As Katharine and I prepare for another mind-expanding study tour in God’s Land, I am thinking about our sons. The Lord has been very gracious to our family, and we thank Him daily for our two boys’ health and strength, their completed college degrees, and gainful employment. I hope they each have internalized whatever parts of me reflect Messiah, and that God (in His mercy!) will spare them my many frailties.
The question of “nature versus nurture” fascinates me, and I can see that both factors are at work in the growth and development of these young men. They each possess distinctive styles that had surfaced before I had a chance to “mold them in my(!) likeness and image.” However, their mother and I can also see the ways in which the people closest to each son had a hand in shaping his future.
This observation leads easily to the idea of “modeling,” not in the NY Madison Avenue, skinny jeans-wearing, “man-bun” hairdo and bearded, 135-pound, clothes hanger-type model. More in the sense of becoming like the role models we “behold.”
Consider the following ten verses. Taken together, they form a pattern: We see a transcendent God making it possible for us to improve, to become more like Him. One sidelong glance at ourselves makes it obvious that without Yeshua’s finished work at the Cross, we would remain lost in our own darkness. Thank God for His mercy!
Some form of “modeling” universally takes place in religious endeavors. Following a leader, a guru, or a prophet always seems to be in the mix.
Rav Shaul (Apostle Paul) continued the pattern:
With the above scriptural wisdom in mind and my wonderful sons in my viewscreen, I came across a striking article by Francis Frangipane: “The Radical Christian.” You can read it in its entirety at: http://wp.me/pieUD-2pk.
Frangipane applies a linear, logical extension to both Christians and Moslems in following the mandates of their respective prophets.
If even a tiny percent of Moslems aspire to radical adherence in the ways of Mohammed, that is a “tiny percent” of well over 2.1 billion people (as of 2011)!
I have the privilege of knowing Dr. William Wagner, a veteran missionary who spent 30 years in the Islamic world. Over 10 years ago, he gave me a copy of his seminal book, How Islam Plans to Change the World (William Wagner; Kregel Publications; Grand Rapids MI, 2004). His work constitutes a virtual guidebook for Westerners on the world of Islamic thought and practice. With restraint and wisdom, Dr. Wagner lays out the current version of Islam’s 1,400-year-old plan to dominate our planet.
The three-fold strategy includes:
That incredible misguidance is why this ministry prays for Moslems. We stand with Israel, we report on the plight of Christians under Islamic rule, and always — always — lift up the Name of Yeshua!
One very tangible way Believers can incorporate into our lives these ideas that have the potential to change the world: walk in the Land of Covenant—Israel. Katharine and I would love to host you in the Holy Land. Please call Sandra, our Zola Tours manager, to discuss tour options at 214-696-9760. You may also email her at , or visit www.levitt.com/tours.
Select your trip from the upcoming Fall Tour options:
Israel Sep 18–27 $4,288 Israel & Petra Sep 18–30 $5,288 Greece & Israel Sep 12–27 $6,988 Greece, Israel, & Petra Sep 12–30 $7,988 Our prices include tips, taxes, & fuel surcharge (subject to change).
As spring blossoms with new growth, we too are excited to roll out some new television programs on our weekly program, Zola Levitt Presents. To see our national airing schedule or to watch us 24/7, please visit www.levitt.com/schedule.
In April, we finish our encore presentation of Jerusalem: Ancient Gates / Future Glory, featuring the music of Messianic vocalist Marty Goetz. After the Gates programs, watch for a new program during the week of Passover/Unleavened Bread, which this year begins at sunset and ends at sundown on .
Special Holiday Program
Church Heroes in China Special
Katharine, the film crew, and I just completed the studio portions of nine new TV programs! I believe the content and quality of this on-location Bible teaching will bless you immensely. Please pray for us as we head to Auschwitz in Poland to produce a unique series on the Holocaust and the prophecy that God fulfilled with the ingathering of Jews and the rebirth of Israel.
Katharine and I thank you for your gifts of funds, which make possible all aspects of our ministerial outreach. We covet your prayers as well. As I approach my 65th birthday this May, I am thankful to the Lord that He allows … no, encourages… me to proclaim Him to my Jewish people and to all who have “ears to hear” (Mark 4:9). What a privilege! Please keep us in your hearts as we reach for His best.
And please, remember: Sha’alu shalom Yerushalayim — Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! (Psalm 122:6)
Your brother in the service of Mashiach,
P.S. The military conflicts in the headlines today are almost ALL connected with Islam. We Believers must pray more earnestly than ever!
As we humans bond with our prophet, leader, or spiritual guide, we become more like him to our benefit or detriment!
“Here is my contribution for April. Please continue to exalt the Lord, uphold Israel, and awaken viewers everywhere to Yeshua’s message.”
These programs celebrate the timeless teachings of the late Zola Levitt, one of the most beloved Bible teachers in America. Highlights from thirty years of television broadcasting are condensed into four half-hour programs that examine Zola’s early, mid-career, and later teaching. Trademark, on-location footage from Israel gives viewers insights into the biblical world and Word.
These two television productions are dedicated to the viewers and readers who have loved Zola like a family member.
“Remembering Zola” was recorded at Zola’s memorial service and includes video highlights of past telecasts and special music as well as tributes to a never-to-be-forgotten warrior of the faith.
“In Loving Memory,” is a tribute to Zola by those who knew him best. His widow, Sandra Levitt, talks with Zola’s family, friends, and co-workers in this special half-hour reminiscence of a man who planted seeds of faith in millions of lives.
This collection combines all of the music television that our ministry used to offer on three separately packaged VHS tapes. Our production team made a special effort to pair on-location video footage with Zola’s favorite music selections presented here uninterrupted.
Zola accepted Jesus as his Messiah on March 14, 1971. Within several years, he authored a dozen books and hosted a live talk-radio program. Zola’s ministry expanded to television. Zola produced over 700 hours of television that reached millions. This retrospective series brings you a few highlights of Zola’s work, music, and life.