Arrogant Bread

Rabbi Philip Lanning

1 Corinthians 5:6-8; 1 Peter 2:1

Just like the children of Israel, we all are on a spiritual journey from slavery to sin toward freedom and service to Adonai. We mark this journey with the Biblical observances of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Bikkurim/First Fruits, The Counting of the Omer, and Shavuot. During the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the children of Israel are commanded remove all chametz/leaven from their dwellings and to eat matzah (unleavened bread) for seven days. 1 Corinthians 5 compares chametz to pride and exhorts us to remove the chametz of pride and arrogance from our hearts. At First Fruits we remember the resurrection that enables us to defeat sin. During the Omer we offer our talents and abilities to Adonai. At Shavout we recognize the supernatural power of the Ruach to empower us to be part of the harvest. On our journey we replace the bad chametz of pride and arrogance in our lives with the good chametz of confidence in the Word and the Ruach.

Leprosy and Lashon Hara

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Leviticus 13:1–3; Numbers 12:1–16; Psalm 19:14; 34:12–19

Gossip and judging one another has caused many a congregation to implode. The only cure is the antibiotic of God's Word applied by the Love of His Spirit!

G-d’s Love Language

Rabbi Philip Lanning

Genesis 3:4-5; Leviticus 9:23-10:3; 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Isaiah 42:8; John 3:16; 14:15, 21; Acts 5:1-5

People have different love languages in which they give and receive love best. We think we are showing love to G-d by our sacrifices, but He has expressed that His love language is obedience. If G-d wanted honesty from Nadab and Abihu, and Ananias and Sapphira, we should also show our love for Him by our obedience.

The Ultimate Worship Leader

John Ross

Leviticus 6:1-8:36; 1 Chronicles 15:1-4; 16:1-6; 2 Chronicles 29:25-26; John 14:6-7; 16:13-15; Romans 12:1; Ephesians 2:17-18; Colossians 3:3-4; Hebrews 10:19-22; 1 Peter 2:4-5

After reviewing the role of the Levites in the Tabernacle, we explore the "Tent of David" in 1 Chronicles 15 and 16 as a precursor for what worship will look like under our ultimate worship leader, Yeshua the Messiah. Hebrews 10:19-22 along with 1 Peter 2:4-5 are key passages to show Yeshua is the leader, content, and glory of our worship.

The Upside Down Kingdom

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Esther 4:14-17; Matthew 10:37-39; 16:21-26; Mark 8:34-38; Luke 9:23-25; 17:32-33; 22:24-27; John 9:6-7, 24-25, 35, 39-41; 12:23-26

Purim is sometimes called the “Upside Down Feast” because Adonai “turned the tables around” - the Jewish extinction became the Jewish deliverance and the man who built the gallows hanged on them. The Kingdom of God is similar in that Yeshua’s principles are in stark contrast to the way the worldly system works. In the end, Adonai’s Kingdom is not “upside down.” He is simply placing us “right side” up!

Appointed & Anointed

Rabbi Philip Lanning

Exodus 35:30-34; 38:22-23; Numbers 16:1-4, 8-11; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

When we begin to see our work as worship we will recognize how G-d has appointed us and anointed us to fulfill His purpose on the earth. If you serve faithfully your gift will make room for you to be appointed. If you ask Adonai to fill you with His Ruach you may be anointed to do His work.

Responding to the Love of God

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Deuteronomy 7:6–13; Romans 11:28–29; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

The Israelites loved Adonai so much that they brought gifts to the tabernacle until Moshe had to tell them to stop. When we experience the pure love of God, we should give our hearts over to Him and serve Him with our lives. Rabbi Paul explains what it looks like to be conduits of God’s love in our relationships with others.

The Balm of Gilead

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Genesis 37:25; Exodus 30:10-16; Jeremiah 1:4-10; 8:20-22; 46:11

The enemy of our soul does all he can to keep a congregation from experiencing the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. But when God pours out His “Ruach Chen” (Spirit of Grace) upon a congregation His Shalom encompasses our hearts and minds and the enemy flees!

Honor in the Home

Rabbi Philip Lanning

Genesis 2:18, 22-24; 3:16; Exodus 28:2–3; Proverbs 12:4; 31:23, 28; Ephesians 5:21-33; 1 Peter 3:1-7

What does the High Priest’s garments have to do with honor in the home? Husbands and wives are to show honor to one another. Parents are to show honor to their children. Children are to bless their parents. We submit to one another out of reverence for Messiah because His submission led to our salvation.

The Reckless Love of God

Rabbi Richard Freeman

Exodus 25:8–9; Romans 9:17; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18

Let’s step back and take a deep look at whether or not the love of God is reckless. The scriptures say that we love Him because He first loved us! If that is true, shouldn’t our love toward Him appear reckless?