Carrying our Sorrow

And through our faith, the faith handed down from the apostles, we too have access to the resurrection and the life.  We are baptized in Christ, are we not?   Through our baptism, we are grafted into Jesus, into the new man, the new Adam (humankind).  We have died to the old man, shed the sin nature we inherited from the first man (Adam), […]

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The Resurrection and the Life

Jesus had friends he would hang out with, just like we do.  This should not surprise us, because Jesus became fully human.  He entered into the human experience.  Part of being a human being is having friends.  We were not designed to do life by ourselves as isolated individuals.  One is the loneliest number of all.  We […]

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Friends

Returning back to these miracles of Jesus as given in John.  Took a break through the Christmas season, and now it’s time to come to this last sign given in John, the raising of Lazarus. “Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus […]

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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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A Coronation

  The only war on Christmas was when Herod tried to kill Jesus, and that failed, so we can just relax.  We don’t have to worry about a war on Christmas. Jesus survives the War on Christmas, he’s taken to Egypt by Mary and Joseph, comes back to Nazareth and is raised, and when he […]

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Outside of Karma

With the death of Jesus upon the cross, it appears as though blame has won.  Satanic blame appears triumphant.  But – on the third day, the Son rose again!  And you and I are to live in the light.  Not in the darkness of assigning blame.  We are to live in the light of extending […]

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The Day of Stoning

Starting with the events of John 8 so we can better understand the events of John 9, because they all go together.    Jesus is in Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles.  He’s teaching daily in the temple.   Early one morning he arrives at the temple to continue his work of teaching the kingdom […]

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