The Visionary and The Delinquent

The Visionary and The Delinquent
(A contrast of two lives)
One lives by convictions, imperfectly;
while one judges by 
standards, he himself can’t keep.
One stands attentive, faithful; flawed
The other wipes his mouth, demanding more.
One steps in, to cover in grace,
The other steps, boastful; resents his place.
One dies daily, a living sacrifice;
the other blames others –
for his compromise.
One tries and fails, but tries again-
learns to lead; on God depend.
The other flees the scene after speaking lies;
practices quite well, his rehearsed alibis.
One lives quietly, behind the scenes.
The other’s Cheshire smile, grotesque, obscene.
One is slight, in stature and frame.
The other seeks glory and others to defame.
One stood by a seed not his own;
trusting the view of God’s Holy Throne.
The other stakes a claim on fortune and fame,
damning and cursing the Lord’s good name.
One needs forgiveness and has received,
from the hand of God
the joy he bequeaths.
The other also needs, but instead decides
who he alone esteems-
 his own blind guides.
Self is his king,
to Pride he does bow-
Kissing Satan’s ring with his unholy vow.
In the end
both will stand-
at the throne
before the Lamb, 
and The Great I Am.
“Enter in”, he says, “to all who have received,
my precious Son in whom you have believed.”
“Even those delinquents,
 who will turn to me, in their final hour
breath their last decree.
I will not turn away
one who will bow his knee,
in this life or in the end- finally.”
“But for those who make their stand, and rely on self,
they will not enter in to my gracious wealth.
For I am the One who gives and takes,
I am perfect and holy-
making no mistakes.
I have called each one personally.

Each must decide about Calvary.
Each must choose about that Tree,
the Tree that stood before the Fall,
the Tree that held up the final call…
the Tree that held the God who was man,
that stood in the garden,
that fulfilled God’s plan.
The Tree that took a sinner’s plight
and brought redemption into Holy Light.

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”

  But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

  Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:39-43

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Called To Controversy – The Unlikely Story Of Moishe Rosen And The Founding Of Jews For Jesus : Book Review

Called to Controversy 

The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus

By Ruth Rosen

Published by Thomas Nelson

Called To Controversy – The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus is an exceptional biography written by the daughter of the controversial, colorful, wonderfully eccentric leader of the Jews for Jesus group. With loving attention to detail, yet objectified perspective throughout, Ruth Rosen manages to bring her father to life in the pages of this book. 
I had always known about the evangelical organization named Jews For Jesus but not much beyond the vague notion of their mission. Having Jewish friends, and a love for the Jewish people in general,  I was curious when I saw this book available. 

This book was one of the most thorough biographies I have ever read. So much personal family history, intimate observation and background insight was available, due to the relation of the writer. Ruth Rosen also worked alongside her father while growing up and during her adult years; she successfully sheds light on him in a way that is honest, forthright and without excuse.
After reading this biography which follows Moshei from his childhood roots in Denver to New York and  ultimately California, I really wish I could have met this servant. He was passionate in both his Jewish heritage and background but also in the truth of Jesus as Messiah. His heart was for the Jewish people to know the truth and to allow them opportunity and exposure to the truth he himself held dear, although it cost him his own parents acceptance initially.
One of his co-laborers described his strength as a leader this way: “To give vision and encourage others to go beyond what they think they can do”.
Many of the anecdotes reveal him a natural salesperson (early on), a lover of people, painfully honest (at times), wisdom, spirit led and quick to hone in on the gifts of others and allow them to serve beyond their own perceived capacity. I think this would be a great read for men and women in leadership because this man was “practically” spiritual. There are excellent examples of servant-leadership, humility and also the honesty of a unique, imperfect man who learned to listen to the Lord. I was inspired by the way he lived his life purposefully and passionately and with dedication to the call he felt in his life. Great read. 
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Publishers Description:

What does it mean to be a Jew? What practices are relevant? And is belief in God even necessary?
Answers to these and other questions reflect the amazing diversity within the Jewish community. However, one terrible fact—centuries of persecution in the name of Jesus Christ—has united this diverse community in one belief. Namely, that Jesus Christ is not the Jewish Messiah.
Moishe Rosen was born into this culture. No New Testament. No Christmas. No question. Even nonreligious Jews—including Moishe’s family—would disown anyone traitorous enough to profess faith in Christ. Which means the moment Moishe was called to Christ, he was Called to Controversy.
This stirring account from his daughter describes the rise of a man whose passion for Jesus and passion for his people triumphed over self-preservation and ultimately fueled an international movement that is still changing lives today. Called to Controversy is the inside story of one the most influential evangelists of our times.

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