It was refreshing to sing about our Savior who is seated above, enthroned in the Father’s love. It was also good being reminded that we will overcome, by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimony. Brother Brandon did an amazing job with his inaugural torah portion at Messiah Echad, Tazria and Metzora, from Leviticus 12:1 – 15:33. When, not if, a woman conceives, there is a purification process mother and child undergo to bring about holiness. And some illnesses, such as leprosy, are the physical counterparts to the spiritual problem of sin. Praise reports included tuition being covered, and we prayed for healing, after which Rabbi asked if our world (modern society) teaches us to follow the commandments of God. When it comes to design and function, not so much. Ownership and responsibility is not better. How about issues and feedback? The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/14-Apr-2018-Slides.pdf
Because He lives, I am alive. I can face tomorrow, and every fear is gone. Amen. Amen. Let us shout Amen! In the torah portion, Brother Chris covered Parsha Shemini, Eighth Day, Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47. We discussed many of the offerings, then continued on with celebrations, after which Nadab and Abihu made profane fire to Adonai (The Lord). Even with good intentions, if you do things your way, not Yah’s (God’s), things might not end well. Praise reports included surprise $1200 checks, and medical miracles, after which we prayed for emotional healing. Lastly, Rabbi Jonathan talked about the holy spirit ceasing to live inside man (Genesis), then being revived (Acts), yet people do not follow the holy spirit’s guidance (God’s Laws). Meditate on the Word. Embrace accountable. Keep your mind sober. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/07-Apr-2018-Slides.pdf
With visitors who drove more than five hours to attend, and members that have been in the faith over five decades, Messiah Echad was blessed to enter our fifth year observing God’s Feasts and Festivals. Our order of service began by mentioning the unblemished lamb from Exodus 12:5, which became Yeshua (Jesus) later in the Bible. The second Passover theme is removal of leaven from our homes but also pride, puffiness, or sin from our lives. The third theme is when a non-Jewish visitor or stranger wants observe the Passover, God commands us to permit them. Peradventure, maybe even encourage. Passover is a witness, a testimony to the community, and proof that God answers prayer. Lastly, we observed communion with bread and wine, then anticipated Elijah’s coming. Chag Semach, Happy Passover, and may your Feast of Unleavened Bread be easy.
Are you ready to no longer be a slave to fear? If you claim to be a Child of God, the arms of the Father will free you, liberate you, and surround you. And if you claim your sonship rights, every chain by which the world holds you, will be broken. There is power in the name of Yeshua (Jesus). After praise and worship that brought everyone to tears, Rabbi Jonathan summarized Tzav, Command, Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36. How is this parsha profitable for doctrine, reproof, and correction? Return things better than you received them, seize the day, and exercise patience! In the praise reports, Mark was miraculously healed of stage four cancer (yes really!), and we prayed against curses, after which Brother Adam gave a testimony that defines hate, but also highlighted the power of love and forgiveness. The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/24-Mar-2018-Slides.pdf . See you for Passover!
Oh how sweet is the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I was once lost but now am found; I was blind but now I see, so clearly! Hallelujah for the grace that falls down like rain on those who believe. And despite what occurs in life, trial or tribulation, may we remember there is no fear in love. Brother Chris opened Vayikra, And He Called, Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26. The Burnt, Grain, Peace, Sin, and Guilt Offerings satisfied the payment required in the Korban Principle (Sin, Confession, Sacrifice, Redemption), and Yeshua (Jesus) satisfies it now. After praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan spoke about his bike ride (his videos are here), then presented three ways society can love and reform potential murderers. Bring God back into our schools, be kind, and be honest. The referenced editorial is linked, the parsha slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/17-May-2018-P-Slides.pdf, and main message slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/17-Mar-2018-T-Slides.pdf.
Yeshua El Yakar. Seh tamim, v’atuf hadar. Peh Echad, korim lecha Immanu’el Baruch Haba. Yeshua, with one voice we cry out to You, and bid You a speedy return. After praise and worship, Rebbetzin Melinda talked to the children about Parsha Ki Tisa, when you take. In Exodus 30:11 – 34:35, we see the Israelites become fearful of Moses being delayed on Mount Sinai, but is fear ever an excuse to make our own gods? Thankfully Moses was able to successfully plead for mercy, which was granted to the Israelites. Praise reports included a sizeable donation, and we prayed for places to live, after which Rabbi Jonathan spoke about our second statement of faith, belief in Jesus Christ. As Jesus was the Son of God, there is a deity aspect to Him, but Jesus was also the son of Joseph, a man. Lastly, Jesus (Yeshua) was raised Jewish. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/03-Mar-2018-Slides.pdf.
Sorrows like sea billows will roll in our lives, but through the finished work of Messiah, we can find hope, and declare that it is well in our souls. And worthy is the Son of God, to receive our praise. You are awesome, and the Lord of Glory; we invite You to fill EVERY place in our lives. After some spirit led praise and worship, Brother Adam brought for the Torah Portion Tetzaveh, You Shall Command, Exodus 27:20 – 30:10. The section starts off talking about the olive oil for the menorah and finishes with the consecration of the priests for their service. God will dwell among the descendants of Israel, to which you should be part, and just as the olive oil should be pure and set apart, so should we. Praise reports and prayer requests were powerful, after which we excitedly read through the book of Esther. Purim Semeach! The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/24-Feb-2018-Slides.pdf
When I walk through deep water, when I am standing in the fire; through the valley of the shadow, and in the midst of deep sorrow, I am not alone. God goes before me. Amazing praise and worship from Amanda and Alex. In the torah portion, Pastor Harry spoke on Terumah, Exodus 25:1 – 27:19, covering the contributions that were needed to build the temple. We studied the menorah, holy of holies, ark of the covenant, and correlated it all to the creation story. Then after praise reports of passed exams and help for veterans, we prayed for favor in the workplace. Finally, Rabbi Jonathan taught us how to discern if a voice or word is of God, or not from Him. (1) Does the word align with or go against Scripture? (2) Is the word benefiting your flesh, or the Spirit? (3) If the word does not help others, its ungodly and selfish. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/17-Feb-2018-Slides.pdf
Hear this podcast and share this post! As we discussed personal matters and worked through staffing changes, we did not upload a recording 03 February, but our members can brief you on anything you missed. As for this week, Pastor Herb from Restoring God’s Family Church was prophetically led to cover Mishpatim, Laws, Exodus 21:1 – 24:18. As we consider our leaders, even if someone wicked is ruling, we must fight the urge to groan. God calls us to respect our authorities. Mandi gave a powerful 12 year anniversary praise report, and we prayed for favor, after which Rabbi Jonathan showed the biblical basis for (or against) Valentines Day. We are called to be sheep amongst wolves; light in a dark world. God has given us the ability to choose between good and evil… truly ask yourself if Valentines Day observances are of God, or the devil. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/10-Feb-2018-Slides.pdf
You’re the one who conquers giants, and calls out kings. You are the One Messiah, and You are I Am. We are so blessed to know the veil is torn, and know we live, with Your spirit inside. After praise and worship, Pastor Harry summarized Beshalach, And he sent, Exodus 13:17 – 17:16. God led the Israelites through the Red Sea, then provided manna, quail, and water, but complaints against Moses ensued. Next, we gave praise to God for fixed laptops, and prayed for osteoarthritis, after which Rabbi Jonathan talked about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. We should use the gifts in a uniform, not chaotic, fashion, for the common good. Rabbi also shared prophecies he recently received; people have stabbed him in the back yet his roots (not others’) are in the living water, and God anointed our Rabbi. Amen! And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/27-Jan-2018-Slides.pdf