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The Mountain

Torah Portion: Yitro & Mispatim

February 10, 2018 • Matt Rosenberg

In the book of Exodus, the people of Israel, the Jewish people, begin as they meet with God at Mt Sinai. With earthquakes, lighting, fire, and a great cloud God makes a covenant with Israel through Moses. Many years later, in the book of Acts, on the same day, with fire and a cloud, the Holy Spirit is given to the disciples of Yeshua and the many Jewish people who are gathered in the Temple Courts in Jerusalem. Same God, same day, same people. Both events are about God, Israel, and the covenant that God promised would be eternal. It all starts at the Mountain of God.

Fill in the _____

April 14, 2018 • Aybars Uckun

We all experience places within ourselves or situations where we have no sense of direction, guidance, or hope. These blank spaces can cause great pain and hinder our ability to plot the course of our lives. The good news is God wants to fill in these blanks for us! He desires to reveal to us who we really are, why we were created, what we’re supposed to be pursuing, and how we can fulfill the purpose He created us for… To find our calling in life and to glorify God in the process! #fillinthe____ #Restoration #Seattle

Stop Sinning

Part 4 • April 7, 2018 • Matt Rosenberg

Yeshua was accused of breaking Shabbat but He never actually broke any commandments. He broke the “extra” rules that people added to the observance of Shabbat. What makes Yeshua sinless, meaning he never sinned, is that He didn't break any of the commandments given by God to the Jewish people. God wants to break us of everything that stands in the way of hearing Him clearly. Often the most “religious” things about us, while they make us feel secure, special, and give us a false sense of holiness, are actually killing us on the inside and keeping us from a deeper relationship with God. So stop sinning. Stop judging other people because they don’t follow God exactly the way you do. Instead, show people what it looks like to be changed by God by your example. Truthfully, there is always something God wants to change in us!

Justify Yourself

Part 3 • March 31, 2018 • Matt Rosenberg

Jesus never said anything new. What made Him different to the people who heard him was not the content of His teachings, but the authority with which He spoke. Even His most famous parables weren’t really new, because for generations storytelling was the way Judaism passed down its most important ideas and traditions. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, a Torah scholar attempts to entrap Yeshua into answering questions that are not real questions. There is an insincerity in asking a question when the answer is assumed or there is no interest in the answer. Sometimes our prayers work that way. We ask for what we think we need or want, but we are resistant to what God is actually saying. Or, like the Torah scholar, we try to sound smart or justify our insincerity. You don’t have to prove anything to God, and you don't have to prove anything to people. Ultimately we must strive for sincerity.