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

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

Weekly Bible Reading for June 19-25: Sh’lach L’cha (Send For Yourself)

This coming week, June 19-25 (20-26 Iyar 5782), the Bible reading plan covers the portion Sh’lach L’cha (Send For Yourself).

19 Jun Numbers 13:1-20 Jeremiah 5:1-31 Romans 13:1-14:12 Psalm 96:1-13
20 Jun Numbers 13:21-14:7 Jeremiah 6:1-30 Romans 14:13-15:13 Psalm 97:1-12
21 Jun Numbers 14:8-25 Jeremiah 7:1-8:22 Romans 15:14-33 Proverbs 29:1-7
22 Jun Numbers 14:26-15:7 Jeremiah 9:1-10:25 Romans 16:1-27 Proverbs 29:8-14
23 Jun Numbers 15:8-16 Jeremiah 11:1-12:17 1 Corinthians 1:1-17 Proverbs 29:15-21
24 Jun Numbers 15:17-26 Jeremiah 13:1-14:22 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Proverbs 29:22-27
25 Jun Numbers 15:27-41 Joshua 2:1-24 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 Psalm 98:1-9

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

Coping with Unfair

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Sad little boy. Photo: David Shankbone, May 2009, via Flickr.

It is inevitable that we encounter undeserved adversity. That’s been part of human existence for as long as anyone can remember. We can’t eradicate unfairness, which means we have a choice: we can complain and make ourselves more miserable, or we can bear it as best we can while finding a way to grow through it.

Numbers 4:21-7:89; Judges 13:2-25; Genesis 6:5, 9:8-16; Matthew 1:18-25; 26:36-39; 1 Corinthians 2:14-16; Ephesians 5:21-33

Click here to listen to the podcast: Coping with Unfair

Click here to download the transcript: Coping with Unfair.pdf

Music: “Crisis of Belief,” Mason Clover, An Intimate Look, Abiron 2008. Visit https://www.masonclover.com/ to hear more by Mason Clover.

Weekly Bible Reading for June 12-18: Beha’alotcha (In Your Going Up)

This coming week, June 12-18 (13-19 Sivan 5782), the Bible reading plan covers the portion Beha’alotcha (In Your Going Up).

12 Jun Numbers 8:1-14 Isaiah 58:1-59:21 Romans 7:14-8:17 Proverbs 27:22-27
13 Jun Numbers 8:15-26 Isaiah 60:1-62:12 Romans 8:18-39 Psalm 95:1-11
14 Jun Numbers 9:1-14 Isaiah 63:1-65:16 Romans 9:1-29 Proverbs 28:1-6
15 Jun Numbers 9:15-10:10 Isaiah 65:17-66:24 Romans 9:30-10:21 Proverbs 28:7-12
16 Jun Numbers 10:11-34 Jeremiah 1:1-2:37 Romans 11:1-18 Proverbs 28:13-18
17 Jun Numbers 10:35-11:29 Jeremiah 3:1-4:31 Romans 11:19-36 Proverbs 28:19-23
18 Jun Numbers 11:30-12:16 Zechariah 2:10-4:7 Romans 12:1-21 Proverbs 28:24-28

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

A House for the Lonely

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Master Sgt. Ernie Valley cradles his new adopted daughter, Oleksandra, after greeting her at the Boise Airport, Boise, Idaho, January 23, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse, via Flickr.

A family should exhibit some degree of cohesion. Family members should look out for one another, encourage each other, and love one another through the endless trials of this life. But if we have trouble doing that in our own flesh-and-blood families, how can we hope to do better as the family of God?

Numbers 1:1-4:20; Hosea 1:10-2:21; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 68:5-6; Matthew 23:13; Romans 9:24-26

Click here to listen to the podcast: A House for the Lonely

Click here to download the transcript: A House for the Lonely.pdf

Music: “Home,” Teshuva, Return, Teshuva 2014. Visit https://www.teshuvamusic.com/ to hear more by Teshuva.

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