Coming up this Shabbat at Ben David

April 6 - Message by Doug Friedman:sermon

Title:

“How Suffering Can Actually Be a Blessing"

God wants to bless us, but He may first have to make us suffer. Of course, none of us wants to suffer, yet we all want God’s blessings. Come this Shabbat and learn how God actually can and does use sufferings in our lives for our benefit.

Simchat Torah

September 29 - Simchat Torahtorah
The Joy of the Torah - Morning Service
Concluding the annual Torah reading and beginning anew.
Join us celebrating God's word.

Rosh HaShanah

Saturday, September 8 - Rosh HaShanah Messianic Service at 10:30am.

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Rosh HaShanah, also known as the Jewish New Year, is called in the Bible the Feast of Trumpets, or, in Hebrew, Zicharon Teruah, the Day of Memorial of Blowing.
Rosh HaShanah (literally, Head of the Year) occurs on the first day of the Jewish month of Tishrei.
Please join us for the morning service on Saturday, September 8, at 10:30am and celebrate this Biblical Holy Day and its Messianic significance.


Yom Kippur

Wednesday, September 19 - Yom Kippur Messianic Service at 10:30am:

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Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, occurs on the tenth of Tishrei, it is to be a "Shabbat of solemn rest."
Please join us for the morning service on Wednesday, September 19, for this Messianic Service at 10:30am.


Sukkot

Saturday, September 22 - Sukkot Service at 10:30am:

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Join us for a Sukkot celebration.
- Morning Service followed by Oneg in the Sukkah.


Shabbat Zachor, the Shabbat of Remembrance

On the Shabbat before Purim, Jews throughout the world will turn their attention to two special readings in Deuteronomy and Samuel, describing how the ancient nation of Amalek attacked our ancestors in the desert. These readings come before Purim because Haman was the descendent of Agag, King of Amalek.

Deuteronomy 25:17-19: “Remember what Amalek did to you by the way, when you came out of Egypt. How he met you by the way, and struck at your rear, all who were feeble behind you, when you were faint and weary; and he did not fear God. Therefore it shall be, when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your enemies around, in the land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance to possess, that you shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget it.”

Not only was the attack unprovoked, but it came at a time when the people were faint and weary. Shabbat Zachor - the Sabbath of Remembrance - is so named because we are commanded to remember the heinous deeds committed by Amalek. Our memories as victims of violence and persecution are a two-edged sword, though. We sometimes find that many of our people have accumulated emotions of hate and vengeance against whoever belongs to a nation or group which has hurt us. We sometimes hear expressions of anger, following murderous attacks. Feelings of rage and the desire for revenge are natural and understandable in moments of crisis, and one cannot be judged in his or her moment of anguish.

But it seems that this mitzvah has a different meaning, because the Torah does not “command” us to feel that which is naturally felt. The Torah does not enjoin us to love our children, for example, we do that naturally. On the other hand, it does charge us to “love the stranger.” With this commandment to remember the deeds of Amalek, Torah seems to command us to make every effort not to be contaminated by the actions like those of Amalek and the tendency to respond to violence with violence and stain our souls and minds with violence.

Our God asked to “love your neighbor as yourself” and “love your enemies” but our mind, clouded by our sinful nature, cannot comprehend the full magnitude of this commandment, thus, at least we have to remember not to be like Amalek and darken our souls by hate. Justice is enough.

Hanukkah Celebration

December 8 - Hanukkah Celebration at 4:00pmhanukkah
Come, celebrate Hanukkah with us.
- Menorah Lighhting
- Dancing
- Children’s Activities
- Dreidel Playing
- Traditional Foods
- Latkes & Sufganiyot

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no morning service.

Coming up at Ben David - Purim

March 3 - Purim Celebration:



Join us for a fun filled Purim Celebration: costumes, parade, children's program, joyful music, insightful sermon, and an Oneg with delicious hamantaschen. Purim is the last event of the biblical calendar and symbolizes the ultimate victory over evil.

Hamantaschen Baking Contest:

Bring two dozen of your homemade hamantaschen before the service to enter the contest. Prizes will be awarded at the Oneg.

Coming up at Ben David - April 14 - Yom HaShoah

With guest speaker Rochelle Dreeben author of "One Dark Night"

Coming up at Ben David

January 19 - Guest Speaker, David Rubin: guest

Former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel,
founder of "Shiloh Israel Children's Fund."

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What we believe

We believe that the Scriptures, both the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) and the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant), were fully inspired and are God's complete and final revelation to man until the Messiah returns.

We believe that God is One but has manifested Himself in three separate and distinct Persons. God is a Tri-unity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the Creator of all things. He is eternally existent, perfect in His judgments, Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient, the Sovereign Commander of the universe.

We believe that God the Son took on flesh in the Person of Yeshua (commonly known as Jesus) of Nazareth, the promised Messiah of Israel, Who was conceived by the Spirit of God and born of the Jewish virgin, Miriam (Mary). We believe in His full deity and full humanity, His sinless life, and His sublime miracles as recorded in the Brit Chadashah. We believe that Messiah Yeshua arose from the dead bodily, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for believers. He will come again in glory at a time known only to the Father.

We believe that the Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit) possesses all the distinct attributes of deity and personality and that He is active today convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and coming judgment. He calls, seals, and regenerates the believer to live a life of holiness and righteousness. We believe that, at salvation, the Holy Spirit sovereignly imparts at least one spiritual gift to each believer for the purpose of edifying and equipping the community of believers to serve Him.

We believe that man was created in the image of God but that he willingly sinned by disobeying the express command of his Creator. Since that fall, all human beings are born with sinful, corrupted natures and that they therefore sin in thought, word, and deed. Man's nature has been so infected by the fall that he is unable to choose God's provision of redemption in Messiah Yeshua by himself without the express work of the Holy Spirit to convince him to so choose.

We believe that anyone who by faith trusts Messiah Yeshua as Savior and Redeemer is immediately forgiven of sin and becomes a child of God. This salvation is not the result of any human effort or merit but it is the undeserved grace of God. Further, there is no other way of salvation apart from faith in Messiah Yeshua for any person, whether Jewish or Gentile. Messiah Yeshua died as the atonement for man's sin and all who trust in that atonement are declared righteous on the basis of Yeshua’s shed blood alone.

We believe that all those who place their faith in Yeshua are members of the universal body (community) and bride of the Messiah. This body is composed of both Jewish people and Gentiles united in Messiah. These members are under the solemn duty to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

We believe that the purpose of the local congregation is to glorify God through worship, instruction, accountability, discipline, fellowship, and outreach. Its eldership is open to men who fulfill the qualifications for elder as set forth in the Brit Chadashah. The Scriptures encourage the active participation and regular assembly of believers in the local body.

We believe that Israel was created by God and remains His chosen people, distinct within the body of Messiah, called by Him to be a holy nation and a kingdom of priests. The election of Israel is irrevocable. Jewish believers in Yeshua therefore have a unique twofold identity: they are the spiritual remnant of physical Israel and, at the same time, part of the body of Messiah.

We believe that the Abrahamic Covenant is an irrevocable, unconditional covenant God extended through Isaac and Jacob to his descendants, the Jewish people. This covenant provides title to the land of Israel for the Jewish people and promises a descendant, the Messiah, who would someday come to redeem Israel and bless the entire world.

We believe that both Jewish and non-Jewish believers have the freedom in Messiah to maintain any aspects of the Laws of Moses that the Lord leads them to do. Salvation does not, and never has, come from keeping these Laws.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all believers and non-believers. Believers will be resurrected to enjoy eternal life with God. Non-believers will be resurrected to experience eternal suffering and separation from God.

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