Sunday, April 24, 2016

Ruth Fleischer Interview-2

This originally aired in November, 2013.   It was great to hear Rabbi Ruth's story again.   Hope you are blessed and enjoy the music too!

Rabbi Ruth taught from 1976 to 2005, at the Messiah Conference of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA). She has taught courses in Messianic Jewish history and theology under the IAMCS Yeshiva Program, and on a whole range of theological and biblical subjects for the UBMJC rabbinic education program. She is a guest lecturer on the history of Messianic Judaism for the University of Wales and All Nations College, a speaker at the conference of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of France and at conferences in the Netherlands. She has spoken at many events in the Messianic movement worldwide.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Denise Spinos Interview

This originally aired in May of 2015 but never made it to my podcast.   So better late than never!

Deinise Spinos is a product of a Russian-Orthodox Jewish father and a German Lutheran mother, this vibrant, energetic psalmist truly is Ephesians 2:15... One New Man.

Her life is an open book as she shares her testimony. Growing up in a perfectionistic, rage-filled home, she learned early that she would never be "good enough". Hating herself, by the age of 12, she was well on her way to many years of addictive and destructive behaviors.

God in his inimitable grace and mercy delivered her from alcoholism, drug-addiction, smoking, codependent relationships, eating disorders, workaholism and more.

In constant gratitude, the joy of the Lord is her strength  An exuberant, joy-filled, fervent worshipper, Denise has been given a unique gift. As God brings her through situations. He gives her songs of victory and deliverance.

Her songs such as "Grace thru' Faith" and "Rejoice" have brought people to salvation. Others have brought healing and joy. As she has embraced her Jewish roots, "One New Man", a powerful message to the Church has been birthed.

Denise ministers in story and song to bring God's love, healing and encouragement that will uplift you, bless you and bring you joy!

Enjpy the music of Sally Klein O'Connor, Jonathan Settel, Nate Benjamin, Craig Taubman, the Schleps and Sharon Wilbur!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Gillian Mayer Interview

Today I had the privilege of interviewing Gillian Mayer.   Here is her story:


I grew up in a Conservative Jewish household in Coney Island, NY. I remember, very early, seeing flyers posted under the elevated train lines that said Jews For Jesus and asking my mother what those meant. She very sternly told me that those were not for us and we never discussed it again.

We weren't particularly observant, but we were Jewish! Family gathered for all holidays and there was some semblance of ritual, yet we never attended Shul. I was given the choice of Hebrew lessons or music lessons and the obvious choice for me was music. I didn't really know what being a Bat Mitzvah meant, but it sounded boring and I was going to be a musician.

My parents decided to move to Houston, TX, so off we went. Leaving our extended family behind, we also left what little observance we still enjoyed behind. We still had holiday dinners, but they weren't the same. My father refused to join any of the synagogues here because he believed that all they wanted was his money. I did manage to fall in with a Jewish crowd and assumed that I would marry a Jewish man, but when I met the man I was to marry, he wasn't Jewish.

We married and were okay until we had children. We had agreed that we would teach them everything, but something in me changed. My children were not setting foot in a church. Through a friend, we learned about a congregation where Jewish people and gentile people worshipped together. I agreed to go.

At first, I thought these people were all nuts. There was a band and dancing, but G-d knew what he was doing. I was being drawn in by the music. I found myself singing along, but when we came to "that word" I would skip it. I started reading my husband's bible and thought they were nice stories. That changed to I suppose this could be true and finally to how could this not be true. I was thirty years old when I realized that this Name that I had seen on a flyer as a child was, in fact, for me.

You'll also enjoy the music of Corry Bell & Lev Shelo, Nate Benjamin, Ted Pearce, Debbie Chernoff, Jonathan Settel and the Schleps!