The Narrow Gate of Freedom

 In Parshat Bo we read about how God seems to harden Pharaoh’s heart. What does this mean? Let’s use Rabbinic sources, the Sermon on the Mount and brain science to unpack this important concept of free will. Direct Link to Youtube video of message. Delivered on...
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The Magic Arm of Pharaoh’s Daughter

 Join Rabbi Nathan for a study on Moses in Parashat Shemot. We’ll look at an intriguing Midrash and see how Pharaoh’s daughter is able to reach all the way into the Sermon on the Mount in the Book of Matthew. Direct Link to Youtube video of message. Delivered...
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The Secret Place

 Journey deeper into the Secret Place in the Sermon on the Mount through Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand’s moving story of suffering, persecution and perseverance for Yeshua during the Holocaust and under the Soviet Union’s regime. Direct Link to Youtube video of...
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Living Integrity: Joseph and the Sermon on the Mount

 What do the story of Joseph and the Sermon on the Mount have in common? They are both made of the same stuff. Let’s take a deep dive into what integrity actually is and how we can mature into Messiah’s life for us. Direct Link to Youtube video of message....
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G-d’s Love Language: Learning how to spend quality time with the Lord.

 Our theme this year is Etz Chaim, the Tree of Life. Just as our Tree must have roots that drink deeply of the earth’s soil so we must have roots that nourish us and connect us to the true source of life. Oil this message Rabbi Nathan discusses how to establish a...
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Ahavah Rabbah: Love like Challah Dough

 Rabbi Nathan leads a Shabbat study from the Siddur. A link to the 2nd Blessing of the Shema (AhavaRabba) Middle of page 31 in Siddur Ruach Israel: Ahavah Rabbah – אהבה רבה Learn more about the Ruach Israel Siddur (Prayer Book) at the Encountering Our Siddur web...
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Living Hospitality

 Abraham is the father of Jewish hospitality. Journey through parasha Vayera and discover some of the secrets to healthy, joy filled community.Direct Link to Youtube video of message. Delivered on Shabbat at Ruach Israel’s Sanctuary on November 12, 2022
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Growing In Jewish Prayer

 Engaging with the Siddur can be overwhelming at first. But when we understand the larger themes and contours of the Jewish prayers come alive. Join Rabbi Nathan to walk through a bird’s eye view of the prayers, their themes and how we pray them at Ruach Israel on Shabbat....
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The Daily Davar for 5783 Begins!

 Torah Study is one of the pillars of Jewish life. The Bible is critical for us Messianic Jews. Rabbi Nathan talks about a program that we are launching anew for 5783 — The Daily Davar. The Daily Davar is a Messianic Jewish reading cycle that we will use as a community to...
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Yom Kippur Morning 5783 – The Joy of Repentance

 The Joy of Repentance – a Yom Kippur Message  Yom Kippur is the day we rehearse our death. It is a somber day of repentance. A perfect day to talk about joy! On Yom Kippur morning, Rabbi Nathan helps to brings Repentance to life. T’shuvah is not harsh and condemning....
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The Joy of Forgiveness – Shabbat Shuvah

 On Shabbat Shuvah, the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Rabbi Nathan shares a moving message on forgiveness. Our time ends with a prayer, walking through eight steps to help us forgive more completely. Direct Link to Youtube video of message. Delivered on...
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Rosh Hashanah 5783 – An Address to Ruach Israel

 Etz Chaim Hi! An Address to Ruach Israel, Rosh Hashana 5783 Rosh Hashana is a time of new beginnings. Rabbi Nathan reviews the last few years at Ruach Israel and launches our new theme to take us forward into 5783. Our theme is Etz Chaim Hi, “It is a tree of life to those...
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Erev Rosh Hashanah 5783 – HaShem Melech

 Join Rabbi Nathan as we unpack some of Yeshua’s parables to look for three secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven; Identity, belonging and joy! Direct Link to Youtube video of message. Delivered on Shabbat at Ruach Israel’s Sanctuary on September 25, 2022
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Living the High Holy Days

 Rabbi Nathan takes us from Selichot to Rosh Hashanah through the Ten Days of Awe and on to Yom Kippur. Are you ready? Start here and finish well. Direct Link to Youtube video of message. Delivered on Shabbat at Ruach Israel’s Sanctuary on September 17, 2022
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Isaiah 54: Enlarge Our Tents

 Rabbi Nathan takes us through G-d’s promises to Israel through Isaiah 54. His promises to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, take away shame and disgrace, and renew His eternal covenant. What is Isaiah’s message for us? Direct Link to Youtube video of message....
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Finding the Real You

 “Be who you is, because if you is who you ain’t, you ain’t who you is!” Some people travel the world looking for themselves. Who is the real you underneath everything else? Rabbi Nathan looks at the “True and false self” through the lends...
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How Can Bad Things To Happen To Good People?

 How we answer challenging questions like this impact our relationship with G-d in deep ways. Some people’s faith hinges on this question. Join Rabbi Nathan as he discusses the mysteries of death and suffering in our world and where G-d fits in. Direct Link to Youtube...
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The Armor of the Messianic King: Ephesians (Part 12)

 The Armor of the Messianic King: Ephesians (Part 12) As we continue through Ephesians 6:13-20 we will take a deep dive into the context for Paul’s famous passage comparing physical armor to spiritual qualities. Not only does he draw from Roman culture around him but he is...
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The Resurrection Story Through the Gaps – Harmonizing the Four Accounts

 People have critiqued Matthew, Mark, Luke and John for their different emphasis on how they tell Yeshua’s resurection. In fact, Tovia Singer published a document detailing over 20 “discrepancies” between these accounts claiming the accounts fraudulent....
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Passover for Us!

 Passover for Us! Join us as we walk through the why’s and how to’s of Passover. Why celebrate Passover? How to clean out your Chametz? What are the origins of the Seder? Direct Link to Youtube video of message. Delivered by Senior Rabbi Nathan Joiner on Shabbat...
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The Armor of the Messianic King: Ephesians (Part 11)

 The Armor of the Messianic King: Ephesians (Part 11) As we continue through Ephesians 6:10-20 we will take a deep dive into the context for Paul’s famous passage comparing physical armor to spiritual qualities. Not only does he draw from Roman culture around him but he is...
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Understanding Your True Spiritual Enemy: Ephesians (Part 10)

 Understanding Your True Spiritual Enemy: Ephesians (Part 10) The Book of Ephesians concludes with a bang! This message will begin a new part of the series on a most quoted passage, “The armor of God” in Ephesians 6: 10-20. In Messiah we are called to be part of a Renewed...
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Submit To One Another: Ephesians (Part 9)

 Ephesians 8: Submit To One Another The household codes in Ephesians 5:21-6:9 have been a source of much controversy. From woman’s rights to the horrors of the slave trade, these verses have been used by those in control to abuse the weak. But was that what Paul really...
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Submit To One Another: Ephesians (Part 8)

 Ephesians 8: Submit To One Another The household codes in Ephesians 5:21-6:9 have been a source of much controversy. From woman’s rights to the horrors of the slave trade, these verses have been used by those in control to abuse the weak. But was that what Paul really...
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The Birth of a Son: Isaiah 7:14 & 9:6

 The Authority of the Son: John 5:16-30 Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6 are two of the most quoted texts during the Christmas season. Join Rabbi Nathan as we discuss Christmas and take a look at these two important passages in the book Isaiah from a Messianic Jewish perspective. Direct...
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The Authority of the Son

 The Authority of the Son: John 5:16-30 After healing the man crippled for 38 years at the pool of Bethzatha Yeshua’s authority is challenged by the Ioudaioi — the Jerusalem approved religious authority in the Temple. Join Rabbi Nathan as we open up Yeshua’s powerful words...
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What Does Your Chanukah Menorah Mean to You?

 What Does Your Chanukah Menorah Mean to You? Rabbi Nathan brings us a reflection on the Hanukkah candles, days past and generations forward. Direct Link to Youtube video of message. Delivered on Shabbat at Ruach Israel’s Sanctuary on December 4, 2021
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Living Differently Together (5:1-20): Ephesians (Part 7)

 Ephesians 7: A Community of Thanksgiving Walk through Ephesians 5:1-20 with Rabbi Nathan. We see Paul’s plan for greed and selfishness – a community renewed in Messiah’s life. This is the seventh message in a series on the Book of Ephesians. The complete message...
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The Misunderstood Emotion of Anger (continued): Ephesians (Part 6)

 This message is part two of “The Misunderstood Emotion of Anger.” In this message Rabbi Nathan zeros in on a plan to practice Ephesians 4:26, “Do not son in your anger.” Drawing off of parshat Toldot we discuss Jacob and Esav as examples of anger handled poorly. Bring a...
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The Misunderstood Emotion of Anger: Ephesians (Part 5)

 Anger poisons communities, families and individuals. It tears relationships apart and damages children. Many people do not understand and do not have a plan for anger in their lives. Today we take a deep dive into Ephesians 4:11-16. Drawing on Paul’s message on Anger in the...
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