Much More Than A Number

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The key element of Les Misérables may be the struggle of Prisoner 24601 to regain and restore his identity as the man Jean Valjean. (Image via Les Misérables on Twitter.) 

There is a kind of peace that surpasses all understanding. That kind of peace is linked inextricably with identity. Is that why the enemy of our souls seeks to remove our identity from our existence?

Genesis 41:1-44:17; 1 Kings 3:15-4:1; Ezekiel 20:33-38; John 17:13-18; Romans 12:14-21; Philippians 4:4-7

Click here to listen to the podcast: Much More Than A Number

Click here to download the transcript: Much More Than A Number.pdf

Music: “Who Am I?,” Colm Wilkinson, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Les Misérables, Original London Cast Recording, First Night 1985.

Weekly Bible Reading for December 5-11: Vayigash (And He Drew Near)

This coming week, December 5-11 (1-7 Tevet 5782), the Bible reading plan covers the portion Vayigash (And He Drew Near).

05 Dec Genesis 44:18-30 2 Samuel 10:1-11:27 Mark 6:1-13 Psalm 35:17-28
06 Dec Genesis 44:31-45:7 2 Samuel 12:1-13:19 Mark 6:14-29 Proverbs 7:1-5
07 Dec Genesis 45:8-18 2 Samuel 13:20-14:33 Mark 6:30-44 Proverbs 7:6-23
08 Dec Genesis 45:19-27 2 Samuel 15:1-16:14 Mark 6:45-56 Proverbs 7:24-27
09 Dec Genesis 45:28-46:27 2 Samuel 16:15-17:29 Mark 7:1-23 Psalm 36:1-12
10 Dec Genesis 46:28-47:10 2 Samuel 18:1-19:8 Mark 7:24-37 Psalm 37:1-11
11 Dec Genesis 47:11-27 Ezekiel 37:15-28 Mark 8:1-21 Psalm 37:12-22

The complete annual Bible reading plan for 2021-22 (Hebrew year 5782) is available at this link:

Reunion Roadmap 11/27/2021 – Exploring Stilled Spirits with Hayley Chase

How many people walk away from our congregations and fellowships because they don’t feel welcome? Probably more than we are comfortable admitting. It’s not that we intend to exclude people, but our cultural programming doesn’t have much room for those who deal with anxiety, depression, chronic illness, and many other conditions that make it difficult to fit in. This is something we address as we conclude our conversation with Hayley Chase. 

Extending welcome from hearts of compassion is a big part of what our Heavenly Father intends. That’s an aspect of our life in Yeshua that Barry Phillips and David Jones discuss in the second half of their midrash on the Plumb Line of Righteousness. It’s also what we hear in the music of our special guest artists Teshuva and Mason Clover.

Check out Stilled Spirits, the Facebook group Hayley hosts that is “meant to be a place where we can share our hearts with honesty.” Stilled Spirits is designed primarily for women who struggle with depression and/or anxiety, but others are welcome.

Click here to listen and download: Reunion Roadmap 211127

Prayers of A Good Hearted Woman

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For as long as men have sought good times over quiet homes, good-hearted women have quietly waited for them to come home, and fervently prayed for them to come to their senses. (Photo by Nenad Stojkovic, August 31, 2017, via Flickr.) 

When God said it is not good for man to be alone, was He thinking that men might benefit from female companionship, or that they might not survive without it?

Genesis 37:1-40:23; Amos 2:6-3:8; 1 Samuel 25:1-44; Matthew 1:1-17, 15:21-28; Galatians 5:19-23; James 5:16

Click here to listen to the podcast: Prayers of A Good Hearted Woman

Click here to download the transcript: Prayers of A Good Hearted Woman.pdf

Music: “Good Hearted Woman,” Waylon Jennings with Willie Nelson, Wanted! The Outlaws, RCA Records 1976. Listen to the song at this link:

Weekly Bible Reading for November 28-December 4: Miketz (At The End Of)

This coming week, November 28-December 4 (24-30 Kislev 5782), the Bible reading plan covers the portion Miketz (At The End Of) and Chanukah.

28 Nov Genesis 41:1-14 1 Samuel 30:1-31:13 Mark 2:1-17 Psalm 32:1-11
29 Nov Genesis 41:15-38 2 Samuel 1:1-2:17 Mark 2:18-3:12 Psalm 33:1-11
30 Nov Genesis 41:39-52 2 Samuel 2:18-3:39 Mark 3:13-35 Psalm 33:12-22
01 Dec Genesis 41:53-42:18 2 Samuel 4:1-5:25 Mark 4:1-20 Psalm 34:1-10
02 Dec Genesis 42:19-43:15 2 Samuel 6:1-7:17 Mark 4:21-41 Psalm 34:11-22
03 Dec Genesis 43:16-29 2 Samuel 7:18-9:13 Mark 5:1-20 Psalm 35:1-10
04 Dec Genesis 43:30-44:17 Zechariah 2:14-4:7 Mark 5:21-43 Psalm 35:11-16

The complete annual Bible reading plan for 2021-22 (Hebrew year 5782) is available at this link:

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