Names into Numbers

We could say it this way – the spirit of accusation and the impulse to empire are the primary manifestations of the satan.  That’s all under the heading of The Lamb gives you a name, the beast gives you a number.  What got Israel and King David in so much trouble in this episode was David […]

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Impulse to Empire

The great goal, the great focus, the great value that supersedes all others is not the economy, stupid.  It’s love, brother and sister.  The beast says it’s the economy, stupid.  But the Kingdom of Christ is Love one another, little children.  But if we get sucked into that kind of philosophy that everything has to go […]

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Garbage Dumps to Gardens

That’s what Jesus is as the gardener.  That is what we are to be as his living body in the world, a river flowing, getting deeper and wider, eventually spreading the life abundant to the whole world.  In our wake should be green meadows filled with renewed life, not a barren desert we can call […]

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City of God

Continuing my look at John as Second Genesis So, Behold the man on the sixth day, as Pilate says of Jesus, and after six hours suffering upon the cross, He lifts up His voice and what does he say?  “It is finished,” John‬ ‭19:30‬ ‭ESV‬‬.   Not to give it all away, but what is finished?  New heavens, […]

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The Defeat of Death

First message in over a week, finishing up this look at the raising of Lazarus.   Jesus looked death deep into the face and did not flinch.  This is forecasting what he would do at the end of his own life, when he would die upon a cross and go into death.  That he would […]

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Shadows on the Wall

“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the […]

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The Great Hope of the World

The kingdom of the world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and His King, Christ.  God has acted within history to set His king on the throne forever, amen. This is the gospel they preached.  This is what they went about announcing…. But in Thessalonica, the Christians are called  For those making the […]

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The Gospel they Preached

Continuing this week to look at what we mean when we call Jesus Christ “king”.  It’s the great theme of our Christmas carols, we hear about it, we sing about it, but what exactly does it mean?  It means we are looking at the world reimagined.   “And when they could not find them, they […]

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Follow the Lamb

God is patient.  750 years go by after Isaiah was singing his song about a Prince of Peace,  about Zebulun and Naphtali, about the land of Gentiles in Galilee seeing a Great Light.  Seven and a half centuries roll by, and we come to Matthew chapter 4. “Now when he heard that John had been […]

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