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Jesus Christ Is My Sabbath

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(This post was last modified: 03-25-2009, 09:40 PM by LindaR.)

Testimony of Linda
E. Robey



I was born and raised in a reform Jewish home in Cleveland, Ohio. We lived in a Roman Catholic neighborhood, where the Jewish community was called “Christ Killers”. So, for many years, I believed that Roman Catholicism was the standard for Christianity-the Virgin Mary was a nun, and Jesus Christ was a Roman Catholic priest. As a matter of fact, the Jewish people commonly used the name of Jesus Christ as a swear word. It would be years later I would learn that all Gentiles were not “Christians”.

In 1974, I lived in Loveland, CO, across the road from a lady who had been praying for a Christian neighbor-her name is Mrs. Miller. She had no idea that she would be living across the road from a “Jewish” neighbor!! We shared rides into town to shop, etc. On one of those trips, she asked me what church I went to-well, that was a difficult question for me to answer, since I didn’t go to any church-nor did I go to synagogue either. I had been a non-practicing Jew for many years before I met Mrs. Miller. Like I mentioned, Roman Catholicism was the standard of Christianity for me-and I believed that all Gentiles were Christians. Years before Mrs. Miller met me, the Lord had been preparing her for me-I really believe this. She had always wondered why the Jewish people had rejected their Messiah-so she studied Judaism for two years-and knew more about Judaism than I did! She shared Bible verses with me and simply shared the love of God with a lost Jewish soul. I was always at her house asking her questions. One day, I asked her this question: “If all Gentiles aren’t Christians, why do they go to church?” Her answer: “They are simply warming the pews!” I thought, “What a concept!” I had absolutely no clue as to what or who a Christian really was. I found out that Jesus was descended from the tribe of Judah-not the Vatican or the Roman Catholic Church! The Jews were looking for a king and a deliverer to save them from the Romans-they were not looking for a Savior to save them from their sins.

The entire town of Loveland, CO was praying for me-I did not have a chance to flee from the saving grace of God. Mrs. Miller would take me to Christian Women’s Club luncheons and to church almost every Sunday-as my husband would allow her to do so. On March 1, 1974, there was a “World Day of Prayer” service at 1st United Presbyterian Church in Loveland, CO. I asked Mrs. Miller if Jews were allowed to attend. She said yes and encouraged me to attend. It was there at that service, just sitting in the church pew, that I confessed my sins and gave my heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. It was like a light came on in my soul—and it’s still on today.

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not” 1 John 3:1 KJV

“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37 KJV


Now that I have known the Messiah for 26 years, I am beginning to see legalistic ***** in the Messianic Jewish movement. The error of Galatianism is creeping back-subtlety, but nonetheless, it is showing its ugly head. In order not to lose their Jewish identity-and become assimilated into the “Gentile” church, Messianic Jews are separating themselves into Messianic congregations-who worship on the Shabbat (Sabbath) and consider Sunday worship something pagan!!! Also, when the Gentiles attend Messianic worship services, they are being told that they need to keep the Shabbat and the Law of Moses in order to keep their salvation. There is nothing which I dislike more than that of a Gentile trying to become “Jewish” The Gentiles are being put back under the Law! In order to understand why this is happening, here is a brief explanation:

The first century church was made up mostly of Jews. After the apostles and disciples died, and the Gentiles came into the church, they brought with them some pagan practices-and eventually-at the time of Constantine-the “Jewish” church became paganized and unrecognizable to the Jewish people. So to speak, Jesus the Jewish Messiah became a Gentile to the Jewish people-and Christianity was the religion of the Gentiles. Now, when a Jewish person becomes born again, he/she desires to retain their “Jewish” identity and not become assimilated into the “Gentile” church. Many Jewish people, especially the ones coming from an Orthodox or Conservative Jewish background, are regarded as “dead” to their families when they become born again.. The families actually have a “funeral” and “bury” their family member/s. These people are NOT Jewish anymore because they have become one of “them”-meaning a Gentile/Christian. They are considered “meshumad”-which means “apostate” in Hebrew. This did not happen to me personally-because I came out of a Reform Jewish background, but I have seen it happen to many of my Jewish brethren. My family just thought that I had “caught” some kind of a “disease” and that I would get over it sooner or later. Well, what I caught is the “disease” of everlasting life in our Messiah-Praise God!

It saddens me to see this legalism creeping in-I love my Jewish brothers and sisters in the Lord-and I also love my Gentile brothers and sisters in the Lord. The Gentile believers do NOT need to become “Jewish” to keep their salvation-and the Jewish believers do not have to keep the Law to stay saved either. Sunday worship is NOT pagan-our Lord rose on Sunday, which is the first day of the week. The Shabbat did not change to Sunday-it is still on the seventh day. Yeshua/Jesus is my Shabbat/Sabbath rest. I rest in Him alone. For He alone is the fulfillment of the Law.

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During the years 1976-----1986, I was not walking with the Lord as I should have been. After my divorce in 1976, I found myself becoming very bitter and untrusting of people---especially men. By 1980, I had become very, very lonely------my 2 sons had been “attempting” to find a Daddy-----so they kept on asking guys from church if they would “marry” my Mom-----I was so embarrassed! Well, to make a long story short, I thought I had “found” the man who God wanted me to marry. However, because I was not walking with the Lord, I was blind to the fact that this man was a drunk-----but at that time, I thought he was a “Christian” drunk----or a drunk who was a Christian----because he “professed” Christ as his Saviour and Lord and went to church. So in November of 1981 I married Charles R. Castleberry----to the disappointment of my sons-----who, by this time, had gone to live with their father-who had full custody. In August, 1986, Charlie fell at a construction site while working as a temp ---he broke his neck and was in a halo brace for 4 months. He was unable to keep a full time job, due to his excessive abuse of alcohol and I had to keep the household going. He went through numerous “rehabs” and AA, etc-----but continued to drink heavily. I saw the handwriting on the wall-----he was headed either for the insane asylum or the grave if he continued on drinking. In the meantime, the Lord was really dealing with me to “let go and quit trying to ‘change’ Charlie, so that he would stop drinking”. It is an extremely difficult to watch somebody you love slowly kill himself. I was into the 12 Step program of AA/Al-anon for 4 years (1982--1986). In 1986, I was reading "The Seduction of Christianity"----and the Holy Spirit really began speaking to me while I was reading that book-----it was like someone had turned on a light in my brain. It dawned on me that alcoholism (a euphemism for drunkenness) was not a disease---but a sin----a sin that needed to be repented of---not to be recovering from. I miraculously came back to Jesus at that time-and have been back with Him ever since--Praise God! It was at that time that I began to question my husband’s salvation-------because his “profession” did not line up with his lifestyle---and I saw no fruit of repentance/salvation. I struggled with this doubt for 14 more years-----and when I finally could not take anymore, I left Charlie, and moved to Mississippi (drove by myself 1,346 miles from Denver, CO to Cleveland, MS), in June, 2000. I was gone for 4 months, when on Oct 19, 2000, my former neighbors called me to tell me that they had found Charlie DEAD in our house----he had been dead for over a week!!!!!! He died alone-----from alcohol poisoning/acute ethanol toxicity. At first, I felt guilty that it was my fault, but now I know that Charlie CHOSE to drink and die---and NOTHING I could have done would have stopped him. It is just difficult not to know for certain that Charlie is with the Lord---and I will not assume anything at this point----it is in God’s hands now.

On June 11, 2005, I married Ronald W. Robey at New Market Lighthouse Tabernacle in New Market, VA.

“The joy of the Lord is your strength” Nehemiah 8:10b
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Thank you so much for sharing that, Linda. You could have posted it in one section. It was not long at all. And I feel like at the end....hey, what happened since then??? If you did cut it down, please do feel free to add more....inquiring minds really are intrigued. 288b

It is amazing always how God directs our steps and the steps of others. It must have been difficult to deal with watching your former husband destroy himself with drink. So often they end up destroying those around them too. God is so faithful and it is comforting to know that the final things and moments of our lives are also His and in His hands.

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3John 1:4  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Isaiah 40:31  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

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(03-26-2009, 10:17 AM)Vic Wrote: Thank you so much for sharing that, Linda. You could have posted it in one section. It was not long at all. And I feel like at the end....hey, what happened since then??? If you did cut it down, please do feel free to add more....inquiring minds really are intrigued. 288b

It is amazing always how God directs our steps and the steps of others. It must have been difficult to deal with watching your former husband destroy himself with drink. So often they end up destroying those around them too. God is so faithful and it is comforting to know that the final things and moments of our lives are also His and in His hands.
I did some editing in Word before I posted it. At the end, I got married again (something I never thought I would do....but I've been told "Never say never"!). My husband is also posting here and has posted his testimony in the "Introduce Yourself" section. We are both serving the Lord here in the delta of Mississippi. We are members of a small IFB church and are the designated webmasters of our church webpage which is slowly getting built up. We do have our pastor's sermons posted there to stream or download..I think there are 6 sermons there. Not sure about posting links yet but when the site is more built up, I would like to post the link. If my hubby's pc would quit crashing we might get more work done..Bash

BTW, I met the "ban bot man" last night after I tried editing this testimony too many times and all admins were in bed! Rose of Shushan freed me...LOL.
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(03-26-2009, 10:32 AM)LindaR Wrote: I did some editing in Word before I posted it. At the end, I got married again (something I never thought I would do....but I've been told "Never say never"!). My husband is also posting here and has posted his testimony in the "Introduce Yourself" section. We are both serving the Lord here in the delta of Mississippi. We are members of a small IFB church and are the designated webmasters of our church webpage which is slowly getting built up. We do have our pastor's sermons posted there to stream or download..I think there are 6 sermons there. Not sure about posting links yet but when the site is more built up, I would like to post the link. If my hubby's pc would quit crashing we might get more work done..Bash

BTW, I met the "ban bot man" last night after I tried editing this testimony too many times and all admins were in bed! Rose of Shushan freed me...LOL.

Sounds like your hubby's pc is unstable and maybe has a virus or trojan playing with it. Yes, I knew you two were together. And God is using you in many ways. Thanks for sharing a bit more. You could likely post the links as a resource, in the Apologetics section or ??? Not sure where they should go.

Rose is usually quick to set things free...she seems to have a thing about that.
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3John 1:4  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Isaiah 40:31  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

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(03-26-2009, 10:49 AM)Vic Wrote:
(03-26-2009, 10:32 AM)LindaR Wrote: I did some editing in Word before I posted it. At the end, I got married again (something I never thought I would do....but I've been told "Never say never"!). My husband is also posting here and has posted his testimony in the "Introduce Yourself" section. We are both serving the Lord here in the delta of Mississippi. We are members of a small IFB church and are the designated webmasters of our church webpage which is slowly getting built up. We do have our pastor's sermons posted there to stream or download..I think there are 6 sermons there. Not sure about posting links yet but when the site is more built up, I would like to post the link. If my hubby's pc would quit crashing we might get more work done..Bash

BTW, I met the "ban bot man" last night after I tried editing this testimony too many times and all admins were in bed! Rose of Shushan freed me...LOL.

Sounds like your hubby's pc is unstable and maybe has a virus or trojan playing with it. Yes, I knew you two were together. And God is using you in many ways. Thanks for sharing a bit more. You could likely post the links as a resource, in the Apologetics section or ??? Not sure where they should go.

Rose is usually quick to set things free...she seems to have a thing about that.
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He reformatted his laptop to factory settings, but saved all the password and docs, etc. on CD. Things seem to be working ok now...but he is looking to get himself a new PC or build one.
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Great testimony there Linda ty so much for sharing!!

I love to see how God works in people's lives.

And yeah I think I may be the admin who sleeps less,:excited: so I have more chance to catch the auto ban victims LOL

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I think god will connect with you in many ways such as through our dream or during our praying. So we don`t have to rely on the Internet or Windows computer when the external features are infected.It is better if you have the workable computer or something else to connect to the world, it is benefit for you to talk with god about the new things you met and thoughts so it is necessary for you to protect your owns such as your devices. You don`t need to factory restore your all computer if you protect them well with reliable PC optimization tool like what I do that can prevent the virus very well and the malware or s system service exception so I can talk with god before sleep about the news and my thoughts that I got from Internet through my computer.
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(09-25-2017, 11:09 PM)Kayneptune Wrote: I think god will connect with you in many ways such as through our dream or during our praying. So we don`t have to rely on the Internet or Windows computer when the external features are infected.It is better if you have the workable computer or something else to connect to the world, it is benefit for you to talk with god about the new things you met and thoughts so it is necessary for you to protect your owns such as your devices. You don`t need to factory restore your all computer if you protect them well with reliable PC optimization tool like what I do that can prevent the virus very well and the malware or system service exception so I can talk with god before sleep about the news and my thoughts that I got from Internet through my computer.

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