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BIBLE STUDY- TEACHING on “Getting to know Jesus”- YESHUA’S MISSION- by Steve Spindler

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Please meet my friends in Yeshua…

Steve Spindler and his wife Edna left America a few years ago in Nov. 2010 to serve God by ministering His Word to people in the Binmaley, Pangasinan area in the Philippines… in a small congregation called “Christ Harvest Chapel”. At first they were assisting the Pastor but in May 2011 he left to start another church and the people wanted Steve to continue teaching them. They have a Bible study on Wednesdays, a prayer meeting on Friday as well as the church service times. He is gradually sharing things with them that they have never heard about before… that Jesus Christ is Yeshua the Messiah of Israel and the need to personally receive and experience the Holy Spirit as those in the early church did. He is encouraging them to pray for the salvation of Israel, for the Jewish people to have their eyes opened to Yeshua being their Lord and Messiah, to receive Him and become His disciples. Steve wants to teach about the prophetic symbolism of the Feasts of the Lord from Lev. 23 soon… if YAHWEH makes a way for him to stay in the Philippines and keep on doing what he loves… to care for and keep teaching “the little flock” as he calls them. (please see notes below about this urgent need or go  here  https://brideofmessiah.wordpress.com/urgentsponsors-donations-for-philippine-church/

(SEE UPDATE BELOW ABOUT THE SITUATION- STEVE HAD TO LEAVE AND IS NOW WORKING PART TIME IN AMERICA)

He wrote this recently… I have thought that after our series on “Getting To Know Jesus” at our Bible studies, of sharing with them the Feasts of the Lord from Lev. 23. This depends of course upon me having to go back to America though. I would like to introduce them to the Feasts and how they are shadows of Messiah and how they point to Yeshua and find their fulfillments in Him. In the past two Wednesday Bible studies, since we are going through the Transfiguration of Yeshua and how this event took place on the Feast of Tabernacles, I have shared how the Feast is prophetic of Messiah’s reign when He returns as King of Israel to rule the nations and how the Gentiles will come to worship the true God, the God of Israel, in Jerusalem during this time. Again, little by little and step by step, these truths are being introduced to them. This excites me to be able to bring them these truths which they have never heard before. For them to know more of the One they believe in, Who He is, is the most important thing in the world! To know Him for Who He is (Lord and Messiah of Israel) is to love Him as He should be loved! Since He is Messiah of Israel, then He is Israel’s Bride-Groom!

Steve has been one of the precious few who have felt led to write to me, pray for and encourage my ministry on the Bride of Messiah websites and I only found out recently about his ministry in the Philippines and was sent these photos! He has a deep faith in Yeshua as the Messiah / Bridegroom for both Jews and Gentiles of all nations and shared some of his teachings and hearts desires with me. The notes below are from his current study on “Getting to know Jesus”. I asked him if I could share them on with you too, which he is glad to do. Thanks Steve and may the LORD bless you and your wife’s ministry… guiding, protecting and using you for His Glory now and in the days to come.

Some other things Steve has written to me…

Many don’t know Who Yeshua is… though I believe that before His return the Spirit will be revealing more and more to believers Who He really is. I believe that more and more will be awakened to Yeshua and therefore many will be drawn into becoming His Bride.

Acts 2:36, says that God has made or declared Yeshua to be Lord and Messiah. The church has forgotten for the most part Yeshua being the Messiah of Israel. Yet, for me at least, understanding Him to be the Messiah of Israel has also opened up my eyes to Him as being the Bride-Groom of Israel. Isn’t it exciting to know Him for Who He is?

I do believe it is important for believers to know Who Yeshua really is. To know Him is to love Him! We are in the last days and I trust the Spirit is revealing Yeshua to many hearts. Many will not care, yet the Bride will hear of her Beloved and desire more of Him. The Spirit is calling out the Bride from the midst of His Body. Those who have ears to hear His Lovely voice and eyes to see the beauty of Yeshua will respond.  Be a faithful steward in His vineyard.

There is a wonderful future for us in the New Jerusalem, the true Holy of Holies, where the Bride will no more go out of His Presence. Who wants to just settle for being “saved” when there is a passionate love to be enjoyed now with Yeshua as we await the time when we will be with Him in the Bridal Chamber!

With everything happening in Europe and around the world it is showing that His coming is near, the Bride of Messiah is being called and prepared by the Spirit for the Bridal Chamber with her Beloved Bride-Groom. No one is able to come to Yeshua unless the Father draws them. Yet, those who are drawn are promised that they will be with Him where He is, in the true Holy of Holies in the Father’s House, the true Sanctuary, the Heavenly Jerusalem. O’, may many more be drawn to the Altogether Lovely One, our Messiah Yeshua!

The more we know of Yeshua the more we love Him with Bridal love. May God always bless you with His Presence through Yeshua our Lord.
 
    In Yeshua,
       Steve
 
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(the “little flock” with Steve second from right)
 

“GETTING TO KNOW JESUS’

Bible Study notes by Steve Spindler.

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“Introducing Jesus – His Name”
     Because Jesus is Jewish, therefore His name is Hebrew. His name is Yeshua, from the Hebrew it is spelled, Yeshuwa.
     The name Yeshua means, “Yahweh will save” (See: Matt. 1:21)
     The name Yeshua revealed the destiny He was to fufill in His life and ministry. As Yeshua’s name means, “Yahweh will save”, God’s salvation had come or was demonstrated through the teaching, preaching and healings of Yeshua’s ministry.
     As His name reveals, Yeshua is the One Who will save His people Israel from their sins. (Matt. 1:21, Is. 53).
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“Jesus’ Religion”
     Since Jesus was Jewish, His religion was the ancient faith of Israel, the faith of Abraham, Judaism. This was the faith that was once delivered to the saints, to Israel. (See: Jude:3)(See Also: Gal. 1:13-14, 2 Tim. 1:3, Acts 24:14, as to Paul’s religion being the same as his ancestors before him-Judaism).
      Within Judaism at least four things are important: God, Torah (Law or Teachings), the People of Israel and the Land of Israel.
      The ancient faith of Israel goes back to Abraham and the giving of the Law (Torah) at Mt. Sinai (Genesis chapters 12, 15, 17, 22 & Ex. 19-20), which later becomes known as Judaism.
      The religious teachings of Judaism are rooted in the Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures).
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“Jesus” Childhood”
      Jesus’ parents were religious Jews. They practised their religion (See: Luke 2:21-24, Luke 2:41). Since this is true, Jesus was taught from an early age the faith of Israel.
      Since devotion to the Torah (The Law) was the sum of intellectual pursuits, the aim of life, up to the age of ten the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) would be Jesus’ text-book. He would learn to say prayers, especially during this time He would learn to pray the Shema (Deut. 6:4-5)
      Jesus’ study of the Hebrew Scriptures probably began with Leviticus (Because every Jew should be knowledgeable with the sacrifices), then proceed to other parts of the Torah (Books of Moses), then to the Prophets.
      As a child, Jesus would have attended the Synagogue, where He would have heard Moses and the Prophets read. See: Acts 13:15, as to the reading of the Torah and the Prophets in the Synagogue and Luke 4:16, as to Jesus’ custom (Probably since childhood) of attending the Synagogue on the Sabbath.
      As Timothy was taught by his Mother the Holy Scriptures from his childhood, so too the same can be said of Jesus in the religious home in which He was raised (2 Tim. 1:5, 2 Tim. 3:15) See Also: Luke 2:41-47, as to Jesus’ understanding of the scriptures at age twelve)
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“The Scriptures Yeshua Read”

     Since Yeshua was Jewish He read the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) which consisted of the Law of Moses (first five books), the Prophets, the Psalms and the Writings. These were the Holy Scriptures (2 Tim. 3:15).
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“Jesus’ Baptism”
      John’s baptism of repentance prepared the people for the Messiah’s coming and His Kingdom. Those baptized would be the true Israel and take upon themselves obedience to the Law from God.
      Jesus’ baptism with the voice of God declaring Him to be His Son was the beginning of His Messianic work, for God was declaring Him to be the Davidic King, the Messiah. (Matt. 3:16-17, Is. 42:1, 2 Sam. 7:12-13, Ps. 2:7, Luke 1:31-33)
      By being baptized by John, Jesus identified Himself with those, the remnant of Israel, who expressed their longing to be right with God, obedient to His will and to see the coming Kingdom of God. Jesus identified Himself with those who desired the restoration of Israel, because this was His hope too, for this was His personal mission.
      At Jesus’ baptism the Holy Spirit descended upon Him with a visible appearance of a dove. (Matt. 3:16, Mark 1:9-10, Luke 3:22, John 1:31-32)
      The dove was a symbol also of Israel. (Ps. 74:19, Hos. 11:11)
      The Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus as a dove speaks of Jesus as being the Messiah, the Representative of Israel.
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“Jesus’ Temptation”
      Jesus is being tempted by the devil as the Messiah, the Representative of Israel. In overcoming the temptations, Jesus as being the Representative of Israel, overcame for Israel. (Special Note: Moses who was the Giver of the Covenant to Israel, fasted for 40 days on the mountain. Elijah who was the Restorer of the Covenant with Israel, fasted 40 days in the wilderness. Jesus the Messiah is the One Who Renews and Perfects the Covenant with Israel, fasted 40 days in the wilderness) (See: Ex. 19:6-7, Deut. 4:11-14, 1 Kings 18:20-39, Matt. 26:27-29, Heb. 8:8-12)

Compare: Matt. 4:2-4 with Ex. 16:2-4 and Deut. 8:2-3 – obedience to God’s commandments. Compare Matt. 4:5-7 with Is. 2:2-3 – ruling from the Temple in God’s time. Compare Matt. 4:8-9 with Deut. 34:1-4, also with Ps. 2:7-8 and Ps. 72:8-11 – as to the Messiah’s rule over the nations – awaiting the time when the nations come under His rule and become His possession

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 “Yeshua’s Mission

As the Messiah, Yeshua’s ministry was to Israel. As the prophets before Him, Yeshua was calling Israel back to faithfulness to God by repentance and obedience to the Law (Torah) because the Kingdom of God was coming. (See: Rom. 15:8, Matt. 9:13, Matt. 10:5-6, Matt. 15:24)

     Yeshua’s message to Israel was the Gospel of the Kingdom or Good News of the coming Kingdom. Yeshua’s preaching can be summed up in: “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”
      Yeshua’s message of repentance to Israel because the Kingdom was at hand, was a call to return to obedience to God and Torah (Law) because the marriage of Messiah to Israel His Bride and the Wedding Feast which follows was at hand. (See: Is. 54:3-15, Is. 62:2-5)
      Yeshua’s parables of the Messiah’s marriage to Israel is the Good News or Gospel of the Kingdom. (See: Matt. 22:1-14, Matt. 25:1-13)
      Yeshua’s ministry was to Israel and God’s faithfulness to fulfill His promises to Abraham. Isaac and Jacob would be through Him as Messiah. (See: Rom. 15:8, Gen. 12:2-3, Gen. 15:8, Gen. 17:7,16, Gen. 22:18) (See Also: Rom. 15:9 and Gen. 49:10, as to the Gentiles believing in Israel’s Messiah)
      As the Messiah, the Representative of Israel, Yeshua would die and atone for Israel’s sins. (See: John 11:49-52, Is. 53:4-8)
Note: In John 11:51, “The Nation”, speaks of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, while in John 11:50, “Whole Nation”, also speaks of the Northern Kingdom of Israel as well.)
      As the Messiah, Yeshua will also gather the exiles of Israel from among the nations. As the Messiah, He dies to forgive Israel’s sins as well as to restore them back to God and gather them back to their Land. (See: John 11:52, Is. 56:8, Is. 11:11-12, Is. 49:5-6, Is. 44:21-23)
      Yeshua has atoned for Israel’s sins in His death and will redeem Israel from among the nations by bring them back to the Land when He returns.
      God promised in His Covenant with Abraham that his descendants would inherit the Land of Israel as an eternal possession (Gen. 15:18). God will be faithful to fulfill this promise to Abraham through the Messiah of Israel, Yeshua.
      Though the Kingdom of God comes with the return of Yeshua the Messiah, we as His disciples live as if we are already in the Kingdom, though we are awaiting it’s arrival. (See: Rom. 14:17, Tit. 2:11-13)
       This is what Yeshua’s disciples should be waiting and praying for, the marriage of Messiah to Israel and the Wedding Feast which follows (Matt. 6:10, Ps. 122:6, Is. 62:1-7).
       This is the Kingdom of God!
       The Messiah also has a mission to the Gentiles. Israel was to be the servant nation as God’s witnesses to the Gentile Nations. Though they failed in their mission by their idolatry, yet as the Representative of Israel, the Messiah would also be the Servant of Yahweh to bring the Light of Salvation to the Gentiles.
       As the Messiah will bring Israel back to God and to the Land, so too He will bring the Gentiles to worship Israel’s God (Is. 49:6, Luke 2:32, Ps. 135:19-21, Ps. 102:13-15, Acts 13:14-48, Acts 26:16-18, Acts 28:28).
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 “The Transfiguration of Yeshua”
      The transfiguration of Yeshua takes place eight days after Yeshua asks His disciples who they think He is, with Peter responding that He is “the Messiah, the Son of the Living God”, Yeshua telling His disciples that He will come in the Glory of His Father and that some of His disciples would not see death until they saw the Messianic Kingdom come with power (See: Luke: 9:20, 26-27).
      The transfiguration of Yeshua occurs on the Feast of Tabernacles (See: Lev. 23:34). During this Feast, Israel was to make booths or shelters to live in for seven days (Lev. 23:41-42). During the Feast of Tabernacles, it was traditional to invite guests into ones temporary shelter for a festive meal each night during the Feast of Tabernacles. This is the reason Peter is asking to make three tabernacles or shelters for Yeshua and His “guests” (Matt. 17:4).
      The Feast of Tabernacles speaks of the coming Messianic Kingdom. This is when the Messiah will rule over the nations from Jerusalem (See: Zech. 14:16-19).
      When Peter, James and John saw Yeshua transfigured before them, they were experiencing the Kingdom of God coming in power and glory (See: Mark 9:1, 2 Pet. 1:16-18). What these disciples saw was a foretaste of what is to come.
      As Yeshua is transfigured He is joined by Moses and Elijah, who representing the Law and the Prophets, bear witness to the death of the Messiah (See: Luke 9:30-31, Luke 9:22, Deut. 19:15).
      In the transfiguration of Yeshua, the Cloud of Glory comes and overshadows the three disciples. The Cloud of Glory is where the Presence of God dwelt and overshadowed Israel in the wilderness (See: Luke 9:34, Ex. 13:21-22, 2 Chron. 5:13-14, 2 Chron. 6:1).
      As the Cloud of Glory overshadows the disciples, the voice of God is heard as it was at Yeshua’s baptism, declaring Him to be the Messiah and that they were to hear or be obedient to Him (See: Ex. 19:9, Deut. 18:15, Luke 9:35).
      In the transfiguration of Yeshua, He is being seen as the Messiah of Israel Who must suffer and die and be raised from the dead first before He comes in His Glory with power (See: Luke 9:20-22, Mark 9:1, 2 Pet. 1:16) (See Also: Luke 24:25-26, 1 Pet. 1:10-11).
Special Note: The transfiguration of Yeshua the Messiah took place on the Feast of Tabernacles, which looks forward to the Messianic Kingdom. Just as the Cloud of Glory overshadowed Israel in the desert and overshadowed the disciples on the mountain with Yeshua, so too the Cloud of Glory will overshadow a restored Jerusalem during the Messiah’s reign in the Messianic Kingdom (Is. 4:5-6).
Note: The Feast of Tabernacles, the Messianic Kingdom, will be the ingathering of the Gentiles to the worship of the God of Israel during the reign of Yeshua the Messiah (See: Zech. 14:16-19, Rev. 7:9-10, Lev. 23:40, John 12:12-13, Matt. 21:8-9, Mark 11:8-10, Ps. 118:24-26, Zech. 8:20-23).
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“The Sufferings and Death of Yeshua”

        In order to save His people Israel from their sins, Yeshua said that He must suffer and die. In fact, the High Priest also said that the Messiah would die for the nation (See: Matt. 16:21, Luke 9:22, Luke 24:36, John 11:50-51)(See Also: Acts 3:18, Acts 17:2-3, Acts 26:22-23).

     The Messiah identifies Himself with Israel and is the Represenative of Israel. As Israel is called the Servant Nation, so too the Messiah is called the Servant of Yahweh (As to Israel see: Is. 41:8, Is. 43:10, Is. 44:21, Is. 45:4, Is. 49:3)(As to the Messiah see: Is. 49:5-6, Is. 50:10, Is. 52:13, Is. 53:11, Acts 3:13, Acts 3:26, Acts 4:27,30).
     Since Yeshua is the Messiah, His death was to atone for the sins of Israel (Is. 53). In dying for the sins of His people, He is able to redeem them from among the nations.
     The sin which Yeshua specifically dies for is Israel’s sin of idolatry. This is the sin which caused God to scatter them among the nations. Idolatry was the breaking or forsaking of the Covenant (See: Deut. 4:23-31, Deut. 29:24-28, 1 Kings 11:4-13, 1 Kings 11:31-36, 2 Kings 17:7-23).
      As the Messiah, Yeshua dies not only for Israel’s sins, but He is also Israel’s Savior or Deliever (See: Acts 13:23, Neh. 9:27, Judges 2:16-18. See Judges 3:9-“Raised up a deliever for Israel” and compare with Acts 13:23)(See Also: Jer. 14:8)
      Though Yeshua’s death is to atone for Israel’s sins, yet His death is also to atone for the Gentiles sins as well. It is by faith in Yeshua that the Gentiles are blessed with salvation in Israel’s King and Messiah, along with Israel (See: Gal. 3:7-14,29, Gen. 12:3, Acts 14:46-48)
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“Yeshua’s Resurrection”

     As the Messiah and Represenative of Israel, Yeshua not only suffers and dies for His people’s sins, but He is also raised from the dead. In Yeshua’s resurrection, the hope of Israel’s redemption and future glory will be fulfilled (See: Luke 24:19-21,25-26, Luke 1:68-75, Luke 2:38).
      As the Messiah of Israel was raised from the dead and will enter into His Glory when He returns to Jerusalem as the King of Israel, so too Israel will be raised up and enter into the glory destined for them. In the Messiah’s resurrection Israel’s hope of restoration is realized (See: Luke 24:25-26, 1 Pet. 1:11, Ez. 36:24, Jer. 31:10-14, Is. 60, Is. 62:2-5).

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“Yeshua’s Last Words”

     After His resurrection Yeshua spent forty days with His disciples speaking to them about the Kingdom of God. Because of this, and since the disciples believed that Yeshua is indeed the Messiah of Israel, the disciples asked if He was going to restore the Davidic Kingdom to Israel during this time (See: Acts 1:3,6, 2 Sam. 7:12-13, Ezek. 37:19-28, Amos 9:11).

      In answering His disciples, Yeshua said that it wasn’t for them to know when God would bring in the Kingdom. Instead the disciples would receive the Holy Spirit to be able to be witnesses of His as being the Messiah to Israel and the Gentiles, proclaiming His death and resurrection and calling for all to repent (Acts 1:4-8, Luke 24:46-49).
      When Yeshua told His disciples that they would be His witnesses to the nations (Gentiles), it was no different than Israel being God’s witness to the nations that He alone, the God of Israel, is the True God (Is. 43:10,12).
 
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 “Yeshua’s Ascension”
     Before His death and resurrection, Yeshua was a Prophet calling Israel back to faithfulness with God by repentance and obedience to the Torah (Law).
     After His resurrection, Yeshua is now a Priest Who will ascend to the Heavenly Temple where He appears in the Presence of God as High Priest for all who have believed in Him (See: Heb. 6:19-20, Heb. 7:24-25, Heb. 8:1-2, Heb. 9:11-12).
     Before beginning His ministry as the High Priest in the Heavenly Temple, Yeshua blesses His disciples. In blessing His disciples, Yeshua does so as a Priest (See: Luke 24:50, Lev. 9:22, Num. 6;22-26).
      After atonement was made for the sins of Israel in the Holy of Holies, the Priest, especially the High Priest, would declare to the Congregation the outcome of the atonement in his blessing them, which was God’s grace and peace to them (See: Num. 6:24-26, Luke 1:21).
Special Note: Paul always begins his letters with the words, “Grace and peace” from God, because atonement for our sins has been made through the death and shed blood of Yeshua the Messiah and grace and peace from God is the outcome to us as believers.
 
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AN URGENT APPEAL…to keep the Christ Harvest Chapel in the Philippines going. Would you like to support this small work for Lord Yeshua by a couple who felt called to do this? What is God’s will?

Below is their details if you would like to contact Steve and Edna to ask any questions, encourage them, or help support them with a love offering which would be greatly appreciated I know… for though the cost of living is much cheaper there, the monthly Church offerings are only about $15 and they donate some of that to help another small Church and do not take anything from it for their personal needs.

They sold everything to move from America to the Philippines in 2010 and have now used up all their resources. Steve had worked for 22 years as a machine operator at a Non-Profit Ministry (Focus On The Family) in Colorado Springs, Colorado before being laid off with six other people from his department (close to 100 throughout the Ministry) due to financial situations. He’s now facing the stressful but only alternative for finding income which is to disband the congregation and return to the States WITHOUT his wife and try to find work. I find this heart breaking, especially as their friends who originally promised to support them have never done so. I know we are all called to do different things in different ways but it is the SAME HOLY SPIRIT isn’t it?… so I am asking, could any other believers in Yeshua help support this small, humble ministry with even a small LOVE offering or perhaps even make a monthly commitment if the Holy Spirit leads? Anything would be so appreciated as well as prayer for the LORD’s direction and provision. Yeshua said to “love each other as I have loved you”… and whereas Steve and Edna are doing the work of ministry over there… I believe some other brothers and sisters in the Body of Messiah need to help them financially so they can concentrate on doing that. (Edna has had a small income from selling furniture but she cannot afford a shop now)

(*Asking this is my idea but Steve has given permission to give their contact details. Thank you so much to those who want to help… and I will be adding more of Steve’s teachings soon. Blessings from Susan)

PLEASE NOTE… They can only receive money through Western Union or at Wal-Mart’s Customer Service. I have sent by Western Union through the Post Office in Australia… but they do have an extra charge of about $14 from here. They will give you a reference number. Just email that NUMBER, along with your full NAME and the AMOUNT that was sent to Steve and Edna who will need all that information to be able to receive it.

Edna R. Spindler
119 Burgos St.
Binmaley, Pangasinan
Philippines, 2417
 
Email…  stevespindler18@yahoo.com

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(Steve with wife Edna and her sister Jean’s daughter Janelle)

(UPDATE AS AT 6th Sept. 2013: Steve left his wife Edna to try and keep the ministry in the Philippines going as he returned to America on 6th March 2013, to try and find some income and possible support from any interested Christians. He is living with his parents and has found a part time box packing  job and a church where he is attending. The work is very low wages so please pray more hours or another job will come available somehow. This is a very disheartening situation as they still wait on the Lord for His guidance and provision)

For more info and photos of the children they visit each week in a very poor area of the Philippines… and need money to feed…  https://brideofmessiah.wordpress.com/urgentsponsors-donations-for-philippine-church/

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2 responses to “BIBLE STUDY- TEACHING on “Getting to know Jesus”- YESHUA’S MISSION- by Steve Spindler

  1. Will pass you interest on to Steve and Edna. Love you Deb for your faithful spirit and soul! In Yeshua, Susan.

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  2. Thank you, dear Susan, for sharing this precious family with us, and about their needs and ministry. Love you and God bless you and the Spindler’s!

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