Daily Devotionals

After the Miracle (New)

June 24, 2018 - 12:00 am

Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise you forever; from generation to generation we will proclaim your praise. — Psalm 79:13 In so much of the psalms, the focus is on needing a miracle, praying for miracles, and receiving them. However, this week, I would like … Read more…

Don’t Give Away Your Power

June 22, 2018 - 12:00 am

Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the LORD gave them into his hands. — Judges 11:32 The Torah portion for this week is Chukat, which means “requirement,” from Numbers 19:1–22:1, and the Haftorah is from Judges 11:1–33. This week’s Haftorah reading brings us the story of Jephthah, one of … Read more…

Have You Learned Your Lessons?

June 21, 2018 - 12:00 am

They travelled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this … Read more…

When Brethren Dwell Together

June 20, 2018 - 12:00 am

 . . . and when the whole community learned that Aaron had died, all the Israelites mourned for him thirty days. — Numbers 20:29 The Torah portion for this week is Chukat, which means “requirement,” from Numbers 19:1–22:1, and the Haftorah is from Judges 11:1–33. In this week’s Torah reading, we lose … Read more…

A Fountain of Faith

June 19, 2018 - 12:00 am

In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried. — Numbers 20:1 The Torah portion for this week is Chukat, which means “requirement,” from Numbers 19:1–22:1, and the Haftorah is from Judges 11:1–33. Recently, a close friend … Read more…

Diamonds in the Rough

June 18, 2018 - 12:00 am

“This is a requirement of the law that the LORD has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without defect or blemish and that has never been under a yoke.” — Numbers 19:2 The Torah portion for this week is Chukat, which means “requirement,” from Numbers 19:1–22:1, and the Haftorah is … Read more…

God’s Provisions in Any Desert

June 17, 2018 - 12:00 am

They spoke against God; they said, “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?” — Psalm 78:19 I recently heard about a conversation that a rabbi who heads up a lifesaving organization had with a board member. After looking over the rabbi’s ambitious goals, the board member said, “Maybe … Read more…

The King of Kings

June 15, 2018 - 12:00 am

“But when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites was moving against you, you said to me, ‘No, we want a king to rule over us’—even though the LORD your God was your king.” — 1 Samuel 12:12 The Torah portion for this week is Korach, which means “Korah,” from Numbers 16:1–18:32, and … Read more…

The Power of Heaven – Piercing Prayers

June 14, 2018 - 12:00 am

Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, “Do not accept their offering. I have not taken so much as a donkey from them, nor have I wronged any of them.” — Numbers 16:15 The Torah portion for this week is Korach, which means “Korah,” from Numbers 16:1–18:32, and the Haftorah … Read more…

Rise Above the Conflict

June 13, 2018 - 12:00 am

Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab. But they said, “We will not come!” — Numbers 16:12 The Torah portion for this week is Korach, which means “Korah,” from Numbers 16:1–18:32, and the Haftorah is from 1 Samuel 11:14–12:22. Stan Mikita is a retired professional ice hockey player … Read more…