A Question of Lineage

Dennis Quaid (L) and Louis Gossett, Jr. (R) in the 1985 film, Enemy Mine.

There is merit to living in the moment. After all, we don’t want to miss out on what is right in front of us. However, if we do not understand how we came to that moment, then we might miss something even more important.

Exodus 20:12; Psalm 104:43-46; Malachi 4:5-6; Luke 1:68-79; 1 John 2:13-14

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Music: “Firebird Lullaby & Final Hymn,” Firebird Suite, by Igor Stravinsky, performed by Igor Stravinsky conducting the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York, Firebird Suite (1945) and Fireworks – Fantasy for Orchestra, Op. 4 (1908), Columbia Masterworks, 1947.

The Insidious Nature of Evil

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria. Adolf Hitler, 1914, via Wikimedia Commons.

It may be accurate to say that no one in their right mind would commend evil and condemn good. But then, the testimony of human history demonstrates that this happens far more often than we may be comfortable admitting – especially when those calling evil good and good evil also profess to be the people of God.

Isaiah 5:13-25; Amos 5:4-15; Matthew 21:33-46; Luke 11:34-36; John 1:1-5

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Music: Camille Saint-Saëns, Danse Macabre, Op. 40, performed by Daniel Barenboim conducting Luben Yordanoff and the Orchestre De Paris, Saint-Saëns: Symphony #3 “Organ”/Danse Macabre/Bacchanale/Le Deluge, Deutsche Grammophon GmbH 1976.

Wrestling with A Gospel of Exclusion

“Did you volunteer?” Dmitrii Orlov (aka Dmitrii Moor), Bolshevik propaganda poster, 1920, via The British Library. Music: “The Internationale,” Eugene Pottier and Pierre De Geyter, performed by Zentrales Orchester des MDI

After a century and a half, Marxists are still very effective at captivating the minds and hearts of millions. Could God’s people learn something from them?

Exodus 20:7; Mark 9:38-42; Luke 9:46-49, 11:17-23

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Call for Prayer and Repentance

When do God’s people turn to Him? While we desire to cling to Him at all times, it is in times of trouble that this desire becomes a compelling need – a need to cry out to Him for deliverance, to ask Him to show us where we have sinned and turned from His righteous ways, to seek His forgiveness, and to learn from Him how to correct those things that separate us from His heart, and divide us from one another.

The world is in a season of distress. How shall we get through this trying time?

Many around the world, both from the Christian and the Jewish sides of Israel’s covenant family, are sensing the need to cry out to the Lord God in this season. As a way to enter into this process, B’ney Yosef North America is observing the week of July 5-11, 2020, as a time of fasting and repentance for our sins of division, discord, injustice, and failure to walk together in love.

Why now? It is a lesson we have learned from our Jewish brethren at this time. July 9 is the 17th day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, the Fast of the Fourth Month of Zechariah 8:19. This fast day begins a time known as the Dire Straits, a three week period ending on the 9th of Av, the Fast of the Fifth Month. This was the time the Babylonians breached the walls of Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple of God, removing His visible presence from His holy city, devastating the land He cares for, and dispersing His covenant people of Israel to the nations. Ever since then, Jews have fasted and mourned, not merely for themselves as a people, but for the nations of the earth, to whom Israel is a witness of the Most High God.

Our call for prayer and fasting in this week of 17 Tammuz is the beginning of a season of repentance from now until Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on September 28, 2020. We are joining with other prayer initiatives throughout this season, and we invite you to do the same.

Do we truly want to see our Father’s Kingdom come and His will done on earth as it is in heaven? Then let us humble our hearts, bow our knees, and seek Him together.

Prayer and Repentance Initiatives

    • 17 Tammuz Call for Prayer and Repentance, July 5-11, 2020. Call for all of God’s covenant people to enter into fasting and repentance at the beginning of the Dire Straits. B’ney Yosef North America (bneyyosefna.com).
    • Nations’ 9th of Av Virtual Solemn Assembly, July 29-30, 2020. Time of mourning and fasting in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters on the Fast of the Fifth month. Nation’s 9th of Av (9-av.com).
    • 40 Days of Repentance, August 19-September 28, 2020. Daily pause for prayer and reflection during the weeks leading up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. B’ney Yosef North America (bneyyosefna.com).
    • 10 Days of Prayer, September 19-28, 2020. A Global Upper Room calling on cities to stop for United Prayer and Worship with Repentance during the Days of Awe. 10 Days (10days.net).
    • The Return, September 26, 2020. National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance on the National Mall, Washington, DC. The Return (www.thereturn.org).

Teshuvah – YouTube

Ken Rank (left) and Al McCarn (right) in a conversation about current world events on United 2 Restore.

The great thing about going to Winchester, Kentucky, is  the opportunity to reconnect with good friends like Ken Rank. He asked me last week to record a conversation for United 2 Restore on the topic of “Teshuvah,” a Hebrew term often translated as repentance. It seems our Heavenly Father is calling people from all across the spectrum of His covenant body to enter into a season of prayer, repentance, and even fasting to seek reconciliation with Him and with each other. And why is that? Maybe because we need to do this to find the way through the global crises confronting us.

Please click here to listen to Teshuvah on United 2 Restore