Waiting For Shiloh

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Jacob Blesses His Sons, Cornelis Huyberts, after Gerard Hoet, 1720-1728, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

Sibling rivalry has threatened the peace of families since the first family was formed. That’s why our Creator chose one family to reverse that trend and extend peace to every family on earth. The question is whether we will accept the offer – and if we will be intentional about extending the peace even further.

Genesis 47:28-50:26; 1 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Samuel 7:8-17; Luke 12:13-15; Romans 11:25-27

Click here to listen to the podcast: Waiting For Shiloh

Click here to download the transcript: Waiting For Shiloh.pdf

Music: “Shevet Achim,” Exodus Road Band, Heart of the Matter, 2016. The Exodus Road Band’s music is available at www.exodusroadband.com

Wrestling With Existence

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This postage stamp issued by the Third Reich in 1933 is one example of the influence on Hitler’s Germany of Richard Wagner’s music and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche incorporated in Wagner’s music. (Alois Kolb for the Reichspost of the German Empire, via Wikimedia Commons.

People are always seeking peace, but what do they mean by that? It may be that true peace is much more tightly linked to our identity than we have imagined. So then, if there is no peace on earth, what does that really say about us?

Genesis 6:9-11:32; Isaiah 54:1-55:5; Proverbs 29:18; Luke 17:26-30

Click here to listen to the podcast: Wrestling With Existence

Click here to download the transcript: Wrestling With Existence.pdf

Music: “Tannhäuser Overture,” Richard Wagner, performed by Marek Janowski and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Tannhäuser – Highlights, Teldec Classics International 1991.

Weekly Bible Reading for December 12-18: Vayechi (And He Lived)

This coming week, December 12-18 (8-14 Tevet 5782), the Bible reading plan covers the portion Vayechi (And He Lived).

12 Dec Genesis 47:28-48:9 2 Samuel 19:9-43 Mark 8:22-38 Psalm 37:23-29
13 Dec Genesis 48:10-16 2 Samuel 20:1-21:22 Mark 9:1-13 Psalm 37:30-40
14 Dec Genesis 48:17-22 2 Samuel 22:1-51 Mark 9:14-29 Psalm 38:1-9
15 Dec Genesis 49:1-18 2 Samuel 23:1-39 Mark 9:30-50 Psalm 38:10-22
16 Dec Genesis 49:19-26 2 Samuel 24:1-25 Mark 10:1-16 Psalm 39:1-13
17 Dec Genesis 49:27-50:20 1 Kings 1:1-53 Mark 10:17-31 Psalm 40:1-17
18 Dec Genesis 50:21-26 1 Kings 2:1-12 Mark 10:32-52 Psalm 41:1-13

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

Much More Than A Number

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The key element of Les Misérables may be the struggle of Prisoner 24601 to regain and restore his identity as the man Jean Valjean. (Image via Les Misérables on Twitter.) 

There is a kind of peace that surpasses all understanding. That kind of peace is linked inextricably with identity. Is that why the enemy of our souls seeks to remove our identity from our existence?

Genesis 41:1-44:17; 1 Kings 3:15-4:1; Ezekiel 20:33-38; John 17:13-18; Romans 12:14-21; Philippians 4:4-7

Click here to listen to the podcast: Much More Than A Number

Click here to download the transcript: Much More Than A Number.pdf

Music: “Who Am I?,” Colm Wilkinson, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Les Misérables, Original London Cast Recording, First Night 1985.

Weekly Bible Reading for December 5-11: Vayigash (And He Drew Near)

This coming week, December 5-11 (1-7 Tevet 5782), the Bible reading plan covers the portion Vayigash (And He Drew Near).

05 Dec Genesis 44:18-30 2 Samuel 10:1-11:27 Mark 6:1-13 Psalm 35:17-28
06 Dec Genesis 44:31-45:7 2 Samuel 12:1-13:19 Mark 6:14-29 Proverbs 7:1-5
07 Dec Genesis 45:8-18 2 Samuel 13:20-14:33 Mark 6:30-44 Proverbs 7:6-23
08 Dec Genesis 45:19-27 2 Samuel 15:1-16:14 Mark 6:45-56 Proverbs 7:24-27
09 Dec Genesis 45:28-46:27 2 Samuel 16:15-17:29 Mark 7:1-23 Psalm 36:1-12
10 Dec Genesis 46:28-47:10 2 Samuel 18:1-19:8 Mark 7:24-37 Psalm 37:1-11
11 Dec Genesis 47:11-27 Ezekiel 37:15-28 Mark 8:1-21 Psalm 37:12-22

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

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