On this Thanksgiving weekend, we were pleased to have Hank cover Vayishlach, And He Sent, from Genesis 32:4-36:43. All families, to include the royal one in scripture, have colorful pasts, so we should never feel condemned. Instead we believe in the Word, trust our past inheritance, and embrace the future blessings. In the main message, Rabbi Jonathan covered how believers are often misused or abused. Three practical truths to protect us are (1) properly assess or name our situations, (2) quantify then allocate our resources, then (3) say yes, or no. The slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/28-Nov-2015-Slides.pdf and the audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/private/28-nov-2015-t6h/ Catch you next week for Shabbat, where Rabbi will read to the children about Chanukah, then our first lighting will be Sunday 06 December 2015, at 05pm.
We were very blessed to have Daniel cover Vayetze, And He Went Out, Genesis 28:10 – 32:3. Often times, we are promised things that are contrary to what we want, but The Creator knows what we need, and He is always in control. From this parsha, we see that no matter where we are in life, God is surrounding us, in the beginning and at the end. We can rest in His Shalom. Amen. In the main drash, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on how our days would be, if we all listened to God, as R. Jonathan did before planting our beloved congregation. The history of Messiah Echad was meager but the current state of our congregation is vibrant, as we are blessed immensely from sustaining a culture of one new man in Messiah (Galatians 3:26-29 – 26). The slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/21-Nov-2015-Slides.pdf and the audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/private/21-nov-2015-e4r/.