Thursday, February 25, 2016

Parashah Messiah: Beyond the Veil

Torah Portion: Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35)
Gospel Reading: 2 Corinthians 3; John 1:18; 17:3,26
Commentary By: Matthew Day

This Torah portion puts us square in the middle of the Tabernacle passages. This section describes in detail that symbol of God's ultimate purpose in us—that He might dwell among us. Yet, in the midst of all of this, something terrible happens. Panic sets in. The people break loose. An idol is set up to lead the way into the carnal ways of the flesh.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Parashah Messiah: We Are His Precious Gems

Torah Portion: Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10)
Gospel Reading: Hebrews 2:17; Romans 8:31-39
Commentary by: Chris Knight
This week we learn about the clothing of the High Priest for service in the temple. This is one of those portions that, at first glance, is easy to be disconnected from. We don’t have a standing temple or a priestly service to physically see and experience in real time, which can make it hard to see the beautiful picture being painted by God.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Parashah Messiah: A House Built with Love

Torah Portion: Terumah (Exodus 25:1–27:20)
Gospel Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:1–13:13
Commentary by: Kelsey Bryant

Winding throughout Scripture is the concept of a place where Yahweh can meet His people. Even the first letter of the entire Bible, heading the Hebrew word for “In the beginning,” is Bet, which means “house.” The earth was meant to be a house where Yahweh and mankind could have a relationship. It starts in Genesis with the Garden of Eden where He walked with Adam. Likewise Revelation depicts the end – “And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them’” (Rev. 21:3). I know I, for one, can’t wait for the fulfillment of that promise: when Yeshua will physically be with us.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Family Vision

Build a Foundation
Create a Home
Inspire a Generation
Grow a Family

Build a Foundation
Values: Faith, Scholarship, Questioning Spirit

I want to build a foundation for faith and practice for my family from a position of scholarship and discipleship, to challenge them in asking questions so that they might own their beliefs, and above all to encourage them in placing their trust in God and His promises. I want my children to be prepared when they go out into the world, such that they know their foundation is sure and tested.

Create a Home
Values: Family, Tradition, Authenticity

Home is where we are free to be who we are. I want to foster an atmosphere of warmth, of tradition, and of freedom. Warmth, that we might each find rest in each others love. Tradition, to carry our identity and guide us in the ways of life. Freedom, to be uniquely ourselves without fear of judgment in a world that often pressures us to fit in. It’s a shelter from the world, a Sabbath all of its own.

Inspire a Generation
Values: Hope, Tikkun Olam, Joy

Our vision is one of hope, centered squarely on the Gospel. It's this hope that propels us to redeem our world through the deeds of Tikkun Olam. It is this hope that brings the sparks of eternity, moments of joy into the everyday of our lives. Open your eyes, see the joy and wonder in the world--there is so much more to life than meets the eye.

Grow a Family
It is in bringing these all together that I hope to see our family grow, recognizing each person's unique talents and working together to build the Kingdom. Ours is a faith that is unshakably rooted in God and His Word, joyously reaching toward hope, and compassionately wrapped in the day by day expressions of love.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Parashah Messiah: Eye for Eye

Torah Portion: Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)
Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:17-48
Commentary by: Matthew Day

In the last parashah we just finished reading about the magnificent Ten Commandments, those ten words that have come to represent the totality and height of morality in our eyes. He speaks these words from Mt. Sinai in a thundering voice such that all the people are afraid. Never before and never since has an entire nation heard the voice of God at once. This was a big event. Which makes what follows seem a little anti-climatic.