Toldot 2018-19

We begin this cycle’s parshah Toldot teaching with a brief look at how the Torah goes far beyond what a human would design for a religious book with its unexpected collections of stories and geneologies and building plans — all layered with unending levels of meaning. With that introduction, we discuss the interesting story of […]

November 11, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Chayei Sarah – 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun as we explore Torah portion Chayei Sarah, “The Life of Sarah.” This teaching starts with an admonition to guard against taking the holy for granted. Next, we explore the Hebrew word for “everything,” which, when read both forward and backward, yields a deep truth. We then move on to see one intriguing […]

November 4, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayeira 2018-19

Are Believers today really being asked to “tolerate” the homosexual lifestyle or endorse it? Did God actually tell Abraham to sacrifice his son? These are just two of the many important topics we address in this year’s Parshah Vayeira teaching. The teaching focuses on the two main subjects of homosexuality and escaping the enslavement of […]

October 28, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Lech Lecha 2018-19

Why is Abraham such a big deal in Scripture? In answering this question, we focus this cycle’s Lech Lecha teaching on the ancient Semitic blood covenant, a pivotal concept for understanding many important biblical events. As we see the blood covenant between God and a man play out over history, we begin to grasp more […]

October 21, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Noach 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun as we dig into Torah portion Noach. After a brief description of a wonderful trip to South Africa, we step into the parshah through the observation that both the names Elohim and the holy four-letter name for God occur in Noah’s story. The observation leads to a brief exploration of how God’s mercy […]

October 14, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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B’reisheet – Brad Moore and Brian Chima

In this first lesson of a new Torah cycle, members Brad Moore and Brian Chima fill in for Grant as he continues his trip to South Africa. Brad focuses our attention on the question, “What does it mean to be made in God’s image?” Brian takes as his focus the topics of sin and remembering. […]

October 7, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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The Torah Cycle – Tim Pell & Ben Alger

This week’s teaching takes the form of a discussion between two of our members on the topic of the Torah Cycle. Join us as Ben Alger and Tim Pell discuss first the historical background for this ancient “Bible study plan,” then launch into deeper aspects of communal reading of God’s Word. Topics include hunger for […]

September 30, 2018 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Yom Kippur 2018

With a bit of editing, we have managed to recover the Yom Kippur 2018 teaching from a less-than-ideal recording. Join us as we explore the intricate movements of the High Priest on this holiest day of the biblical calendar. Visuals: no visuals

September 23, 2018 in Audio, The Moedim by

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Sukkot 2018 – Adam Haynes

Join us as we explore the joyful mo’ed of Sukkot. Filling in for Grant, Adam Haynes leads a discussion about the “Feast of Booths,” the week-long appointment with God that is the culmination of the fall mo’edim. Adam’s topics include Torah commandments related to Sukkot, historical mentions of Sukkot elsewhere in the Bible including the […]

September 23, 2018 in Audio, The Moedim by

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2017, 2016 Yom Kippur Teachings

Due to a recording glitch, this year’s Yom Kippur teaching was not recorded. As with previous years, we walked through the intricate movements of the High Priest on this holiest day of the biblical calendar. Please see the following links for similar teachings: Yom Kippur 2017 Yom Kippur 2016

September 16, 2018 in Audio by

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High Holy Days Service Schedule

Join us for the High Holy Days services! Our services will be held at our normal meeting location, Riverside Alliance Church in Akron, Ohio. Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates: Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, Sept. 9, 7:00pm Erev Yom Kippur: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7:00pm Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10:00am – […]

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6 Elementary Principles – Part 4

This final lesson in the 6 Elementary Principles series will be stunningly illuminating for many who were raised in typical Evangelical churches. In addressing the last pair of principles mentioned in Hebrews 6:2 – the resurrection of the dead and aionial judgment – we re-examine foundational teachings regarding heaven, hell, salvation, resurrection, and judgment. We […]

September 9, 2018 in 6 Elementary Principles, Audio, Special Teachings by

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High Holy Days Service Schedule

Join us for the High Holy Days services! Our services will be held at our normal meeting location, Riverside Alliance Church in Akron, Ohio. Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates: Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, Sept. 9, 7:00pm Erev Yom Kippur: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7:00pm Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10:00am – […]

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6 Elementary Principles – Part 3

Join us for the third teaching in our “6 Elementary Principles” teaching series. In this teaching, we tackle the second pair of principles listed in Hebrews 6 – baptism and the laying on of hands. It is not until we have an understanding of the traditional Jewish concept of “mikvah” that clarity is brought to […]

September 2, 2018 in 6 Elementary Principles, Audio, Special Teachings by

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6 Elementary Principles – Part 2

In this second teaching from Hebrews chapter 6, we focus on the first two elementary principles of the faith: 1) repentence from dead works and 2) faith toward God. In the usual Evangelical paradigm, these two principles seem to be reversed; faith should come before repentance, belief before action. In reality, the author of Hebrews […]

August 26, 2018 in 6 Elementary Principles, Audio, Special Teachings by

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6 Elementary Principles – Part 1

This introduction to a new teaching series on elementary principles starts with another helpful illustration from the venerable “Grover’s Book of Cute Little Baby Animals.” Grover’s entry on kangaroos helps us dive into the topic of the believer’s need to purposefully move from a place of immaturity to maturity. This group of teachings will take […]

August 19, 2018 in 6 Elementary Principles, Audio, Special Teachings by

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High Holy Days Service Schedule

Join us for the High Holy Days services! Our services will be held at our normal meeting location, Riverside Alliance Church in Akron, Ohio. Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates: Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, Sept. 9, 7:00pm Erev Yom Kippur: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7:00pm Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10:00am – […]

August 12, 2018 in Audio by

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Song of Songs – Part 2

Join us as we complete our study of the “most spiritual” of King Solomon’s 3 books, the Song of Songs. We begin with an analysis of a prophetic vision of Messiah’s return at the end of the age that includes a veiled reference to the Aaronic Blessing. Then, we consider three parallel statements made by the […]

August 5, 2018 in Audio, Song of Songs, Tanakh by

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Song of Songs – Part 1

Join us as we dive into the “most spiritual” of King Solomon’s 3 books, the Song of Songs. We begin by acknowledging the intimate subject of the book; this rather plain-spoken introduction is followed by a lesson on interpreting allegory with the help of the Hebrew word “ani” which means “I” or “boat.” We then […]

July 29, 2018 in Audio, Song of Songs, Tanakh by

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Studies in Ecclesiastes – Part 4

The last 6 chapters of Ecclesiastes can be summarized by 2 main topics: 1) how to live a slightly less miserable life and 2) do what you can while you can for you will soon grow old and die. After tracing Solomon’s wisdom on these 2 invigorating topics, we once again return to the idea […]

July 22, 2018 in Audio, Ecclesiastes by

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Studies in Ecclesiastes – Part 3 – Interlude

In this “interlude” in the study of our text, we take a moment to examine a vital contrasting picture to Solomon’s confined worldview expressed in Ecclesiastes. Using Revelation 21 as our main study passage, we lay John’s soaring vision of the future New Jerusalem next to Solomon’s earth-bound portrait of reality. The Revelation New Jerusalem […]

July 15, 2018 in Audio, Ecclesiastes, Tanakh by

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Studies in Ecclesiastes – Part 2

This second teaching on the book of Ecclesiastes begins with an outline for chapters 4-6. We go on to take a closer look at a few of the many topics in these chapters which continue to demonstrate the “merely” physical life. In the second half of the teaching, we step away from Ecclesiastes to look […]

July 9, 2018 in Audio, Ecclesiastes, Tanakh by

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Studies In Ecclesiastes – Part 1

After a brief review of Solomon’s 3 writings, we dive into the book of Ecclesiastes by focusing on a critical Hebrew word in the book, “hevel,” often translated as “vanity.” “Hevel” and the important phrase “under the sun” help us to grasp the limited Ecclesiastes view of time and space. Later topics include the number […]

July 1, 2018 in Audio, Ecclesiastes, Tanakh by

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Proverbs Part 4

In this final overview teaching of Proverbs, we first identify and analyze the 3 “leading ladies” in the book, The Woman of Folly, Lady Wisdom, and The Woman of Valor. While the book has much to teach about each of these women individually, studying them together reveals deeper levels of understanding. In the second half […]

June 24, 2018 in Audio, Proverbs, Tanakh by

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Proverbs Part 3

We begin this third teaching in Proverbs by adding to our list of Bible marking symbols. We focus the remainder of the lesson on three related ideas that often appear together in Proverbs and elsewhere in Scripture, including the Apostolic Scriptures –  wisdom, understanding, and knowledge (chochmah, binah, and da’at in Hebrew). After discussing the distinctions between […]

June 17, 2018 in Audio, Proverbs, Tanakh by

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Proverbs Part 2

Three guest speakers from Beth Tikkun fill in for Grant this week while he travels to Wisconsin – Brad Moore, Brian Chima, and Ben Alger. Speaking about selected Proverbs, Brad brings insights regarding fighting temptation from Proverbs 7, Brian relates how Proverbs 10:2 offers guidance especially to those involved in sales, and Ben brings instruction […]

June 10, 2018 in Audio, Proverbs, Tanakh by

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Bible Study Rule #2 & Intro to Proverbs

This second teaching focusing on tools for Bible study is a very practical lesson on how to mark your Bible while studying. Lesson topics include the best Bible layout for note-taking and suggestions for easily drawn symbols to mark key themes. With a few introductory thoughts for Proverbs and with Bible-marking examples taken from Proverbs […]

June 3, 2018 in Audio, Proverbs, Special Teachings, Tanakh by

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Bible Study Rule #1

In this first of a multi-part teaching series on studying the Bible, we take a detailed look at a vital tool for Bible study – the menorah principle. Included in the lesson is an examination of the concepts of spirit, soul, and body, 3 kinds of “graces,” 3 kinds of giftings, and the 3 books […]

May 23, 2018 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Beth Tikkun: Core Beliefs

In this second teaching focusing on the community of Beth Tikkun, we present 8 core beliefs the elders have identified as foundational to the fellowship. After listing all 8, we focus in on the first belief, the oneness of God, using Dennis Prager’s new commentary on Exodus as a helpful resource for exploring this idea. […]

May 13, 2018 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Beth Tikkun: Past, Present, & Future

This week, we stand back to take stock of Beth Tikkun. Grant tells the story of BT’s beginnings, starting with his own decision to make HaShem the Lord of his life. While describing BT’s “present,” we draw some powerfully convicting principles from a curiously placed verse in Leviticus 23 that teaches about 3 kinds of […]

May 6, 2018 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Discipleship, Mentoring, and the Lord’s Table

This week, David Hargrave brings us a lesson from John 21 where Yeshua, after His resurrection, makes a fire by the sea and provides a meal for a group of His disciples. David draws from this account valuable lessons related to giving and receiving spiritual nourishment, including in the mentoring and corporate worship settings. Visuals: […]

April 29, 2018 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Dr. Jeff Johnson – Israel Today Ministries

This week we welcome Dr. Jeff Johnson, founder and president of Israel Today Ministries. Dr. Johnson walks us through certain aspects of the miracle that is the modern nation of Israel, focusing on the day-to-day ramifications of Israel being surrounded by enemies set on her utter destruction. Dr. Johnson also briefly describes the work God […]

April 22, 2018 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Genesis 50

Join us for this final Torah Project teaching in Genesis. We begin this lesson by noting the Jewish discomfort with Joseph’s decision to embalm his father’s body, drawing from the discussion an important principle about how we are to relate to God’s creation. We then focus on the little word “perhaps” in verse 15 that, […]

April 15, 2018 in Audio, Genesis, Torah Project by

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Genesis 49

In this Torah Project teaching, we focus on Jacob’s deathbed blessing of his 12 sons. As we explore this fascinating passage, we bring together the characteristics of the sons, the histories of the tribes descended from them gleaned from both the Scriptures and tradition, and the insights of the Jewish sages. Along the way, we […]

April 8, 2018 in Audio, Genesis, Torah Project by

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The Genesis of Passover

Join us for this special Passover Torah Project teaching. Using as our starting point the Genesis 46 record of the 70 souls who descended to Egypt, we explore the concept that Israel is formed in the womb of Egypt and birthed from that place during the Exodus. We look into how God has wonderfully hidden […]

April 1, 2018 in Audio, Genesis, The Moedim, Torah Project by

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Genesis 48a

Join us for another Torah Project teaching in Genesis. We begin this lesson by reaching back to chapter 47 to explore the idea that Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, picture Gentile believers. We then focus on an exhilarating verse from chapter 48 in which Israel says to Joseph, “I never imagined that I would […]

March 25, 2018 in Audio, Genesis, Torah Project by

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The Time for Pesach

Join us as three of our members – Brian Luton, Ben Alger, and Tim Pell – help us more deeply enter into the Passover season. Brian shares about “The Four Cups” of Passover, Ben about “Matzah, Messiah, and Me,” and Tim about Passover’s relationship to Erev Shabbat, the special time of welcoming the Sabbath on […]

March 18, 2018 in Audio, The Moedim by

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Genesis 47

We begin this Torah Project teaching by focusing on an important pattern seen clearly in both Joseph’s story and in the story of Moses, a pattern that reveals a key to God’s intimate revelation of Himself to us. We then explore the curious turn of events in which Joseph acquires Egypt’s wealth, livestock, land, and […]

March 11, 2018 in Audio, Genesis, Torah Project by

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Genesis 46

Smaller topics in this Torah Project teaching include a unique “poetic” connection between the lives of Jacob and Joseph, the question of why Jacob may have been reluctant to go down to Egypt, the symbolism of Egypt, a small verse in Genesis 46 that hints at Israel’s entire history (including the nation’s restoration through Yeshua), […]

February 25, 2018 in Audio, Genesis, Torah Project by

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Genesis 45

We begin this Torah Project teaching by exploring the Hebrew root for the word “book,” “s-p-r,” using an ancient Jewish approach for engaging the Scriptures described in a new book “Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus” by Lois Tverberg. This brief word study brings us to a link between the gem sapphire and Yeshua’s road […]

February 18, 2018 in Audio, Genesis, Torah Project by

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Genesis 38

NOTE: This post was corrected on February 14th, 2018. The audio file and visuals that appeared here prior to that date were from a previous teaching done in 2010. (Oops!) In this Torah project teaching, we discover a chapter that does not seem to belong in the narrative. In fact, if it was not there […]

February 14, 2018 in Audio, Genesis, Torah Project by

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Jim Gergon – Crossing Over

Join us for a heart-wrenching story of “crossing over” as pastor Jim Gergon shares his life journey. It is a story of a deep darkness that God masterfully floods with healing light by leading Jim time and again to the edge of the river and giving the choice: “Are you willing to cross over again?” […]

February 11, 2018 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Genesis 43b-44

This Torah Project teaching begins by looking back to an interesting message contained within Genesis 43 verse 30. We find there the biblical Hebrew word that comes closest to our English word “emotion,” “nic’meru,” from the root “comer.” This amazing root yields a collection of meanings that, together, form a deeply instructive picture of the […]

February 4, 2018 in Audio, Genesis, Torah Project by

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I Also Send You – David Hargrave

Join us as our brother, David Hargrave, introduces his important work to the congregation. Asking to come under the spiritual authority of the Beth Tikkun elders, David and his wife Krista have now brought their ministry under our shepherding care. After being commissioned by the elders on behalf of the congregation, David shares about his […]

January 28, 2018 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Genesis 43a

In this Torah project teaching, we begin by comparing the 3D Magic Eye pictures (a type of stereogram) to the Word of God. During the discussion, we review the “top 20” parallels between Joseph and Messiah, and we briefly address the question of how we can trust the insights of a Bible teacher who purports […]

January 21, 2018 in Audio, Genesis, Torah Project by

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Genesis 42

Join us for another Torah Project teaching, this time centered on food. This first look at Genesis 42 begins with a connection to the Apostolic Scriptures that deepens our understanding of true “food,” spiritual food, with a further insight into the true famine of our times. We then look at the wonderful Hebrew word for […]

January 7, 2018 in Audio, Genesis, Torah Project by

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Q&A 3

Join us as we take a break from the Torah Project teachings and answer four important questions: 1) Jesus came to start what new religion? 2) What does the Wilderness always symbolize? 3) What do the Scriptures, religion, theology, and the mitzvot all have in common? and 4) When did “the church” begin? Included in […]

December 31, 2017 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Judah and Joseph

In this Torah Project teaching, we closely compare and contrast the two brothers Judah and Joseph, finding in them pictures of the “outer” and the “inner” person, the seen and the unseen. As we explore in this way, we gain understandings into the human condition since we are each composed of physical and spiritual elements. […]

December 24, 2017 in Audio, Genesis, Torah Project by

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Hanukkah 2017

Join us as we celebrate the Feast of Dedication together with our new host congregation, Riverside Alliance Church in Akron, Ohio. Helpful for both the Hanukkah novice and veteran, this teaching focuses on the Hanukkah-related Jewish expectations of Messiah’s self revelation. It all starts with an evil ruler and the desecration of twelve very special […]

December 22, 2017 in Audio, The Moedim by

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Genesis 41b

We continue Joseph’s incredible story in this Torah Project teaching, furthering our list of Messianic parallels seen in Joseph’s life story. We begin with a verse that establishes a turning point in Joseph’s life that points to Messiah’s return after 2 thousand years of physical absence. Moving on to yet another pair of dreams (Pharaoh’s), […]

December 17, 2017 in Audio, Genesis, Torah Project by

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