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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.

Parables: The Unshrunk Cloth On An Old Garment And New Wine In New Wineskins

This new year we’re starting a series on the parables of the Messiah. There are approximately 40 of them. Lord willing, we’ll be going through them in order as they appear in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The Lord Yeshua is known for teaching in parables. Why did He teach in parables? Several reasons: A parable is a story that

By |2020-01-08T13:37:30-05:00January 4th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Parables: The Unshrunk Cloth On An Old Garment And New Wine In New Wineskins

Chanukkah And New Year – Dedication And Newness Of Life

Today is a special Sabbath because it’s the Sabbath during Chanukkah and because it’s the last Sabbath before the New Year - which begins in a few days. Chanukkah is the holiday of dedication - the dedication of the Temple in the time of the Maccabees. The New Year is a time of new beginning. Those are the themes I

By |2019-12-30T18:49:46-05:00December 28th, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Chanukkah And New Year – Dedication And Newness Of Life

3 John – Being In The Truth

John was one of the greatest men who ever lived. He was a member of the Chosen People. He was privileged to be alive when the Son of God came into this world. He met Messiah, responded to Messiah, followed Messiah and became one of His most important disciples. He became an apostle, one of a very special group of

By |2019-12-09T17:30:15-05:00December 7th, 2019|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 3 John – Being In The Truth

2 John – Being Chosen By The Lord

This letter was written by the elder, whom tradition says was John. It was written to a lady he knew. It was written toward the end of the first century, around 95 AD. John would have been an old man by then. Messiah’s Community would have been around 60 years old. This letter was one of the last things written

By |2019-12-02T17:34:55-05:00November 30th, 2019|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 John – Being Chosen By The Lord

Why Thanksgiving?

Why thanksgiving? Because it’s right to thank the Supreme Being who is so great for simply being so great. Psalm 136: Give thanks to the God of gods ... Give thanks to the Lord of lords ... Give thanks to the God of heaven. Thanksgiving brings God glory, and it’s right for the creature to glorify the glorious Creator -

By |2019-11-25T18:39:36-05:00November 23rd, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Why Thanksgiving?

It Will Be Stormy: No Time For Normalcy Bias

The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Yeshua and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance

By |2019-11-15T10:21:42-05:00November 15th, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on It Will Be Stormy: No Time For Normalcy Bias

Sukkot 2019 – The God Who Is Close To Us And Wants To Be Close To Us

On the first day of the seventh month, Yom Truah, the day for sounding the shofar, also known as Rosh HaShana, we blew the shofar and considered the things the shofar reminds us of. For the Yamim Nora’im, the 10 Days of Awe from Rosh HaShanah to Yom Kippur, we confessed our sins and turned to the Lord. Now we

By |2019-10-22T01:07:34-04:00October 19th, 2019|Categories: Holidays, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Sukkot 2019 – The God Who Is Close To Us And Wants To Be Close To Us

Let’s Choose To Have A Rich Spiritual Life

We can have a rich spiritual life or a poor spiritual life; the choice is ours. If we choose to have a rich spiritual life, we can do things to make it happen. What does a rich spiritual life look like? What characterizes a rich spiritual life? A rich spiritual life produces a desire to know God, to be with

By |2019-10-03T16:04:35-04:00September 7th, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on Let’s Choose To Have A Rich Spiritual Life

Thoughts About The Gospel

In The Sound Of Music, Julie Andrews sang: Raindrops on roses And whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things. What are a few of your favorite things? Try to think of five. If what I’m about to mention isn’t on your list,

By |2019-08-19T19:52:07-04:00August 17th, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on Thoughts About The Gospel

Loving God With All Your Heart

God is real. He is great. He is so great, we have only the tiniest inkling of how great He is. And He is good. And He is righteous. Everything He does is right, because that is who He is. That’s His nature. Not only is He our Creator, when we joined the rebellion of the fallen angels, and sinned

By |2019-08-03T00:52:09-04:00July 27th, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren, Teachings|Tags: |Comments Off on Loving God With All Your Heart

A Kingdom Of Priests

The Lord Yeshua is looking for servants - not church goers, not messianic synagogue goers who go to a worship service, sing some songs, hear a message, donate some money and leave. A servant is someone who has a master and puts his master’s interests before his own. To be Yeshua’s servant, we must know what His interests are and

By |2019-07-15T21:42:00-04:00July 13th, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on A Kingdom Of Priests

Many Church And Messianic Synagogue Goers, But Few Servants

The Lord Messiah is looking for servants, not church goers, not messianic synagogue goers who go to a worship service, sing some songs, hear a message, donate some money and leave. The Lord Messiah is looking for servants. A servant is someone who has a master and puts his master’s interests before his own. Human beings are not servants by

By |2019-07-09T00:05:43-04:00July 6th, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on Many Church And Messianic Synagogue Goers, But Few Servants

Acrs 2 – Messiah’s Earliest Community – Our Role Model

When was Messiah’s Community at its best? When it first became the religion of the Roman empire? At the beginning of the Protestant Reformation? Today? My answer: Messiah’s Community was it its best when it first started. This morning, let’s consider Acts 2, which describes what Messiah’s Community was like at its beginning. Let’s learn from the Lord’s first followers

By |2019-06-03T23:29:58-04:00June 1st, 2019|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Acrs 2 – Messiah’s Earliest Community – Our Role Model