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Nitzavim-Vayelech- “Those Taking A Stand-And He Went”

We have a double-parasha this morning: Nitzavim and Vayelech. Nitzavim means ‘Those taking a stand’ and Vayyelech means ‘And he went’. These two parashas span Deuteronomy 29:9 (29:10 in our English Bibles) through 31:30. The parasha opens with all Israel assembled to stand before Adonai. In fact, the usual verb for ‘stand’ (omayd) isn’t the word used here. The verb

By | 2017-09-18T21:38:41+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Nitzavim-Vayelech- “Those Taking A Stand-And He Went”

1 Corinthians 16:1-24 – Rabbi Paul’s Final Instructions

Instructions To Prepare A Collection For The Messianic Jews In Jerusalem; Paul’s Plans To Visit The Corinthians; Instructions About Timothy; News About Apollos; Encouragement To Persevere; Instructions About Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus; Final Greetings; A Final Warning; A Final Prayer; A Final Expression Of Love; A Final Amen We’re at the end of Rabbi Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians,

By | 2017-09-11T21:46:20+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 16:1-24 – Rabbi Paul’s Final Instructions

Ki Tavo – “When You Enter In”

The name of this week’s parasha is Ki Tavo, which means “when you enter in” and covers Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8.  In chapter 26, Moses instructed the Israelis on honoring God with the first fruits of the harvest after they settled in the Promised Land, including a declaration of His mighty deeds in bringing them into the Land.  In the 3rd year

By | 2017-09-11T21:42:26+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Tavo – “When You Enter In”

1 Corinthians 15:29-58 – The Resurrection Will Happen

Resurrection Will Happen; Our Future Bodies Are Different From Our Present Bodies; Not Everyone Will Die; Stand Firm And Serve The Lord We live in a fallen world that is satanically controlled and is in rebellion against God and is under a curse. One of the worst things about life in this world is death. Death is like a poisonous

By | 2017-09-04T22:16:06+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 15:29-58 – The Resurrection Will Happen

Ki Teitzei – “When You Go”

This week our parasha is Ki Teitzei, which means “When You Go”, and covers Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19.  Parasha Ki Teizei covers a large variety of topics and has 74 different commandments.  While we could go through all 72 commandments in the interest of time I would like to only discuss a small number of them. Weaving through the many different topics

By | 2017-09-04T21:53:21+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Teitzei – “When You Go”

1 Corinthians 15:1-28 – The Gospel And The Resurrection

There are many religions, many philosophies, many ideologies in the world, all competing for our allegiance. The Gospel is the greatest message of them all. While other messages are a mixture of truth and error, the Gospel message is completely true. Knowing the Good News and then being faithful to live according to the Good News meets our greatest needs.

By | 2017-08-29T09:19:03+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 15:1-28 – The Gospel And The Resurrection

Shoftim – “Judges”

“It isn’t fair.”  How many times have we heard people say this?  Fairness is a rather complicated concept, and often we don’t understand all the implications of our demands, but regardless we tend to argue our idea of ‘fairness’ anyway, don't we? As adults, and especially as believers, we should recognize injustice when we see it; but where do we

By | 2017-08-29T09:17:47+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shoftim – “Judges”

Re’eh – “See”

The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Re’eh, which means “See!”  It covers Deuteronomy 11:26 through 16:17. Moses makes it clear in chapter 11 that the real issue of drawing closer to God has to do with the heart of the individual. If Israel would serve Adonai in love and faithfulness, He would send the early and latter rain in

By | 2017-08-29T09:16:25+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Re’eh – “See”

1 Corinthians 14:26-40 – Order In His Court!

Introduction: This morning we are continuing in our study of Rabbi Paul’s first letter to the believers in Corinth. The Corinthian church was in all kinds of disarray, and reading through the letter sometimes feels like having to have a tooth extracted. It seems long and drawn out, and painful. But these things were written as much for our benefit

By | 2017-08-22T01:39:51+00:00 August 19th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Glenn, Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 – Order In His Court!

Re’eh – “See”

Today’s Parasha is entitled Re’eh, which means “see” and covers Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17. Parasha Re'eh continues Moses' second sermon to the people. It begins with the famous statement, “See, this day I set before you a blessing and a curse”. Moses describes the blessings for obedience to the Lord’s commandments, which were given earlier in chapter 11, along with the curses

By | 2017-08-22T00:58:17+00:00 August 19th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Re’eh – “See”

1 Corinthians 14:1-25 – The Art Of Public Speaking

Shabbat Shalom.  This morning, Lord willing, we will be covering 1 Corinthians 14:1-25. I have entitled this message, The Art of Public Speaking, after one of my textbooks in college, because this section serves as an important lesson on how we should speak and teach in our services. However, before we begin this section of Rabbi Paul’s letter it is

By | 2017-08-15T00:59:01+00:00 August 12th, 2017|Categories: Sermons|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 14:1-25 – The Art Of Public Speaking

Eikev – “On The Heel Of”

This week’s Parasha is Eikev, which means “on the heel of.” In this Parasha Moses continues his final speeches to the Israelis before they enter the Promised Land. These instructions are more about obeying their God and are a warning. I think a good theme for this is the following: “If you have real faith, you will trust Me; and

By | 2017-08-15T16:21:44+00:00 August 12th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Eikev – “On The Heel Of”

1 Corinthians 13 – What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Shabbat Shalom.  Last week we continued our series through 1 Corinthians with a message on chapter 12 given by Rabbi Glenn.  Aptly titled, Nitroglycerine in the Hands of Toddlers, Rabbi Glenn pointed out how this chapter of 1 Corinthians has been misused and misunderstood by Messiah’s Community.  1 Corinthians 12 is not about cataloging all spiritual gifts but is really

By | 2017-08-08T01:20:08+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Categories: Sermons|Tags: |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 13 – What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Va’etchanan – “And I Pleaded”

The Torah portion for this Shabbat is called Va’etchanan, meaning “and I pleaded”. It covers Deuteronomy 3:23 through chapter 7:11. As the parasha opens, Moses pleads with Adonai to reconsider allowing him to cross over into the Land of Promise. God’s answer was a firm “No” but He did allow Moses to ascend Mt. Pisgah and get a bird’s eye

By | 2017-08-08T01:19:11+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Va’etchanan – “And I Pleaded”

1 Corinthians 12 – Nitroglycerin in the Hands of Toddlers

Introduction If ever there was a chapter of the Bible that was frequently misunderstood, and that misunderstanding led to contention in Messiah’s Community, I’d say 1 Corinthians 12 is it. This chapter outlines the gifts of the Holy Spirit; misinterpreted and/or misapplied, it’s like theological nitroglycerine. Handle with care! Considering how much division there is about the gifts of the

By | 2017-08-04T22:23:03+00:00 July 29th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Glenn, Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 12 – Nitroglycerin in the Hands of Toddlers

Devarim – “Words or Matters”

Our parasha passage for this week is entitled, D’varim, which means “words or matters,” i.e, something of consequence.  This passage covers Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22.  This comes from the Hebrew in Chapter 1:1:  Eleh ha d’varim, “these are the words.”  This last book of the Torah contains Moses’ overview of the history of their journey through the wilderness after leaving

By | 2017-07-31T23:09:48+00:00 July 29th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Devarim – “Words or Matters”

1 Corinthians 11:17-34 – The Problem Of Division; Problems With The Lord’s Supper

Mary Poppins said: Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. And she was right. Receiving correction, like taking medicine, can be unpleasant. Commendation, however, is like sugar. When people are commended, they are more receptive to the one who is doing the commending. And they are more receptive to the other things he wants to communicate, even

By | 2017-07-25T02:52:18+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 – The Problem Of Division; Problems With The Lord’s Supper

Matot-Masei – “Tribes”-“Journeys”

This week we have a double parasha with Matot and Masei which translates to “Tribes” and “Journeys” Respectively. Parasha Matot covers Numbers 30:2–32:42 and Masei covers Numbers 33:1-36:13, this is also the final parasha for the book of Numbers.  These parashas speak on the importance of vows and promises and teach us the importance of having our actions match our

By | 2017-07-25T02:50:32+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Matot-Masei – “Tribes”-“Journeys”

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