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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 43

7/17/2019
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Continuing with Paul’s Corinthian congregation, in his second letter he reaffirms his leadership and authority under Messiah (2 Cor 3:1). Consider that the congregates were primarily Jewish under a system that built fences around the Torah and who knew the Torah from a “letter of the law” perspective in contrast to the new teaching about the “spirit of the law”. In this message to the Body of Messiah, Rabbi Steve Berkson breaks down some of the difficult concepts from the apostle Paul that...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 42

7/10/2019
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Is the wearing of a headscarf (or kippah for males) what is being discussed in 1 Corinthians chapter 11? Why does Paul talk about headship or authority structure in 1 Corinthians chapter 11? What does it have to do with drinking of the cup and eating the bread? How does it connect to being covenanted? Rabbi Steve Berkson dissects this controversial chapter and brings clarity to the real meaning of headship and authority structure of the Body of Messiah. Don't miss out on new teachings every...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 41

7/3/2019
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In one of his letters to the Corinthians Paul talks about the cup that Yeshua gave to his disciples and said, this is my blood of the renewed covenant. (1 Cor 11:25) Why was Paul talking about this cup? What does it have to do with the covenant? What was the issue in his congregation? What does “immersed into Mosheh (Moses)” mean? To get to the understanding of 1 Corinthians 11: 25, Rabbi Steve Berkson backs up to chapter 10 in order to gain the contextual framing necessary to understand the...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 40

6/26/2019
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** Due to technical issues, the audio is not as it should be in this teaching. ** On what issue do Christians and those who are Messianic Torah Observant agree? How did Abraham obey Torah before Mt. Sinai? (Genesis 26:4-5) What is the whole point of Torah observance? When Yeshua gave his disciples the bread and wine, saying this is the new covenant in my blood, did He start the ritual called communion? What did Yeshua mean when He cried out “It is finished!”? Moving into the Brit HaDashah...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 39

6/19/2019
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What are the “shepherds” spoken about in Jeremiah 23? Why were they given a scathing rebuke? What’s the difference between esteeming self and self-esteem? How does discouragement, worry and stress relate to the covenant? Ezekiel chapter 37 talks about the prophet speaking to dry bones–what is this about? Rabbi Steve Berkson brings clarity to the redemption and reconciliation found in the covenant. Don't miss out on new teachings every week. You are welcome to post your comments and please...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 38

6/12/2019
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Is Jeremiah 31:31 talking about a “new” covenant or a “renewed” covenant? Why? When Torah was given at Mt. Sinai, what was that symbolic of? What does that make us as a group? Is there a clue as to what covenant is being talked about in Jeremiah 31? Has this “new covenant” already happened? Why or why not? What does the existence of the Earth, Sun, Moon and stars have to do with the covenant? Why does Jeremiah chapter 3 say the Ark of the Covenant will not be built again or remembered? Rabbi...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 37

6/5/2019
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What does it mean to “come to Him”? What is our part? What is His part? Is King David from long ago coming back to life to reign in Israel again? When was “The Covenant” in effect? With whom was it made? How are teachers different from prophets? When it comes to His commandments, statutes and ordinances, are you observing and keeping them, or are you guarding them? Are there “Gentile Believers”? Who are the “sons of the foreigners” spoken of in Isaiah 56? How does one “join themselves” to...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 36

5/29/2019
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Why does God allow suffering, pain and misery on this Earth? How has the law been “changed”? What was it that caused the Great Flood cleansing the Earth of mankind? Why was Noah preserved? What is the “plan of redemption”? What is a remnant? In this episode we are going to the book of the prophet Isaiah where we will begin to understand the effect of covenant breaking on the Earth. Don't miss out on new teachings every week. You are welcome to post your comments and please click on the...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 35

5/29/2019
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The faith/belief/trust we as humans profess in something that is greater than ourselves ultimately boils down to relationship. This relationship is being one with our Creator, our Father and our Messiah, in the context of or vehicle known as “covenant.” For this reason, to learn about this covenant is critical to the health of the relationship both vertical (with the Creator) and horizontal (with each other). In this episode Rabbi Steve Berkson lays out more to learn from Proverbs chapter 5...

Duration:01:07:28

Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 34

5/15/2019
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In Proverbs 5:6 we see the “strange woman” described as unstable. What does it mean to be unstable? How is faith related to stability/unstability? How is wisdom related to being stable or unstable? Rabbi Steve Berkson continues the theme of covenant with our Creator being connected to wisdom, knowledge and understanding in how we keep that covenant as he digs deep into the concept of “unstable” and “doubleminded”, taking us to James chapter 1 and 2 Peter 3:14-18. Then be ready for a pop quiz...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 33

5/8/2019
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The prophet Jeremiah was given some severe words to speak to the people concerning how they were behaving while being in covenant with their Elohim. They were living in the land and claiming Yahweh to be their Elohim yet, at the same time, living according to the idolatry of the nations around them, but thinking they were doing it unto Yahweh. Yahweh said no more! “Why should my beloved be in my house? She has done wickedness with many.” (Jeremiah 11:15) Rabbi Steve Berkson points out from...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 32

5/1/2019
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What kind of relationship do you think you have with our Creator? Do you believe you are “in covenant” with the Almighty? What are the two things needed to have the correct relationship with YHVH? What determines whether or not you have a relationship with Him? Proverbs 5:5 talks about a “strange woman” and how “her feet go down to death”–what meaning could be gotten by “her feet” in this passage? What kind of possession would be worse that being demon-possessed? What does the word “brutish”...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 31

4/17/2019
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What is significant about a “teacher’s wisdom”? (Proverbs 5:1) Who (or what) is this “strange woman” we find in Proverbs 5:3? Yeshua talked about the “leaven of the Pharasees”–what was that? How many people does it take to “make peace”? What does it mean to validate each other’s position and feelings when dealing with conflicts in relationship? Why does Yaakov (James) call his readers “adulterers and adulteresses”? (James 4:4) Rabbi Steve Berkson continues with the topic of how wisdom,...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 30

4/10/2019
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Going to the book of the prophet Amos, chapter 5, we are staying with the topic of how wisdom, understanding and knowledge relate to keeping covenant with the Almighty. In this episode Rabbi Steve Berkson continues looking at the references of “wormwood” to discover the relevance for you today. Then from “wormwood” we get the word “bitter”. Rabbi Steve takes us into Isaiah 5:20-21 and James chapter 3 so we might understand what the word “bitter” is referring to. Related Teachings can be...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 29

4/3/2019
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Continuing on our journey through the book of Proverbs we are staying with the topic of how wisdom, understanding and knowledge relate to keeping covenant with the Almighty. In this episode Rabbi Steve Berkson continues looking at the references of “wormwood” to discover the relevance for you today. We also discover that a majority of what we read in the writings of the Apostles (New Testament) can be found as having already been said and written about in the Tanak (Old Testament). Rabbi...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 28

3/27/2019
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Continuing on our journey through the book of Proverbs, we are staying with the topic of how wisdom, understanding and knowledge relate to keeping covenant with the Almighty. In the last episode Rabbi Steve Berkson took us down a “Rabbi Trail” to look at the words “discretion” and “wormwood”. In this episode he continues looking at the references of “wormwood” to discover the relevance for you today. Who are these “evil shepherds” Jeremiah spoke of? (Jeremiah 23:1-2) What does Yahweh...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 27

3/20/2019
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Continuing on the relationship between wisdom, knowledge and understanding and keeping covenant, Rabbi Steve Berkson uncovers valuable understanding regarding discretion and the word “wormwood” and its connection to keeping covenant. Related Teachings can be found here, http://mtoi.org/learn_with_us/learn_with_us.shtm • Making Decisions…the reason you exist • Understanding the Ruach/Spirit • CC101: Discovering Your Identity • Do Not Do As They Do Don't miss out on new teachings every week....

Duration:00:56:43

Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 26

3/13/2019
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Why should you be careful and reluctant when trying to get someone to follow your position on an issue? What group of people do you not want to be a part of? Who are those who have “eaten the bread of wrongdoing, and they drink the wine of violence”? What is the “violence” that is referred to here? The Apostle Paul wrote about the Body of Messiah needing teachers, (Eph 4:11). What kind of teacher was he talking about? What two concepts has mainstream Christianity combined to make one...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 25

3/6/2019
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Why are people referred to as “children” in scripture? e.g., Children of Israel We are instructed to “not forget” and “don’t turn away” from the Father’s discipline–how do we keep from doing these? Why do some “turn away” from the words of Elohim? How are some people today “disempowered”? From where does understanding come? Why is wisdom referred to as a “crown”? We know the Shema (Deut 6:4) is “hear and do”, but is there another understanding we can add to it? Going deeper into Proverbs 4,...

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Covenant Community 101: Are You Covenanted? Part 24

2/27/2019
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Hoping to get through more than seven verses this time, Rabbi Steve Berkson continues teaching in Proverbs about wisdom, knowledge and understanding and how they relate to keeping covenant with our Creator. What is “cruel”? How is it related to “perverse”? What do these have to do with Covenant-Life? Do you see yourself as cruel or a fool? No? Are you sure? What has to happen before understanding opens itself up to you? What is it you identify with/as? What should you identify with/as?...

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