All I need is You Lord. Help me leave my fear by the side of the road, hear You speak, and fall to my knees in prayer. A cappella style, we enjoyed focusing on the One who holds the universe, and everyone on earth. James delivered his inaugural torah portion at Messiah Echad, Vayishlach, He Sent, Genesis 32:3 – 36:43. Jacob fearfully split his camp when Esau came to meet him, and then Jacob wrestled with God, before receiving a blessing that changed his name to Israel. We also read about Dinah, and Rachel, who despite her shortcomings, was used by God. Praise reports included anonymous tithes and gifted dresses, then we prayed for wisdom, before Rabbi Jonathan taught a practical sermon on Strength Finders, and Cultural Intelligence (CQ). Please take the time to purchase the book, learn about yourself, and grow your CQ from level one to level four. Doing this will increase our reach, and witness, to the community. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/24-Nov-2018-Slides.pdf
You no longer have to be a slave to fear. You are a child of God and if you need help feeling His love, or surrounding yourself in His Arms, come praise and worship with us. Jonathan Malthouse (from As I Ponder Blog) did his inaugural torah portion at Messiah Echad, Vayetze, He Went Out, Genesis 28:10 – 32:2. We outlined the differences between good shepherds, and lazy ones, then talked about taking caution before having relations or getting married. Also, be mindful not to become stuck in life, as Jacob did, at a place or doing something God did not instruct you. Praise reports included cleared debts, new members and healings, then we prayed for much the same, after which Rabbi Jonathan delivered his History of Messiah Echad and State of The Congregation Address. We beat 96% failure odds in our first five years, and a 4 year burnout time for the senior leader thanks to God. Yet, this sermon contains our biggest announcement ever. Please listen, and then pray. The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/10-Nov-2018-Slides.pdf
During praise and worship, we proclaimed that You (Yehsua) are bigger than any battle we face. You are better than anything we chase. You are the King of our hearts. Gary Reedy came up to deliver the torah portion, Toldot, Family History, Genesis 25:19 – 28:9. Isaac entreated God to have a son, and He gave Isaac two. Esau was the hairy firstborn and Jacob came out second, holding his brother’s heel. Birthrights were sold, wives were called sisters, and kings saw how much God blesses His people! Wow… who needs soap operas when you have the Bible. We praised God for veterans, and prayed for cysts, before Brandon came up to teach on the importance of praying for our leaders. We must set aside time to intercede; to stand in the gap and implore God to uplift all the leaders in our faith circles. From the small group leader to the senior pastor, pray for those who serve, and do it now.
We are His portion and He is our prize. I am drawn to the redemption by the grace in God’s eyes, because He loves me. Rabbi Jonathan asked seven questions from Vayera, He Appeared, Genesis 18:1 – 22:24. Let us know if you answered them all correctly, which included questions on if grace began in the Old Testament, and if God loves or blesses Muslims. Brother Gary came up for praise report and prayer requests, which included family members accepting Yeshua and prayers for health, then Rabbi Jonathan addressed the Rabbi Loren Jacobs controversy. Despite the broader Jewish community being offended, we assert that Messianic Judaism is not fake, offensive by design, or second rate. We check everything biblically, know our “place” is as children of God, and are prayed up. So to the NBC News Articles https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jews-assail-so-called-christian-rabbi-who-appeared-pence-so-n926406 and https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/why-mike-pence-s-appearance-christian-rabbi-loren-jacobs-was-ncna929511, here is Rabbi Jonathan’s response. And the slides are uploaded.