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1 Corinthians 9:24-10:13 – Living For The Lord And Living For The Gospel

Because of the catastrophe that took place in Eden, human beings are alienated from God, who is the source of life. Because we joined the rebellion of the fallen angels, the authority to rule humanity was transferred to Satan and the demons. Satan, the leader of the fallen angels, became the god of this world. Because of the fall of

By | 2017-07-21T03:54:20+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 9:24-10:13 – Living For The Lord And Living For The Gospel

1 Corinthians 11:1-16 – The Roles Of Men And Women In Messiah’s Community; Covering Or Not Covering The Head

The subject of today’s message is controversial - the role of men and women in Messiah’s Community, and how they are to conduct themselves. What are men allowed to do? What are women allowed to do? Is there anything they are not allowed to do? Must they cover their heads in a worship service? These are the issues the Rabbi

By | 2017-07-18T01:08:16+00:00 July 15th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 – The Roles Of Men And Women In Messiah’s Community; Covering Or Not Covering The Head

Pinchas

This week’s Torah portion, which covers Numbers 25:10 up to chapter 30, is entitled Pinchas, who was the son of Eleazar and the grandson of Aaron.  In last week’s Parasha, after being enticed by Moabite women, many men of Israel succumbed to the worship of Ba’al.  Because of this, God brought down a plague that killed 24,000 men of Israel. 

By | 2017-07-18T01:01:20+00:00 July 15th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Pinchas

Balak

This week’s Parasha is called Balak, which means devastator, and covers Numbers 22:2 – 25:9.  In last week’s Parasha, the Israelis decisively defeat the Amorites because the Amorites did not want them passing through their land. This week we find the Israelis camped near the border of Moab. King Balak saw how the Israeli army defeated the Amorites.  Being afraid,

By | 2017-07-11T01:15:17+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Balak

1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1 – Flee From Idolatry; Follow Paul’s Example

Rabbi Paul knows that Messiah’s Community in Corinth was doing well in many ways, but was also facing temptations, which, if yielded to, would harm the community. One temptation: testing God by complaining about the leaders. Instead of being thankful for all of the leaders, and supporting all the leaders, many of the people in Corinth were supporting a favored

By | 2017-07-11T01:12:22+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1 – Flee From Idolatry; Follow Paul’s Example

Chukat – “Statute”

This week’s parashah is entitled Chukat meaning ‘statute’ or ‘regulation’. It covers Numbers 19:1 -22:1. It teaches us about the ordinance of the red Heifer, the water of purification, Israel’s wandering in the wilderness, the deaths of Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ sin, the bronze serpent and tells of Moses’ approaching death. Today I would like to focus on the red heifer

By | 2017-07-03T23:20:13+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Chukat – “Statute”

1 Corinthians 9:1-23 – Supporting Godly Leaders

Paul Defends Himself From The Criticism That He Is Not Worthy Of Being Supported As A Leader; He Had The Right To Be Supported But Chose Not To Use That Right Because of the Fall, human beings are alienated from God, and alienated from one another. Humanity is broken, fractured, disunified. We are divided along many lines - language, geography,

By | 2017-06-27T01:48:34+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 9:1-23 – Supporting Godly Leaders

Korach – “Korah”

The name of this week’s parasha is Korach, which means “Korah” and covers Numbers 16-18.  Moses’ authority was challenged by a faction led by Korah, son of Kohath, from the tribe of Levi, along with Dathan, Abiram, and On from the tribe of Reuben, along with 250 Israeli leaders.  They objected to the restriction that priests could only come from

By | 2017-06-27T01:44:55+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , |Comments Off on Korach – “Korah”

1 Corinthians 7:25-8:13 – Marriage; Singleness; Widows; Idolatry; Love Is Greater Than Knowledge

The community had written Paul a letter. One of the matters they wrote about was about male/female relationships. This part of Paul’s letter is his response. In the earlier part of this chapter, the Rabbi had instructed Messiah’s followers in Corinth about marriage, singleness and divorce. Paul continues with the subject of marriage. Now about virgins: I have no command

By | 2017-06-20T04:12:17+00:00 June 17th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 7:25-8:13 – Marriage; Singleness; Widows; Idolatry; Love Is Greater Than Knowledge

Sh’lach L’cha – “Send Out For Yourself”

The parasha this Shabbat is called Sh’lach L’cha, meaning “send out for yourself” and spans Numbers: 13-15. God said to Moses, “Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the sons of Israel.” Moses chose one leader from each of the tribes, and sent them on a fact-finding

By | 2017-06-20T04:09:55+00:00 June 17th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Sh’lach L’cha – “Send Out For Yourself”

1 Corinthians 7:1-24 – Marriage; Singleness; Divorce; Remaining In One’s Life-Situation

The Corinthian community had previously written Paul a letter. One of the matters they wrote about was about male/female relationships. This part of Paul’s letter is his response. When Paul wrote this letter, the culture of Corinth, like our culture today, was not teaching people the truth about sex. Corinth known for the sexual promiscuity of its people. In addition

By | 2017-06-12T23:14:11+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 7:1-24 – Marriage; Singleness; Divorce; Remaining In One’s Life-Situation

Behaalotecha – “When You Set Up”

This week’s parasha is titled, Behaalotecha, meaning “when you set up,” and covers Numbers 8:1 – 12:16.  “When you set up” refers to setting up and directing the light of the golden lampstand of the tabernacle, the construction of which was described in Exodus 25:31 – 40. Chapter 8 describes the cleansing of the Levites.  This included a total washing

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1 Corinthians 6 Part 2 – Limits To Liberty; Reasons To Avoid Sexual Immorality

Christianity is about Christ. Messianic Judaism is about Messiah; having a close, personal relationship with the Messiah. It’s about having the Spirit of the Father and the Son living in us, teaching us, guiding us, transforming us into the likeness of Yeshua. The emphasis of the New Covenant is faith, not law. It’s about walking by the Spirit, not a

By | 2017-06-05T23:53:48+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 6 Part 2 – Limits To Liberty; Reasons To Avoid Sexual Immorality

Naso – “Lift Up”

Our parasha for this week is Naso which means “lift up”.  Parasha Naso covers Numbers 4:21–7:89 and concerns priestly duties, laws for dealing with an unfaithful wife, the Nazirite vow, the Aaronic blessing, and the consecration of the Tabernacle.  This morning I plan to focus on the Nazirite Vow. We find in chapter 6 the requirements to enter a Nazirite

By | 2017-06-05T23:49:28+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Naso – “Lift Up”

Shavuot 2017: Shavuot And The Giving Of The Spirit

The Jewish holidays are fantastic. Year by year they pace our lives according to the cycle God has designed into nature. They teach us many things. They remind us of some of the great things God has done in Israel's history. They are prophecies which reveal God's plan to redeem a remnant of fallen humanity. The holidays begin in the

By | 2017-05-30T01:47:53+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Categories: Holidays, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Shavuot 2017: Shavuot And The Giving Of The Spirit

Bamidbar – “In the Wilderness”

Today’s parasha is BaMidbar, meaning “In the Wilderness” and begins the book of Numbers covering Numbers 1:1-4:20. A little over a year has passed since Israel had left Egypt.  They had been encamped at Mt. Sinai while God has been preparing them to march into the Promised Land.  When they first left Egypt, they were a disorganized mass of former

By | 2017-05-30T01:36:55+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Bamidbar – “In the Wilderness”

1 Corinthians 6:1-11 – I’ll See You in Court!

(or: how to completely destroy your credibility) Don’t you just love it when you hear a Christian (usually one with a pride issue) claim that there aren’t any good churches and say something like, “I want to be part of an authentic ‘New Testament’ church.” My response is, “Oh really? Like, say, the Church at Corinth (not exactly a sterling

By | 2017-05-23T01:39:55+00:00 May 20th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Glenn, Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 – I’ll See You in Court!

B’har-B’chukotai – “On The Mountain”-“In My Statutes”

This week we have two Parashas: B’har (meaning, “on the mountain”), and B’chukotai (meaning, “in my statutes”). They cover Leviticus 25:1-27:34. The Lord spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai. He said, “Tell the Israelis when you enter the land that I am giving you, that you must let the land have a special time of rest.”  Even in Israel’s use

By | 2017-05-23T01:37:21+00:00 May 20th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on B’har-B’chukotai – “On The Mountain”-“In My Statutes”

1 Corinthians 5 – The Problem Of Tolerating Sexual Immorality

The Problem Of Tolerating Sexual Immorality; Paul’s Decision To Remove The Sexually Immoral Man Must Be Respected; The Need For Holy Living; We Are Not To Judge Sinners Outside The Community; We Are To Judge Those Sinning Inside The Community Corinth was known for its sexual immorality. Since I was young, the sexual morality of the United States has dramatically

By | 2017-05-16T00:42:42+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 5 – The Problem Of Tolerating Sexual Immorality

Emor – “Say”

The name of this week’s parasha is Emor, which means “say” and covers Leviticus 21-24.  Adonai commanded Moses to instruct the priests on the need for holiness.  Priests must not become ceremonially unclean when dealing with the death of an Israeli, unless it is a close relative.  They were not to shave their heads, trim the sides of their beards,

By | 2017-05-16T00:39:04+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Emor – “Say”

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim – “After The Death”-“Holy Ones”

This week we have a double parasha, Acharei Mot, which means “After The Death”, and Kedoshim, which translates to “Holy Ones”.  Between these two parashas we will be covering Leviticus 16-20. These two parashas cover the Yom Kippur service, sexual sins, punishment for child sacrifice, and the repeated teaching to observe the Lord’s commandments.  However, all the themes of these

By | 2017-05-09T01:33:09+00:00 May 6th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Acharei Mot-Kedoshim – “After The Death”-“Holy Ones”

1 Corinthians 4 – The Nature Of Spiritual Leadership

The Corinthians Needed To Support All The Leaders Because Of The Nature Of Spiritual Leadership; They Needed To Support All the Leaders, Not Judge Them; They Were Proud And Needed To Humble Themselves; They Needed To Imitate Paul And The Other Apostles; They Needed To Receive Paul’s Correction Or Experience Unpleasant Consequences When He Arrived There is so much division

By | 2017-05-09T01:29:25+00:00 May 6th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 4 – The Nature Of Spiritual Leadership

1 Corinthians 3 – Spiritual Maturity Vs. Spiritual Immaturity

Spiritual Maturity Versus Spiritual Immaturity; The Need To End Their Divisions And Unite Around All The Leaders; Leaders Need To Be Careful To Have Messiah-Centered Ministries There are levels of spiritual maturity. Messiah’s followers should desire to be spiritually mature, not immature. The Rabbi lets the Corinthians know that they were spiritually immature when he had been with them, and

By | 2017-05-09T01:29:52+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 3 – Spiritual Maturity Vs. Spiritual Immaturity

Tazria-Metzora – “She Gives Birth”-“Concerning Lepers”

Our parashot for this Shabbat are Tazria, meaning “when she gives birth” and Metzora, meaning “concerning lepers”, covering Leviticus 12-15. The general theme is distinguishing what is clean from what is unclean. The temporary separation of individuals who were unclean from the community had to do with the presence of a Holy God in the midst of the camp of

By | 2017-05-01T23:54:11+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Tazria-Metzora – “She Gives Birth”-“Concerning Lepers”

Shemini – “Eighth”

This week’s parasha is entitled, “Shemini,” which translates as “Eighth.”   This “eighth” refers to the 8th day of the consecration ceremony for Aaron and his sons, which was covered in our parasha commentary two weeks ago.  Parasha Shemini covers Leviticus 9:1-11:47. This parasha is the last parasha in the month of Nisan. In Chapter 9, Aaron, and his sons, who have been consecrating themselves

By | 2017-04-25T02:41:29+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shemini – “Eighth”