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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

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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,

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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”

Lessons From The Story Of Genesis And Exodus

Genesis 1-2: The Beginning Of The Story This morning I’m telling a story. It’s a true story. It’s an old story but a very relevant story. It’s part of the greatest story. It’s part of a much longer story. It’s the story of Genesis and Exodus. Our story starts in the beginning, when the good and wise and Creator made

By | 2017-04-18T10:46:57+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on Lessons From The Story Of Genesis And Exodus

1 Corinthians 1:10-31 – Division Must Be Replaced With Unity

Division Must Be Replaced With Unity; A Simple Message About The Messiah Must Be Proclaimed; That Message Is Powerful And Wise; God Uses Ordinary People To Overcome The Powerful I’ve learned that when I need to correct someone, it helps if I first commend him for some of the good things he is doing. That communicates that I appreciate him

By | 2017-04-11T01:43:53+00:00 April 8th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 1:10-31 – Division Must Be Replaced With Unity

Tzav – “Command”

Shabbat Shalom. Our parasha for this week is parasha Tzav, which translates to “Command” and covers Leviticus 6:1-8:36. We begin in Leviticus 6 and then continue into chapter 7, where we are given more information about the five different types of offerings to the Lord, and instructions concerning them for the priesthood, specifically their disposal. The burnt offering is described

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Vayikra – “And He Called”

This week’s parasha is entitled Vayikra, meaning “And He Called” and introduces us to the book of Leviticus. These chapters describe the various offerings made to Adonai. Each chapter describes a different type of offering. The many details might not seem exciting to today’s reader, but they are significant, and should not be ignored. In some ways they foreshadow Messiah

By | 2017-04-03T23:29:04+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayikra – “And He Called”

1 Corinthians 1:1-9: Introduction To Corinthians

The Introduction To This Letter; Paul And Sosthenes Introduce Themselves; They Identify The Ones To Whom They Are Writing; A Prayer For Grace And Peace; Their Commendation Of The Corinthians; An Assurance Of God’s Commitment To Them To Keep Them Firm So That They Would Be Blameless When Messiah Returns This letter was written by one of the greatest men

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Colossians 1-2 – Focus On Messiah!

This morning I want to talk about Christianity, specifically the essence of Christianity. It might seem simplistic, but the essence of Christianity is Christ. The essence of Messianic Judaism is Messiah. I say this because there are those who take the focus off of Yeshua and redirect it to other things. For example, the prosperity teachers redirect the focus to

By | 2017-03-28T02:50:50+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Colossians 1-2 – Focus On Messiah!

Vayakhel-Pekudei – “And He Assembled”-“Amount”

This week we also have a double Parasha, entitled Vayakhel-Pekudei, and it covers Exodus chapters 35 to 40.  At the end of the previous parasha, Moses had returned from Mount Sinai carrying a second set of stone tablets.  He announced to the Jewish people that they were about to begin a building campaign for the Lord.  It would include manufacturing

By | 2017-03-28T02:52:51+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Vayakhel-Pekudei – “And He Assembled”-“Amount”

Ki Tisa – “When You Lift Up”

The name of this week’s parasha is Ki Tisa, which means “when you elevate” and covers Exodus 30:11-34:35.  Adonai instructs Moses on collecting the Israelis’ money for atonement when they were counted in a census.  Everyone was to give a half shekel, which was designated for the Tent of Meeting. Adonai gave Moses instructions for Aaron and his sons to

By | 2017-03-28T02:42:22+00:00 March 18th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Tisa – “When You Lift Up”

Tetzaveh – “Give the Command”

The first of our parashas this Shabbat is Tetzaveh, meaning, ‘Give the command,’ and covers Exodus 27:20- 30:10.  At the end of chapter 27, the oil is described for the Golden Lamp or menorah that sits in the Mishkan, the Tabernacle.  Pure olive oil was to be used in this lamp, and it was to burn day and night. In

By | 2017-03-28T02:37:57+00:00 March 11th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tetzaveh – “Give the Command”

Terumah – “Offerings” – When God Invites Himself Over

The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Terumah and covers Exodus 25:1 through 27:19. This morning, rather than our usual 5-7 minute commentary, I’ll be expanding our parasha into a full message. Terumah means contribution, gift or offering. The parasha opens with God’s invitation to raise a contribution - a terumah. It was not to be under any compulsion, but

By | 2017-03-08T02:06:38+00:00 March 4th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn, Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Terumah – “Offerings” – When God Invites Himself Over

Gossip – Just Say “No”

The thoughts I will be sharing with you this morning from Scripture fall under the category of the Second Great Commandment – “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” I have a riddle to propound to you. I wield no weapon, nor do I even raise a hand, and yet I can inflict wounds from which some will never recover.

By | 2017-02-28T01:06:46+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: |Comments Off on Gossip – Just Say “No”

Mishpatim – “Judgements”

Today’s Torah portion is titled, “Mishpatim,” which means “Judgements.”  It covers Exodus: 21:1–24:18.  This parasha passage is also known as Sefer ha B’Rit (The Book of the Covenant), since this 4 chapter parasha contains over 10% of the 613 commandments found in the Torah. We often forget that the ancient world was a very brutal place.  People were maimed or

By | 2017-02-28T01:01:47+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Mishpatim – “Judgements”

Romans 16 – Rabbi Paul’s Final Words To The Community

Paul Commends Phoebe To The Christians And Messianic Jews In Rome; He Asks Those Who Received This Letter To Send His Greetings To Others In Rome; He Sends Greetings To The Believers In Rome From Others; He Warns Messiah’s Followers About False Teachers; He Assures Them Of Final Victory; He Prays For Them; He Offers Final Praise To God. We

By | 2017-02-21T19:43:13+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Romans 16 – Rabbi Paul’s Final Words To The Community

Yitro – “Jethro”

Yitro, the Hebrew name for Jethro, is our parasha for this Shabbat. Parashat Yitro covers Exodus 18:1-20:23. Besides practical management advice, this parasha contains the Ten Commandments, and a lesson for those who would approach Adonai on their terms. Chapter 18 begins with Jethro, Moses' Father-In-Law, going out to meet Moses at the base of Mount Sinai along with Moses' wife and

By | 2017-02-20T21:53:32+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Yitro – “Jethro”

Romans 15:14-33 – Blessing Messiah’s Community

The Christians In Rome Should Respect Paul And Receive This Letter With Respect; Paul Intended To Visit Them After Delivering A Donation To The Impoverished Messianic Jews In Jerusalem; He Intended To Get Financial Support From The Romans To Continue His Pioneering Ministry In Spain We are near the end of one of the greatest letters ever written, one of

By | 2017-02-13T23:06:34+00:00 February 11th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Romans 15:14-33 – Blessing Messiah’s Community

Beshalach – “When He Let Go”

The name of this week’s parasha is Beshalach, which means “when he sent” or “when he let go,” and covers Exodus 13:17-17:16.  After Pharaoh finally released the Jewish people, Adonai led them along the Red Sea with a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night.  Moses took Joseph’s bones when Israel left Egypt, fulfilling the

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