Pawns of Redemption

BFB220101 Man Playing Chess
Man Playing Chess. Photo by Jarmoluk on PIXNIO.com.

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 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:

Repenting For Nothing

Princess Tamatori retrieves a precious pearl from the Dragon King in this illustration of the medieval tale Taishokkan. (Vignette from The Great Woven Cap, Edo Period (1615-1868) Japan, Metropolitan Museum of Art.)

No one wants to be like a dragon. That is, we don’t admit – at least publicly – that a dragon is our role model. But then, did we ever stop to think how closely our most precious thoughts, desires, and dreams might resemble those of a dragon?

Job 13:15-16, 41:1-34, 42:5-6; Isaiah 14:12-15, 27:1; 53:1-12; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Philippians 2:1-11; Hebrews 5:8-8; Revelation 12:1-17

Click here to listen to the podcast: Repenting For Nothing

Click here to download the transcript: Repenting For Nothing.pdf

Music: “Finlandia,” Jean Sibelius, Sir Adrian Boult and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Sibelius: Symphonies No. 5, 6, & 7 Tone Poems, IndieBlu Music 2003.

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