It’s not often we reflect on the sin of gluttony, but the Scriptures admonish us to avoid such men. Our first contact with the glutton is from the sad parents of the rebellious son in Deuteronomy 21, as they bring him before the elders of the city. Gluttony was the segue I chose to bring us into the discussion of deeds incompatible with those having a place in the world to come. Paul’s lists do not mention gluttony, but the self-centered, selfish, idolatrous behavior appears to be the hallmark of the actions he enumerates – and HaShem¬†will not tolerate in His kingdom.

Our second hour was used to review the famous Christmas Quiz answers. I am convinced that this quiz is a fabulous ice-breaker and conversation mover. It’s a simple thing to let the quiz cause the realization that our friends and family may be relying more on Christmas Card Theology than the actual truths of Scripture. With gentleness and meekness we should be able to easily move to more spiritual things, such as the need for a Savior, the work of Yeshua haMashiach or the simple obedience of godly men. I encourage you to download the quiz (and the answers) and distribute it widely and freely. Blessings will abound!

My family was unable to fellowship at the Upham home during Sukkot, but I heard rave reviews of Greg’s teaching regarding the timing of the birth of Yeshua. For those of you who missed the gathering – or listen from afar, I strongly encourage you to watch the video Greg prepared for us called, “He Tabernacled Among Us.” It is one hour long and available on the Resource Page. Greg’s primary focus was ensuring that we could teach others about the timing of the conception and birth of the Messiah. For those of you blessed to hear the original talk, you should also watch the video – as a refresher. I learned several new points and I am sure you will be exhorted and encouraged.

Remember: We will NOT have a community Shabbat this week, on 26 November, as our family will be celebrating the abundant mercies and provision of our Great G-d in Virginia with our extended family.

I close with a quote from a former commander-in-chief of the United States of America:

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

President George Washington, 1789

May the time of Thanksgiving reflection enhance your walk and magnify the Name of our Messiah, Yeshua.

Shalom,

Yosef b. Yosef

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