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2009 Conversations

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2006 Conversations

Gavin MacLeod: Captain relinquishes ship to original navigator

Randy Singer: Christmas: An American conundrum

Ray Gannon: Sharing Christ's love

Max Latham: No home for the holidays

Ronald J. Sider: An age of hunger

Dennis Swanberg: 'Nip sin in the bud'

Steven Daugherty: Partners in healing

Hope Egan: Does God care about what we eat?

Ginny Owens: Fingerprints of God's love

Wayne Warner: Preserving our heritage

Clay and Renee Crosse: Broken by pornography

John Schneider: God is up to something

Stanley M. Horton: Jesus will return

Hal Donaldson: Lessons from America's dark corners

Dave Ramsey: Entrepreneurship equals evangelism?

Barbara Johnson: Still laughing

Dan Hudson: Bringing Christ's presence

Brad Lewis: Ministry in combat

Bob Reccord: 'Launching your kids for life'

Frank Peretti: The Gospel as page-turner

Jeremy Camp: Restored

Mark Lowry: 'God is crazy about you!'

Zollie Smith: The power of Pentecost

Evelyn Husband: High Calling

Mark Earley: Aftercare is the key

Jessie Daniels: Living proof

Stephen Baldwin:
Livin' it


Josh McDowell: Jesus can change your life (3/27/05)

Thomas E. Trask: Discovering Jesus (3/20/05)

Roger Powell Jr.: Hungry and humble (3/13/05)

Ellie Kay: Recovering from the pitfalls of debt (2/27/05)

Dennis Rainey: Romance to last a lifetime (2/20/05)

Fred and Brenda Stoeker: Sexual sin doesn’t need to end a marriage (2/13/05)

Kurt Warner: Up or down (1/30/05)

Mayor Alan Autry: Acting on God's leading (1/23/05)

Actress Jennifer O'Neill: Life after Hollywood, forgiveness after abortion (1/16/05)

Dr. James Dobson: Still focusing on the family (1/9/05)

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Sharing Christ's love

Ray Gannon is U.S. Missions National Representative for Jewish Ministries and visiting professor of Missions and Jewish Studies at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He spoke recently with Managing Editor Ken Horn.

PE: How did you become involved in Jewish ministry?

GANNON: Saved as California teenagers, my wife, Kassiani, and I began Jewish ministry in Los Angeles after graduating from Bethany University in 1970.

PE: What advice would you give to readers who want to witness to Jewish people?

GANNON: Of the 150,000 Jewish believers across America today, most accepted Christ thanks to the witness of Gentile Christians. Pentecostals are especially equipped to witness to Jewish friends thanks to the present reality of the living God in our lives. Signs, wonders and miracles should accompany our uncompromising testimony to Jesus, Israel's Redeemer.

PE: What is "Israel's Redemption" and your role in U.S. Missions?

GANNON: Our present responsibilities include serving as national representatives for Jewish Ministries. Our Israel's Redemption ministry is focused on bringing the essential gospel to "all Israel" in this generation. The 6,155,000 Jewish people in America who need to be reached by Spirit-filled Christians.

PE: Your Web site says that your desire is "to partner with AG missionaries, pastors, churches and educators to foster a strong Pentecostal witness to substantial American Jewish communities." How will this be done?

GANNON: We have identified 101 Jewish population centers in the U.S. that have anywhere from 11,000 to 100,000 Jewish residents. We are educating, equipping, and mentoring our local AG congregations and Jewish outreaches as part of the local body's evangelistic and discipling programs.

PE: You have spent a lot of time in Israel. What is the benefit of believers physically going to the Holy Land?

GANNON: We lived 15 years in Jerusalem under World Missions appointment working with Russian and Ethiopian Jewish immigrants and founding the Israel College of the Bible. Walking the streets of Jerusalem and traversing the Promised Land of Israel creates a renewed appreciation for the Bible and the fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

PE: What Jewish customs are appropriate to retain when Jews become Christians?

GANNON: Perhaps the flip side of this question would bring greater clarity to the issue: "What Jewish customs become inappropriate when Jews become Christians?" The lives of Jesus, Paul and the balance of the apostolic community are instructive. These New Testament people did not feel obliged to abandon Jewish customs or life-style. The first-century Messianic Jewish faith community saw no conflict between their unadulterated faith in Jesus as Lord and continued full participation in Jewish society.

PE: Can you share a testimony of a Jewish believer?

GANNON: Murray Cantor came to faith at age 81. God miraculously saved him, filled him with the Spirit, made him a dynamic soul-winner, and gave Murray a phenomenal healing ministry. Six months into his new ministry in Jesus, Murray was livid. "Where were you people all my life? I am born in this country and nobody ever told me about Jesus! I could have been living my whole life for Him."

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