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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Update from one of Tikvat's Shaliachim (Missions) in Jerusalem... CONTINUED FROM EMAIL...

The story continued from email ...

"And so began the search for Yeshua. As his final exams were getting close, Mordechai reached out to the congregations in Jerusalem to see if anyone would talk to him about Yeshua. Only our ministry responded.

Mordechai and our Shaliach meet three times a week, each time for several hours discussing, arguing, reading, studying the Scriptures. As his faith grew in Yeshua, he also felt more uncomfortable in the Yeshiva. So he quit his job with Chabad and began sharing his faith with his family and with some of his fellow yeshiva students. Mordechai wants to be immersed and to go on to study in a Bible College to become a Shepherd in Messianic Judaism. His dream is now to plant a congregation in a Jewish neighborhood and create a community of Jews and Gentile followers of Messiah. A nice dream to be sure. Our Shaliachim can assist in getting Mordechai a scholarship to study at a Bible College. We cannot provide meaningful employment in Jerusalem due to the pandemic and lockdowns. Mordechai has no further income from Chabad as he has left that position. So it is time for the Body of Messiah to step up and be counted.

We need to provide Mordechai with a basic salary to survive in Israel for six months. As Acts 2vs42 says, "They devoted themselves to the Apostles' teaching, and to fellowship and to the breaking of bread and to the prayers."  So during the 6 months before Bible College, Mordechai will be immersed, he will join the Messianic community, he will continue to learn the Gospels, the Bible and make the connections between the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Mordechai also needs to meet other believers, both Jewish, and Gentile (including Arab believers). We will teach him the prayers, both liturgical and personal (although he does that already)."

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Friday, November 6, 2020

Post-Election Anxiety Stress Disorder Syndrome

There is a new diagnosis out now for people who are psychologically stressed out with anxiety, fear and lack of sleep, and other symptoms. Like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder we now have Post-Election Stress Disorder!  Many people are feeling this because this election has been so hotly contested, the country has been so divided politically for years, and the record number of turn out all proves that tensions are exceedingly high in this race.  Power and control are at the center of this.  People want certain power and control within the government.  At least they want their "man" to be the one in the Oval Office.  Many Americans right at this moment are enraged at the way this election has been handled. There are stories of corruption, poll authorities refusing to allow legal poll watchers from witnessing and preventing fraud during the count. Other stories of mysterious caches of ballots appearing out of nowhere (after the deadline of election day) and every single one suspiciously just happens to be a vote for only one candidate. And many other testimonies of ballots without certified signatures and even ballots cast from deceased and illegal aliens, and even pets!  There appears to be a lot of fraud going on! This is what has so many people stressed out!  So how should Messianic believers handle this situation?

        First, we need to be reminded about what the Word of God says about these matters.  When it comes to power and control from a spiritual perspective, we see that those who vie for these things are engaging in witchcraft.  Witchcraft really is all about power and control and taking whatever means to acquire it.  One of the most sinister Biblical figures who practiced witchcraft is Jezebel.  When you see lies and fraud like this, you are seeing the Jezebel Spirit at work!  Messianic Rabbi Curt Landry defines the Jezebel Spirit this way, "The Jezebel spirit attacks governmental leaders—both men and women. It wants to steer groups of people, usually those who are for God’s Kingdom prospering, away from their destiny. It uses the role of leadership to control and manipulate behind the scenes. You see this same behavior in Queen Jezebel as she manipulated King Ahab."1  This election, just like any election is about power and control, however, there are fair and Godly ways to go about the transfer of power.  The Spirit of Jezebel, however, does not settle for that, that spirit acquires it stealthily and through intrigue, and deception. 

Recall what Jezebel did...

1 Kings 21 Now it came about after these things that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, next to the palace of King Ahab of Samaria. 2 Ahab spoke to Naboth saying, “Give me your vineyard, so I may have it for a garden of herbs, since it’s right next to my house. I’ll give you a better vineyard than it in exchange, or if it seems better to you, I’ll give you its price in money.”

3 But Naboth said to Ahab, “Adonai forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers.”

So Ahab went into his house sullen and resentful because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him, when he said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.” He lay down on his bed, turned away his face and would eat no food.

5 Then his wife Jezebel came to him and asked him, “Why is your spirit so sullen that you are eating no food?”

6 Then he told her, “Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite and asked him: ‘Give me your vineyard for money, or if it pleases you, I’ll give you another vineyard for it,’ but he answered, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’”

7 Then his wife Jezebel said to him, “Now, do you really govern the kingdom of Israel? Arise, eat some food, and let your heart be merry! I will get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.” 8 So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, sealed them with his seal and sent the letters to the elders and the nobles who were living with Naboth in his city. 9 She wrote in the letters saying, “Proclaim a fast and set Naboth at the head of the people. 10 Then seat two sons of Belial before him, and let them testify against him saying, ‘You cursed God and the king.’ Then take him out and stone him to death.”

11 So the men of his city—the elders and the nobles who lived in his city—did just as Jezebel had bid them, just as was written in the letters that she had sent to them. 12 They proclaimed a fast then seated Naboth at the head of the people. 13 Then the two worthless men came in and sat before him, and the worthless men testified against him, against Naboth, before the people saying, “Naboth cursed God and the king!” Then they carried him out of the city and stoned him to death. 14 Then they sent word to Jezebel saying, “Naboth has been stoned and is dead.”

15 Now when Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, Jezebel said to Ahab, “Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite which he refused to sell you for money—for Naboth is not alive, but dead.” 16 As soon as Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite to take possession of it.

        What does the Bible say about giving false testimony?  What do we know about fraud and forgery?  Notice how Jezebel's plot involved the forgery of her husband's signature.  Notice the false testimony she arranged with the "worthless men"; and notice that this whole plot even involved murder!  This Jezebel spirit stops at nothing to get what they want, and it NEVER plays by the rules. Jezebel's plot eventually failed, she was killed and stomped underfoot by the horse of Jehu, and the dogs ate her flesh. What is the lesson for us?

        God sees everything.  There is no fraud, there is no corruption, there is no criminal activity that Hashem fails to notice.  Yeshua said, 

"For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor secret that shall not be known and come into open view." (Luke 8:17). 

We all can take comfort in knowing that no matter what happens, even with this election, God will avenge His enemies. We do not have to worry.  Our Messiah also encouraged us with these words, 

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as dovesBut beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and flog you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings because of Me, as a witness to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you should say, for it shall be given to you in that hour what you should say. For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you." (Matt. 10:16-20). 

We have the Ruach Hakodesh, with us to take a stand against that Spirit of Jezebel.  This is a Spiritual Battle we are in; our lives are all one big Spiritual Warfare.  We must fight in the Spirit, through prayer, fasting and proclaiming the Word of God, and counting on the Ruach to give us the exact words to say at the exact time they should be said. 

We are His servants, and we stand for righteousness.  We do not condone fraud, forgery, and false testimony on either said of the political spectrum, Conservative or Liberal.  Do not be worried, do not fear and do not let your heart be troubled by what you are seeing. Our God will have the ultimate victory, let your faith be your comfort and your sight!  Amen.

Rabbi Eric 

 

 1 “Jezebel Spirit in Men,” Curt Landry Ministries (blog), February 27, 2020, https://www.curtlandry.com/jezebel-spirit-in-men/.

 


Friday, September 11, 2020

Introducing the Shabbos Table Project & Light to the Nations

Shalom,

I would like to introduce you to a new campaign I am excited to be embarking on.  Don't worry, it's not political!  Nor am I running for any office!  I think we are all tired of "campaigns" in that sense.  No, it is a campaign to repair and revive the American Family Unit!  It is commonly known among believers that over the last 7 decades the American Family has been under assault from all kinds of attacks to erode morality, family-values, the Bible, God, faith, creationism, and everything that promotes pro-American values and citizenship, and the Constitution of the U.S.  

The attack has been a strategy of loosening moral norms in our society with "revolutions" of open sexual relationships without any boundaries (immorality and whatever feels good is engaged and celebrated).  Since the '60s we've introduced the summer of free love, removed prayer and the Bible from ever being mentioned in our schools, (taught our children they evolved from monkeys), changed our laws to encourage an increase of divorce rates, (in the past adultery was ILLEGAL), not anymore most all States in the Union are all "no-fault" States.  Even sodomy was illegal at one time and still is, but those laws are all ignored.  We've murdered our own children in the millions, destroyed the value of fatherhood, removed our mothers from the home by making it economically impossible to survive without them working full time and either having 2 incomes or at least collecting child support, we've increased dependence of the government just to eat... (we've seen since COVID, the effects of this when schools were shut down, millions of American children were going hungry without school-supplied breakfast and lunch).  Speaking of schools, American Civics hasn't been taught in our educational system for at least a generation!  American children and high school, and even college graduates do not even know the basics of the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence anymore!

So is it any surprise that our cities are now burning down by "peaceful protesters"?  

As a Messianic Jewish believer, and a rabbi, I see it as my job to encourage the family any way I can, not only for Messianic Jews in my own community - but as an American, a spiritual leader, and one who speaks to the Christian Gentile Church - we have a strategy to restore our families first!  Once the American family is restored, then I believe we will begin to see a restoration of our nation.  

How can this happen?  Messianic Jews have a little secret that we can share with our Gentile Christian brothers.  We have something hidden, that most believers do not know or understand.  It is a spiritual tool and a strategy that is quite practical, and it is so simple that if a family devotes itself to it, and also making it fun and a new family tradition, it can and it will transform our families from being a group of people who just roommate with each other under the same roof; ignoring each other while our faces are buried in tiny little screens of light from devices that we pull out of our pockets; into a real family that actually interacts deeply with each other, and wants to spend time together.  What is this tool, you ask?  It is called a "Shulcan" - or in English... a Table.

Yes, a Table.  Now don't roll your eyes at this post just yet.  Hear me out.  Don't think I'm meshugganah just quite yet!!!

You see the Table was something all families had at one time.  We all still have the physical table, but we are rarely using it the way a Table should be used.  Therein lies the key to understanding this little secret we have.  You see, around the early '50s, with the advent of the TV, and the frozen TV dinners, (and fast-food joints) American families began to change the way they spent time together and the way they ate their meals and the way they interacted with each other through communication and strengthening family relationships and bonds.  Children learned to love and respect their parents, at the Table.  At the Table, families shared with each other about their day, they laughed with each other and they interacted with each other in deep and meaningful ways.  Each family developed their own traditions, (similar to the concept of Thanksgiving), everyone tries to sit down at the table for turkey and "the fixins"; but even that is no longer sacred with the advent of "BLACK FRIDAY".... now many American families just order "take out" for Thanksgiving! Oy!

The sacredness of The Table, and how it is used has been virtually, totally lost and we've paid a heavy price for that!!!

So, this brings me to the campaign.  I have had a ministry since 2011, called Light to the Nations.  It wasn't much, just a little ministry where I would reach out to Christians and share the Bible with them from a Messianic Jewish perspective.  Now, however, there has been such a shift in the American culture, our society is so divided over our values and our norms and our Biblical way of life, that I feel now very strongly that I need to take what I know, to be the secret strategy to keep the family strong and share it with EVERYONE!

So, I have decided to call it, "THE SHABBOS TABLE PROJECT".  American Jews, who are at least the tiniest bit observant all have this special table.  Even if they never use their tables all week long, there is at least one night out of the week, where the entire family gathers around that table for dinner, and it is special.  Like Thanksgiving, its a holiday every Friday evening.  No distractions, no cell phones, no interruptions.  The family starts by mom lighting candles, (yes candlelight dinner!), it improves the ambiance and sets the mood for the specialness of this family tradition.  Songs are then sung with joy, even families can clap their hands.  Some special prayers are recited for thanking God for our family and for this special time.  After that, the special meal is shared and there's no rushing away, nowhere to go, and no time limits, the family can enjoy their meals together and making this a new family tradition.

My campaign is to go online, on Shabbat (Friday evenings) for about 30 minutes, and teaching families the "How To's" of starting this little Shabbos Table Project together so that they can begin to do it on their own.  I want to give them the knowledge and the tools to use their Shabbos Table properly, and to maximize its effects on your family.  Imagine all your kids getting excited all week long for Friday night at home with their own family!  Imagine what it would feel like to have Thanksgiving every Friday night, with the whole family actually "WANTING" to be together!  Can you imagine the kind of impact on the way your family starts to relate to each other?  

Now, I'm not going to lie to you.  It may sound simple, have dinner on Friday night, right?  Not so.  There are always distractions and "other things" that pull your family apart.  The teenagers want to go out with their friends.  Dad would rather watch the game on TV!  Your wife may not want to do any cooking on Friday due to just being tired from working all day, Dad too!  There is always some kind of opposition to this - be prepared for that.

It is NOT easy to start new family traditions.  Mom and Dad have to be dedicated and in agreement that this is an effort to use their Table to strengthen their family.  It can be done.  You start out with "baby-steps".  Perhaps, you can't do it every week?  That's ok, once a month is better than nothing!  But just starting is the step in the right direction.

The Shabbos Table Project also has a dual benefit.  Not only are you investing in your family and strengthing it...but you are leaning to do something that really pleases God, and that you are commanded to do!  What is it?

It is learning how to sanctify the Sabbath!  Yes, how to initiate, sanctify, and start the Sabbath by separating it from the rest of the week!  This is actually commanded in the Bible.  But most Christians have lost all connection to what a Sabbath really is!  I will teach you "HOW TO" do the Sabbath with your family, I will encourage you with a short word to spiritually prepare you for the special time together over your meal.  I will teach you some prayers and songs.  Your whole family can learn together...and eventually, you won't need me anymore at your Shabbos Table, eventually, your family with grow in the tradition hopefully, feel the benefits, and do it all on your own one day.  Even if you're single, you can get your friends together to do this as well!  Anyone, couples without children are also encouraged - better to start now creating your family tradition BEFORE you bring the kids into the picture!

That's it.  The Shabbos Table Project.  So, how do we get in on this?

Go to my website www.L2N.org and scroll down to the banner that says Shabbos Table Project, click it and learn more, and how to register and start participating with me.  

This campaign begins Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, @ 6:46 PM.  EST (18 minutes before sundown), you can log in and I'll be there with you at your Shabbos Table!

There are instructions and even some guides on how to prepare on the website.  Please, check it out!  Please also pray for this effort.  Pray that it is effective and that many families will be strengthened and restored, the benefits are infinite for generations to come.

Thank you so very much,

Rabbi Eric  

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Mandatory Mask Announcement


Gov. Dewine's New Executive Order

Tue, 7 July 2020
15th of Tamuz, 5780
From the Elders of Tikvat Yisrael:


Attention: All Members & Friends of Tikvat Yisrael,

Due to Gov. Dewine's order today, making the wearing of masks mandatory in Level 3 virus affected areas, and the recent increase in cases of Covid-19, we believe the best way to protect our Tikvat family and visitors that choose to attend is to now require all members to wear a mask.  

There are still many members with current health issues--and we understand and support you and your decision to remain at home at this time.  Again your health is our main concern.  
While the mask is an inconvenience, we are thankful we can continue to meet. Social distancing of 6-feet does not completely protect us in closed area for 90-120 minutes where the germs linger in the air.  

With that said, we believe following this key recommendation of several health organizations and some common senses-with help to insure the safety of everyone who attends.   We continue to pray for the Lord's mercy on Tikvat, Cleveland, our nation and the world-and we look forward to moving to a less restrictive time.

Am I my brother's keeper?   Gen. 4:9

Thank you for all your prayers and support.
Sincerely,  

Board of Elders: Dr. Larry & Cheryl Morrison, Rabbi Elliott & Nancy Katz, Joyce Iammarino, Rabbi Eric & Gisela Lakatos
Tikvat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue
9319 Mayfield Rd.
Chesterland, OH. 44026


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

2ND CAR ACCIDENT FOR EVA!


From Chery Morrison (Eva's grandmother):
Cheryl here: 
      My granddaughter, Eva & my daughter Lauren were just in a car accident!!  Both cars were totaled. Coming off a bridge, Lauren went through a light she swears was green. Witnesses were half & half on whether it was green or red. Lauren got sited! The guy she hit was a young man who had no license & tested positive for drugs & alcohol. He’s in jail. Lauren thinks her sternum is cracked. They can’t fix that. It just has to heal, but painful. Air bags went off, of course. Eva is ok, but the will be talking to her Trauma team & she has to go to the hospital every week to have her liver checked. Thank God her tube didn’t get jerked out of her liver! The car they were in, my son-in-law just got to replace the one from Eva’s accident.  Please pray for both of them & that this guy sitting in jail.

We’ve all had enough!! I believe this is Satan. Truly I do!


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Post from Pastor Tim Walker, Church Alive Cleveland OH.

A lot of people are sending me videos of nationally respected leaders asking "every church to open their doors immediately." Some members are upset and threatening to go somewhere else, if we don't open our buildings by Pentecost Sunday.
Trust me; I understand the frustration and probably want to resume corporate worship more than most anyone else in our congregation. BUT...I'm accountable to God for making decisions that are in the best interests of the whole congregation; not just me, or the few most vocal members.
As I've been praying about it, I've borrowed some suggestions and wisdom from other Pastors, combined them with my own thought process and want to give you a few things to consider.
1. This is one of the most difficult decisions we as Pastors will ever have to make.
The timing of when and how to open our buildings is without a doubt the most grueling decision I've ever had to grapple with. There is no instructional manual and none of us have ever led through a global pandemic before. We love our people and have to consider the strongest and the weakest among them. We also have to consider those who are young and healthy as well as those who are older, sickly, or have compromised immunity. We also have to live with the long-term consequences of every decision we make. I've labored in prayer ever since this began, seeking God continually for guidance and direction. I'm very confident most others local Pastors have as well. No one wants the local church to succeed more than we do. Please give us the liberty to lead and prayerfully follow us.
2. While I appreciate national church leaders and try to support them and glean from them, they do not have the right or authority to speak on behalf of the local church. They don't know our people, our circumstances, or the challenges of our situations.
Pastoring a large congregation, or being on national television doesn't make you an international spokesperson for the Body of Christ. It's the local pastors who marry, counsel, bury, advise, wipe away the tears, visit the hospitals, pray for, and walk with people through life; not television personalities who don't know your name or your kids names, and are so insulated if you're lucky you can get an autograph but won't ever have their phone number.
I love them, and they create great opportunities for us, but they don't know our specifics, they don't have to manage our resources, and don't have to deal with the repercussions of our decisions. They do not speak for me or most other local Pastors.
3. Don't compare your church’s decision with that of other churches. Each church is unique in size, layout, staffing, age demographics, and resources. One size doesn't fit all. What may work brilliantly for one could be disastrous for another. No one knows your church and its members like your Pastors and leaders. Different areas of the country have had different levels or exposure to this virus. What is right for a rural area, may not be right for an urban area. The population density is different, the laws are different, and the rate of exposure is different. Your pastors have to make these decisions considering all of these factors and more. Pray for them, support them, offer to help them, and most of all trust them!
4. Support your church during the transition. While we are waiting for the right timing, please support your Pastors and your local church. It's estimated that at least 30% of congregations under 100 adults either will not re-open, or will not survive through the end of the year. Don't allow your church to be a casualty. Your community needs the voice and the ministry of the local church. Don't allow it to be silenced! The global church will prevail, but the success of the local church depends on OUR faithfulness. Support it with prayer, finances, service, and loyalty. Check on your Pastors and leaders. They are carrying a massive load and every prayer, offering, or word of encouragement matters...it really does!
5. Even if you disagree with their timing for reopening, stand in unity and don't allow the enemy to bring strife, confusion, or divisiveness. Our nation has increasingly become more polarized over the past 15 years. The media, politics, social media, the internet, pride, and most of all, spiritual distancing...yes, spiritual distancing...(my new term for those who have continued to neglect their walk with God and have instead chosen to live in the flesh), have created massive disunity in the body of Christ. Don't fall for it! Protect your heart, your relationships, your values and don't trade gold for brass!
Choose love over hatred...trust over suspicion, grace over judgment. Give your Pastors, leaders, and other believers the benefit of the doubt. They're not perfect and they're going to make mistakes. Allow them a safe place to grow and learn as well. They really are trying to do what's best for you!
6. When your church does re-open live services, please ATTEND, serve, give, connect to a group or a team. Sunday services are not for entertainment purposes...they're for ministry. Get involved in the ministry of your church.
We will re-open our buildings as soon as we feel services can be held in a safe and secure environment. Until then, let's plaster social media with the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and let's remain focused on what's really important.
Just a few thoughts from a tired, frustrated but determined Pastor.
P. Tim

Monday, May 4, 2020

New Eva update from May 2, 2020


SITREP: Eva Jeffery.
Saturday May 2, 2020. 3:00pm
C. Mo. - Morrison Family PIO
Direct communication copied and pasted from Lauren.
—-> Eva is out of surgery with 6 liters of fluid drained off her abdomen. Picture that in pop bottles which are 2 liter bottles! She will feel like a new person. These will now be sent off to see what the blood/bile ratio is. We will now watch to see if there is any more bile leakage which could mean that there is still a little bowel leak somewhere. The blood was old blood that was from the original injury. There was no new blood! Praise God for this! The liver has clotted nicely. We Will now just watch fo new bile! God is good! Thank you for continued prayers!
Also from Eva's grandmother...
Cheryl Sanger-Morrison We really haven’t had a big update. Still in Intensive care. They were keeping close check on her fever. She has some tubes back in, but they tell us this is not unusual. Of course they are closely watching all of her internal injuries, & we are praying for no more internal bleeding. Thank you so much for your prayers, & caring enough to ask! ❤️


Last message from my daughter Lauren. Now waiting through the day. Yes, they are actually thinking of Cleveland Clnic Main Campus if the do this surgery. They are the only ones who can do this procedure for pediatrics.
Lauren’s message: So here I sit as the unknown unfolds yet again, knowing the Lord has his hands on this decision as well and I am meant to go along for this roller coaster ride, hang on and have faith. Eva might be transferred to Cleveland clinic today for yet another surgery. She is doing so much better, but they still feel that her bowel is perforated some where sending out that nasty bile. I’m not sure when they say the clinic if they mean in Cleveland or here in Akron? When they do Grand Rounds with her team of doctors I’m sure we will find out more. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. I know the Lord is working hard as I see it every day! Thank you and love to all!