the Truth about God. Then they will Fear HIM. That fear will become knowledge of HIM, and that will lead to the understanding of what this life truly is about and why they were born…then they will Love The Lord with all their hearts.

I WANT THEIR HEARTS TO BREAK: So they will Repent before a Loving God who waits to heal them of their sins if they accept the Death of Jesus on the Cross for their sins.

THEN THEY WILL: Know the TRUTH about GOD and Themselves and then Love God and live for God and grow in wisdom and discernment of God….and SERVE GOD.

THEN GOD WILL: Make Good on HIS PROMISE to me and Give those I Love, that Love HIM 1st, ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.

AMEN

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Memories of my father

Beginning at my father’s knee, my whole life long I was taught that God was NOT knowable or approachable. He was mysterious, unsearchable, far above us.

My Father Armin had lost his wife and 2 children in Hitler’s death camp.
Being a father and grandfather, I cannot even begin to imagine the depth of my father’s sorrow, his emotional pain, his doubts and the tears that must have flowed like a river running into a sea of hopelessness and despair.

Many people in his position came out of the death camps hating God. Somehow my father was able to start over again, marry my mother (also a survivor), raise me and live into his 80’s. He was never bitter, but placed his trust in the God of his fathers.

He loved this unknowable God with all his heart. Armin, more than anything else desired righteousness…he wanted to be perfect. According to the demand of God, we must be perfect to get into heaven.

So my father did good deeds, went to synagogue, gave charity to the poor. He was an honorable, loving, calm, gentle, soft spoken and kind man. I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved him. He is never far from my thoughts as is my mother.

Armin spent hours each day in the Old Testament. He loved to speak to me about the stories of the Nation of Israel and this unapproachable and unknowable God whom he loved.

In 1985 I became a Jewish Believer in Jesus. That is the only difference between my father and I as Jews. He waited for the 1st coming of the Messiah and I wait for His 2nd coming. This difference separates us by a chasm so great that it is not possible to Cross. The theological consequences of our differing views bring with it eternal consequences.

My Dad taught me about sin, the fact that I can never attain true righteousness and that because there are no more sacrifices of animals in a Temple, I must now rely on my Good Works to please the God of Israel. Then when I die, based on my Good Works, this unapproachable, unknowable …Holy God of both Mercy and Wrath would take pity on me when I stand before HIM and answer HIS question …“Why should I let you into MY Heaven?”

God’s word in the Old Testament is clear in Isaiah 64:6. Our good works are like filthy rags…everyone’s heart is evil from conception in our mother’s womb, NO PERSON CAN BECOME RIGHTEOUS. Our boasting before God about our good works will not gain us entrance into His heaven.

So where does that leave me? Where did it leave my father? What about your father? My father would tell me God is merciful and I agree. His mercies are new to us every day that He grants us life.

But God is also Holy and a Holy God hates Sin. God said through the Prophets that good works are not good enough, then what is good enough? Did God provide us a way to be saved from His wrath or not? That answer is yes! But the question you must answer is now different: Who do You say that I AM ?

God is Omniscient, He knows the past, present and future. He already had a plan for saving us the second that Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden. That plan was to provide a Savior. One who would come at the appointed time and offer a solution for our Sin problem.

I have spent the last 29 years of my life trying to convince people who do not have a Biblical Worldview that they are Sinners in danger of God’s Wrath and Judgment and that they are in need of a Savior.

This has been my passion, my joy and my greatest sorrow. Both my parents died before I came to know Jesus, the prophesied Savior and Messiah of Israel. I would gladly give up my life if I could but go back in time, and show my father in the Old Testament he cherished…the prophecies and portraits God gave the Jewish people, so they would recognize His Son Yeshua…the coming Messiah when He appeared on earth.

If you believe in His death on the Cross, the Empty Tomb, His Resurrection, the historically documented evidence of His appearing after death before many people, including 500 witness on one occasion and His Ascension into Heaven…then talk to your father if he still lives. Take part in giving your father, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the gift of eternal life… belief in the Messiah of Israel who came to die for the sins of the world.

God is still God. The wages of sin is still death. God does what we cannot do so we can be what we dare not dream: Perfect Before GOD.

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Raise Them To Love Jesus

Dan was giving me a praise report about his daughter. We all pray for our kids that they would place their faith in Jesus for their salvation. Many of them say they have, but you know as well as I that we cannot see into their heart. So we look for the fruit of good works in their lives that reassure us they truly do love the Lord who waits patiently for them.

Dan loves Christian music as do I. Dan and his wife are part of their church’s music team. Dan came across a song that touched his heart so much that he gave it too his daughter. Interesting that someone would give a song as a gift. Yet a song can touch the soul where words alone cannot.

She loved the song not just for the melody but also especially for the lyrics. They continued to fill her mind day and night. She played it over and over. She told Dan how this song touched her heart so much that she was practicing it so she could stand before her Lord in church and sing it as a solo to the congregation.

How awesome it is for a believing parent to hear their child sing before the Lord. It is like proclaiming our faith in baptism. We stand on the stage before the congregation but really we stand alone before the King of Kings and sing to Him alone. When we worship among the many at church and we sing, we too stand alone before the King of Kings and sing to Him alone.

I am sure that Dan looked at His daughter and thought how awesome a proof of her repentant heart it is, for her to be able to sing from her heart to the Lord before witnesses.

Dan is truly blessed to both see and be part of the growth in spiritual maturity of his child. Dan then spoke about what a blessing children are and that he was praying for his older son’s confirmation of salvation. That when his son was born and brought home from the hospital he went into the crib late at night and then tenderly lifted his newborn son up high before the Lord in the darkness of the room.

There in the darkness Dan gave back his son to the Lord of light and asked that God would be his true father and that the Lord would guide Dan as his earthly father in the joy of teaching his son about Jesus and Scripture. That Dan would be able to bathe his son in the light of Gods Word through all the years of influence Dan would have; so that his son would grow up to be a man of God.

You men with children who are reading this need to know your children are a blessing from the Lord. It is your responsibility to raise up your children to know their Creator and to know the Scriptures that tell the story about the Son of God.

Like John the Baptist, who came to prepare the way for the Lord. You also have been given the honor and the responsibility to prepare the way to your child’s heart so they will be able to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

God calls you to begin praying for their Salvation from the moment they have life in the womb. Then in LOVE, live your life before them and your wife and your God so there is no question in their minds about whom you belong to and whom you have chosen to serve.

Then maybe God in HIS Mercy to you will bless you by giving you the desire of your heart, the desire of my heart… that each one of our children will become a Child of the KING.

Painting by Ron DiCianni
Raise Him to be LIKE the Lord

The Heart of a Father

I Want My Family to Know:
The day will come when like my father before me I will no longer be here. I have left a legacy of words and memories that speak to who I am and what I believe. To know me is to read my words that come from my heart on crosseseverywhere.com

I WANT THEM TO KNOW:
That I love them, pray for them and will wait for them in a better place. I want them to know that I placed my eternal life in the nail scarred hands of Jesus , the Jewish Messiah, the Son of the Living God.

I WANT THEM TO KNOW:
That I have not found a religion of men, but a personal relationship with The Son of God. I want them to know that as long as they have life they have the ability to Seek the Living God who waits at the top of the stairs for them with a welcome matt before the door of His Heaven.

All they need to do is open the door of their hearts and He will open the door to them so they can go into the ARK of refuge found ONLY in HIS AutoBiography called the Old & New Testaments. There they will find the Living Words of God, written personally to each of them.


I WANT THEM TO KNOW:

Only by reading His Words will they come to the knowledge of the Truth about God. Then they will Fear HIM. That fear will become knowledge of HIM, and that will lead to the understanding of what this life truly is about and why they were born…then they will Love The Lord with all their hearts.

I WANT THEIR HEARTS TO BREAK:
So they will Repent before a Loving God who waits to heal them of their sins if they accept the Death of Jesus on the Cross for their sins.

THEN THEY WILL:
Know the TRUTH about GOD and Themselves and then Love God and live for God and grow in wisdom and discernment of God….and SERVE GOD.

THEN GOD WILL:
Make Good on HIS PROMISE to me and Give those I Love, that Love HIM 1st, ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.

AMEN