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.
Holy. Holy. Holy, is the Lord God Almighty. He is Who was, and is, and is to come. With all creation, let us sing praises to the King of kings. In the torah portion, one of our Shabbat School Teachers, Christina Velez, spoke to the children about Veyetze, He Went Out, Genesis 28:10 – 32:2. There is a point made in this section, which God reiterates through scripture; God’s promises will prevail because God will always be there, and nothing is too big for God. Praise reports were for sweet fellowship, and we prayed for emotional peace, after which Rabbi Jonathan spoke about the history of Messiah Echad. After receiving the word “grow”, Jonathan found his way to Texas in 2013, and then God said “you”, to plant a church. Wow, but indeed, God has blessed Messiah Echad the past four years. Amen. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/25-Nov-2017-Slides.pdf
Despite whatever happens in life, during praise and worship, or in our dealings with people, we can stop and shout HalleluYah, because our Holy and Worthy Lord God Almighty reigns! After getting an earful of feedback, Rabbi Jonathan was reenergized by that Almighty God we worship, and then summarized Parsha Toldot, Generations, Genesis 25:19 – 28:9. Isaac, son of Abraham, fathered Esau and Jacob, but through who did the Abrahamic Covenant and Blessings flow? Esau was too short term thinking, unrepentant, and addicted to sin to be blessed. Don’t be like Esau. Then after praise of academic excellence and payer for our families, Councilwoman Val Nicholson encouraged us to be involved in our community. Find your “tribe”, consider how you can serve, and know that you CAN make a difference. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/18-Nov-2017-Slides.pdf
When did we forget that You have always been the King of the World? Instead of making You so small God, may we always remember that You set everything in motion. In the parsha, Watchman Alexander covered Chayei Sarah, from Genesis 23:1 – 25:18. One focus was the faith Rebekah had to leave her family and trust God’s plan for her life. Do you have faith like Rebekah? And after making the decision to follow God, do you look back? Praise reports included finding favor, and we prayed for mountains to be removed, then Rabbi Jonathan reflected on his time at the Messianic Leadership Roundtable with Jewish Voice. It is time to pass the baton, embrace non-jewish members, and discuss how our faith should lead our politics. Lastly, does God want us to be Liberal or Conservative? Listen to find out. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/11-Nov-2017-Slides.pdf.
Praise and Worship was especially sweet, with Brother Caleb on the Trumpet. As we go about our daily lives in this world, let us never cease singing praises about Your Name. Truly Your Name is great, and greatly to be praised. Pastor Duane covered torah portion “He Appeared” from Genesis 18:1 – 22:24, where we see God patiently waiting for our sacrifice, and all we need to do is rush to Him. Also in this section is Lot’s daughters getting him drunk, then incest occurring… mind drunkenness! Praise reports included friends and family getting blessed, after which Rabbi Jonathan spoke briefly about his journey into cycling with Project Hero. Then the short sermon was about how to avoid gossip, by confronting an offending brother or sister, in the manner outlined in scripture. Let us follow the Word. And there are no slides this week.
I have tasted and seen, of the sweetest of loves, where my heart becomes free, and my shame is undone. It is Your presence Lord, and Your Holy Spirit is welcome here. In the Torah Portion, Brother Phillip covered Lech Lecha, Go Forth, Genesis 12:1 – 17:27. With a few connections made to the non-canonized, secondary resource of Jasher (ref. Joshua 10:13 and 2 Samuel 1:18), the focus in this portion was on heeding our leaders, and fleeing strife. Praise reports were powerful, and prayer was strong, after which Rabbi Jonathan spoke on the third part of our mission and vision. If you love Messiah, you will keep His Word… do you love Him enough to follow the commandments? And please, while the darkness of Halloween is being celebrated, remember we need to be lights, and not of this world. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/28-Oct-2017-Slides.pdf.
We don’t know about you, but falling in love with our Messiah Jesus, was the best thing we have ever done. In His arms, we are never disconnected, and there is no place we would rather be. Our praise and worship team did beautifully, along with the guest woodwind, brass, and vocal additions. Brother Adam brought forth Noach, from Genesis 6:9 – 11:32, which showed what it means to find favor in the eyes of the Lord. When we come into Torah (the Word), we become like the ark of Noah, and something special comes to dwell within us. Further it took 40 days to re-start mankind, and with the Torah in our heart now, heed it. Praise reports came all the way from Norway, and we prayed for medical healings, after which Pastor Duane spoke about peace amidst the storm, and gave us four ways to claim peace. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/21-Oct-2017-Slides.pdf