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Episode 80

A Devotional With Jenny and Marty Goetz

Jesus, Save Me!

Show Notes/Summary:

In the latest episode of The Walk podcast, we find ourselves in a rich conversation with the artists Marty and Jennifer Goetz*, whose lives have been a tapestry woven with the threads of faith, music, and heritage. One cannot help but be moved by the authenticity with which they share their journey.

Embracing Heritage and Faith

Marty Goetz, a man who embraces his identity as a Jewish gospel singer, captures our imagination as he recounts his aspirations to be like the musical icons of his time. Yet, in the heartfelt and humble recollections shared with his wife, Jennifer, we are gently reminded of the transforming power of the Psalms and the timeless relevance of worship.

The Transformative Power of Partnership

Jennifer’s voice in the conversation serves as a testament to the supportive and integral role she has played in their ministry, as well as a witness to the personal and spiritual transformation that unfolds when one encounters the divine amid life’s tumult.

The Journey Through the Psalms

Their story is a narrative of discovery, with each chapter marked by a Psalm—like milestones along the path of their faith walk. The most profound of these Psalms, Psalm 23, becomes a lens through which they view their past and present, a scriptural anchor that has seen them through the shadows and into the light.

Rediscovering Worship

The Goetzes’ reflections serve as a devotional roadmap, inviting us to consider the profound depths of Scripture and the personal relationship we can have with its Author. Marty’s anecdote of rewriting Psalm 23, which was first sung out of a new believer’s passion and later out of the wisdom of experience, challenges us to approach familiar passages with fresh eyes and renewed hearts.

Finding the Altar at Home

In the crucible of life’s hardships, from cancer to the isolation brought on by a global pandemic, Marty and Jennifer discovered an altar in their home. They transformed their space into a House of Worship, rekindling their spiritual fervor and refining their ministry to reflect a more intimate and communal worship experience.

The Ministry of Song

Their conversation is a witness to the fact that the valleys and mountaintops of our faith journey can lead to a deeper, more profound worship—a worship that goes beyond the walls of churches and into the very heart of our daily lives.

Anticipating “Shepherd of Israel”

Their upcoming release, “Shepherd of Israel,” holds the promise of a song born out of both tribulation and triumph, encapsulating their shared story and the stories of many who will find solace in its melody.

As we take our leave from this episode of The Walk, we carry with us the resonant truth that, like David the Psalmist and the Goetzes, we are all invited to sing a new song to the Lord, a song that rises from the narrative of our lives, echoing the faithfulness of the Shepherd of Israel.

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Who is Jennifer Yaffee Goetz?

Jennifer Yaffee was born in New York City into a conservative Jewish family. In her mid-twenties she began traveling with Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and many other musical icons of the sixties. She was immersed in a pop culture lifestyle that anyone looking in would likely covet, yet she found herself empty and unfulfilled. At the age of 25 she gave her life to Yeshua, and in 1984 she married Marty Goetz, another Jewish believer in Jesus. Within that same year, Marty recorded his first album and the two have built Marty Goetz Ministries together from the ground up, traveling and singing all over the world to share the good news of Yeshua with both Jew and Gentile alike.

Who is Marty Goetz?

Hope of Glory Marty GoetzEmmy-nominated, Marty Goetz has been called a ‘Modern-Day Psalmist.’ His songs are scriptures beautifully set to music, leaving listeners spiritually moved, inspired and edified.  He has partnered in ministry with many others, including the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Greg Laurie’s Harvest Christian Fellowship, Jewish Voice Ministries International, and numerous Christian and Messianic organizations throughout the world.

  Marty became a ‘Jew born anew’ when, provoked by the increasing number of ‘born agains’ in his life, he began reading the Bible, “looking for loopholes.” A few short weeks later, sitting alone one night on a friend’s balcony, he realized with certainty that “the Jesus of the New Testament was the Messiah my Jewish people have been longing for.”

Marty has been recording music steadily since 1985, and today lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife Jennifer, who also is a Jewish believer in Jesus. Their daughter, Misha, is herself a worship leader and recording artist, and lives outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband Joshua and their children Caleb, Samuel, and Lillian. 

In March 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, Marty and Jenny began a live stream broadcast from their home every Tuesday and Friday at 7 PM (Central Time). The broadcast can be found on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube. Their online gathering called ‘House of Worship’ is a time of worship, prayer, and fellowship that continues to this day.

Scripture References

Music from Marty Goetz

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