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“Shmini” – and the Passover week – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for an two-part look at this week’s Torah portion, associated with both “Shmini,” (Lev. 9-11) and the issues surrounding the week of Pesach/Passover.

This time the Erev Shabbat overview includes the story of Aaron’s sons Nadav and Abihu, their offering of “strange fire,” and subsequent deaths, as well as the necessity to discern the difference between the clean and the unclean.

SSM Shmini 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week starts with the importance of that discernment — between the “holy” and downright abominably “profane” — and explores the reason why “Easter” can NOT be pleasing to Him, whether we feel good about pagan traditions or not.  Turns it, it really IS a matter of “life and death.”

“Shmini – the Eighth day and a pagan ‘goddess’ ”

“Mishpatim” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for another two-part look at this week’s Torah portion (parsha “Mishpatim”, Exodus chapters 21 through 24).

The Erev Shabbat overview covers the parsha with more <em>mishpatim </em>than any other in Scripture, and provides some understanding as to why this portion, which follows immediately on the heels of the “Ten Words/Commandments” is so fundamental.

SSM Mishpatim 2017

There’s a reason Mark says again that Mishpatim is his favorite Torah portion to TEACH (OK – actually, several reasons)…and this will make them clear:

The Sabbath Day teaching is entitled,
“Human Nature and the CHOICE of Freedom”

“Vayeira” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a look at one of the most overwhelmingly “packed” of all the paraschot in Scripture:
Vayeira (Genesis chapters 18 through 22).

From the vist of YHVH and His messengers to Abraham in the desert, and the bargaining over 10 “tzadikim” (righteous men) to save Sodom and Gomorrah, to Lot’s rescue, through the story of the Akeida (‘binding’ of Isaac) — this one overflows with important information.

SSM Vayeira 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching asks more questions than it tries to answer, but the lessons are more important now than ever.

LOT:   Is he the ‘Best Man in a really Bad Place,’
— or —
just your Average Christian?

 

 

 

 

 

“Noach” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Noach” (Bereshiet/Genesis 6:8 through 11:32).

  • Note: These are available every Shabbat during the on-line services at 6:30 PM Mountain Time, and the Sabbath Day teaching broadcast live via links in both Paltalk and Shoutcheap.

The Erev Shabbat teaching covers two of the most well-known stories in the Bible, from the Flood of Noah to the tower of Babel. But the Big Question comes from the reference in Matthew 24:36 — just what does He mean by “as it was in the days of Noah” — and, ‘are we there YET?’

SSM “Noach” 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching compares the “days of Noah,” and the promises of Isaiah chapter 54 into 55, and the ‘covenant of peace’. This Torah portion also describes one of the biggest “cycles” in Scripture, too:

“No clearer choice EVER”

 

 

“Ekev” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Ekev” (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25).

  • Note: These are available every Shabbat during the on-line services at 6:30 PM Mountain Time, and the Sabbath Day teaching broadcast live via links in both Paltalk and Shoutcheap.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching this week again emphasizes what He does: Because you are obedient, these things will come to pass! But He again emphasizes that it is vital that we “shemar”, or “hear AND obey” His statutes, judgments, commandments, and instruction.

SSM Ekev 2016

 The Sabbath Day teaching summarizes what sounds like “Torah 101?…why we who are trying to “come out of” a ‘church’ that centuries ago descended into idolatry (and if that is at ALL unclear, THIS parsha will dispel any doubt!) should expect to be “tested”.

Most importantly, when things come increasingly to a head, why we must “be still and KNOW” that He is YHVH:
How to be “without excuse,” and why NOT to

“V’etchanan” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “V’etchanan” (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11).

  • Note: These are available every Shabbat during the on-line services at 6:30 PM Mountain Time, and the Sabbath Day teaching broadcast live via links in both Paltalk and Shoutcheap.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching this week emphasizes what He does: that we are to hear and obey and keep and DO His “statutes, judgments, and commandments”.

SSM V’etchanan 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching begins with the concept that THIS parsha is arguably THE single teaching from the Torah that might be called the “GoTo Parsha” for those who ask key questions as they attempt to “come out of” the world’s Whore Church.
“Keep My commandments – and DO!”

 

“Matot/Masei” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha ‘double-portion,’ “Matot/Masei” (Numbers chapter 30 through the end of the Book).

Note: These are available every Shabbat during the on-line services at 6:30 PM Mountain Time, and the Sabbath Day teaching broadcast live via links in both Paltalk and Shoutcheap. (see links page)

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching this week begins one of most important admonitions in Scripture — especially when, as now, it is so widely violated: DO all that proceeds out of your mouth; keep your vows. Can you IMAGINE what a land like that might look like?

SSM Matot/Masei 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching attempts to connect a WHOLE lot of dots! The foundations ARE being destroyed. Vows no longer mean, well, squat. What are the ‘righteous’ to do?
“Vows, Farce, and the Chosen Delusions”

“Balak” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Balak” (Numbers 22:2 through 25:9).

  • Note: These are available every Shabbat during the on-line services at 6:30 PM Mountain Time, and the Sabbath Day teaching broadcast live via links in both Paltalk and Shoutcheap.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching this week is unique among the stories in the Torah for several reasons, including the fact that it focuses not on Moses, Aaron, and the ‘children of Israel,’ but two pagan characters, Balak and Balaam. But their connections to “kol Israel ” then and ‘Scattered Israel’ NOW are too important to overlook.

SSM Balak 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching starts where the story seems to leave off. There are truly “tough choices” ahead, and the pitfalls associated with “Baal Peor” haven’t changed much, either.

“Balak? Or Barak?

 

“Chukat” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Chukat” (Numbers chapter 19 through 21).

Note: These are available every Shabbat during the on-line services at 6:30 PM Mountain Time, and the Sabbath Day teaching broadcast live via links in both Paltalk and Shoutcheap.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching describes what has been called THE most “enigmatic mystery” [‘chuq’ or “statute”] in Scripture:

Just what is that red heifer thing all about?

But it turns out that’s just the beginning of the story!

SSM Chukat 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching takes a look in detail into why “mysteries” — or statutes — that might seem confusing, or downright uncomfortable, have been claimed “done away with” instead!
“The Red Heifer — and Other Uncomfortable Mysteries Left Ignored”

Mark Call – “Kedoshim” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa from the mountains of southern Colorado for a look at this week’s Torah portion, “Kedoshim,” from Leviticus 19 and 20.

What the heck does it mean to be “holy”?

First, the Erev Shabbat teaching, where that question is answered directly, from “beginning to end” of the parsha.  And, this week, current events are a major part of that story:

Kedoshim SSM 2016

 

During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark is even a bit more blunt than usual, because the topic demands nothing less. Sometimes if we desire to understand what it means to be “set apart”, it’s very helpful to know, “from WHAT?”

“Practical Holiness”

 

And the urgency has never been more obvious.