Parashot

July 2017

Tamuz — Av  5777

July 1
Chukat (regulation)
Numbers 19:1-22:1
Judges 11:1-33
Matthew 21:1-17; Luke 21:1-38; John 3:10-21
Reader(s) — Gray
July 8
Balak (Balak)
Numbers 22:2-25:9
Micah 5:6-6:8
Mark 11:12-26; Luke 22:1-71; I Corinthians 1:20-31
Reader(s) — Bucko
July 13
Pinchas (Phinehas)
Numbers 25:10-30:1(29:40)
I Kings 18:46-19:21
Mark 11:27-12:37; Luke 23:1-24:53; John 2:13-22
Reader(s) — Klein
July 22
*DOUBLE PORTION*
Matot (tribes)
Numbers 30:2(1)-32:42
Jeremiah 1:1-2:3
Matthew 23:1-39; John 1:1-51; Philippians 3:12-16
Masei (stages)
Numbers 33:1-36:13
Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4
Matthew 24:1-25:46; John 2:1-3:36; James 4:1-12
Reader(s) — Knight (Tom & Cindy)
July 29
D’varim (words)
Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
Isaiah 1:1-27
Luke 22:7-12; John 4:1-5:47; I Timothy 3:1-7
Reader(s) — Stuart

REFUSING TO LOVE TRUTH

(Excerpts from Tikkun Newsletter, June 2017, by Dan Juster)

Why is it that so many young people in the West are being lost from our faith? There are two primary factors: First, a lack of a deep spiritual experience in New Covenant realities. The second is the lack of discipleship in the kind of apologetics that prepares the young adult for what he or she is to face in the world outside of our believing community. For well over 100 years the academic world has taught that there is no ultimate meaning to the universe.

One aspect of the second reason is the loss of commitment to seek the truth… Today’s culturally passive postmodernism teaches that there is no ultimate narrative to explain existence, so that on the level of religious truth we have no way to judge one world view over against another… Young people do not search for truth, but instead choose how they want to live on the basis of emotional proclivities with perhaps some mental reflection…

Our young adults are brought up in a culture that does not pursue truth. We are in great danger because this orientation prepares the way for the Anti-Christ. “They perish because they refuse to love the truth and so be saved” (II Thess. 2:10)… Our challenge is to orient our young people to be truth-seekers and to believe that there is an ultimate truth.