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Psalm 29 – The Glory Of The Lord Unleashed

Shabbat Shalom. This week I have the privilege of sharing from one of my favorite psalms, Psalm 29. What I love about the psalms is what I love about Hebrew poetry. It is incredibly expressive and filled with some of the most beautiful imagery in all of God’s Word. On display through the Psalms is the full range of human

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Luke 18:1-8 & Matthew 20:1-16 – Faithfully Following The Lord’s Example

Shabbat Shalom. This morning, Lord willing, we will be covering two parables of Messiah Yeshua.  The parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge and the parable of the workers in the Vineyard.  Both parables have powerful lessons on justice and mercy and on following the Lord’s standard and not our own.  They are convicting parables that probe our

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Marching On With The Lord

Do you believe that God is marching on? That His Truth is marching on? These last few weeks there has been a song I keep playing on repeat, the Battle Hymn of The Republic. Written during the Civil War it has endured as a popular song to inspire Americans for over a hundred years. If you’ve never heard it the

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Galatians 6:1-10 – Burdens Worth Bearing

Shabbat Shalom. Have you ever experienced a congregational split? Have you ever felt burned out from God’s Community? If so today’s message is for you. This morning, Lord willing, we will be looking at Galatians 6:1-10. In this passage we see Rabbi Paul address various issues in the community at Galatia. A community that had become bitterly divided, prideful, and

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Sukkot 2019 – A Sukkah Under The Stars

Sukkot is a joyful time to celebrate the glory and power of Adonai. We are called to remove ourselves from the hustle and bustle of modern life and to seek Adonai in the peace of the Sukkah. Sukkot, like the other High Holidays is a time for introspection, to examine our relationship with God. We are also invited to look

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Neilah Yom Kippur 2019 – More Than A Day

For The Tablet Magazine Article Referenced In This Message Click Here As we reach the end of Yom Kippur and blow the Shofar last time, our hope is that we are all written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. But being in a right relationship with God goes beyond our outward appearances. All our fasting, reciting of lengthy prayers, and

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Rosh HaShanah 2019: Seeking After The Sweetness Of God

L’Shana Tovah. Besides this greeting for Rosh Hashanah, we also wish one another a “sweet new year”. In a little while we will be celebrating the new year with sweets of all kinds, including the very traditional apples and honey. Now the origins of our tradition of apples and honey is debated but there are a few facts we know.

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2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2 – Our Call To The Ministry Of Reconciliation

Shabbat Shalom. This morning, Lord willing, we will be reading together 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2. This section of 2 Corinthians as part of 2 Corinthians 3-6 holds as very special place in my heart. This is because it is where I go for encouragement in ministry. 2 Corinthians gives us a model for what it means to be a minister of

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Our Enduring Hope

In 2017 the suicide rate in the U.S. was the highest it has been for at least 50 years, as reported by CBS News. Some experts after reviewing the data attribute this to an “epidemic of hopelessness”, which has lead to more drug related deaths and suicide. Last month the L.A. Times reported on a study that shows in 2017

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Shavuot 2019 – What Will You Choose?

Shabbat Shalom, today we celebrate the holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot is a biblical Jewish holiday that doesn’t get as much attention in modern times as other days like Yom Kippur or Passover, but it is very important. Shavuot was a holiday that was required to be attended when the Temple still stood. Shavuot means the “Feast of Weeks,” and is

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Advent 2018: Joy To The World

Joy To The World, The Lord Is Come, Let Earth Receive Her King. “Joy To The World”, is a hymn I’ve heard sung too many times to count and I bet you have as well.  Like many songs associated with Christmas it tends to go in one ear and out another.  In many ways I think it is like the

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Psalm 63: Seeking God In The Wilderness Of Our Lives

Shabbat Shalom.  This Shabbat I had originally planned to bring a message on either God as our Peace or God as the source of Truth.  While both are topics I am passionate about the Lord lead me to a completely different place for my message today. As many of you know I have just finished my Masters of Divinity from

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Chanukkah 2017: The Menorah – Our Symbol Of Light

Chag Samach, Shabbat Shalom!  Jewish Singer-Songwriter Adam Sandler once wrote, “Chanukah is the festival of lights, instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.”  In doing so he encapsulated what most people’s understanding of Channukah is, presents and lights.  Now while we could spend some time discussing proper gift giving practices for Channukah, I would instead like

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2 Corinthians 4:1-18 – Going Towards The Light

Today, Lord willing, I will be continuing our series in 2 Corinthians with one of my favorite chapters in all of God’s Word.  2 Corinthians 4.  In this chapter, we see Rabbi Paul continue to give a defense of His Apostleship.  In doing so we are given a deeply personal look at how the great Rabbi from Tarsus lives and

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Sukkot 2017 – The Joy Of Sukkot

Today we celebrate the 3rd day of Sukkot or the Feast of Booths.  My first experience with a Sukkah and Sukkot was when I was around 8 years old and still attending Reform Hebrew School.  I remember being herded with my classmates to see the Sukkah that was built outside.  It was very similar to the one we build here

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