Change is Coming

Been looking at the first couple chapters of Luke during advent and epiphany, today really just setting the stage for what comes next. Beginning with the psalms, especially psalm 2 but others as well, then carried on by the prophets, there began to develop a picture of what Messiah would be.  Messiah in this case […]

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The Winds Will Blow…

A short meditation on some prophecies of Jesus and the fall of Jerusalem and its temple in AD 70. “”Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew […]

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A Little Shelter

Writing today about our God, who is so vast and so overwhelming that we can only describe and attempt to understand him through the use of metaphor.  There really is no other way.  We talk about God in metaphor, but even that does not satisfy, so we have multiple metaphors we use, which at least […]

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Looking For Jesus

The second of 2 stories in Luke Chapter 2 pertaining to the boy Jesus in the temple. The first is his dedication, with the sory of Anna and Simeon. This second story is the only story about Jesus between his infancy and the beginning of his ministry.  We might wish we had more to go […]

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The Weeping

Looking at a story of grief, weeping, and ultimately hope this morning. The story of Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha, one of Jesus’ dearest friends.  Lazarus fell ill, so his sisters sent to Jesus saying “So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”” John 11:3 ESV.  Jesus got the message […]

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Only the Suffering God…

Continuing something now that I had started before Thanksgiving and the coming of the advent season.   Looking again at the question of pain and suffering in our world.  Pain is the price of admission, we might say, the price of admission into this thing we call being human.  We’ve been raised by Denial University […]

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A New Beginning

Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.   The prophets Simeon and Anna both greet Jesus at the […]

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