“Witnessing and Forgiveness” – JLD.

With a double torah portion, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on Nitzavim “You Are Standing” from Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20 and Vayelech “And He Went” from Deuteronomy 31:1 – 31:30. Oh how vital it is to obey the commandments, chose life by following Him and stand for Yahweh (God), while brining others to His laws! Then Alfredo taught on Forgiveness, which we do with Yahweh to lighten our loads, and Reconciliation, which is better, but requires active participation from the offender. We cross-referenced Proverbs 28:13, Matthew 6:14-15, Mathew 7:16, Matthew 18:21-35, Mark 11:25, Luke 17:3, Romans 12:17-21 and 2 Corinthians 5:11-21. The audio recording is posted, http://messiahechad.org/private/20-sept-2014-g2m/ and Tashlich on 24 Sept at 06pm, kicks off the High Holy Days (email us for info and to rsvp), followed by monthly oneg on Shabbat Shavuh, 27 Sept 2014, with Service Team Aleph assisting.

“First Fruits and Change” – JLD.

Ki Tavo or When You Enter In, which Crystal summarized from Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8, was very similar to Re’eh or See, from Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17.  We reiterated the importance of giving our first fruits (tithe), so that we can receive blessings. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan stressed that since only God is un-changing (Malachi 3:6), we must be prepared for dealing with change in our lives, especially negative changes. So leveraging the salvation model, we understood that the first step in all changes is to (1) BELIEVE we have options and deserve a better way, as the jailer did in Acts 16:29-31. Next, we (2) CONFESS or mentally step back and realize the fullness of what we are leaving behind, as seen in I John 1:8-10. Finally, we (3) ACT on the new life, physically and literally, as seen in Ephesians 4:22-24. Enjoy the audio recording, http://messiahechad.org/private/13-sept-2014-x4r/ and have a great week!

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