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
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.
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
As we stand in prayer for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, we praised and worshipped to Where Feet May Fail… when oceans rise, may our souls rest in our Lord’s embrace. God, keep our eyes above the waves, and let us walk upon the water. Pastor Duane spoke on torah portion Ki Tetze, When You Go Forth, from Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19. This section was like the miscellaneous drawer we all have in our kitchen, but the reminder to love God and our neighbor, was so apparent. Then after praise reports all the way from Norway, and prayer for the relief workers, Rabbi Jonathan reminded us of our Mission and Vision. There are many gods and lords, but we worship YHVH God, and He is Echad (One). Let us love Him with all our desires, all our life (we are walking advertisements), and all our might. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/02-Sept-2017-Slides.pdf.
Everything I once held dear, I count it all as loss, because Your blood was spilled for my ransom. Bring me to my knees, lay me down, rid me of myself, and lead me Your cross. Praise and worship was powerful as always, after which our special guest Rabbi Arthur Melendez from Waco, along with his companions, brought forth some powerful words. Brother Rodriguez read some poems, one of which reminded us that God has given us ears to hear and eyes to see… use all of your senses. We also recalled how God said the same rule shall apply to the sojourner (Non-Jew), as the Native (Israel), so do not think we are held to different standards. Then from Shoftim, Judges, Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9, we learned to not pervert justice, by taking bribes or showing partiality, but rather embrace justice, obedience, and unity.
You were the Word at the beginning. You didn’t want heaven without us. You have no rival, and You are the radiance of the glory of God. What a beautiful name yours is, Yeshua, Elohim. We enjoyed praising You, after which Pastor Duane covered Parsha Ekev, Consequence, from Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25. Because we follow the commandments, we can expect blessings from God. We may be humbled and hungry at times, but we do not live on bread alone, and God will bring us through, if we do not forget Him. After praise reports for finding fellowship, and prayer requests for miracles, Brother Adam spoke on Parenting. The enemy wants to attack younger generations, and he often does so through targeting fathers. Do not let the adversary win in his ten point agenda, which you can learn about in this message. Amen. The slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/12-Aug-2017-Slides.pdf
God is jealous for me, and He loves me like a hurricane. I feel like a tree, bending beneath the weight of God’s mercy. Do you know that He loves you too? Amen. Rabbi Jonathan spoke on Parsha Pinchas, Numbers 25:10 – 30:1, which proceeds a believer (Pinchas) being so zealous for God, he speared two brazen, sinning believers. Will you similarly stand boldly for God? And what did you think about the Daughters of Zelophedad asking an unchanging God, for an exception? Well, God granted it, and we encourage you to also grant exceptions, lest God not do so for you. Then after praise reports and prayer requests, Kobi Ferguson from Yeshua Israel spoke on how even the Orthodox Jewish Believers in Israel, are being reached through teaching, music, and benevolence. May Adonai continue to bless our ministries. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/15-Jul-2017-Slides.pdf