Pawns of Redemption

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Man Playing Chess. Photo by Jarmoluk on

Is humanity nothing more than so many pawns in a cosmic game of chess between the powers of good and evil? Yes, and no. It’s true that we are the instruments of either good or evil (or both), and that we are the prizes sought by our Creator and our Adversary, but there is a key difference: unlike the pawns in our chess matches, we actually have a choice about which roles we play.

Exodus 6:2-9:35; Ezekiel 28:25-29:21; Matthew 6:5-13; 24:6; Luke 21:28; John 13:21-30; Romans 9:27-28; Revelation 11:15

Click here to listen to the podcast: Pawns of Redemption

Click here to download the transcript: Pawns of Redemption.pdf

Music: “Anitra’s Dance,” Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46, III. “Anitra’s Dance,” Wiliam T. Strømberg, Edvard Grieg, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Edvard Grieg Music to Henrik Ibsen Peer Gynt, Blikkboks Ltd 2018. 

Weekly Bible Reading for January 2-8: Bo (Go)

This coming week, January 2-8 (29 Tevet-6 Shevat 5782), the Bible reading plan covers the portion Bo (Go).

02 Jan Exodus 10:1-11 1 Kings 16:15-17:24 Luke 1:1-20 Psalm 49:1-13
03 Jan Exodus 10:12-23 1 Kings 18:1-46 Luke 1:21-38 Psalm 49:14-20
04 Jan Exodus 10:24-11:3 1 Kings 19:1-20:22 Luke 1:39-56 Proverbs 9:1-6
05 Jan Exodus 11:4-12:20 1 Kings 20:23-21:29 Luke 1:57-80 Proverbs 9:7-12
06 Jan Exodus 12:21-28 1 Kings 22:1-53 Luke 2:1-20 Proverbs 9:13-18
07 Jan Exodus 12:29-51 2 Kings 1:1-2:25 Luke 2:21-35 Psalm 50:1-6
08 Jan Exodus 13:1-16 Jeremiah 46:13-28 Luke 2:36-52 Psalm 50:7-23

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

Reunion Roadmap 12/25/2021 – Pronomian Christianity with Josh Ensley

Is there any reason Torah-honoring followers of Messiah Yeshua should pay hold on to anything carried over from Latin, the language of Rome? The Protestant reformers found a few things worthy of keeping, and there is a line of thinking that the Torah Awakening among Christians today is a continuation of the work begun during the Reformation. Josh Ensley hints at that in this second segment of our three-part conversation with him. Specifically, he refers to the “Five Solas” of Reformed Theology:

1. Sola scriptura: “Scripture alone”
2. Sola fide: “faith alone”
3. Sola gratia: “grace alone”
4. Solo Christo: “Christ alone”
5. Soli Deo gloria: “to the glory of God alone”

In this part of our conversation, Josh shares more of his faith journey, which leads directly to our discussion of Pronomian Christianity, the name Josh and his colleagues use to describe the faith walk of those who follower Jesus Christ (Messiah Yeshua) and keep the Law (Torah). As he explains, the Five Solas are among the important elements of the Christian faith they deem essential to carry forward as we come into a walk that embraces the Torah our Messiah lived out.

This faith walk can be difficult at time, which is why Barry Phillips and David Jones share their thoughts on how to find Encouragement from our identity in Messiah. This message of encouragement inhabits the songs from our musical guests, Teshuva and Lenny & Varda.

Take a look at Josh Ensley’s website,

Click below to listen and download: Reunion Roadmap 211225

Be A Deliverer

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Moses Laid Amid the Flags, James Tissot, 1896-1902, The Jewish Museum, Brooklyn (image via Wikimedia Commons).

Can we really save ourselves? Is it really possible to “pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps” and fix all our problems? We can fix some things, but sometimes our solutions mess up life for someone else. Truly we need a Deliverer to save us from ourselves – but until the final redemption of the world, we still have an obligation to make things better for those around us.

Exodus 1:1-6:1; Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23; 1 Chronicles 4:18; Hosea 11:1; Matthew 1:18-25, 2:15; Luke 1:26-38; Hebrews 11:23-29; Revelation 5:6-14, 13:8

Click here to listen to the podcast: Be A Deliverer

Click here to download the transcript: Be A Deliverer.pdf

Music: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” OCP Session Choir, Glory & Praise: Third Edition, Vol. 7, Oregon Catholic Press 2016.  

Weekly Bible Reading for December 26, 2021-January 1, 2022: Vayera (And I Appeared)

This coming week, December 26, 2021-January 1, 2022 (22-28 Tevet 5782), the Bible reading plan covers the portion Vayera (And I Appeared).

26 Dec Exodus 6:2-13 1 Kings 8:54-9:28 Mark 14:1-21 Proverbs 8:1-12
27 Dec Exodus 6:14-28 1 Kings 10:1-11:25 Mark 14:22-42 Proverbs 8:13-21
28 Dec Exodus 6:29-7:7 1 Kings 11:26-12:25 Mark 14:43-65 Proverbs 8:22-31
29 Dec Exodus 7:8-8:6 1 Kings 12:26-13:34 Mark 14:66-15:15 Proverbs 8:32-36
30 Dec Exodus 8:7-18 1 Kings 14:1-15:8 Mark 15:16-32 Psalm 46:1-11
31 Dec Exodus 8:19-9:16 1 Kings 15:9-16:14 Mark 15:33-47 Psalm 47:1-9
01 Jan Exodus 9:17-35 Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 Mark 16:1-20 Psalm 48:1-14

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

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