A House for All the World’s Prayers

“Jonah sits under the miracle tree near Nineveh,” Caspar Luyken, 1708, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Music: “The Prayer,” Charlotte Church and Josh Groban, Prelude: The Best of Charlotte Church, Integrity/Columbia(P), Sony Music 2002.

Our Heavenly Father holds out the promise of redemption to every person. Do we really believe that? Or in our hearts do we consider some more worthy of redemption than others?

Isaiah 56:4-8; Jonah 3:10-4:10; Matthew 12:41; Mark 12:15-17

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The Price of Revelation

Daniel’s Answer to the King, Briton Rivière, (Manchester Art Gallery via Wikimedia Commons). Music: “Old Daniel Prayed,” The Stanley Brothers, The Collection: 1958-1960, Marmot Music 2013.

Do people share their most intimate thoughts and plans with anyone who asks? No; we prefer to share such things only with close companions who have proven themselves worthy of our trust. Why, then, should we expect our Creator to do differently? Perhaps, instead of asking God what will happen in the future, we should ask Him how we can be worthy of His confidence.

Isaiah 39:1-8; Jeremiah 29:10-14; Danial 5:31-6:12, 9:1-27; Matthew 24:15-22

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Aligning With The Right Spirit

Statue of Elijah at Mukhraka Monastery, Mount Carmel, Israel, צילום:ד”ר אבישי טייכר (Dr. Avishai Teicher)/ CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5). Music: “Chorus: He, Watching Over Israel,” by Felix Mendelssohn, performed by Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh, Mendelssohn: Elijah, 1846, Signum 2012.

Everyone goes through seasons of weakness and despair. The question is not how to avoid them, but how to get through them and move on to what our Creator has designed us to do. After all, it’s not just our own destiny at stake, but the destinies of others around us – and sometimes of entire nations.

1 Kings 19:1-18; Proverbs 28:12; Malachi 4:4-6; James 5:13-18

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Music: “Chorus: He, Watching Over Israel,” by Felix Mendelssohn, performed by Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh, Mendelssohn: Elijah, 1846, Signum 2012.

Happy Mules

20 mule Borax team, Mojave, California Valley line, ca. 1880. Photograph shows teams of eighteen mules and two horses attached to large wagons in the desert; two pale horses, positioned closest to the wagon, wear coverings over faces. (Albertype Co., Copyright Claimant (Library of Congress #2013647267).

God has been revealing Himself for thousands of years. You might think we would all be on the same page by now, with the same understanding and interpretation of scripture. That’s not what we see. There are thousands of unique expressions of faith in the Almighty from the Christian and Jewish sides of the family. Is there some clue in nature that might help us understand why?

Deuteronomy 22:10; Luke 5:36-39; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

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Music: “Hoe Down – Rodeo,” by Aaron Copland, performed by Phillip Ellis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man, Billy the Kid, Appalachian Spring, Masterworks 2009.

Referenced article: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, “Animal Welfare: Ki Tetzei (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19),” Aish.com (https://www.aish.com/tp/i/sacks/559748591.html).

Justice the Right Way

Sculpture of King Arthur at Tintagel, Cornwall, England. (MonikaP (pixabay.com)). Music: “Save the People,” by Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording), Masterworks Broadway, Arista Records, Inc. (P) 1997.

It’s not enough to seek justice, and it’s not enough to seek righteousness. We have to seek both, and do so in a spirit of compassion and mercy. But is that just a government thing, or is it something we can do in our daily lives?

Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9; Isaiah 51:12-53:12; Matthew 25:20-25; Luke 18:1-8; Philippians 2:5-11

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