I celebrated my birthday with my entire family yesterday. It was delightful! Now we’re back at it, studying to show ourselves approved unto G-d, accurately handling the word of G-d. We’re studying to teach our wives. We’re studying to teach our children. We study, because He gave us His word to study. We mine the riches of His wisdom.

We’re pulling into the last chapters of the Acts of the Apostles. This is good stuff. We’re seeing how Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, directed those Gentiles. We’re seeing the passion he had for his kinsmen. We’re seeing the commitment he had to finishing the race, to the endurance necessary to run well. He’s a great example to us all.

I’m praying, literally, for each of you studying with us. I pray you have the diligence, the endurance, the faith – to finish the course… to say, “I studied the Apostolic Scriptures, from one end to the other – and I can say with confidence…” (Far be it from me to put words in your mouth. 🙂

The next several lessons will roll by quickly, and Paul will be gone. There will be several letters to communities, and we’ll review those. Then we’ll get some other authors who have a different focus… It will be a great study. It will finish with John. We will review his visions and the revelation he received of Our Master. Once completed, we will take a few weeks off, to give your hearts and minds some time to reflect. Then we’ll jump back in with a study of eschatology, the study of the last days.

May your days be filled with laughter, with mitzvot, with love, and with many birthdays.

This past month the world lost a great man. He was committed to the L-rd. He was a patriot, a veteran, a servant. He was a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather – and a nice guy. We should feel loss. He is with His Master. What we do now is emulate his faithfulness, and strive to be better than him. Tall order. Buckle up! We can do this, unless we get distracted…

The latest study guide has been posted. See you all tomorrow night.

Shalom Aleichem,

Yosef ben Yosef

 

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