God’s love for unfaithful Israel is unsettling:
Artists in Christian Testimony Intl
It is a joy having Teresa and her ministry of worship as one of a growing family of ministries helping people all over the world worship God and proclaim Christ through culturally appropriate ministry strategies and methods. Teresa ministers to the body of Christ by leading worship that comforts and encourages, inspired by Scripture. She is also a gifted intercessor leading prayer through song. She loves to share the gospel of Christ with the Jewish people through Hebraic worship and delivers the message of Christ as foreshadowed in the ancient Biblical Feasts in song.
Pastor, Jesus First
I have known Teresa Thomas and her ministry as a worship leader for many years, well before she first led worship in our church in 2011. Teresa is highly respected as a worship leader and very well known through her involvement with churches over many years and through her excellent blog site. I know of a good number of people here in New Zealand who have subscribed to her worship blog for a long time now.
Word of Messiah Ministries
I have known Teresa since 2005. She has led music and performed special concerts at various functions over the years. Our retreats and congregations where she performed are comprised of people from many nations and walks of life, and I find Teresa’s music to be uplifting to our multi-ethnic groups. She brings her audience to appreciate the goodness of God while encouraging those listening to love each other in a deeper way. I especially appreciate that she has composed a number of her own songs. Her lyrics are edifying to listen to as well as sing along with during her concerts.
Written by Olivier Melnick
“If God exists, He doesn’t need me for anything, and I sure don’t need HIM.”
These were my comments when asked about God as I grew up in Paris, France. As many European, secular Jews born after World War II and raised in the aftermath of the Holocaust, I was not interested in God at all. After all, maybe my mother was right when she claimed that God died in Auschwitz with the six million – including her father.
So, as a result, I grew up culturally Jewish but very secular.
Being French, I am two parts romantic and one part curious. These personality traits found a major focus in 1981, when I met Ellen. My romantic interest in her took on an additional dimension as I embarked on a spiritual quest that was wholly unanticipated.
Written by Jose Abadi
I was born into a traditional, Sephardic Jewish family in South America with roots in Egypt. As a child, I would go to synagogue on the High Holy Days, but I did not pursue Jewish studies.
Anti-Semitism grew worse during World War II, and my resentment of everything Christian increased. Although I didn’t hide being Jewish, I did not reveal it to just anyone.
One day, I met a beautiful young woman named Amanda. We dated, but for a long time I hid my Jewish background from her. As our friendship grew, I agonized about hiding the truth.
Written by Klaudia
When I was a little girl, about 70 years ago, I learned to love the Jewish traditions of my family – singing, praying, and celebrating the holidays. With Communism in power in Russia, however, Jewish traditions were forbidden. I spent most of my life without them, and, as I got older, I found myself missing these Jewish things more and more.
So you can imagine my surprise when, over a year ago, I received a card at my home in southeast Moscow, inviting me to a free program of Jewish music in my neighborhood. I decided to attend, and really enjoyed it. A new congregation in the area had put together the wonderful program, and they said that anyone was welcome to attend their services. The next week, I was there.
Ken and Yolanda are a couple whose married life has taken a number of surprising twists and turns. Married nineteen years with two children, Yolanda was raised in an active Conservative Jewish community, while Ken was raised in a Protestant denomination. At the time of their wedding, Yolanda was a believer in the Messiah for barely a year, and Ken was not particularly interested in any religious faith.
“I was a very young believer when we were married,” admits Yolanda. “I knew that Ken was a moral and upstanding person, and the fact that he didn’t express an interest in spiritual things was not terribly important to me. By then, I had placed my Jewish identity on the back burner. It was there, but I just didn’t know how it fit into my life at the time.”
Daniel Solomon’s early years were shaped by the forces of history. After Daniel’s birth in 1938 in Africa to a secular Jewish family, his family moved to Provence in the south of France before the Second World War. Trapped in Europe by the awful events of the war, the Solomons were later able to return to Africa. After the war, they returned to France, where Daniel grew up.
Longing For Connection
The cultural form of Jewishness in which Daniel had been raised was unsatisfying to him. In 1954, he went on a “Jewish awareness trip” to Israel. Also on the trip was a young woman named Sara who caught his interest. He discovered that she was from Roanne, France, and that the two of them had quite a bit in common.