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Passover 2020: Passover and Matzah – Getting Rid of Sin

Passover begins Wednesday night. Before then, those of us who want a more traditional experience of Passover will get rid of the yeast in our homes. Our family will do that. Then, starting Wednesday night, we will eat matzah for seven days. We eat unleavened bread to remind ourselves of Israel’s hasty departure from Egypt. The Lord saved us so

By |2020-04-06T16:36:16-04:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Passover 2020: Passover and Matzah – Getting Rid of Sin

Passover 2020: Happy Hints Hidden in the Hallel

Every year as the members and friends of Congregation Shema Yisrael gather to celebrate Passover, we recite the following words from the Haggadah: “This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt; let all those who are hungry enter and eat of it. All who are in distress, come and celebrate the Passover.” I’d

By |2020-04-06T16:33:43-04:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Passover 2020: Happy Hints Hidden in the Hallel

Passover 2020: A Connection Through Time

Shabbat Shalom. This year will be a weird Passover. Usually at this time I am helping Shema prepare for our Seder and sharing Messiah In The Passover throughout Metro Detroit. This year we are in the process of preparing for our first digital Seder like many others around the world. Covid-19 may be changing our lives right now but the

By |2020-04-06T16:29:35-04:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Passover 2020: A Connection Through Time

Parables Of Yeshua: The Parable Of The Friend At Midnight & Good Samaritan – Widening Our Hearts

Shabbat Shalom. This week we continue our walk through The Parables of Yeshua with the Parable of The Friend at Midnight and the Parable of The Good Samaritan. Clearly, we find ourselves in interesting and unusual times. Forced to physically distance ourselves from one another, while at the same time creating emotional connections through the technology of our day. As

By |2020-03-30T17:47:58-04:00March 28th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Parables Of Yeshua: The Parable Of The Friend At Midnight & Good Samaritan – Widening Our Hearts

Parables of Yeshua: Behold, the Bondslave of the Lord…

Would you agree that we are occupying what is a very brief, remarkable period of history? We live at the tail end of an amazing 244-year old experiment in human freedom and dignity. For us, the concept of being a servant or a slave is entirely academic. Yet, the New Covenant Scriptures were written at a time when indentured servanthood

By |2020-03-23T17:28:26-04:00March 21st, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Parables of Yeshua: Behold, the Bondslave of the Lord…

Faith In Crisis

Maybe you’ve heard the saying: Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. When facing the coronavirus pandemic, and the economic and social consequences it’s triggering, my advice is: Pray for the best. Have faith to accept the worst. Have Yeshua’s attitude. He knew He was about to be arrested, humiliated, tortured and crucified. In the garden of Gethsemane, He

By |2020-03-16T17:55:56-04:00March 14th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Faith In Crisis

Parables of Yeshua – The Lost Sheep

The Lord Yeshua is known for teaching in parables. Why did He teach in parables? Several reasons: A parable is a short story that’s easy to understand. It’s used to explain things that are harder to understand, especially spiritual truths. Parables are interesting. They’re easy to remember. Messiah taught in parables to make the truth clear to those who were

By |2020-03-16T17:52:38-04:00March 14th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Parables of Yeshua – The Lost Sheep

The Parables Of Yeshua: The Treasure of God’s Kingdom

Shabbat Shalom. What would you say if I told you I had a surefire way to make you rich? That there was a limited time offer available for you and everyone else right now? This morning we will be continuing our series through Yeshua’s parables and looking at three across four verses. In these parables we will see the vast

By |2020-02-24T14:48:34-05:00February 22nd, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Parables Of Yeshua: The Treasure of God’s Kingdom

The Parables Of Yeshua: Wheat and Weeds and Mustard Seeds

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what

By |2020-02-17T15:38:43-05:00February 15th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Parables Of Yeshua: Wheat and Weeds and Mustard Seeds

The Parables Of Yeshua: Luke 12:35-48

The Lord Yeshua is known for teaching in parables. Why did He teach in parables? Several reasons: A parable is a short story that’s easy to understand. It’s used to explain things that are harder to understand, especially spiritual truths. Parables are interesting. They’re easy to remember. Messiah taught in parables to make the truth clear to those who were

By |2020-02-03T18:46:57-05:00February 1st, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Parables Of Yeshua: Luke 12:35-48

The Two Debtors And The Rich Fool: Looking Through Heaven’s Eyes

Shabbat Shalom.  This morning we will be continuing our series on the parables of Messiah Yeshua.  This shabbat we will be looking at two of my favorites in the Gospel of Luke.  The parable of the Two Debtors and the parable of the Rich Fool.  Both parables share a theme in looking at life from Adonai’s perspective and not our

By |2020-01-27T19:09:58-05:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Two Debtors And The Rich Fool: Looking Through Heaven’s Eyes

The Parables Of Yeshua: Salt And Light And Wisdom

Matthew 5:13-15 and Luke 6:46-49 (Matthew 7:24-27) Fact: you are salt “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Sodium chloride, a.k.a. salt, is absolutely essential for human life. Salt is

By |2020-01-14T12:20:06-05:00January 11th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on The Parables Of Yeshua: Salt And Light And Wisdom

The Parables Of Yeshua: 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 |2020-02-24T23:57:02-05:00January 4th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on The Parables Of Yeshua: 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

Chanukkah 2019: His Hidden Hand in Human History

“God works in mysterious ways!” You hear it all the time. Sometimes you hear it from people you’re pretty sure don’t even believe in God. It’s become an expression people use when things go very unexpectedly, but turn out well. It’s like saying, “Boy, I didn’t see that coming,” but since things turned out okay, you chalk it up to

By |2019-12-24T11:23:26-05:00December 21st, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah 2019: His Hidden Hand in Human History

Chanukkah 2019: Letting Yeshua’s Light Shine

Chag Samach, Shabbat Shalom! Tonight, as we know begins the holiday of Channukah, but today is special for another reason. It is the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice. I think it is fitting that this festival of lights lines up with the day of greatest darkness. This morning, Lord willing I will be sharing how the menorah

By |2019-12-24T11:23:54-05:00December 21st, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah 2019: Letting Yeshua’s Light Shine

The Personality-Driven Church

Kanye West has apparently gotten serious about the Lord. I was really happy to hear about it, but apparently, I underestimated how significant this was for a lot of people. For the next several weeks, it seems like it was wall-to-wall Kanye. Kanye releases a Gospel album. Kanye leads worship services. Kanye makes a guest appearance at Joel Osteen’s stadium.

By |2019-12-16T18:45:47-05:00December 14th, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on The Personality-Driven Church

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

Thanksgiving As A Way Of Life

We’ve heard two great messages on giving thanks, why it is important and how it is a response to God’s mercy. This morning I would like to talk about the importance of giving thanks every day to Adonai, and to those around us. Let’s begin with Luke 17:11-19, which unfortunately reveals how most human beings treat the importance of being

By |2019-11-25T18:41:30-05:00November 23rd, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Thanksgiving As A Way Of Life

Thanksgiving: Gratitude for Overwhelming Mercy

Just this past month, on October 2, the trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger came to a close. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of Botham Jean, a man who lived in the same apartment complex. On September 6, 2018, returning home from work, Guyger walked into Jean’s apartment, for some reason thinking

By |2019-11-25T18:41:03-05:00November 23rd, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Thanksgiving: Gratitude for Overwhelming Mercy

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?

Malachi 1:6-11 – Is God Getting the FAT Portions?

One day, two little kids, brothers, were playing “Noah’s Ark” in the bathtub, and they made an impromptu ark with a few animals. After the “flood” subsided (meaning bath time was over), and they were in their pajamas, they decided to also act out Noah’s sacrifice when he came off the ark. One of the boys said to his brother,

By |2019-11-19T01:16:13-05:00November 16th, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Malachi 1:6-11 – Is God Getting the FAT Portions?

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

Our Thoughts And The Lord’s Thoughts

We grow up in a fallen world that is satanically controlled and endarkened and deceived and wrong about many of the most important things. The wrong thinking of the world influences us and harms us. This is the word of the Lord: “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are

By |2020-01-28T02:25:43-05:00November 9th, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on Our Thoughts And The Lord’s Thoughts