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About Rabbi Loren

Rabbi Loren Jacobs is the senior rabbi and founder of “Congregation Shema Yisrael” (which means “Hear O Israel”). Congregation Shema Yisrael is a Messianic synagogue which was started in 1986 when Rabbi Loren and his wife Martha moved to Michigan to proclaim the Good News about the Messiah to the Jewish people living in the metro Detroit area.Rabbi Loren was raised in a Jewish home in the Chicago area, and became a Messianic Jew in 1975. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute’s Jewish Studies program in 1979 and received a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Literature from Northeastern Bible College in New Jersey in 1986. His wife Martha is a fifth generation Messianic Jew, which is quite unusual. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Every Knock Is A Boost – Part 1

The Lord used two men to be the primary influences for my ministry. One was Dr. Louis Goldberg, of blessed memory, who was the head of the Jewish Studies program when I attended Moody Bible Institute. The other was Moishe Rosen, the founder of Jews for Jesus, also of blessed memory. Moishe was very special. He was wise. And he

By |2018-11-12T20:21:06+00:00November 10th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on Every Knock Is A Boost – Part 1

Seasons Of The Soul

God has designed the world with variations. There is normal weather, and also times of drought and flood, and extreme cold and heat and wind. The pleasantness of spring and summer are followed by fall and the austerity of winter. The Earth has many level places, like the great plains of the United States, but also mountains and valleys. When

By |2018-10-30T12:27:36+00:00October 27th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on Seasons Of The Soul

Noach – Understanding The World We Live In

Genesis 6:9-11:32 To better understand ourselves and the world we live in, we want to know our history - where we came from; how we got here; who are ancestors were; what they believed in; and the important things that happened to them. This part of Genesis does that for us. In it, Moses focuses on one man, Noah, and

By |2018-10-15T22:26:48+00:00October 13th, 2018|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Noach – Understanding The World We Live In

Be Aware Of And Reject Normalcy Bias

I usually give you the title of the message before I speak. This week I’m not doing that. I want to do something different. I want to read five passages; and I want you to discern the common theme - which is related to the title. The first passage is Isaiah 56. It begins with an invitation for the wild

By |2018-09-26T09:26:46+00:00September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on Be Aware Of And Reject Normalcy Bias

Erev Rosh HaShanah 2018 – Ezekiel 33:1-9 – Being A Faithful Watchman

In ancient times, the Jewish people blew the shofar for many reasons. One reason was, when an enemy was approaching, the watchman blew the shofar to warn the people so they had time to find a place of safety. There are valuable lessons to be learned from the watchman. In Ezekiel 33, the Lord gave Ezekiel two situations involving the

By |2018-09-11T01:17:55+00:00September 9th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Erev Rosh HaShanah 2018 – Ezekiel 33:1-9 – Being A Faithful Watchman

God Is A Mighty Warrior

Not too long ago, someone from Shema attended a church service in which the pastor said God is not a fighter. His purposes are not achieved through fighting, but through sacrifice, sharing and generosity. The implication is that we should not be fighters too. While at first hearing it sounds right, it’s not right. Here’s why: The Word of God

By |2018-08-27T23:46:07+00:00August 25th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on God Is A Mighty Warrior

Things I Like About Yeshua From The Book Of John – Part 3

Yeshua is the Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived. I like so many things about Him. Here are some of the things I like about Him that come from the biography written about Him by His friend and disciple, John. I like when a king makes a grand entrance. I especially like Yeshua’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem: A great crowd

By |2018-08-20T16:44:53+00:00August 18th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Things I Like About Yeshua From The Book Of John – Part 3

Things I Like About Yeshua From The Book Of John – Part 2

Many interesting people have lived during the past 6,000 years. My brother-in-law David loves biographies, learning about some of those interesting people and the interesting things they have said and done. I asked him for his three favorite biographies, and he responded: Wow. I have many - but if I had to pick three I would say: Jonathan Edwards: A

By |2018-07-30T23:02:45+00:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Things I Like About Yeshua From The Book Of John – Part 2

Things I Like About Yeshua From The Book Of John: Part 1

Many interesting people have lived during the past 6,000 years. My brother-in-law David loves biographies, learning about some of those interesting people and the interesting things they have said and done. I asked him for his three favorite biographies, and he responded: Wow. I have many - but if I had to pick three I would say: Jonathan Edwards: A

By |2018-07-23T20:29:42+00:00July 21st, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Things I Like About Yeshua From The Book Of John: Part 1

Things I Like About Yeshua From Matthew: Part 2

Many interesting people have lived during the past 6,000 years. My brother-in-law David loves reading biographies, learning about some of those interesting people and the interesting things they have said and done. Of all the people who have lived, I’m most interested in one - Yeshua. There are so many things I like about Him. Here are some that come

By |2018-07-09T23:37:37+00:00July 7th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Things I Like About Yeshua From Matthew: Part 2

Things I Like About Yeshua From Matthew

Many interesting people have lived during the past 6,000 years. My brother-in-law David loves reading biographies, learning about some of those interesting people and the interesting things they have said and done. Of all the people who have lived, I’m most interested in one - Yeshua. There are so many things I like about Him. Here are some that come

By |2018-07-03T01:06:21+00:00June 30th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on Things I Like About Yeshua From Matthew

All Of Us Must Be Actively Involved In Evangelism

It is the duty of every follower of Messiah to be actively involved in evangelism on a regular basis. Each one of us is responsible to bring the Good News about the one and only Savior to a lost and dying world. Messiah didn’t suggest or recommend that we be involved in evangelism. He commanded us to be involved in

By |2018-07-23T19:21:29+00:00June 16th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on All Of Us Must Be Actively Involved In Evangelism

Ephesians 6:10-18: Spiritual Warfare: What It Is And What It Isn’t

It might not seem like it, but there is a great war raging right now, and Christians and Messianic Jews are in the middle of it. We’re in the middle of a war between God and the good angels versus Satan and the fallen angels, the kingdom of God versus the kingdom of darkness. It’s a war for the souls

By |2018-05-21T00:58:24+00:00April 7th, 2018|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Ephesians 6:10-18: Spiritual Warfare: What It Is And What It Isn’t

Exodus 12:15-51: Lessons From The First Passover: Part 2

Today is Passover and the first day of Matza, the seven day holiday when we don’t eat unleavened bread. Most peoples, if not all peoples, have special days to celebrate or remember important events. Israel’s annual holidays which are outlined for us in Leviticus 23, are unique because they were given to the Jewish people by God Himself. These holidays

By |2018-04-02T23:01:35+00:00March 31st, 2018|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Exodus 12:15-51: Lessons From The First Passover: Part 2

Exodus 12:1-14: Lessons From The First Passover – Part 1

Passover begins Friday night. This morning, I want to get us ready for Passover by looking at the first part of the key chapter in the Word of God about Passover - Exodus 12. Most peoples, if not all peoples, have special days to celebrate or remember important events. Israel’s annual holidays, which are outlined for us in Leviticus 23,

By |2018-03-27T01:07:44+00:00March 24th, 2018|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Exodus 12:1-14: Lessons From The First Passover – Part 1

Galatians 5:16-24: Walking By The Spirit

We live in a world in which darkness covers the Earth and thick darkness is over the peoples. People are confused about many things, including the most basic things and the most important things. For example, a google search for: “what’s the right way to live?” provided these gems of wisdom: There is no right or wrong way to live.

By |2018-03-21T12:52:04+00:00March 17th, 2018|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Galatians 5:16-24: Walking By The Spirit