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We welcome you to worship and learn with us at Bet Shalom Messianic Congregation.

We gather together weekly for Hebraic worship, Biblical teaching from the Hebrew perspective, Messianic Dance and caring fellowship.

We look forward to seeing you!
Rabbi Amnon & Rebbetzin Lynette Shor

SATURDAY SHABBAT SERVICES

Messianic Lifestyle Class - 2 PM
In the Oneg Hall
Shabbat Service - 4 PM
In the Sanctuary
Oneg after Shabbat Service
In the Oneg Hall

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MT OLIVE CHURCH
101 W Clinton Avenue
Fresno CA 93705

between Palm and Fruit Avenues
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Bet Shalom Messianic Congregation
5132 N Palm Avenue PMB 101
Fresno, CA 93704

PHONE:
559-288-0330
EMAIL:
betshalom@betshalomfresno.org

THANKSGIVING

When Leah gave birth to Judah she said, “This time I will give thanksgiving unto the Lord; therefore she called his name Judah” (Genesis 29:35) – from the Hebrew Y’hudah, The Lord be praised. Biblically, names do far more than designate. They invest the person with a quality that defines their very essence and purpose for being. When Leah called her son Judah she was declaring praise and thanksgiving to Adonai for this child.

Because we desire to be people of the Word, we speak and sing blessings, thanksgiving and praise each Shabbat … when Shabbat candles are lit, for Kiddush (blessing to Adonai for the fruit of the vine), the HaMotzi (blessing to Adonai for the Challah). We also say blessings to Adonai for special seasons on the annual calendar … during Pesach (Passover), Yom Teruah (Day of the Sounding of the Shofars), and other holidays. And we always sing songs of praise and thanksgiving to Adonai.

There are so many blessings. There are blessings from the moment we awake – “Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, for having restored to me my soul.” In the Jewish tradition there are one hundred blessings that may be recited every day. At least one hundred times each day we may emphasize not what we are missing but are grateful for what we have.

Thankfully … others have incorporated this idea into their traditions as well. The pilgrims who came to the American shores were steeped in the knowledge of the Bible. In 1621, when the colonists in Plymouth Massachusetts survived a harsh winter and were blessed with a bountiful harvest, they recalled the Torah holiday of Sukkot and in imitation celebrated the first American Thanksgiving. The requirement to acknowledge received blessings, without taking them for granted, should certainly be recognized as basic civilized behavior. And yet the concept that stands in direct opposition to it seems to have become the guiding principle for so many in contemporary societies.

Someone once said, “Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” On a simple level, have you noticed how infrequently one hears the words “thank you” today? That’s because whatever courtesy you may extend to others, no appreciation is deemed necessary because, after all, they’re entitled. The media advertising tries to instill in us the assumption that “you deserve the best”. The message  proclaimed tries to condition us into believing we are so perfect already we shouldn’t have to struggle for anything. Many in the American culture have learned to ignore the harsh reality that we must earn our portion in life rather than having it come to us as a God given right, without work or effort. We have become ungrateful.

The hardest math to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. Yet the Bible is full of blessings, of thanksgiving and praise to God. In Tehillim (Psalms) 100:4 we are commanded to “be thankful to Him and bless His name.”

So no matter what we have, whether it is small or great, let us remember to always give thanks to our God. Ya’acov (James) 1:17-18 says: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.”

Let us remember Leah. She chose “This time I will give thanksgiving unto the Lord.” And let us also remember that Yeshua, the Author and Receiver of our praise and thanksgiving has won the battle for us: “… the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:5b)