Sermons by Rabbi Glenn

///Sermons by Rabbi Glenn

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

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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.

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Channukah 2016: Fortune Favors the Prepared

We have a humorous saying that describes Jewish history and we trot it out each year around some of the more festive holidays. The saying goes like this: “They tried to kill us – we won – let’s eat”. We laugh, and we can afford to, since we did win. One of the great lessons of Chanukkah is that God

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Are You A Believer Or A Disciple?

I have never served in the United States Armed Forces, but I have the utmost admiration for those who do and those who have. In case you didn’t know it, we have men and women right here at Shema who have served our country, and with distinction, and I couldn’t be more proud to be associated with them! They are

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Sukkot 2016 – Forecasting The Future From The Sukkah

Without a doubt, Sukkot is the most joyful of the seven God-ordained annual holidays. In my book it’s as much fun as Purim and Chanukkah combined! Now to be honest, you could chalk some of it up to relief at having made it through the repentance and solemnity of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. But the Feast of Tabernacles has

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Erev Rosh HaShanah 2016 – The Significance Of The Akedah

Happy New Year, everyone! I know that for some of you this is your first High Holidays experience, and I’m excited for you, because you are going to discover that thematically there is so much about these three important Fall holidays that points us to Yeshua the Messiah, and the salvation He provides, and His Second Coming to Planet Earth.

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Romans 4:1-12 – Abraham The Archetype

This morning we’re continuing our study of the amazing letter of Rabbi Paul, written to the believers at Rome. Last Shabbat Jerry completed chapter three. Therefore, this morning we’ll begin at chapter four. Now, it’s important to remember that the chapter and verse divisions in our Bibles weren’t there when these books and letters were written. The chapter breaks as

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Romans 3:1-18 – Objection: Overruled!

I had jury duty this week. The timing of it was awful; so many other things were happening, and Rabbi Loren was out of town. What transpires in a courtroom is both fascinating and tedious, and even at times troubling; particularly when witnesses take the stand, swear an oath to tell the truth, and then lie through their teeth. An

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Romans 2:17-29 – The One Who Gives Thanks

The word Yehudi (“Jew”) means “one who gives thanks. Because we’re in a passage in Romans addressed to Jewish people, I thought I would share that fact with you. And here are a few salient truths that will emerge from the passage we are reading this morning. Being born Jewish is no guarantee of going to Heaven. Jewish people need

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Shavuot 2016 – The OTHER Gifts Of The Spirit

Shavuot is a holiday that reflects God’s generosity. Shavuot is the time of Israel’s wheat harvest. Historically, it was the time of the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai, as well as the giving of the Holy Spirit after Yeshua’s resurrection and ascension.  All these are gifts from a lavishly gracious God and Father. Most conversations about the “gifts

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The Heart of God at the Heart of the Psalm – Psalm 27

I would like to begin our message this morning with a kvetch (complaint). Why do I have to lock every door of my house and car? Why must I give a sizeable chunk of my income to a company just in case my car is stolen or my house burns down or someone decides to sue me because they tripped on the

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One Lamb For The Family

Introduction Shabbat shalom, and Chag Samayach – a joyful Passover to you all! This is a special Shabbat, the first full day of Passover and of the seven days of the Holiday of Unleavened Bread. This morning we’re going to look at Exodus chapter 12, verses 43-49, which is really an abbreviated repetition of God’s rules for Passover. As you’ll

By | April 23rd, 2016|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: |Comments Off on One Lamb For The Family

Throwing Caution To The Wind

Throwing Caution to the Wind Luke 7:36-50 (Matthew 26:6-13) This morning we’ll be reading and studying in Luke, chapter 7, beginning at verse 36. It’s a remarkable encounter; one which teaches us the relationship between forgiveness and love, and which illustrates the contrast between arrogance and humility. It’s also a stirring example of faith and throwing caution to the wind.

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Thoughts On Abortion And The Will of God

“See now that I, I am He, and there is no god besides Me; It is I who put to death and give life. I have wounded and it is I who heal, and there is no one who can deliver from My hand.” (Deuteronomy 32:39) I. God’s ‘Default Setting’ (Life-if we would simply not interfere!) But now ask the

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Chanukkah 2015: Don’t Let Your Guard Down!

The history of the Jewish people has been summed up this way: “They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat… Chinese!” And indeed we shall eat – in a little while. First you have to let me put in my $0.02. I’m still wondering why I only get a penny for my thoughts, but I have to put in

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Giving Thanks Where Thanks Is Due

An up-and-coming account executive was on his way to a very important and potentially lucrative meeting with the CFO of a major corporation. The commission alone, should he land the account, would be more than triple his annual salary. But he had miscalculated the time needed to get to the company offices, and the traffic was horrible, and he was in

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Samson Was A 98 Lb. Weakling (Well… he might have been!)

Samson Was A 98 Lb. Weakling (Well… he might have been!) Zechariah 4 Why such a title? Because chances are, like most people you thought Samson probably looked like a body-builder. But nowhere in the book of Judges is Samson ever described as being well-built. His strength, as we are told in the Scriptures, had nothing to do with his muscle.

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Forecasting The Future From The Sukkah

Without a doubt, Sukkot is the most joyful of the seven God-ordained annual holidays. In my book it’s as much fun as Purim and Chanukkah combined! Now to be honest, you could chalk some of it up to relief at having made it through the repentance and solemnity of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. But the Feast of Tabernacles has

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Yom Kippur Morning – Just Who Is This?

For me this is Yom Kippur number 34 since becoming a disciple of Yeshua, and the good news is I think I’m beginning to get it. Or, maybe not. After all, it seems we go about our daily affairs, largely oblivious to the invisible but real cosmic war taking place all around us. We have little idea just how powerful

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Rosh HaShanah 2015 – It Was All So Sudden

It Was All So Sudden Luke 12:35-40 A Rosh HaShanah Message for 5776 A few weeks ago Ari and I had the chance to go out to Willow Run for this year’s air show featuring the United States Navy Blue Angels. Their precision flying is a beautiful thing to behold! At one point, while four out of the six planes

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Four Questions (Or: When is a question not a question?)

What would we do without rhetorical questions? It’s been said that a good question is half the answer. The right question at just the right moment has framed more than a few climactic movie scenes. For example, that tense exchange between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men is touched off by the words, “Colonel Jessup, I

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My Master’s Instruction: Sermon On The Mount Part 7

Across history, various rabbis have been known for their particular teaching; notable perhaps for emphasis on a particular aspect of Torah or focus on a specific attribute God’s nature, or a unique interpretation on an historical event. Disciples are supposed to be able to articulate their rabbi’s particular teaching. More than that; their lives are supposed toreflect that teaching. Yeshua,

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My Master’s Instruction: Sermon On The Mount Part 6

Across history, various rabbis have been known for their particular teaching, notable perhaps for emphasis on a particular aspect of Torah or focus on a specific attribute God’s nature or a unique interpretation on an historical event. Disciples are supposed to be able to articulate their rabbi’s particular teaching. More than that their lives are supposed to reflect that teaching.

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Rejoice With Jerusalem

This past Thursday, May 14th, marked the 67th anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independent statehood. For those who know and love God and believe His Word, it is a modern-day miracle and the fulfillment of biblical prophecy – an historical event to be celebrated. Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, which takes place on the 28th of Iyyar on the Hebrew calendar,

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