We began praise and worship with gadol Elohai, shiru ki gadol Elohai, which means how great is our God, sing with me how great is our God! Amen… Our God is so great, and never leaves us alone. In the parsha, Rabbi Jonathan covered Va’etchanan, I Pleaded, Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11. Our focus was Moses not being permitted to cross into the Promised Land, but Moses was allowed to see it. Further, Moses prepared Israel by leveraging the three data point model. Next, we had praise reports about new jobs and prayer requests for continued blessings, after which our special guest, Pastor Whit Anderson from Christ Presbyterian Church, brought a message on righteousness. Everything we do should be for the glory of God, not for the public exaltation of ourselves. And the direct slide link is http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/20-Aug-2016-Slides.pdf .
Link for slides is http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/13-Aug-2016-Slides.pdf . With special guests in from all over the nation, we were pleased to witness Rabbi Jonathan and Rebbetzin Melinda dedicate their newly adopted children, Karissa (5) and Tristen (3), to Adonai (The Lord). Praise and worship finished with a song very near to the Dades; a song which says we are all children of God. Next, Brother Chris opened up Devarim, Words, with the parsha from Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:2. We focused on trusting God and obeying His Word. Then after some praise reports and a little prayer, Rabbi Jonathan delivered a heartfelt sermon on identifying, then loving our neighbor. And after laying that foundation, The Dades dedicated their children to Adonai, while also vowing to be their forever parents. Amen!