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Shalom Macon is a growing and vibrant Messianic Jewish congregation in Macon, Georgia, serving all of the Middle Georgia area. Our congregation is a diverse community, comprised of families from many nations, tribes, and tongues (Revelation 7:9). Therefore, obviously, many are not from a Jewish background. And while we are a Jewish synagogue, committed to the Jewish traditions, teachings, and lifestyle exemplified by our ancestors, our vision is to practice an inclusive Messianic Judaism for ...
 
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When Jethro saw how Moses was handling the needs of the Children of Israel in the wilderness, he told him, "What you're doing is not good!" There is something insidious that we are doing today that is also "not good." The problem is that, like Moses, most of us don't know we are doing it, nor do we truly understand the consequences.…
 
Have you ever stood at the shore of a massive sea wondering how to cross it, but knowing that if you didn't there was a blood-thirsty army ready to kill you if you didn't? Chance are, you probably haven’t. However, it’s a particularly epic part of the Exodus story and hard to imagine. And yet, in a way, we face similar choices in our lives today. I…
 
Honestly, what’s so great about the Exodus? What makes it special? What's up with all of the plagues and did God really harden Pharaoh's heart? Isn't that like stacking the cards? Join us as we take a look at these questions and more in a deep dive into the Torah portion called Bo, Exodus 10:1–13:16.…
 
There's absolutely no feeling in the world like falling in love! But what happens when those feelings aren't there any more? When people come to Yeshua they experience all of the same emotions as they do when falling in love. What can Messianic Judaism teach us about keeping the flame of our love burning, even when we don't experience the same euph…
 
At end of every calendar year people all over the world start creating their "New Year's Resolutions." Unfortunately, most of these resolutions fail not too long after they are started because ultimately they aren't a priority. This year, let's create new spiritual habits that will start a New Year's REVOLUTION instead!…
 
Whether we realize it or not, we are in the middle of a war. No, not one country against another, but a spiritual war where spiritual powers battle one another. Does that affect us? What should we be doing to assist the powers of light to overcome the powers of darkness? Join us as we explore this sobering topic.…
 
Why is something as bitter as coffee so wildly popular, yet fasting is the polar opposite in the polls? We've spent four weeks discussing the biblical festivals. But what about the biblical fasts? And why would anyone want to do that anyway? Join us this Shabbat as we learn about the biblical fast days and how they apply to our fast-paced, modern l…
 
"Resistance is Futile" - This famous line from the popular Star Trek television series was not coined by the Borg, but was the battle cry of Antiochus IV, the antagonist of the Hanukkah story. Well, maybe not, but you'll definitely see the correlation in this inspirational message for Hanukkah!由Shalom Macon - Messianic Jewish Teaching
 
As we’ve observed thus far, the biblical festivals are a gift from God to his people. They are times of connection and celebration. But they also tell a miraculous story—a story of redemption that was and redemption that will be. This story begins with the spring festivals.由Shalom Macon - Messianic Jewish Teaching
 
If we believe the Bible, it’s an indisputable fact that God identified days of celebration and remembrance for His people. And yet, the majority of the followers of Jesus have no connection to these days. There are identifiable (and disturbing) historical and political reasons for this, though they are not often discussed. There was a separation fr…
 
God has special days—no, they're more than special, they’re holy. He established these holy days and called His people to celebrate them. Jesus did. His disciples did. So, what happened? Where did they go? They’re still here and always will be. This series will help you rediscover them."Party Like Jesus! Connecting Disciples to God's Holy Days" is …
 
Why do Jews separate meat and dairy? Didn't Abraham serve his angelic guests meat and milk together? What's all the fuss about and what does it all have to do with me? Isn't all of that rabbinic, manmade manipulation or are you telling me I can't enjoy a cheeseburger? Join Rabbi Damian as we explore this controversial—and often divisive—topic from …
 
Why do Jews separate meat and dairy? Didn't Abraham serve his angelic guests meat and milk together? What's all the fuss about and what does it all have to do with me? Isn't all of that rabbinic, manmade manipulation or are you telling me I can't enjoy a cheeseburger? Join Rabbi Damian as we explore this controversial—and often divisive—topic from …
 
Who are you? What's your name? Simple questions on the surface until we see them through the lens of Abram's first test of faith in this week's Torah portion, Lech Lecha. There's another person inside of you that you really need to get to know. I'll make the initial introduction in this message!由Shalom Macon - Messianic Jewish Teaching
 
The Midrash tells of a primordial clash between the two great luminaries—the sun and moon—over who would be greatest. It happened on the 4th day of creation. Later, we read the story of the disciples of Yeshua jockeying for position too, “Who is greatest in the kingdom?” The desire for greatness is inside all of us. And that’s a good thing if we kn…
 
The Midrash tells of a primordial clash between the two great luminaries—the sun and moon—over who would be greatest. It happened on the 4th day of creation. Later, we read the story of the disciples of Yeshua jockeying for position too, “Who is greatest in the kingdom?” The desire for greatness is inside all of us. And that’s a good thing if we kn…
 
It’s Christmas time again! Wait… What?! It’s not December 25th! Well, what is "Christmas?" It’s the traditional "celebration" of the birth of Jesus, right? Could it be that this celebration, the birth of Messiah, should be happening now? It’s possible… Join us and let’s explore!由Shalom Macon - Messianic Jewish Teaching
 
Sukkot—The Feast of Tabernacles—is the "Season Of Our Joy." And it's only a few days away. But sometimes, joy can be difficult to muster, especially in a world that's falling apart around us. Join Rabbi Damian as he helps us "nail down" our joy in preparation for this Sukkot season.由Shalom Macon - Messianic Jewish Teaching
 
The Sabbath before Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is called "Shabbat Shuvah," or the Sabbath of Return. It is a day that beckons us to consider the condition of our hearts before we enter the most holy day of the year. The Haftarah (reading from the Prophets) for this Shabbat says, "Take with you words and return to the LORD; say to him…" (Hosea 14:…
 
Choose Life is the conclusion of our series on the afterlife. Rabbi Damian wraps up this series by focusing on what matters most: how we live this life. Join us for this valuable conclusion to this challenging series and be encouraged to do what's important.由Shalom Macon - Messianic Jewish Teaching
 
The Great White Throne. Judgment in Revelation makes it clear that deeds have something to do with our last moments before our final destiny is announced. Judgment of the wicked makes sense but why would believers be there? This message explores the full significance of deeds for the righteous, the wicked, and the controversial “in-betweeners” with…
 
Thus far we’ve considered some of the early formations of the belief in the afterlife from a Jewish perspective. But these beliefs and theological attitudes began to change at some point in the early history of the believing community of disciples. One of our main developments centered on the fate of the wicked. This week continues our look at thes…
 
Matthew 25, John 5, and 1 Corinthians 15 all talk about the final judgment and what it will be like. But there are debates over how these passages should be interpreted. What will the Final Judgment be like and how should we understand Yeshua's and Paul's teachings on the subject? Only through looking at these passages and others with brutal honest…
 
Continuing in our examination of Yeshua's parable of Lazarus And The Rich Man, we see a lot of overlap with the literature of greater Judaism and we learn several lessons that are a little unexpected. As we look deeply into this parable we’ll see that Yeshua's message was more about life before death than life after death. Come learn these importan…
 
The story of The Rich Man and Lazarus in Abraham’s Bosom has often been identified as the definitive picture of the afterlife according to Yeshua. From the idea of the “harrowing of hell” to the basis for belief in eternal conscious torment, so many post-mortem perspectives have been hatched here. Is this Yeshua’s final word on final destiny? We’ll…
 
Believe it or not, most people are addicted to something. It may not be drugs or alcohol. It could be television, Facebook, Snapchat, or a smartphone. What makes us addicted to these things and how can we turn those cravings into something positive? How can recognizing and confronting those addictions help us become better disciples of Yeshua?…
 
Hades, Sheol, Tartarus, Hell, Gehenna … it’s all very confusing. How do we know what’s up? Well, we need to go down to figure out what’s up! This message takes a look at a prominent perspective in 2nd Temple Judaism on what awaits the soul after death.由Shalom Macon - Messianic Jewish Teaching
 
When you begin to dig into it, the concept of the New Testament “hell” becomes quite confusing. To understand it, we need to investigate an earlier understanding of death and the hereafter as described in Jewish thought from the Tanach.由Shalom Macon - Messianic Jewish Teaching
 
As we’ve learned, progressive revelation contributed to the understanding of the soul in Second Temple Judaism. This way of thinking heavily influenced the period and its religious thinkers in another profoundly important area: the resurrection of the dead.由Shalom Macon - Messianic Jewish Teaching
 
Greek Philosopher, A.N. Whitehead once said, “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” What if that’s true even in Judeo-Christian thought about heaven and hell? Could God actually speak through a 4th-century philosopher? We’ll see ……
 
Where do we go when we die? This is THE question for so many people through the ages. It’s the question on the lips of the evangelist to the lost soul, “If you died today, do you know where you would end up?” And by most accounts, there are two answers—Heaven or Hell. This challenging, and likely controversial, series will evaluate and question wha…
 
Is Israel really the aggressor in the Middle East conflict? Is Israel really an apartheid state? Do Palestinians have any rights in Israel? Are Jews pulling the strings behind the economic rise and fall of nations the world over? Let's have some honest answers to these questions, rather than the uninformed social media bantering that has made its m…
 
This is really what it all comes down to: What do we do with the Spirit we have received? All the talk of theology, history, and practice is useful in identifying how we’ve gotten to the current point of many people’s understanding of that answer. There are some problems with it as discussed. But what should the body of believers look like when the…
 
How do we use the gifts of the Spirit? They are so very important and they get a lot of recognition, supposed use, and … abuse. In Evidence of the Spirit, Part 4: The Gifts, we examine what the Holy Spirit is NOT. More than simply being critical, this is a heart-warming, personal approach to the work of the Holy Spirit.…
 
One-fourth of the world’s Christian community is connected to some version of Pentecostalism. That means they have had, and still have, a LOT of influence on how the Holy Spirit has been understood. Is this good? Where did Pentecostalism derive their understanding? Has it affected our own? We should find out!…
 
The spring holidays of God’s calendar are in full swing and the Festival of Weeks is fast approaching. Most people know the holiday as Pentecost, celebrating the giving of the Holy Spirit. It’s a day of great significance in the community of Yeshua’s disciples. But there’s something missing. A Torah understanding will help us find it. This series w…
 
Father Time has been murdered and you have 24 hours to find the killer. But little do you know that once the villain is apprehended, his victim will be miraculously resurrected from the dead. No, this isn't a murder mystery or an escape room. It's a lesson of missed opportunities and misplaced priorities. It's about a special time between Passover …
 
Yeshua’s disciples are looking forward to sharing a meal with him. It’s called the Wedding Feast of the Lamb and it’s going to be a doozy of a celebration. But what can we do until then? Shouldn’t we be living with excitement and expectation in the present? Of course, but how? Judaism has an answer and it’s a beautiful celebration connected to Pass…
 
We’ve been through a lot over the last year. 2020’s Passover celebration was really anything but celebratory. That was then, this is now. Passover starts this Saturday night and after basically missing the holiday last year, what can we do in 2021 to make it the most meaningful seder we’ve had? Can a year of COVID help us be more grateful? It’s pos…
 
WWJD? We’ve spent the last 5 weeks understanding what He would do—No, even better, what He did. That question has been answered. It’s in the Gospels. There’s a more important question—once we know what Jesus did, what are we going to do? The series' conclusion offers some insights and encouragement for our journey together in Messiah.…
 
Did Jesus have the authority to change the Sabbath? The answer seems obvious, right? Ever heard it said that Jesus was a rebel, intent on tearing down traditions of men, and at war with the Jewish leaders of his time? Maybe you’ve also noticed that one of the main topics where Jesus seemed to come to blows with the Jewish leadership of his day was …
 
Last week we considered the background of Jesus teaching by looking at the Jewish root from which it sprung. This message discusses some specific examples — Sabbath, dietary laws, and even the message of the Gospel itself — to show how Jesus’ words stayed connected with the word of God spoken in Torah. And maybe more importantly, to show that he ne…
 
The word "Rabbi" means "teacher." The word has a somewhat different connotation today than in the 1st Century. Jesus was a "rabbi", which means he taught. But what was he teaching? Did he come with a radical new message designed to upend his disciples from the Jewish faith they knew? Was he waging war against the Pharisees and their Jewish teaching…
 
WWJD — What Would Jesus Do? In its day, this acronym connected deeply with disciples of Yeshua, and the reason is obvious — we want to do what Jesus did, right? But what if the world has no real idea what he actually did? What if the Jesus we think we’re emulating wouldn’t actually recognize the things we do? Part of knowing Jesus is to understand …
 
We all know about the Great Commission. But what about the Great Omission? It sounds so simple and obvious: The Jewish Jesus. But this essential truth has been lost to nearly all of his followers. Why has the Jewishness of Jesus been downplayed or even denied throughout a large part of history? Why is this one simple fact critical to our relationsh…
 
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