The Plumbline - Part 2 (The Meaning of Mercy)

Rabbi Philip Lanning

The Plumbline - Part 2 (The Meaning of Mercy)

Genesis 32:7-12, 24-40; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 6:45; John 6:44; Romans 12:3; Ephesians 2:1-8

Jacob had to come to the end of himself and have an encounter with Yeshua before he realized that he was unworthy of Adonai’s mercy. When we truly have an encounter with Yeshua we will realize that we are unworthy of Adonai’s mercy and we must also give mercy to others. Mercy requires us to forgive where we have been wronged, let the other person off the hook of debt that we feel they owe us, and not overlook sin but instead provide an atonement for it.

The Plumbline - Part 1 (The Attitude of Gratitude)

Rabbi Richard Freeman

The Plumbline - Part 1 (The Attitude of Gratitude)

Genesis 28:10–22; 2 Chronicles 14:1–6; Psalm 100:3-5; 136:1; Philippians 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; James 1:3

When someone gives you a precious gift it motivates you to give back. Adonai’s promises of provision and blessing to Jacob motivated him to give an offering at Beth-El. When God pours into our lives, we should respond by giving our will, our thanks, and our praise. If we have already developed a habit of gratitude and thanksgiving by remembering to count our blessings - especially the forgiveness we have in Messiah Yeshua, we will be able to overcome any trials and troubles which come our way.

If God Be For You, Who Can Be Against You

Rabbi Richard Freeman

If God Be For You, Who Can Be Against You

Genesis 24:26–27; 26:1-11, 17–22; 2 Timothy 2:10-19; 1 John 3:18-22

How would you like to walk so closely with Adonai that He warns your enemies to leave you and your family alone? He did it with Abraham and Isaac, and He can do it with you. We must find out what is missing from our relationship with the Lord that diminishes His power in us.

From Calamity to Opportunity

Rabbi Philip Lanning

From Calamity to Opportunity

Genesis 2:7; 24:62-64, 67; 50:20; John 7:37–39; Romans 8:28

Some of Adonai’s greatest opportunities come through calamities. We see this principle in the lives of Yeshua, Israel, Joseph, and Isaac. When going through a calamity we need to stay connected to Yeshua, our well of living water; we need to have the life of the Ruach flowing through us; we need to mediate on the promises of Adonai; we need to get our eyes off our problem and look up; we need to look for the opportunity Adonai is bringing into our lives; and we must not let the past limit our future.

Journeys, Judgments and Junctions

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Journeys, Judgments and Junctions

Genesis 18:1–33; 2 Timothy 4:1–5

Abraham’s life reminds us that we are all on a journey trying to navigate through the trials that await us.  His life also indicates that Adonai is trying to intercept our wills at certain junctions of our own journeys.  A judgment awaits all of us some day, but aren’t you glad that Yeshua intercepted your life and that He will be with you on that day?

Positioned For A Purpose - Part 2

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Positioned For A Purpose - Part 2

Luke 2:21–32; Genesis 15:1–6

The call of Adonai to Congregation Beth Messiah came almost 39 years ago. The Ingenious Living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob positioned Israel in the Middle East strategically where ancient trade routes would make sure that God’s Love For Israel and His Salvation through the Jewish Messiah Yeshua would be published abroad. Adonai has also positioned the messianic movement in a unique position to teach both Jewish and Christian audiences of both truths concerning Israel and the Messiah Yeshua!

Positioned For A Purpose - Part 1

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Positioned For A Purpose - Part 1

Genesis 11:1–9

The call of Adonai to Congregation Beth Messiah came almost 39 years ago. The Ingenious Living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob positioned Israel in the Middle East strategically where ancient trade routes would make sure that God’s Love For Israel and His Salvation through the Jewish Messiah Yeshua would be published abroad. Adonai has also positioned the messianic movement in a unique position to teach both Jewish and Christian audiences of both truths concerning Israel and the Messiah Yeshua!

Heal Us and We Shall Be Healed

Rabbi Richard Freeman

One Thing

Romans 11:33-34; Luke 5:15-16; Joshua 5:13-15; Lamentations 5:21; 3:21-26

Sometimes we try to counsel Adonai on how He should act in the midst of trying circumstances, but we must remember His ways are not our ways. In times of great need, Yeshua would prioritize his relationship with the Father by leaving the crowds to go pray. When can get into the presence of the Lord, he will bring healing to the wounds and hurts of our lives.

One Thing

Rabbi Philip Lanning

One Thing

Luke 10:38–42; 1 Peter 2:1–6

Busyness can lead to barrenness which leads to burnout and ultimately bitterness. When you stray too far from the One who produces good fruit in your life, you will lose your effectiveness and begin to experience the negative effects of the flesh. You must remember it is not what you are called to but Who you are called to. Yeshua needs to be our One Thing.

Boker Yom Kippur 5779

Rabbi Philip Lanning

Boker Yom Kippur 5779 (Recalibrating Our Souls)

1 Peter 2:11; Galatians 5:17; Leviticus 16:29–34; 23:26–33; Hebrews 9:11–14, 23–28

When a sailor’s compass isn’t calibrated correctly, even if it’s only slight off of north, the ship will go way off course and the results can be disastrous. Our soul is like a compass that can either be guided by the flesh or the Spirit, and when it strays even slightly from Yeshua toward feeding the flesh, we can shipwreck our lives. We all need a recalibration of our souls to point toward Yeshua. Yom Kippur is a time for us to accept Yeshua's recalibration of our souls and to return to being lead by the Ruach.