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Vayigash – “And He Drew Near”

If the parasha cycle was ever made into a T.V. Show this would be where the announcer goes “Last Time On…The Bible!”  We continue from last week’s cliffhanger with the resolution of Joseph’s testing of his brothers.  Our parasha this week is called Vayigash which translates to “And He Drew Near” and covers Genesis 44:18-47:27. This parasha demonstrates the need for

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Love

We come into this world selfish, self-absorbed, thinking only of ourselves. A baby is all about itself, its desires, its wants, its needs being met. As we mature, we become more concerned about the needs of others. This is love - being concerned about the needs of others; wanting what is good for others. Love is the opposite of selfishness.

By |2018-12-17T22:42:30-04:00December 17th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on Love

Chanukkah Light

When asked, “What is the miracle of Chanukkah?” the common response is: “Chanukkah is about a miracle that took place when the Jewish people fought against the Syrians who had invaded Jerusalem and desecrated the Temple. The Temple was dedicated to Zeus and pigs were sacrificed there. The Syrians forbid the Jewish people from practicing Judaism. They intended to wipe

By |2018-12-10T19:58:00-04:00December 8th, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah Light

Miketz – “At The Conclusion”

The parasha for this week is entitled MiKetz, meaning “at the conclusion” and covers Genesis 41:1-44:17. Joseph has been in prison in Egypt on a bogus rape charge. Poor Joseph; betrayed by his brothers, enslaved in Egypt, imprisoned on false charges. Yet everywhere he went, Joseph conducted himself with integrity, and God gave him favor. Eventually Joseph became custodian to

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Vayeshev – “And He Settled”

Last week’s Torah portion was entitled, Vayeshev, which means, “and he settled.”  It covers Genesis 37: 1-40:23. After more than 20 years of being away, Jacob returns to the Promised Land and settles in Hebron.  In Chapter 37, we are introduced to Joseph, who is Jacob’s favorite son, born of Rachel, Jacob’s favorite wife.  Jacob gives this favorite son a beautiful, multi-colored robe, a

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Chanukkah 2018 – What Can One Jew Do?

Shabbat Shalom.  Tomorrow night begins the holiday of Chanukkah, a time of eating way too many fried foods and hopefully getting some presents that are not clothing, for certain family members listening to this message please take note. But what is Chanukkah about? The typical story of Chanukkah which I was taught in Hebrew school, is how the wicked king

By |2018-12-03T13:25:31-04:00December 1st, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah 2018 – What Can One Jew Do?

Chanukkah 2018 – My $0.02 (Can Go a Long Way in the Right Hands)

Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let's go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few” (1 Samuel 14:6). Jerry has described our need to cultivate courage and persistence through the example of Mattathias and the Maccabees. I

By |2018-12-03T13:25:04-04:00December 1st, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah 2018 – My $0.02 (Can Go a Long Way in the Right Hands)

Luke 17:11-19 – You Ungrateful Sons of… Adam!

Now on His way to Jerusalem, Yeshua traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. Messiah Yeshua is making His way to Jerusalem, and it will be for the last time during His earthly incarnation. Once He arrives there, the pace of the narrative will slow down considerably. In 14 chapters Luke chronicled about three full years of Yeshua’s ministry;

By |2018-11-26T23:34:54-04:00November 24th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Luke 17:11-19 – You Ungrateful Sons of… Adam!

Vayetze – “And He Went Out”

This week’s Parasha is Vayetze and covers Genesis 28:10 – 32:3. Jacob has had to flee his home after deceiving his father into giving him the blessing intended for Esau and, at his parents’ instructions, journeys to his uncle, Laban. In chapter 28, Jacob has traveled a full day’s distance, and arrives at a certain place where he rests for

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Vayishlach – “And He Sent”

The name of this week’s parasha is Vayishlach, which means “and he sent,” and covers Genesis 32:4 through 36:43.  In continuing with the previous parasha, Jacob sends messengers to his brother Esau to gain Esau’s favor.  They return with news that Esau is coming toward Jacob with 400 men.  Jacob is terrified and divides the people and animals into 2

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Every Knock Is A Boost – Part 2

Moishe Rosen, the founder of Jews for Jesus, was very special. He was wise. And he was an activist for the proclamation of the Gospel. Moishe understood that followers of the Messiah who proclaim the message about the Messiah will experience controversy. Controversy is to be expected. It is not to be feared. In fact, it is to be welcomed.

By |2018-11-19T19:25:53-04:00November 17th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on Every Knock Is A Boost – Part 2

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 |2018-11-12T20:21:06-04:00November 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 |2018-11-05T21:59:19-04:00November 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 |2018-10-30T12:27:36-04:00October 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 |2018-10-30T00:26:12-04:00October 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 |2018-10-22T22:26:52-04:00October 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 |2018-10-15T22:26:48-04:00October 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 |2018-10-08T22:30:13-04:00October 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 |2018-10-02T00:14:07-04:00September 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 |2018-10-02T00:14:02-04:00September 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 |2018-09-26T09:26:46-04:00September 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 |2018-09-26T09:26:28-04:00September 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 |2018-09-26T09:26:09-04:00September 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 |2018-09-26T09:25:59-04:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Yom Kippur 2018 – Oops!