Shepherds, Sheep & the Simplicity of the Gospel

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Numbers 21:4-9; 1 Timothy 3:1-16

After people receive salvation, Adonai provides a safe environment in which they can mature in the faith. God’s desire for believers’ spiritual growth and His orchestration of the maturing process flow out of His deep love for His Sheep!

The Word of Adonai and Status Quo

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Genesis 1:1–3; Numbers 13-14

When the Lord sends His Word into a situation it is going to disrupt the "Status Quo." Our reaction is paramount! Will we act in faith like Joshua and Caleb or will we go with the naysayers and hurt the heart of God?

Follow The Cloud Not The Crowd

Rabbi Philip Lanning

Numbers 9:15–18; Jeremiah 29:13; Psalm 37:23; 119:105; Proverbs 3:5-6; 16:9; John 10:27; Romans 8:16; Galatians 2:2; Philippians 4:6–7

The Torah portion this week contrasts following the cloud of Adonai's presence verses following crowd of public opinion. Scripture provides five guiding principles for following G-d's direction in your life: trust His leading, seek His voice, learn His Word, listen to the Ruach, and pursue godly counsel.

A Father's Blessing

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Numbers 6:22–27

We have lost the importance of fathers speaking into their children’s lives. They need our blessing just as we all need our heavenly Father’s Blessing! How Adonai blesses you is directly proportional to how you bless others.

Worship Wars

John Ross

John 4:23-24; Ephesians 5:18-20; Philippians 2:3-4; Colossians 3:15-17

The body of Messiah should be singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, knowing that our war is not against flesh and blood but against the enemy of our souls. Instead of arguing about the style and song choice, we should be unified in love. We should pray and support our worship team volunteers who lead us week in and week out.

Is Heaven Open For You?

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Leviticus 26:14-17; 2 Chronicles 16:9; Job 34:21; Habakkuk 3:17-19; Romans 12:1-2

We all have a grid through which we see the world that has been influenced by various inputs. When our worldview lines up with the grid of God’s Word, we will understand the benefits of being faithful to Adonai. Faithfulness to God and His Word ensures blessings in this life, while faithlessness ensures misery. Adonai looks hopefully for people who seek to change their minds and lives to be faithful to Him.

Don’t Trust Your Feelings

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Leviticus 25:1-7; Jeremiah 9:22-23; Matthew 18:19-20; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 11:9-10; John 14:13-14; Acts 4:29-31; Romans 4:16-21

The word of Adonai is not activated by emotions, feelings, or logic; it’s activated by faith that precedes obedience! We must humble ourselves and trust God to fulfill His promises but also obey Him. Israel trusted God and kept the Sabbath; believers prayed with confidence for the Ruach; and Abraham left for the Promised Land.

Appointed Times

Rabbi Philip Lanning

Matthew 23:37-39; 24:14; Luke 10:2; 21:24; Acts 1:3-8; Romans 11:25-27; Hebrews 10:24–25

The appointed times and festivals of Adonai listed in Leviticus 23 are connected to God’s prophetic timetable and they all find their fullest meaning in the Messiah Yeshua. Shavout was partly fulfilled with the Great Commission but will be completely fulfilled when Yeshua returns. We play an important role in the remaining appointed times on Adonai's calendar that are yet to be fulfilled.

Mother’s Day and Tikkon Olam

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Leviticus 19:1-3; 21:1-3; Proverbs 14:1; 1 Timothy 5:14; Titus 2:3

Adonai uses moms to hold families together and guide them. Let’s work in concert with the Holy Spirit to see the Lord restore our families.

Persevering Prayer

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Leviticus 16:14-16; 17:11; 18:24-30; Ezekiel 22:30

If the Good News of the Messiah and His kingdom is so simple, why are so many people blind to the truth? What kind of prayer should we pray that will open their eyes and lift the veil of unbelief?