This Shabbat, we sang Holy, is the Lord of glory. It was also our honor to lift our voice, and sing, to You, our King. From the Torah, Rabbi Jonathan covered Vezot Habracha, This Is The Blessing, Deuteronomy 33:1 – 34:12. Each tribe, and their lineage, was given a blessing… have you cashed in on yours? Have you researched the tribe(s) you are from? Our Rabbi learned he might hail from Gad, meaning his blessings will come indirectly when people bless him. And Israel, to include the boundaries outlined in Scripture, was made by God to man… let us support Israel! Blessings were for abated rains, and we prayed against cancer, before welcoming our guest Jeremy Dawson, from Thrivent Financial. If you follow the simple Biblical directions that are outlined, you will reach the desired end in your life. Align your values and finances. Model Biblical stewardship to your children. Start a budget. View the uploaded slides https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/29-Sept-2018.pdf .
As we finish uploading the backlogged audio recordings, it was good to sing about the Great I Am. Lord, I want to be near; near to Your heart… loving the world and hating the dark. Help our dry bones live again, enabling us to worship as one body in Messiah. Rabbi Jonathan covered Parsha Ki Tavo, When you come in, Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8. All scripture, to include the Torah, is God breathed and profitable to our lives. Specifically in this section, we see Israel respond with “amen” to curses, if they disobey scripture… would you be brave enough to do that? We get blessings when we obey the Word, and curses when we do not. Choose you this day. Praised reports included healed backs, and we prayed for heart surgery, before Rabbi Jonathan was up to teach again. We know the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbor… who is our neighbor? What does love look like? And do you pour out your love? Great message and the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/01-Sept-2018-Slides.pdf
Although technical difficulties prevented this audio recording from being uploaded sooner, the worship and teachings contained is timely, as well as beautiful. There is nothing worth more, that will ever come close… no thing can compare; You are our living hope. May we continue to enter your presence Lord. Adam spoke passionately about Torah Portion Shoftim, Judges, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9. We were also commanded to establish a judicial system, and not show partiality, lest evils and injustices prevail. God told us to hold all leaders to a higher standard… we are not doing it, and are receiving the curse. Praise reports were for vehicle repairs, and we prayed for mental health, before Chris came up to deliver an excellent sermon on the power of words. Your words can be forgiven, never forgotten. And as believers, be set apart by returning hate speech with love. The slides are uploaded https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/18-Aug-2018-Slides.pdf, the High Holy Day Pamphlet is too, and stay tuned for the Event Schedule.
You alone are worthy; we lift our voice, and sing, to You, our King. We also pray for the day when the glory of the Lord, will fill every place we inhabit. As we welcomed Rabbi Jonathan back from the BX3 Ride in New York, we dug into Ekev, Because, Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25. Because we listen to the rules and keep the commandments, God loves us, blesses us, multiplies us, and even drives away hornets! Just never forget it is God who provides the blessings, and can take them away. Lastly, God requires Israel, both native Jews and grafted in Christians, to love God and keep His commandments. Are you doing both? Praise reports included savings lives, and we prayed for medical miracles, before Rabbi Jonathan came back to deliver a powerful sermon. In every decision, seek to acknowledge God and do His will. Finally, no matter how blissful things are, expect tribulation in this broken world. Video from Rabbi’s ride is at https://youtu.be/-Z2Ewo47yvE and slides from the message are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/04-Aug-2018-Slides.pdf
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.
Lead me to the cross, where Your love poured out. Bring me to my knees; Lord I lay me down. Rid me of myself because I belong to You. Lead me God; I humbly submit to Your empowering will. In the Torah portion, Brother Brandon covered Chukat, Statute, Numbers 19:1 – 22:1. There were many parallels here with Yeshua being a red heifer, and we also see Moses lose his cool. Yet Aaron was punished for Moses’ sin, because Aaron did not speak against it. And may we never complain like Israel did, incessantly. Praise reports included blessings for attending Messiah Echad, then we prayed for our work load, after which Rabbi Jonathan delivered a passionate message connecting the “Prove God Story” from 1 Kings 18:20-39, to a “Does God Answer Prayer” debate in 2018 https://youtu.be/QcsxU5hYhgk. Which person are you from the story? Will you be the one who speaks out against sin and stands up for God? The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/23-Jun-2018-Slides.pdf
On Cinco De Mayo, our Shabbat Service was especially fun and celebratory, but not because the Mexican Army defeated France in 1862. Watchman Alexander summarized Emor, Say, Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23, which spoke about what it means to be holy. Next, we covered the Appointed Times or Feasts of the Lord, and we encouraged all generations to observe them. Praise reports included favor at work, and we prayed for our online audience, before Rabbi Jonathan asked if we are fallen, walking, running, or soaring. The bible says even young men will grow weary and fall, so it is important to be honest about how we are doing. If you are fallen, don’t turn to others to save you; that’s God’s job. If you are walking, be content. If you are running, run your heart out and if you are soaring, don’t look down on people. Help people. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/05-May-2018-Slides.pdf
Are you ready to no longer be a slave to fear? If you claim to be a Child of God, the arms of the Father will free you, liberate you, and surround you. And if you claim your sonship rights, every chain by which the world holds you, will be broken. There is power in the name of Yeshua (Jesus). After praise and worship that brought everyone to tears, Rabbi Jonathan summarized Tzav, Command, Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36. How is this parsha profitable for doctrine, reproof, and correction? Return things better than you received them, seize the day, and exercise patience! In the praise reports, Mark was miraculously healed of stage four cancer (yes really!), and we prayed against curses, after which Brother Adam gave a testimony that defines hate, but also highlighted the power of love and forgiveness. The slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/24-Mar-2018-Slides.pdf . See you for Passover!
Oh how sweet is the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I was once lost but now am found; I was blind but now I see, so clearly! Hallelujah for the grace that falls down like rain on those who believe. And despite what occurs in life, trial or tribulation, may we remember there is no fear in love. Brother Chris opened Vayikra, And He Called, Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26. The Burnt, Grain, Peace, Sin, and Guilt Offerings satisfied the payment required in the Korban Principle (Sin, Confession, Sacrifice, Redemption), and Yeshua (Jesus) satisfies it now. After praise reports and prayer requests, Rabbi Jonathan spoke about his bike ride (his videos are here), then presented three ways society can love and reform potential murderers. Bring God back into our schools, be kind, and be honest. The referenced editorial is linked, the parsha slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/17-May-2018-P-Slides.pdf, and main message slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/17-Mar-2018-T-Slides.pdf.
When I walk through deep water, when I am standing in the fire; through the valley of the shadow, and in the midst of deep sorrow, I am not alone. God goes before me. Amazing praise and worship from Amanda and Alex. In the torah portion, Pastor Harry spoke on Terumah, Exodus 25:1 – 27:19, covering the contributions that were needed to build the temple. We studied the menorah, holy of holies, ark of the covenant, and correlated it all to the creation story. Then after praise reports of passed exams and help for veterans, we prayed for favor in the workplace. Finally, Rabbi Jonathan taught us how to discern if a voice or word is of God, or not from Him. (1) Does the word align with or go against Scripture? (2) Is the word benefiting your flesh, or the Spirit? (3) If the word does not help others, its ungodly and selfish. And the slides are https://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/17-Feb-2018-Slides.pdf