Progressive Revelation of Good or Evil

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Jeremiah 31:30-33; Psalm 119:97–104; Proverbs 29:18; Matthew 5:17–20; Ephesians 2:8-10

Some people draw their morals from the customs of the culture, others draw their morals from Torah, and still others claim we only need Messiah. To preach Torah without Messiah is to diminish the love and grace of G-d, but to preach Messiah without the Torah is to remove the moral foundations of Scripture!

Fight or Flight

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Exodus 13:17–22; 14:10-12; Luke 10:17-20; John 8:31-32; Acts 12:1-10; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; Ephesians 2:1-10; 6:11-17; Philippians 2:12-13

When we enter into a mindset of slavery, it's easy to give into temptation or defeat rather than choosing to fight. But Scripture teaches we are called to fight our battles against the world, the flesh, and the devil. If we persevere and fight using the armor of G-d then we will experience great victory.

Transmitting Our Faith

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Exodus 10:1; 13:14-16; Isaiah 35:10; 59:21; Psalm 34:1-4; 48:1-2; 119:11; 126:2-3; Proverbs 10:17; 12:1; 15:22; 22:15; Luke 6:46-49; 24:44-49; John 16:21-24; Romans 15:13; Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:16-17

What is the secret of imparting our faith to our children? Or for that matter, to anyone whom we disciple? We can identify some steps that will assure that the process will be successful, but ultimately it requires the power of Adonai’s Spirit and the patience of a mature believer in Messiah’s Grace!

Launch Out Again

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Exodus 6:2–13, 28-30; 1 Chronicles 4:9–10; Psalm 103; Revelation 5:8–9

As we begin a new secular year, it is a good thing to remind ourselves that the Holy Scriptures have stood the test of time, and they are an anchor for our lives. The old adage of “insanity is continuing the same actions and expecting different results” is not always true in the spiritual realm. If you keep practicing faith every day, Adonai will make sure that things change at some point - and they will change “suddenly.”

Yeshua: Our Magnificent Messiah

John Ross

Deuteronomy 18:15; Malachi 3:22-23; Matthew 5:17-18; 17:1-13; Luke 1:15-17; 2:41-42; 4:16, 31-32; John 5:37-40, 45-47

Moshe was a great prophet and deliverer of Israel, but he spoke of a greater prophet who would bring salvation to Israel and the world. Yeshua was a Torah observant Jew who met all the qualifications of the Messiah. He was rabbi and a prophet, and we can trust in Him as our magnificent Messiah.

Three Things That Remain

Rabbi Philip Lanning

Genesis 50:15–21, 24-25; Acts 18:1-8, 14-17; Romans 10:17; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Hebrews 4:2; 6:18-19; James 2:19; 1 John 4:8, 19–21

Joseph had a lot of family drama and dysfunction in his life, but he was able to respond to with forgiveness because of his faith, hope, and love in Adonai. Likewise, the answer to the dysfunction in Corinth and in your life is having obedient faith in G-d’s Word, hope in the promises of Adonai that manifests in prayer and praise, and love that overflows into acts of lovingkindness.

The Plumbline - Part 5 (Faithfulness Through Refining Fires)

Rabbi Philip Lanning

Genesis 45:1, 4-8; Psalm 105:16-19; Zechariah 12:10; Luke 16:10; Romans 8:28-29; 11:25–27; 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24; Hebrews 13:7; James 1:2–4; 1 Peter 1:5–7

How could Joseph stay faithful in spite of all the difficult times he went through? Joseph had confidence in the One who had called him and in His purpose for his life. The purpose of every believer is to be conformed to the image of Messiah. In the same way Adonai refined Joseph through his faithfulness, He is working through trials to refine all believers.

The Plumbline - Part 4 (A Peaceful Heart)

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Genesis 41:1; Jeremiah 6:14; 8:11; John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 3:15

The “Shalom” of Adonai plays a vital role in so many areas of our lives. Sometimes Adonai quiets the storms of life and sometimes He lets the storms rage and He quiets His servants. Shalom teaches us as we wait on the Lord. It delivers us in times of distress. And it Helps guide us into the perfect will of G-d!

The Plumbline - Part 3 (Where Is Your Joy Level?)

John Ross

1 Kings 19:3-5; Job 3:11; Jeremiah 15:16; Psalm 1:1-3; 51:13-14; 55:6-8; John 15:9-11; Galatians 5:22-23;  Philippians 4:4, 10-13; Titus 2:11-12; 1 Peter 4:12-13

Even the most mature of Adonai’s people experienced periods of joylessness. Job wished he had never been born, David wanted to escape reality, and Elijah asked Adonai to take his life. If these men struggled, how can we experience consistent joy in our lives? Focus on the Adonai in worship, align your life with the plumbline of Adonai’s Word, say no to sin and be filled with the Roach Ha-Kodesh, develop a heart of contentment, and surround yourself with a rejoicing family.

The Plumbline - Part 2 (The Meaning of Mercy)

Rabbi Philip Lanning

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.