Sermons by Rabbi Jerry

///Sermons by Rabbi Jerry

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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Yom Kippur Neilah 2017 – More Than A Day Of Fasting

We are very close to the end of Yom Kippur and the Days of Awe.  In a few minutes, we will sound the Shofar a final time and then go and break our fasts.  Hopefully, this has been a meaningful time for you of self-reflection through prayer and maybe even fasting.  But it is possible for us to fast and

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Rosh Hashanah 2017 – The Call To Reconciliation

L’shana Tova.  During our Rosh HaShanah services we read Twelve Reasons Why We Blow The Shofar.  These reasons range from a reminder of the faithfulness of the patriarchs to the eventual end of all wars with the return of Messiah Yeshua.  The reasons why we blow the Shofar may be varied, but the sound of the Shofar ringing in our

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1 Corinthians 14:1-25 – The Art Of Public Speaking

Shabbat Shalom.  This morning, Lord willing, we will be covering 1 Corinthians 14:1-25. I have entitled this message, The Art of Public Speaking, after one of my textbooks in college, because this section serves as an important lesson on how we should speak and teach in our services. However, before we begin this section of Rabbi Paul’s letter it is

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Channukah 2016: Messiah’s Light In A Dark World

Shabbat Shalom, tonight begins the 1st night of Chanukah.  For me Chanukah is one of my favorite holidays, and not just because of the presents.  It is a favorite holiday because some of my earliest memories involve celebrating Channukah.  The very first blessing I ever remember being taught and memorizing is the blessing for the Channukah candles. Once again we

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Sukkot 2016 – Lessons From A Temporary Sukkah

Shabbat Shalom.  Tomorrow evening begins the holiday of Sukkot or the Feast of Booths.  During the day tomorrow we will be building our congregation’s Sukkah, and so this morning I would like to spend some time and consider the lessons the Sukkah and Sukkot have for us today.  The Sukkah teaches us of our complete dependency on Adonai and the

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Yom Kippur Neilah 2016 – Staying Spiritually Awake

As we come to the end of Yom Kippur and the High Holidays for this year we will soon hear the sounding of the Shofar for the last time, which is a call for all of us to spiritually wake up and take notice. So tonight I would like to spend a few minutes talking about our need to be

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Rosh HaShanah 2016 – Our Need For Repentance And Reconciliation

Shabbat Shalom.  We come to Rosh HaShanah after a year filled with deep darkness, profound brokenness, and what seems to me at least like chaos run amuck.  I do not think many of you would disagree with me in feeling that we live in very uncertain times.  I could recite an endless list of reasons why it seems this way,

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Romans 3:19-31 – The Importance Of Yeshua

Shabbat Shalom.  When Rabbi Loren first asked me to continue our series in Romans this week, I have to admit I was a little nervous, which I think is spiritually healthy.  As Rabbi Loren mentioned in his first sermon several weeks ago, Rabbi Paul’s letter to the Romans, is arguably the most important letter ever written.  It is one of

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Lessons From The Feeding Of The Five Thousand

A.W. Tozer once wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”  A statement that beings his excellent book The Knowledge Of The Holy.  If you read the book it becomes plain rather quickly that our understanding of God is usually incorrect, incomplete, or downright idolatrous. He also states that our

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What Are You Worth?

Shabbat Shalom.  Today I would like to begin with a question: What Are You Worth?  It is an important question and serves as a way to focus in on the brokenness we find in the world around us and in ourselves. It is perhaps a large understatement to say we live in difficult times.  Economically, morally, spiritually, emotionally, and in

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The Incarnation And God’s Promises

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. So begins the familiar words of the Word of God.  In these first three

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Chanukah 2015: Who Are You Dedicated To?

Shabbat Shalom, today is the 6th day of Chanukah and Lord willing I would like us to consider the following question: Who are we dedicated to? In the face of persecution and pressure the full story of Chanukah serves as a lesson, encouragement, and warning on the need to be dedicated to the Lord. We come to Chanukah this year

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What’s Wrong With A Drive-Thru Sukkah?

This morning I have an interesting Sukkot related question: Have you ever heard of a drive-thru Sukkah? If you had asked me a week ago I would have answered “no” but apparently they do exist and the trend seems to be growing. Starting with the first drive-thru Sukkah in 2009, today there are several available around the country.  The premise

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Yom Kippur Neilah – A Sincere Repentance

For The Tablet Magazine Article Referenced In This Message Click Here The theme throughout our Yom Kippur services and the High Holidays is the need to be in a real relationship with God through Messiah Yeshua and experience real repentance and atonement.  Therefore, on this very important topic I can think of no better group to consider then the Jewish

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