At the sound, of Your great Name, the lost are saved, the condemned feel no shame, and the enemy, has to leave. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us; You are high and lifted up! Brandon brought forth Torah Portion Re’eh, See or Behold, Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17. I (God) is setting before you a blessing and a curse; a blessing if you obey the commandments, and a curse if you disobey. And please do not use your free will choice to do whatever you want. Technical difficulties prevented the praise reports and prayers from making the recording, but they included natural springs in our backyards and prayer against suicide. Then Rabbi Jonathan delivered a passionate teaching on the Mission and Vision of Messiah Echad. We exist to serve Christian, Jewish, and Non-Religious Believers, by showing them how to love God, their neighbor, and Messiah, around the world. The slides are uploaded (https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/11-Aug-2018-Slides.pdf) and make sure to check out Susan Heagy at https://www.ahi-il.org/, if you can.
You alone are worthy; we lift our voice, and sing, to You, our King. We also pray for the day when the glory of the Lord, will fill every place we inhabit. As we welcomed Rabbi Jonathan back from the BX3 Ride in New York, we dug into Ekev, Because, Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25. Because we listen to the rules and keep the commandments, God loves us, blesses us, multiplies us, and even drives away hornets! Just never forget it is God who provides the blessings, and can take them away. Lastly, God requires Israel, both native Jews and grafted in Christians, to love God and keep His commandments. Are you doing both? Praise reports included savings lives, and we prayed for medical miracles, before Rabbi Jonathan came back to deliver a powerful sermon. In every decision, seek to acknowledge God and do His will. Finally, no matter how blissful things are, expect tribulation in this broken world. Video from Rabbi’s ride is at https://youtu.be/-Z2Ewo47yvE and slides from the message are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/04-Aug-2018-Slides.pdf
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
Lead me to the cross, where Your love poured out. Bring me to my knees; Lord I lay me down. Rid me of myself because I belong to You. Lead me God; I humbly submit to Your empowering will. In the Torah portion, Brother Brandon covered Chukat, Statute, Numbers 19:1 – 22:1. There were many parallels here with Yeshua being a red heifer, and we also see Moses lose his cool. Yet Aaron was punished for Moses’ sin, because Aaron did not speak against it. And may we never complain like Israel did, incessantly. Praise reports included blessings for attending Messiah Echad, then we prayed for our work load, after which Rabbi Jonathan delivered a passionate message connecting the “Prove God Story” from 1 Kings 18:20-39, to a “Does God Answer Prayer” debate in 2018 https://youtu.be/QcsxU5hYhgk. Which person are you from the story? Will you be the one who speaks out against sin and stands up for God? The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/23-Jun-2018-Slides.pdf
Thank you Gynell for assembling a worship team, and leading the congregation in worship. The Spirit burned and moved this weekend; it is an hnor to bear His name, and be His vessels. Brother Christopher covered Korach, Numbers 16:1 – 18:32. There was a showdown in the wilderness; Korah, Abiram, and Dathan challenged Moses’ leadership. An earthquake killed Korah and his followers. Do not be like Korah, and rebel or speak against your leaders. Praise reports were for answered prayers, and we lifted up healing needs. Then instead of a Father’s Day Message, Rabbi Jonathan spoke directly, passionately, about the attack on men and masculinity. The lack of respect for fathers, bosses, leaders, and God needs to be addressed. Take responsibility for your life. Realize things in this life are fragile. Assign blame to the root cause(s). Finally, the video of Rabbi Jonathan debating “Does God Answer Prayer”, has been uploaded https://youtu.be/QcsxU5hYhgk, as well as the slides https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/16-Jun-2018-Slides.pdf
Whilst Rabbi Jonathan was in Chicago serving veterans as a Chaplain, and meeting people at Evanston Subaru (watch his vlog https://youtu.be/xLnxAquRBXE), Amanda led an amazing Messianic Jewish rendition of Tremble. We believe in one God (Adonai Echad), and as we say His Name, may any darkness in our lives tremble! Our Shabbat School Coordinator, Paula, presented Shlach, Send To You, Numbers 13:1 – 15:41. Moses sent spies into the land flowing with milk and honey, yet most were fearful of taking what God had promised. How quickly we forget what God has done, and the leaders He appointed. We prayed for protection and healing, praised God for a proposal, then listened as Brother Adam delivered a timely sermon on having a Hebrew, Biblical, and non-Western perspective. Make sure to listen intently, and share this amazing teaching with your friends. The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/09-Jun-2018-Slides.pdf