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Preparing for Yom Kippur: 40 Days of Repentance, Part 1

Alignment, Fall FeastsHow would you characterize the month of August?  How about September?  Or January?  Just like the Gregorian calendar in which each month reminds us of the season and a mood, the Hebrew sages have determined the spiritual seasons of the year.

The Hebrew month of Elul is considered the start of the “Season of Repentance.”  This season extends 40 days, from Elul 1 to Tishrei 10, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).  (more…)


The 10 Commandments: A List or a Lifestyle? (5-10)

Walk in the WoodsAt the end of Deuteronomy there’s a blessing for those who keep the commandments described throughout the book.  The summary of them is in Deuteronomy 5, known as the 10 Commandments.   But these commands are more than what we typically think of when we hear that reference–more than a list of do’s and don’ts, more than a checklist of how we’ve done in being a good person.  These commandments describe a lifestyle in alignment with God’s character and heart and His will for us.  In this 2-part blog, we’re looking at the lifestyle behind each command to see just how this blessing comes about as we align with Him.  (more…)


The Dangers of Discontent, Part 3: The Missed Revelation

God's guidanceIn our review of Numbers 11, we’ve seen how rejection of God’s provision (Part 1) and replacement with their own desires (Part 2) forces God’s presence out of the Israelites’ wilderness camp.  But that’s not all.  The story includes details that provide clues about something more God had planned.

In His mercy, I believe God hid a blessing in the midst of the incident for those who would pursue the path He laid out.  While, there’s no account of any of the Israelites doing so, it serves as a lesson to us today of how God provides us a way to correct our path when we’ve gone astray.  It’s a testament to God’s patience and tenacity in His pursuit of us and shows us how to stay in His will and presence.  It’s a revelation the Israelites missed. (more…)


The Dangers of Discontent, Part 2: The Replacement

www.DanKarvasek.comIn Numbers 11 we read of one of the complaints the Israelites brought against God and Moses during their sojourn in the wilderness.  They asked for meat; however, as we discussed in Part 1, they already had meat.  Their true sentiment stemmed from discontent and a rejection of God’s provision.

As true today as it was then, when we reject God’s provision, we end up pursuing our own agenda.  As a result we are presented with opportunities to either turn back or continue with our own way of living.  In this case the Israelites’ choices led them away from the blessing of God and into separation from God’s presence.

Did they realize what they had done and what the implications were?  Hindsight is wisdom’s teacher.  Based on their experience, I realized I had to change my own course. (more…)


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