Reunion Roadmap 6/25/2022 – Learning to Be A Kingdom Kid: Kennedy Rios & Susie Boyle, part 2

Everyone is a statistic. It would be best if we were all “good” statistics, meaning law-abiding, God-fearing citizens contributing to their families and communities in positive ways. However, we all fall into the category of “bad” statistics at some point in our lives, and some people never leave that category. Why is that?

In this concluding segment of our visit with Kennedy Rios and Susie Boyle, we probe into that question. Kennedy is working hard to achieve the dreams she has found for her life, but that’s not always the case for people who have come through the challenges she and her siblings have faced. What has made the difference? Kennedy offers some observations from her experience that shed light on that question.

The music of Jimmie Black and Rut Banks powerfully illustrates the life lessons we hear from Kennedy, and from Barry Phillips and David Jones. They examine the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives in a midrash they call “Let the Wind Blow Gideon.” 

How God Sorts Out His Own

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Rescuer holds a hand of a student survivor of the collapse of La Promesse College, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. UN Photo/Marco Dormino, November 7, 2008, via Flickr.

It’s easy – too easy – to write people off as lost causes when it seems that God is judging them. If it is judgment, then it may be such people are simply suffering the natural consequences of poor choices. But what if the people suffering the most are not the ones who made those choices? And what if those natural consequences doom them to make those same choices and perpetuate the cycle? Do we let them perish, or do we break into their suffering somehow, at least to ease their pain, even if they never find the path to redemption?

Numbers 13:1-15:41; Joshua 2:1-24, 6:22-25; Deuteronomy 7:1-6; Matthew 1:1-6; 2 Timothy 1:3-7 

Click here to listen to the podcast: How God Sorts Out His Own

Click here to download the transcript: How God Sorts Out His Own.pdf

Music: “Forgiveness,” Mason Clover, Perception, Abiron Records 2019. Mason Clover’s music is available at https://www.masonclover.com/

Weekly Bible Reading for June 26-July 2: Korach (Korah)

This coming week, June 26-July 2 (27 Sivan-3 Tammuz 5782), the Bible reading plan covers the portion Korach (Korah).

26 Jun Numbers 16:1-13 Jeremiah 15:1-16:21 1 Cor 3:1-23 Psalm 99:1-9
27 Jun Numbers 16:14-19 Jeremiah 17:1-18:23 1 Cor 4:1-21 Proverbs 30:1-9
28 Jun Numbers 16:20-43 Jeremiah 19:1-21:14 1 Cor 5:1-13 Proverbs 30:10-17
29 Jun Numbers 16:44-50 Jeremiah 22:1-23:8 1 Cor 6:1-20 Proverbs 30:18-23
30 Jun Numbers 17:1-9 Jeremiah 23:9-24:10 1 Cor 7:1-24 Proverbs 30:24-33
01 Jul Numbers 17:10-18:20 Jeremiah 25:1-38 1 Cor 7:24-40 Psalm 100:1-5
02 Jul Numbers 18:21-32 1 Samuel 11:14-12:22 1 Cor 8:1-13 Psalm 101:1-8

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

Reunion Roadmap 6/18/2022 – Learning to Be A Kingdom Kid: Kennedy Rios & Susie Boyle, part 1

Did you ever wonder how many children in your neighborhood might be in need of help? There are probably quite a few, signaling their needs in ways even they don’t understand. It takes some attention, compassion, and discernment to identify those signals, and then it takes courage, love, and patience, to offer help.

We heard about this in a previous Reunion Roadmap interview with Susie Boyle, Outreach Director with Fostering the Family in South Carolina. Now we have the blessing of hearing from the child Susie and her family helped. Kennedy Rios is all grown up now and pursuing a promising future in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. She’s got quite a story to tell of overcoming obstacles just to connect with the gifted, strong woman God made her to be. We get to hear some of that story in this two-part interview!

Kennedy’s story provides a powerful introduction to the discussion Barry Phillips and David Jones call “Pray.” If the prayers of our parents and grandparents have made a difference for good in our lives, what kind of difference are we making in the lives of our children and grandchildren? Will Spires and Teshuva help us process that question with their musical offerings.  

Quail Jerky and the Illusion of Abundance

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Desert Quail (Gambel’s Quail), illustration from The Birds of California, William Leon Dawson, (Los Angeles: South Moulton Company, 1923). Biodiversity Heritage Library, via Flickr..

How much do we trust God? We say we trust in Him, but how much trust do we really have when adversity comes? Maybe a better question would be, do we trust Him more than we trust in ourselves to provide the things we want when we want them? That leads to a more uncomfortable question: if God doesn’t provide in the way we expect, is He still the God we want to follow?

Numbers 8:1-12:16; Zechariah 2:10-4:7; Daniel 3:12-18; Philippians 4:12-13 

Click here to listen to the podcast: Quail Jerky and the Illusion of Abundance

Click here to download the transcript: Quail Jerky and the Illusion of Abundance.pdf

Music: “I Know Whom I Have Believed,” Hymn Collective, Gospel Light, Infinity Records 2010.

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