RealTime October 2006
I have just returned from Germany, where I visited our Jews for Jesus Essen branch, attended our European board meeting, met with a group of 35 pastors and preached in a large church in Berlin.
While there I told one pastor that I come from a family of German Jews on my father’s side. My father always told me our surname, Brickner, means, bridge builder.” The pastor thought a minute before he replied that my name more likely refers to the man who takes the tolls on the bridge. What a disappointment! I smiled and told the pastor that I would rather be a bridge builder than a toll taker.
We all have a certain image of ourselves and our image can be based on misinformation. Nevertheless I think I’ll continue to consider myself a bridge builder, because the Bible tells me that I am an ambassador for Y’shua, helping people to become reconciled to God through preaching the gospel.
We need to base our self-image on how God sees things. Various problems ensue when we see ourselves through other lenses.
Holiday Corner The most recent Jewish holiday on the calendar is not one that you will find commanded in the Scripture, but it is a holiday devoted to celebrating the Scripture. It is called Simchat Torah, Simchat meaning joy and Torah (Law) referring to the first five books of the Bible. Jewish synagogues follow a…
In Israel… Our Tel Aviv staff and volunteers had a three-day outreach at a New Age festival last month; two Israelis prayed to receive Jesus and 70 gave their contact information to hear more about the Lord. Yoel Ben David reports: In Israel there are national celebrations of the holidays known as the Feasts of…
Susan Perlman, first assistant to our executive director, is almost at the midpoint of her chemotherapy. We so appreciate your prayers for her and hope you will continue. We are conducting a number of Ingatherings this month and next, as we look to minister to Jewish believers, and hopefully some unbelieving guests as well, in…
Our regular (snail mail) November newsletter will feature: an article by David Brickner titled, Fragile Invincibility”; A Thanksgiving Connection (and a peek at David Brickner’s new “Christ in the Feast of Tabernacles” book); Meet Our New Missionary Trainees; “Phoenix First Fruits,” by Bruce Rapp and Bits from the Branches in Essen, Tel Aviv and Paris.”