As Believers in His Word, we claim that we can overcome every obstacle, by the Blood of the Lamb. And the words in our testimonies, shall inspire others going through similar hardships. You are not alone. We have God, and each other. In the torah portion, our Shabbat School Coordinator, Paula, opened up Devarim, Words, from Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22. Moses reminded Israel everything God had done for them, and a key learning was the importance of delegating. No one can do everything. Then after awesome praise reports, a few prayer requests, and the mourners kaddish, Rabbi Jonathan continued speaking about vows and commitments. Our members know we are figuratively on a warship, where we all have a job, and should leverage the Word as our guide. Further, our captain-pastor is worthy of double honor. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/29-Jul-2017-Slides.pdf
Your love has captured me, and Your grace has set me free. Your life is the air I breathe, and I want to be glorified in Thee Messiah. After some amazing praise and worship, Pastor Harry summarized Mattot and Massei, Tribes and Journeys, Numbers 30:2 – 36:13. Despite how loose some people are with their promises, God expects that whenever we give our word, we keep it. After all, God will call all of our words into judgement, as per Mathew 12:36. Then after praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan continued on the topic of vows, while also connecting to a message from November of 2016. Did the people who helped plant Messiah Echad, make a Ruth like vow, or have Jonathan like love, extending full trust and loyalty? We pray they did, and enjoy the gold coins we will now give out annually. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/22-Jul-2017-Slide.pdf
My God how great You are; the heavens are telling the earth how great You are, and we respond daily to Your love. In the Torah portion, Watchman Alexander covered Balak, from Numbers 22:1 – 25:9. As Israel approached Moab, King Balak summoned a diviner and polytheist, Balam, to curse Israel. Yet God did not allow Balam to utter a curse, rather Balam spoke the MaTovu. Be mindful though, of jerks like Balam, who still want to curse you, or cause you to sin. Then after praise reports of medical healings, and a few prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan picked up where Alex left off; how to confront sin. First, you are not the Sin Police, so focus on confronting sins against yourself. Second, take the log out of your eye, before criticizing the speck in your brother’s. Finally, as a believer, don’t be a hypocrite. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/08-Jul-2017-Slides.pdf.
Everything I once held dear, I count it all as loss… lead me to the cross, where Your love poured out. Yes, and may many people be similarly led, to surrender to You Lord. In the torah portion, Watchman Alex covered Acharei Mot and Kedoshim, After the death and Holy People, from Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27. Some key points were to respect how life is in the blood, which neither Israel nor Sojourners should consume, and we also discussed the nature of Azazael. Then after praise reports and prayer, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on how we can make the devil scared. To grow the congregation emotionally, physically connect with other believers. To grow the congregation physically, give milk or easily digestible messages, to the new people. And to grow spiritually, put off things of the world, then put on things of God! And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/06-May-2017-Slides.pdf
April is packed with events, so be sure to visit https://messiahechad.org/services/, to get details on our Passover Seder, Spring Mikveh (Baptism), and more. You might also enjoy watching The Passover Movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1tRF4HfsHc. In this past week’s service, it was so great to declare that through the valley of the shadow, and in the midst of deep sorrows, we are not alone! Next, Rebbetzin Melinda covered Vayakhel (And he assembled), and Pekudei (Accountings Of), from Exodus 35:1 – 40:38. Its all about the relationship with God, so make sure to take a Shabbat rest and keep your living temple (body) clean. Finally, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on our third statement of faith; belief in the Holy Spirit Gift from God. And the Spirit, can enable us believers to get along. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/25-Mar-2017-Slides.pdf
There is power, in the name Yeshua (Jesus), and when we declare this, every chain of bondage in our life, is able to be broken. Amen. In the torah portion, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on Vayishlach, He Sent, from Genesis 32:3 – 36:43. God values unity, and He loves our seeking Him in rock bottom moments, but did you know “doing the right thing”, can become a form of idolatry? Simeon and Levi fell to this wickedness, over the Dinah incident, but don’t let it happen to you. Repent. After praise reports and prayer, First Lady Laura shared her heart for the Jewish People, First Lady Delilah talked about prayer and fasting, and Rebbetzin Melinda said we are all in this journey together. So stay with us, check out our redesigned mobile and desktop websites, then prepare for Chanukah! And the slides are attached https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/17-Dec-2016-Slides.pdf.
O come to the altar. The Father’s arms are open wide. Forgiveness was bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Praise and Worship at Messiah Echad was awesome, as always. Pastor Duane covered Torah Portion Family History, Toldot, Genesis 25:19 – 28:9. Esau the red haired hunter, and Jacob the conniving mommy’s boy, fought in the womb, and continued to do so through their life. Yet the focus this year, was seeking God first, to receive the blessings God promised. Then after praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan taught Part Three of Planting A Church. Even after you have the items necessary to succeed, and the culture is established, you need to capture people’s hearts. Amen. Lastly, as a bonus, we had a vow renewal, which we pray you enjoy. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/03-Dec-2016-Slides.pdf
For all your goodness, I will keep on singing; ten thousand reasons for my heart to find. Bless the Lord, oh my soul. We will worship Your Holy Name, at Messiah Echad! Torah Portion Chayei Sarah, Life of Sarah, from Genesis 23:1 – 25:18, was presented by our Shabbat School Coordinator (Paula). The focus was on Rebekah readying herself for her bridegroom, as should we for Yeshua. Then after praise reports and prayer requests, may we all continue with intercession for the health of every member, visitor, and guest of our congregation. Finally, Rabbi Jonathan taught Part Two of Planting A Church; establishing and shaping the culture. It has taken us three years to form our flavor, but thankfully, our culture is biblical, and aligned with the planter’s vision. Come join it. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/26-Nov-2016-Slides.pdf
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders… wherever You would call me, take me deeper… and my faith will be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior. The words from Oceans were so powerful during praise and worship, and it connected perfectly with Vayera, He Appeared, Genesis 18:1 – 22:4. God wants us to guard torah, and protect our faith. Brother Mitch reminded us that we cannot do it all, but we should do what we can, lest the progression of evil continue, and God cease to refresh our heart. Then after a little praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan took a walk down memory lane. The best part about the three-year history of Messiah Echad is that it is just the beginning of what we are about to do. All we need now is 50-100 people ready to help us explode. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/19-Nov-2016-Slides.pdf
Praise and Worship was powerful as always, but this week it included vocals from Mya, who at the age of nine, proudly sang “Glory, glory, hallelujah, He reigns!” Amen. In the torah portion, Pastor Harry covered Ekev or Consequence, from Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25. Where Moses again gave Israel instructions from God, but notable is grace after meals, the golden cow incident, and a reminder to fear the Lord. Then after a little praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan covered the first part of our Mission and Vision at Messiah Echad, showing people how to love God. Spoiler alert; loving God starts in the home. Finally, R. Jonathan would like to thank our special guest, John Wayne Walding, a fellow wounded veteran who is a powerful testimony to never giving up. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/27-Aug-2016-Slides.pdf .