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Barry Jackier
Aug 24, 2023
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Welcome to the forum. I thought as a way of introduction, if you are here and you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, it could be a good idea to get to know each of us by sharing our testimony as to how we came to faith. So, I'll start. I was born and raised as an Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn, NY. My family went to synogogue regularly. We observed the Sabbath and all the feasts. I was Bar Mitzvah'ed (the celebration when a 13 year old boy becomes a man in the Jewish community and publicly reads from the Bible for the first time) and went to Hebrew School through High School. Needless to say, I was what one would call very religious. Several things happened along the way that caused me to becomed disillusioned with my Jewish faith and I turned away. I joined the United States Air Force and went to Germany. While there, a southern fellow started witnessing to me. I was involved in a weekly high stakes poker game. We had a lot of men and women who just watched the poker game and hung out with us. The more he witnessed to me, the more money I lost. One day, I threatened to kill him if he didn't stop telling me about Jesus. He did. But he told a women whom I was infatuated with, who was also a Christian, about me. She started to talk to me about the Messiah from the Old Testament. I was able to refute (or so I thought) every one of her arguments based on the rabbinical teaching I had had. One day, this woman gave me a cassette tape of a Christian comedian evangelist. She asked me to listen to the tape and said if, after listening to it, I didn't want to talk about the Lord anymore, she wouldn't bring it up, but we would still remain friends. I thought I had nothing to lose, so I did. During that night I listened to the tape many times. I laughed, I cried, I thought deeply about what I heard, I was moved. The next morning I returned the tape to her and asked her to tell me clearly and simply about Jesus. Shortly after that day, she led me in a sinner's prayer and it has been all one adventure after another in God. So, that's my story. What's yours?
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