It may take years for a person to get to the place where they are ready for our Father to reveal something that has been hidden in plain sight. Once they get it, though, there is no stopping them! The excitement at finally understanding leads to vision and motivation to make a difference for others in accordance with the Father’s desires.
That is what happened with Bryan Sanchez when his friend Solomon Lopez helped him understand his identity as part of the commonwealth of Israel. Having already served faithfully with Christians United for Israel (CUFI) to bring the divided halves of God’s covenant people together, Bryan eagerly embraced this new understanding as it helped him answer longstanding question about the relationship of Christians and Jews. How that happened and what he is doing with his new understanding is the subject in this concluding segment of our conversation with him.
In this show we also have the second part of “Salvation and Righteousness,” a conversation between Elders Frank Houtz and Barry Phillips about the meaning of familiar words that we might not really understand. All of this is accompanied by the uplifting musical talents of Eved Adonai and Melody Joy Cloud.
How is it that a person could be in church all his life, serving the Lord with great enthusiasm, and not have read the Bible? Bryan Sanchez can tell us because that’s his story! It was only after years of hearing a family talk about Israel that he began to pay attention, and by investigating the scriptures for the first time learned of the place Israel and the Jewish people hold in God’s esteem. That is what brought him to his position as the representative of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) in his hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas – but that is only the beginning of Bryan’s story!
Along with Bryan Sanchez, our Elders Frank Houtz and Barry Phillips share the first of a two-part conversation about “Salvation and Righteousness,” and we enjoy the music of Solomon Lopez and Lenny and Varda.
Which is easier: the journey to a new home half a continent away, or the journey into a new dimension of one’s walk of faith? Marcus Bowman can address that from personal experience! He and his wife, Michelle, grew up in a close community in Indiana, but early in their marriage moved to Washington State to plunge into new opportunities. At the same time, they journeyed from their denominational heritage of the Old German Baptist Brethren into the Torah Awakening. Those simultaneous journeys brought them to the Administrative Council of B’ney Yosef North America, where Marcus now serves as BYNA’s Finance Director. In this three-part interview, he shares their story, as well as his vision for helping connect the people of Ephraim through commerce.
Along with Marcus, we have music from Solomon Lopez and Will Spires, and Barry Phillips and David Jones are back with a midrash they call, “Return and Quiet.”
Daryl Duff has made an impressive journey from US Navy musician to the faculty of Liberty University. This is only the latest journey he and his wife, Claudia, have made in their life together. They have raised three children in a loving Christian home, and now are enjoying their role as grandparents! Which means they have many life lessons to share – some of which Daryl presents in this three-part interview. Specifically, we talk with him about race issues. Sometimes this is an uncomfortable conversation, but if God’s people can’t speak honestly and in love about hard topics, then who can? Please listen with an open mind and open heart. This is a conversation you will appreciate.
The National Shabbat movement arrived in the Lone Star State through a gathering of about 100 people on March 19 at Fischer Park in the city of New Braunfels. As with National Shabbats in Georgia and South Carolina, some participants traveled many hours to get there, coming from as far away as Sabine Pass on the Louisiana border, Wichita Falls near the Oklahoma border, Arlington in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, and Corpus Christi on the Gulf Coast. Most of those assembled in New Braunfels came from around Austin (Georgetown, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Kyle) and San Antonio (Boerne, Converse, Poteet, Adkins, Floresville), with a significant number from the Houston area (Katy, Sugarland, Pasadena).Please click here to continue reading