A Necessary Reminder

He left 99And so He told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the other ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he puts it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance should do once gathered.” (Luke 15:3-7 NASB)

Grazing Safely

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“Stray Lamb,” Richard Ansdell, courtesy of The Border Collie Museum, used by permission. “The Good Shepherd – John 10:1-16,” Jesus Mafa, Cameroon, 1973, Vanderbilt Divinity Library.

We know that our Redeemer promises to gather his scattered sheep. What we do not know very well is what those sheep should do once gathered.

Ezekiel 34:1-24; John 10:1-16

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Music: “Sheep May Safely Graze,” J.S. Bach, U.S. Air Force Concert Band, Legacy: The Music of Chief Master SGT. Lawrence Odom, United States Air Force Band, 2020.

Special thanks to Sarah Kellam for preserving and promoting the artwork of her great-great-grandfather, Richard Ansdell RA, at http://www.richardansdell.co.uk.

Special thanks also to Carole Presburg of the Border Collie Museum (http://www.bordercolliemuseum.org/) for permission to use Richard Ansdell’s painting, “Stray Lamb,” and for inspiring the opening line to this podcast.

Weekly Bible Reading for May 23-29: Beha’alotcha (In Your Going Up)

This coming week, May 23-29 2021 (12-18 Sivan), the Bible reading plan covers the following portions.

Beha’alotcha (In Your Going Up)

23 May Numbers 8:1-14 Isaiah 39:1-40:31 Acts 27:9-26 Psalm 94:1-23
24 May Numbers 8:15-26 Isaiah 41:1-42:25 Acts 27:27-44 Psalm 95:1-11
25 May Numbers 9:1-14 Isaiah 43:1-44:28 Acts 28:1-31 Proverbs 27:1-7
26 May Numbers 9:15-10:10 Isaiah 45:1-47:15 Romans 1:1-32 Proverbs 27:8-14
27 May Numbers 10:11-34 Isaiah 48:1-49:26 Romans 2:1-29 Proverbs 27:15-21
28 May Numbers 10:35-11:29 Isaiah 50:1-52:15 Romans 3:1-31 Proverbs 27:22-27
29 May Numbers 11:30-12:16 Zechariah 2:10-4:7 Romans 4:1-25 Psalm 96:1-13

The complete annual Bible reading plan for 2020-21 (Hebrew year 5781) is available at this link:

Reunion Roadmap 5/15/2021 – with Special Guest Pete Wilson

At what age do young people become capable of understanding complicated biblical themes? Maybe at the same age they are assaulted by the hard things of life that could plague them into adulthood – things like sex, drugs, gender confusion, and all the other areas of life under assault by the relativistic culture of our day. Pete Wilson might say that it’s not really a question of whether teenagers can grasp complicated subjects, but which approach to those subjects they will adopt. Thus the real question is how they can be helped into choosing the right approaches that will equip them to be image bearers of Messiah Yeshua, the King Redeemer we also know as Jesus Christ.

In this final episode of our conversation with Pete, we hear how he has dealt with this specific challenge to youth ministry. It’s why he is willing to engage them with heavy topics like systematic theology, making it relevant to their young lives. It’s also why he meets them where they are to help them deal with the challenges they face, such as pornography (for which he has found a powerful resource called Fight the New Drug (https://fightthenewdrug.org/). This is what has made Pete an effective youth minister at Founded in Truth Fellowship.

In a real sense, Pete is breaking down barriers that hinder inter-generational communication. This is an aspect of what Barry Phillips and David Jones talk about in their midrash, “Breaking Boxes.” This is a process that requires love and forgiveness, two topics Mason Clover and Will Spires explore in song.

To find out more about Founded in Truth, visit the website at: https://foundedintruth.com/.

Click here to listen and download: Reunion Roadmap 210515

Climbing Up the Mountain

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Rappelling at Yonah Mountain, Georgia, with Florida State University Reserve Officer Training Corps. (Albert J. McCarn, May 4, 1980.)

A Crisis of faith happens when situations confront us that demand we follow through with what we say we believe, or back away from it. It’s really that simple, until we’re in the crisis – and unless we have walked out our faith day by day, it’s uncomfortably possible that we might not come through with our faith intact.

2 Kings 4:8-37; Mark 9:14-29; John 11:17-27

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Music: “Climbing Up the Mountain,” Morris Brown Quartet, Tell the World, Suncoast Music, 2015 (originally recorded 1939).