Lord, take me past the outer courts, to the holy place. I want to see Your Face in the Holy of Holies, which I can enter, by the blood of the Lamb. And may we have more love, more power, more of You, in our lives. From the torah, Adam covered Va’etchanan, I pleaded, Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11. Israel questioned Moses and God, but they were reminded no other nation heard the voice of God, as they had. Israel was also reminded of the Ten Commandments, just as we need to be, today. Praise reports included birth to great grandchildren and nieces giving their lives to God, then we prayed for our homes, and favor. Lastly, Mel delivered an excellent message on tithing, budgeting, and investing. If you want your marriage to flourish, debt to decrease, and life to improve, listen to this sermon! The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/28-July-2018-Slides.pdf. And though Rabbi Jonathan was out, you can catch the two minute video of his ride at https://youtu.be/-Z2Ewo47yvE.
Brother Chris did an excellent job opening up Devarim or Words, Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22. There is a lot of summarizing and retelling in this book, but one point that should not be missed is the power of our words. When we murmur or complain against God, we do not invoke the blessings. Then when you find yourself in a wilderness of sorts, know that God is with you, and will provide for the meek. And when you come up against an enemy or giant obstacle, remember it is the Lord your God who fights for you. Tristen (age 5) forwarded a praise report of found swimming googles, and we prayed for PTSD struggles, then Rabbi Jonathan taught about Shabbat observance. The message kicked of by discussing the Love Georgetown Event (https://www.lovegeorgetown.org), which just so happens to be on a Saturday. What qualifies as work, and what are we prohibited from doing, on the Seventh Day? Listen and learn. Torah portion slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/21-July-2018-Parsha.pdf and main message slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/21-July-2018-Sermon.pdf.
Fill me Lord. I lift Your name above all names. Your blood frees me and for that, You are great, and greatly to be praised. Who is like You Adonai. Powerful praise and worship led by Alex and Amanda, after which our Rebbetzin (Melinda) covered Mattot and Massei, Numbers 30:2 – 36:13. Laziness and disbelief caused the Children of Israel to wander the desert for 40 years before reaching the promised land, but at least they made it. Praise reports included houses sold, and we prayed for strength as we serve the community in the heat. Then Rabbi Jonathan preached a message about the book Fraudulent Authority by Wade Burleson, where its stated church or synagogue membership is bad. The Holy Spirit sets ministers to oversee and protect churches; we need that safety? And as long as the tenants of membership are biblical, all is good. Lastly, Yeshua did not preach against the tithe, or calling men Rabbi. Read the entire section(s). And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/14-July-2018-Slides.pdf
Lefaneicha Ani mishtachaveh al birkai, I worship before You Lord, I’m down on my knees. Kadosh, Holy, You are Yeshua. Brother Brandon summarized Pinchas, from Numbers 25:10 – 30:1. The focus was on Moses not pouting when he learned he would not lead Israel into the promised land, rather Moses worked to ensure the leader that would go, was ready. Moses modeled true leadership with his patience, compassion, and care. Praise included 35 new graduates in the Austin Disaster Relief Network, and we prayed for the 13 people trapped in cave, who God delivered by the time this blog post went up! Then Rabbi Jonathan delivered a deeply personal message that tackled the difficult issue of how can and why does an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God allow bad things like suicide, to happen. Enjoy and share this recording; the slides are uploaded https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/07-Jul-2018-Slides.pdf. And remember to hear Reuven Prager talk about restoring ancient Israelite customs, July 15that 04pm.
It was such a pleasure to sing “barchu et Adonai hamvorach l’olam vaed” which means “blessed is the Lord who is blessed forever and ever.” The question is if you want your life to similarly be blessed and if so, will your lifestyle show it. In the Torah, Watchman Alex provided insights into Balak, Numbers 22:2 – 25:9. Instead of diplomacy, Balak reacted in anti-Semitic fashion to the children of Israel, and commissioned Balaam to curse Israel. But God uses our enemies to bless us, because God is not compelled by what we do, rather our motives. We praised God for successful surgeries, and new jobs, after which we prayed for safety. Then Rabbi Jonathan spoke about our sixth statement of faith at Messiah Echad. As God is one (Echad) so should be His Children, both Jew and Christian, who are valued and loved equally. We seek to reach all people at Messiah Echad, to worship in loving unity. The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/30-Jun-2018-Slides.pdf