It is God’s breath in our lungs, so the appropriate response is for us to pour out our praise to Him (God), and only to Him. Great are You Lord! In the torah portion, Brother Adam covered Nasso, Take Up, from Numbers 4:21 – 7:89. There was a census, reminder to remove sin from the camp, and instructions on how to address jealousy. On the surface, this section might be about husbands and wives, but what about brides (us) who stray away from our groom (the Word)? Our God is a jealous God, for Israel, which is His bride, so mind that which you are called to do. Then after some amazing praise reports, and a little prayer, Pastor Duane spoke on Spiritual Warfare. The shield of the Spirit is for defense, and offense, against the spiritual forces of evil. Let us stand up to evil forces, and be a light unto the world. And the slides are
We live in a world that preaches tolerance to the point we often become timid about our faith, but let us feel confident enough to shout from the rooftops that we are God’s beloved children! In the torah portion, Pastor Duane spoke on Bamidbar, In The Wilderness, from Numbers 1:1 – 4:20. Moses and the Levites were tasked with the responsibility of leading hundreds of thousands of people, but the people were tasked with something as well… surrounding and protecting their spiritual leaders. How might you be able to do that better? Then after praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on Holy Spirit vs. Bible Based Regeneration, and how our works might affect salvation, justification, and righteousness. Enjoy this study on our fifth statement of faith, and Shavuot Semeach (Happy Pentecost)! And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/27-May-2017-Slides.pdf
Although enemies rush on the city of Israel, and run on the wall, Adonai (God) continues to utter His voice of protection. We pray always, for the peace of Jerusalem, and restoration between Christians and Jews. The torah portion, Behar and Bechukotai, On My Mountain and in My Statues, Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34, was covered by our Shabbat School Teacher, Christina Velez. This week’s focus was on Shabbat rests, equality, and idols… do you spend more time with anything, like television, than you do in worship? Then after praise reports and prayer, Rabbi Jonathan let the secret out; he just finished two years of seminary at Colorado Christian University! Mazel Tov (Congratulations) on obtaining classical training, and sharing your thesis with us, on “Messianic Jewish Apologetics to a Christian Audience”. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/20-May-2017-Slides.pdf
More love. More power. More of You in my life. Let us worship you, with all of our heart, mind, and strength, because You are our Lord. So with it being the week of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, there was no torah portion, but Brother Adam reminded us that Yeshua (Jesus) is God, and Brother Phillip poetically said we and Jesus go together, like Popeye and Spinach. Praise reports included thankfulness for Melinda being our Rebbetzin (and the birthday girl), while prayer requests were around health and jobs. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan said Yeshua (Jesus) is our Passover Lamb (John 1:29), as well as the First Fruits (1 Corinthians 15:23), but we still have sins in need of confession and forgiveness. Be mindful of intent, frequency, and outcome, then help us decrease sin at Messiah Echad. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/15-Apr-2017-Slides.pdf
Bless The Lord… You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger. Your name is great, and Your heart is kind… we will keep singing about the 10,000 reason we worship Your Holy Name. Our Watchman, Alex, covered Terumah, Heave Offering, from Exodus 25:1 – 27:19. Everything in the Old Testament is a foreshadow or symbolism of things to come, to include the temples and tabernacles. Do you know how many there are in scripture? After praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan recapped our controversial message from last week about Negative Jesus, before questioning the King James Version. Yes we challenged the respected KJV, and maybe you grew up on it too, but check out 1 John 5:7-8 in different translations… words were added. See you for Purim Shabbat on 11 March 2017, and the slides for this past week are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/04-Mar-2017-Slides.pdf
We began by greeting our Russian Speaking Listeners… Пожалуйста, наслаждайтесь наше короткое объявление, для всех наших русскоговорящих слушателей. Fun, and for praise and worship, we included Risen, from our soon to be released “Celebrate” Album. In the torah portion, Pastor Harry mentioned a few names of God, before covering Enter, Exodus 10:1 – 13:16, on the plague of locusts, and that of darkness. Yet it took the tenth plague, death of the first born, for Pharoah to let Israel go. Then after praise reports, prayer requests, and a re-iterated shout out to our overseas listeners, Rabbi Jonathan equipped us to see current events such as Valentines Day or when Messiah might return, with the wisdom of serpents yet the gentleness of doves. Amen, and catch you next Shabbat. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/04-Feb-2017-Slides.pdf
Praise and worship was powerful as always, but today we really felt a powerful move of the Ruach (Spirit). Ki Gadol Elohai, How Great is our God, for sending us His Spirit. May we constantly remember how great He is, able to defeat any attack of the enemy. In the parsha, Brother Phillip covered Lech-Lecha, Go forth, yourself, Genesis 12:1 – 17:27. The main point is God wants all of us to receive His blessings. Even the dirtiest of sinners, is wanted by God, to repent and turn to Him. Then after praise reports and prayer, we were pleased to welcome Reverend Ron Swain from First United Methodist Church. Rev. Swain is also the President of the Georgetown Ministerial Alliance and through the Courageous Conversations, he truly shows his belief that we are All, beloved Children of God. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/12-Nov-2016-Slides.pdf
In Messiah (Christ), we have the freedom to clap, sing, spin, and shout for the Lord. And we do this because we are freed from the shackles of sin, enabling us to lift our hands, love, worship, and scream louder than before. After worship, Pastor Joseph covered Noach, Genesis 6:9 – 11:32. Noah was righteous and walked with God, while the world around him grew corrupt. God brought an end to all flesh, save Noah’s Family, and it is prophesied the same will happen again. So let us flee from corruption! Next were praise reports and prayer requests, after which Rabbi Jonathan taught on prayer. Messiah prayed often and privately, in a way that transformed Him, and kept Him from temptation. Further, Messiah said prayer is a petition, which we should not cease, lest we give up our watch, over this dark world. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/05-Nov-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
Shalom, and if no one has told you yet that God has a blessing, with your name on it, now you know. Go claim it! In the torah portion, Brother Chris covered Shoftim, Judges, from Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9. By studying the Mosaic justice system, we better understand the Apostolic Writings, which show Yeshua (Jesus) did not break (end), rather He fulfilled (did). Amen. Praise reports continued our three-year trend of God blessing us every week, and prayer requests kept the cycle going. Finally, Rabbi Jonathan covered the Sermon on the Mount, from Mathew 5:2 – 7:29. This was where Yeshua taught in Capernum, using allegory and analogies, along with pointed phrases, to point Jews to faith, which we still need today, along with works. Great sermon! And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/10-Sept-2016-Slides.pdf .