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
It was so refreshing to declare that my help comes from You. God is right here pulling me through, carrying me on His shoulders. Brandon brought forth Behar and Bechukotai, On The Mountain and In My Statues, from Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34. A connection was made to the kindness and severity of God, from Romans 11:22, which proves that the blessings and curses of Leviticus 26:3-14 never ended. We need to continue studying the Word, listening to the precepts, and following them (i.e. tithing) lest God walk contrary to us. Praise report were free wine dinners, and we prayed for healing, after with Rabbi Jonathan delivered a passionate Mother’s Day sermon. Despite feminism asserting women can rule men, let us embrace the viewpoint of our creator, while honoring mothers, motherhood, maternal influence, and mother’s influences in society, biblically. The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/12-May-2018-Slides.pdf
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31 December 2016 – Dreams and Chanukah – JLD. On the seventh night of Chanukah, Kyra Goldman sang Nes Gadol Haya Sham (a great miracle happened there), after which Mayor Dale Ross proclaimed 30 December 2016 Messiah Echad Day. Amen! Then in Shabbat Service, Dr. Greg Silverman blessed us with some Messianic Soul, singing Provide. Oh how awesome it is when El Shaddai (God Almighty) provides for our needs. Brother Mitch covered Miketz, From The End, Genesis 41:1 – 44:17, stating we all have a part to play in building God’s Kingdom. Stay true to your dream! After praise reports and prayer requests, to include another Kyra Goldman song, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on Protecting the Lights of Judaism, and those of Chanukah. And finally, we lit the eighth light for Chanukah, with Police Chief Wayne Nero.
24 December 2016 – Suffering and Christmas – JLD. Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, and we enjoyed singing a new song, to Him who sits on, heaven’s mercy seat. Amen. Brother Philip covered Vayeshev, He Settled, from Genesis 37:1 – 40:23. Joseph was loved by his father, but hated by his brothers… who can relate to this concept? And this was actually a rather racy section in scripture, but the key take away is suffering for our God, is a good thing. Then after praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on what its like to have a strategy or vision from God, but be hated for it. Yet if we are doing the Lord’s work, things will always work out. Now ask yourself; is Christmas strategic, and winning? What about Chanukah? If you celebrate the later, see you every night at 05pm, in the Georgetown town square!
17 December 2016 – Righteousness and First Ladies – JLD. There is power, in the name Yeshua (Jesus), and when we declare this, every chain of bondage in our life, is able to be broken. Amen. In the torah portion, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on Vayishlach, He Sent, from Genesis 32:3 – 36:43. God values unity, and He loves our seeking Him in rock bottom moments, but did you know “doing the right thing”, can become a form of idolatry? Simeon and Levi fell to this wickedness, over the Dinah incident, but don’t let it happen to you. Repent. After praise reports and prayer, First Lady Laura shared her heart for the Jewish People, First Lady Delilah talked about prayer and fasting, and Rebbetzin Melinda said we are all in this journey together. So stay with us, check out our redesigned mobile and desktop websites, then prepare for Chanukah!
10 December 2016 – “Rocks and Chanukah” – JLD. I will praise You forever Lord, for You are Adonai. You alone Yeshua, are the joy of my life. And we pray for that day when Israel declares You as Lord, and their joy (Mathew 23:39). Brother Alex covered Torah Portion Vayetze, he went out, from Genesis 28:10 – 32:2. The conjecture this year was G-d reaching out to us when we reach rock bottom. But do we reach back towards G-d, in these perilous moments, or stay at rock bottom? Praise reports included things like being on a path to full recovery from stroke, and prayer requests keep the blessings coming. Then Pastor Greg Stone from Gateway Church preached on Chanukah being Spiritual Warfare, and our needing teamwork, to defeat the enemy. And if you liked this sermon, also check out To The Jew First, and Your Family. And the slides are attached http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/31-Oct-2015-Slides.pdf.
03 December 2016 – “Promises and Inward” – JLD. O come to the altar. The Father’s arms are open wide. Forgiveness was bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Praise and Worship at Messiah Echad was awesome, as always. Pastor Duane covered Torah Portion Family History, Toldot, Genesis 25:19 – 28:9. Esau the red haired hunter, and Jacob the conniving mommy’s boy, fought in the womb, and continued to do so through their life. Yet the focus this year, was seeking God first, to receive the blessings God promised. Then after praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan taught Part Three of Planting A Church. Even after you have the items necessary to succeed, and the culture is established, you need to capture people’s hearts. Amen. Lastly, as a bonus, we had a vow renewal, which we pray you enjoy.
26 November 2016 – Rebekah and Culture – JLD. For all your goodness, I will keep on singing; ten thousand reasons for my heart to find. Bless the Lord, oh my soul. We will worship Your Holy Name, at Messiah Echad! Torah Portion Chayei Sarah, Life of Sarah, from Genesis 23:1 – 25:18, was presented by our Shabbat School Coordinator (Paula). The focus was on Rebekah readying herself for her bridegroom, as should we for Yeshua. Then after praise reports and prayer requests, may we all continue with intercession for the health of every member, visitor, and guest of our congregation. Finally, Rabbi Jonathan taught Part Two of Planting A Church; establishing and shaping the culture. It has taken us three years to form our flavor, but thankfully, our culture is biblical, and aligned with the planter’s vision. Come join it.
19 November 2016 – Planting A Church – JLD. Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders… wherever You would call me, take me deeper… and my faith will be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior. The words from Oceans were so powerful during praise and worship, and it connected perfectly with Vayera, He Appeared, Genesis 18:1 – 22:4. God wants us to guard torah, and protect our faith. Brother Mitch reminded us that we cannot do it all, but we should do what we can, lest the progression of evil continue, and God cease to refresh our heart. Then after a little praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan took a walk down memory lane. The best part about the three-year history of Messiah Echad is that it is just the beginning of what we are about to do. All we need now is 50-100 people ready to help us explode.
12 November 2016 – All Children of God – JLD. Praise and worship was powerful as always, but today we really felt a powerful move of the Ruach (Spirit). Ki Gadol Elohai, How Great is our God, for sending us His Spirit. May we constantly remember how great He is, defeat any attack of the enemy. In the parsha, Brother Phillip covered on Lech-Lecha, Go forth, yourself, Genesis 12:1 – 17:27. The main point is God wants all of us to receive His blessings. Even the dirtiest of sinners, is wanted by God, to repent and turn to Him. Then after praise reports and prayer, we were pleased to welcome Reverend Ron Swain from First United Methodist Church. Rev. Swain is also the President of the Georgetown Ministerial Alliance and through the Courageous Conversations, he truly shows his belief that we are All, beloved Children of God.
05 November 2016 – Corruption and Prayer – JLD. In Messiah (Christ), we have the freedom to clap, sing, spin, and shout for the Lord. And we do this because we are freed from the shackles of sin, enabling us to lift our hands, love, worship, and scream louder than before. After worship, Pastor Joseph covered Noach, Genesis 6:9 – 11:32. Noah was righteous and walked with God, while the world around him grew corrupt. God brought an end to all flesh, save Noah’s Family, and it is prophesied the same will happen again. So let us flee from corruption! Next were praise reports and prayer requests, after which Rabbi Jonathan taught on prayer. Messiah prayed often and privately, in a way that transformed Him, and kept Him from temptation. Further, Messiah said prayer is a petition, which we should not cease, lest we give up our watch, over this dark world.
29 October 2016 – God’s Plan and Halloween – JLD. So although these are the days of Elijah, wherein we declare the name of the Lord, these are also the days of great famine, darkness, and sword. So as Halloween nears, pray that people beg for Yeshua (Jesus) to come into their life, thereby enabling His light to dispel the darkness. In the torah portion, Brother Mitch opened up Bereshit, On the Beginning, from Genesis 1:1 – 6:8. The focus was on an intelligent design creation, our subsequent fall, and God’s plan to restore His House. You can check out Mitch’s Torah: The 3 U’s Version, on Amazon. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan kicked Halloween and Paganism in the butt! Boom. The truth has not changed, we should not repurpose dark things, and we can love people without participating in darkness. Listen at your own risk and as always.
22 Oct 2016. Praying and First Love – JLD. Coming back from joyous fellowship under the Sukkah, many of us are on such a spiritual high; do not let HaSatan bring you down! Focus on the manner of love that Messiah has for you, which through His blood, can make you blameless. Alleluia, Praise Yah and Praise God, for everything He has done in our lives life, and will continue to do, as we lift things up in prayer. So there was not torah portion during Sukkot week, but Pastor Duane did cover the third part of our Mission and Vision; showing people how to love Messiah, as per John 14:15. Remember to not make the commandments burdensome, or your first love, as that should be God. And if the example of a host offering you an unkosher meal hurt your brain, this Shabbat, Rabbi Jonathan will discuss how to make Halloween “kosher”. Scary.
15 Oct 2016. Punishment and Humility – JLD. Although the High Holy Days are over, may we continue to declare that I am not alone, because You will go before me, and never leave me. We carry His atoning blood, with us, everywhere we go. Amen! Brother Chris closed out our Torah Portions, Simchat Torah style, with Ha’azinu and V’Zot HaBerachah, from Deuteronomy 32:1 – 34:12. Heaven and earth witness our life, so it is wise to remain faithful to God, lest we get dealt with. True. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan covered the 5 W’s (Who, What, Where, When, Why) for Sukkot, and then connected it with the effect of being humbled. Romans 12:16 echoes the importance to not set our minds on high things, nor extravagance, so let us not think we are better than anyone, and enjoy some sweet fellowship during Sukkot.
12 Oct 2016. Surrender and Yom Kippur – JLD. On this most Holy of Holy Days, where many believe God completes His yearly review of man, before writing names in the book of life, do you think you stand worthy to say you surrendered your will, to His? If not, we encourage you to re-invite Yeshua (Jesus) into your heart, and re-commit to obey His word. It is never too late to T’Shuva or Return, to His ways. In our service, we discussed the wholly inspired aspect of the bible, so if we accept what Paul says is good for us to do in Corinthians, how much more should we value The Lord’s Feasts of Leviticus 23? After a little responsive reading, we went into the Al Chet confessions, to put aside our transgressions and mistakes. Then from that feeling of being renewed, many of us took the broken body and shed blood, as we begin a new year. Amen.
08 Oct 2016. Cowardice and Sukkot – JLD. Oh, how we should all want more of Your Love, and more of Your Power, as we seek to have more of You, in our lives! Beautiful praise and worship, after which Brother Alex covered Parsha Vayelech, He Went, from Deuteronomy 31:1 – 31:30. Moses says to be strong and courageous, because Adonai (The Lord) walks with us… does this need for confidence, apply today? Revelation 21:8 shows yes, as a coward is someone who knows right, but does wrong, for comfort’s sake. Let us never do that! Our praise reports brought visitors from Florida, and our prayer was for God to continue bringing us back to Him. Amen. Then for Shabbat Shavuh, Rabbi Jonathan read Hosea 14, recapped Rosh Hashanah, and referenced Yom Kippur, but our focus was on Sukkot, and the fruit we need to gather or show.
02 October 2016. Yom Teruah and Trumpets – JLD. The traditional greeting for the High Holy Days of Leviticus 23 is L’Shana Tova or “For a Good Year”. Our community believes Man was created around the time of Rosh Hashanah (Yom Teruah), and Christ was actually born during Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). So as any father might be reflective on the birthday of his children, maybe God is ending a year thinking about us. And if so, what notes might He make about you, in His Book of Life? In these ten Days of Awe, we encourage you to rest, and reflect. Find fellowship with like-minded folks, and make this a holy convocation. Sound a shofar if you have one. And before you make any offering to God, asking Him to forgive you of your sins, please, take the time to forgive others. From all of us at Messiah Echad, a place “Where Christian, Jewish, and Non-Religious Believers find Echad (Oneness)”, a place where all lives truly do matter, L’Shana Tova!
01 October 2016. “If and Rosh Hashanah” – JLD. As we near the High Holy Days, praise and worship was amazing, espcailly with all the shofars we sounded. Then in the parsha, Duane covered Nitzavim, Standing, from Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20. The bonus was feeling God hug us, and the main point was there being a blessing or a curse, dependent upon IF we keep the Lord’s Commandments, or not. Let us continue choosing the blessings, so we can speak about them in praise report time, and may Adonai answer our prayer requests. In the main message, Rabbi Jonathan spoke about Spongebob Squarepants, the upcoming High Holy Days, and Rosh Hashanah (Yom Teruah) logistics. Please listen, then email or text an RSVP for the upcoming feasts. Lastly, please set aside any boxes or bins you have, for the Lawrences move. L’Shana Tova (To A Good Year)!
24 September 2016. Blessings and Neighbors – JLD. Amen on Mya leading us as we sang praises to the King of kings, He is our everything, and we will adore Him. As we near the High Holy Days, we were blessed with Mitch doing his inaugural torah portion at Messiah Echad, Ki Tavo, When You Come In, Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8. Big idea is we worship a loving God, who wants to bless us, and we should allow said blessings to overtake our lives. Praise reports included overcoming addictions, and pray requests will keep the cycle of healing going… Amen. In the main message, Rabbi Jonathan gave a nod to his plaid suit, which the Rebbetzin thinks is 1980’s style but it is not. We digress; the drash was about the loving our neighbor part of our Mission and Vision. So do that, be living waters to people, and invite someone to our High Holy Days.
17 September 2016. “If You Want, and Orphans” – JLD. Praise and worship included a style of music from our past… good ole recorded tracks! Yet even in that, the glory of the Lord sure filled our place. Amen. Sister Shandilyn delivered a wonderful prophecy on being keys to open doors, after which Rabbi Jonathan spoke on Ki Teitzei, “When you go forth”, from Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19. And since we have permission to voluntarily obey torah, reviewed the instruction to respect captives, avoid cross dressing, not send escaped slaves back, treat foreigners well, and never deal falsely. Then in the sermon, Guest Pastor Nate Cashdan from Fervent Embrace Ministries, spoke on Father God’s Heart being for the orphans (Romans 8:14-18). So at the least, please pray for them, and catch us next week for monthly oneg. Blessings,
10 September 2016. “Judges and Sermon on Mount – JLD”. Shalom, and if no one has told you yet that God has a blessing, with your name on it, now you know. Go claim it! In the torah portion, Brother Chris covered Shoftim, Judges, from Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9. By studying the Mosaic justice system, we better understand the Apostolic Writings, which show Yeshua (Jesus) did not break (end), rather He fulfilled (did). Amen. Praise reports continued our three-year trend of God blessing us every week, and prayer requests kept the cycle going. Finally, Rabbi Jonathan covered the Sermon on the Mount, from Mathew 5:2 – 7:29. This was where Yeshua taught in Capernum, using allegory and analogies, along with pointed phrases, to point Jews to faith, which we still need today, along with works. Great sermon!
03 September 2016. “Jews Blessings and Tithe” – JLD. We shout out Your name, and from the rooftops we proclaim, we are Yours! Our identity, purpose, and worship, is to and for G-d. Rabbi Jonathan opened our study with Re’eh, See or Behold, from Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17. We should want to claim our blessings by finding fellowship, watching out for apostates, eating kosher, tithing, releasing each other of debts, and sanctifying our firstborns. Praise reports included one lady returning home from her heart transplant, and another being cleared of blood clots. God is good. Finally, Pastor Duane delivered an amazing sermon on the importance of tithing, which is our duty to G-d, and enables Him to bless us. If you struggle with tithing, want to learn more, or wonder why P. Duane is so blessed, HEAR THIS SERMON!
27 August 2016. “Fear The Lord and Vision” – JLD. Praise and Worship was powerful as always, but this week it included vocals from Mya, who at the age of nine, proudly sang “Glory, glory, hallelujah, He reigns!” Amen. In the torah portion, Pastor Harry covered Ekev or Consequence, from Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25. Where Moses again gave Israel instructions from God, but notable is grace after meals, the golden cow incident, and a reminder to fear the Lord. Then after a little praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan covered the first part of our Mission and Vision at Messiah Echad, showing people how to love God. Spoiler alert; loving God starts in the home. Finally, R. Jonathan would like to thank our special guest, John Wayne Walding, a fellow wounded veteran who is a powerful testimony to never giving up.
20 August 2016. “Three and Righteousness” – JLD. We began praise and worship with gadol Elohai, shiru ki gadol Elohai, which means how great is our God, sing with me how great is our God! Amen… Our God is so great, and never leaves us alone. In the parsha, Rabbi Jonathan covered Va’etchanan, I Pleaded, Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11. Our focus was Moses not being permitted to cross into the Promised Land, but Moses was allowed to see it. Further, Moses prepared Israel by leveraging the three data point model. Next, we had praise reports about new jobs and prayer requests for continued blessings, after which our special guest, Pastor Whit Anderson from Christ Presbyterian Church, brought a message on righteousness. Everything we do should be for the glory of God, not for the public exaltation of ourselves.
13 August 2016. “Trusting and Neighbors” – JLD. With special guests in from all over the nation, we were pleased to witness Rabbi Jonathan and Rebbetzin Melinda dedicate their newly adopted children, Karissa (5) and Tristen (3), to Adonai (The Lord). Praise and worship finished with a song very near to the Dades; a song which says we are all children of God. Next, Brother Chris opened up Devarim, Words, with the parsha from Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:2. We focused on trusting God and obeying His Word. Then after some praise reports and a little prayer, Rabbi Jonathan delivered a heartfelt sermon on identifying, then loving our neighbor. And after laying that foundation, The Dades dedicated their children to Adonai, while also vowing to be their forever parents. Amen!
06 August 2016. “Inheritance and Politics” – JLD. As we concluded praise and worship, Rabbi Jonathan and Worship Leader Danaë, felt a nudge to heal those who were hurting. So no matter what the pain, and even to those online, we pray Adonai provides healing, and gives you His Shalom (Peace). As for the parsha, Brother Chris summarized Matot, Tribes, and Masei, Journeys of, from Numbers 30:2 – 36:13. The focus was on the inheritance we strive to receive, which is a function of our obedience and interestingly, also our humility. Praise reports and prayer requests were great, after which Rabbi Jonathan brought a (non-political) message on animals. Whether you support Elephants, Donkeys, or Gulls, this is not the message to miss, as it will help you choose!
30 July 2016. “Convince and Fear God“ – JLD. Shalom and how wonderful it is when we can tap into that more love, more power, which can only be found in Him. May you be blessed as you enjoy this audio recording, spending time with Adonai (The Lord). Torah Portion Phinehas, Numbers 25:10 – 30:1, was presented by Pastor Duane. The theme was about following the leader, which is common in Numbers, after which we pondered if man can change the mind of God. Praise reports and prayer requests showed us a God that still heals, and then Brother Alex did a sermon around man’s purpose on this earth. The great commission is one part, but fearing God by giving glory to him, is the other. Amen, and catch you next week for Shabbat, as we continue preparing for God.
23 July 2016. “Balak, and Interconnectedness” – JLD. Oh how we enjoyed hosting Micah and Abby Mahoney from Congregation Zion’s Sake in Newport News VA! If you enjoyed today and want more worship like this, check out our album Awakened at Messiah Echad, and the project Heartcry of David. As for the word, P. Harry covered Balak, Destroyer, from Numbers 22:2 – 25:9. In portion, we get the beautiful Ma Tovu. Then after numerous praise reports and soulful prayer, Rabbi Jonathan proceeded with a drash on being balanced Messianic Jewish Believers, who leverage a divinely, interconnected scripture. See you next week (30 July) for monthly oneg,
16 July 2016. “Ordinances and Grace” – JLD. It is great to share spirit filled worship with believers who run to him. Granted, Rabbi Jonathan did not physically run in the service, he did drum pretty fast in some of the songs, then briskly walked off stage to cover Chukat, Ordinance of, from Numbers 19:1 – 22:1. Our focus was on the red heifer purification, Israel complaining about thirst, and Israel complaining against God. Israel should have trusted more in Adonai! A few praise reports and prayer requests bridged us into the sermon, which was covered by Brother Chris. Many believers misunderstand grace, and misquote Hebrews, but the “better” covenant is being given the power to keep the law. Amen. Catch you next week, and with special guest, Micah Mahoney in concert.
09 July 2016. “Follow and Serve” – JLD. During an extremely anointed worship time, many of our members re-dedicated themselves, and prayed for our community, at the altar, which is always open, especially during the final song. As for the word, P. Duane covered torah portion Korah from Numbers 16:1 – 18:32, which was about following the leader. Note, following does not connote complaining or rising against. Next was our usual, awesome, praise reports, which this week included our Rabbi being hit while cycling, and not breaking a bone. Praise God! In the main message, Rabbi Jonathan covered our seventh statement of faith (Membership) after which Cruz Correa from CASA of Travis County, showed everyone one way that they can serve the community.
02 July 2016. “Trust, Obey, and Will” – JLD. How great is our God, and worthy of the praise we lifted up in our Service. Rabbi Jonathan started us off by asking four questions on parsha Shlach, Send For Yourself, Numbers 13:1 – 15:41. Even after the lessons learned in Numbers, on trusting and obeying, did Israel believe they could claim the land God gave them? How did Israel treat godly voice of reason? Did Israel heed Moses’ direction? There are so many things to learn from torah! Then after praise reports and prayer, with the guidance of P. Duane, Brother Phillip brought forth his inaugural sermon at Messiah Echad. The topic was doing the will of God, with what God has given you. Amen and Happy Fourth of July (Independence Day).
25 June 2016. “Levites and Orlando” – JLD. After an awesome praise and worship set, to include vocals from a guest worship singer, Pastor Duane summarized the torah portion Behaalotecha, In your making go up, Numbers 8:1 – 12:16. The key points were setting the Levites apart, observing the commandments, and not complaining as Miriam did… God does not like complaining. We then thanked God for our praise reports, and humbly submitted a few prayer requests. Lastly, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on the recent shooting at a gay club in Orlando, and Rabbi reminded us to embrace the person, yet shun the sin. Spoiler Alert… we do not take a stance on homosexuality. We take a stance on sin.
18 June 2016. “Sent Out and Brooding” – JLD. The audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/blog/18-june-2016-t7h/ and the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/18-Jun-2016-Slides.pdf . Oh how great is our God, and lively the praise and worship at Messiah Echad! It is worth every minute, of the drive you will make. This past Shabbat, Brother Chris spoke on parsha, Naso, Elevate, Numbers 4:21 – 7:89. This was a power packed section on; placing the defiled outside the camp, accused women drinking bitter waters, the Nazarene vow, the Aaronic benediction, and the dedication offering. Then in the drash, Rabbi Jonathan delineated between salvation and sanctification, after which we explored various commandments surrounding the Shabbat. Yet it was the concluding admonition, on being pastoral or motherly, like a broody hen (Luke 13:34), which reached so many hearts. Amen.
11 June 2016. “Ownership and Shavuot” – JLD. Master of the universe, ha tov shimcha; we gratefully acknowledge you in worship and in praise! We also heard a reading prompted by Brother Alex, along with a new song. Next, Bamidbar, In The Wilderness, Numbers 1:1 – 4:20, was covered by Brother Chris. Our focus was on our bodies, like the temple, belonging to The Master of The Universe. Then after praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan led us in a fun, scriptural, Shavuot or Pentecost Service. We also don’t care if you observe yours differently. Those passages again, were (1) Leviticus 23:16-22, (2) Acts 2:1-5, (3) Exodus 19:1, 34:27, 40:17, (4) 1 Corinthians 15:20, (5) Ruth 1:4-22, (6) Galatians 5:22-23, (7) Deuteronomy 26:9-10, and (8) Colossians 2:16-17.
04 June 2016. “Tithing and Discord” – JLD. Healing is here, and I believe it! And we were so blessed as S. Danaë led us into a healing time of praise and worship, after which B. Alex felt God wanted to heal someone on the spot, which he did! Amen! The parsha was presented by Rabbi Jonathan, Bechukotai, In My statutes, Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34. Walking in the statues of The Lord brings blessings, while dismissing them brings oppression. We also explored redemption, and the tithe, before counting more blessings, then submitting praying requests. Lastly, Pastor Duane delivered a powerful sermon on Messiah Echad’s sixth statement of faith – unity. After hearing it, you will abhor disunity or discord. See you next week for Shavuot (Pentecost) Shabbat and Monthly Oneg.
28 May 2016. “Six Days and Storms” – JLD. We began by remembering how You are the one who walks through fire, You take the orphan’s hand, You are the one Messiah, You are I am. Amen. Next, Rabbi Jonathan did the torah portion, Behar, On The Mountain, Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2. The three points to consider were taking a Sabbath year of rest, returning possession in the year of Jubilee, and respecting God’s Sanctuary. Praise report time is always joyous, and may our prayer requests turn into praise, in the coming weeks! And finally, we were blessed to have Pastor David Cobb from The Worship Place, speak on navigating the storms of life. The sermon begins 50 minutes into the audio recording, and we pray the slides also bless you.
21 May 2016. “Punishments and Following” – JLD. We are no longer strangers to your arms. By your grace you have saved us… we’re no longer strangers arms. Beautiful praise and worship Danaë. Brother Alex covered parsha Emor, Say, Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23, which included difficult things to preach. After all, who wants to embrace the harsh punishments for breaking the Laws of God… but then again, how well does it go when we attempt to break the laws of gravity? It’s a good thing we heed God, as was evident in our praise reports and prayer requests. Lastly, Rabbi Jonathan recapped his Sacred Name message, before digging into our second Statement of Faith… following His commands (John 14:15).
13 May 2016. “Kedoshim and Holy Names” – JLD. On a rainy day here in Texas, we stayed dry in our Sanctuary, while bidding farewell to our Brother Caleb. Thank you for your music, to the solo He (God) Wants It All. In the torah portion, Brother Phillip spoke on Kedoshim, Holy Ones, from Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27, where God wants all of us, in holiness. Let us help the needy and not place stumbling blocks. Praise reports included vehicles, healings, and financial blessings… amen! Then we prayed, after which Rabbi Jonathan spoke on being right. Many of us feel we are right, especially when it comes to Theologies, but what does Gad say?
07 May 2016. “Rejection and Mothering” – JLD. How beautiful it is to know that we glorify a Risen Savior, which we did at The Worship Place in Georgetown. Praise and Worship was lively as always, after which Rabbi Jonathan covered Acharei Mot, After The Death, Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30. We talked about not making profane fire, modern day scapegoats, atonement processes, dedicating things to God, and things from which we believers are prohibited (i.e. consuming blood). Powerful connections. In the drash, Pastor Duane dedicated his time giving thanks for all the Mothers in the congregation, who show a love Fathers simple are not created to provide. And for those counting omer, sunset on Sunday 08 May 2016, marks day 16, but also Mother’s Day, to don’t forget to call Mommy.
30 April 2016. ““Soteriology and Weddings” – JLD. There’s no fear in love… I want to stay close to You, It’s really that simple, I want to stay close to You, My whole life long (Gretzinger and Ward). Beautiful sentiments of worship, after which B. Phillip explained to us how me and Jesus, we go together, like Pinky and the Brain. Being this close with Him has its benefits, chiefly seen in our praise reports, which are a function of our earnestly put prayer requests. Then in the drash, Rabbi Jonathan concluded on Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits, before making connections to Yeshua and Soteriology. Finally, we wedded Anthony and Christina Velez! Mazel Tov to you and thank you for sharing your day with us.
23 April 2016. “Passover and Chametz” – JLD. In our third year as a Messianic Congregation, we were so blessed to have well over a hundred native born (Jews) and strangers (Christians), together, for Seder. We always have a great time and our Passover audio recording is online. Then on the Shabbat, Brother Chris read a scripture that had been on his heart, about removing the physical and spiritual leaven from our lives,. Finally, after a little praise report and prayer request time, Rabbi Jonathan dug deep into the implications of feasting and fasting, in the same season. Although seemingly contradictory, like going up a mountain and then down a valley, our lives are like this, yet through Him, we somehow remain level or moderate.
16 April 2016. “Defiling and Passover” – JLD. Brother Chris did an awesome job speaking about the nature of our living God, from Metzora, Leper, Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33. Any death that stains or defiles, has to be cleaned before we approach our Creator, and thankfully, through the Son of God, we are given another, powerful way to atone. That video we played was https://youtu.be/l9vn5UvsHvM, complements of The Bible Project. Then were some amazing praise reports, followed by prayer requests, which will become praise reports soon! And welcome back from your cycling event Rabbi Jonathan; we enjoyed your message on the Passover Story and Commandment. Information for our Seder (Friday 22 April, 07pm) can be found at http://messiahechad.org/events/#pesach, our audio recording from this past Shabbat is online.
09 April 2016. “Baptism and Bible 101” – JLD. Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art! And how great our God is, which we praise even through traditional hymns. In the torah portion, Pastor Harry covered Tazria, She bears Seed, from Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59. This section was about cleansing, spiritual diseases, and the atonement we ultimately receive, through Messiah. Amen, and our praise report time was so lively, from God bringing cooling breezes, to being reminded to “Watch God”. Please pray for those with needs, and our veterans. And finally, Pastor Duane covered his first in a series about the Bible… a book that remains a number one best seller, but takes study to understand correctly.
02 April 2016. “Teachers and Groups” – JLD. Here’s my heart Lord… Here’s my life Lord… Speak what is true. Beautiful words, dedicating ourselves in heavenly service, to our Lord God. Then after praise and worship, Chris delivered his inaugural torah portion at Messiah Echad, on the responsibilities of being teachers, priests, and congregational leaders, from Shemini, Eighth, Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47. It was a very insightful word Chris. Next in the service were praise reports, which we are not at liberty to share online, but would love to tell you about personally, followed by our prayer request time. Finally, the main message was about why believers of the New Testament, should follow the Old. Lastly, please share our new video – https://youtu.be/fUCNvwZzwrA and building plans – http://messiahechad.org/about-us/#NB.
26 March 2016. “Queens, Kings, and Esther” – JLD. So while some, unknowingly, paid homage to Ishtar, we gave Praise and Worship to Adonai, by proclaiming MaTovu or How Lovely are His Dwelling Places, then singing Shalom Aleikhem or Peace be Upon You. After that was torah portion Tzav or Command, from Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36. Phillip explained how we are called to be clean, anointed, and filled with Adonai’s Spirit. My brothers and sisters; we live in this world, but are not of it. Lastly, after prayer, we read the Book of Esther… Purim is where King Ahasuerus’ (bless him) invited Queen Vashti (tisk tisk) to dinner, but she refused! So she was replaced by Esther (aww), who spoke up at just the right time to save the Jews from Haman (boo), with the help of her Uncle Mordecai (yay).
19 March 2016. “Worship and Burnt Offering” – JLD. It was such a blessing to hear over 90 minutes of praise and worship, which was recorded, and will be sent to a studio for our second album release; Freedom at Messiah Echad. Stay tuned on CD Baby and iTunes! In between our songs, we enjoyed poetic reading from Phillip… we are cool if we are saved, and its cool be heaven bound! Finally, we enjoyed the torah portion from Rabbi Jonathan, Vayikra, And he called, Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26. The burnt, grain, peace, sin, and trespass offerings may not be active in the physical sense, as Messiah is our offering (Hebrews 10:14), since He lives in us spiritually, the effects of the offerings should be manifest in our lives. See you next week, in Purim attire, and with sandwich items for monthly oneg.
12 March 2016. “Temple and Transformed” – JLD. During some passionate, tearful worship, we implored God to pull us a little closer, and take us a little deeper, so we can know His heart. Amen. We began with Pastor Nate of Fervent Embrace Ministries, connecting Pekudei, Accountings Of, from Exodus 38:21 – 40:38, with the modern temple. As God, via the Ruach, dwells in us, our bodies are now the temples. Amen again. In the drash, Rabbi Jonathan expounded upon the Ruach; we explored the gifts, fruits, expressions, personalities, and relationship thereof. And the Ruach is ready, to dwell in and transform us. Lastly, for those who attended (not recorded), Raymond Jarmillo McCleod from Broadway, showed us how to leverage those vocal chords, speak emphatically, and present ourselves well.
05 March 2016. “Socialism, Praise, Asking” – JLD. Gearing up for our All Praise and Worship Service on 19 March, both teams encouraged us to “Clap Louder”, and “Worship Deeper”, as we embrace our Freedom. Amen. In the parsha, Alex connected current events with Vayakhel, And he assembled, from Exodus 35:1 – 38:20. Each person is to to give as God commands, and God Blesses back, however not equally, rather accordingly. During praise reports, Margarita and Dave expressed how a few months with Messiah Echad, positively changed their whole family… thanks for sharing! Lastly, Duane delivered an engaging sermon on everything in this world, giving praise to Adonai. And after the service was our first Ask The Rabbi. Wow. See you next week for Services, and Stage Training with Raymond.
27 February 2016. “Aleph Tav, Men of God” – JLD. This is my prayer in the desert, when all that’s within me feels dry… we know that our God, will always provide. Amen. In the torah portion, Joseph Bailey spoke on Ki Tisa, When You Lift Up, from Exodus 30:11 – 34:35. We all need to be redeemed, Yeshua is the ransom that was paid, and He (the Alpeh Tav) brought holiness since the beginning. Then after praise reports, and prayer, Rabbi Jonathan concluded the Men of God Series, encouraging men to be committed or dedicated, and loving or forgiving. And after services, we had some awesome oneg fellowship, to include the college and career group (Chavurah B’samim) bowling at Mel’s Lone Star Lanes. Catch you next week for Shabbat at 03pm, followed by our first Ask The Rabbi at 05:30pm.
20 February 2016. “Fire and Men of God” – JLD. After some amazing trumpet from Caleb, along with the rest of an awesome praise and worship set, our souls were made ready to be filled for another week. And P. Duane did a great job doing so, from parsha Tetzaveh, You Shall Command, from Exodus 27:20 – 30:10. Its uplifting to know that even the temple laws, still have relevance today. Then after thanking God via praise reports, followed by praying for some more blessings, Rabbi Jonathan began a two part series on being Men of God. This time was men (1) being true worshippers, and (2) being biblical scholars… catch you next week for monthly oneg, and Part Two! Oh, and the Paint Party after services was colorful, no pun intended. Be sure to share our messages with a friend.
13 February 2016. “Offering and Messiah” – JLD. Ki Gadol Elohai; How great is our God, indeed! Praise and Worship time at Messiah Echad is always lovely. In the torah portion, Pastor Harry summarized Terumah or Heave Offering, from Exodus 25:1 – 27:19, which was about the temple and holy of holies. Lots of detail and lots of scripture were in this section, so make sure to review, as you are able. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan covered our second statement of faith, belief in “ the Son of God, Born to Joseph and Mary of Nazareth, known as Yeshua (Jesus), or simply, Messiah.” The big points were (1) Messiah being the Son of God, (2) Messiah also being a man, and (3) Messiah being Jewish, to include embracing that culture. Amen. Catch you next week, and for Date Night!
06 February 2016. “Laws and Valentines” – JLD. Hallelujah, grace like rain, falls down on me. Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away; they’re washed away. Amen, and thank you Alex for the energizing praise and worship. Next was parsha Mishpatim, Laws, from Exodus 21:1 – 24:18, and it was presented by Phillip. First time delivering a message at our congregation from our brother, but he did a smooth job. Yeah man. In the main drash, Rabbi Jonathan mentioned being wise, before we dug into Mathew 24:37. The end of our world will be like that of Noah, which included giants, spawned from evil forces. Are those entities still alive, fighting against the powers of God? Do you know the origins of Valentines Day? Is Cupid’s reach large, enticing, and not of God?
30 January 2016. “Shema and Yahweh God” – JLD. I will call upon Your name, and keep my eyes above the waves. My soul will rest in Your embrace, for I am Yours and You are mine. Beautiful praise and worship Danae! In the torah portion, Pastor Joseph covered Yitro, Jethro, Exodus 18:1 – 20:23, which spoke on the importance of hearing, then doing something with the word we receive. Amen. And in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Of the 2,500+ gods out there, Messiah Echad worships a God who is not a plural unity, rather He is an all powerful ONE God, as per the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4. So to help us distinguish between our God and the others, we talked about attributes, characteristics, and natures that are unique to each.
23 January 2016. “Yahweh Nissi and Worthy” – JLD. While we lift our East Coast brothers who are experiencing a harsh winter, here in Central Texas, we were blessed with a mild day and some hot word. After the announcements and one worship song, which was included in the recording, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on Beshalach “When he let go”, from Exodus 13:17 – 17:16. The Lord is our banner, Yahweh Nissi, and we should picture or remember Him, in front of us, no matter the situation. Then after some amazing praise reports and heartfelt prayer requests, P. Duane spoke on how we are worthy enough to be God’s hands and feet, and He bought us with a price. Finally, we ordained Duane Smale as an Elder. and Associate Pastor. Messiah Echad is growing; see you next week for monthly oneg!
16 January 2016. “Freedom and Contentment” – JLD. After some spirit filled praise and worship by Team Bet, Daniel set aside the drums to present Torah Potion Bo, Come, from Exodus 10:1 – 13:16. Daniel did an amazing job speaking about God showing Himself, and His Power, through all the plaques; the first seven were for the nations, while the final three were for Israel. Powerful. Finally, we had some powerful prayer, after which Rabbi Jonathan spoke on being content, inspired by the encouragement found in Philippians 4:11. The key to being content is having (1) happiness, making sure we have (2) peace, and focusing on being (3) satisfied. We even covered some practical truths to being content. Catch you next week for services, and Duane Smale’s Ordination!
09 January 2016. “YHVH and Leadership” – JLD. Messiah Echad was blessed to have Alex speak on Vayera, I appeared, from Exodus 6:2 – 9:35. We saw how there were magicians who could copy the first three plagues, but after that, they could not compare to the power of YHVH (often pronounced Yahweh). His name and power, is above all, although He is also known by titles, manifestations, or attributes. So after praying in His name, Rabbi Jonathan taught on the leadership structure of Messiah Echad, which is founded in His Scriptures. As opposed to the downsides of being led by emotions or mobs (crow psychology), we see how God more often led through one, called out person. And this is the model we follow at Messiah Echad, as alluded to in our About Us Page, and Constitution.
02 January 2016. “Commands and Unity” – JLD. After praise and worship, then a brief prophetic message, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on Shemot from Exodus 1-6. Rabbi summarized the beginning section, then quizzed us on the rest. How did God appear to Moses, what was His Name, how many signs were given to Moses, how many people led the rival, and do Gods commands matter to people? After the parsha was praise reports, then prayer requests, then another prophetic message, which concluded in more prayer… oh how we are praying in 2016! Next, our special guest, Pastor Nate Cashdan from Fervent Embrace Ministries and Agape Life Church, spoke on why unity is important, what unity is, what should we unify around, what does unity look like, and why we should unify.
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26 December 2015. “Blessings and Personal” – JLD. Praise G-d; it has been a blessed, and prosperous year for Messiah Echad! And as we look toward 2016, we pray more are led to tithe (https://messiahechad.org/tithes/), enjoy the e-newsletter, (http://eepurl.com/8SGQ5), and join us in fellowship (https://messiahechad.org/contact/). In the service, Kevin summarized parsha Vayechi, And He Lived, from Genesis 47:28 – 50:26. It was about blessings over the tribes, of which most were favorable, except maybe that of Dan, the serpent, or Benjamin, the ravenous wolf. Next, we paused for praise reports, to include blessings despite tornados, and prayer, which we requested over our families. Lastly, we heard from Pastors Harry and Duane about the journeys that led them to Messiah Echad. Enjoy your new year.
19 December 2015. “Faith and Women” – JLD. One of our newer and previously ordained members, Pastor Joseph, took the torah portion Vayigash, He Approached, from Genesis 44:18 – 47:27. This was a spirit filled delivery about faith, obedience, and word with prayer. A few cross-referenced verses were Hebrews 11:1-6, Hanukkah 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38, Romans 10:17, John 1:1, Ezekiel 37:15-28, Acts 7:9-10, 1 Corinthians 6:19, and John 14:6. In the main message, after a brief introduction from Rabbi Jonathan, our Rebbetzin or First Lady, Melinda, covered some practical truths to being a biblical “help meet”. After all, women are created to be special gifts to their men, so let them smile, have a good attitude, and be the person our men turn to, when they need something.
12 December 2015. “Hungered and Lights” – JLD. Our Rebbetzin (Melinda) talked to the children about Miketz, At The End Of, from Genesis 41:1-44:17. This was on Pharaoh dreaming about a famine, God giving spiritual gifts to Joseph, Benjamin being loved, and Joseph wanting to observe his brother’s behaviors. Fun. Next, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on the lampstand (Exodus 25:) and lighting (Exodus 27:) commandments, where the Chanukah story begins. Granted, the Babylonians destroyed the temple, God’s People won back our religious freedoms, and continue to do so today. Police Chief Wayne Nero prayed with us during Chanukah, Mayor Dale Ross proclaimed 11 December 2015 as Messiah Echad Day, and Governor Gregg Abbot sent us a special greeting. Now on to the fight from the rear; persecution from Jews and Christians Brethren.
09 December 2015. “Partnering Together” – JLD. Special thanks to Pastor Kelly and Pastor David of The Worship Place Church, for inviting Rabbi Jonathan of Messiah Echad, to speak at their Wednesday Power Lunch. And how beautiful it is when fellow believers in Messiah can unite together as prayed about in John 17:21, showing the world we are Echad (one), just as He is Echad. The key take away is listening to that still small voice, where we are encouraged to follow God’s will, so that amazing things come to pass. For Messiah Echad, our calling is living out Galatians 3:26-29, “Where Christian, Jewish, and Non-Religious Believers find Echad (Oneness)”. Looking forward to what God has ordained in this partnership… Chanukah Semeach and Happy Holidays!
05 December 2015. “Chanukah and Prayer” – JLD. Rabbi Jonathan spoke on Vayeshev, And he settled, Genesis 37:1 – 40:23, where we read Joseph being thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, then put in jail, all for being favored. And as we too receive persecution for being special, Rabbi encouraged the children by reading Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah. That being said, being called apart also has perks; we have Chief Wayne Nero – Georgetown PD, Pastor Charley Turner – River Rock Bible, Reverend Megan Danner – Southwestern University, Rabbi David Hall – Zion Congregation, Steve Hoelscher – T’Shuva Congregation, and Mayor Dale Ross of Georgetown, assisting in our 2nd Annual Georgetown Chanukah Lighting! Finally, Pastor-Elect Duane presented a passionate message on getting biblical values and prayer back in our nation.
28 November 2015. “Royal Family and Abuse” – JLD. On this Thanksgiving weekend, we were pleased to have Hank cover Vayishlach, And He Sent, from Genesis 32:4-36:43. All families, to include the royal one in scripture, have colorful pasts, so we should never feel condemned. Instead we believe in the Word, trust our past inheritance, and embrace the future blessings. In the main message, Rabbi Jonathan covered how believers are often misused or abused. Three practical truths to protect us are (1) properly assess or name our situations, (2) quantify then allocate our resources, then (3) say yes, or no. Catch you next week for Shabbat, where Rabbi will read to the children about Chanukah, then our first lighting will be Sunday 06 December 2015, at 05pm.
21 November 2015. “Surrounded and History” – JLD. We were very blessed to have Daniel cover Vayetze, And He Went Out, Genesis 28:10 – 32:3. Often times, we are promised things that are contrary to what we want, but The Creator knows what we need, and He is always in control. From this parsha, we see that no matter where we are in life, God is surrounding us, in the beginning and at the end. We can rest in His Shalom. Amen. In the main drash, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on how our days would be, if we all listened to God, as R. Jonathan did before planting our beloved congregation. The history of Messiah Echad was meager but the current state of our congregation is vibrant, as we are blessed immensely from promoting a culture of one new man in Messiah (Galatians 3:26-29 – 26).
14 November 2015. “His Will and Free Will” – JLD. During his first torah portion presented at Messiah Echad, Alex spoke on Toledot or Generations, Genesis 25:19 – 28:9. The thing is, many of us receive favor and disfavor in life, which is like a predestined purpose from God. Yet we have the free will to embrace or respect His good will in our lives, while concurrently working to change any ill outcomes that are upon us. Sure gives a unique perspective on Jacob and Rachael tricking Isaac. Then in the main message, Pastor Jonathan further expounded on predestination or things we are given, versus free will or things that are earned… which one rules our world? The assertion is both, at times, and the imagery was likened to a large wave of God’s Power.
07 November 2015. “Life and His Star” – JLD. As we welcomed back Rabbi Jonathan from the Messianic Leadership Roundtable, with Jewish Voice Ministries International, it was a joy to hear him summarize Chayaei Sarah or Life of Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18. The three main point were (1) giving people what is owed, especially to believers, (2) trust then maybe test, God’s will in your life, and (3) never force or coerce people, even if it is to effect God’s will. Then in the main message, Messiah Echad welcomed a dear friend of our Rabbi, Reverend John Crouch, from Maryland, who taught on “His Star”, the actual birthday of Messiah. And spoiler alert… the message starts at minute 20, which leads up to minute 93, when we learned Christ was born during the fall feasts.
31 October 2015. “HaShem and Halloween” – JLD. Our very own Daniel, a Co-Leader of Chavurah B’samim (Small Group of 20s and 30s Folks), did a great job presenting Vayeira, And He Appeared, from Genesis 18:1 – 22:24. We focused on the importance of Fellowship With HaShem, a God with a name that is above all names, yet even He was not too good to personally speak with us, as we do with each other. Beautiful. Then in the main drash, Rabbi Jonathan taught on the Theology of Yahweh (God), then told us three concepts from Jeremiah 16:19-21… grouping people into His Group or The World, abstaining from idols or lies, and remembering that we are set apart to glorify His Name. Now go be a light, and see you next week, as we speak on Messiah’s real birth date.
24 October 2015. “Challenges and Callings” – JLD. Our Rebbetzin sure chose the perfect weekend to be away at a wedding… Florida had beautiful weather while Central Texas received a constant downpour, but with our rain, Adonai also showered us in His Spirit. Pastor Duane covered the parsha, Lech Lecha, Go Forth Yourself, Genesis 12:1 – 17:27, which was about getting out of our comfort zones, and doing whatever it is, G-d called us to do. Amen! Then in the main message, Pastor Harry expounded upon the torah portion, by further speaking about the three families G-d chose to bring His covenant to the world; folks with no particular power, position, wealth, fame, or superiority… they just trusted His call, in their life. Amen again! No uploaded slides for this week but catch the audio recording , then tune in next week, as we discuss how believers should approach Halloween. Scary!
17 October 2015. “Choices and Commandments” – JLD. Brother Hank covered Noach or Noah, Genesis 6:9 – 11:32, which started with God preserving our ability to choose right or wrong, by saving even the unclean animals. But Noah found himself choosing wrong (drunkenness)… bad Noah, and Japheth, for not covering his father. In the sermon, P. Jonathan mentioned his mid-week teaching at New Hope First Baptist then proceeded with our message on John 14:15. To love Messiah, we need to (1) know the commandments, (2) connect to them, and (3) act on them. The slides are uploaded and the audio recording is online. And for anyone who missed our praise / worship team formation meeting, after listening to the discussion, contact us firstname.lastname@example.org!
14 October 2015. “New Hope and Judaism” – JLD. Rabbi Jonathan was a special guest speaker to New Hope First Baptist Church, covering the precepts of Judaism with the Youth Group, and also the parents who decided to attend. The convocation began with some lively praise and worship, then preceded with prayer (just like at Messiah Echad). We spoke a little about the framework of Messianic Judaism, then moved on to defining what it means to be Jewish… the Children of Israel, who are decedents of a guy formerly named Jacob, comprise the group we commonly term Jews. That in mind, Jew does not appear in the Old Testament, and even in the New Covenant, gentile believers can and are grafted in, culturally speaking.
10 October 2015. “Beginning and New” – JLD. As the Eight Day of Sukkot has passed (Shemini Atzeret), we rejoice in the continuation of His word (Simchat Torah), and cycle our readings back to Bereshit, In The Beginning, Genesis 1:1 – 6:8. Pastor Harry summarized this power packed parsha, which covered the creation of our world, animals, and mankind, who sinned once, then again, ending with the story of Noah. Then in the main drash, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on the struggles even Yeshua HaMashiach had with people, because they did not recognize His calling, and that He had been born anew, for a purpose. What He did was hold fast in doing what He could, maintained a good outlook, and eventually moved on in ministry.
03 October 2015. “Blessed and Refuge” – JLD. After another taste of live praise and worship, to include a guitar bridge into the torah portion, Pastor Jonathan continued with V-Zot Ha-Berachah, And This Is The Blessing, Deuteronomy 33:1 – 34:12. One year ago, P. Jonathan covered this parsha, with the help of Bronwynn… fond memories of the lives we touch, and how we are continually blessed. The key points this year were embracing things over our lives, allowing the Ruach (Spirit) to transform us from the inside, and being mindful of those powers (and distractions) around us. And in the sermon, Pastor Elect Duane, who just entered his 3 month confirmation period, taught on the Cities of Refuge, which are now the people, not a place.
26 September 2015. “Eagles and Camping” – JLD – Bill finished his third of three torah portions, Haazinu, Give Ear, Deuteronomy 32:1-52. The major themes in this portion were (1) the scriptures are living waters, (2) our heavenly Father protects us under His wings, and (3) atonement is vital. And not only was Bill’s drash a relevant exegesis of the section, it so beautifully connected the High Holy Day Themes. In the main message, Rabbi Jonathan showed us how The Feast of Tabernacles helps His children to remember that He brought us from Egypt, during this special time of year… Sukkot causes us to leave our comfort zones or move our cheese. Two key cross-references were I Corinthians 9:19-22a (flex to win souls) and Psalms 84:5 (life is a journey).
22 September 2015. “Yom Kippur and Atonement” – JLD. On this most Holy Day of Yom Kippur, we read from Leviticus 23:26-32 and spoke about the importance of afflicting our souls. In most Synagogues, this is done through a drink, food, and martial relations fast, for 25 hours, as the body is able, and spirit willing. This fast is done while we also abstain from work, and for those who believe the commandments may not apply in their life, since some people feel we live in a different administration, we invite you to re-read Leviticus 23:31, then consider how God likely defines forever. After some liturgy and responsive reading, we entered into a repent time of admitting the sins we wanted to be burned away, then the congregation proclaimed “Al Chet!”.
19 September 2015. “Conquering and Fruits” – JLD. Leading up to Yom Kippur (Tuesday 22 September at 07pm http://messiahechad.org/events/#HHD), we were pleased to have Bill summarize Vayelech, And He Went, Deuteronomy 31:1 – 31:30. The encouragement is a call to (a) conquer what He gives us, (b) study His word, daily and cyclically, and (c) be attentive to the reality that rebellion happens. Amen. Then, Rabbi Jonathan continued preparing the congregation for the High Holy Days by speaking on what YHVH asks us to do, directly after the Day of Atonement… enjoy Sukkot. We will camp in temporary dwellings or booths, gather fruit, to include the Fruits of the Ruach (Spirit), and make daily offerings; leading up to Yom Kippur, are you, and your fruit, ready?
12 September 2015. “Standing and Reflecting” – JLD. We were blessed to have Bill cover Nitzavim “You Are Standing”, Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20. It starts with setting life or death before each person, and challenging folks to choose life, by following the scriptures. The audience is everyone, the object is entering a covenant relationship, and blessings follow when we obey His Laws, vice our own desires. And Rabbi Jonathan followed in that spirit of obedience, by preparing the congregation for Yom Teruah, also known as Rosh Hashanah… one of four biblical new years. As YHVH (God) get reflective about the creation of man, let us gather together, release our burdens, shout to the heavens, and make offerings. See you today at Tashlich (aka Rosh Hashanah or Yom Teruah) and La Shana Tova!
05 September 2015. “Giving and Mountains” – JLD. As more and more people join Messiah Echad, we have been so blessed with a membership that serves, prays, gives, and contributes! For those who are called to give in the form of music, be sure attend our first Worship Team Practice, on 17 October 2015, at 05:30pm. Our parsha this past week, Ki Tavo “When you enter in”, Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8, spoke about giving, and this was a focus point for Pastor Harry. Then after some awesome praise reports, and a reflective prayer time, Jonathan Dade spoke on loving our neighbor. How beautiful it is when we are on the mountaintops, experiencing the Glory of The Lord, but we are also called to walk back down the mountain, often, to reach and love our neighbors.
29 August 2015 .“Poo and Discipline” – JLD. Our Rebbetzin, Melinda, delivered an interactive and lively drash to the children, from Ki Teitzei “When you go out”, Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19. The section made us thankful that G-d has given us instructions to help those in need, return lost animals, keep our camps sanitary, and stand behind the things we say. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan detailed on how our Heavenly Father requires that we love mercy (ref. Micah 6:1-8). So in that light, we studied II Thessalonians 2:7-9 (restraint vs lawlessness), Proverbs 13:24 (a loving parent punishes), James 1:23 (be doers, not just hearers), and John 13:35 (have love or mercy). Granted, God does punish folks… we should just not wish it to happen.
22 August 2015. “Judges and Vortices” – JLD. Rabbi Jonathan delivered the drash to our children, on Shoftim or Judges, Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9. The idea; there is no partiality with the scriptures, we should heed pastoral counsel, tithes are to be given, false prophets are not of God, accidental manslaughter can be forgiven, and lying is bad. Then in the sermon, Pastor Glen from River In The Hills Church, spoke on dwelling with the Holy Spirit, in light of the upcoming Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). And there was also the prophetic message Pastor Glenn delivered… “I see a vortex over this house, that is going to make people in your sphere of influence to decide, are they for Jesus in His Jewishness, or are they against Yeshua in His Jewishness.” Amein!
15 August 2015. “See and Demonstrate” – JLD. Messiah Echad is positively being known by our fruit, and every service is a beautiful testament to the benefits of doing His will. During our parsha, Re’eh “See!” from Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on the various calendars people leverage to read the scriptures. But no matter the method(s), it is ultimately about studying, then doing, if we want the blessings… alternatively we can chose the curse, from living lawlessly. Personally, I will chose blessings, and dwelling in His house! Then in the message, R. Jonathan explored loving God better, as we aim to do, per our Mission and Vision. And next week, please remember to plan around that 5min detour on County Road 245, if you use the South Entrance.
08 August 2015. “Shema and The Sabbath” – JLD. It was such a blessing to hear prophetic words during our praise and worship set… hearing the Ruach (Spirit) move in our sanctuary, brings such joy to our hearts. Thank you Daniel. Then iun the torah portion, Joseph Bailey spoke on Eikev, “As a result”, from Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25. There was a lot of scriptural re-cap, followed by an admonition to Shema or Listen. And especially relevant if one believes that dark powers will (once again) become manifested in our world, whether via aliens, extraterrestrials, fallen angels, giant beings, or unidentified flying objects (UFOs), NOW is the time to hear or listen to His Commandments. Finally, to demonstrate how simple it is be the elect and follow His Word, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on the Shabbat, giving anyone who listens, a place to start.
01 August 2015. “Pleading and Wisdom” – JLD. After some amazing praise and worship, Pastor Harry summarized Va’etchanan, And I Pleaded, from Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11. Although Moses was not permitted to enter the promised landed, and repeatedly pleaded with God for re-consideration, Yahweh (God) did not change His decision. This parsha also contained several cornerstone passages to include the Shema, V’ahavta, and Ten Commandments… all of which are vital in the Jewish Service. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on making wise choices, inspired by King Solomon from I Kings 3:1-22, and Yeshua (Jesus) from John 8:1-6. Often times, we are called to act, learn, and then act again, while also addressing the hidden questions or covering the deeper impactions, to any problem we face. See you next Shabbat!
25 July 2015. “Giants and Health” – JLD. The torah portion, Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22, was mostly a retelling of previous words, however in the drash delivered by Rabbi Jonathan, we dove deep into the rephaim (giants). We know the nephalim came from the daughters of men (Genesis 6:4-5), but after the flood, only their decedents (the repahim) remained, and they sure sought to defeat the Children of Israel. But no matter what giants we face, whether spiritual, physical, financial, or emotional, nothing can prevail over us whilst The Lord God Himself (Deuteronomy 3:22), fights with us. And to further assist in overcoming those giants, specifically of the health related variety, we had two special guests share a few words with us. Now go defeat some giants, take charge of your health, and join us next Shabbat!
18 July 2015. “Refuge and Genuine” – JLD. So because this was not a leap year, Duane covered Matot (Tribes) and Masei (Journeys Of), Deuteronomy 30:2 – 36:13. It was a great summary… no self-help book compares to the bible, we need to be in the congregation of the righteous, and we should want God (YHVH), to be the Commander of our lives. And do not get us started on that city of refuge reference, as that will positively be scheduled for main message soon! After the parsha, Pastor Jonathan covered how we can be more genuine, and service minded. Romans 12:9-21 spoke on things that demonstrate real love for one another, and Deuteronomy 12:5-14 mentioned many ways to give, showing us it is about more than just a ten percent tithe. See you next week for monthly oneg… prayerfully with a guest, and a biblically kosher dish to pass.
11 July 2015. “Changing and Rulings” – JLD. We enjoyed an amazing Shabbat, with warm fellowship, powerful worship, and insightful teachings. Duane delivered a drash on Pinchas “Dark Skinned”, Numbers 25:10 – 30:1… women received inheritances, leaders misrepresented God, and Moses attempted to change the mind of Adonai. The key take away was our realizing that we actually have the ability to change the mind of God. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on how we as believers, should view our recent Supreme Court ruling, where gay marriage was legalized on the federal level, in the United States. We started in I Corinthians 6:9-10, where we find an indirect reference on the morality of homosexuality, then we explored three principles to help us defend our biblical position. Now share this news!
04 July 2015. “Angels and Chemistry” – JLD. Enjoying the Shabbat on Independence Day, July 4th here in the United States, was both joyous and freeing. Our torah portion, Balak from Numbers 22:2 – 25:9, was presented by Rabbi Jonathan Dade, and we focused on a guy named Balaam. Even a regular man, who was not part of God’s Chosen people (Israel), demonstrated a desire to be free from self seeking desires, and was subsequently blessed with the gift of prophesy. Things are always better when we listen to His Messengers or Malakim (Angels). Then in the main message, Bill spoke on Making The Most of Your Time; Better Kingdom Living Through Scriptural Chemistry. We identified how the right ingredients, catalysts, and buffers, can bring about heavenly products.
27 June 2015. “Red Heifer and Unity” – JLD. Joseph Bailey Lewis blessed us with another insightful torah portion summary, this time on Chukat “Ordinance of”, from Numbers 19:1 – 22:1. Specifically, the red heifer sacrifice was unique in that it was done outside the camp, and was used to cleanse the person, not the place. Similarly, Messiah was sent away to die, giving us (people) everlasting life, and sanctification. Then before the teaching, Rabbi Jonathan briefly acknowledged the elephant in the room, the recent Supreme Court ruling which supports same-sex marriage, before diving into his message on Jewish and Christian believers being part of one body. It was such an amazing reality, how we are all fellow heirs. See you next week, and again at our local 04th of July Celebration.
20 June 2015. “Rebellion and Doubting” – JLD. After getting closer to our Creator in the worship, Bill transitioned us to studying Korah, from Numbers 16:1 – 18:32. We saw how even distant cousins and assistants to the priests, can still fall victim to jealousy and rebellion… things did not work out well for Korah, nor the others who complained. Oh the consequences of rebelling against our leaders, and God. In the message, Pastor Jonathan continued with discussing physical weapons, which he was prophetically inspired to speak on last week. And even in the midst of spiritual warfare, we should not fear what evil seeks to do, nor should we doubt the Power of God. It only takes a moment of our attention being off Him, before it is placed on modern day idols, such as celebrities or rules. See the slides, listen to the recording, and join us next Saturday for monthly oneg.
13 June 2015. “Spies and Open Carry” – JLD. We had an Elder, Pastor Harry, summarize Shlach, Send for yourself, from Numbers 13:1-15:41. Twelve spies went into the Promised Land (Canaan) but only two returned to affirm the land could be claimed. And even today, do we not refuse what He sets aside for us, and does it still not upset Him? In the message, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on the recent approval of open carry in Texas, and how Messianic Believers should view this bill. After all, II Peter 1:3 says all questions on life an godliness are answered in the scriptures, and Mathew 10:16 further wants us to be prepared or wise. So, we studied how psychological warfare (Numbers 13:33), putting away criminals (Deuteronomy 19:3), and the world getting worse (II Timothy 3:13), might point us to support the (open) arming of citizens. Interesting….
06 June 2015. “Ministers and Gideons” – JLD. Continuing in the light of neither a jot nor a tittle passing from the scriptures, Rabbi Jonathan covered Behaalotecha, “In your making go up”, Numbers 8:1-12:16. In the scriptures, Levites (Ministers) are instructed to (a) cleanse before service, (b) only work from 25-50years of age, (c) encourage the unclean to fellowship, (d) heed His call in your life, (e) blow trumpets, (f) value elders, and (g) not give place to fault finders. Then in the main message, Royce Lindsey from the Gideons International, spoke on scripture evangelism. He started in Psalms 119, exploring how God’s Word is a light unto our path, and it is a light that we should purposely set in the path of others. So we encourage you to share the slides, and audio recording… and if any members desire to serve further, by joining the Gideon’s, please let your small group leader know.
30 May 2015. “Elevate and Old Fashioned” – JLD. Despite the torrential rain we received here in Texas (please see Dee , or donate to our benevolence fund, to help with local relief), God gave us beautiful weather on the Shabbat, and a safe place to study His Word. We started by having Bill summarize Naso or Elevate, from Numbers 4:21 – 7:89. There was a timeline surrounding this torah portion, as well as a specific listing of the tribes, to include each leader. All slides and graphics are online. Then in the sermon, assisted by Scheeli and Bronwynn (we will miss you!), Pastor Jonathan leveraged Daniel 4:33, to explain the word fulfill from Mathew 5:17. From reading the whole bible, we know Messiah did not abolish, but rather expressed or lived the commandments. The audio recording is online and safe travels Collins Family!
23 May 2015. “Tribes and Shavuot” – For Parsha Bamidbar, In The Wilderness, Rabbi Jonathan brought the children up to summarize Numbers 1:1 – 4:20. We made five points; (a) the census was of males over twenty years of age, (b) the total count was 603,550, (c) the Tribe of Dan camped on the north side, (d) the Tribe of Levites were priests, and (e) the sons of Kohath carried temple items. Then in the message, we discussed Shavuot, as commanded in Deuteronomy 16:9-12, and as was the time when Moses received the torah (Exodus 19:). Even more awesome is how Messiah was our First Fruits (I Corinthians 15:20-21), which led to us receiving the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4), also on Shavuot! And despite the law written in our hearts (Hebrew 8:6-10), we are not to (negatively) judge those who freely observe (Colossians 2:16-17).
16 May 2015. “Redemption and Pentecost” – JLD. After re-capping our emulation love of John 14:15, desire to understand His Word from I Peter 1:25, and spiritual rebirth in Deuteronomy 30:20, Rabbi Jonathan closed Vayikra (Leviticus), with “On The Mount” and “In My Statutes”. The key is Leviticus 25:23-24… from the Shemitah, up to the Year of Jubilee, it is about us freely redeeming back, what was never ours. In the main message, our special guest, spoke on the background of Shavuot (Pentecost), the Jewish traditions surrounding this festival, and the Shavuot in Acts 2:1-4, where the Ruach (Spirit) wrote the commandments into our hearts. Then as the story unfolds with Christian and Jews, being children of promise together, oh how great it is to be blessed equally. See you for Shavuot Shabbat!
09 May 2015. “Saying and Emulation” – JLD. This past Thursday, Rabbi Jonathan was honored to pray at the Georgetown National Day of Prayer, and Messiah Echad made front-page news with the Williamson County Sun! Oh how The Spirit works… to include how He prophetically worked in Duane for the torah portion summary of Emor “Say” from Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23, during our Shabbat Service. A key take away is how we are all called to be priests, as cross-referenced in Galatians 3:26-29. Lastly, Rabbi Jonathan covered our fifth statement of faith; being born again to everlasting life (Deuteronomy 30:20), understanding the Living Word (I Peter 1:25), and demonstrating our love for Him (John 14:15). The audio recording is online and please make sure to tell that special someone, Happy Mothers Day. The love our moms have shown us, is truly reminiscent of that which He shows us!
02 May 2015. “Leviticus and Baltimore – JLD.” Messiah Echad was pleased to hear from Joseph Bailey Lewis, during his debut torah portions, Acharei Mot – After the death Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30, and Kedoshim – Holy ones Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27. He did an amazing job summarizing the double parsha and if you missed any of the verses he referenced, his slides are online. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan covered current events; notably the riots surrounding Freddie Grey’s passing, and how we should view things as believers. After all, we are called to be wise as serpents yet harmless as doves (Mathew 10:16), from which knowledge in the scriptures (Proverbs 29:18, Hosea 4:6), is our heavenly direction. Enjoy the audio recording and practice viewing world events, through His Eyes.
25 April 2015. “Tabernacle and Babel – JLD.” As we welcomed back Rabbi Jonathan from cycling 500 miles with over 200 veterans in the United Healthcare, Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge (see his email updates), we summarized Tazria “She bears seed”, Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59, and Metzora “Infected one”, Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33. For us, this was about cleanliness in the mishkan or tabernacle, which we aim to have in our place of worship. So whether a co-tenanted building or our own sanctuary, we encourage you to take personal ownership in keeping it clean. In the main message, Rabbi Jonathan covered the Tower of Babel from Genesis 11:1-9, where man fell victim to pride, and wanted to build a tower for themselves, without God. So enjoy the audio recording, and help us ensure our congregation is rooted in Messiah, where we can rightly be a unified Echad.
18 April 2015. “Eighth and Gideon” – JLD. After Passover, we restarted our torah portions with Shmini or Eighth, from Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47. We saw how the temple offerings (sin, burnt, peace, grain, wave) helped invoke the Glory of the Lord, and even modern day believers, should live in the spirit of offerings. Alternatively, we can be like Nadab and Abihu, making profane sacrifices or disobeying the instructions we receive… but that would be ill advised. In the sermon, Bill presented on Gideon, from Judges 6-8. The way Yahweh (God), used 300 men to defeat an army of over 100,000, using only torches and shofars, was truly amazing. Bill even connected the torch and shofar, to our ministry at Messiah Echad. Lastly, be sure to pray for Rabbi Jonathan, while he cycles from Houston to Fort Worth this week.
11 April 2015. “Old Testament Grace” – JLD. As the Lord has been working prophetically with Rabbi Jonathan, finding laws in the New Covenant and grace in the Old, we explored the later, in as early as the torah. In Genesis 6:8, God had become increasingly disappointed in the evil of man, yet He extended grace to his servant Noah. Are we not also commanded in Deuteronomy 22:4, to do so when our brother or his livestock, has fallen? Genesis 18:22 offers yet another perspective, where Yahweh intended to destroy a city, but man negotiated with Him, and effected grace. If the Almighty can hear people out, should not we do the same? Finally, in Exodus 4:10, Moses told Adonai that he was not eloquent in speech (able), yet grace and trust was extended, as Moses later became the spokesman for God’s Chosen People (Israel). The audio recording is online; now go extend some Old Testament Grace!
04 April 2015. “Resurrection Saturday” – JLD. Just as our Messiah began the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Matthew 26:17), we observed the Passover Seder of Exodus 12. Our lamb was grilled, the herbs were spicy, and we decreased by removing leaven, so that He could increase. We even shared this richness with churches and sojourners, who were Jewish in their spirits, and Circumcised in their hearts (Romans 12:28-29). And speaking of outreach, how many know that although we died spiritually (Genesis 2:17), the ultimate sacrifice gave His life on a Wednesday Passover Sabbath (John 19:31), remained dead for 72 hours (Mathew 12:40), then arose Saturday at Sunset, before the first day (John 20:1)? This resurrection news (and calendar) is everlasting life, unlike talk of chocolate eggs, which some believe are laid by rabbits. Enjoy the message and see you on 11 April at 03pm, for Mahoney-Hilario-Dade, Live in Praise.
28 March 2015. “Asked and Passover” – JLD. In working past those jitters, Ofelia took on the torah portion Tzav, Command, from Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36… and she summarized the section very well. This parsha was about temple sacrifices, but Ofelia keenly discovered how it points forward to the ultimate sacrifice found in Hebrews 10:1-18, our Messiah. Then in the main message, our newly ordained Pastor Harry, discussed the original Passover in Egypt, followed by Rabbi Jonathan who explained the New Covenant connection. Especially since we seek to live like Messiah, we should ensure our physical actions mirror the spiritual closeness we have with Him (I John 2:3-6). And since He (Jesus) kept the Passover Seder (Mathew 26:17,19), while conducting His seder in the city, we too should focus on witnessing to “strangers” who are “like us”, in heart or spirit. Enjoy the recording, and see you for seder!
21 March 2015. “Accuracy and Cleansing” – JLD. It was a joy having Bill summarize Vayikra, And he called, from Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26. Although many purpose to do well, we occasionally sin and mess up. So to miss or sin less, we need to get closer to His Word, and see things through His Eyes, as an archer does with a target and sight. Then in the main message, we discussed membership and our third statement of faith, the Holy Spirit. Some of us enjoy the Spirit in softer manners like water immersion, while others desire the Spirit to work more energetically, as in Gifts of the Spirit. The point is to accept the cleansing power of the Spirit, and embrace the range in which He works. Our spring mikvah (baptism) was rescheduled to Tuesday 24 March at 06:30pm.
14 March 2015. “Tabernacle and Preparation” – JLD. Bill closed Exodus with Vayakhel (And he assembled), and Pekudei (Accountings of), Exodus 35:1 – 40:38. Several items were used to make the physical Mishkan (Tabernacle), but have you considered the Sabbath, Believers or Prayer, also as Mishkan? And in the message, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on Emergencies; both studying for them (II Timothy 2:15), and being prepared (Ezekiel 38:7). After all, the enemy is out to do evil (John 10:10) but even in Dystopia (Genesis 19:9-11), we can be victorious, together. Especially when we are wise yet harmless (Mathew 10:16), Security Threats are nothing to fear. So how will you, your family, and congregation, respond when facing Emergencies, Dystopia or Security Threats? Granted, we did not include our plans in the audio recording, but we do invite you to consider yours… and join us for the Spring Mikvah, Saturday 21 March at 06:30pm.
07 March 2015. “Temple Tax and Israel” – JLD. After enjoying Purim, it is time to get back into the scriptures, which we did with Ki Tisa or When You Take, from Exodus 30:11 – 34:35. Chris highlighted the temple tax imposed on all men, the people making and worshipping a golden calf, then Moses returning to renew the commandments with the Children of Israel. Then in the message, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on the Land of Israel, our support for them being a sovereign nation, and how we should embrace the words of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Our friends and their decedents survived several diaspora periods, Fuhrer Adolph Hitler, and constant attacks on their 6,000 square miles… but that land is divinely theirs, as per Deuteronomy 1:6-8. So whether for outright Zionism or simply wanting Messiah to return (Matthew 23:39), enjoy the recording and actively support the peace of Jerusalem.
28 February 2015. “Questions and Haman” – JLD. With two bat-mitzvah aged members on the Hebrew, Rabbi Jonathan summarized Tetsaveh or You Shall Command, from Exodus 27:20 – 30:10. These commandments were written to certain people (of which many are grated in), meant to last (forever), designed to challenge (especially leaders), almost confusing (I thought blood was unclean) yet also encouraging, regarding the yearly (specific) atonement, though we believers are continually and forever atoned, by our risen Lord and Savior (Messiah). Then for Purim Shabbat, we loved how the Messiah Echad Children helped liven the service, along with Machowlah Dance Ministry, who did a play about Esther (aww) becoming Queen after Vashti (tisk-tisk) disrespected King Ahasuerus (bless him)…. then Mordecai (yay) was plotted against by Haman (boo).
21 February 2015. “Drawings and Jesus” – JLD. Nothing like torah time for our children, to round out another restful Shabbat. Crystal covered Terumah “Offering”, from Exodus 25:1 – 27:19. We learned how an offering is the first of our time or resources, which is obligated to God, and was used to build the ancient temple. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan covered our second statement of faith; Belief in the Son of God, Born to Joseph and Mary of Nazareth, known as Yeshua (Jesus), or simply, Messiah. Although the manner in which each of us develops a relationship with Jesus is different, in being part of Messiah Echad, the most important thing is HAVING that relationship. We look forward to Monthly Oneg and Purim Shabbat next week, at 03pm! Invite some friends and maybe offer to drive with them… even if they don’t believe in Messiah.
14 February 2015. “Community and Fringes” – JLD. Messiah Echad was so blessed to have Bill present Mishpatim or Laws, from Exodus 21:1 – 24:18. The audience participation and props made for an amazing visual. In the main message, Rabbi Jonathan discussed tzi-tzit or those tassel looking fringes, which we Hebraic Believers wear on the corners of our garments, as commanded in Numbers 15:38. When sharing this instruction to others, be sure to speak gently, find the right audience, encourage the strings to be affixed to a corner, mention the blue thread for peace, then make sure the tzi-tzit enable the wearer to look, remember and do the scriptures. The Messiah Echad Tzi-Tzit will be available in March, for $20 +TSH, and orders can be placed at http://rlbechad.org/product/messiah-echad-tzi-tzit/. Boker Tov.
07 February 2015. “Minutes and Covenants” – JLD. Torah Portion Jethro from Exodus 18:1 – 20:23, ended with the giving of the 10 Commandments. Yet despite all the instructions on how to live, the Children of Israel continuously struggled to communicate directly with God. Did Moses really need to be involved in every matter and on every issue? No!. So, Jethro showed how we need to repair our relationships with God and appoint leadership helpers. Then in the main message, Pastor David continued with the seven covenants or administrations. The first was the Adamic, followed by the Noahide, Abrahamic, then Mosaic… and the covenants never died, rather they are still relevant to this day, in one way or another. Boker Tov.
31 January 2015. “Deliverance and God” – JLD. Continuing on with Beshalach, When He Let Go, from Exodus 13:17 – 17:16, Andronicus showed us where the Children of Israel struggled with their deliverance. God already acted on their pleas for help (Exodus 3:7-8) but when the Israelites were sifted and tried in the Egyptian’s pursuit, Israel questioned (vice claimed) their deliverance. Bad. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan explored basic theology and our first statement of faith, believing in God. But is God part of a trinity or not (John 17:21, John 1:18)? Or how about having a sacred name, yes or no (Jeremiah 23:27, Exodus20:7)? Finally is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the same as the one others worship, or is He different (Deuteronomy 32:36-38, I Timothy 2:5)? Listen as we explore these questions and hear the answers from our youngest members.
24 January 2015. “Duality and Hearts” – JLD. Andronicus summarized the first seven plagues, then continued on with Bo or Enter, from Exodus 10:1 – 13:16. We saw how each of the plagues had duality, meaning there were deeper meanings, and we also explored how the plagues confronted “enemies of the cross” or those who (would) despise Messiah. Then in the sermon, Pastor Jonathan covered “Lehbabeh” or Heart, Strong Concordance 3824, from Deuteronomy 10:12. The essence of the law is not legalism, rather God wanting our hearts. Hearts follow God and scriptures whereas minds follow people and rules… Romans 10:9-10 (salvation), Colossians 3:23 (efforts) and II Corinthians 9:6-7 (giving), confirmed the importance of hearts. Lastly, remember that Ezekiel 36:26 says only God can change hearts. See you next week for monthly oneg!
17 January 2015. “Appeared and Hope” – JLD. Rabbi Jonathan covered Va’eira, “I Appeared”, from Exodus 6:2 – 9:35. Leading to this parsha, we read how Moses was spared as a baby, obtained status in Egypt, killed an Egyptian, fled to the wilderness and was called back to Egypt, to demand Pharaoh let the children of Israel go. And since Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, Yahweh (God) needed to “convince” Egypt, via the plagues. Then our guest, Pastor Glenn, spoke on hope (Romans 8:24-25, I Thessalonians 5:8). We have hope because God is good (Psalms 100:4-5, Psalms 27:13), His promises are true (II Corinthians 1:20, Acts 16:31) and there is a heaven (I Corinthians 15:19-20). And we build hope by staying in the word (Hebrews 11:1, Romans 10:17) and staying unoffended (Proverbs 4:23, Hosea 2:14-15, Romans 12:18, Mathew 5:24). And please, allow Yahweh to appear in your life and give you hope.
10 January 2015. “Smarter and Remembering” – JLD. After powerful praise and worship, Crystal brought forth Shemot or Names, from Exodus 1:1 – 6:1, in the style of “Are You Smarter Than Your Teacher?” This made the parsha so fun, and we pray that even the adults, got several questions correct. Then in the main message, Pastor Jonathan spoke on remembering, from the Hebrew word “zakar”, Strong’s Concordance 2142. Starting in Deuteronomy 8:1-2 & 6-7, we laid lay down the foundation of doing the commandments, before reading a hurtful editorial letter someone had written, about Messianic Jews. But in remembering John 15:18-21 (the world hated Him too), I Peter 4:12-13 (rejoice in trials), Deuteronomy 32:35 (let vengeance be of God), Romans 10:14-18 (stay strong in preaching)… we have committed to turning the other cheek and walking in love. And remember to be doers (James 1:23-25) of the scriptures!
03 January 2015. “Expectations and Visions” – JLD. In our first service of 2015, Bill reflected on how all the torah portions in Genesis point to this final story, like the facets of a diamond direct our attention to its resulting beauty. So in reviewing Vayechi, And He Lived, from Genesis 47:28 – 50:26, Bill focused on the final blessing given by Jacob, to his second born son, despite the expectation of the first born. Powerful. Then in the main message, Pastor Jonathan reflected on the benefits of having many members in their different seasons, and how to decipher our different visions or dreams. First, we must decide if it’s from God (Jerm. 23:16-17, Num. 23:19), second we must determine to whom it applies (Acts 19:9-28, II Cor.13:1), and third, we must handle conflicts according to biblical order (I Thes. 5:12, I Cor. 11:4, I Cor. 15:40).
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27 December 2014. “Forgiveness and Seasons” – JLD. Although biblical seasons renew in the fall, we proudly closed our 2014 calendar year by talking forgiveness and spiritual seasonality. So right now, we ask you to quickly comment on your own spiritual journey towards the (Jewish) Messiah, and tell us your story. Especially in these final days, Messiah Echad wants you to share the message, join our mailing lists and financially support our ministry. And in our Shabbat audio recording, Andronicus delivered Vayigash (“And he drew near”, Genesis 44:18-47:27), which was about reaching forth to the future, and Andro prophetically cross referenced Isaiah 43:18-19, Isaiah 43:24-25 and Philippians 3:13-4. Then finally, our Senior Pastor (Rabbi), Jonathan Dade, spoke on how we should embrace each other’s individual seasons of life. After all, we are many passengers, on this one train, to everlasting life!
20 December 2014. “Interpreting and Chanukah” – JLD. In honoring Chanukah (Feast of Dedication, Festival of Lights), Messiah Echad made front page news (Williamson County Sun, 21 Dec 2014)! So join us nightly at 05:30pm, as we continue kindling lights through Tuesday 23 December. Then as for our Chanukah Shabbat, Alberta summarized Miketz (From The End), Genesis 41:1 – 44:17, while Rabbi Jonathan’s explored various winter holidays. We learned that Chanukah is a festival Jesus Christ observed (John 10:22-23) and it connects us with His light (Exodus 25:31-40, Exodus 27:20-21). Tree (Thor) worship on the other hand, is discouraged (Jeremiah 10:2-4), as is all idolatry (Deuteronomy 12:30-31) and also the appearance of such (I Thessalonians 5:22). Granted, the New Testament focuses on four commandments we should mind… please leverage the audio recording and slides, to re-dedicate yourself, this holiday season. Chanukah Semeach!
13 December 2014. “Many Colors and Lights” – JLD. Rebbetzin Melinda spoke to the children on Vayeshev “And he settled” from Genesis 37:1 – 40:23. Here, Joseph’s brothers were green with envy, then black with hatred, over Joseph’s coat. So the brothers faked Joseph’s death with red goat’s blood, causing their father to be blue with sadness. Then the brothers sold Joseph into slavery, where Joseph was later imprisoned, with Pharaoh’s Chief Baker and Butler. In the main message, Rabbi Jonathan covered Chanukah; a festival not specifically commanded but one Yeshua did observe. And the Feast of Dedication or Festival of Lights, is about God being light (I John 1:5), Messiah being light (John 8:12) and our being lights (Mathew 5:14-16). So the audio recording is online and we invite you to join us Tuesday for the Georgetown Chanukah Lighting, then again on Saturday, with a dish and your menorah or chanukiah, for Chanukah Shabbat.
06 December 2014. “Vayishlach and Huppahs” – JLD. In this last month of 2014, Rabbi Jonathan covered “And He Sent”, from Genesis 32:4 – 36:43. This was where Jacob left his country with riches, Jacob literally wrestled with God and Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, which accompanied a blessing. Sadly, this section also included the Dinah Incident where we are encouraged to ask; over what actions in life does God sanction a spiritual covering or huppah? And in that spirit of huppahs, we renewed the wedding vows for Ray and Toni Scalia, while confirming their commitment to Messiah Echad. Mazel Tov! The slides are posted and the audio recording is online. See you next week with Service Team Chet on Duty and everyone gearing up for Chanukah, to include the Georgetown Chanukah Lighting!
29 November 2014. “Purpose, Plan, Promises” – JLD. For our Anniversary Shabbat, Micah and Abby Mahoney, from Congregation Zion’s Sake in Newport News VA, prophetically led our praise and worship. It was such an amazing time; hearing music from their Gathering Album and other messianic songs we love! Then after the worship, Andronicus summarized Vayetze “And He Went Out” from Genesis 28:10 – 32:3. This section was about the purpose, plan and promise that God has ordained for us. Beautiful. And after the parsha, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on how far we have come this past year, thanks to our (heavenly) machashavot or strategic plan. We also ordained Meicha Herdeman, as our Minister of Intercession. The recording is online and you can find more about our ministry, on the About Us Page. Enjoy your week and make sure to bring desserts for The Scalia Wedding Renewal on 06 December.
22 November 2014. “Birthright and Myself” – JLD. Although heavy thunderstorms could be heard throughout the service, our sanctuary provided a safe place to rest on the Shabbat and the word delivered, was much louder than the rain. Chris began with Toledot “Generations”, from Genesis 25:19 – 28:9, which was about all children being blessings, the first born being extra special and how important it is, to protect our spirituality. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan covered minding our own business (Mathew 20:1-15), yet caring for others (Deuteronomy 22:1-4)… there are times for each, so we explored how Jonah dealt with each situation; caring or not, depending. The audio recording is online and on top of services… we had an awesome Date Night afterwards, seeing Shrek The Musical. See you next week, for our Anniversary Shabbat, and Micah Mahoney live in concert.
15 November 2014. “Sarah and Life Events” – JLD. Pastor David covered parsha Chayei Sarah “Life Of Sarah”, from Genesis 23:1 – 25:1. Granted, this section was more about the final days of Sarah, Rebekah did enter the torah and she was truly a woman after God’s own heart. Then our sermon on Biblical Life Events, was presented by Pastor Jonathan. We explored how the living body has many members (I Corinthians 12:2), but all believers in Messiah should approach Birth (Genesis 17:10, Exodus 13:2), Adulthood (See our Bat Mitsvah Video; http://youtu.be/H3cOqub3mXI, Proverbs 2:1-5, Luke 2:41-47), Marriage (Mark 10:9, Mathew 19:6) and Death (Deuteronomy 18:9-12, I Thessalonians 4:14-17), in a unified, biblical manner. The audio recording is online. See you next week (22 November) for Shrek The Musical. Then the following week (29 November) is our Anniversary Shabbat, Monthly Oneg (Service Team Chet on Duty) and Micah Mahoney Concert!
08 November 2014. “Father Abraham and Change” – JLD. Robin, did an amazing job presenting Vayeira or And He Appeared, from Genesis 18:1-22:24. After singing about Father Abraham and seeing the importance of hospitality, we looked at the prophecy Abraham was given, to have children in his old age. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan discussed the song “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. We explored the misconceptions of how commandments might be rendered neutral or progressive, how we cannot change our thinking, we cannot alter our physical abilities and we should not use the resources around us… all of which are incorrect. The cross-referenced verses were Exodus 31:14, Mark 5:9-13, Luke 8:43-44 and I Samuel 17:49-51; the recording link is online. See you next Shabbat, join us for the Shrek the Musical (22 Nov) and Invite your friends to our Anniversary Shabbat (29 Nov), with Micah Mahoney in Concert!
01 November 2014. “Leaving and Shofars” – JLD. Rabbi Jonathan summarized Lech-Lecha or Go For You. From this section in Genesis 12:1 – 17:27, we saw how the time to leave is not when lying seems preferred, nor when wicked people prevail, nor even when gross inhumanities are committed. It is time to lech-lecha or go for ourselves, when Yahweh (God) speaks it into being. And with our congregational leader navigating changes in his secular employment (lay-offs), we included part of our prayer time in the recording, while we wait for God to speak into being, His next step. Then our guest, Minister Novak from Bible Way House of Prayer, presented on the shofar. We explored the history, purpose, design, use and maintenance… his slides have been uploaded and the recording was amazing. See you next Shabbat, join us for the Shrek the Musical (22 Nov) and Invite your friends to our Anniversary Shabbat (29 Nov), with Micah Mahoney in Concert!
25 October 2014. “Bat Mitzvah and Covenants” – JLD. Jonathan covered Noah or Rest, Genesis 6:9 – 11:32, and was assisted by our first Bat Mitzvah, Jaiden. We focused on Yahweh (God) preparing Noah to build an arc (Gen 6:13-14), a new covenant being established (Gen 6:18-19), Noah needing seven of the clean animals (Gen 7:2), the earth flooding (Gen 7:11-12), the rainbow being our covenant (Gen 9:11-13) and Cain’s lineage being cursed (Gen 9:22-23). Pastor covered the seven administrations or covenants; Paradise, Patriarchal, Torah, Messiah, Grace, Appearing and Return. We saw how signs, seals and sacrifices accompany each covenant… and everlasting means forever! It was a great service and congratulations again to Jaiden, who did an excellent job reading the torah, telling us what it means to her and reciting the ancient blessings. The audio recording is online; see you all next week!
18 October 2014. “Bereshit and Fruit” – JLD. Rabbi Jonathan began the new torah cycle with Bereshit or In The Beginning, from Genesis 1:1 – 6:8. We studied water surrounding our universe (Genesis 1:6-7), light being created before the sun (Genesis 1:14-16), life starting at breath (Genesis 2:7), the painful childbirth curse (Genesis 3:15-17), sin passing through families (Genesis 4:23) and being weary of attractive evil doers (Genesis 6:2). Then in the main message, Andronicus spoke on how things are made known by their fruit (love). The cornerstone verses were from Mathew 7:15-20… then we cross-referenced II Timothy 2:15-20, I Corinthians 11:27-32, I Corinthians 12:3, I Corinthians 8:1, I Corinthians 13:1-13, Revelations 2:1-10, Romans 12:2, John 2:5, John 3:16, Mathew 17:4-5, John 14:15, Mathew 22:36-40, and John 15:1-5. The audio recording is online and see you all next week for monthly oneg, with Service Team Aleph on Schedule.
11 October 2014. “Survival and Sukkot” – JLD. On Thursday, Rabbi Jonathan covered eschatology or the end times (II Timothy 3:1-14) and mentioned how those red, lunar eclipses will not signal the final days, without an accompanying solar eclipse (Joel 2:31). And since no one knows the final days (Mathew 24:36), we should aim to be prepared but not expectantly consumed (Jeremiah 10:2). So to get us started, we had our first survival training on first aid and health, then looked at the purpose of Sukkot;. On Friday, Pastor David continued our survival training by talking gear, after which we explored witnessing in light of current events like Halloween;. Our final Sukkot teaching on Saturday, was about the four species of Leviticus 23:40;. Enjoy your week, remember the Eighth Day (Shemini Atzeret) and celebrate Messiah Echad completing our first torah cycle (Simchat Torah)!
04 October 2014. “Blessings and Atonement” – JLD. On the Friday before Yom Kippur, we acknowledged our sins and prepared to be made clean, by reading Psalms 51:2-5. Then some entered a mikvah while remembering Isaiah 1:16-18; others accepted the baptism found in Mathew 3:15-17. Both were powerful experiences and we pray in the spring, more members might be led to self-mikvah. During Shabbat Service, Braunwyn assisted Rabbi Jonathan in summarizing “And This The Blessing”, from Deuteronomy 33:1 – 34:12, which was about Moses blessing the tribes and Joshua, before passing. This also marked the end of the torah, which means we roll back to Genesis. Finally, Rabbi Jonathan covered Yom Kippur from Leviticus 23:26-32, where we talked about Atonement (I Corinthians), Affliction and Rest. The audio recording is online and if you have not registered for The Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot, make sure to do so ASAP, as space (and the fruit infusers) is limited.
27 September 2014. “His Name and Trumpets” – JLD. Pastor David (officially ordained today) covered Haazinu or Give Ear, from Deuteronomy 32:1 – 32:52. Right before Moses passed, Israel was encouraged to hear from Yahweh (God) and respond to His true name. We cross referenced Mathew 11:15, II Timothy 4:3 and Jeremiah 23:24, to better understand this section. Then Rabbi Jonathan reviewed the Tashlich Service (Micah 7:19) and continued with Rosh Hashanah (Leviticus 23:23-25). We covered the mikvah (baptism), as alluded to in Psalms 51:2-4, and we discussed wearing white during the High Holy Days, as symbolized in Isaiah 1:16-18; pointing to being atoned. And before we appear before Yahweh on Yom Kippur, pleased consider attending the Fall Mikvah (Baptism), on 03 October, which is open to all… except those who just want to splash in the water. Our audio recording is online. La Shana Tova!
20 September 2014. “Witnessing and Forgiveness” – JLD. With a double torah portion, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on Nitzavim “You Are Standing” from Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20 and Vayelech “And He Went” from Deuteronomy 31:1 – 31:30. Oh how vital it is to obey the commandments, chose life by following Him and stand for Yahweh (God), while brining others to His laws! Then Alfredo taught on Forgiveness, which we do with Yahweh to lighten our loads, and Reconciliation, which is better, but requires participation from the offender. We cross-referenced Proverbs 28:13, Matthew 6:14-15, Mathew 7:16, Matthew 18:21-35, Mark 11:25, Luke 17:3, Romans 12:17-21 and 2 Corinthians 5:11-21. The audio recording is posted, and Tashlich on 24 Sept at 06pm, kicks off the High Holy Days (email us for info and to rsvp), followed by monthly oneg on Shabbat Shavuh, 27 Sept 2014, with Service Team Aleph helping.
13 September 2014. “First Fruits and Change” – JLD. Ki Tavo or When You Enter In, which Crystal summarized from Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8, was very similar to Re’eh or See, from Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17. We reiterated the importance of giving our first fruits (tithe), so that we can receive blessings. In the main message, Rabbi Jonathan stressed that since only God is un-changing (Malachi 3:6), we must be prepared for dealing with change in our lives, especially negative changes. So leveraging the salvation model, we understood that the first step in all changes is to (1) BELIEVE we have options and deserve a better way, as the jailer did in Acts 16:29-31. Next, we (2) CONFESS or mentally step back and realize the fullness of what we are leaving behind, as seen in I John 1:8-10. Finally, (3) ACT on the new life, physically and literally, as seen in Ephesians 4:22-24. Enjoy the audio recording, and have a great week!
06 September 2014. “Warfare and Stress” – JLD. Rabbi Jonathan presented on Ki Teitzei, When You Go Out, from Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19. The deeper meaning we explored was the implications of Spiritual Warfare and we leveraged Deuteronomy 20:10-14 from Parshat Shoftim, to understand the concepts further. God commands us to offer peace, encourage surrender through siege and protect the innocent… so be mindful of our adversary, who does the exact opposite. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan explained that to overcome stress, we must (1) previously research the scriptures or situation (Mathew 4:1-4), (2) project a calm level of confidence (I Samuel 17:4-47), (3) persist when the season warrants (Hosea 2:5-9) and (4) know when the season dictates letting go (Genesis 19:15-17). The audio recording is online, and we are looking forward to seeing you next Shabbat… and talking more about our chickens!
30 August 2014. “Forgive, Dwell, Avenge” – JLD. Andronicus presented on Shoftim or Judges, from Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9. Although this section was primarily about judgments, the deeper meaning is about learning to forgive. We cross referenced II Samuel 12:1-7, Mathew 9:10 and John 8:1-6; the last of which detailed how our Messiah showed us the value of forgiving. Next, Pastor David prepared us for Sukkot, from Leviticus 23:33-44. Women and foreigners are not required to keep Sukkot but we definitely encourage it… as it will be loads of fun. After all; who would not want to leave the stress of the life for the peace of a sukkah, smells of the lulav-etrog and joy of rejoicing with like minded believers!? Then lastly, Rabbi Jonathan concluded our services with a few words about current events and seeking vengeance. The audio recording is online, Service Team Chet is up next Shabbat and enjoy your week!
23 August 2014. “Blessings and Holy Days” – JLD. Messiah Echad’s Rebbetzin or First Lady, Melinda Dade, presented to our children Re’eh (See), from Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17. This was about receiving blessings or curses, from if we follow the commandments or not. And Numbers 18 was cross-referenced; to better understand the tithe from Deuteronomy 14. Then in the main teaching, Rabbi Jonathan prepared us for Rosh Hashanah or the Feast of Trumpets, by reading Leviticus 23:23-25. We discussed the Tashlikh Service derived from Micah 7:19, where we symbolically cast off our sins, although we know it is Messiah, who ultimately cleansed us from our sins. Lastly, Minister Faith prepare the children for Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement, by covering Leviticus 23:26-32. The audio recording is online and make sure to watch our V’ahavta Video, join the Messiah Echad Mailing List and see us next week for monthly oneg!
16 August 2014. “Listening and Repenting” – JLD. Pastor David shared on Eikev or As A Result, from Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25. We learned that listening to the Lord and following his words, is a direct responsibility of every believer. James 2:10, Mathew 5:17, John 14:15, Romans 10:17, Hebrew 11:6 and Romans 12:3, were cross referenced to show a loving keeping of our beliefs, while not being “under” them. Then Rabbi Jonathan concluded our series on Job; a man who lost everything and has miserable comforters. In the final section, (1) Yahweh (God) reminded Job of man’s place (Job 38:19-21). Next (2) Yahweh described how Leviathan or Satan can wreak havoc on our lives but is also under The Creator. With that, Job repented (Job 42:6) and forgave his wrongdoers (Job 42:10-16), enabling his later years to be blessed twice over. The audio recording is and the prior teachings are on the blog. See you next week, for High Holy Day prep.
09 August 2014. “Culture and Comforters” – JLD. Rabbi Jonathan summarized Va’etchanan “And I Pleaded”, from Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11. Here, Moses pleaded to enter the Promised Land and we were told to maintain purity of the scriptures, to include the Ten Commandments. The foundation is to love God, avoid idols, not profane the Lord’s name, keep the Shabbat, honor our parents, not murder, not commit adultery, not steal, not lie and not covet… but more important, is making scripture part of ur culture (life), as we are led in the V’ahavta (Deuteronomy 6:5-9). Then in the main message, Pastor David covered the middle section of Job (Job 4-38), where we met Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, who came to support Job but soon became known as miserable comforters. In the end, a fourth person, Elihu was the only true friend. The audio recording is online and we are so glad to have Minister Meicha, leading an intercession team!
02 August 2014. “Winning, Words and Job” – JLD. Congratulations to Angie who won the play system donated from Glicks Woodworking; it sure is rewarding to be part of Messiah Echad! And so is presenting the parsha, which Alfredo did from Devarim or Words, Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22. This was where Moses taught to a generation who did not witness The Lord firsthand. We cross-referenced Deut 11:18-19, Deut 32:1-3, Genesis 1:1, John 1:1 and John 1:14, where the scriptures show life and personality. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan began our three part series on Job. And because we also fear God and shun evil, Satan would love to enter through our fears, to wreak havoc on our lives as well. Although God did not maliciously or directly cause this harm (I John 1:5), be mindful of the windows we allow the enemy to enter our lives and after hearing our message online, look towards what God has in store for us after the trials.
26 July 2014. “Salvation and Love” – JLD. Andronicus presented Masei “Journeys Of”, from Numbers 33:1 – 36:13. We explored biblical numbers; one being the tithe, three being divine completion, five being grace, six being earthly, eight being new beginning, ten being divine order and forty being trial periods. These numbers and the cross referenced section (Exodus 14:4), equal a great responsibility for those who call themselves saved. Then Rabbi Jonathan covered Love or Ahavah, and showed how true love comes from God (I John 4:7-11). Additionally, love is a choice (Deuteronomy 30:19-20), so we must allow those we love, to have freedom of decision, without recourse. Finally, loving believers should strive to naturally follow certain behaviors (John 14:15). The audio recording is online and the open parsha teaching dates are actually 06 and 13 September. Contact Rabbi Jonathan or Pastor David, if you are interested.
19 July 2014. “Vows and Eating Kosher” – JLD. It was exciting to hear Alfredo teach Matot or Tribes, from Numbers 30:2 – 32:42. The idea was to keep our vows, obey our leaders and keep our spirits positive. Some cross-referenced sections were Ecclesiastes 5:4-6, Mathew 5:37 and Proverbs 15:13-15. And Rabbi Jonathan covered how kosher is; cloven hooves and cud chewing for land animals, fins and scales for marine animals, non scavengers or carnivores for birds, locusts or grasshoppers or crickets for insects, and no reptiles, rodents, blood, fat nor amphibians (Leviticus 7, Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14). Yes, Peter had a vision about common animals being clean but that is only when Yahweh (God) wills it so… the kosher diet was not abolished in Acts 10-9-16. The audio recording is online and see you next week for the monthly oneg… make sure to bring a (biblically) kosher dish to share!
12 July 2014. “Phinehas and Separation” – JLD. In addition to starting an interim period of being an Elder and Associate Pastor at Messiah Echad, David Hunt summarized Numbers 25:10 – 30:1. Phinehas had decided to stand against the evil in the camps and he physically took matters into his own hands. And although we do not use javelins to remove evil in the present day, spiritually speaking, even us non-leaders should seek to confront evil. Then in the main teaching, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on Finding Common Ground and we explored Mishpachah or Family. Many of us can relate to the pain Saul felt when he was rejected by fellow believers in Acts 9:26-27. The solution is to focus on similarities (Romans 8:1-6), forget about differences (Romans 12:3-8) and worry about our own responsibilities to Yahweh (II Corinthians 5:16-20). The audio recording is online. Finally, the High Holy Days Schedule has been posted so please visit our Facebook or the Messiah Echad Events Page.
05 July 2014. “Big Idea and Finances” – JLD. Andronicus presented on Balak or Destroyer, from Numbers 22:2 – 25:9. He explained how God was the big idea that Balaam was missing and in humility (Romans 12:3), Balaam should seen God as more than just an idea (Ephesians 3:20). We looked at the directions of sin (up, outward, inward) and Andronicus helped us understand how although Balaam was instructed to curse God’s people, instead the MaTovu blessing was uttered (Numbers 24:5). In the main teaching, our special guest David concluded our Giving to God Series, by speaking on tithing and making it personal. He referenced Proverbs 3:9 in honoring the Lord with your first fruits, II Corinthians 9:7 in being a cheerful giver, Ecclesiastes 6: for being content with what we have and Proverbs 27:23 in caring for our flocks. The audio recording is online and don’t forget Pie Date Night on 12 July 2014 at 06:30pm.
28 June 2014. “Ordinances and Inabilities” – JLD. Rabbi Jonathan began by encouraging our women to sign up for a future parsha, where they will teach the children but with the congregation as an audience. And this is precisely what Rabbi Jonathan did with Chukat or Ordinance Of, from Numbers 19:1 – 22:1. The children learned about the red heifer used for purification, Moses striking a rock to spring forth water, deadly snake bites brought on from excessive complaining and the Land of Beer, where there was a special well. Then in the main sermon and with our special guest having to re-schedule his teaching till next week, Rabbi Jonathan presented on Giving When We Cant. We explored the two church concept (Matthew 6:24), not diminishing our prior obligations (Exodus 21:10), giving so that our own fruit may abound (Philippians 4:16-20) and giving with a cheerful heart (II Corinthians 9:6-7). Enjoy both recordings here.
21 June 2014. “Revolts and Loving” – JLD. Alfredo taught on Korah or “Bald”, from Numbers 16:1 – 18:32. He encouraged us to be mindful of the Korah inside of us, which is disobedient to the leaders appointed by God, and we should not allow this to separate us from torah. We should focus our obedience to the Moses within us; the part that follows after the scriptures and does not wish to perish. Then in the main teaching, Rabbi Jonathan continued on the Giving To God Series, by covering how to tithe or give our hearts to God. We looked at Yahweh (God) being all light (I John 1:5-7), yet He is still hard to love, due to the fact that His strength has byproducts (Proverbs 14:4), God allows our carelessness to be met with punishment (Numbers 16:44) and faith in Him, leads to increasing responsibility (Matthew 25:23). The audio recording is online and make sure to bring a biblically kosher dish next week for the monthly oneg… and Service Team Chet will be on duty.
14 June 2014. “Check Yourself and Tithes” – JLD. David brought forth a strong message on Shlach “Send For Yourself” from Numbers 13:1 – 15:41. We focused on the verses where Moses sent spies into the land they were promised, but their lack of confidence, prevented them from embracing what God had promised. So check yourselves and your life, then be confident about going to where He sent you and receiving what He gives you. Then in the main sermon, Rabbi Jonathan began the Series on Giving To God, covering the tithe of our mind. We looked at Isaiah 26:3-4 to stay our minds on God, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 to bring our thoughts into subjection and Ephesians 1:15-18 to train our minds towards embracing enlightenment. The audio recording is online and be sure to check back next week, as we look at giving our heart, love and grace to God. And finally, Happy Fathers Day to all of you paternal believers out there; we love you and appreciate the characteristics of God you show.
07 June 2014. “Menorah and Messiah” – JLD. Toda Raba (Thank You) Woody, for spending the past five weeks with us. Your parsha today, from Numbers 8:1 – 12:16, was amazing. Like the building of the menorah, it is all about lovingly keeping the commandments, so the light (of Messiah) can shine. Safe travels and your slides have been uploaded! In the main sermon, Rabbi Jonathan completed our membership series on The Son Of God. We started by discerning the Trinity (Tri-Unity), then introduced Messiah as the Mediator between God and man (I Tim 2:5). Messiah preached amongst the sinners of his day and would have likely done so in ours, helping people out of sexuality immorality (John 8:3-5), idol worship (I John 5:20-21) and drugs abuse (Math 11:19). The audio recording is online, date night was a great social time and Messiah Echad now has a Babysitter – Nursery Coordinator, to help in the services and for our next date night.
05 June 2014. “Counting 50 Days” – JLD. Leviticus 23:15 and Deuteronomy 16:9 instruct us to count 50 days from when God freed his people from bondage. Some start their count after the Sabbath following Passover. However in efforts to align with the Jewish people where practical, distance ourselves from biblical holidays that are infused with un-biblical elements (i.e. Easter) and recognize the Sabbath of Pesach, we count the omer from the harvest day after Passover Night. Known as Shavuot or Feast of Weeks, this is when God gave the torah, and this day is also known as Pentecost, when the holy spirit was given to the disciples. So on this day, Messiah Echad reads the torah, study Ruth harvesting the fields of Boaz, enjoy a festive meal and discuss the nine gifts of the spirit. The Shavuot Video and big announcement Rabbi Jonathan made will be released soon, so check back often and or join the mailing list!
31 May 2014. “Elevate and Membership” JLD. – Alfredo covered Naso or Elevate, from Numbers 4:21 – 7:89, which is similar to the Hebrew Word Nasa or Take, (i.e. taking a census). And in addition to the parsha, Alfredo prophesied that as we elevate our spirits to the presence of God, The Lord in turn elevates his countenance upon us. Wow; this sure does take the Aaronic Benediction (Numbers 6:22-27), to a higher level! Then in the main sermon, Rabbi Jonathan covered our statement of faith on membership. Messiah Echad has a mission and vision around loving God (Deuteronomy 6:5), loving our Neighbor (Mathew 22:39) and loving our Messiah (John 14:15). Its all about love and when we lovingly fellowship together (Psalms 133:1-3), something very beautiful and effective is made. Be sure to catch the audio recording, purchase MP3 Players with past teaching series and see us on Wednesday (04 June 2014) for the Shavuot at the Dade House.
24 May 2014 . “Census and Our God” – JLD. From River in The Hills Church, Pastor Glenn Hubbart presented Bamidbar “In The Wilderness” from Numbers 1:1 – 4:20. Practically speaking, the census was for tabernacle fundraising, sizing the army and organizing the tribes. And spiritually, order is still important, as is worship and our individual contributions. Then in the main teaching, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on the God of Isaac, Abraham and Jacob. We learned God has a name (Joel 2:32) and His name has power (Jeremiah 10:6). We explored how God is the All Mighty El Shaddai (Exodus 6:2-3), Father of Light Avi Hame’orot (James 1:17) and Sovereign One Ham’vorak (I Timothy 6:11-15). Make sure to share the audio recording and look forward to next week’s monthly oneg. Lastly and over the next two weeks, Messiah Echad will begin releasing MP3 players loaded with selected teachings and a new members course… more info to come soon!
17 May 2014. “Statutues and Interpretion” – JLD. From our series on the nine gifts, we definitely have been witnessing some amazing things! It began with a spirit filled praise and worship session, followed by David teaching on Bechukotai “In My Statutes”, from Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34. This section was especially relevant for David, since he was previously ordained in another walk but has long since found a calling in our faith, and truly understands the grace-obedience balance. Then in the main sermon, Pastor Jonathan covered Interpretation of Tongues and connected it to edifying the church and witnessing (I Corinthians 14:5-27, II Corinthians 5:18-20, I Corinthians 12:7-10, Mark 2:15-17). The audio recording is online and lastly, the evening of Sunday 18 May 2014 will mark 34 of 50 days, counting the omer…, which ends on Shavuot or Pentecost (04 June 2014). Looking forward to the campfire and cookout at the Dade House.
10 May 2014. “Sabbath Year and Tongues” – JLD. Woody Woodworth, spoke on Behar or On The Mount, from Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2. This was about Sabbath for the Land and the Jubilee Year. And for those who are curious, aside from the audio recording, the slides are posted here and the referenced website is http://www.shemitta.com. Then in the main teaching, Rabbi Jonathan covered speaking in tongues and concluded by helping lead our very own Jacob, into speaking in tongues for first time! As we geared up for the spirit, we read Acts 2:1-13, Leviticus 23:15-17, John 14:23-26, John 15:26-27, John 20:21-22 and I Corinthians 14:2-5. Make sure to listen to this amazing recording and share it with your friends, so they too can speak with tongues, as the spirit gives them utterance. Lastly, the surprise party for Rabbi Jonathan at his home after the service, for completing his Masters Degree, was amazing. Thank you!!
03 May 2014. “Feasts and Prophecy” – JLD. Emor or Say from Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23, was about being holy as priests, making holy offerings and observing holy feasts. And specifically, those feasts are The Sabbath, Passover and Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Weeks, Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Tabernacles… of which sunset today (04 May 2014) starts Day 10 of 50. Make sure to read Leviticus 23:15-22 and do the commandments we can, like counting days and waving grains. In the main teaching, Rabbi Jonathan covered Prophecy (I Corinthians 14:1-5 and 14:22-23). Joel 2:1-29 showed us how to receive prophecy (watch for events, prepare our body, receive the sprit), Jeremiah 14:13-16 showed the importance of confirming prophecies and I Kings 22:3-38 showed us how to keep prophecies orderly (be nodded or invited up, keep it brief and consider it in prayer). The audio recording is online and don’t forget to count that omer! Oh, and date night was AWESOME!
26 April 2014. “Passover Recap and Miracles” – JLD. Since we read Kedoshim during Passover Week, when we were supposed to skip the torah portion, we used the torah time this week to reflect on one law being for the stranger and native born in the land (Exodus 12:47-51). And where the stranger in the old testament was required to be physically circumcised, we brought in Romans 2:25-29 and John 17:20-22, to show us circumcision of the heart is what really matters, along with being one (Echad) with our brothers. Then in the main sermon, Rabbi Jonathan covered miracles. We started in Matthew 14:15-21 to learn, (1) forget about the details, because God is above the details. Next, we read Matthew 14:22-33 to learn, (2) forget about your fears. Finally, we explored Mark 11:20-24 to learn, (3) verbalize the miracle. The audio recording is online, make sure to mark your calendars for Date Night next week and if you are not on the mailing list, please sign up!
19 April 2014. “Holyness and Last Supper” – JLD. The torah portion, Kedoshim or Holy Ones, from Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27, mirrored the Passover celebration and how God saved his people apart, as holy. The section was about being just, keeping things pure, respecting others, tithing, and acting against evil. Then in the main teaching, Mathew 26:17-20 and Mathew 12:40 showed us the three days, with Messiah dying as the Passover Lamb on Wednesday at sunset, then rising before Mary could visit the tombs after sunset on Shabbat (Saturday). I Peter 2:21-25 helps us understand why Messiah died… to restore our righteousness. John 1:29-36 connected the final days with the Passover Meal (Messiah’s Last Supper) and Luke 23:34-43 shows us that even when people are wrong, we should show them forgiveness and love. And despite trouble with the AV Equipment, to include static in the lines, the recording is online and everything has been fixed for next week!
12 April 2014. “Passover And Beyond” – JLD. What a powerful Shabbat, and in under two hours! We began with a reminder to register for Tuesday’s Passover Seder (http://messiahechad.org/events/#pesach). Then we went on to some life events; like The Stone’s Baby (07 April), Grant’s Birthday (13 April), Melinda’s birthday (16 April) and The Dade’s Anniversary (17 April). As for the main service Pastor Brian covered Metzora or Infected One, in Leviticus 14:12 – 15:33, a reverse order read from last week’s parsha. Rabbi Jonathan showed us three themes for Passover… the lamb (Genesis 3:21, Isaiah 53:6, John 1:29), the leaven (Colossians 2:18-19, I Corinthians 4:6-8) and the stranger (II Thessalonians 3:6, I Timothy 1:15-16, Exodus 12:48). We also explored Exodus 12 and then bridged the symbolism of the lamb to Yeshua and how we should pray for the day Israel says Baruch Haba B’shem Adonai, proclaiming Him as their Messiah and Living Passover Lamb. Make sure to listen to, share and re-listen to, this amazing audio recording.
05 April 2014. “E-Newsletter and Recycling” – JLD. Having over a dozen new faces in services today was exciting and it coincided perfectly with the start of the new email subscription at Messiah Echad. So even if you are already connected to our social media pages or website blog, make sure to visit the Contact Page and join our mailing list! Especially for the Passover Seders, you do not want to miss any communication… we are hosting our Seder at Messiah Echad on 15 April 2014 and we are doing a Seder Demonstration at a Church in Lakeway, on 18 April. Please RSVP by emailing the Messiah Echad Office and let us know what dish you want to bring or your plans for donation. Lastly and if you missed Rabbi Jonathan sharing on care for the earth and general stewardship (Matthew 25:14-30, I Corinthians 6:15-20 and Deuteronomy 25:4, Leviticus 18:28 and Numbers 35:33), be sure to check out the audio recording.
29 March 2014. “Impurities and Healing” – JLD. In Leviticus 12:12 – 13:59, Pastor Brian covered Tazaria “She Bears Seed”; the section which discussed blood impurities (i.e. menstruation) and skin impurities (i.e. leprosy). Sometimes physical impurities have spiritual implications, so it is important to keep our sprit pure. Then in the main sermon, Rabbi Jonathan picked up on the Nine Gifts of The Spirit with Healing. The first key to healing is to plan on praising Yahweh (God) and only expect healing when you intend to give Yahweh the praise, like the man did in Acts 3:8. Next we looked at the determination or faith needed for healing, which the woman did in Matthew 9:21. Lastly, we looked at when healings may or may not be part of Gods plan, as seen in Acts 9. The audio recording is online and we are glad Rabbi Jonathan made it back safely from his Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge, and did not pass out!
22 March 2014. “Ordinations and Faith” – JLD. Getting back into the groove after Purim, Pastor Brian went over Shemini “Eighth”, from Leviticus 9:12 – 11:47. This parsha was about the eight day, where Moses called Aaron, his sons and the elders to make an offering. And there was also a profane offering from Nadab and Abihu, which led to their demise, so instructions were given on how to remain holy. Then in the main teaching, Rabbi Jonathan continued on the nine gifts, by researching faith. We read about having faith like a mustard seed in Luke 17:6, where even the smallest of seeds can produce the largest of trees. From there, we explored how faith is the underlining theme behind the tithe (Malachi 3:10) and we concluded in I Corinthians 3:10, with the three parts of faith; doing something, leveraging a buddy and letting Yahweh (God) do his part. The audio recording is online and so is the Purim Video!
15 March 2014. “Haman vs. Mordecai” – JLD. The extended version of our promotional video was released (contact us for the link), the Mecholah Dance Team (led by Faith Dunn) ministered to us via dance and theatre, we jammed out to The Maccabeats, and the entire congregation participated as Rabbi Jonathan (dressed as Haman) narrated the Story of Esther. And we still had Pastor Brian summarize the parsha, Tzav “Command”, from Leviticus 6:1–8:36, but with today being Purim, it was all those tasty hamentashen Audrey made, the festivities the children enjoyed and the celebration of Esther saving the Jews. If you missed services this week, you missed out, and unfortunately there was no audio recording… because everything was filmed in high definition! 🙂 We will release the link for the video soon, so please be patient. And in the meantime, feel free to re-read the Story of Esther, enjoy the candy we shared and prepare for next week, where will continue on with the nine gifts of the spirit.
08 March 2014. “Sacrifices and Discernment” – JLD. Pastor Brian covered Vayikra “And He Called”, from Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26. We discussed how the burnt offerings make a sweet aroma to the Lord and we explored the significance of the different sacrifices. Then in the main teaching, Rabbi Jonathan covered Discerning of Spirits. We began in Ephesians 6:12, to understand spiritual warfare, then we went to I John 1:5-6, to distinguish between voices of God and those of the enemy. Next, Luke 10:19 showed us the abilities we have while discerning spirits and finally, we saw all of this in action when our Messiah dispelled the legion spirits (Mark 5:1-13). The audio recording is online and if you have not done so already, check out the Messiah Echad Video. And don’t forget next week is Purim… everyone is invited to join us, wear a biblically inspired or family friendly garments, and bring a biblically kosher dish. We will be in the side room for Purim and we look forward to seeing you.
01 March 2014. “Video and Special Guest” – JLD. Ted Pearce led an amazing worship and during his songs, even some of our men stepped out in dance. Praise Yahweh (God), for when our men join us in the ministry of dance! As for the parsha, Rabbi Jonathan summarized “Accountings Of”, from Exodus 38:21 – 40:38, where precious metals were inventoried and used for sockets, hooks and priestly garments. Then in the main teaching, we continued on our series of the Nine Gift by looking at Words of Wisdom. We explored the Wisdom of Solomon (I Kings 3:16-28) and we also studied wisdom in Proverbs 4:6-7. Remember that knowledge is strategy or making decisions from what we know, whereas wisdom is making decisions from things we do not know. The audio recording is online and so is our new video (http://youtu.be/iNpbQ4w5wUU). Feel free to let the video be a Words of Wisdom, helping you in the Ministry of Reconciliation and building Yahweh’s Kingdom.
22 February 2014. “Willingness and Knowledge” – JLD. Pastor Brian covered Vayakhel “And He Assembled”, from Exodus 35:1 – 38:20. We explored how Yahweh (God) draws us to the things in which we are gifted. We also realized that our gifts come from God and that we should not give the bare minimum back to Him. Then in the main teaching, Rabbi Jonathan kicked off the series on the Gifts of The Spirit, by covering words of knowledge. We defined knowledge as strategy, where having facts is great but connecting them into a wining plan or strategy, requires the Spirit. David walked by this gift of the spirit when he took down Goliath (I Samuel 17) and Paul also leveraged words of knowledge, when he was on a sinking ship (Acts 27). The audio recording is on the member page and we look forward to seeing you all next week, as Ted Pearce will be leading our praise and worship! And although it will not be a full oneg week, feel free to bring finger foods or a snack to share. Shalom.
15 February 2014. “Pure Oils and Nine Gifts” – MLD. Worship Time was especially powerful this week, since everyone worshiped in their own unique ways and the dance ministry just continues to grow. In the parha, Pastor Brian walked us through “When You Elevate” (Exodus 30:11-34:35). We were reminded to give God what is rightfully His, using our gifts for His kingdom, not our own. We want to be “His only” and as we seek Him, we will become holy as we are shaped and molded. The later, Rabbi Jonathan gave us a solid foundation on the manifestations of the ruach hakodesh (holy spirit), which we get for becoming a new creation (II Cor. 5:17-21/I Cor. 12:7-11). Our (new) mission is to build a family for Yahweh (God), on Earth. Although we have an enemy who attempts foils our plans, we have been given gifts that enable our community to succeed. So be a spiritual superhero, listen to the audio recording and enjoy your week.
08 February 2014. “Holyness and Oneness” – JLD. This week, Pastor Brian covered Tetzaveh “You Shall Command”, from Exodus 27:20 – 30:10. We discussed the physical and spiritual elements of the priestly garments and anointing oils. And when understood with the whole Armor of Yahweh (God) later seen in Ephesians 6, this concept becomes even more relevant. Then Rabbi Jonathan concluded our series on Unity, by preaching on how to be unified with Yahweh and have a mind like Messiah. John 10:30 was the opening verse, showing how the Son and the Father are Echad (one)… and as believers, we should also want to be one with our heavenly father. We learned that to be one with Him, some good places to start are following the commandments (John 14:15), giving to others (John 21:17) and loving each other (John 13:35). The audio recording is on the member page but feel free to share the link with your friends. See you all next week.
01 February 2014. “Interdenominational Unity” – JLD. Rabbi Jonathan took the parsha, Terumah (Offering), from Exodus 25:1-27:19. The section talked about the mercy seat, showbread table, lamp stand, tabernacles and veil. Several of the verses were technical in nature but we did hone in on the communal implications of building the tabernacle and we pondered how the veil is cross referenced in Mark 15:38. Then later, Pastor Brian took us to John 17:20-26 to justify the need to have oneness with our fellow believers. We need to know our brothers and we also need to love them, as Messiah would. Granted, loving people who think differently is not easy, but while we speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4), we need to figure it out. Lastly, Pastor Brian took us to James 3:15-17 to discuss being willing to yield and full of mercy. The audio recording is on the member page and we can also email it to you. Shalom.
25 January 2014. “Legalism and Unbelievers” – JLD. With Pastor Brian out of town this week, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on the parsha Mishpatim (Laws), from Exodus 21:1 – 24:18. This section is where the heart of legalism starts to unfold and although being stuck in the law can be problematic, the essence of following biblical rules, has a lot of value. The main teaching continued in the series on Unity, specifically delving into Unity With Unbelievers. We explored the section in John 8:2-12 where Yeshua (Jesus) was faced with people who lived that legalism in Exodus. And in John 8, they brought a woman caught in adultery to Yeshua for judgment. Letting her go free would have meant Messiah abolished the law (what many Christians believe) but stoning her would have undermined the concept of grace, in support or legalism (supporting Jewish thought). The audio recording tells us what happened and we look forward to seeing you next Shabbat (Saturday) at 03pm.
18 January 2014. “Jewish and Christian Unity” – MLD. In the Torah Portion, “Jethro”, Pastor Brian showed us how God works through people in our lives, similar to how Moses received Godly counsel from his father-in-law, Jethro. It is important for us to test what one says, with how it aligns to God’s Word before heeding the counsel. For our main sharing, Rabbi Jonathan covered practical keys to foster unity within our congregation. As we have and will continue to have a diverse group of people in our community, it is important that we commune with each other, on the Love of God, in unity. We can accomplish this by focusing on our own relationship with God and what God had convicted us to incorporate into our lives (Matthew 7:3-5). This will allow our fruit to be an example to others, rather than judging and “forcing” people to see things our way (Matthew 7:16-20). As a concrete example of how Messiah Echad plans to balance the cultural differences between Jewish and Christian traditions, we took a look at the first discussion of these issues, recorded in Acts 15. The audio recording is on the member page and enjoy your week!
11 January 2014. “Godly Fathers and Husbands” – MLD. Pastor Brian drew us into the Torah Portion Beshalach (When He Let Go), by sharing the records in Exodus 13-14, which reveal God’s faithfulness to His people. These records show us how God deals with us where we are, and only gives us what we can handle at that time. God knows we are flesh and anticipates our human nature, while faithfully coaching us to bring our thinking to higher levels. Rabbi Jonathan brought our section on Unity in the Family to a completion by focusing on the role of the Husband. Men learned that asking for wives to submit is not meant to come without a sacrifice motivated out of love for his wife (Ephesians 5:25, John 3:16). Men are further instructed to sanctify their wives with the Word of God and should study it daily (Ephesians 5:26, Psalms 5:3). Lastly and before a man can decide to (spiritually) cleanse his household, he will need to focus on cleansing his heart and actions before God (Ephesians 5:27, Leviticus 21:21-23). You can find the audio recording on the member page, or by emailing the Messiah Echad Office.
04 January 2014. “Roles Of Wives and Mothers” – MLD. Pastor Brian reviewed the Torah portion, “Enter!” (Bo), which covers the remainder of the plagues on the Egyptians. We looked at how God proved himself more powerful than any god the Egyptians had dreamed up. And the final plague was no longer God proving himself more powerful, but an opportunity for Pharaoh to submit to God. This concept is applicable in each one of our lives as we choose to submit or not submit to God. When we submit to God, we are protected from God’s wrath by the blood of the lamb, Yeshua. The Torah portion was followed by Rabbi Jonathan sharing on the role of the wife to bring unity in the family. We learned that the wife is to be in subjection to her husband, by letting him be the leader and final say on family decisions (I Peter 3:1). We also discussed that when God works thought the woman, she should bring these thoughts to her husband for his consideration, but not nag (Matthew 27:19-21). Lastly we covered how wives and mothers may tend to be more attached emotionally to other family member’s decisions in life, and that they should not feel guilty for other’s free will choices (Deuteronomy 24:16).
To access any recordings or slides from 2013, please reference the below, then email the office, with the dates and title of audio recording or slides requested.
Messiah Echad 2013 Posts
29 December 2013. “Child Rearing Themes” – MLD. As Pastor Brian continued to walk us through Moses’s life in the Torah portion, “And I Appeared” (Va’eira), we see how God’s character was revealed through the many situations between the Egyptians and Children of Israel. Subsequently God attached His character to the covenant He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Then, the main teaching by Rabbi Jonathan continued the series on Unity in the Home, with practical concepts of child rearing to keep unity and shalom (peace). Three main concepts were discussed: Group accountability to instill responsibility outside of ones self (Galatians 6:1-2), Discipline and Competitiveness to be successful in the physical, mental, and spiritual battles children will face as they grow (I Corinthians 9:24-27), and Consequences that should be more severe than the enjoyment one gets out of not following rules (Exodus 21:28-31). Join us next week as we discuss some practical roles of a wife.
22 December 2013. “Israel, Joseph, Moses; Oh My!“ – JLD. This week’s torah portion Shemot (names) was very fitting, since Pastor Brian introduced a new character… Moses. And for someone who was supposed to be killed at birth, Moses sure went on to live an eventful life. So tune in for next week’s parsha, to learn more about this new name. And in the main teaching, Pastor (Rabbi) Jonathan continued our series on unity by establishing a background on unity in the home. We asked if Yahweh is a God who would discriminate against families that disobey his commandments and does God segregate out duties in our families? And if so, what gives Him the right? Granted, we did not address each family role today, we did learn that Yahweh does extend non-discriminatory love to everyone (John 3:16), while segregating out something extra special (salvation), to a select group of people (Romans 10:9-10). This intriguing and thought provoking audio recording is on the member page (please contact us for the link), and join us next week as we begin with the specific roles of our children. Lastly, don’t forget next week’s Oneg Dinner!
15 December 2013. “Heterogeneous Congregation” – JLD. We concluded Bereishit (Genesis) by reading Vayechi (and he lived), which talked about Israel (formerly Jacob) requesting to be buried in his own land and giving prophetic words over his children. And those children of Israel, later understood as the twelve tribes, largely did live up to those prophecies, which we will cover in later torah portions. Then during the main teaching, we continued on our series of unity, talking specifically about being united in the congregational body. With every family having their own relationship with Yahweh, it can be hard for a large body of believers to get along. So we talked about the hot topics of abortion, baptism, and women teaching in the church, to share our differences and debate the logic for each. We concluded however, with understanding the importance for us to be a unified body, that does not divide over things which do not directly affect our salvation. The audio recording is available on the member site and some key scriptures were Proverbs 22:6, John 17:20 and Leviticus 26:8.
07 December 2013. “Mishpacha (Family) Unity” – JLD. Pastor (Rabbi) Jonathan read through Vayigash (and he drew near) where Judah offered his life in servitude to Joseph. Judah and his brothers had previously wronged Joseph, who later became quite powerful in Egypt, and many believe it was the love Joseph had for his mishpacha that enabled him to forgive them. Pastor Brian also talked about unity, referencing John 17:20-21, where we read about unity in the family of Messiah, and Genesis 3:8-13, where the first family feud was recorded. Remember when Adam ate the forbidden fruit and was confronted by Yahweh (God), but blamed his wife? Bad Adam! Pastor Brian concluded with showing us where family relationships often mirror our closeness with Yahweh, and he instructed us to build biblical relationships, devoid of favoritism or resentment. Looking forward to diving deeper into the concept of unity, next Shabbat.
30 November 2013. “Happy Chanukah” – BDR. During this special time of year, it sure was exciting to see so many new people, and the continued growth of our congregation is always a blessing. The torah portion this week was Miketz (At The End Of), from Genesis 41:1-44:17. Pastor Brian spoke about forgiveness and the importance of not holding grudges against those who have hurt us in the past… so that our walk with God will not be hindered. Pastor (Rabbi) Jonathan taught on the importance of loving Messiah and how it relates to following the commandments or mitzvot (John 14:15). Jonathan made the distinction that you can keep the mitzvot without loving God, but you cant truly love him without trying to keep his commandments. Jonathan challenged the congregation to strive to know and follow the laws as best we can, because we love God. And finally, we wanted to say thank you again to the ministry dance team Mecholah, for their performances during our praise and worship. It was a wonderful treat to see “the younger generation” praise Adonai through music, and we sincerely pray that they return.
23 November 2013. “Awesome Third Service” – BDR. We were able to integrate the sound and lighting system Saturday, so the services are really coming together. The Torah portion was on Genesis 37:1-40:23. Pastor Brian spoke about the brothers of Joseph and to stay focused on the plan that God has for you vice seeking personal recognition. Pastor (Rabbi) Jonathan brought a message on the greatest commandments; to love God with all your soul and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself. He taught how all the commandments fall under either loving God or your neighbor, and encouraged that we test this theory. And next week we will be finishing the three part series with how to love Yeshua. Join us next week to support the youth ministry dance team that will be performing during our regular worship time. And please remember that anyone who wants to get involved, should see Pastor (Rabbi) Jonathan or Pastor Brian.
16 November 2013. “Our First Service!” – JLD. The Pastor’s (Rabbi’s) wife had a cold, the Assistant Pastor was out of town and Saturday morning brought more trials than any of us could handle alone. But as any teacher will tell you, opposition seeks you out most, when your lesson is of most value. Interestingly enough, our teaching was on how to love God and despite the setbacks, we trudged through with exploring different aspects from Deuteronomy 6. The opening verses talk generally about following the law to increase our years and protect our generations, but the subsequent verses get deep. We are told next to love God with our whole being and keep his laws constantly in front of us. How does that look and is it really necessary? Well, it depends on if you believe in an adversary and feel he is out to get you. If so, join us next Shabbat as we explore the importance of working together and loving our neighbor.
09 November 2013. “Walk Through Service” – JLD. We wanted to thank all of you who attended on 09 November, where we discussed our plans for the order of service and talked about the future for our congregation. Notably, we discussed our Statement of Faith, Mission and Vision. One key take away from our discussion was that we do intend to be a Spirit led congregation, which means we will, at times, align with charismatic styles of worship. Now for those of you who have never seen, or did not enjoy, charismatic experiences, fear not. God’s purpose for the Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit) was for it to be a calming and uplifting gift, so please pray about this key part of our worship. We also spoke about our stance on the commandments and what terminology is most appropriate for our members. And since there is no short answer to this topic, we invite you to join us next Shabbat, as we explore it further.