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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

Toldot – “Generations”

The name of this week’s parasha is Toldot, which means “generations” and covers Genesis 25:19-28:9.  Isaac prayed to Adonai for his wife Rebecca to bear children and his prayer was answered.  During Rebecca’s pregnancy, the children struggled inside her and she asked God why.  Adonai told her that two nations were inside her; one stronger than the other, and the

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Gracefully Enduring Rejection and Ridicule for Yeshua’s Sake

In his second letter to the believers in Corinth, Rabbi Paul wrote, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. As a deeply flawed human being, I find it reassuring that mercy and comfort are among God’s attributes. But there’s a world of difference between His comforting

By |2018-11-05T21:59:19+00:00November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: |Comments Off on Gracefully Enduring Rejection and Ridicule for Yeshua’s Sake

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

Vayera – “And He Appeared”

This week’s parasha is Vayera, which is translated “And He Appeared”.  It covers Genesis chapters 18 through 22. In this week’s Torah portion, we find Abraham sitting at the door of his tent in the heat of the day.  Suddenly, he sees three “men”.  As they began to speak to him, it became clear to Abraham that these were no

By |2018-10-30T00:26:12+00:00October 27th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayera – “And He Appeared”

Lech L’cha – “Go Forth” – A Legacy Of Courage

Introduction In June of this year many were stunned and saddened to learn of the death of Anthony Bourdain - a world-renowned chef, author and host of the hit cable TV show, Parts Unknown. This wildly popular television ‘reality’ series chronicled Bourdain’s treks to exotic, sometimes extremely remote places few had ever seen. But the truth of the matter is

By |2018-10-22T22:26:52+00:00October 20th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn, Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Lech L’cha – “Go Forth” – A Legacy Of Courage

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

V’zot Haberachah – “And This Is The Blessing”

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

By |2018-10-08T22:30:13+00:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , |Comments Off on V’zot Haberachah – “And This Is The Blessing”

Sukkot 2018 – Looking Forward To Future Joy

Shabbat Shalom!  This morning we have heard from Rabbi Glenn about the meaning of Sukkot as a joyful celebration in our past and its importance still today.  So now, Lord willing, I will try and pick up from where he left off and share with you some thoughts about Sukkot, for us in the present but also in the future.

By |2018-10-02T00:14:07+00:00September 29th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Sukkot 2018 – Looking Forward To Future Joy

Sukkot 2018 – Thinking Back And Thinking Clearly

Arguably, the best part of getting older is having grandchildren. Second to that is having a built-in excuse to let younger guys do the heavy lifting. As I recently mentioned, I finally swallowed my pride, bit the bullet, and got my first pair of bifocals. And now, apparently, I have reached the age where I forget why I came into

By |2018-10-02T00:14:02+00:00September 29th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Sukkot 2018 – Thinking Back And Thinking Clearly

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

Ha’azinu – “Hear”

Israel had sung the "Song of Moses" at the Red Sea, which celebrated their victory over the Egyptians due to the power of God but this new song points out Israel's unfaithfulness and the Lord’s chastening of His own people. This song would indict the Israeli people for turning away from Adonai due to breaking His covenant. This was the

By |2018-09-26T09:26:28+00:00September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ha’azinu – “Hear”

Ne’ilah Yom Kippur 2018 – Getting In Before The Gate Closes

In a few minutes, we will sound the Shofar a final time and then go and break our fasts.  As we come to the end of Yom Kippur and the Days of Awe I hope this has been a meaningful time for you.  Hopefully, a time for self-reflection through prayer, reading God’s Word and even fasting.  Our service right now

By |2018-09-26T09:26:09+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Ne’ilah Yom Kippur 2018 – Getting In Before The Gate Closes

Yom Kippur 2018 – Oops!

A wise and godly man once observed: “Pride is the dandelion of the soul. Its root goes deep; only a little left behind sprouts again. Its seeds lodge in the tiniest encouraging cracks. And it flourishes in good soil. The danger of pride is that it feeds on goodness.” Perhaps no parable illustrates this as well as that which Yeshua

By |2018-09-26T09:25:59+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Yom Kippur 2018 – Oops!

Matthew 18:21-35 – Forgive, Or Kiss Yom Kippur Goodbye

To this day I don’t remember what even started it, but back in the 6th grade me and one of my best friends Steve Frumkin got into an argument, and it escalated, and we decided we would settle it after school with a fist fight. All that day, people chose sides. The way everyone was talking it up, you’d think

By |2018-09-17T22:26:48+00:00September 15th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Matthew 18:21-35 – Forgive, Or Kiss Yom Kippur Goodbye

Vayelech – “And He Went”

This week’s parasha is entitled Vayeilech, which means, “And He Went.”  It covers Deuteronomy, Chapter 31:1 – 31:30.  As the parasha opens, we find out that this day will be Moses’ last day on earth.  As Moses mentions in verse 2:  I am a hundred and twenty years old today; I am no longer able to come and go, and

By |2018-09-17T22:26:13+00:00September 15th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayelech – “And He Went”

Rosh HaShanah 2018 – Hearing and Responding To The Sound Of The Shofar

L’shana Tova.  During our Rosh HaShanah services we read Twelve Reasons Why We Blow The Shofar.  We blow the shofar for a variety of reasons, from remembering the binding of Isaac to the return of Messiah Yeshua.  We may blow the shofar for a variety of reasons, but the shofar essentially has a straightforward purpose. The sound of the shofar

By |2018-09-11T01:18:06+00:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Rosh HaShanah 2018 – Hearing and Responding To The Sound Of The Shofar

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

Luke 3:1-18 – Clear the Way for the Lord!

Tomorrow evening begins Yom T’ruah, the Holiday of Trumpets, more commonly known as Rosh HaShanah, and with it the High Holidays and the beginning of the new year 5779. My hope is that it won’t be a “new year – same old” scenario, but rather that Adonai will continue transforming us from the inside out, causing us to walk in

By |2018-09-11T01:09:20+00:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Luke 3:1-18 – Clear the Way for the Lord!

Nitzavim – “Those Taking a Stand”

The name of this week’s parasha is Nitzavim, which means “those taking a stand,” and covers Deuteronomy 29:9 through 30:20.  Moses stresses to the Israelis the importance of following the terms of this covenant.  Everyone there was standing in Adonai’s presence to enter a covenant with Him affirming they will be His people, and He will be their God in

By |2018-09-11T01:09:05+00:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Nitzavim – “Those Taking a Stand”

Ki Tavo – “When You Enter”

Several years ago I was on an Orthodox Jewish website doing some research. During my browsing I discovered their “Ask the Rabbi” section and an article caught my eye. The question concerned whether motives mattered when giving tzedakah. The person writing was concerned because they had been giving regularly, but lately were giving in the hopes of something they yearned

By |2018-09-04T01:18:26+00:00September 1st, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Tavo – “When You Enter”

Ki Teitzei – “When You Go Out”

This week’s Parasha is Ki Teitzei, translated: “When You Go Out”. It covers Deuteronomy 21-25:19. In these chapters, we find 72 of the Torah’s 613 commandments. Chapter 21 includes the command that when you went to war against your enemy, and the Lord delivered them into your hands; if you saw a beautiful woman, and were attracted to her, you

By |2018-08-27T23:46:11+00:00August 25th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Teitzei – “When You Go Out”

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

Shoftim – “Judges”

A.W. Tozer believed that the truest measure of a man is how he thinks about God. Perhaps the truest measure of a nation is how its judicial system functions. When innocent people go to prison because ambitious prosecutors suppress evidence, or officials commit perjury, or judges allow their political biases to influence cases, the judicial process is perverted. The same

By |2018-08-20T16:55:39+00:00August 18th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shoftim – “Judges”