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Leadership, Suicide, and Questioning God – JLD

Lefaneicha Ani mishtachaveh al birkai, I worship before You Lord, I’m down on my knees. Kadosh, Holy, You are Yeshua. Brother Brandon summarized Pinchas, from Numbers 25:10 – 30:1. The focus was on Moses not pouting when he learned he would not lead Israel into the promised land, rather Moses worked to ensure the leader that would go, was ready. Moses modeled true leadership with his patience, compassion, and care. Praise included 35 new graduates in the Austin Disaster Relief Network, and we prayed for the 13 people trapped in cave, who God delivered by the time this blog post went up! Then Rabbi Jonathan delivered a deeply personal message that tackled the difficult issue of how can and why does an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God allow bad things like suicide, to happen. Enjoy and share this recording; the slides are uploaded https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/07-Jul-2018-Slides.pdf. And remember to hear Reuven Prager talk about restoring ancient Israelite customs, July 15that 04pm.

2018-07-10T16:51:12+00:00 July 10th, 2018|A. Gospels, B. Non Religious, B. Worship|

Pray for Unity of Believers This July 4th – JLD

It was such a pleasure to sing “barchu et Adonai hamvorach l’olam vaed” which means “blessed is the Lord who is blessed forever and ever.” The question is if you want your life to similarly be blessed and if so, will your lifestyle show it. In the Torah, Watchman Alex provided insights into Balak, Numbers 22:2 – 25:9. Instead of diplomacy, Balak reacted in anti-Semitic fashion to the children of Israel, and commissioned Balaam to curse Israel. But God uses our enemies to bless us, because God is not compelled by what we do, rather our motives. We praised God for successful surgeries, and new jobs, after which we prayed for safety. Then Rabbi Jonathan spoke about our sixth statement of faith at Messiah Echad. As God is one (Echad) so should be His Children, both Jew and Christian, who are valued and loved equally. We seek to reach all people at Messiah Echad, to worship in loving unity. The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/30-Jun-2018-Slides.pdf

2018-07-04T13:56:15+00:00 July 4th, 2018|A. Gospels, B. Congregation|

Priesthood and The Vine – JLD

As Rabbi Jonathan cycled with veterans in the Northeast, and a few technical difficulties arose during services, this recording came out a bit faint, but the insights will speak loudly into your life. Pastor Harry covered Emor, Say, Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23. Despite our desire as ministers to be relatable and relevant, we must remain Holy, because God is Holy. Also, and especially in this modern world, do we spend the same energy on secular holidays, as we do God’s Holy Days? Hmm. After praise reports of vehicles, and prayers for surgeries, we were blessed to hear from our guest, Reverend Kurt Hein. The exegesis was from John 15:1-8, where we read about the Vine and the branches. Right before being betrayed, Yeshua invited us to abide with Him, and be fruitful. God wants to give life; do not run from Him. Abide, and pray.

2018-05-02T11:41:22+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|A. Gospels, B. Christianity|

Holiness and Greater Works – JLD

Brother Chris did an excellent job with his double torah portion, After The Death and Holy Ones,  Leviticus 16:1-20:27. There are many parallels in this section with the New Testament. One goat was sacrificed while another carried away our sins into the wilderness; Yeshua (Jesus) justifies us with His blood, and then takes away our sins. Further, we are called to be holy, and must be careful to avoid such things as lying or perverting justice, which defile our bodies. Praise reports included new jobs and fellowship, after which we prayed for medical healings. In the sermon, Rabbi Jonathan connected his 400 mile bicycle journey to the meaning of being a “Christian” or “Messianic Jew”. Do we do greater works that Jesus? Have you openly shared (confessed )your sins? Will you discard the past, and embrace life’s mistakes, as you go into the future. Lots to learn; Shabbat Shalom. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/21-Apr-2018-Slides.pdf

2018-04-27T17:51:29+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|A. Gospels, B. Christianity|

Let It Go and The Door – JLD

Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You, and Yours is the name above all Names. Yeshua (Jesus) is a powerful name, and You are Messiah (Christ) our King. With Rabbi Jonathan out, Pastor Duane covered Vayigash, And He Came Near, Genesis 44:18 – 47:27. Joseph’s family learned he was alive, and his dreams came true, in this parsha. If you live in fear or dismay from your sins, confess, and if you are angered by sinners, let it go, as did Joseph. Praise reports were for sponsors and prayer was for provisions, then Watchman Alexander went back to the basics. After accepting Yeshua (Jesus), it would not be wise to traitorously reject Him. Yeshua is the only door that leads to eternal life, and your salvation with Him is fluid, so guard it closely. Lastly, 30 Dec. is monthly oneg, so make sure to bring a dish.

2017-12-27T14:48:47+00:00 December 27th, 2017|A. Gospels, B. Christianity|

Waiting, Gossip, and Confrontation – JLD

Praise and Worship was especially sweet, with Brother Caleb on the Trumpet. As we go about our daily lives in this world, let us never cease singing praises about Your Name. Truly Your Name is great, and greatly to be praised. Pastor Duane covered torah portion “He Appeared” from Genesis 18:1 – 22:24, where we see God patiently waiting for our sacrifice, and all we need to do is rush to Him. Also in this section is Lot’s daughters getting him drunk, then incest occurring… mind drunkenness! Praise reports included friends and family getting blessed, after which Rabbi Jonathan spoke briefly about his journey into cycling with Project Hero. Then the short sermon was about how to avoid gossip, by confronting an offending brother or sister, in the manner outlined in scripture. Let us follow the Word. And there are no slides this week.

2017-11-08T07:54:20+00:00 November 8th, 2017|A. Gospels, B. Congregation|

Hurricanes and Confederate Monuments – JLD

As we continue in prayer for a nation facing earthquakes, fires, hurricanes and more, we rallied around every fear having no place, and the weak find strength, at the sound of Your Great Name. Pastor Harry covered When You Come In (Ki Tavo), Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8, which detail the blessings and curses at stake, when nations follow or disobey commandments. Let us turn back to God, so others will be awe of us, we will overflow with prosperity, and we will become the head again. Then after financial praise reports, and prayer for our nation, Rabbi Jonathan spoke about how Yeshua (Jesus) viewed the traditions and topics of the High Holy Days. Lastly, just as Yeshua was not afraid to confront controversy, we courageously talked about how He might view confederate monuments, and racism. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/09-Sep-2017-Slides.pdf

2017-09-10T13:44:09+00:00 September 10th, 2017|A. Gospels, B. Judaism|

Hosanna In The Highest and Gideons – JLD

Imagine us in the heavenly throne room, before our Father, worshipping. What would it mean if they stood, and rose their hands back to us? Wow! Wonderful praise and worship, as always. In the parsha, Rabbi Jonathan summarized Chukat, Statute, Numbers 19:1 – 22:1. The Lord spoke to Israel about the red heifer sacrifice, not touching dead people, not complaining, and not rebelling against God. So in applying the gleanings to our modern world, is our spiritual cleanliness still affected by our physical actions, can a priest intercede on your behalf for your sins, and do we maintain the ability to conquer giants? Then after praise reports and prayer requests, Royce Linsey from the Gideons blessed us with amazing testimonies, detailing how one Bible can have multiplicative, transformative implications. Amen. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/01-Jul-2017-Slides.pdf

2017-07-04T15:50:54+00:00 July 4th, 2017|A. Gospels, B. Christianity|

Television and Graduation – JLD.

Although enemies rush on the city of Israel, and run on the wall, Adonai (God) continues to utter His voice of protection. We pray always, for the peace of Jerusalem, and restoration between Christians and Jews. The torah portion, Behar and Bechukotai, On My Mountain and in My Statues, Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34, was covered by our Shabbat School Teacher, Christina Velez. This week’s focus was on Shabbat rests, equality, and idols… do you spend more time with anything, like television, than you do in worship? Then after praise reports and prayer, Rabbi Jonathan let the secret out; he just finished two years of seminary at Colorado Christian University! Mazel Tov (Congratulations) on obtaining classical training, and sharing your thesis with us, on “Messianic Jewish Apologetics to a Christian Audience”. And the slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/20-May-2017-Slides.pdf

2017-05-24T10:24:25+00:00 May 24th, 2017|A. Gospels, B. Christianity|

Temple and KJV Translation – JLD

Bless The Lord… You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger. Your name is great, and Your heart is kind… we will keep singing about the 10,000 reason we worship Your Holy Name. Our Watchman, Alex, covered Terumah, Heave Offering, from Exodus 25:1 – 27:19. Everything in the Old Testament is a foreshadow or symbolism of things to come, to include the temples and tabernacles. Do you know how many there are in scripture? After praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan recapped our controversial message from last week about Negative Jesus, before questioning the King James Version. Yes we challenged the respected KJV, and maybe you grew up on it too, but check out 1 John 5:7-8 in different translations… words were added. See you for Purim Shabbat on 11 March 2017, and the slides for this past week are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/04-Mar-2017-Slides.pdf

2017-03-08T14:20:10+00:00 March 8th, 2017|A. Gospels, B. Christianity|