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Author: Justin D. Elwell

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Messiah in Life is hosted by Justin D. Elwell, Th.D., Messianic Rabbi at Messiah Congregation in New Hartford, New York. Specializing in biblical ethics and theology, Justin draws from a variety of Jewish, Messianic Jewish, and Christian sources to aid the listener in applying the full counsel of God’s Word to life, by faith in Messiah Yeshua/Jesus. New programs every week. Visit for articles, videos, and other features.
85 Episodes
The Merciful Lord and the Unforgiving ServantForgiveness is a vital, and central practice of the messianic faith. How great a debt have we been forgiven? What should such forgiveness foster in us? In this episode of Messiah in Life, we consider forgiveness, and the dynamic of it in the human relationship; as well as how unforgiveness impacts our life and the lives of those around us. References: Matthew 18:21-35; Matthew 6:14-15; Matthew 5:23-24; 1 John 1:9; James 2:10. 
"Then who is my neighbor?" The heart of the question leading to the Parable of the Good Samaritan is: who am I responsible for? Messiah answers in the most profound way, demanding a response on our part. In this episode we consider this well-known parable, and the penetrating twist Messiah Yeshua/Jesus uses to challenge His audience. Reference: Luke 10:25-37. 
The parable of the talents. What do we learn from this parable? How are we to occupy until His return? What do we do with what has been entrusted to us? Can we find any rabbinic parallels to this parable? Do you fear the Lord to the point of inactivity? He has not called you to that, but to stewardship of what He has blessed you with! Reference: Matthew 25:14-30. 
In this episode we consider the parable of the Fair Employer. How has Madison Avenue changed our experience in corporate worship, and in the harvest fields?References: Matthew 20:1-16
What do we do when we find ourselves down in the bottomlands, deep down in the valleys of life? Give a listen. References: Zechariah 1:3. 
In this episode we consider two parables, the contemptible friend and the corrupt judge, and the lesson Messiah is teaching us in these unusual parables. Is God a bad friend? Is He a corrupt judge? We will consider the lessons and meaning of these two parables for application to our lives today. Reference: Luke 11:5-10; Luke 18:1-8; Luke 5:17-25; Luke 17:12-19; Mark 10:46-52. 
When is a story just a story? How were parables used by Messiah Yeshua/Jesus, and his contemporaries? Are they meant to be mysterious? Or were they doing something else for the listener? We will answer these questions and more in Part 1 of Messiah and the Parable. 
Of Ashes and Shoelaces

Of Ashes and Shoelaces


Can we find purpose in the mundane acts of every day life? Certainly! In this episode of Messiah in Life, we look at two verses of Scripture speaking to seemingly minor acts that had big impacts. References: Leviticus 6:1-6; II Timothy 4:13. 
The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule


The Golden Rule, Matthew 7:12. Easy to say in part, but difficult to do in practice. We take a look at the meaning and purpose of the Golden Rule, and its historic setting. Reference: Matthew 7:7-12; Leviticus 19:18, 34. 
Passover: Gratitude

Passover: Gratitude


The Passover Seder can seem overwhelming, until you look at the heart of it. We were slaves, now we are free. We were afflicted, but now we are healed. We were separated, now we are together. We are here, next year may we be there. Gratitude. References: Matthew 26:17-30; Deuteronomy 15:12-15; Malachi 3:10; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 
In this final episode on Galatians, we unpack the heart of Paul's theological argument concerning the gospel, the marks of circumcision, and bearing the brand of his Master in his flesh. Galatians 6:1-182 Corinthians 11:22-28
In this episode we unpack the heart of Paul's theological argument concerning the gospel,  walking in the Spirit, and avoiding the legalistic traps of the flesh. Reference: Galatians 5; 1 Corinthians 7:17-24. 
In this episode we unpack the heart of Paul's theological argument concerning the gospel and a call to maturity. . References: Galatians 4:1-31. 
In this episode we unpack the heart of Paul's theological argument concerning the gospel, faith, hearing, works, and Torah. References: Galatians 3:1-29. 
The Ones We Embrace

The Ones We Embrace


Due to illness, enjoy this short episode, we will return to the Galatians study next week.The Lord said of Abraham, "Abraham my friend." Then, Yeshua/Jesus calls His disciples friends. What do we learn from this?References: Genesis 17:1; Isaiah 41:8; John 15. 
Paul's defense of the Gospel. In Galatians chapter 2, we consider the Paul's developing argument, his position, Paul and Peter's dispute, and the primacy of the Gospel. References: Galatians 3:28-29; Galatians 3:6-9; Galatians chapter 2.  
Paul's defense of the Gospel. In Galatians chapter 1, we consider the Paul's opening argument, his position, and the historical background of this important epistle. References: Galatians 3:28-29; Galatians 3:6-9; Galatians chapter 1. 
The Shepherding Lord

The Shepherding Lord


BONUS EPISODERecorded for Messiah Congregation's Livestream Shabbat Service, this message looks at the relationship between shepherd, friend, companion in faith. References: Psalm 23; John 10:11; John 15:12-15; Deuteronomy 31:8; Matthew 28:20; John 14:6. 
Forever O Lord 20

Forever O Lord 20


The Goal of the Torah: MessiahReferences: Romans 10:1-13; Jeremiah 31:31; Matthew 5:17-18; 
Forever O Lord 19

Forever O Lord 19


Paul and the Torah: Who was Paul, and what did he say about his life? In this episode of Messiah in Life, we consider Paul and the Torah.Reference: Acts 28:16-23; Philippians 3:3-11; Acts 22:3; Acts 23:6; Galatians 3:14; Acts 15; Acts 21:20-24; Romans 3:31; Romans 10:4. 
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