Feb 22

The Unknown History of the Trinity Doctrine

In the video below Dr. Skip Moen provides the incredible history of the doctrine of the Trinity. It is amazing how few of us understand this seemingly mandatory belief today developed over hundreds of years and required much bloodshed to be formulated. Please listen to Dr. Moen and go to his website skipmoen.com for more insightful teaching and commentary. You might even consider donating to his ministry since very few are willing to take on this controversial teaching.

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Feb 14

Serving Two Masters

“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” (Luke 16:13)

Last year’s election was the crescendo of a ton of emotion. Both sides convinced themselves that the other side represented the height of evil and the end of life as we know it. This put all sorts of people at odds, even those who were much more reserved in the past. Now that the election is over, we normally see the tide of emotional outbursts and rants recede, but not this year, oh no.

I fell prey to these outbursts as well and was properly chastised by two sisters in the faith. Both ladies came to me privately and told me to knock it off with the politics and to use my voice to serve YHVH and His Son. In both cases, I took the correction and realized that they are both right; our calling as believers in Messiah is not to wage war in this carnal realm. Our calling is to make disciples. Period. End of discussion. And now they know it happened twice at once. Nothing like a little motivation by the Ruach to get your attention, huh?

In the verse cited above, Yeshua is discussing serving His Father versus serving wealth. Specifically, He’s admonishing the Pharisees for their love of money (I’m sure glad we don’t have greedy religion leaders anymore. That must have been difficult!). We do have to have jobs and incomes. If one does not work, one is not to eat. But we’re always supposed to put YHVH first in our lives. We aren’t to have two masters, for there is only One Master, Yeshua’s Father.

I just wrapped up a 6 week period where I was on the road for work, in stressful situation after stressful situation, and putting in many 12 hour days. I even had to stay out over the weekend on one trip, which is particularly fatiguing. When I got a few moments to check Facebook and see what the brethren were up to, I was a little disappointed. Instead of deep theological discussions and upbeat posts about life, many were partaking in discussions on outlandish doctrines, conspiracy theories, and other things which are of no profit to our Father. One thing I learned during this stressful period is how precious time is and how precious communication is. When I went days where I only had a few minutes on Facetime to speak to my wife and children, it put into perspective how precious those few words are.

I’d like to encourage all of you in our common faith to take inventory of your own time and communication. As the two ladies independently told me, our mission is to represent our faith primarily. We’re supposed to be a light to the nations and that light is supposed to draw people close to YHVH through His Son, Yeshua. Please take some time to meditate on whom you serve first in your lives and think of ways you can better represent our common faith.

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Jan 14

Shabbat 1-14-2017

We will sing, dance and worship before our Creator today…Looks like the next round of freezing rain will not arrive till after 10:00 tonite. Hope to see you there……..

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Jan 13

Shabbat Services Jan. 14 2017

At this point unless there is drastic changes to the weather we plan on holding Services as planned. We will repost if there is any changes. It appears now the freezing rain will not be an issue until late Saturday night. But this is Missouri. Stay tuned……

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Jan 03

Nothing New Under The Sun

Nothing New Under the Sun

That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

Solomon remains the second wisest man to ever walk the earth. He held the 1st place record for a pretty long time until it was shattered by the son of a carpenter from Nazareth. However, being number two in this regard is still sufficient to consider Solomon an authority. I know, I know, in our society “number two” just means the least person to lose, but in the Bible, that’s not the case. I’m certain Solomon’s self-esteem will be just fine when he is resurrected and learns that his wisdom was actually surpassed and by whom.

Solomon goes on to impart incredible wisdom and philosophy in the book of Ecclesiastes. He speaks many things being vain pursuits. We can relate to almost all of them and also draw analogies from them into our modern walk. One of these vain endeavors is attaining great wealth. I don’t know about you, but I would like to experience the vanity of attaining wealth myself just to test this concept. They don’t call it “the show-me state” for nothing!

But I digress. What I want to focus on today is how Solomon spent time specifically on books and learning.

The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly. The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. (Ecclesiastes 12:10-12)

Solomon spent time in the “studying and blogging” phase! But he warns that excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body and endless. This is a phenomena that happens on no small scale in our circles. I call it “studying yourself stupid”. Many of us land in this stage of the walk and spend considerable time there. It’s intoxicating to keep learning new things and honing and perfecting our faith from an academic perspective. Solomon enjoyed writing and consuming words of truth. One can only imagine the level of wisdom there must have been in the books Solomon studied for him to be impressed by them. But studying is not the destination, it’s a way point on the journey.

Our way of approaching the scriptures is exploding today. A great calling has been heard and thousands of people are coming to the knowledge of the first century believers at an astounding pace. This learning is happening largely to people who are all by themselves for a long time with no assembly to visit. Learning takes place with one-way conversations, as many receive information from YouTube (or by listening to mp3 sermons, hint, hint) and never have a chance to bounce those ideas off other believers or enjoy the blessings of a fellowship.

This is not where our faith is supposed to land. Take a look at Solomon’s last words of the book:

The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

We have been told that the goal of the learning, the earning, and all the other wonderful things articulated by King Solomon is to fear God and keep His commandments. Guess what? Many of those commandments are about having assemblies. Like the whole chapter of Leviticus 23. We’re supposed to get together. This requires action and effort. We have to learn how to get along on a weekly and annual basis. Take a break from the independent studying, brethren. Even Solomon did. Get together, share a meal, discuss some scripture, sing, dance, laugh, pray, listen, console, etc. For in doing this, we keep the commandments and grow as body. And those commandments are not burdensome.

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Dec 27

Unleavened Bread Event for 2017 – RSVP Please!

Three times a year you shall celebrate a feast to Me. You shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread; for seven days you are to eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the appointed time in the month Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt. And none shall appear before Me empty-handed. Also you shall observe the Feast of the Harvest of the first fruits of your labors from what you sow in the field; also the Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field. Three times a year all your males shall appear before YHVH. (Exodus 23:14-17)
Brothers and Sisters!

The above commandment is pretty clear: three times per year we are to gather. A few of us have been gathering during Unleavened Bread per the commandments for a few years and some have started to have gatherings. This is a blessing and we feel the brethren should be doing this on a much larger scale. It is hard for people to take off a whole week (or more) multiple times per year, so this year, we are planning to have a gathering in the KC area to allow the local believers a place to keep the commandment.

We have already booked the following musicians:

The Bailey Family

Kerry Alexander

Ian Michaels

Elisha

We are planning right now for the biggest gatherings to be April 14-17, the weekend during ULB, and this is when the above musicians will be performing.

We need to get an idea of attendance so we can make sure to put on the event at a properly sized venue. Please let us know via info@hebrewrootsgroup.com if you are interested in attending with us for this Unleavened Bread gathering. If you know someone who might like to attend, please share this post with them and have them contact us.

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Nov 23

A Day of Thanksgiving

The season is upon us again where the United States celebrates a feast to the Lord on the two-day holiday we call “Thanksgiving”. I enjoy this national holiday because, unlike the pagan holidays, Thanksgiving does not pretend to be anything it is not.

Thanksgiving is a day we reflect on the miracle of specific group of settlers in Massachusetts, who were specifically fleeing religious persecution, were able to survive and start a new colony. These specific settlers did not harm the Native Americans and even made friends with them. After they made friends and began to make a self-sustaining community, they stopped and declared a feast to thank the God of the Bible for preserving them and allowing them to survive. They gave thanks for the freedom to worship in the manner they so chose.

Thanksgiving didn’t become a national holiday for another hundred years. It wasn’t declared a national day of giving thanks until after the Civil War (1863) but the first declaration for a day of giving thanks was made by George Washington in 1789. President Washington declared a day of giving thanks to God for allowing the formation of a free country and from deliverance from the oppressive British Empire. The foundation of this nation was surely a miracle on many levels and it shows that our first President was a faithful man that he made such a declaration.

For the past couple decades, our society has been conditioned to feel guilty about the blessings this nation has received. Every time we celebrate Thanksgiving or the 4th of July, hecklers will point out the bad things our country has done. The truth is that no person or nation is perfect but we have to ask one specific question: Did God, YHVH Almighty, allow this country to come into existence and anoint this people or was this accomplished against His will?

This is the ultimate question for all who profess to believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Yeshua: Are we supposed to be here or not? If the answer is that our nation was not raised up by Yahweh, then what are we doing? If this much power and wealth can be generated not even without the hand of God, but against His will, then what sort of God do we serve?

Yes, these are tough words. But the answer is that our nation was founded by God fearing men and it was brought about by the will of the Most High. As we sit down to enjoy these blessing through a national festival ordained in His Name, let us make sure to thank Him for our lives and for our freedom and ask Him to show us how to use these blessing to give Him maximum glory!

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Nov 17

Valerie Moody in Kansas City December 17, 2016

A printable flier for this event is available here valeriemoodyshabbatdec17

Northland Hebrew Roots Group in cooperation with our local friends is sponsoring Valerie Moody in Independence, MO (Kansas City Metro) on December 17, 2016. Valerie is a well publicized Bible teacher who many of you will remember speaking at Feast of Sukkot in Wewoka, OK this year. Valerie’s website is https://vmoody.com/

Jeff Hankins and company will provide live praise and worship music and Alisa Bridges will lead us in Davidic dancing. Monty Devear will bless us with special music as well.

The schedule will be:

Arrival between 11:30 – 12PM

Oneig (fellowship meal) from 12PM – 1:00 PM – please bring a dish compliant with Leviticus 11 to share (no pork, no shellfish, etc.)

A service from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (corporate prayers, praise and worship service)

Valerie speaking from 2:30 PM until 3:30PM

Monty Devear special music from 3:30 PM until 4:30 PM

Valerie Moody speaking from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Closing prayer

All are welcome and we ask that you RSVP to info@hebrewrootsgroup.com

There is no cost for the event but donations will be accepted to bless Valerie and cover the costs of the event. You may also donate at this link http://www.hebrewrootsgroup.com/donations/

The event will be held in the basement of Rockwood Baptist Church 10035 E Westport Rd, Independence, MO 64052

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Nov 16

After the Election

The election was 8 whopping days ago and parts of the country are still reeling and surprised. There were a lot of things that came together to make what happened two Tuesday’s ago happen. One of them was the incredible lurch our country took toward immorality and the constant demeaning and marginalizing of those who hold Biblical values. This is where one bloc of voters got really motivated. The evangelicals, formerly known as Protestants, turned out in droves for Donald Trump. This is quite peculiar since Mr. Trump is by no means a godly man. It was clear to evangelical voters, though, that if Mr. Trump lost, any form of biblical teaching would be in danger of becoming hate speech.

If we look at the last 8 years through the lens of morality and freedom of religion, it’s been a really bad period of time. The government went on a specific mission of targeting and marginalizing traditional Americans from day one by coming out with a new focus for domestic law enforcement. They were to be on the lookout for right wing terrorism. Veterans, white male Christians, people who fly Gadsden flags, or folks with Ron Paul stickers on their cars all of a sudden became a threat when the last President took office. This was just the beginning. The next stop was forcing Christian-owned business to do things they would never do, like bake wedding cakes for marriages that are contrary to the Bible. Then came the push for non-Biblical marriages where that gal from Tennessee lost her job because she refused to break the Tennessee law she was elected to uphold. Then came transgender rights. The last stop was the most ridiculous: bathroom rights for people who can’t decide which gender they are. Yes, it has been a strange few years.

So the silent majority fought back the only way they knew how: at the ballot box. And the most unlikely presidential candidate in a really long time took office while the GOP retained control of both houses of the legislature. The media is still in shock and half of the country is terrified the right wing is going to do something they have not done since Ronald Wilson Reagan was President – push back and change some laws.

What does this mean for people who believe like us? We aren’t evangelical, we don’t vote in a bloc, and some of us don’t even vote at all. We value the freedom of religion and know better than most people ever that you can’t make someone believe like us. Where most Christians would relish the opportunity to have “the 10 Commandments put back in schools”, we shudder at the thought of the government schools teaching people about the bible and know that none of the people promoting this even follow all 10 of Yahweh’s Words. While we often side with the religious right, we are also a little scared of them knowing that things don’t end well for Torah observant believers in Messiah when religion gets governmental powers.

There are a couple of specific good things that could happen for us. First, the Supreme Court isn’t going to flip to the atheist side. That means at some point Roe v. Wade may actually be overturned. It also means that these ludicrous culture war things may get pushed back over time. This also means that religious freedom and the freedom to educate our children as we see fit may live on for a great while longer. Donald Trump, of all people, is the first and only presidential candidate that told us WHY churches who get tax exempt status can’t talk politics from the pulpit. It’s because of one line in the tax code that was put in 50 years ago. (Shame on Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum for not bringing this up before.) If this gets repealed we may get to file tax exempt status for our scattered little groups at some point. However, we don’t actually consume money like the Churchians so this really isn’t that important to us. Most importantly to us, though, is that school vouchers may become a reality and home schooling is much safer now than it was two weeks ago. If school vouchers ever become a reality, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a Messianic and HRM friendly private school in Kansas City where we could hire believing teachers and work a school year around the High Days? Yes, I say that would be a good thing.

Another thing for us to think about is that while this election may indicate a turn away from the darkness, it is very likely just a reprieve. As a brother at our assembly pointed out, this is just a turning point. We need to continue to pray for our nation, our neighbors, and our politicians to repent and turn toward Yahweh. We ourselves need to pray and even fast. We know that Yahweh has relented from executing fierce judgment in the past due to a minority of faithful people repenting and this should be our model. If you did vote in this election, you might consider calling your representatives and letting them know why and what is important to you. And you might consider telling them you are praying for them, too.

All in all, it looks like we have some more time to enjoy the freedoms we enjoy. It looks like Yahweh is going to let our nation have another shot. Things aren’t going to be smooth or peaceful, but we have a little more time before things turn bad. Keep in mind that these blessings are not for us to get comfortable but they are for us to be lights to the world and do the works we have been anointed to do. Continue to raise your children as called out saints, brethren. Continue to live out the Torah as our Messiah did. And continue to find ways to serve Yahweh in the name of Yeshua and spread the Gospel, for this is why we exist.

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Oct 29

Pickup Trucks, Portapotties, and Yahweh’s Sense of Humor

This week’s message is from Chris DeWeese and is a reflection on Sukkot 2016. He addresses some misconceptions about faith and how rejoicing is a commandment. He also covers some fun memories from this year’s Sukkot. Here’s the link http://www.hebrewrootsgroup.com/sermons/pickup-trucks-portapotties-yahwehs-sense-humor/

Thanks for listening, brethren!

In Yeshua,

NHRG

Chris Bridges (816) 510-1602

Chris DeWeese (816) 398-3143

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