Being in spiritual leadership is such an easy gig. It’s the little things; like how everyone respects your advice, and nobody causes problems. Nobody questions your motives or takes issue with your decisions; nor do people compare you with other preachers. Criticisms are few, always presented in love and gentleness, and never behind your back. Just ask Moses… or the
After reviewing the themes of 1 Samuel and 1 Samuel 16, Rabbi Glenn then covered all of 1 Samuel 17.
Rabbi Glenn continued the study this week with 1 Samuel 16.
The final weekly parasha is entitled V’zot HaB’racha, meaning,“and this is the blessing” and completes the annual cycle of Torah readings. Shortly before his death, Moses pronounces a blessing over the 12 tribes – a reiteration of what Jacob prophesied over his 12 sons five centuries earlier. The two blessings contain differences, and some of them are worth noting. The
This week Rabbi Glenn covered 1 Samuel 15, specifically Saul's abject failure in dealing with the Amalekites.
Here we are, in the midst of Sukkot, the most joyous of all Jewish festivals. This holiday is also known as Zeman Simchateinu – ‘The Season of Our Rejoicing’. In fact, so significant is this seventh of the seven God-ordained holidays, occurring in the seventh month, lasting seven days, and featuring the sacrifice of seventy bulls, that it came to
How many of you used to watch the game show Family Feud? Maybe some of you still do. Steve Harvey has hosted it since 2010, but there have been six different hosts in the show’s history. Did you know it’s been on the air for 46 years? I remember when it first came on, and Richard Dawson (one of the
For Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Glenn took the Bible study through the Akedah, the binding of Issac and had a short Q & A.
A Rosh HaShanah Meditation on Matthew 25:1-13. Introduction: Did you know there’s a Jewish wedding feast to take place in Heaven? It’s true! In fact, the Scriptures are filled with examples of God portrayed as a Husband, and Israel His bride. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “For your Husband is your Maker, whose name is the Lord of hosts… (Isa. 54:5).
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
This week Rabbi Glenn's study of The Life Of David continued with 1 Samuel 13-14.2
This week Rabbi Glenn continued the study through the life of David by covering 1 Samuel 8-10.
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
This week Rabbi Glenn did a brief review, and then covered all of 1 Samuel 7. He then previewed where the study will be going next week with chapter 8.
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
This week Rabbi Glenn the events of 1 Samuel 4-5, and continued on to study all of chapter 6, through to 7:2.
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
This week Rabbi Glenn with some review and then studied 1 Samuel 4-5 in their entirety. There was also a few minutes for Q/A as well.
This week Rabbi Glenn briefly reviewed his approach to the study and the events of 1 Samuel 1:1 - 2:24, then went on to study the rest of chapter two and all of chapter 3. The focus was on the dramatically different trajectories of Eli and his sons as contrasted with that of Samuel. They were headed quickly downward morally and spiritually, whereas Samuel was
This week Rabbi Glenn reviewed 1 Samuel 1 briefly, then went on to study 1 Samuel 2:1-24.
This week Rabbi Glenn began the study of David starting with 1 Samuel and covered 1 Samuel 1, along with some foundational ideas forming the basis of our study of the life of David.
This week Rabbi Glenn launched the new study of King David by going through his introductory notes (see below). He then read and discussed Judges 19-21, in order to set the historical situation into which Samuel would emerge, and through him, Saul and David. There was also about 10-15 minutes of Q/A. Short of Perfection… but Sufficient An
This week Rabbi Glenn previewed the next study on the life of King David.
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
This week Rabbi Glenn examined Scripture Twisting: 20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible by James Sire and talked about common ways God's Word is twisted.