Friday, June 9, 2017

The Body of Messiah Includes Christians, Messianic Jews & Hebraic Roots Etc.

Something has been grieving my spirit for quite awhile, and I had to repent of my wrong attitude towards those who are in the Body of Messiah and truly love God but are not Torah observant the way we think they should be!

First of all what is the greatest commandment in Torah according to Yeshua?

Mat 22:34  But the Pharisees, when they heard that Yeshua had silenced the Sadducees, gathered together in one place.
Mat 22:35  And testing Him, one of them, a lawyer, asked,
Mat 22:36  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Torah?”
Mat 22:37  And He said to him, “‘You shall love Adonai your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
Mat 22:38  This is the first and greatest commandment.
Mat 22:39  And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Mat 22:40  The entire Torah and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  TLV

So according to Yeshua, who are the real Torah observant believers?  The ones who are arrogant and prideful and spew hatred and ugly mems at their brothers and sisters in The Body of Messiah (I prefer to use Body of Messiah vs. Church) or those in the Body of Messiah who do not have the revelation yet of the Blessings of Torah, yet are walking in Torah Principles?

Recently we were led by the Ruach to go to a Word church midweek service, the worship was beautiful and teaching was scriptural!  We also are Rabbis who have our own Congregation and have gone through many ups and downs because people who are coming into the Messianic walk come in with bitterness, pride and have thrown out the baby with the bath water!  We also were guilty of this, but have come into a Spiritual Balance in the Word.

First, I was not brought up in a Jewish home or a Christian home, but I did have a Bible believing grandmother, who kept Shabbat and taught me the Word whenever we visited her.  Yes I am a Messianic Jewish Believer, but did not discover my heritage until much latter.  It is Yeshua who brought me back to my Heritage and His Torah.

All I hear from people coming into this movement is "I was deceived", 'They lied to me"!  Blaming others because they never cracked open their Bible to  find out the truth themselves.  I do not believe that most Pastors are intentionally lying to their people about "The Law", they truly believe that what they were taught was correct, however many are coming out of this misconception and teaching the truth.   Sometimes it takes time to turn a huge ship around when it is off course.

What did I learn from the Church?

  • From the Baptists I learned that preaching salvation and reaching the Lost was important.
  • From the Pentecostal, I learned the importance of Holiness, Sanctification, Obedience and the Power of the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit and Gifts, along with Healing.
  • From the "Word of Faith" Church, I learned about walking in Faith so I can do what God called has called me to do, who I am in Messiah, and yes Prosperity because guess what, it takes money to help people and to the work of ministry etc. 
  • From the Messianic Walk I have learned that Torah is important, it is in my heart and that His Feasts are about Yeshua.

And yes, everything we learned prepared us for ministry.

Now when I refer to The Body of Messiah, I am talking about those who truly love God, Yeshua and His Word and are trying to walk in obedience.

Yes there are a lot of bad "Christian" teachers who have compromised the Word, but there are also bad' "Messianic" teachers as well who are perverting the truth as well.  So do we lump everyone into one judgmental category because of a few sour lemons???  NO!

This Church I went to have many programs to help people because their people tithe and give offerings and support the vision of the leadership.  This Church has a Business School, Youth Group, Job placement service, Ministry School, Continuing Education so people can learn MS skills, Prison Ministry, Inner city Ministry, Mentoring Program, Conferences, Missions  etc.

So those of us "Messianic s" who think we are better than our brothers and sisters In the Body of Messiah, who happen to not have the understanding of Torah yet, are doing more works of the Torah then those I see in the Messianic Movement.  Again, I am not lumping everyone together because there are some Messianic Congregations that are able to do these things as well because people tithe.

So before we start getting all prideful and patting ourselves on the back because we feel like we have arrived, WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD?

Yes there are "Kooky Christians" and "Messy Messianic s" but there are also Believers both Christian and Messianic who are doing what the Bible says to do, and they are the ones who are making a difference in this world.

Why would they want to listen to what we have to say, if we are being ugly, portraying them as deceived and demon possessed and stupid!!  Before you start criticizing someone for what they teach, maybe you should find out what they teach first, you might be 100% wrong in what you thought they were about!  Most of the time you are just parroting what someone said about them and passed judgement without finding out the facts first!  Many wonderful peoples reputations have been destroyed because of Lashon Hara/Evil Speaking and spreading Gossip and lies!

Don't be spouting off Torah principles if you can not live THE Torah principle that Yeshua upheld and that is LOVE.  

Mat 22:37  And He said to him, “‘You shall love Adonai your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
Mat 22:38  This is the first and greatest commandment.
Mat 22:39  And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 
Mat 22:40  The entire Torah and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  TLV

And yes I had to repent of my attitude as well because it was not helping me to walk in His blessings but dragging me down.  There is just as much good Christian teaching that is solid in the WORD as there is Messianic teaching and also Jewish Teaching.   My plumb line for TRUTH is the WORD and the commandment that we all need to perfect is LOVING GOD WITH ALL OUR HEART, SOUL AND MIND AND LOVING OUR NEIGHBOR AS OURSELVES AND TO WALK HUMBLY BEFORE OUR GOD.

Rabbin Deborah Brandt M.Div Judaic Studies
Deborah's Messianic Ministries Training and Messianic Worship Center Beit Midrash Tefillah Hallel
Judaic Studies Institute, Vice President and Student Advisor

Monday, April 10, 2017

Keeping Things in Perspective:

Passover reminds us that we are in a constant journey to reach the Promised Land. As we study the Torah we see that Israel was miraculously delivered so they could serve and worship God in freedom! However the journey would not be an easy one. The journey of faith is never easy but it is required for all those who serve God. 

We need to keep our trials in perspective, especially here in America. Right now our ministry and congregation is going through a test of having to move out of our building because of lack of finances. And yes like our ancestors we are now moving on in faith, knowing He has another place for us and He will provide, because He didn't call us to be Shepherds without a pasture to feed the sheep. 

 Yes it hurts when people leave you to go somewhere else, especially those you have invested yourself, your life and your love into. Every leader and disciple will be tested and tried, and before promotion, the we must endure the purging of His purification fires. 

When we see what believers suffer all over the world, especially under the hands of ISIS, who are dying for their faith, who are we to kavech/complain about a little inconvenience.

God is saying in your trials, do you trust me? Or are we believing the lies of the enemy as he whispers in our ears to give up! Or as he whispers in our ears that your leaders are not good enough, that you can do a better job, as Korach thought.

God has called us to be faithful to the call no matter what things may look like. In my 40 + years of serving Him, my Father has always been faithful in the storm. I refuse to listen to the lies of the enemy. I choose to believe God no matter what it looks like. 

 As a leader you need to hold on to the vision God has given you, no matter what it looks like. No matter if everyone deserts you, no matter if you feel His presence or hear His voice, or do not. HE IS FAITHFUL.
As leaders we are going to be tried in the fire so that after all the dross has been burned off, the only thing left is a heart to serve Him. 

I am encouraging other leaders out there, especially Pastors and Rabbis who faithfully serve their people and nobody knows who you are. You are not the "Well known Name' on the Internet, you are the faithful servant who only wants to obey God and serve. You are the ones who sacrifice financially so people have a place to worship, who give and give and many times get no thanks in return. You are the ones that have been tested through the fires, who know what it is like to be rejected and misunderstood, yet you continue to be faithful to the call even though, no one knows your name. You are the ones who's hearts break for your Congregation, but no one knows what you have gone through. 

The applause and praises of men are fleeting and many times fickle because the ones who are praising you one moment, the next day will turn and walk away. Our Messiah Yeshua knew this well, even in His darkest hour only a few stood with Him. But Yeshua forgave them because He knew they would return to fulfill what He had called them to do.

Yes as Pastors/Shepherds/Leaders/Rabbis, we are called to serve and not be served. We are called to be faithful to the vision God has given us, no matter what! In good times and in bad. It is when things are bad that we find out how committed we are to what He has called us to do.
Yes every believer will be tested in their walk so that what is hidden in their hearts will be revealed. Will we persevere with the vision and the call when everything looks like it is falling apart, or will we see through the eyes of faith/trust, that God is in control and He will make sure that what He has called us to do, He will provide a way, if we do not give up. 

To those of you who are a part of a Community. If God has called you to serve, then serve and be faithful. A plant can not grow if it is constantly being uprooted. Yes you will be tested in your faithfulness to serve and God knows how to promote you, but He promotes faithfulness not fickleness. You will be tested when the enemy whispers in your ears telling you that you are misunderstood, nobody here cares about you, nobody here cares about what you are called to do, nobody cares. Or are you going to be one who instead of doing your own thing and taking away form the local community, give your gifts that God has placed within you for the best of the Community? God knows how to promote you, but He is going to test your faithfulness to serve others first.
Jas 1:2 Regard it all as joy, my brothers, when you face various kinds of temptations;
Jas 1:3 for you know that the testing of your trust produces perseverance.
Jas 1:4 But let perseverance do its complete work; so that you may be complete and whole, lacking in nothing.
Jas 1:5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all generously and without reproach; and it will be given to him.
Jas 1:6 But let him ask in trust, doubting nothing; for the doubter is like a wave in the sea being tossed and driven by the wind.
Jas 1:7 Indeed that person should not think that he will receive anything from the Lord,
Jas 1:8 because he is double-minded, unstable in all his ways CJB
Every person who has come across our path has helped us to grow along the way and I hope that in some small way, we have helped those who came across our path as well. We will continue to be faithful with the assignment He has given us and continue to be thankful for those who have stuck with us through thick and thin, good times and bad. That is called Covenant Faithfulness. 

As Talmidim/Disciples of Yeshua, we constantly fight the battle of rejection, the battle to forgive, the battle to continue on even when we are still healing from the wounds. 

The question is, are we going to be faithful to where He has planted us? It is easy to walk away, anybody can do that. We see that example in marriage, it is easier to walk away then to make it work out. But the ones who refuse to give up, will be the ones who will see the fruit of faithfulness in this life and the world to come. God is calling us to faithfulness in all areas of our lives, whether the sun is shining, or we are walking in the midst of a storm.
[From The Heart]

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Yet Will I Praise Him Even In The Midst Of The Storm

It is easy to be happy and joyful when everything is going well. The test of our faith and trust in God is, can we be joyful when it looks like everything is falling apart? When we know we have been faithful to walk in obedience to God, yet those we trusted and served desert us? When we have been faithful to the vision and still await its fulfillment? Spiritual joy is not dependent on circumstances, or if people love you and speak well of you, or if your popular or not popular. Our joy comes from our relationship with our Heavenly Father and our Messiah Yeshua. Our joy comes from knowing that his promises are true no matter what the circumstances look like. Our joy comes from His word that He said He will never leave us nor forsake us. Do we trust Him in the midst of the storm? He is always faithful to His Word. Can we rejoice when our children no longer have time for us? Can we rejoice when our family and friends forsake us?
Today: The Ibn Ezra to Tehilim 32:4 states "The righteous will always feel joy and never feel sad about what the Almighty has decreed upon them because they realize He whatever He does is for their ultimate best."
Hab 3:17 Though the fig tree does not blossom, and there is no yield on the vines, Though the olive crop fail, and the fields produce no food, the flock is cut off from the fold, and there is no cattle in the stalls.
Hab 3:18 Yet will I triumph in Adonai, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!
Hab 3:19 Adonai my Lord, is my strength. He has made my feet like a deer’s, and will make me walk on my high places. For the choir director: On my stringed instruments.
Our Messiah Yeshua says:
Mat 5:2 And He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,
Mat 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Mat 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Mat 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
Mat 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Mat 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Mat 5:10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me.
Mat 5:12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great! For in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
This is our challenge and as I look back these 40 years of serving Him, He has always showed Himself to be faithful, especially in the midst of the storms because after the storm comes the Rainbow and the sunshine. For His Glory and His Kingdom!
Not our will, but your will be done Father.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Living Torah- By Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan

Just received my copy of The Living Torah by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan. A very easy to read translation and faithful to Torah principles and interpretation, with illustrations and maps.

I recommend for anyone who wants an easy to read translation for personal Torah Studies. It is available in Hebrew/English or just English translation. I would definitely recommend adding to your study library.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

I just received my copy of the "Complete Jewish Study Bible" by Hendrickson Bibles.  It is a Bible geared towards those who are Messianic Jewish or who want to know more about the Jewish Roots of our faith in Messiah Yeshua.

It is an easy to read bible with lots of study notes and explanations.  I highly recommend this Bible to anyone who wants to understand the Jewish Jesus!

The best price I found to purchase the Bible is

I have many different Bible Translations as well.  Here are some of my favorite.

  • New American Standard Bible - Key Word Study Bible
  • Complete Jewish Study Bible
  • ESV Study Bible (English Standard Version)
  • King James Version for verse comparison- Key Word Study Bible
  • Jewish Study Bible by Jewish Publication Society
  • Tree of Life Version Bible
  • Artschroll Chumash

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We invite you to read our Daily Devotional "From The Heart of The Rabbis" on our Website.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

I have been reflecting the past few days on my journey with my Heavenly Father and how blessed I have been serving him these 40 years and look forward to another 20+. I am a product of the Jesus Movement in the 70's when many young people came to faith in Messiah Yeshua/Jesus. I wouldn't trade these 40 years of serving him for all the silver and gold in this world! '
My heart has really been crying for the lost lately. We in the Messianic Movement have plenty of head knowledge, but have we lost our love of seeing people come to know Yeshua as their Saviour?
I am praying that going forward that we will see another Jesus Movement or Yeshua Movement with our Young people today. Have we lost our desire to see people healed, set free and delivered? He has not brought us back in this last day Restoration to just sit back and think we have arrived. When is the last time we wept over the lost? I have posted some songs by Keith Green who was a talented musician, who loved Yeshua and preached the Word. He was very popular in the 70's and sadly was killed in a plane crash along with some of his children.
I am hungering so much to see a powerful move of the Ruach HaKodesh among us in the Messianic Movement. Again, tears are falling from my eyes, tears I believe our Messiah is crying over the Lost Sheep in the World.
Are we so caught up in our own lives that we have forgotten that the reason we are serving Him today is because somebody shared the Gospel with us and told us that God loved us and that Yeshua Redeemed us from our sins so we can be restored in our relationship with The Father?
Our young people are in desperate need of a spiritual awakening to truth in their lives. I pray that our Congregation will become filled with young people on fire for Him.