Sunday, November 29, 2015

Rabbi Jim Live in the Studio!

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What a joy to have Rabbi Jim back in the studio.   Today we discussed how to maintain an attitude of gratitude!   We talked about how being thankful can keep us from being depressed.   It was a great discussion.   Enjoy!

Rabbi Jim Appel has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Shema Yisrael since 1996 and a Jewish follower of Yeshua since 1977. He is ordained by the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues.

Rabbi Jim previously worked for Xerox Corporation in Webster, N.Y., for 24 years as an optical engineer and engineering manager. He holds more than 45 patents in the areas of copier imaging systems and laser printing. Rabbi Jim received a bachelor's degree in optical engineering from the University of Rochester in 1967 and a master's degree in physics from the University of Southern California in 1970.
Rabbi Jim decided to follow Yeshua after a long spiritual search. He grew up with parents who taught him that God did not exist and organized religion deceived and oppressed people. In 1967 after completing college, Jim became disillusioned with life as an atheist. He rejected his parent's teachings and began his search for spiritual reality. This search took him into the world of mind-altering drugs and yoga meditation, and ended with a dramatic encounter with Yeshua the Messiah, who revealed himself to Rabbi Jim in the privacy of his bedroom without the assistance of any other person.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Robyn Putney Interview

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It was a last minute thing.   I didn't have a guest lined up and announced it at Shabbat Service at Congregation Shema Yisrael.   After service my new friend Robyn volunteered to be my guest.

Robyn is refreshing and smart for her young age of twenty-four.   She grew up in a believing home and made her own conclusions about Messiah Yeshua at the age of nineteen.   In this interview she shares her faith journey and her attraction to the Jewish roots of the faith.  After a DNA test Robyn discovered what she already suspected -- that her mother's side of the family is Jewish.  

In this interview Robyn shares her victory over depression and her positive outlook on life.   You'll enjoy her charm and humor, as well as the music of Zemer Levav, Sally Klein O'Connor, Marty Goetz, Ray Chernoff and Nate Benjamin.

Enjoy dahling, enjoy!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Jane Jones Interview

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What an incredible story!  Jane was raised with a volatile home life. Her strict, German, anti-Semitic mother and Italian father were both abusive. She grew up trying very hard to please her parents, to no avail and spent even more of her youth fearing for her life.

Later on, while attending Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York, she found faith in a loving Messiah by the grace of God, and gradually began to heal from her early childhood trauma, physically and emotionally.

Jane was drawn to the Word of God and learned, despite her mother's influence, to love the Jewish people. Today, Jane and her husband Karl are members of Shema Yisrael, a Messianic Congregation in Rochester, New York, where Karl serves as an elder.

In addition to realizing her love for Israel and Her people, Jane has, most importantly, realized that God really loves her and will always be there for her.

Forgiveness is an ongoing process, and Jane relies on the Lord for strength. She hopes that her story will encourage others who come from abusive backgrounds.

Also features great music!  Enjoy!