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We live in a culture that conditions us to value our lives by how much we can produce. The hustle and bustle of life continue to gain speed, moving faster and faster each day, producing a claustrophobic atmosphere that seems inescapable. It's easy to forget to rest and take the time needed to slow down, moving into a rhythm that includes stopping and ceasing from working, producing, and rushing. This is the Sabbath. The Sabbath is introduced to us in Genesis 2 when God Himself rested as King over creation. When God gave the ten commandments to Israel, God gave them the Sabbath to remember that they have been freed from a life of slavery. In His redemption act, they find rest. Because of this, one day a week they were to cease their labors, their stress, and their production and be still.
What is radical faith? How is it established in our lives as believers? Where do we find it exemplified in scripture? How does it practically flesh out in our lives and the lives of others through our surrender and obedience? How does our willingness to move in radical faith bear witness to our image-bearer status? How does our obedience to walk in radical faith usher in the miraculous move of God through the power of the Holy Spirit made manifest in our lives as we walk it?
This week we dive into the story told in the Torah and how it is easy to miss the themes of grace that were intentionally structured into the first five books of the Bible, specifically in Deuteronomy. Many make the assumption that the Torah, also known as the Law, is simply a piece of legislation literature that has no benefit for daily living, active worship, or the life of a Christian. Unfortunately, this has led to many simply ignoring the narrative at the beginning of the Bible and missing out on the intentional placement of key texts that reveal something much larger than a book of commandments. It reveals the goodness of God's grace and the revelation of the Messianic King. So, if you have never seen the Grace as it is revealed in the Torah, join us in this message as we look at the structure of the law, how the "second law" called Deuteronomy was crafted with themes, and what this has to do with us as believers in Jesus.
God is depicted as many things through metaphors found in the Bible. From being a rock, a castle, and a shield, to a shepherd, potter, and a father. The authors of the Bible use different descriptions based on their diverse experiences with God. One poetic expression of God's character that is often missed is within the scope of having female characteristics, especially ones associated with maternal love and nurturing. In this message, we explore the approach the prophets in the Bible take in expressing God's compassion as a mother who nurses and cares for the covenant people of Israel. When God is described as a female in the Bible, it was not meant to define literal boundaries on God, just as when God is described as a male. Although bold, God's description of having female and maternal attributes is a necessary part of discovering just how intimate YHVH is when it comes to times of struggle, chaos, and uncertainty. Like a mother bird shrouding her young in her wings or a mother bear, claws extended, chasing those who have taken her young captive, these diverse images should change the way we view how God works in the world and in our lives. We hope this teaching on God being portrayed as a mother will be helpful in learning more about the Biblical expressions of metaphor and a better understanding of the Bible itself.
In Leviticus 11, YHVH gives a distinction of which animals Israel can eat and must refrain from eating based on a scale known as "clean" and "unclean," How do we navigate this topic as believers today, and what can we learn about God and what He wants on "His table"? We will also be discussing verses that have to do with clean and unclean animals in the bible, such as Mark 7:15 and Acts 10. If you want to learn more about the connection between unclean food and the gospel, you'll want to check this video out. We hope this message about unclean foods in the bible will be informative and applicable and be a motivator in diving into the Bible to learn more about Leviticus unclean food and Jesus and unclean foods.
As Passover quickly approaches, we explore the narrative in the Book of Exodus and discover a much larger story than Babies in baskets, blood on doorposts, and seas splitting. The Book of Exodus sets the foundation for the rest of the Bible creating a theme that is cyclical throughout the story of Israel. Join us as we discover connections to the creation story as well as elements of a cosmic battle that takes place when Moses faces off against Pharoah. This is the story that sets the tone of a coming messiah that will fulfill the Passover and enact the greater exodus. An exodus not from Pharoah or Egypt, but from sin and death. If you are a Christian and have wanted to learn more about Passover and the Exodus, this will be great teaching as it explores the prophecies of a prophet likened to Moses and shows how Jesus fulfilled them. Christians are parking in Passover seders more and more as a way to strengthen the Hebrew Roots of their Christian faith.
As we enter into the Passover and the week of Unleavened bread, it's important to remember the climactic event of the last supper. From the cup to the bread to the radical redefining of what Passover was always meant to bring about, Yeshua shows us that He is the lamb that is slain that frees us from slavery. In this special message, we remind ourselves of his words when offering the wine and the bread to His followers and reflect on what it means to partake in the Last Supper. In this message, Pastor Matthew Vander Els walks us through a 1-st century Passover Seder, highlighting what Jesus did at the Last Supper with His disciples. Passover is a major theme in the gospel accounts and truly points to Yeshua being the true Passover land that grants true freedom from slavery.
If you have ever asked the question, "why do we not follow the laws of the old testament?", then this Pronomian Christian perspective may help give the answer. Many Christians struggle with trying to understand where the old testament laws fit into their faith. Join us as we explore the words of Jesus Himself concerning this question.
Join us as we continue our study of the Book of Revelation. This week we dive into the culmination of John's vision which is the New Jerusalem. The New Jerusalem is the cosmic portrayal of heaven on earth where God dwells intimately with mankind. Inside, the tree of life blossoms, providing healing and restoration while outside, those who have distanced themselves from citizenship. What can we learn from these chapters and how do they apply to us today?
The Book of Esther. In anticipation of Purim this week, we take a look at the story of Esther, Mordechai, Haman, and King Ahasuerus. The story of Esther has an incredibly controversial past due to the secular and explicit scenes, gruesome violence, and themes of farce humor. God is never mentioned directly or indirectly in the entire narrative, or is there a focus on religious elements? Join us as we take another look at this mysterious book and discover not only the presence of God but hidden parallels to the temple, Israel, and exile.
We continue our journey through the Book of Revelation this week as we look at some of the more gruesome, bloody, and violent images in John's apocalypse. The two witnesses being killed in the streets, Yeshua returning with a sword to defeat His enemies and the winepress that produces an ocean of blood are just a few of the disturbing images John pens. How do we approach these scenes and what does God's wrath look like at the end of days? Revelation was written to be a letter of non-violent resistance in the face of evil empires. John was encouraging the seven churches, and future Christians, to protest through the resistance of empirical influence through means of subversive non-violent witness. This message is about non-violence in the book of revelation. Join us as we dive into the word and discover how these images help us stand firm in living out the witness of Christ in our lives.
Join us this Saturday, January 12th, at 11:00 AM EST for Founded in Truth Fellowship services. We are excited to exalt King Yeshua in worship and praise, review this week's Torah Portion, and dive into one of the most discussed topics in the Book of Revelation. In our last message on the Book of Revelation, we discussed the Mark of the Beast, the beast of the land, and the implications of nationalistic idolatry in contrast to allegiance to the Kingdom of God. Join us as we continue this topic and explore the number 666, what it means, what it doesn't mean, and how it can change the way we view the world today. The number six hundred and sixty-six has long been a number of controversy. 666 appears in John's letter to the seven churches in Asia Minor, representing either the number of "a man" or "the number of humanity". It seemed to be intended for his audience to associate with the beast that symbolizes the power of empire and its insatiable hunger for wealth, power, and conquest. What does 666 mean? What does it mean for Christians today?
Join us this Saturday, January 15th, at 11:00 AM EST for services at Founded in Truth Fellowship. We are excited to exalt King Yeshua in worship and praise, review this week's Torah Portion and dive into one of the more controversial topics within the Book of Revelation. We continue our series through Revelation and explore one of the more controversial topics within John's vision, The Mark of the Beast. What is the Mark of the Beast? Is it some computer chip, visa credit cards, new medical technology? Or is it something far more sinister? We also explore who the two beasts are that are given power from the dragon in Revelation 13 and why it is a sobering reality for churches today, especially those deceived by Christian Nationalism.
We continue our series on the Book of Revelation this week and dive into Revelation 12 where we find an apocalyptic nativity scene. Here there are no shepherds, no animals surrounding the child, and no wisemen. Instead, there is a dragon that attempts to eat the child, the madonna engulfed by the sun, and the angel Michael engaging in cosmic warfare. Here, John interprets the nativity story as a violent night, instead of a silent one. In this version of the birth of Christ, the cosmos erupt in battle. It is in this chapter that believers get a glimpse of the true reality of what took place in a manger that evening in Bethlehem.
We continue our series on the Book of Revelation this week and uncover the identity of the 144,000, where John gets this number from in the Old Testament, and what it means for us today. The 144,000 has been a topic of great debate, depending on the tradition it is viewed through. Join us as we discover how applicable the chapter is for believers today but also, the hope that is waiting to be revealed to the reader.
Join us for services at Founded in Truth Fellowship this Saturday, Oct. 23rd at 11:00 am EST. We cannot wait to join together in communal worship, dive into this week's Torah Portion, and continue discovering how we can live out God's word in our everyday lives. We continue our series on the Book of Revelation this week as we dive into the seven seals broken by the "slain lamb king" in chapter 6. Each seal brings forth a disturbing vision of God's wrath, including four horsemen that are more than meets eye. We will also discover the connection between these seals, the seven bowls, and the seven trumpets signifying similar visions. The most disturbing section, however, will be the weighty message these images give to believers today.
Join us for services at Founded in Truth Fellowship this Saturday, Oct. 30th at 11:00 am EST. We cannot wait to join together in communal worship, dive into this week's Torah Portion, and continue discovering how we can live out God's word in our everyday lives. We continue our series on the Book of Revelation this week and continue our study of the two witnesses in Revelation 11 as well as discover the theme of "temple" throughout the New Testament as well as in the Book of Revelation. For two thousand years, the temple in Revelation has been a topic of debate. Is it a literal temple that will be rebuilt? Is it symbolic? What about the 42 months? We hope to get clarity as we let scripture define scripture as well as walk away with a real life application.
This week, we continue our series in the Book of Revelation and explore how John emphasizes an overarching theme throughout the Bible concerning the defeat of Babylon. In John's visions, he sees this being achieved through believers bearing witness of the Lordship of Yeshua in the face of kingdoms that have been swayed by the promise of Evil. How do we bear witness of our King? John's vision where the Lion of Judah is displayed as a graphicly slain lamb standing in the throne of God may hold the key.
This week we begin a new series on the Book of Revelation. This letter crafted by John exposes the "theo-political" reality of the world we live in where Yeshua reigns (Rev 1:5, Matt 28:18), despite the tribulations believers may face. Commonly regarded as a collection of visions that promote the end of the world, a great tribulation, and fantastic descriptions of monsters rising from the ground, this book holds to single consistent theme; The Lamb sits on the throne. We hope this series will be edifying as well as spark a desire to revisit Revelation in a way that encourages, gives hope, and strengthens your faith in Yeshua alone.
Join us for a special Yom Kippur service at Founded in Truth Fellowship. This service memorializes the "Day of Purgation" (AKA The Day of Atonement) mentioned in the scriptures as a day of repentance, worship, and reconciliation to God. Join us for a short message about the history of the day, what its significance is, and how we find its fulfillment in Yeshua. This will be followed by a time of reflection, worship, and a community effort to meditate on our own relationships with our God
Special Guest Lt. Col. (Ret), Al McCarn brings new light to a world filled with violence, anger, and bitterness. His career in Army Intelligence during the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and watching the war unfold in Iraq and Afghanistan brings a unique perspective to the Christian mission. What are our tasks as believers in Yeshua when it comes to facing the "beasts" of this world? How do we minister to the brokenness left behind and how do we emulate a Kingdom not of this earth? "Our task is not to tame the beasts of this world, but to be the ministers of our Messiah King even in the domain of the beasts. We cannot stop them from breaking things and hurting people, but we can be there to cushion the blows, pick up the pieces, and heal the hurts. That’s what our Messiah means when He tells us to endure to the end and hold fast what we have until He comes." - Al McCarn
Our LIVE Yom Teruah worship service for Day of Trumpets 2021
This week we explore a chapter in Matthew's gospel account that is often taken out of context to further the spirit fear when in reality, it is a message of hope. In this chapter, Yeshua instructs His followers to do two things when the world seems to be on fire and out of control. Join us as we explore Matthew 24. When tribulation comes, how should Christian believers respond?
Join us as we dive into God's word to learn how to kill giants according to the bible. Sometimes the giants before us are not what they seem. Just like the spies that went into the land, it's easy to be distracted by the seemingly unconquerable. Where do we find our help and what is God truly trying to conquer in our lives?
Join us as we look at Luke's portrayal of the parables of Yeshua. In Luke 16, Jesus tells a parable where Abraham refuses to help a rich man that cries out to him. Prepare for a hard warning about the capabilities God gives us and what to expect if we choose to squander them.
The apostle Peter wrote that Christians live in a type of exile, surrounded by a hostile culture that maligns and persecutes them. And yet, in the midst of these challenges, Peter also says that Christians possess a “living hope” and a “joy that is inexpressible.” How might Peter’s epistle give hope and joy to those of us in “exile” today?
Have you ever wondered why there seem to be so many people today offended by Jesus and his message? A look into Matthew 11 shows that many of the world’s population - even the greatest of religious leaders - can be offended by what Jesus came teaching and preaching, all in the face of clear evidence. But why are people sometimes so offended and refuse to believe in him? People refuse to believe because within them lies an issue at the very core of their being: their heart. In this sermon, we will answer three questions concerning the unbelief of those opposed to the Gospel: What is unbelief? How does unbelief operate? How do we overcome unbelief?
We all know the parable of the Good Samaritan well. There was a victim that was beaten, two men did not help him, but the third man, a Samaritan did. When telling this story, Yeshua intentionally mentions specific details that reveal more about the story. From the priest and the Levite to the specific way the Samaritan helped the wounded man, all find their roots in the Hebrew Old Testament.
In the account of Luke, Luke masters the art of painting a story before our eyes, giving clues and patterns to lead us on a journey of true life. This week we explore the moment Yeshua begins His journey toward Jerusalem. During this journey, he is rejected over and over again, faced with constant opposition, and many turning their backs on Him. This is the journey that leads Him to His victory in Jerusalem, but not in a way the world expects. In this message, we explore how we are to navigate our journey in life, bounce back from the opposition, and how to win as Yeshua did.