The praise and worship at Messiah Echad is so powerful. Indeed, we are made new because of Yeshua (Jesus). Thank You Lord for calling us over, and holding our heads up. Rabbi Jonathan was honored to open our torah portion cycle with Bereshit, In the Beginning, Genesis 1:1 – 6:8. We noted how God created light before the Sun, but the creation of the Sun, Moon, and Stars soon followed, to demark times and seasons. Yet a few decades and generations later, God regretted the creation. So like Noah, let us flea wickedness, and find favor. Praise reports included free a transmission, and we prayed for job stability, after which Watchman Alexander spoke about our responsibility. We should spend our days bringing people to God, and that earthly effort will earn us heavenly rewards. The Watchman’s website is http://www.watchmanalexander.com and the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/14-Oct-2017-Slides.pdf.
In the audio recording for this week, we did not include a song from the praise and worship set, and there is no torah portion, so this should be a fun, quick listen. Praise reports and prayer requests were powerful, as was Rabbi Jonathan teaching on Sukkot. Christians are grafted to Israel, and become heirs of the blessings, but also the stipulations to the inheritance. Further, Christians do not replace Jewish people. So let our Jewish and Christian listeners celebrate Sukkot, forever and together. As you are able, abstain from ordinary work on the first and eight day, enjoy the offerings we give to God, assemble the four species, and remember that God made the people of Israel dwell in booths after He delivered them. And the Shabbat Slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/07-Oct-2017-Slides.pdf. Lastly, here is the teaching from Rabbi Moreno at Sukkot – http://messiahechad.org/blog/09-oct-2017-b7m/.
As we finish reflecting on this past year, remember to periodically bow your knee to the only Name that has power to break every chain of sin in your life. Yeshua, Jesus, our Messiah! In the torah portion, Brother Chris covered V’Zot HaBerachah, And This Is The Blessings, Deuteronomy 33:1 – 34:12. The blessings include Judah being like a lion, Levi judging people, and Asher receiving favor, but the tribes were also blessed as one, just as we are to be one, in Messiah. Praise reports and prayer requests were powerful as always, after which Rabbi Jonathan led the Yom Kippur portion of our services. The Commandments from God are to abstain from work, afflict your soul, and make an offering. Please do this, and also confess your sins one to another, forgive, embrace salvation in Yeshua, and then set your eyes on Sukkot. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/30-Sep-2017-Slides.pdf
If you missed our Tashlich Service last Wednesday, here is the audio recording http://messiahechad.org/blog/20-sept-2017-f1t/. On Shabbat Shuvah, we remembered that in 3BC, Virgo was clothed with the sun, the moon was at her feet, and a crown of 12 stars was over her head, then Yeshua came to the world. And we know, He is coming again! Next, Pastor Harry summarized Haazinu, Listen, from Deuteronomy 32:1-52, where Moses spoke the Ha’azinu Hashamayim. God brought Israel from slavery, sustained them, and wants us today to similarly be blessed. Lastly, after praise reports of cancers removed, and prayer requests for more healing, Rabbi Jonathan spoke about the Lord’s Feasts, which we should all observe. Especially during the Days of Awe, consider your deeds, and focus on the fruit. L’Shana Tova. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/23-Sep-2017-Slides.pdf.
In the presence of the Lord, both your troubles and your enemies, will vanish. Seek to be in His presence, especially as we approach the High Holy Days! In the torah, Watchman Alexander, who records engaging podcasts, covered Standing and He Went, Deuteronomy 29:9 – 31:30. Moses reiterated the blessings from obedience, and curses from sin, so please teshuva (return) from sin, and circumcise your heart. After praise reports from spinning out, and prayer requests for cancer, Reverend Kurt Hein from Light of Christ spoke on how sin misguides our priorities, but confession fixes it, and that is what he seeks with the GCRI. Lastly, on Sunday, Rabbi Jonathan guest taught on how racism touched him personally at the Georgetown Country Club, but God often works His plan, through adversity. Amen. And there were no slides.
As we continue in prayer for a nation facing earthquakes, fires, hurricanes and more, we rallied around every fear having no place, and the weak find strength, at the sound of Your Great Name. Pastor Harry covered When You Come In (Ki Tavo), Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8, which detail the blessings and curses at stake, when nations follow or disobey commandments. Let us turn back to God, so others will be awe of us, we will overflow with prosperity, and we will become the head again. Then after financial praise reports, and prayer for our nation, Rabbi Jonathan spoke about how Yeshua (Jesus) viewed the traditions and topics of the High Holy Days. Lastly, just as Yeshua was not afraid to confront controversy, we courageously talked about how He might view confederate monuments, and racism. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/09-Sep-2017-Slides.pdf
As we stand in prayer for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, we praised and worshipped to Where Feet May Fail… when oceans rise, may our souls rest in our Lord’s embrace. God, keep our eyes above the waves, and let us walk upon the water. Pastor Duane spoke on torah portion Ki Tetze, When You Go Forth, from Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19. This section was like the miscellaneous drawer we all have in our kitchen, but the reminder to love God and our neighbor, was so apparent. Then after praise reports all the way from Norway, and prayer for the relief workers, Rabbi Jonathan reminded us of our Mission and Vision. There are many gods and lords, but we worship YHVH God, and He is Echad (One). Let us love Him with all our desires, all our life (we are walking advertisements), and all our might. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/02-Sept-2017-Slides.pdf.
Everything I once held dear, I count it all as loss, because Your blood was spilled for my ransom. Bring me to my knees, lay me down, rid me of myself, and lead me Your cross. Praise and worship was powerful as always, after which our special guest Rabbi Arthur Melendez from Waco, along with his companions, brought forth some powerful words. Brother Rodriguez read some poems, one of which reminded us that God has given us ears to hear and eyes to see… use all of your senses. We also recalled how God said the same rule shall apply to the sojourner (Non-Jew), as the Native (Israel), so do not think we are held to different standards. Then from Shoftim, Judges, Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9, we learned to not pervert justice, by taking bribes or showing partiality, but rather embrace justice, obedience, and unity.
The God we worship is worthy of all our praise, and He alone deserves the glory. Day and night, night and day, let the incense of our prayers arise to God. Pastor Duane summarized torah portion Re’eh, See, Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17. God further has set out blessings and curses; one if we obey the commandments, and the other if we turn aside from them. The enemy even, often, disguises the path to curses, but beware, and choose wisely. Then after praise reports of cancers disappearing, and prayer requests for more miracles, Rabbi Jonathan explained how the devil wants us to disobey biblical commands, and not bring our faith into secular institutions. Yet Project Hero invited our Rabbi (Jonathan) to serve as a Chaplain for healing veterans, and we pray his story encourages you to share your faith, everywhere. The slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/19-Aug-2017-Slides.pdf
You were the Word at the beginning. You didn’t want heaven without us. You have no rival, and You are the radiance of the glory of God. What a beautiful name yours is, Yeshua, Elohim. We enjoyed praising You, after which Pastor Duane covered Parsha Ekev, Consequence, from Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25. Because we follow the commandments, we can expect blessings from God. We may be humbled and hungry at times, but we do not live on bread alone, and God will bring us through, if we do not forget Him. After praise reports for finding fellowship, and prayer requests for miracles, Brother Adam spoke on Parenting. The enemy wants to attack younger generations, and he often does so through targeting fathers. Do not let the adversary win in his ten point agenda, which you can learn about in this message. Amen. The slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/12-Aug-2017-Slides.pdf