We were very blessed to have Daniel cover Vayetze, And He Went Out, Genesis 28:10 – 32:3. Often times, we are promised things that are contrary to what we want, but The Creator knows what we need, and He is always in control. From this parsha, we see that no matter where we are in life, God is surrounding us, in the beginning and at the end. We can rest in His Shalom. Amen. In the main drash, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on how our days would be, if we all listened to God, as R. Jonathan did before planting our beloved congregation. The history of Messiah Echad was meager but the current state of our congregation is vibrant, as we are blessed immensely from sustaining a culture of one new man in Messiah (Galatians 3:26-29 – 26). The slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/21-Nov-2015-Slides.pdf and the audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/private/21-nov-2015-e4r/.
During his first torah portion presented at Messiah Echad, Alex spoke on Toledot or Generations, Genesis 25:19 – 28:9. The thing is, many of us receive favor and disfavor in life, which is like a predestined purpose from God. Yet we have the free will to embrace or respect His good will in our lives, while concurrently working to change any ill outcomes that are upon us. Sure gives a unique perspective on Jacob and Rachael tricking Isaac. Then in the main message, Pastor Jonathan further expounded on predestination or things we are given, versus free will or things that are earned… which one rules our world? The assertion is both, at times, and the imagery was likened to a large wave of God’s Power. The slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/14-Nov-2015-Slides.pdf and the audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/private/14-nov-2015-b6g/.