Draw me close to You, and never let me go. In 2018, help me find a way, to bring my life back to God’s will. After beautiful praise and worship, Watchman Alexander closed out Genesis with Vayechi, He Lived, Genesis 47:28 – 50:26. Jacob died at the age of 147, despite Genesis 6:3 saying men would not live past 120 years. Extra biblical books (Jasher), and source texts (Septuagint) help clarify. Then after praise reports of new jobs and prayer for health, Rabbi Jonathan recapped our three most enjoyed podcasts of 2017; (1) Looking Forward and Politics, (2) Perils and Messianic Judaism, and (3) Commandments and Exorcism. Finally, if you are looking to make new years resolutions, remember the three things we said that will help you not be part of the 33% who fail in January, or 90% who fail balance of year. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/30-Dec-2017-Slides.pdf
Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You, and Yours is the name above all Names. Yeshua (Jesus) is a powerful name, and You are Messiah (Christ) our King. With Rabbi Jonathan out, Pastor Duane covered Vayigash, And He Came Near, Genesis 44:18 – 47:27. Joseph’s family learned he was alive, and his dreams came true, in this parsha. If you live in fear or dismay from your sins, confess, and if you are angered by sinners, let it go, as did Joseph. Praise reports were for sponsors and prayer was for provisions, then Watchman Alexander went back to the basics. After accepting Yeshua (Jesus), it would not be wise to traitorously reject Him. Yeshua is the only door that leads to eternal life, and your salvation with Him is fluid, so guard it closely. Lastly, 30 Dec. is monthly oneg, so make sure to bring a dish.
Chanukah is an excellent time for me to remember this little light of mine, and how I should let it shine. All in my house, and everywhere I go, may His radiance be seen in me. Rabbi Jonathan covered Miketz, At The End, Genesis 41:1 – 44:7. Joseph was 30 when Pharaoh made him second in charge of Egypt, Joseph took Simeon hostage when his brothers visited, and Joseph planted a cup in his brothers’ bag. Yet the brothers did not blame (un)forgiveness or famine on their distress; they blamed themselves. Praise reports included bonus checks, and we prayed for wisdom, after which Hanoch Young, an Orthodox Jew with Kol Yehuda, spoke about Israel, Judah, and Ephraim. The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/16-Dec-2017-Slides.pdf . Lastly, thank you Gov. Greg Abbott, Rep. Tony Dale, Rep. Terry Wilson, Jeff Johnson, and Rev. Kurt Hein for enjoying Chanukah with us.
Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah. He’s roaring with power, and fighting our battles. Our God is also the Lamb, the Lamb that was slain, and His blood breaks the chains. Bow before the Lion and the Lamb. In the parsha, Brother Adam covered Vayeshev, He Settled, Genesis 37:1 – 40:23. Both Joseph and Jesus were beloved, hated, sold for silver, and tempted, yet did not sin. Recognizing the Messianic connections in this parsha, and your life, can help take you from prison, to the palace. After praises of being given a non-profit, and prayer for our babysitter, Rabbi Jonathan got us into the holiday spirit. Jesus taught in the Temple during Chanukah, and if He observed it, so will we. Plus Chanukah is much more kosher than Christmas, so see you at our 4th Annual Lighting. Lastly, Brother Mel’s pre-service Investment Teaching is attached, and so are the slides for the Shabbat Service – https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/09-Dec-2017-Slides.pdf
There is nothing too dirty, that God’s can’t make worthy because He washes us in mercy, and makes us clean. Amen. In the torah portion, Chris covered Vayishlach, He Sent, Genesis 32:3 – 36:43. This is the section where Jacob wrestles with God, Dinah is defiled, God changes Jacob’s name to Israel, and Isaac dies. Three principles themes are God keeping His promises, our being able to overcome adversity, and God loving unity. Then after praise reports of safety, and prayer requests for deliverance, Rabbi Jonathan spoke about the fallout from Harvey Weinstein’s initial sexual assault allegation. 34 high profile men have since been accused, and we discussed things we can do to prevent assault in our community.The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/02-Dec-2017-Slides.pdf . Lastly, here is Mel’s pre-service teaching on Budgeting, and 09 Dec at 01:30pm Mel will talk Investing.