Reunion Roadmap 1/15/2022 – Pursued to Redemption: Mark Randall’s Story, part 1

In a sense, we are all caught in a spiritual prison. Our hearts are incorrigible, and thus our Creator has turned us over to the consequences of our own misdeeds. That’s where we would remain had our Creator not determined to bring us out of that dark place. This is the story of redemption – we didn’t earn it, but God offers it anyway, even when we don’t realize there’s a better alternative to our current circumstances, nor understand how to find that alternative.

This is the story of Mark Randall’s life. One might say he was doomed from birth to a lawless life of darkness, but God would not leave him to that fate. How that happened is the subject of our lengthy interview with Mark. Over the next six shows, Mark explains how he exchanged the life of an incorrigible criminal to one of a redeemed servant of the Most High. 

Redemption is the motivation for the praise we will sing to our God and King when He completes His work of restoration on this earth. That’s the topic Barry and David explore in their midrash, “We Will All Worship,” and of our musical selections by Teshuva and Will Spires.

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Faith Without Hats

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Boy Playing on Beach with Pail and Shovel. Photo by Chris McBrien, June 5, 2011, via Flickr.

What is our real motivation for following God? Do we really want to be His people, or is there some hidden motive – a motive we even hide from ourselves?

Exodus 13:17-17:16, Judges 4:4-5:31; Genesis 22:1-19; Matthew 14:22-33; Luke 18:1-8; John 6:60-70, 20:19-29; Philippians 3:17-21

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Music: “Out to Sea / The Shark Cage Fugue” (From Jaws), John Williams, John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection, Sony Masterworks 2017.  

Weekly Bible Reading for January 16-22: Yitro (Jethro)

This coming week, January 16-22 (14-20 Shevat 5782), the Bible reading plan covers the portion Yitro (Jethro).

16 Jan Exodus 18:1-12 2 Kings 11:1-12:21 Luke 5:33-6:5 Proverbs 10:25-32
17 Jan Exodus 18:13-23 2 Kings 13:1-14:22 Luke 6:6-19 Psalm 55:1-8
18 Jan Exodus 18:24-27 2 Kings 14:23-15:38 Luke 6:20-36 Psalm 55:9-17
19 Jan Exodus 19:1-6 2 Kings 16:1-17:23 Luke 6:37-49 Psalm 55:18-23
20 Jan Exodus 19:7-19 2 Kings 17:24-18:12 Luke 7:1-17 Psalm 56:1-13
21 Jan Exodus 19:20-20:17 2 Kings 18:13-19:19 Luke 7:18-35 Psalm 57:1-11
22 Jan Exodus 20:18-26 Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:6-7 Luke 7:36-50 Proverbs 11:1-8

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

Becoming Little Donkeys

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Pinocchio and his friend Lampwick are transformed into donkeys in the Land of Toys.
Illustration by Carlo Chiostri from a 1902 edition of The Adventures of Pinocchio: The Story of a Marionette by Carlo Collodi, via Wikimedia Commons

Human beings made in the image of our Creator are supposed to resemble our Creator in the way we think and act, but more often than not we tend to think and act like beasts. There is hope, though: our Creator makes a way for the redemption of beasts.

Exodus 10:1-13:16; Numbers 18:1-20; 1 Samuel 1; Isaiah 43:3-4; Jeremiah 46:13-28; Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:1-9; Luke 2:22-24

Click here to listen to the podcast: Becoming Little Donkeys

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Music: “Carnival of the Animals – 8. Persons with Long Ears” and “14. Finale”, Camille Saint-Saëns, Karl Böhm: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Prokofiev: Peter & The Wolf; Saint-Saëns: Carnival Of The Animals, Deutsche Grammophon 1974. 

Weekly Bible Reading for January 9-15: Beshalach (When He Let Go)

This coming week, January 9-15 (7-13 Shevat 5782), the Bible reading plan covers the portion Beshalach (When He Let Go).

09 Jan Exodus 13:17-14:8 2 Kings 3:1-4:17 Luke 3:1-20 Psalm 51:1-19
10 Jan Exodus 14:9-14 2 Kings 4:18-5:19 Luke 3:21-38 Psalm 52:1-9
11 Jan Exodus 14:15-25 2 Kings 5:20-7:2 Luke 4:1-15 Psalm 53:1-6
12 Jan Exodus 14:26-15:26 2 Kings 7:3-8:29 Luke 4:16-30 Psalm 54:1-7
13 Jan Exodus 15:27-16:10 2 Kings 9:1-37 Luke 4:31-44 Proverbs 10:1-8
14 Jan Exodus 16:11-36 2 Kings 10:1-36 Luke 5:1-16 Proverbs 10:9-16
15 Jan Exodus 17:1-16 Judges 4:4-5:31 Luke 5:17-32 Proverbs 10:17-24

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

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