A Pass-Ova Mystery


The primary function of the Passover Seder is to tell the story of the exodus to one’s children. The booklet that we read during the seder is called the Haggadah, which means “telling.” As it says, “You shall tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt’” (Exodus 13:8).

Passover Guide 2014 / 5774


This guide will walk you through each day of the festival of Passover with special readings, remembrances, and observances.


First Day of Passover

Join us the morning of Passover for a liturgical service and Torah reading, the musical recital of the Hallel Psalms, the Prayer for Dew, and Messianic teaching. (There will be no contemporary service.)

Omer Count 5774/2014

OmerOmerWe will begin counting the omer Tuesday evening, April 15th.  For more information about counting the omer, click here.

Feel free to download this helpful calendar for counting the omer.

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Candlelight Resurrection Service

Beth Immanuel Resurrection ServiceBeth Immanuel Resurrection ServiceCelebrate the resurrection of our holy Master Yeshua within the Messianic Jewish tradition on Saturday, April 19. We will conclude the Sabbath of the week of Passover (Shabbat Chol HaMo'ed) with an evening prayer service, havdalah, and proclamation of the resurrection featuring psalms, songs, Gospel readings, and a special late-night meal (Melaveh Malkah) in honor of the miracle.

Service begins 8:00 PM, Saturday April 19

Seventh Day of Passover

Celebrate the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea on the seventh day of Passover. This will be a liturgical service with a Torah reading and Messianic teaching. (There will be no contemporary service.)

Meal of Messiah

On the last day of Passover, we conclude with a mysterious and beautiful custom called the Meal of Messiah. This event looks forward with a spirit of anticipation to the coming Messianic kingdom. We read selections from the Gospels, Epistles, and Revelation, rabbinic sources about the Messianic era and writings from ancient Jewish believers. We interweave these readings with Chasidic customs for the celebration of the last day of Passover.

What About the New Covenant

"I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah." (Jeremiah 31:31)

Does the New Covenant really replace the Old Covenant? Christian replacement theology is solidly based on a misunderstanding of the meaning of the new covenant. The church teaches that the new covenant cancels the Torah and God’s covenant with the Jewish people.

Israel Trip 2014

Jerusalem 2007Jerusalem 2007Dead SeaDead SeaJoin the brothers Daniel and Steven Lancaster for a study trip to Israel this fall. October 27-November 11, with First Fruits of Zion.

Hike, explore, study, and feel the land of Israel. The First Fruits of Zion
study tour is not just sightseeing and tourism. Biblical geographer Steven Lancaster (a professional educator and writer in  biblical geography and seasoned Israel tour leader) puts the Bible on the
land with a crash course in history, geography, and archaeology that spans
thousands of years and volumes of scholarship.

Galatians Sermons Online


The original sermons published in D. T. Lancaster's book  The Holy Epistle to the Galatians are back online. Dowload and listen to the entire series of 29 teachings about this pivitol book of the Bible.

The church as we know it took shape based upon a misunderstanding of Paul’s epistle to the Galatians. First Fruits of Zion takes a fresh look at Paul and his most-misunderstood epistle in this ground-breaking collection of teachings. D. Thomas Lancaster (Torah Club) makes the difficult words of Paul simple to understand in an easy-reading collection sermons on the epistle from a Messianic Jewish perspective. His careful, Jewish reading of Galatians turns Christian interpretation upside down.