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    • Vol. 3.1ACTOR STEPHEN BALDWIN,UNUSUAL SUSPECTBy Klaus SonnenbergOne of 3 real miraclesin my lifetimeBy Reuben SchmunkWhen YouHold Shaun Murray:Us Steadyby Pierre-A. Hébert Wake‐Boarding for Jesus Adapted Stu Burger
    • CHURCH DIRECTORY With every “Why Jesu pu of a Bible, rchase the book s” will be free of char includedBritish Columbia Terrace Saskatoon North Bay Sydney CANADA ge.Anahim Lake Terrace Pentecostal Church Lawson Heights Faith Chapel Christian Center Sydney Pentecostal Church Pastor Lowell Holmquist Pentecostal Assembly Pastor Byron Jones Pastor Ron CooleAnahim Lake Chapel 3511 Eby St Pastor John Drisner a 367 Delaware Ave a 20 Victoria Road CLC Bookstore Westmount CLC Bookstore AhuntsicPastor Charlotte Cyr e 250 635-2434 a 233 Pinehouse Drive e 705 476-5704 4257, Ste-Catherine West 650, blvd. Gouin Easte 250 742-3750 e 902 562-0700 e 306 934-7100 Westmount, Que. Montreal, Que.y Sun 10:30am @ tpa@telus.net @ byron@faithchapelnorthbay.com @ rev_coole@yahoo.ca 514 933-9466 514 904-2033 W www.tpalife.org @ lawsoninfo@lhpa.org Orillia y Sun 10:30am & 7pmBarriereChristian Life Assembly y Sun 10:30am Vernon W www.lawsoncares.org y Sat 6pm & Sun 11am Calvary Pentecostal Tabernacle Truro, Bible Hill Pastor Lindsay Stevenson 1 877 222-4253Pastor Lance Naylor Cornerstone Assembly w w w.CLCcanada.coma 4818 Annesty Full Gospel Church Manitoba a 375 Westmount Dr North Pastor Joe Lucas Pastor Wilf Burger e 705 325-2146 a 14 Cornerstone Dre 250 672-0111 Brandon a 5871 Okanagan Landing Rd @ cpt@acanac.net e 902 897-2833y Sun 10:30am Bethel Christian Assembly e 250 542-8011 W www.cptorillia.comFort St. John Pastor Mike Davis @ joerlucas@hotmail.com @ vernonfullgospel@shaw.ca a 440 Richmond Av Rockland y Sun 10amThe Journey y Sun 10am & 6pm e 204 727-0639Pastor Larry Lorentz Tent of David Ministries Windsor Watson Lake @ info@bethelbrandon.ca Pastor Daniel Rosborough Glad Tidings Worship Centera At the Cultural Center Watson Lake Gospel Chapel a 2197 Old Highway #17 Pastor Stephen Williamse 250 263-2661 Winnipeg Pastor John LaSante e 613 679-4320 a 5398 Chester Rd@ journeychurch08@gmail.com Christian Life Assembly a 713-8 St South th @ info@tentofdavid.ca e 902 798-4473y Sun 10:30am Pastor Ivan Blakney e 867 536-2249 W www.tentofdavid.caKelowna a 1042 Jefferson Ave @ gtworship@ns.sympatico.ca @ gospelchapel@hotmail.com e 204 694-6875 Quebec W www.gtwindsor.comFirst Mennonite Church y Sun 10am y Sun 10:45am & 6:30pmPastors Kevin Barkowsky & @ clachurch@mts.net Greenfield ParkReuben Schmunk Alberta W www.clawinnipeg.org South Shore Community Church Newfoundlanda 1305 Gordon Dr. Beaumont y Sun 9:30am & 11am Pastor Tony Silveira Bonavistae 250 762-4522 Eaglemont Christian Church Evangel Chapel a 30 Churchill Blvd Grace Pentecostal Churchy Sun 9:45am Pastor Marlo Jenkins Pastor Dan Krebs e 450 671-8716 Pastor Darryl Lidstone a 5002 – 62 St. a 1073 St. Mary’s RdLangley @ info@GPPC.ca e 709 468-7220 e 780 929-5111 e 204 257-0143 y Sun 10:30amLangley Full Gospel Church @ dmlidstone@eastlink.caPastor Darrell Peregrym @ info@eaglemontchurch.ca @ office@evangelchapel.ca LaSalle Carboneara 19869 Fraser Hwy W www.eaglemontchurch.ca W www.evangelchapel.ca y Sun 10:30 am Trinity Pentecostal Church Calvary Pentecostal Churche 778 549-9311 Calgary Pastor Ron Rust Pastor Deano Young a 1050 Blvd Shevchenko@ integrity.etc@telus.net Church in the Hills Ontario e 514 363-1500 a 56 LeMarchant Sty Sun 2:30pm at the Notre Dame High School Cobourg e 709 596-4769Logan Lake Pastor Doug Frederick W www.trinitymontreal.ca @ pastordeano@gmail.com a 11900 Country Villag ae Link NE Church on the Hill MistissiniChurch on the Hill Pastor Ewen Butler y Sun 11am & 6:30pm e 403 226-5221(Highland Valley Baptist & a 594 Courthouse Rd Living Water Assembly Cornerbrook @ info@cithcalgary.com e 905 372-7342 Pastor Johnny Dixon First Pentecostal ChurchLogan Lake Pentecostal) W www.cithcalgary.com @ office@churchonthehillonline. e 304 Amisk a Pastor Velmer BesseyPastor Harry Holmquist North West Family Churcha 237 Jasper Drive com 418 923-3365 a 58 Premier Drive Pastor Roy Holmquiste 250 523-6918 a 10307 Eamon Rd NW W www.churchonthehillonline.com St. Sauveur e 709 634-4641W www.coth.ca e 403 241-8822 y Sun 10:30am & 6pm Christian Fellowship @ fpc@nf.aibn.comy Sun 10am W www.nwfchurch.com Cornwall Pastor Kevin Cullen W www.fpcministries.com y Sun 10am a 33 de l’Église y 11am & 6:30pmNanoose Bay Cornwall Pentecostal Church Pastor Russell Bates e 450 229-5029 Grand Falls‐WindsorGenesis Christian Centre DrumhellerPastor Dan Cousins Elim Pentecostal Tabernacle a 208 2nd St E @ cfcl@sympatico.ca Windsor Pentecostal Churcha 2210 Morello Rd Pastor Daniel Dannhauer e 613 937-3737 y Sun 10am Pastor Gary Andrewse 250 740-0555 a 295-1st St W Etobicoke New Brunswick a 97 King St@ office@genesiscentre.com e 403 823-3207 e 709 489-6635 Abundant Life Assembly BathurstW www.genesiscentre.com @ ept1@telus.net Pastor Allan Bowen Bathurst Christian Fellowship @ wpc@nfld.nety Sun 10:30am W www.trychurchagain.org a 145 Dixon Rd Pastor Doug Peto W www.wpc@nf.orgNelson y Sun 10:30am e 416 249-7891 a 603 King Ave y Sun 11am & 6:30pmBethel Christian Centre Edmonton @ abundantlifefamily@gmail.com e 506 546-8782 Happy Valley – Goose BayPastor Ken Keber Gospel Centre Pentecostal Church W www.abundantlifefamily.ca y Sun 10:30am & 6pm Bethel Pentecostal Tabernaclea 623 Gordon Rd Pastor Terry Snowe 250 352-9322 Pastor Murray Coughlan Exeter Nova Scotia a 250 Hamilton River Rd a 9445-153 St Exeter Pentecostal Church Distribution ADP ADP is proud to present Bridgewater e 709 896-2156@ pastorken@telus.net e 780 484-0085 Pastor Robert Loohuizen “Healing”, a brand new instrumentalW www.bethelchristiancentre.ca New Life Christian Church W www.bethelhv-gb.com @ gospel@gospelcentre.com a 670 Main St South Pastor Jim MacInnes album from Quebec flutist, Isabelle 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Northwest Pentecostal Assembly y Sun 10:30am @ im3210@gmail.com Pastor Moral BessPastor Bruce Greenwoodr “Healing” will warm your heart and soothe your spirita 3946 Wallace St Pastor George Feller Kingston a 51 Carolina Ave Hamiltone 250 724-3371 a 9949 – 169 Ave Trinity Pentecostal Church e 709 643-2744 FOR MORE INFO: e 780 473-7756 People’s Church Pastor Scott Herring@ elimtab@shaw.ca Pastor Tony Sawler a 468 Central Ave @ zionpentecostalchurch@nfld.net www.distributionadp.comy Sun 10:30am @ npchurch@telus.net a 510 Mohawk Road West W www.zionpentecostalchurch.ca 819-477-7421 (Drummondville, Qc) W www.npachurch.com e 902 765-2234Salmon Arm e 905 574-3900 y Sun 11am & 6pm Distribution ADP is the exclusive y Sun 11am @ sherring80@hotmail.com Canadian distributor for over 450 French,Five Corners Pentecostal Church @ info@thepc.ca y 10:30am & 6:30pm English and instrumental Gospel music.Pastor Ken Finstad Grimshaw W www.thepc.ca Look us up and listen to thousands of MP3s.a 3160-10th Ave SE Grimshaw Family Christian Centre Kitchener‐Waterlooe 250 832-3121 Pastor Marvin Dueck a 5414 – 50 Ave Gospel Church of Waterloo@ office@fivecornerschurch.ca Pastor Klaus Sonnenberg e 780 332-2459W www.fivecornerschurch.ca a 223 Union St E, WaterlooSummerland Jasper e 519 896-1632Summerland Pentecostal Church Jasper Pentecostal Church W www.gospelchurchwaterloo.comPastor Jack McNeil Pastor Mark Hendricks Livelya 9918 Julia St a 822 Connaught Dr e 780 852-5454 Cornerstone Community Churche 250 494-8248 Pastor Mike GordonSurrey @ markhend@telusplanet.net a 225 Sixth Ave Lloydminster e 705 692-1658Surrey Pentecostal AssemblyPastor Wes Daase Living Faith @ mike@cornerstonelively.coma 16879-80th Ave Pentecostal Tabernacle Manitouwadgee 604 574-2403 Pastor Tim Acey e 780 875-5464 Bethany Pentecostal Chapel@ office.spa@shawbiz.ca Pastor Gary BurtW www.surreychurch.org @ lfpt@telusplanet.net a 52 Ohsweken Rdy Sun 10:30am & 6:30pm Saskatchewan e 807 826-3358New Life AssemblyPastor Martin Miles Melvillea 8868-128 St th Melville Pentecostal Church Pastor Doug Braune 604 590-6131 a 115-11th St West@ newlifeassembly@telus.net e 306 728-3100W www.newlifeassembly.ca y Sun 10:30am2 Change / Vol 3.1
    • Editorial BY STU BURGERSpeedIt seems man has been obsessed with increasing performance speed since the An important element comes forward in this discussion – it appears the same Designer slowing down the universe is escalating the course of events on ourbeginning of time, whether in locomotion, communications, production orwhatever else. planet. This rapid pace of life was admittedly a concern of William Turner in 1844Perhaps, this is a result of man’s recognition of his finiteness – he simply wishes to when he painted Rain, Steam and Speed.accomplish as much as possible before he starts pushing daisies. It is interesting God allowed 120 years for Noah and his boys to build an ark –Stories in this edition of CHANGE illustrate parts of this race. Jacques Dumont and part of the reason it took so long was probably because Noah spent so much timeNathalie Bernier, for example, experience dramatic change in their personal bodies preaching, telling populations about the coming catastrophe and how to avoid it.overnight or in an instant. Others like Oscar Masseau, Cristina, Walid Shoebat, Zev Unfortunately, his presentations appear unsuccessful except for his own family.Porat and Shaun Murray experience change over longer periods of time, usually We notice also, if it took 120 years to build the ark, it only took 40 days and nightsafter a “moment of truth” when they come to terms with what Jesus did for them. of torrential rain to reformat the earth.Most of us probably identify with John Smith who, when issues seem never to It can be argued, though the message of hope personified in Jesus has beenend, depend on daily contact with Jesus to find our way through. preached for thousands of years and much more successfully, proclamation effortsHowever, other elements of speed also come forward. Though unimportant have still not been successful enough. It is also interesting that the reformattingoutside of family circles and silent for centuries, 2000 years have amplified the of people will occur not in 40 days but in an instant. In the Bible expression “theimportance of the inscription of James Ossuary – the discovery of this limestone twinkling of an eye,” the author Paul actually refers to the word  “atom” which inbox is considered emphatic, the most important archeological find of all time. Greek means indivisible. Until the discovery of radioactivity, atoms were deemed indivisible entities. Today, the smallest unit of time, approximately 10−43 seconds,Speed clearly influences us. A year for a youngster waiting for Christmas is is known scientifically as “Planck time.”infinitely longer than a year for ‘retired’ adults as birthdays just zip by at a dizzyingpace. A few minutes in the dentist’s chair can seem years long. Just as airplanes It is amazing how this instant of Planck time will irreversibly change all of futureand rockets need speed to fly, planets need speed to orbit. One wonders, however, and introduce a huge separation between those who believe in Jesus and thoseabout the purpose of a solar system that is slowing down. Yet, there can be no who don’t.doubt – speed itself is a critical element in any equation. For more information, you may wish to google PeaceWithGod.Jesus.net Change published quarterly by non-profit Nations Publishing Inc., Calgary, Alberta. Editors : Rev. Stu Burger – B.Ed., M.A. Dr. Allan Curnew – B.A., B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D Rev. Klaus Sonnenberg – B.Ed., M.Div. 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    • ACTOR STEPHEN BALDWIN,UNUSUAL SUSPECT I n his early days as an actor and model As Stephen remembers it: “So in New York, Stephen Baldwin (born my wife comes to me and says May 12, 1966) earned a reputation ‘Uh, you know, honey, I was as the life of the party. According to his talking to Agousta and she says oldest brother Alec, “He was one of the that someone in her church in great playboy nightlife people in the Brazil said she should come to By Klaus Sonnenberg annals of Manhattan nightlife. He was America and work for a couple like having a panther for a pet – this who will become born-again exotic animal who was so beautiful Christians and be involved inand everyone loved him.” Stephen, the youngest  of the Christian ministry.’ What do yourenowned Baldwin brothers acting family, protests: “I never think of that?” What Stephenreally did anything too bad. I didn’t commit any crimes ‘thought of that’ at first wasthat anyone was able to…convict.” Doubtless because of that his wife was ‘going off thehis older siblings’ fame, Stephen’s ‘star’ rose speedily. Still deep end’. “I mean, you know, Iyoung, he has already appeared in over 65 films and dozens was dialing 9-1-1,” he says.of television roles. ‘THE WIFE’SFAME AND FORTUNE  AND FRUSTRATION CHANGE OF HEART’With his Baldwin-good-looks, an incredible singing voice and a Kennya Baldwin nonethelessbroad acting range, Stephen quickly established himself in the New recognized that there wasYork acting community. He met the girl of his dreams, Kennya, on a something genuine in theManhattan bus. The actor remembers the feeling: “I said, I just met whole demeanor of her newthe girl I’m going to marry and she’s gonna have our kids. And what housekeeper. She recounts:we never could have known then (that we understand now) is that “Agousta would always talkit was all part of God’s plan.” about Jesus and I said to her ‘IHe did marry the stunning Brazilian beauty (he and Kennya now want to know about this Jesus. Who is this Jesus?’ I dealt with household] was like the Brady Bunch on . . . espresso.” As a formerhave two teen-aged daughters), but he also encountered another my hang-ups, with my fears, with my arrogance, and my pride. Hollywood bad boy now ‘on fire’ for Jesus, he personifies therisk of the show business culture: an addiction to drugs and alcohol. There was so much in me that God showed me I had to change.” At “unusual suspect” – the last person you’d suspect of being a sold-His pastor, John Carter, says: “He had a lot of stuff in his life that was first, Stephen was an observer as his wife began her new walk in out, hard-core Christian. He frequently talks about his conversionmessing him up; and even though he had fame and was a handsome Christ. “I was cool with it,” he says, “and at some point it registered experience; and he doesn’t worry about negative reviews anymore.guy… with a beautiful wife…all the things that everybody thinks in me somewhere that it was genuine. Something was changing He has stated, “I don’t care what reviewers think. If somebodyyou gotta have…he still wasn’t happy inside.” in her, and it was real. Then 9-11 happened. hates a performance of mine, I kind of get a kick out of it.” It was a day and an event where, for me, the impossible became possible.” LIFE AFTER 911 Very soon after 9-11, Stephen Baldwin dedicated his life to Christ. He tells it in his own way:    “When I decided to become a Christian, it was a full-on, gloves-off, throw- down, kick-boxing match between me and God.” Apparently, God won; and Stephen’s been living the true life ever since. It’s been a wild ride – from the creation (with Kevin Palau) of the Livin It action sports ministry to White House prayer sessions to the The youngest Baldwin has developed a special respect and National Republican Convention. His first film appreciation for the action sports athletes – and their legions of for PalauFest Productions – Livin It – became young fans and followers – that are an integral part of his Livin It one of the most successful action sports DVD’s ever produced inA SERIES OF SUPERNATURAL SCENARIOS films and national tours. “I really feel that these are the people that the genre. He’s been involved with other projects too: developing God has called me to relate to,” he says. “The Livin It skateboardersKennya eventually issued an ultimatum: “(I told him) I needed printed outreach tools (graphic novels, testimony anthologies, and and BMX’ers are hard core, but God has gifted them to communicatesomebody who was going to be straight and who was not going to his own autobiography). the Good News, especially to kids.”be lying to me and…living a double life.”  His response: “I realizedit wasn’t working and it wasn’t okay.” So Stephen entered a 12-step THE ‘ODD MAN IN’ POSITIVE PRIORITIES AND PURPOSEFUL CHANGEprogram and has been sober for 20+ years. He recognizes now that Coming from an outspoken family better known for their liberal “[T]oday – and I hope this doesn’t sound too hokey – I am the guyGod had plans for the two of them. He reflects: “Looking back – (it views, he’s at peace with his brothers and rock-solid in his purpose. that I couldn’t become on my own. I couldn’t become the man thatwas) totally the hand of God orchestrating a series of events and ‘Kid brother’ Baldwin claims: “My whole family . . . has been very I wanted to [be] until I gave my life to Jesus Christ. I am in no wayscenarios that would lead to who I am today.” supportive of me. [W]hen my faith-based motivations led me perfect but I’m a far better husband and father. I’m a man whoThe Baldwins moved out west to Arizona when Stephen landed a to support the re-election of [President Bush] at the Republican understands what his purpose is. The Bible says God creates us, firstrole on a television series called The Young Riders. Long days on National Convention….let’s just say the boys [his older brothers] and foremost, to . . . love Him first, to seek His will and serve Him.the set, combined with the demands of a young family, compelled were a little concerned.” His mother Carol explains: “When Stephen This is a point . . . in my life that is so far beyond the word ‘best’ thatthem to hire a Brazilian housekeeper named Agousta. The woman, was inside speaking at the Republican Convention, his brother Billy I couldn’t even use words to describe it.” !an outspoken and joyous Christian, told Kennya (in Portuguese) was out on the sidewalk protesting.”that she was definitely NOT there simply to clean their house. First, Through a growing faith, Stephen Baldwin finds the courage to Adapted from www.lifestory.orgit was Kennya who was curious about her housekeeper’s faith. take a stand for his beliefs. He recalls: “Growing up [in the Baldwin Klaus Sonnenberg is pastor of Gospel Church in Waterloo, Ontario4 Change / Vol 3.1
    • How to Escape the Coming Calamities M any signals (natural, geo-political, permit life in a salty ocean and later in fresh water rivers and financial, religious, etc.) point to a streams. Most ocean life will die in fresh water and vice versa. non-distant massive conflagration Resurrection accounts of Jesus Christ give us further insights that threatens life as we know it. The of the new body. Jesus appeared out of seemingly nowhere difference between this and past horrors and disappeared, yet ate food and could be touched. He (wars, genocides, famines, man-made and became a non-local person, not confined to time and space. By Armin A. Wolff natural catastrophes) is that this new terror will be world-wide. Bible texts indicate this QUANTUM PHYSICSmisery will be the most severe, intense time the earth will ever have It is interesting to note in quantum physics,known, including Noah’s flood.* a particle can be non-local. Simply put,Jesus said if this time was not The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principleshortened, no one would survive. demonstrates the location of an isolatedRemarkably, just as God made particle in time and space cannot be knownprovision for escape in Noah’s day exactly. When there are many particles,– even if Noah and his sons had such as in our physical world, because of their huge numbers, their aggregate place in time PROACTIVE DECISIONSto build the ark themselves and ittook 120 years to complete, Bible and space can be ascertained to a greater degree What is clearly most important for every one of us now is to seizeauthors talk about an end-time of certainty. However weird and strange, the the day and determine a positive outcome. It is definitely bothplan that will allow believers to quantum world is very real, giving us tiny hints of advisable and possible to get on the Jesus “ark” right away andescape in an event commonly called p owe r s avoid the coming terror.the “Rapture.” The original Greek in theword “harpazo” is translated “pluck age toup” or “take away by force,” such as come.when someone is arrested. The word “raptor” and images of birds Non-locality also confersof prey such as eagles or hawks snatching up small animals comes the ability to be in anyfrom the Latin word “raptus.” A man named Enoch was raptured, number of places attaken away by God before Noah’s flood. Concerning our times, one the same time. Whenauthor wrote, “Jesus […] rescues us from the coming wrath” (I we talk about GodThess 1:10) and that “God did not appoint us to suffer wrath… but being omnipresent, weto receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thess 5:9). understand He is non- local, having the abilityTHIEVES AT NIGHT to be anywhere orNumerous references add credence to this event. Essentially everywhere in time and/however, “the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night” (I or space.Thess 5:1,2) but not “until […] the man of lawlessness is revealed” Coming back to the(2 Thess 2:3). When finally we hear “the voice of the archangel Rapture, whenever orand […] the trumpet call of God” (I Thess 4:16), our bodies will however it transpires,morph “in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye” (I Cor 15:52). In we may anticipate anthe metamorphosis from a mortal to an immortal body, DNA important outcome.information will be upgraded rendering the new body capable of To avoid global panic,living on earth as well as in heavenly dimensions. powers-that-be will tryObviously, such concepts put our finite brains into overload, but very hard to come up with fancifulexamples from nature may help us understand. Caterpillars are explanations for the huge numbers of children and adults who From the very beginning, the test about belief has always been,limited to crawling. After a time in a cocoon, they are transformed vanished without a trace. Stories of alien abductions and invasions not so much what we believe, but who we believe. Adam failedinto butterflies. Now they can fly. Metabolism changes in salmon from another world kidnapping to believe God. The best known verse in the millions will fill headlines. In fact, Bible (John 3:16) is all about believing, not this program of misinformation has in a doctrine or philosophy, but in the person already begun. Just take a walk Jesus Christ. through the children’s section of your You may wish to tell him something like this: local library or a toy store. A Google “Dear God, I am not always sure you exist, search of the phrase “alien abduction” but by faith, I believe Jesus died so I could produces almost 5 million hits. live. I want with all my heart to belong to you and for you to remove sin from me. Live Unfortunately, Bible authors also in me and help me live in harmony with forecast much grief as a result of the you and people. Enable me to live my life in Rapture. Apparently, many people your love and power through your son Jesus who didn’t believe in Jesus before the Christ. – Amen. ! Rapture will believe afterward (**) Notes: and purchase their faith with their lives. There is talk of beheadings and * See the section “The Judgment Itself” in “The Great Assize” : http://www.sermonindex. flowing blood. One has the impression net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_ id=21001&forum=34&2. Robespierre’s Reign of Terror and other bloody revolutions and inquisitions ** A story, the parable of 10 virgins, in the Bible indicates about half of the world’s so-called Chris- will pale in comparison. Grisly stuff. tians will not be ‘ready’ for the Rapture.Change / Vol 3.1 5
    • SPORTSJeremy Lin: Star “out of nowhere”? T he phenomenon Jeremy Lin prompts a couple of questions: How does a guy almost as much in the image he portrays, as in from the beginning. It probably just the skill he possesses. went unnoticed.” “Linsanity” Lin essence, who is he really? whose parents are so short (both just five feet, six The Associated Press (AP) called Jeremy Lin “the What stats young Jeremy Lin (born 1988) will He was a leader in Harvard University’s Asian inches), and whose family most surprising story in the NBA.” His personality tally in the records of the NBA, nobody knows. American Christian Fellowship during his time By Klaus Sonnenberg roots are in the Far East, and presence, both on and off the courts, have He has credited his success (so far) to playing there. He hopes to become a pastor one day make it into the prestigious sparked a wave of popularity without pressure. “I’ve who can head up non-profit organizations, National Basketball Association (NBA) of the perhaps not seen since surrendered that to either in the U.S. or abroad; and he has talked USA? Even more puzzling: how is it that Lin has ‘Beatlemania’ in the late God,” he says. “I’m of working in inner-city communities to help attained such popularity (and so quickly) in the 60s. In the case of this young not in a battle with underprivileged children. wake of not being recognized by the big teams?  Asian-American basketball what everybody else sensation, the mania is thinks anymore.” A place of his own He received no athletic scholarship offers out of high school – and he was also passed over at the called ‘linsanity.’ The sports He attempts to Early in 2012, before his Knicks contract became time of the college draft. Apparently, the scouts magazine publishers have remain low-key in guaranteed, Jeremy slept on his brother’s couch saw other players whose skill impressed them ‘gone all out’ finding puns his approach to life in in a one-bedroom apartment on the Lower more. However, despite earlier doubts about his to include Lin’s name: general and basketball East Side of Manhattan; and the night before playing, Lin is now doing a commendable job words and phrases such his breakout game, he slept on the couch of in particular. Despite playing point guard for the New York Knicks. as ‘lincredible’ - ‘linning teammate Landry Fields. Now, with an NBA Lin’s sudden rise to streak’ - ‘lin your face’ - contract and a variety of endorsements, he can As for the question about height, there is fame, Sacramento ‘May the best man lin’, afford a place of his own. apparently some tallness in the family gene pool: Kings coach Keith etc. Even an airline got his great grand-dad on his mom’s side was over Smart stated, “I knew His arrival on the pro-sports scene, and his into the word-play, six feet. I have no idea what the average height him before [there] was quick rise to the limelight, reminds me of a advertising ‘linsanely in the NBA is, but Lin’s six-three frame is probably Linmania. He’s still the principle verbalized by Jesus in the Gospels: He low prices.’ To buy nothing spectacular. As for the question about same humble guy. The who humbles himself will be exalted (Matthew Jeremy’s rookie card, his meteoric rise to stardom, the answer may lie guy has not changed a 23:12b). Lin has been candid about his one devoted fan bid over $21,000. bit, which is real special dependency on his Maker. He apparently knows for a young man.” Yet the ‘linsanity’ is still that his gifts and talents come from God; and As for his skill as a player, scouts don’t see spreading. “[N]o player,” said NBA commissioner everything. After Lin scored 38 points in a game on David Stern, “has created the interest and the he seems ready, by aiming to serve the needy, February 10, 2012, Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers frenzy in this short period of time, in any sport, to serve Jesus Christ, the All-time Star of the commented: “Players playing that well don’t that I’m aware of like Jeremy Lin has.” game. ! usually come out of nowhere. It seems like they Klaus Sonnenberg is pastor of Gospel Church in Wa- come out of nowhere, but if you can go back and By natural birth, Jeremy is a Californian; but by terloo, Ontario. take a look, his skill level was probably there spiritual birth he is an evangelical Christian. When You N ot only do Microchips allow us now to trace and find quality time and obtain real values and we live in a a pet that somehow escaped. Everyone results: exchanging thoughts and ideas Hold microwave generation, thinks this is great… the same chip helps companies trace their employees between husband and wife, investing time and interest in our children, and Us Steady where we become impatient when at their work. cultivating friendships. It’s frustrating to realize this progress It’s important as well to slow down long by Pierre-A. Hébert waiting for the is reducing freedom on one hand and enough to recognize how quickly time 30-second timer producing isolation on the other. for our hotdog… but in an instant escapes us. A Psalm in the Bible says, environment where we expect instant I noticed two work colleagues in an “Teach us to number our days that we gratification of our desires. elevator last week heading to the may gain a heart of wisdom… Satisfy us lunchroom. They didn’t speak – they in the morning with your unfailing love At the round-point intersection of my were texting each other. Not only did that we may sing for joy and be glad all town, to wait more than 30 seconds electronics replace their vocal chords, our days.” (90:12,14) makes me think ‘highway congestion!’ electronics dictated the parameters of A discipline I enjoy, even when I’m loaded If I neglect to reply to someone’s email their social networking. with work, involves ‘investing’ the first during the next hour or two, I get a How can it not be apparent in this moments of the day with the living God. phone call inquiring about my health. ocean of information, this hurricane of I start with a Proverb (I choose the same On my phone, I can obtain sports scores knowledge that is blurring our vision and chapter as the corresponding day of the the instant they happen. International understanding, that we are becoming month) and a couple of Psalms. Psalms news is the same. alienated and isolated? In the meantime, connect us to God, and Proverbs teach So they say everything is relative… the time passes… we seem unable to stop us about relationships, how to live right, speed of the information highway has and focus on what’s important. and so forth. also transformed our social media. It’s The Essential is Invisible Reading the Bible will always bear almost impossible to not be up to date, It will obviously require effort to slow fruit. It’s the manufacturer’s Instruction and this contributes to our high anxiety down long enough in order to devote Manual. ! and stress levels.6 Change / Vol 3.1
    • Shaun Murray: Wake-Boarding for Jesus Early life I don’t know if I can pinpoint my spiritual awakening on an injury, reading, and I feel that’s been a huge anchor for me. I feel that Shaun Murray was born on April 28, 1976 in but it was definitely on a period of recovery. It was probably six keeps me focused, keeps things in perspective. Mission Viejo, California, and started water to eight months I Would Give it all up for Jesus skiing at the age of 8. In 1988, he moved with after I totally blew apart my knee. It Like I said, I grew up in the his family to Lake St. Louis, Missouri, where church. I would go to summer he honed his skills as a member of the Lake was a long road to recovery for me camps and winter camps. I Adapted by Stu Burger St. Louis Water Ski Club. After graduating remember at a certain winter from high school, he moved to Florida to ride but I was kind of battling God a little camp when it finally hit me,for the Florida Southern College ski team and teach skiing at the really hard, what Jesus had doneBenzel Ski School. Murray decided he would take one semester off bit because I was trying to justify for me. You know, Him dying onof school to focus on wakeboarding. But as he got better, he gained the cross and the suffering Hescholarships and joined some of the biggest teams in the sport. His what I wanted to do. I was trying went through. It brought me tocareer took off and he still has not been back to school because of tears. I remember everyone hadhis success. to find a reason what why I’ve been left this service at the winterCareer & Accomplishments taught my whole camp, and it just brought me toShaun’s wakeboarding career started in 1995 and has been full life growing up in tears. It took me a while but I justof innovation and accomplishment, including many Pro tour and church wasn’t the really embraced what He hadWorld championship titles. He promoted his own “Backyard Tour” way I was taught in done. And then later throughwith pro-rider and friend Gerry Nunn, has been featured in many school. As soon as I could disprove God, then I wasn’t accountable. I my years of wakeboarding, like Iwakeboard movies, magazine and television pieces, created his could do what I wanted. I tried hard. said, I tried to find reasons to disbelieve that, to walk away fromown wakeboard instructional series entitled “Detention”, and is that, but I couldn’t. I’d have discussion with friends and some were real about it. Somethe star of his own video game, Wakeboarding Unleashed. In the would just shove scripture back into my face. But I wanted real Salvation deals with eternity and for us to even fathom how longsummer of 2004, Shaun dislocated his knee while riding. He tore discussions. So I even got more upset with the church and more that is, we can’t even begin to comprehend it. To not be able tohis ACL, PCL, and MCL. After reconstructive surgery he was told he upset with religion. I wanted to connect with someone and I didn’t spend it with God is totally unfathomable. So for me, I would givemight not ride again. But, just months later he was back riding. get much of that. So I was involved with things I knew weren’t all the success I’ve been having with wakeboarding for one person,He has helped develop signature products that include boats, right and I knew were keeping me from having an open-line to have a life with God through eternity, through salvation withwakeboards, life jackets, wet suits, and clothing lines. communication with God. And I still felt like no matter how far I Jesus Christ. !Today Shaun runs a wakeboard camp (The Boarding School) with walked away, from my spiritual home, I felt I could turn around andfriend Travis Moye. Travis is known industry-wide as one of the see a little light on in the house. God was sitting there waiting forfinest boat drivers and coaches in the world. Shaun has had dozens me to come home.of wakeboard titles in his career which has spanned from 1998 to I knew I was doing things that weren’t rightthe present. He was the first wakeboarder ever to land a 900. He isthe only rider ever to hold World, Pro Tour and National champion played guitar since high school – never anything too serious, but Ititles at once, and was given a “Legend” award from Wakeboard was still going to church all the while. So my buddy at church said,magazine in 2005. Shaun’s sponsors include Hyperlite, Fox, “Come to my office. Try it out. See if you wanna play with us.” AndNautiques, Reef, Jet Pilot and Freestyle performance. so I ended up playing at church while I was still involved in these things I knew weren’t right. It was probably into a couple of monthsThis is My Story doing this I was standing up there realizing that I couldn’t get awayI started out on a scurfer. That’s what a surf board originally was. from God because He’s just there in my face. I just knew that deepIt was like a mini-surf board with some straps. You’d go scurfing in my heart. I decided then and there, while I was up there onbehind the boat. the stage, that I was going to stop what I wasI moved to St. Louis Missouri and I was doing. I was going to go home and throwable to ski every day because we were away the things I needed to throw awayblessed to move beside a lake. We were and put away the things that I neededalways out on the water. to get away from. So that day was in February, 2004. And I completelyThe time came to move on to college walked away from those things,down in Florida. Had the opportunity instantly.to try out at a local contest. I neverreally competed before and did pretty I also decided then Iwell. The editor of magazine came up was going to read theand said, “Hey, you should give us a Bible front to back.shot.” He kind of got my attention. So I wasn’t going toI asked my dad if I could get a semester care how longoff school. He said, “You can as long as it was goingyou reach these goals. If you don’t, you get right back into school. to take – just a coupleIf you do, you can take another semester off, and see how it goes.” pages a day. It was 2 years when I gotAnd so I gave it a shot and things went better than I ever imagined. through. I got toI haven’t gone back to school yet, but it’s been an incredible ride the end, andso far. I startedI had to really go out and work for it at first. Not that I don’t work again. So,for it now, but I went and travelled with two boat shows on my I’m stillown dime so I could just get my face out there. I lived with guy,Dean, a real big name out there in the 90’s. So then the life startedhappening. I was travelling everywhere, I was picking up sponsors,I was competing and I was winning contests. Things have just beenunreal.God Was Keeping a Light OnYou know, I grew up in church, I knew what was right and Shaun Murray, four-time World Champion Wakeboarder, has built up an extremely successful career around himself including Pro Tour and World Champion titles, starring in his own video game called Wakeboarding Unleashed, developing signature boarding products, and runningI knew what I should be doing, but a lot of times, I’d find numerous wakeboarding camps. Watch and see in his video how Shaun was challenged in his faith and found his true Christian foundationreasons to push that aside. through Jesus’ enduring love and God’s word at http://www.lifestory.org/component/myblog/professional-wakeboarder-shaun-murray.html.Change / Vol 3.1 7
    • A rough ride to Jesus O n July 3rd 1990, my life as a rough arm was completely disabled. At this point, he drove the knife all coming out of my right side, water and blood were spraying out. and tough biker would come to a the way into the lower left side of my stomach. The blade was 8 Blood was pouring out of my mouth, my vision was blurring, and sudden halt. inches long and serrated on the one side. This was the only stab suddenly my body felt on fire. The pain was unbearable. I knew The first blow was from behind. At first I wound of several I felt. My stomach felt on fire. if I didn’t get to the apartment door, I’d die. I didn’t know where thought I’d been hit with a tire iron or a I let go of his throat and in one fast motion I hit him with everything he was, and I knew if he attacked me again, I wouldn’t have the pipe. I didn’t see nor feel the blade cutting I had with my left elbow. He screamed in pain and rolled off the car strength to fight him off. by Jesse Garrett through my flesh, severing my right shoulder, onto the groundbreaking my collar bone and puncturing my right lung. but he held ontoI turned to face my attacker. I had pushed him backwards just the knife. As heseconds before because I didn’t want to hurt him. ripped it from my stomach, my smallHe was a small man, and I knew he was a coward. I had never seen bowel (intestine)him before but I knew of him. I knew he was a woman beater and came out becausehad no guts. What I didn’t know was he used a 12-inch rambo it got caught onknife hidden behind his back to stabbed me with. the serrated edgeWhen I turned to face him I didn’t notice the blood running down of the knife.his arm. What I noticed was his face, how it had completely He was laying onchanged. White foam came out of each side of his mouth, his eyes the ground…were blood red and bulging out and he was screaming in a sick not moving. Ihigh pitched voice, “I’m going to kill you…I’m going to kill you…” thought I hadIt was strange – I couldn’t feel pain, and everything seemed to knocked him out.go into slow motion. The Doctor told me later I was already going I staggered towardinto shock. the apartmentMy years on the street and with the bikers taught me how to fight building, holdingand defend myself, but at that time, I didn’t know how seriously my intestines inI was hurt. with my left hand. I could feel bloodI lunged forward and grabbed him by the throat with my left running down myhand. I shoved him backwards over the hood of a parked car – a chest and back, from the shoulder wound and also down my leftred Pontiac Trans Am with a firebird on the hood. I’ll never forget leg from my stomach. What I remember most vividly, however, is that for the first timethat car. Every time I see one like it, that night comes back as if to in my life, I cried out to Jesus Christ for help. !haunt me and I relive horror all over again. I thought he was out cold… but he wasn’t. I had only staggered about twenty feet, and didn’t see him coming. He had picked upI him by the throat and he was kicking and gasping for breath, my the knife, ran up behind me, and drove the knife with both handsonly thought was to punch him in the face with my right fist and into the back of my neck. I felt the blade tear into my neck and Editorial note:knock him out. blood started pouring into my mouth… I could taste 1. Please see CHANGE Vol 3.2 for the next episode in “A rough ride to Jesus.” it. I still remember the taste the blood and metal 2. Jessi Garrett and his wife Debbie live near Peterborough Ontario, and travel throughout North America speaking and performing Country Gospel even now when writing this. Music to whoever will listen. If you wish to order CDs or book a concert, please visit www.garrettscountrygospel.com When I dropped to my knees and fell forward, he jumped on me and started stabbing me in the back. 3. Coming soon – download Garret Country Music on iTunes I could feel the blows, I could feel my ribs breaking, but no pain. I knew if I didn’t get him off, he would kill me. So with every ounce of strength I had left, I rolled over and pushed him off. He got up and came at me again, screaming with that high-pitched scream. I had cowboy boots with steel toe-caps that I wore riding myWhile all this was going on, something warm and wet was motorcycle. Laying on my back, I kicked outspraying on the right side of my face. I went to make a fist to hit at him with my right foot with everything Ihim but couldn’t. I turned my head right to look at my arm and had, right in the groin. He screamed, fell on mesuddenly realized what was spraying on my face, it was blood… holding the knife in both hands, driving it intomy blood. My right arm was hanging limp, my shoulder was torn the right side of my chest. I felt ribs breaking aswide open so that I could see the bone protruding out. Something the knife went through my right lung.that looked like a piece of white plastic was sticking out of my He was also screaming in pain. I shoved himchest. I found out later that it was my collar-bone. off of me and started staggering again towardI still had him by the throat but I couldn’t do anything – my right the apartment building. I could hear the air8 Change / Vol 3.1
    • Cristina C ristina is a fifteen-year old girl that we At first with hesitation, then with great detail and emotion, she met couple of years ago at her high spoke about her nightmare of the last three years. She had met Sam, school in Colombia. In her country, 15 her boyfriend, when she was twelve... Handsome, funny and quick is the age when girls become adults, but to pay attention to her, Sam made her feel desired and important. Cristina became an adult long before then. His group of friends impressed her too – all were fans of the same By Darren McCrea In the world’s major cities, gangs are a soccer team that she liked.  However, some fanaticism was taken to common part of the landscape. Bogota is violent extremes – anyone rooting for an opposing team became anot an exception. Even in schools, it is not uncommon to find potential victim. That same violence and obsession became part ofgangs, prostitution, and everything imaginable. Youth, looking for her relationship with Sam. On several occasions, he killed someoneacceptance and control in their chaotic lives, turn to the “love” found right in front of her.in these exclusive groups. “Love” and acceptance is found in the  As we listened to Cristina, it was hard for us to believe a young girlcommunity they build and sex is commonplace. The control is an could have suffered so much.  Part of me wanted to believe that herillusion that they create by robbing and terrorizing others in order to tale was a fabrication, yet the details were complex and emotionshide their own fears and feed their newly found habits. deep. Before we left, we prayed with her and were overjoyed whenWhen we think of gangs, we tend to think of homeless youth she decided to believe in Christ. We know He will not only be thethat have banded together, but many times that is not the case. strength she needs, but will also lead her out of her 3-year oldCristina lives at home and her parents are seemingly blind to their trap. Her freedom has already started. At the same time, Christinadaughter’s activities. became part of group enjoying rapid growth in Columbia – manyWhen we met Cristina, she was at school and had just attended a thousands of people are now following Jesus. !Purity Seminar led by one of our outreach teams. Touched by the Editorial note: Names have been changed.testimonies of the girls in our group, she started to pour out her To contribute to Mobile Teams - YWAM Bogota, please contact Darren McCrea at:own story and talk about the trap (abusive relationship) she felt she www.ourlovingfather.com | www.colombianteams.orgcould not escape. In Canada, Tel. 519-324-7589 | International Tel. 305-677-0100 Angels in Pick-ups and I took to the road again. Very soon we cameAllan’s Anecdotes: The Labrador highway may have its blood-sucking to a straight stretch of highway. Our fellow travelerA Labrador Miracle demons, but it has its share of angels, as well. A had left a few minutes before us and was nowhere gentleman heading back home to Lab City soon in sight. What we could see, however, was some pulled up behind me and helped me change my big, black thing lying in the middle of the dusty tire. If he hadn’t, I probably would have needed a road up ahead. “It might be a bear”, I said, “but it Although much better and rough going. So when I left Goose Bay that isn’t moving.” We squinted and strained our eyes than it used to be, the five beautiful Sunday in the heat of summer, I had every transfusion by the end of it. until the black blob began to take form. “It’s a hundred and fifty kilometre confidence that one spare tire would suffice to get Nonetheless, we did lose some blood, a fair amount tire!” I exclaimed in stunned disbelief. Then I asked, road passing through the me to Baie Comeau, Quebec. “Slow down!” my wife of sweat (no tears, though; a man with a pick-up really quite stupidely, “I wonder if it fits my truck?” wilds of central Labrador demanded every ten minutes or so. “Don’t worry, mustn’t cry in front of another man with a pick- The question was hardly out of my mouth before can be a harrowing honey,” I would unfailingly reply, “my expert driving up), and a whole lot of time. How would my wife I answered it: “Of course it’s going to fit my truck,” By Allan Curnew experience, even at the best skills and superior tires will keep us safe. And and I ever make our motel reservation now? And I said to my wife and myself, “God has a sense of of times. Each season offers besides, driving will how could humour, but He isn’t cruel.” And sure enough, it wasits own unique perils on the Labrador highway, be more dangerous if we brave the a brand-new tire, perfect for my pick-up, and ofbut the summer has a special terror. Woe be unto we are still on the road Baie Comeau even better quality than the one I had lost. I didn’tthe traveler who must answer the call of nature after dark.” road, which even notice any flies as I raised my hands towardin this “land God gave to Cain”! No real worries is worse than Heaven and, laughing heartily, praised God for Hisabout bears or wolves; black flies, mosquitoes, When we got about the Labrador half way to Labrador awesome provision. He had not only saved our livesand “stouts” (horse flies) swarming around one’s Highway, with a nest on a pole, but He also cared enough tovulnerable body parts like locusts descending on a City, we stopped to without a spare get a look at an osprey preserve our motel reservation.crop of organic barley, now there is the real cause tire?for fear! nest on a hydro pole– To our recollection, we had met no other vehicles on the flies made sure it “I tell you the road prior to reaching that tire, nor had the manOf course, I exaggerate (somewhat). However, I was a brief stop. We what,” said our from Lab City who was perhaps fifteen minutescannot overemphasize the very real importance of had barely gotten moving again when I realized angel, “I’ll give you my address in Lab City. Stop in ahead of us. Amazingly, he hadn’t encountered thebeing well prepared before setting out on a cross- for supper, and I’ll phone around and see if I can tire at all and did not use that size of tire himself. something was wrong. One of my beautiful tiresLabrador drive, for beasts of all colours and varieties find a garage owner who’s willing to open up for was completely shredded, a blow I took much more Luck? Coincidence? No chance. God gave me a tirecan attack at any time. you on a Sunday evening.” I thanked him profusely, easily than hearing, “See, I told you so!” I’m still not that day… and I learned a little something aboutAn Osprey on a Hydro Pole and he drove on. convinced it was the speed that caused it, but for slowing down to observe the miracles around me. !One common beast is the flat tire. Now, my pick- sure we would have been in big trouble if the tire God Knows Our Tire Sizeup truck has big, thick tires built for heavy loads had blown at high speed. Thank God for baby birds! Driving much more slowly than before, my wife Allan teaches at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, OntarioChange / Vol 3.1 9
    • Believing in Jesus: NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEARTIn our previous issue, we carried the testimony of Zev Porat, born into an lived in California. She came to visit me. Trying to encourage me she workers. After work, I would share Yeshua with everyone. My wife Linultra-Orthodox family in Israel. By a chance Internet conversation in a said, “Your family shouldn’t reject you because you are sick. Here are and I were living in Tel Aviv while my office was in nearby Herzliya.chat room, Zev met Todd from California who proceeded to explain Old funds for a psychiatrist.” When I said, “No thank you,” she left. After about a year and 10 months of being a Messianic believer, ITestament Scriptures to Zev over a four-year period. At the same time BELOVED GRANDFATHER LEAVES AN INHERITANCE received a call from the CEO of the company asking me to come to hisZev visited 32 Israeli rabbis and asked them to explain the meaning of office. I had never been to his office – in fact, I had never seen himthe Scriptures dealing with the Messiah. When they were unable to give I had to tell my grandfather who I loved more than you can know. before. I had only seen his signature on papers and emails. When IZev any logical explanation, he became convinced that Yeshua is the By this time he was very frail. But when I told him that Yeshua is the walked in I noticed that he had a knitted skullcap which signifies heMessiah. He finally gave Himself completely to the God of Israel and His Messiah of Israel, he suddenly stood up, opened the glass cabinet is a religious Jew.Son Yeshua after a supernatural experience.  (See Part I in CHANGE, Vol behind me and started to shout, “Goy (gentile)! Traitor! Get out of here!” He started throwing Yeshu2.2) Here is the rest of Zev’s story. A plates at me and hit me in the head. My shirt was He said, “Zev, sit down. I’ve been fter the incredible experience I had in torn and my head bloody when I ran out of his hearing things about you.” I asked, the night hearing the voice of God, I home. “What kind of things?” “You’ve was on fire! I wanted to tell everybody. I been talking about Yeshu (the picked up the phone and told my mother. Her I had to go straight to the hospital to get stitches and until today I have a scar on my forehead. pronunciation a non-believer uses response was anguish and fury. “Your father is for Yeshua). You’d better stop this. twisting and turning in his grave because of But I didn’t feel the physical pain because of the overwhelming pain I felt from my grandfather’s You’re going to turn this place by Zev Porat what you have done! You are blaspheming the into a cult!” I said, “First of all, Mr. name of your family. You are supposed to be rejection. He was a father to me. This was the last time I ever saw him. I tried to phone him several Hamo, if I’ve been doing anythinga rabbi. You are supposed to continue our tradition. How can you do to jeopardize my job please tell me.this to us?” I tried to tell her, “But Mom, it’s in the Jewish Bible. Let times, but he always said, “Deny Yeshua or don’t call.” I don’t speak about Yeshua at work;me sit with you and I’ll show you. You bring your Bible and I’ll show I do it after work.” He responded, “Iyou that Yeshua is the Messiah. It is He, born in Bethlehem, raised in Escorted Out of My Grandfather’s Funeral don’t want you to do it.” I said, “Well,Nazareth. This is the Messiah of Israel!” She said, “Go be a missionary! When I went to my grandfather’s funeral I found Moshe or David talk about football orBut don’t share with me!” But then she relented and said, “I will talk two security guards on hand – something that is not common at a basketball after work. What’s the difference?” He answered, “You’rewith you only in the presence of a rabbi.” funeral. When I walked into the Ponowich Cemetery these unusually brain-washing the people. I won’t allow it. Come back in the morningA Deprogrammer large guards came up to me and told me I couldn’t attend the funeral. to talk to me.”She took me to Rabbi Stigletz in Netanya who was a deprogrammer I protested, “This is my grandfather’s funeral.” They answered, “You Are you asking me to deny the Lord Yeshua?– one that tries to help parents explain to children that have begun to are not coming in here; the family says you don’t belong to them any more. You have betrayed your own family. You have backstabbed I was really scared now. The only believers we knew were a smallbelieve in Yeshua, that this is against the Old Testament and against group in northern Israel. We had not been going to a regular MessianicJudaism. He began by explaining to me that Yeshua Himself did not your people.” I didn’t want to leave, but these two guys picked me up physically and put me out of the cemetery. It was very difficult for congregation because the ones I knew about were Charismatic andfully trust God. The proof was that he cried out on the cross, “My God, Todd, my Internet friend who had mentored me in the Bible for fourmy God, why hast Thou forsaken me to be thrown out of my own grandfather’s funeral. years, had warned me against them.me?” I explained to the goodrabbi that Yeshua prayed that Soon after, my grandfather’s I came backprayer because as God’s Lamb lawyer contacted me and invited the nextHe took all the sins of the world me to his office. Because I was morning toupon Himself and therefore God the oldest son of my immediate Rafi Hamos’who is righteous and pure could family, my grandfather left me office andnot look at Him while He was on the part of the inheritance that sat down.the cross. “Besides,” I said, “Yeshua would have gone to my father He lookedwas quoting the prayer that King who had died some years before. at me andDavid had written in Psalm 22.” said, “What’s One Million Dollars or Jesus, it going toIt seemed to me  the rabbi was Your Choicetaken by surprise. I’m not sure be?” I lookedthat he even knew this prayer was I walked into the office, which straight at himin the Psalms. was also in our Orthodox town and said,  “Are of Bnei-Brak, and he said, “Your you asking meHe’s Brainwashed grandfather left you four million to deny the Lord Yeshua?” He answered, “Yes I am.” I told him that IAnyway, the rabbi turned to shekels (which was then about would never deny the Lord Yeshua. He said, “Then you’re out of here,”my mother and said, “He’s one million dollars) and he and he terminated fourteen and a half years of work just like that, inbrainwashed. He’s finished. I can’t left you land and a part of the two minutes. He said, “Go back to your office, clear your desk, returnhelp him.” For two years she wouldn’t talk to me. But you know... a house on condition that you sign right here that you don’t believe your car keys. You’re leaving, no compensation, no salary, that’s it.”mother’s heart. She finally said she would see me as long as I wouldn’t in Yeshua.” I said, “I won’t do it.” The lawyer looked at me and said, I went back to the office. I had been a believer for less than twotalk to her about the Bible. I also have a sister whose husband is a “Nobody’s here, just sign the paper, take the four million and do what years and except for my wife, I felt quite alone in my faith. I told myrabbi. I had one opportunity to sit down with her and share my faith. you want.” I turned to the lawyer and said, “God is here.” He said, colleagues at work what had happened. They were amazed and sad.After that she and her husband went to the rabbinical court and filed “If you don’t sign this paper, that money will be transferred to your They said, “He can’t do this! This isn’t legal. He can’t fire you withoutan injunction against me that I must keep 100 meters away from family.” I answered, “If that’s God’s will, so be it, but tell them Yeshua compensation! It’s wrong.” Of course I knew they were right. I lefttheir seven children. The rabbis demanded that I appear before their gave them the money!” And I left. crying and was still crying when I got home to Lin. Not knowing whatcourt. I wrote them a letter saying that I would not appear as I am not But the money that I gave up was not half as painful as having lost to do I prayed for two days. Then the Lord led me to the Scripture,under their authority. my grandfather. My own father had passed away when I was 16. I am “Vengeance is mine.” I knew right there that God was telling me toYet it is very sad for me; today if you ask my sister about me, she praying for the salvation of Israel, and very specifically for the rest of leave my boss alone.won’t say that I believe in Messiah Yeshua. She will say that I died. my family. Yes, I would do it all over again – and again – because it is God would take care of him. I prayed for him; I prayed for hisAnd every six months they renew the injunction against me. I am nothing compared to what Yeshua did for me! salvation and let it go. I had no salary, no compensation afterpraying for their salvation. CALLED IN BY THE BOSS fourteen and a half years of work. I would do it again for Yeshua.!I have an aunt – my father’s sister – who lives in L.A. six months of I had been working in a company called Granoflex for fourteenthe year and in Israel the other half. I was close to her when my family years. It was a medical company and by this time I was managing 37 For more information about Zev, please visit http://www.maozisrael.org10 Change / Vol 3.1
    • NATHALIE BERNIER:DELIVERED OVERNIGHT W hen I asked Nathalie Bernier if handsome Italian turned out to be a drug dealer. Money was coming she would accept recounting her in and we did drugs together until the cops showed up and stuck life to the CHANGE newspaper, him in jail. Overnight, I found myself alone, penniless, homeless, and she answered by giving me an really addicted to heroin. enthusiastic thumbs-up! You see, her life I had no idea how to find drugs. I asked a girl who used to come and can be summed up like this: “After crying by Carole Nadon buy at our flat. I really needed money. She taught me prostitution arm. There’s only the train that hasn’t run over you. And your family? out to God, I woke up the next morning and I was able to buy drugs again. When that didn’t work, I stole. I got You don’t have one anymore! So what are you going to do? Where arecompletely free from my addiction to heroin.” jailed, came out and did it again. This went on for 5 years. you going to go!?”This is how she told me her story… No Withdrawl Cutting Ties“My dad was one of the Duplessis orphans. He was raised in real rough Finally, when I felt life just couldn’t go on anymore, I cried out to I had believed these lies – I made bad choices and would suffer thecircumstances and was used to God! But I didn’t know who He was. I’d seen movies about Jesus like consequences. All the way up to the morning of March 25, when Jesusabuse. How else could he raise everyone else, but never found out where to find Him. To my surprise, delivered me. I called the dad of a friend who offered to help me oncehis own kids except by standards He heard me. It happened during the morning of March 25, 1992. I got before. He registered me in Portage, a detox center in Montreal. I cuthe knew all too well? up, totally free, no cold turkey. I knew all about withdrawl: the whole all ties with street life and began climbing.Personally, I revolted. My lack body cravings, getting up and being totally sick, your muscles are in Life slowly began to take shape. I eventuallyof love and self-esteem led huge pain all over the body, your met someone, a man, who loved meme to men and unfulfilled legs won’t hold you up, your head is regardless of my past. I completed myrelationships. I accumulated out to lunch, and you need another secondary studies and became administrativehurt and hate. fix. But this morning? Nothing! I director of a construction company. That was was completely free. The person IHandsome Italians 20 years ago. I haven’t done drugs since – not had been for 5 years disappearedWhen 17, I met a 25 year old even once. And I found a church where I feel and I became the Nathalie I washandsome tall Italian. Dad, completely at home. before, but better. Now I wanted toprejudiced, didn’t agree and live and take charge of my affaires. It’s impossible for me to feel that God doesn’ttold me to choose between this exist, let alone to think of leaving faith behind.Italian and the family. Since I didn’t enjoy my family anyways, and When my Italian friend came out of What happened to me was a miracle. I don’t think I can ever repay Himnow he was holding the door wide open for me to leave, the choice jail, I took care of him with prostitution, but I told him I was tired of it for what he did for me, but I’ll keep trying… !” and wanted to quit. He told me, “Yeah, but think about it! Why wouldwas easy. I was gone. you want to do a thing like that? What else are you going to do? No Nathalie Bernier and her family attend Centre chrétien métropolitain (MetropolitanAt first, everything seemed new and beautiful. However, my employer is going to hire you – you’ve got a record as long as your Christian Center) in downtown Montreal. During my last term in jail,JACQUES DUMONT:GOD CAN HEAR something happened. I was becoming paranoiac. Jail really isn’t the best place to Don’t worryA CRY FROM JAIL suffer from paranoia. Also, quite suddenly, I became very about what may or may Foster Homes are not always afraid of dying. My nerves were gone and I was losing not happen tomorrow ideal it – I was going completely God will help you deal with whatever thing I was born not far from the corner of crazy. comes up when the time comes. Matt 6.34 Dorchester and St-Denis in 1961, and raised About 3 o’clock in the in St-Henri in Montreal. My father only had morning, I was so afraid I this one fling with my mom – I never found began screaming. Two guards been in such stress for years – something just had to change, and it By Stu Burger out who he was. My mom was alcoholic, and came and took me out into the wing. After coming to my senses happened overnight.when I was six months old, she placed me in a foster home. somewhat, they said, “Ok, Mr. Dumont, it’s time to go back to your New Inside OutLife in foster homes isn’t always the best. I was beaten and cell.” Well, that’s when I lost it, and that’s when I had my miracle. I I immediately began making arrangements to attend Teenstrangled. Sometimes, when I thought I was having nightmares, I fell to my knees and cried out loud, “God, Lord Jesus, come help me. Challenge (Défi Jeunesse) in Lotbinière, close to Quebec city. Ifound out when I ‘awoke’ me dreams really happened. I’m done! I can’t go on!” moved in in March 1990, and that’s where I did my 180.When I was 9 years old, I started making bad choices, stealing Teen Challenge It’s no secret. My life changed completely. I learned how to get upbubble gum, chocolates, and cigarettes at the corner store. I enjoyed I waited this long to do what my sister-in-law suggested. She said, in the morning, how to make my bed and wash up, to work and toattracting attention when stealing, giving stuff to my friends, and “Call on God! Call on Him and you’ll see what He’ll do for you!” I take charge of myself. I also learned how to develop a relationshipso forth. knew all along what I was doing was wrong – when stealing with God, my Creator, how to read the Bible, and how to hang on toWhen 12, I drank a whole bottle of beer in from people weaker than me, when Him more and more.one shot. I started smoking pot and hash manipulating them, when lying to Now in 2012, I’m drug and crime free. There are no longer anywhen I was 13. I fell in love with escaping them, when using coarse language. records that can damage my reputation. I’m completely free. I’mreality, with finding myself in another There wasn’t anything I didn’t do, and also very happy, but let me tell you it’s all because of Jesus. I said, “Iworld. Because of my habits, drugs and inside I knew it was wrong, but didn’t know you died on the cross for me. That’s why you can forgive mealcohol, I became kleptomaniac. want to change until now. and why I now have eternal life.”Hitting the Wall Then I said to Jesus, “If you get me out After all, we all know we are alike – without God and without faith of here, I’ll register in Teen Challenge!” in God, it is impossible to change your life. Our hearts trick andThere is no way around it – drugs and alcohol will take you to jail. I had heard of their over 1000 centers all over the world, theirI received my first jail sentence when I was 18. Instead of learning deceive us. I tell people all the time now, “If we believe in Him, it’s program based on the Christian faith, on real true values, but never because God created us with infinity, with Him in mind.” There’s noa lesson, I kept going deeper. By 27, I was going in and out of jail, felt it was for me.taking prescription and non prescription drugs, using needles, way around it. !doing cocaine, drinking a case of 24 per day, and going back to jail. That night, I learned that when someone is desperate and cries out Editorial note: After graduating from Teen Challenge and some years of to God, even if it’s in a cell in jail, God will hear him. professional employment, Jacques Dumont became assistant director ofIn between, my sister-in-law took me in for a month or two to try to the Soupe Populaire (Soup Kitchen) in downtown Quebec city 15 years ago, ahelp me. She talked to me about Jesus and God, but that just wasn’t The next morning, two people came to visit me. They said, “Mister position he maintains until now. The Soupe Populaire serves 400 meals per day tofor me. I was ok the way I was. Dumont, you are free. You can go.” I couldn’t believe my ears. I had needy people, and Jacques never tires telling people that Jesus is the answer.Change / Vol 3.1 11
    • W hen Jesus Mount, was first announced at an October is little doubt his 474 page long opinion A VERY visited his home town, the record 21, 2002 press conference in Washington. If people had trouble believing in Jesus when he literally stood among them, it’s no handed down on March 14, 2012 stimulated deep embarrassment for not only the Israel Antiquities Authority but the isotope experts ARTICULATE says home town folk had trouble surprise not everyone would grant credibility to this find either. In fact, the archeologists at the Israel Geological Survey. Absolutely no authenticated grounds for forgery exist. 2000-YEAR-OLD By Stu Burger ‘digesting’ him. In who registered this find, Oded Golan, Israeli Their indictments fell into the waste basket. fact, Jesus himself offered the adage engineer and antiquities collector, and On the other hand, the “trial of a century” that one can’t be a prophet, or anyone Robert Deutsch, one of the most prominent for “the most important archaeological BONE BOX important, in one’s home town. Surprisingly, a large part of the argument antiquities dealers in Israel (besides having taught at Haifa University, served as a square supervisor at the archaeological excavation discovery from the beginnings of Christianity” has been most encouraging was built around Jesus’ own family. The town for believers world-wide. An innate original folk asked, “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? of Megiddo and wrote scholarly books on limestone bone box has become a clarion Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his his own as well as with other scholars of voice of Jesus’ family, specifically of James – brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? international repute), became subjects of a Jesus was clearly a focal point for him. Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then massive fraud investigation led by the Israel However, believers in Jesus benefit did [he] get all these things?’ ”(1) The record from far, far more than even this concludes town folk “took offense at him.” historical evidence of Jesus. As a result They had real trouble ‘buying’ what Jesus had of Jesus rising from the dead 2000 to say. They cut him down to their own size. years ago and living today, as He did Curiously, we find no indication what Jesus’ back then, He still heals sick bodies family members themselves said about and reformats psychological trauma Jesus. In spite of there being quite a few and distress caused by evil and sin. In of them, four brothers and ‘all his sisters’ – fact, believers today are substantiating silence rules, on and off the record. Jesus’ authenticity in their person, their “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” Antiquities Authority. In December 2004, heart, mind, body and soul, every day. Then However, the silence which reigned supreme Golan was charged with 44 counts of forgery, and now, it’s all about Jesus, the son of Joseph for 2000 years appears to now have come fraud and deception, including forgery of the and the brother of James. ! to a deafening halt. Amazingly, it’s not the Ossuary inscription, no meager price to pay 1. Matt 13:53-58 bones, nor even limestone ossuary that for an archeologist just minding his business. 2. As in the case of nearly all ossuaries not discove- is making such a stir(2) – it’s the Aramaic Jesus, Jame’s Point of Reference red by archaeologists, the bones originally inside the ossuary had been discarded. However, the first- inscription chiseled into the side, “Ya’akov However, after a trial lasting more than five century origin of the ossuary is not in question. The bar Yosef akhui di Yeshua” (“James, son of years, 138 witnesses, over 400 exhibits and only time Jews buried in that fashion (preserving bones of deceased after the flesh had corroded) Joseph, brother of Jesus”) that is making all a trial transcript of 12,000 pages, Judge was from approximately 20 BCE to the destruction the commotion. Aharon Farkash of the Jerusalem District of Jerusalem in 70 CE. 3. This article was composed from “Biblical Ar- The James Ossuary, found in the Silwan area Court, in a landmark decision, cleared the cheological Review,” Wikipedia, Haaretz.com and of the Kidron Valley, southeast of the Temple defendants of all forgery charges. There other sources.ONE OF 3 REAL MIRACLES I N MY LIFETIME I t is God, not people, call the parents and ask them to come and take Thursday night and the same thing happened. The At the front, there was a young man in a wheelchair. that should get their kids home before things get out of control.” kids were on their feet on chairs, giggling, laughing He had been coming to camp for three years. The our attention first. After a while, the evangelist asked, “Perhaps we and catcalling. No one would sing. The preacher just evangelist got off the platform, went over to the Ironically, in so doing, should have one more service?” So we had service stopped preaching. young man and said, “What do you want the Lord believers absolutely to do for you?” The young man responded, “I just receive the greatest want the Lord to heal me.” The evangelist never By Reuben Schmunk benefit. When God heals even prayed, but said, “Son, why don’t you get up invalids in services and and walk?”Then he turned around and walked backuses someone to say, “Stand up and walk,” to the platform.it’s not to pin a badge to anyone’s chest.The miracle happens, but not on account God is Center Stageof our qualifications. God sovereignly heals The young man suddenly jumped to his feet andand performs miracles so believers become stood there for a minute in his pajamas. He hadstronger. Thus, as Jesus receives more never walked in his entire life. Then he began toattention, believers become stronger in walk to the front, down the aisle, up the otherfaith, their needs are met more and more, aisle, through the door, all around the outside ofJesus gets more attention and this dynamic the building and back inside. As he did, he begankeeps building. shouting, “I’m healed! I’m healed!” In a moment,I was helping in a summer youth camp in the entire camp was changed. This is one of threeWashington. Our little church group would cross the miracles I’ve seen in my lifetime.British Columbia border to help out. A motorcycle This definitely didn’t happen to benefit the resumegang occupied the campsite across the road and of the evangelist. This happened so God couldthe inevitable happened. Girls at our camp decided obtain the attention of campers sufficiently inthese guys on bikes were “something else”. Girls order to change lives of everyone in the camp. Kidswere not allowed to leave the campgrounds, became afraid to even talk for fear they might insultbut they went off anyway and didn’t return until Holy God. The front of the stage was lined with kidstwo am. We had an open rebellion on our hands. as they poured out their hearts to God. I will neverAfter two days of this, the camp director called us forget those next three days. There is nothing,together and said, “Look. We’ve got major problems. absolutely nothing as wonderful as the presence ofKids in the service give catcalls while the evangelist Holy God! !is preaching.”One More Service Adapted from “The Story Teller” pgs 46 – 48.The camp director went on to say, “I think we better 12 Change / Vol 3.1
    • Craig rose to the challenge. One by one he spelled out his this: they started with the assumption that the tomb was vacant!EASTER ON TRIAL arguments concisely and powerfully. “First,” he said, the empty Why? Because they knew it was!” C tomb is definitely implicit in the early tradition that is passed ertainly Jesus was only a legend And What about Alternative Theories? along by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, which is a very old and reliable or a mere mortal at best. In their source of historical information about Jesus. “This, I think, is the issue,” he said, leaning forward. “I think wide-eyed gullibility, Christians sincerely believed he rose from the dead people who push these alternative theories would admit, ‘Yes, our “Second, the site of Jesus’ tomb was known to Christian and Jew and thus proved he was the Son of God. theories are implausible, but they’re not as improbable as the idea alike. So if it weren’t empty, it would be impossible for a movement But there was no doubt in my mind that that this spectacular miracle occurred.’ At this point, however, the founded on belief in the resurrection to have come into existence they were sincerely wrong. matter is no longer a historical issue; instead it’s a philosophical in the same city where this man had been publically executed and by Lee Strobel question about whether buried. They had to be! As a reporter I had seen lots miracles are possible.”of dead people – and none of them had ever come back to life. “Third, we can tell from the language, grammar, and style that “And what,” I asked,Christians could spin fanciful tales of an empty tomb, but they [the apostle] Mark got his empty tomb story–actually, his whole “would you say tocould never change the grim, absolute finality of death. Then the passion narrative–from an earlier source. In fact, there’s evidence that?” “I would argueunthinkable happened – my wife became a Christian. … I knew it was written before A.D. 37, which is much too early for legend that the hypothesisit was time to use my journalism and legal training to thoroughly to have seriously corrupted it. that God raised Jesusinvestigate Christianity. Maybe I could liberate her from this cult! from the dead is not “A.N. Sherwin-White, the respected Greco-Roman classical at all improbable. In historian from Oxford University, said it would have been withoutThe Evidence of the Missing Body: Was Jesus’ fact, based on the precedent anywhere in history for legend to have grown up andbody really absent from his tomb? evidence, it’s the best significantly distorted the gospels. explanation for whatThe resurrection is the supreme vindication of Jesus’ divine happened. What is “Fourth, there’s the simplicity of the empty tomb story in Mark.identity and his inspired teaching. It’s the proof of his triumph improbable is the Fictional apocryphal accounts from the second century containover sin and death. It’s the foreshadowing of the resurrection of hypothesis that Jesus all kinds of flowery narratives, in which Jesus comes out of thehis followers. It’s the basis of Christian hope. It’s the miracle of all rose naturally from tomb in glory and power, with everybody seeing him, includingmiracles. If it’s true. Skeptics claim that what happened to Jesus’s the dead. That, I the priests, Jewish authorities, and Roman guards. Those are thebody is still a mystery […]–there’s not enough evidence, they agree, would be way legends read, but these don’t come until generations aftersay, to reach a firm conclusion. But others assert that the case is outlandish. Any the events, which is after eyewitnesses have died off. By contrast,effectively closed because there is conclusive proof that the tomb hypothesis would be Mark’s account of the story of the empty tomb is stark in itswas vacant on that first Easter morning. And if you want someone more probable than simplicity and unadorned by theological reflection.to compellingly present that case, your best bet is to visit with saying the corpse of Jesus spontaneouslyWilliam Lane Craig, widely considered to be among the world’s “Fifth, the unanimous testimony that the empty tomb was came back to life.foremost experts on the resurrection. discovered by women argues for the authenticity of the story, because this would have been embarrassing for the disciples to “But the hypothesis that God raised Jesus from the dead doesn’tInterview with William Lane Craig, Ph.D., D.Th.: contradict science or any known facts of experience. All it requires admit and most certainly would have been covered up if it wereWhat’s the affirmative evidence? is the hypothesis that God exists, and I think there are good a legend.I had spent the first part of our interview peppering Craig with independent reasons for believing that he does.” “Sixth, the earliest Jewish polemic presupposes the historicityobjections and arguments challenging the empty tomb. But I With that Craig added the clincher: “As long as the existence of the empty tomb. In other words, there was nobody who wassuddenly realized that I had not given him the opportunity to of God is even possible, it’s possible that he acted in history by claiming that the tomb still contained Jesus’ body. The questionspell out his affirmative case. While he had already alluded to raising Jesus from the dead.” ! always was, ‘What happened to the body?’several reasons why he believes Jesus’s tomb was unoccupied, Isaid, “Why don’t you give me your best shot? Convince me with “The Jews proposed the ridiculous story that the guards had fallen Taken from : The Case for Easteryour top five reasons that the empty tomb is a historical fact.” asleep. Obviously, they were grasping at straws. But the point is Rain, Steam, and Speed The English artist JMW Turner first exhibited Rain, Steam and Speed in 1844. For me, this brilliant depiction of a steam engine emerging from a hazy mist and heading – seemingly at break-neck speed – towards an unseen destination captures like no other tableau the zeitgeist of the first half of the nineteenth century. For what was soon to become the industrialized world, a way of life – indeed a way of being – was quickly disappearing into the proverbial mist. Mankind was on the fast-track to modernization. They didn’t know exactly where this speeding train was taking them, but they surely knew they were getting there fast. By Allan Curnew In today’s world, we find ourselves in pretty much the same boat… or train. In our 21st century tableau, the train would perhaps be electric and run by a computer, but we would still be heading quickly – unbelievably quickly – towards an unknown destination. For some, the end of the line will be some sort of technological utopia, for others a brick wall. We’ll find out soon enough. Now there we speak of mankind as a whole, of society. But what about men and women as individuals? For those of us that are “getting up there” in age, we have long since realized the speed at which time passes. The end of the line for each of us could come at any time. We don’t like to think about it, but our final destination is always just beyond the next bend. And then what? Well, many believe that at the final station on this earthly track we board one of two trains heading in opposite directions. One of these has sometimes been affectionately referred to as the “Glory Train”, by the way. In any case, it’s my duty to inform you that if tickets on the Glory Train are not purchased in advance, they are booked on the other one by default. It might be worth our while to slow down and consider which direction we would like to head in. ! Allan teaches at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, OntarioChange / Vol 3.1 13
    • The Anatomy Walid of a Dad’s Shoebat Meltdown, T here isn’t a square meter of any wall in Palestine that Part two isn’t covered in graffiti. Statements like, “We’ll knock on the gates of heaven with the skulls of Jews.” “To enter paradise, we must fight Jihad.” A s a result of marriage breakdown, John son have a street name?” I said, “Well, what’s that? What’s a street My father was a Palestinian Arab chieftain, a was ostracized from his family. His name?” They said, “Well, you know, a nick name, some way that we Muslim, as well as my grand father who was efforts to re-establish himself led him would know him.” I said, “Well, I don’t know, I’ve never heard of such also a fighter. My mother was an American to find work in Calgary. However, his son Sean a thing.” Christian and though she remained Christian, seemed to suffer more consequences from she was prevented from going back to the US Then I remembered when Sam and his brother were little, we used family disintegration than he. This is the story for 35 years. If she told her story, she would By John Smith to go to the grocery store and look for free samples. And they’d be first have to ask my father’s permission – in of a dad who knows no limits in his search for looking around, scouting around, looking over here and looking Adapted by Stu Burgerhis son lost in the streets of Calgary. In a moment of desperation and Sharia law, a woman’s voice is her husband. He over there. One day I said to them, “You guys look just like Calvin has full control. She has half of a vote in court, and half the inheritancereconnecting with God, the telephone rings and a young girl asking for and Hobbs on an adventure looking for free samples in the grocerySean gives him clues where he might find him. of a male. store.” It was really funny how I remembered. That was I grew up in the Palestinian Education system in Jericho fromShe said, “Well, I’ll tell you a secret. the first time I thought of his nickname in years. So I said, kindergarten up. The first song we sang as kids was: “Arabs are belovedDowntown, go down to the Sandman “Well, how about the name ‘Hobbs’?” “Oh Hobbs! Yeah, and Jews are dogs.” I didn’t know what a Jew was.hotel, at 8th & 8th. You might see him we know Hobbs.” I thought, “Oh my gosh, I put a streetsometime. But never tell him I told you The Blind Following the Blind name out to my own son!”this.” When walking to school one day with other students, and an Israeli The girl with the blanket said, “Come inside and talk to construction truck (you could tell by its yellow license plate) accidentlyI really didn’t need much else. The me. I’ve got a cup of coffee going.” This is how she did it. struck a girl. As soon as we noticed the driver was stalled, callingnext day, after my office closed, I went She had a table in the restaurant with a half-finished cup on his wireless fordowntown on 8th and 8th. There’s an of coffee on it and she’d be panhandling down the street, help for the girl, weLRT (city train) station there, and I moving back and forth. So I went in and talked with her instantly carried rocksstarted noticing a lot of rough looking inside where she would warm up from panhandling. and began to stonekids hanging around but not catching She’d ask me all kinds of questions, like, “Why is your the truck. The driverthe train. The train would come and family estranged? What did Sam do? What’s he look was bleeding fromgo and they’d still be there. And I saw like? Why are you here looking for him? Would you ever his forehead and stillsome kids in the lobby of the hotel there. I’d try to talk to them forgive him for what he did? Do you think your family could ever calling for help for thebecause I was hoping to start a conversation with somebody and come back together?” She had a lot of questions. girl when he realizednobody wanted to talk very much. I asked some kids, “What are you his peril – a crowd of Life Without Rules a 100 students or sokids doing down here.” “Oh, we’re waiting for the bus,” they would This went on for several weeks. She had a notepad and was writing were surrounding andanswer. And then the bus would come and go and they didn’t leave. a lot of things down. I said, “What are you on to do in life? What’s pelting the truck withThey started to realize I was there with my poky questions and that rocks by that time.I wasn’t going to leave, and asked me, “Well, what are you doing your ambition?” She said, “Well, I want to be a writer? I’ll change the world through my writing. There’s so much that’s wrong, and He made a u-turnhere?” I said, “Well, I’m looking for my son.” and drove away. We there’s so much hurt.” I realized this girl was a sharp as a tack. And II didn’t even get that out of my mouth, and three of them started went back to school asked her about her family. Her family were bankers. These were not and a blind studenttalking all at once. One said, “My dad would never come looking for people who were suffering financially. These were career people,me.” Another said, “If I ever found my dad I’d make sure he got paid in the assembly that they had 2 cars in the driveway of a nice house, and she just did not afternoon of a 1000back for what he did to me.” Another guy was saying, “My family, feel at home. She felt lost, started wandering about, ended up inthey left town. They didn’t even tell me where they moved.” And students, he hadn’t the downtown area, and she got hooked where everybody seemed seen a thing, but, among other things, he accused Jews for the truckthey were out-talking each other, as fast as they could. They couldn’t to accept everybody. There were no rules. It got intoxicating. She accident with the girl and started a student riot that had to be putbelieve someone was actually interested, going after their kid. got stuck and never got out. She’d been on the street three years down with tear gas. Injured people had to be taken to the hospital.Tell Me About Your Son already. Islamic fundamentalism dominated all of my education through highI realized I might not find my son right away, but I sure found some After a few weeks, she said, “You know what, I know your son really school. In university, we learned Islamic eschatology, the studies ofaction. So, I stayed with that thread. Every night after work, I’d well. I know who he is. I see him every day. I tell him about you. the end-times, that the Jews will be destroyed to the point that treesleave my office floor, go downtown, eat supper in a restaurant, and And he sometimes is watching us while we’re talking, but he doesn’t and stones will cry out, “There’s a Jew hiding behind me. Come, ohstrike up conversations with kids. One girl with a blanket over her want to come out. I just had to find out who you were first, and why Muslim, come and kill him.”head was sitting outside collecting some change with a hat, and you were looking for him. But please come and talk to me because I As a young man, I was a member of the Palestinian Liberationshe would say, “Tell me a little about your son. I might know him.” want to know more about things, about you and how you operate.” Organization (PLO). Of course I ended up starting demonstrations,So I would describe some things. One of the kids asked, “Does your Please find Part 3 of John Smith’s story in CHANGE Vol 3.2 throwing Molotov cocktails, and throwing stones at the rabbis at the wailing wall. In prison in Jerusalem, I got recruited by a bomb maker. After my release, I continued more violence and rioting in Bethlehem and the Temple Mount. I ended up smuggling a bomb under the temple mount and lodging one under a bank. Thank God, no one was injured. American Jihad In 1978, my parents sent me to the US to study at Loop College in Chicago, Illinois, where I worked as a counselor for the Arab Student Organization (ASO). I was recruited there by Jamal Said, founder of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP) and Imam at one of the largest mosques in Chicago. We met in hotels to hold “Terror Conferences.” The IAP was a forerunner to Hamas as well as to the terror front14 Change / Vol 3.1
    • W hen you drive your car science in general and specific measurements of the change in the speed of light to the distant past, means along the highway, you speed of light represent an even smaller fraction of that at the beginning of the universe, light speed and encounter signs that human existence. Yet, many scientists assume that thus our measurement of time related to it through the tell you the maximum speed the so-called constants of the universe, including the process of radioactive decay, was at least 300 million your car is allowed to travel speed of light, have never changed since time began. times faster than it is today. Other observational down that road. Lawgivers, This seems no less a bold assertion or leap of faith, than By Armin A. Wolff legislators or other people evidence such as the red shift, supports the argument Christians who believe God created everything from that this profound slowdown in the speed of light is determine what this speed nothing (ex-nihilo) and that the Bible is his message to should be. Similarly, God, also a person, the indeed true. all mankind. supreme lawgiver, placed laws into creation. The theory of evolution, which attempts to explain Einstein discovered such a law; no material object Because distances on earth are relatively very short, everything in nature without reference to a creator can exceed the speed of light. This is maximum early scientists and philosophers agreed light was God, needs immense amounts of time. If proponents speed. He also discovered a fundamental equality infinitely fast and took no time at all to travel any of this theory accepted the fact that the speed of light between matter and energy, one of the most possible distance. When the Danish Astronomer Roemer and other related so-called constants have changed well-known equations in science, namely e=mc2. (Philosophical Transactions, June 25, 1677), announced over time, dating using radioactivity as a clock would to the Paris Académie des Sciences in September 1676 be adjusted accordingly. However, it is evident the that the anomalous behavior of the eclipse of Jupiter’s evolution believing scientific community, currently the inner moon, Io, could be accounted for by a finite majority, will not accept the data of recent light speed speed of light, he ran counter to measurement experiments. wisdom espoused A consequence of a much faster light-speed in ancient b y times is that atomic cross-sections are much smaller. That means that atomic structures, such as in human bodies, are much less susceptible to damage by high- energy radiation from the sun, as well as outer space and radioactive decay of The speed Speed is always measured in terms of a certain limit of the universe distance between two points traversed by some material object in a certain amount of time. A fundamental assumption is made that both distance and time are constant at least while Descartes measurements are being made. and Cassini. It took another half The Science Religion century for scientific opinion to When scientists say they ‘assume’ something, we accept the notion that the speed of light understand they are really talking about the same was not infinite. thing theologians and religious people call ‘faith’. An Only after Bradley confirmed Roemer’s measurements assumption is accepted, not proven, and is believed to 53 years later, published on January 1, 1729, did the substances be true without conclusive proof. scientific community finally accept the fact that the on earth. Scientists make many assumptions, one of which is speed of light was finite, although at a very high value. Combined with better that there are constants in the universe that have Since then, the speed of light has been measured over shielding from the Earth’s never changed. One of these constants believed to be some 300 years in about 160+ experiments by 16 atmosphere, we discover plausible reasons invariable is the speed of light. different methods. Curiously, data demonstrates the for the long lifetimes reported in the Bible of people Scientists assume that time, space, matter, and energy speed of light has decreased in a nonlinear manner living before Noah’s flood. all suddenly appeared at an event known as the “Big over the period by about 2.6%. Anyone interested in Thus, if the speed limit of the universe, as observed Bang”. It is remarkable that God also describes this in these esoteric scientific details can find them at http:// by Einstein, having decreased dramatically since time the first verse in the Bible: “In the beginning (time), setterfield.org/report/report.html. began, has had far reaching consequences in the past, God (the person who did it) created the heavens Light Speed Really Slowing Down it is plausible this change will continue to dramatically (space) and the Earth (matter–energy).” Genesis 1:1 affect nature in general and of people in particular in So how does this affect the price of tea in China? Not Constants that Change very much, but such discoveries have a profound effect the future. ! Compared to the age of the universe, it seems humans on theories of origins, such as in the evolution versus After working as Electronic Engineer for 32 years at Stanford have existed for a tiny fraction of that. In addition, creation debate. Extrapolating this unidirectional University, Armin retired to Oregon, USA.Change / Vol 3.1 15
    • CONT’D FROM PG 14) propaganda, “The Jews stole the Palestinian lands. Jews persecute “knowing the name?” Well, I found his name is “Emmanuel” whichgroup Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR). This was in Palestinians. Jews are prophet killers. Jews spread mad cow disease. means “God with us.” When it talks about “His name shall be calledthe early 1980s when I, many other young foreigners and even US Jews put infertility drugs in Arabs so they can’t have children. The Wonderful Counselor,“ it’s about Jesus! So is “mighty God, everlastingcitizens were being trained for Jihad activities in the US. The Imams international Zionist movement runs the world. Jews run the Congress Father, Prince of Peace.” No one can deny that prophecy was fulfilledwere and still today are prime recruiters for terrorism and terror and the media in America. The West is taken over by the Jews.” because no one else in the world is called these names but oneconferences held all over the US. It is possible to view video clips of Now I began comparing the Koran and the Bible, and began seeing man. One can deny Jesus was God, but one cannot deny that Jesus the truth of Christianity. I began was not called God. One can’t deny He has been called, by millions to understand when Christ said, of Christians, “Mighty God, Counselor, Everlasting Father, Prince of “I am the way the truth and the Peace,” That prophecy was fulfilled regardless what anyone believes. life. No one comes to the Father I began to look at the prophetic part, an amazing part of the Bible. I but by me.” And that’s the way to counted 1352 verses with prophetic evidence. No other book has so obtain salvation – He’s the way, much prophetic evidence. the truth and the life. Without The Lights Went On Him, there is no salvation. Without salvation, there is I began to understand when Christians were talking to me about eternity in hell and hell exists. Jesus. I began to understand the verse, “I stand at the door and I knock.” I prayed to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to show me Critical Thinking the truth. I was afraid to make a commitment because to become a I began learning critical Christian in Islam is Hell, pure torture. But there was all this evidence thinking, documenting the in the Bible. I wanted to invite Christ, but I was afraid. It first, I wanted science in the Koran I had to convert my wife to Islam – now it would hurt my image to convert learned in high school and to Christianity. But Christ offered my a deal – “Let me in, and I will compared that to scientific change your life.” And I did. What I said was, “Come in Lord Jesus,” and evidence in the Bible. I found on that was it! The light bulb went on. one hand the Bible had much I woke up my wife that night. I said, “I know I was supposed to convert more science than the Koran, you to Islam, but I was wrong. So I became a Christian.” She couldn’tconferences held in 1989, over twelve years before the 9/11 attacks. and that all the science in the Koran had been taken from the Bible. believe it. I ended up getting baptized. I began to understand howWe would train for Jihad America in hotel basements. Our mission I was fascinated in Isaiah that God will come back to fight for to follow Christ. I didn’t understand that all this joy, why I had thiswas to prepare the way for future Jihad and now, there are Jihad Jerusalem, for the holy hill itself. I read in Joel 3 He will gather all longsuffering now, why I felt I had to do the Lord’s work. I was acells all over America. I was a radicalized Muslim willing to die for the the nations in the valley Jehoshaphat and enter into judgment with terrorist that wanted to plant a bomb in a bank. Now I changed fromcause of Jihad. them. a terrorist to an ambassador. !But in 1993, life was about to change. In the process of attempting to I ask any Muslim to read Psalm 83. It’s all about Muslims who came toconvert my Mexican American Catholic wife to Islam, she asked me destroy Israel, to prevent her from becoming a nation, that the name Currently, Walid Shoebat travels and speaks internationally both about the deceptiveness of Islam and the truth of Jesusthe question, “Why should I leave my biblical heritage?” I said, “Well, of Israel be remembered no more. It talks about the confederacy ofAmericans corrupted the Bible.” Muslims believe Jews corrupted the Muslim nations comingOld Testament and Christians corrupted the New (CONT’D PG 16) against Israel. It talks about Testament. She said, “Where are the corruptions? If you show me the them losing the battle. Itcorruptions, I’ll become Muslim.” says, “Pursue them withConverting my Mexican Wife your tempest and frighten them with your storm,” andSo I purchased a Bible for $10, started studying, and was fascinated “Let them know that youwith what I discovered. After months of intensive study, I realized alone are God whose nameeverything I had been taught about Jews was a lie. I discovered the is the Lord.”very enemy I grew up with was predicted to come back to that land.I began to understand why Islam hates the Jewish people so much I said, “Wait a minute, letand why the teaching of the Bible loves the Jewish people so much. I them lose the war so theybegan to understand the connection between Christ and the Jewish will know the name of thepeople. Lord? I thought the name of the Lord was Allah!” I askedI never asked myself as a Muslim, “What’s the reason for this myself, “What is in a nameanimosity?” I believed what I was told. I believed the rhetoric of the A Barber Reborn after all. What does it mean, EVERYONE T he year is 1960. I am Back then, there is still no TV available in Port 24 years old and I Hardy, so I listen to the radio. One evening, I come live in Port Hardy on across a channel from California, and I listen to an Vancouver Island. I own a evangelist talking about Jesus. At the end of his who supported slavery was free barbershop on a military base and life is good. My presentation, he invites his audience to pray with EVERYONE him to be “saved,” to be forgiven of sin and receive By Oscar Masseau bank account is not too Jesus in one’s life. There, all alone in my house shabby, I have a mobile trailer, I admit to be lost, unable to save myself, home and a business… and for whatever reason, and I sincerely ask Jesus to help me follow Him. I’m unhappy! There’s an empty ache inside, an That is the beginning of a brand new life for me, absence of spiritual virtue. I decide to search for who supports abortion was born. what I’m missing. what is often called “rebirth” or to be “born again.” Soon afterward, I go outside into the night air and My first quest takes me to Jehovah’s Witnesses, but discover a beautiful full moon! I also notice how That’s how oppression works. somehow, I’m not convinced. Something does not beautiful trees are, as if for the first time in my life, ring true and I do not find truth there. From there, and realize that my heavenly Father made them, They’re not really people - We’ve heard that before! I visit some protestant churches, but life there that He was Creator of all I saw. Suddenly I feel seems so dull and unauthentic, disconnected from deep intimacy with God and it becomes crystal real life. clear that He came to live inside me as soon as I One day, a man gets in my way, starts talking prayed earlier that evening and asked Him in. The THIS EDITION emptiness I felt so long simply vanished. My heart about God and gives me a copy of a New OF CHANGE IS Testament, the second half of the Bible. Of course, seems to simply overflow with real life. There is I start reading… and I find my heart beginning to absolutely no doubt in my heart I have become a OFFERED TO YOU, child of God! ! throb! I’m 26 years old and can’t stop reading this COMPLIMENTS OF ... New Testament for the better part of a year. Oscar Masseau is pastor of a French church, the Centre chrétien (Christian Center) in Sept-Iles, Quebec. You may reach him at church at 418-968-5057.16 Change / Vol 3.1