When did we forget that You have always been the King of the World? Instead of making You so small God, may we always remember that You set everything in motion. In the parsha, Watchman Alexander covered Chayei Sarah, from Genesis 23:1 – 25:18. One focus was the faith Rebekah had to leave her family and trust God’s plan for her life. Do you have faith like Rebekah? And after making the decision to follow God, do you look back? Praise reports included finding favor, and we prayed for mountains to be removed, then Rabbi Jonathan reflected on his time at the Messianic Leadership Roundtable with Jewish Voice. It is time to pass the baton, embrace non-jewish members, and discuss how our faith should lead our politics. Lastly, does God want us to be Liberal or Conservative? Listen to find out. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/11-Nov-2017-Slides.pdf.
Praise and Worship was especially sweet, with Brother Caleb on the Trumpet. As we go about our daily lives in this world, let us never cease singing praises about Your Name. Truly Your Name is great, and greatly to be praised. Pastor Duane covered torah portion “He Appeared” from Genesis 18:1 – 22:24, where we see God patiently waiting for our sacrifice, and all we need to do is rush to Him. Also in this section is Lot’s daughters getting him drunk, then incest occurring… mind drunkenness! Praise reports included friends and family getting blessed, after which Rabbi Jonathan spoke briefly about his journey into cycling with Project Hero. Then the short sermon was about how to avoid gossip, by confronting an offending brother or sister, in the manner outlined in scripture. Let us follow the Word. And there are no slides this week.
I have tasted and seen, of the sweetest of loves, where my heart becomes free, and my shame is undone. It is Your presence Lord, and Your Holy Spirit is welcome here. In the Torah Portion, Brother Phillip covered Lech Lecha, Go Forth, Genesis 12:1 – 17:27. With a few connections made to the non-canonized, secondary resource of Jasher (ref. Joshua 10:13 and 2 Samuel 1:18), the focus in this portion was on heeding our leaders, and fleeing strife. Praise reports were powerful, and prayer was strong, after which Rabbi Jonathan spoke on the third part of our mission and vision. If you love Messiah, you will keep His Word… do you love Him enough to follow the commandments? And please, while the darkness of Halloween is being celebrated, remember we need to be lights, and not of this world. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/28-Oct-2017-Slides.pdf.
We don’t know about you, but falling in love with our Messiah Jesus, was the best thing we have ever done. In His arms, we are never disconnected, and there is no place we would rather be. Our praise and worship team did beautifully, along with the guest woodwind, brass, and vocal additions. Brother Adam brought forth Noach, from Genesis 6:9 – 11:32, which showed what it means to find favor in the eyes of the Lord. When we come into Torah (the Word), we become like the ark of Noah, and something special comes to dwell within us. Further it took 40 days to re-start mankind, and with the Torah in our heart now, heed it. Praise reports came all the way from Norway, and we prayed for medical healings, after which Pastor Duane spoke about peace amidst the storm, and gave us four ways to claim peace. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/21-Oct-2017-Slides.pdf
The praise and worship at Messiah Echad is so powerful. Indeed, we are made new because of Yeshua (Jesus). Thank You Lord for calling us over, and holding our heads up. Rabbi Jonathan was honored to open our torah portion cycle with Bereshit, In the Beginning, Genesis 1:1 – 6:8. We noted how God created light before the Sun, but the creation of the Sun, Moon, and Stars soon followed, to demark times and seasons. Yet a few decades and generations later, God regretted the creation. So like Noah, let us flea wickedness, and find favor. Praise reports included free a transmission, and we prayed for job stability, after which Watchman Alexander spoke about our responsibility. We should spend our days bringing people to God, and that earthly effort will earn us heavenly rewards. The Watchman’s website is http://www.watchmanalexander.com and the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/14-Oct-2017-Slides.pdf.
In the audio recording for this week, we did not include a song from the praise and worship set, and there is no torah portion, so this should be a fun, quick listen. Praise reports and prayer requests were powerful, as was Rabbi Jonathan teaching on Sukkot. Christians are grafted to Israel, and become heirs of the blessings, but also the stipulations to the inheritance. Further, Christians do not replace Jewish people. So let our Jewish and Christian listeners celebrate Sukkot, forever and together. As you are able, abstain from ordinary work on the first and eight day, enjoy the offerings we give to God, assemble the four species, and remember that God made the people of Israel dwell in booths after He delivered them. And the Shabbat Slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/07-Oct-2017-Slides.pdf. Lastly, here is the teaching from Rabbi Moreno at Sukkot – http://messiahechad.org/blog/09-oct-2017-b7m/.
As we finish reflecting on this past year, remember to periodically bow your knee to the only Name that has power to break every chain of sin in your life. Yeshua, Jesus, our Messiah! In the torah portion, Brother Chris covered V’Zot HaBerachah, And This Is The Blessings, Deuteronomy 33:1 – 34:12. The blessings include Judah being like a lion, Levi judging people, and Asher receiving favor, but the tribes were also blessed as one, just as we are to be one, in Messiah. Praise reports and prayer requests were powerful as always, after which Rabbi Jonathan led the Yom Kippur portion of our services. The Commandments from God are to abstain from work, afflict your soul, and make an offering. Please do this, and also confess your sins one to another, forgive, embrace salvation in Yeshua, and then set your eyes on Sukkot. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/30-Sep-2017-Slides.pdf
If you missed our Tashlich Service last Wednesday, here is the audio recording http://messiahechad.org/blog/20-sept-2017-f1t/. On Shabbat Shuvah, we remembered that in 3BC, Virgo was clothed with the sun, the moon was at her feet, and a crown of 12 stars was over her head, then Yeshua came to the world. And we know, He is coming again! Next, Pastor Harry summarized Haazinu, Listen, from Deuteronomy 32:1-52, where Moses spoke the Ha’azinu Hashamayim. God brought Israel from slavery, sustained them, and wants us today to similarly be blessed. Lastly, after praise reports of cancers removed, and prayer requests for more healing, Rabbi Jonathan spoke about the Lord’s Feasts, which we should all observe. Especially during the Days of Awe, consider your deeds, and focus on the fruit. L’Shana Tova. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/23-Sep-2017-Slides.pdf.
In the presence of the Lord, both your troubles and your enemies, will vanish. Seek to be in His presence, especially as we approach the High Holy Days! In the torah, Watchman Alexander, who records engaging podcasts, covered Standing and He Went, Deuteronomy 29:9 – 31:30. Moses reiterated the blessings from obedience, and curses from sin, so please teshuva (return) from sin, and circumcise your heart. After praise reports from spinning out, and prayer requests for cancer, Reverend Kurt Hein from Light of Christ spoke on how sin misguides our priorities, but confession fixes it, and that is what he seeks with the GCRI. Lastly, on Sunday, Rabbi Jonathan guest taught on how racism touched him personally at the Georgetown Country Club, but God often works His plan, through adversity. Amen. And there were no slides.
As we continue in prayer for a nation facing earthquakes, fires, hurricanes and more, we rallied around every fear having no place, and the weak find strength, at the sound of Your Great Name. Pastor Harry covered When You Come In (Ki Tavo), Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8, which detail the blessings and curses at stake, when nations follow or disobey commandments. Let us turn back to God, so others will be awe of us, we will overflow with prosperity, and we will become the head again. Then after financial praise reports, and prayer for our nation, Rabbi Jonathan spoke about how Yeshua (Jesus) viewed the traditions and topics of the High Holy Days. Lastly, just as Yeshua was not afraid to confront controversy, we courageously talked about how He might view confederate monuments, and racism. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/09-Sep-2017-Slides.pdf