The Feast of Tabernacles and Living Water
One of the BIG themes of the Lord's Feast of Tabernacles is water. Not just any kind of water, but Living Water ... water that moves, water that has an inflow and outflow. It is a vibrant picture of the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives. As Israel prays during the Feast of Tabernacles for rain (living water) so this is a perfect time to ask the Lord for a fresh filling by His Holy Spirit!
Do Not Fear, Your King is Near!
In this fascinating message, Pastor Jay directs your attention to the Book of Daniel to encourage you to hang in there! God is in absolute control and He is near you to help. Take a listen and be blessed.
Racism … What Color is the Soul?
Racism is sin! There ... we said it. But we hear the word "racism" thrown about with abandon by people trying to win arguments, smear their opponents, and as a political/social media tool. What is racism? When is a word or action actually racist? Most importantly, what does God have to say about racism? Pastor Jay's message is not the last word on Christians and racism, but it WILL give you plenty to think about.
Elders and Deacons, The Biblical Function
Elders and Deacons are not a new invention by Yeshua. They fully functioned in the First Century synagogue. So where do we go to learn about the proper function of elders and deacons? Right! The First Century synagogue and the Bible. Enjoy this fun and challenging message.
Where Do We Go When We Die?
When you read about death in the Old Testament and the New Testament, you'll soon notice something strange. In the Old Testament, people go to their "fathers" … they go to Sheol. Sheol? What is Sheol? And in the New Testament when people die, Paul says they go to be with God in heaven. WAIT? Is the Bible inconsistent? Is there a mistake? Nope! At one point in time, people go "down" and at another point people go "up." There is a pivotal moment in history when things changed and that's the point of Pastor Jay's message. Check it out. You will be amazed!
Truth and Proof of Our Resurrection
Why is it crucial that we understand the Jesus'/Yeshua's resurrection? Because it was real and it is a truth that is in everyone's future ... and that means everyone … saved and unsaved. We were never meant to die, but to live for God's glory. Take a listen and be ENCOURAGED!
It's amazing how Yeshua is ALL OVER scripture! But is it really that amazing? After all, He is God's Word. We see Yeshua and the Gospel of our salvation in Exodus Chapter 6, the Four Proclamations of Passover: "I will bring your out ... I will free you ... I will redeem you with an outstretched arm ... I will take you." But did you know we see the beginning of Yeshua's life prophesied in Exodus Chapter 3? You can find direct parallels between the burning bush account in Exodus Chapter 3 and the birth narratives in Matthew and Luke. Curious? Take a listen!
Biblical Survival Training Part 1
What to Know
The first message in this Biblical Survival Training series focuses on WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW to walk through challenging times. These things are crucial for us to have in our Biblical Survival Kit.
Biblical Survival Training Part 2
What's the best way to survive in this crazy world we live in? Yup, Wisdom! If people would just walk wisely they would find that so much trouble would be avoided. Where do we get such wisdom? GOD! Check it out.
Biblical Survival Training Part 3
Learn to Discern
Contrary to what most rationalists tell us, there is a LOT of spiritual activity happening all around us. It often comes at us through people and what they say. We also see spiritual manifestations at Christian conferences. The occult has gained a huge following with people swearing that they're talking to Jesus and He told them to do something obviously unbiblical. Can we trust every spoken word? How about every spiritual manifestation? We need to learn to discern.
Biblical Survival Training Part 4
Testing the Spirits
The Bible is VERY clear that deception will run rampant in the last days. How do we keep from being deceived? How can we tell the false from the genuine? There are many seemingly spiritual manifestations occurring in church meetings today. How do we know they're from the Holy Spirit or an unholy spirit? This vital message gives us great training to testing the spirits and learn what is really of God.
Women in Ministry Part 1
God's Original Design
Should women minister? To what extent? Even in authority over men? These are long debated questions and the right place to start in answering them properly is by going back to the BEGINNING ... GENESIS. WARNING! You may not like what you hear. But then again, God doesn't really care what we feel or think. It's our job to line up with His design! Enjoy!
Women in Ministry Part 2
Pastor Jay shows that even though the Fall affected Man/Woman relationships and authority, God still used women to minister to and lead His people. God’s Original Design and Problem Scriptures are foundational to understanding the "problem scriptures" about women in spiritual leadership and how they "should" act in church.
Women in Ministry Part 3
Women in the New Testament
Pastor Jay continues his series on Women in Ministry with a look at women in the New Testament. In the New Testament, there were women who were praised as generous patrons, hard workers, edifying teachers, faithful evangelists, courageous partners, empathetic caregivers, and worthy examples. YOU WILL BE VERY SURPRISED!
Women in Ministry Part 4
The Head Covering Issue
Here we go ... into the tough scriptures. Paul addressed a problem within the Corinthians Church. But is this specific problem a mandate for the whole church? Does it really have to do with authority or is it about something else? Pastor Jay will surprise you again!
Women in Ministry Part 5
No Teaching! No Authority!
And now the trifecta of oppression … No Teaching! No Authority! Silence! Did Paul REALLY advocate this for women? Is it for the whole church, the Ephesian church, or one person? Take a listen. You be the judge.
Women in Ministry Part 6
This is a FASCINATING look at the "women must be silent in church" issue. Says who! "Says the Law!" Ah ... but what law is Paul referring to? Is there actually a command in the Torah that says women must keep silent or could there be something else being referred to here?
Women in Ministry Part 7
Woman, Be Thou Set Free!
If we've been understanding this issue wrong, women need to speak up, teach forth, and step into their God-given authority! Woman, Be Thou Set Free and be what God wants you to be.
Women in Ministry Part 8
Women as Elders and Deacons
In this final teaching on the subject of Women in Ministry, Pastor Jay recaps the series and ends with a look at women serving as elders and deacons in the First Century Jewish Messianic Synagogues.
The Passion of Jesus Part 1
What do we do when we find ourselves in high-pressure situations? Most of us fret and panic. Some of us check-out and take a nap. Yeshua prayed. Pastor Jay takes us through Yeshua's prayer under pressure in the Garden of Gethsemane. There are wonderful reasons why this pressing time took place in Gethsemane, Gath Shemen, "the place of the olive press." It was in this moment that the fate of humanity was decided. And it has great lessons for all of us to embrace.
The Passion of Jesus Part 2
To varying degrees, most of us hate the sense that we're not in control. When we first read Yeshua's arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, we get the sense that events are unfolding in such a way that carries Yeshua along, out of His control. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yeshua is in total control and fully committed to His Father's will and plan. How do we handle the seemingly uncontrollable times of life? Take a listen for some solid, life-stabilizing insights.
The Passion of Jesus Part 3
A Tale of Two Trials
Yeshua is brought before the High Priest Caiaphas for trial. But Yeshua is not the only one going through a trial. Peter is as well. Both are pressed for their testimonies. One speaks the truth (much to the dismay of the High Priest) and one ... well, crumbles to dust under the pressure. This part of the account is deeply moving, gives incredible insights into God's cosmic plan, how Yeshua becomes our great High Priest, and brings hope to any of us who find ourselves suddenly pressed to "give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." (1 Peter 3:15)
The Passion of Jesus Part 4
A Tale of Two Trials
Yeshua is brought before the High Priest Caiaphas for trial. But Yeshua is not the only one going through a trial. Peter is as well. Both are pressed for their testimonies. One speaks the truth (much to the dismay of the High Priest) and one...well, crumbles to dust under the pressure. This part of the account is deeply moving, gives incredible insights into God's cosmic plan, how Yeshua becomes our great High Priest, and brings hope to any of us who find ourselves suddenly pressed to "give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." (1 Peter 3:15)
The Passion of Jesus Part 6
The Gospel account has reached the pivotal moment ... Yeshua's crucifixion. The fate of all humanity rests on 6 hours during a long planned for by the Father Passover. Genesis 3:15 is about to be fulfilled. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." This ancient prophecy was given to Satan to let him know his inevitable doom at the hands of God's Messiah, a human descendant of Adam and Eve. At the crucifixion, Satan strikes Yeshua's heel bringing him death. And simultaneously, Yeshua crushes Satan's head … conquers his tyrannical dominion over mankind. Listen to Pastor Jay as he describes the events, the process, and prophecies of Yeshua's crucifixion in this gripping end to Satan's rule and our freedom!
The Passion of Jesus Part 7
It Is Finished
The Trial and Torture have passed. The Crucifixion has finished its gruesome work. The earthquake and darkness are beginning to fade away and the curtain of the Temple waves placidly in two vertical torn panels. As the weekly Sabbath approaches, a small group of people approach Pilate and ask for Yeshua's body. Time is short. He must be buried before sundown. What they are about to do sets the stage for the most cosmos-changing event in human history.
The Passion of Jesus Part 8
You can't keep a good man down! How true for Yeshua. This is the seminal moment where Jesus fulfills prophecy. Join Pastor Jay as he unlocks the context surrounding Yeshua's resurrection and the amazing mystery of the tomb of Joseph of Ramah!
The Passion of Jesus Part 9
The Great Commission
What is Yeshua's Great Commission? "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you." Most Christians would say the Great Commission is all about evangelism. True ... in part. But, it's actually about making disciples. In fact, if we evaluate the modern church against the Great Commission, we might think Christians think it's the Great Option. Join Pastor Jay in this very challenging message and a REMARKABLE insight at the end of the message!
Leadership Gifts Part 1
Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists … according to Paul in Ephesians Chapter 4, they truly are God's gifts to the church! Here's the shocker ... Yeshua/Jesus didn't invent these leadership functions, they were already present in synagogue life. But, what are they and how are they supposed to function? Pastor Jay begins a series on the Jewish foundation of these gifts (and others within the synagogue) to help us understand them and offer a well-deserved corrective to some errant practices today. This series is an overview of Ephesians Chapter 4 and why these leadership functions are crucial to the church.
Leadership Gifts Part 2
The Purpose of Gifts
Pastor Jay looks at the main purpose of gifts (equipping and edifying), how long these gifts would be found in the Body, and how these gifts relate to Jesus as the Head of His Body. Surprise! The gifts are not just for the First Century!
Leadership Gifts Part 3
Yeshua did not create leadership functions for His New Covenant Community. The Bible shows us there are certain functions declared to be gifts from Yeshua to the New Covenant Community. But, did you know these functions were already established in synagogues? They operated alongside the President, Superintendent, Preacher, Elders, and Deacons! Ready for an amazing change of perspective?
Leadership Gifts Part 4
Apostles are looked upon as very spooky or intimidating leaders! Nothing could be further from the truth! Today, the discussions go into extremes … there are no Apostles today … Apostles exist and they are the top dogs of the church. Both extremes are flat-out wrong! Apostles do exist and they are servants who have a specific Yeshua-assigned job to carry out. Take a listen. You'll begin to see those in Yeshua's Body who are obviously Apostles and you'll be protected against those self-proclaimed apostles seeking power and influence.
Leadership Gifts Part 5
Like the Apostle, the Prophet is regarded as inactivated in Yeshua's church. Pastor Jay shows that Prophets are given by Yeshua today just as they were given in the First Century New Covenant Community. How do they function today? The same way they did in Yeshua's day! Take a listen and begin praying the Lord release even more Prophets for the expansion of God's work on earth, the maturing of Yeshua's Body, and the completion of God's plan!
Leadership Gifts Part 6
Pastor Jay examines the Pastoral function within the First Century Synagogue. If you have been following along in our series, you'll probably guess that the way we see pastors today is different than in Yeshua's day ... and you would be right. In most churches today, pastors "run the show." Not so in the First Century Synagogue. However, the pastoral ministry of this leadership function is still crucial to vital congregation life.
Leadership Gifts Part 7
As we reach the conclusion of our series on Leadership Gifts, Pastor Jay turns to the Teacher and Evangelist functions. They are pretty much what you would expect to see in the First Century Synagogue … and today … with some interesting twists!