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.
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.
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
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
In the great unknown, where feet may fail, I will call upon Your Name. Your Grace abounds in the deepest of waters, and Your Hands are my guide. Davina did an amazing job in worship, after which Brandon summarized one of the longest portions of Torah. Nasso, Take Up, from Numbers 4:21 – 7:89, was about gossip, and what results from it. If you have an accusation, test it, then follow Mathew 18:15 if there is a problem, or drop it if there is not. Do not talk about it with others; that is gossip. Praise reports included mountains being removed and people finding our fellowship, which we should not take for granted. We prayed for healing and peace, then Rabbi Jonathan spoke on our fifth statement of faith; being born again through Yeshua (Salvation), and manifesting that new life by following His Commandments (Sanctification). Listen to find out which commands, and why we should follow them. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/26-May-2018-Slides.pdf
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
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
As I come into Your presence, past the gates of praise and into Your Sanctuary, I realize that You are awesome in this place, Mighty God. Pastor Harry kicked of 2018 with Parsha Shemot, Names, Exodus 1:1 – 6:1. A new Pharaoh in Egypt did not know Joseph, and oppressed the Israelites, but God had a plan to bless and deliver His people. Moses would be born, raised as royalty, then commissioned to deliver the Children of Israel. After praise reports of healings, and prayer for family in the hospital, Rabbi Jonathan talked about his radio appearance on KRGN 98.5FM, then dove into how we can build Community at Messiah Echad. Learn to love and respect those who worship differently. Do not force your knowledge on people who do not ask. And compete against yourself, not others in Church. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/06-Jan-2018-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