Sleepwalking Into Eternity

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The Return of Rip Van Winkle, John Quidor, 1849 (Washington, National Gallery of Art).

One surprising thing about the human story is not that the world around us changes so often, but rather how rarely we notice the changes. The cares of each day tend to obscure the profound historical developments happening right in front of our eyes. Does that mean we’re actually sleepwalking through life?

Deuteronomy 10:12; Micah 6:8; Matthew 7:21-23; John 21:22; Acts 1:7

Click here to listen to the podcast: Sleepwalking Into Eternity

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Music: “Rip Van Winkle,” Ray Sanchez, The Devotions, Roulette 1964.

Weekly Bible Reading for September 5-11: Rosh Hashana & Vayalekh (And He Went)

This coming week, September 5-11 2021 (28 Elul 5781-5 Tishrei 5782), the Bible reading plan covers the following portions.

Rosh Hashana & Vayalekh (And He Went)[1][2][3]

05 Sep Deuteronomy 31:1-3 Amos 6:1-7:17 1 John 1:1-2:11 Psalm 137:1-9
06 Sep Deuteronomy 31:4-9 Amos 8:1-9:15 1 John 2:12-29 Psalm 138:1-8
07 Sep Genesis 21:1-22:24 1 Samuel 1:1-2:10; 1 John 3:1-24 Psalm 139:1-24
  Numbers 29:1-6 Jeremiah 31:1-19    
08 Sep Deuteronomy 31:10-19 Obadiah 1:1-21 1 John 4:1-21 Psalm 140:1-13
09 Sep Exodus 32:11-14, 34:1-10 Jonah 1:1-4:11 1 John 5:1-21 Psalm 141:1-10
10 Sep Deuteronomy 31:20-24 Micah 1:1-4:13 2 John 1:1-3; John 1:14 Psalm 142:1-7
11 Sep Deuteronomy 31:25-30 Hosea 14:1-9; Jude 1:1-25 Psalm 143:1-12
    Micah 7:18-20;    
    Joel 2:16-27    

[1] Rosh Hashana (Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets) is sundown to sundown September 6-7.

[2] Tzom Gedaliah, the Fast of Gedaliah, is September 9. This fast of the seventh month laments the assassination of the righteous governor of Judea, which ended Jewish rule following the destruction of the First Temple (see 2 Kings 25:22-26 and Jeremiah 40:1-41:18). The customary reading from Exodus 32:11-34:10

[3] September 11 is Shabbat Shuva (Sabbath of Return). This is the Shabbat that occurs during the Ten Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Hosea 14:1-9 (14:2-10 in the Jewish numbering) is the traditional reading.

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

Weekly Bible Reading for August 29-September 4: Nitzavim (You Are Standing)

This coming week, August 29-September 4 2021 (21-27 Elul), the Bible reading plan covers the following portions.

Nitzavim (You Are Standing)

29 Aug Deuteronomy 29:10-12 Hosea 9:1-11:12 1 Peter 2:1-25 Psalm 131:1-3
30 Aug Deuteronomy 29:13-15 Hosea 12:1-14:9 1 Peter 3:1-22 Psalm 132:1-10
31 Aug Deuteronomy 29:16-29 Joel 1:1-2:11 1 Peter 4:1-19 Psalm 132:11-18
01 Sep Deuteronomy 30:1-6 Joel 2:12-3:21 1 Peter 5:1-14 Psalm 133:1-3
02 Sep Deuteronomy 30:7-10 Amos 1:1-3:15 2 Peter 1:1-21 Psalm 134:1-3
03 Sep Deuteronomy 30:11-14 Amos 4:1-5:27 2 Peter 2:1-22 Psalm 135:1-21
04 Sep Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Isaiah 61:10-63:9 2 Peter 3:1-18 Psalm 136:1-26

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

Reunion Roadmap 8/21/2021 – highlighting The Ebenezer Home

Stepping out in faith applies at all stages of life. This is something we learn from David Phillips and Samantha LaGoy as they relate the very big step of faith the Ebenezer Home is taking to expand their care for the elderly saints who make their residence at this special place in Haifa, Israel. It’s more than a matter of simply believing what God says, but acting on that belief as a participant in the Almighty’s Covenant.

What our guests share in this show is an example of “Reciprocity of Covenant,” the topic our Elders David Jones and Barry Phillips discuss. It’s also an aspect of our identity in Messiah Yeshua, which we hear in the music of Eved Adonai and Jimmie Black.

To learn more about the Ebenezer Home, visit the website at

Click here to listen and download: Reunion Roadmap 210821 

Walking Like An Egyptian

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Israel In Egypt, Sir Edward Poynter, 1867. (Guildhall Art Gallery, London, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Sometimes it takes extreme measures to get God’s people to switch their focus from seeking peace in their current circumstances to seeking the Creator’s intent for the next step in His plan of redemption.

Exodus 1:22, 3:7-10; Psalm 116:15; Jeremiah 16:16-19; Matthew 6:10; Revelation 6:9-11

Click here to listen to the podcast: Walking Like An Egyptian

Click here to download the transcript: Walking Like An Egyptian.pdf

Music: “Walk Like An Egyptian,” The Bangles, Different Light, Columbia 1985.