Bo 2018-19

If there’s one thing lacking in the believing body today, it’s strength to stand against that which is evil in modern culture. The focus of this year’s teaching on Bo is just this idea, how we can be strong in this world. Topics under this theme include the Hebrew root for “burnt offering,” Pharaoh’s four […]

January 13, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Va’eira 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun for this Torah cycle’s study of parshah Va’eira. Our topics include fire and water and several of God’s names, including El Shaddai, Elohim, and the holiest name of God. Visuals: Va’eira 2018-19.pdf Medios Visuales: Vaerá 2018-19.pdf

January 6, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Shemot 2018-19

After a brief introduction to the Torah portion, we pause to compare Abraham to Jacob, finding lessons for how God works in our lives according to how He worked in the lives of these patriarchs. We go on to look at the important Hebrew word “Horeb,” the name of the mountain context for God’s revelation […]

December 30, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayechi 2018-19

We begin our discussion of Torah portion Vayechi by looking at Pharaoh’s one big mistake and drawing a life lesson from it. We then focus on the wonderfully complex pictures revealed in the lives of Ephraim and Manasseh. Lastly, we explore within Jacob’s deathbed blessings for the 12 brothers, drawing lessons for us today from […]

December 23, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Mikeitz & Vayigash 2018-19

We begin this combined teaching on Torah portions Mikeitz and Vayigash with a few thoughts connected to experiencing Chanukah in the Land of Israel. We then briefly summarize Joseph’s genius as he provides the opportunity for his brothers to repent. Finally, we explore several teaching points from Joseph’s story with an emphasis on seeing Yeshua’s proper position […]

December 16, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayeishev 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun as two of our members, Nate Gurnish and Brandon Rose, fill in for Grant who is away in Israel. Nate and Brandon share their thoughts on Torah portion Vayeishev, the beginnings of one of the longest stories in the entire Bible, the story of Joseph. Visuals: no visuals Medios Visuales: 

December 1, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayishlach 2018-19

At the end of Jacob’s wrestling match in portion Vayishlach, God changes his name to “Israel.” Why, then, does the Torah often continue to call him “Jacob”? In this week’s teaching, we talk about this question and discuss 6 important principles gleaned from this patriarch’s famous contest with the God of the universe. Visuals: Vayishlach […]

November 25, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayeitzei 2018-19

After a brief overview of the main topics in Vayeitzei, we explore the curious Aramaic word “memra” which occurs in the ancient Aramaic translation of this parshah and which John makes reference to in his gospel. Moving on, we reflect on Jacob’s interactions with the character named “Red” and a new character named “White.” Lastly, […]

November 18, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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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 – […]

September 16, 2018 in Audio by

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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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