So although these are the days of Elijah, wherein we declare the name of the Lord, these are also the days of great famine, darkness, and sword. So as Halloween nears, pray that people beg for Yeshua (Jesus) to come into their life, thereby enabling His light to dispel the darkness. In the torah portion, Brother Mitch opened up Bereshit, On the Beginning, from Genesis 1:1 – 6:8. The focus was on an intelligent design creation, our subsequent fall, and God’s plan to restore His House. You can check out Mitch’s Torah: The 3 U’s Version, on Amazon. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan kicked Halloween and Paganism in the butt! Boom. The truth has not changed, we should not repurpose dark things, and we can love people without participating in darkness. Listen at your own risk and as always, the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/29-Oct-2016-Slides.pdf .
Coming back from joyous fellowship under the Sukkah, many of us are on such a spiritual high; do not let HaSatan bring you down! Focus on the manner of love that Messiah has for you, which through His blood, can make you blameless. Alleluia, Praise Yah and Praise God, for everything He has done in our lives life, and will continue to do, as we lift things up in prayer. So there was not torah portion during Sukkot week, but Pastor Duane did cover the third part of our Mission and Vision; showing people how to love Messiah, as per John 14:15. Remember to not make the commandments burdensome, or your first love, as that should be God. And if the example of a host offering you an unkosher meal hurt your brain, this Shabbat, Rabbi Jonathan will discuss how to make Halloween “kosher”. Scary. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/22-Oct-2016-Slides.pdf
Although the High Holy Days are over, may we continue to declare that I am not alone, because You will go before me, and never leave me. We carry His atoning blood, with us, everywhere we go. Amen! Brother Chris closed out our Torah Portions, Simchat Torah style, with Ha’azinu and V’Zot HaBerachah, from Deuteronomy 32:1 – 34:12. Heaven and earth witness our life, so it is wise to remain faithful to God, lest we get dealt with. True. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan covered the 5 W’s (Who, What, Where, When, Why) for Sukkot, and then connected it with the effect of being humbled. Romans 12:16 echoes the importance to not set our minds on high things, nor extravagance, so let us not think we are better than anyone, and enjoy some sweet fellowship during Sukkot. The slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/15-Oct-2016-Slides.pdf
On this most Holy of Holy Days, where many believe God completes His yearly review of man, before writing names in the book of life, do you think you stand worthy to say you surrendered your will, to His? If not, we encourage you to re-invite Yeshua (Jesus) into your heart, and re-commit to obey His word. It is never too late to T’Shuva or Return, to His ways. In our service, we discussed the wholly inspired aspect of the bible, so if we accept what Paul says is good for us to do in Corinthians, how much more should we value The Lord’s Feasts of Leviticus 23? After a little responsive reading, we went into the Al Chet confessions, to put aside our transgressions and mistakes. Then from that feeling of being renewed, many of us took the broken body and shed blood, as we begin a new year. Amen. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/11-Oct-2016-Slides.pdf .
Oh, how we should all want more of Your Love, and more of Your Power, as we seek to have more of You, in our lives! Beautiful praise and worship, after which Brother Alex covered Parsha Vayelech, He Went, from Deuteronomy 31:1 – 31:30. Moses says to be strong and courageous, because Adonai (The Lord) walks with us… does this need for confidence, apply today? Revelation 21:8 shows yes, as a coward is someone who knows right, but does wrong, for comfort’s sake. Let us never do that! Our praise reports brought visitors from Florida, and our prayer was for God to continue bringing us back to Him. Amen. Then for Shabbat Shavuh, Rabbi Jonathan read Hosea 14, recapped Rosh Hashanah, and referenced Yom Kippur, but our focus was on Sukkot, and the fruit we need to gather or show. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/08-Oct-2016-Slides.pdf .
The traditional greeting for the High Holy Days of Leviticus 23 is L’Shana Tova or “For a Good Year”. Our community believes Man was created around the time of Rosh Hashanah (Yom Teruah), and Christ was actually born during Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). So as any father might be reflective on the birthday of his children, maybe God is ending a year thinking about us. And if so, what notes might He make about you, in His Book of Life? In these ten Days of Awe, we encourage you to rest, and reflect. Find fellowship with like-minded folks, and make this a holy convocation. Sound a shofar if you have one. And before you make any offering to God, asking Him to forgive you of your sins, please, take the time to forgive others. From all of us at Messiah Echad, a place “Where Christian, Jewish, and Non-Religious Believers find Echad (Oneness)”, a place where all lives truly do matter, L’Shana Tova!
As we near the High Holy Days, praise and worship was amazing, espcailly with all the shofars we sounded. Then in the parsha, Duane covered Nitzavim, Standing, from Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20. The bonus was feeling God hug us, and the main point was there being a blessing or a curse, dependent upon IF we keep the Lord’s Commandments, or not. Let us continue choosing the blessings, so we can speak about them in praise report time, and may Adonai answer our prayer requests. In the main message, Rabbi Jonathan spoke about Spongebob Squarepants, the upcoming High Holy Days, and Rosh Hashanah (Yom Teruah) logistics. Please listen, then email or text an RSVP for the upcoming feasts. Lastly, please set aside any boxes or bins you have, for the Lawrences move. L’Shana Tova (To A Good Year)! And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/01-Oct-2016-Slides.pdf .