Letter from Pastor Nick Plummer
As I am writing this newsletter, I am still recovering from celebrating Hanukkah. What a celebration we had with special music videos, dances, latkes, doughnuts, the lighting of candles, etc. The true meaning of Hanukkah is the re-dedication of the temple after it was defiled and how a small group of Jews overcame Hellenism. I have always believed that a church is where you gather to do spiritual exercises (public reading of scriptures, prayer, and worship). The historical and prophetic significance of Hanukkah needs to be understood by both houses of Israel (Judah and Ephraim) and with others as well. One-third of our Bible is made up of prophecies and that is because it is a way that God can prove himself, when they come to pass. Only God can predict the future and make it come to pass. In 2 Peter 1:20 it says, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” Among many eschatological movements; there are studies of what events must take place before the return of Yeshua. I would have to agree with the importance of this subject. What we really need to be studying is what the people are doing in the last days. I basically find two classes of people and one consists of those that are consumed with fear and the other class is encouraging the fearful. In 1 John 4:18 it says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” Our modern-day media and even our own government will use fear to control the masses and then get what they want out of it with selfish motives. When we love The Father and know that He always loves us, then we can really love one another. We let the spirit of fear come in and it literally cripples us and we become unproductive. In 1 Timothy 1:7 it says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” We have to constantly be asking ourselves, am I serving and loving others? If we are not, then we need to ask why? I have discovered that when I am not feeling creative, I need to do a personal audit. Sometimes it could be physical challenges like lack of sleep or poor eating habits. Lack of creativity can be mental anguish or the stress of life. If the creator created us in His image then we should be creative. The enemy wants to steal our creativity because Satan cannot create anything. I can testify that exciting things are happening at Beit Tehila and we are witnessing the restoration and the regathering of the whole House of Israel. I want to personally thank all of you that give to this community through your financial giving and serving throughout all of our ministries. Thanks again for sharing the vision of Beit Tehila. Together we can build a strong community and raise up the next generation.
Shalom, Pastor Nick
I am happy to announce that on our Monday night service
(Torah study), we will be having everyone in small groups with a
facilitator. I will not be leading a small group but I will be organizing them. The small groups will allow us to get to know each other and make the Torah study more personable.
Every facilitator will be giving out an outline each
Monday for the study of the weekly Torah portion and their responsibility is to get everyone to participate. All those that will be in the small group are required to read the Torah portion for that Monday night before they come into the group.
Another requirement is that you have to change to another facilitator the following week. What we would like to accomplish is to find the heart of that Torah portion and how it is applicable to us today. At the end of Monday night, we will have one representative from each group that is not the facilitator and their share what was discussed. I am truly excited about this new change and we will gladly ask for some positive feedback as we move forward.
Our first small group meeting will be on December 31st and discussing the Torah portion “VA’ERA/And I appeared” (Exodus 6:2-9:35). I would also advise you to read the first Torah portion in the book of Exodus “Shemot/The Names” (Exodus 1:1-6:1) so that you are well informed and prepared. I am so looking forward to this new opportunity to rediscover the Torah together as a community.
01/05/2019 | Tevet 28
Va’era | “And I Appeared”
01/12/2019 | Shevat 6
Bo | “Enter / Go”
01/19/2019 | Shevat 13
B’shalach | “When He Let Go”
01/26/2019 | Shevat 19
Yithro | “Jethro”
Isaiah 6:1–7:6, 9:5–6