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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Mark of the Beast

In the book of Revelation, chapter 2, speaking to the church in Pergamum, Jesus says I will give him a new name.   But then in Revelation 13, which talks all about the beast, we are told it (the beast) calls us all to be marked with a number… Here’s the message I am getting at, to be […]

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New Wine

And this young miracle worker with the power of God is telling him none of it is any good.  He’s got to lay down those old wineskins and out new wineskins on.  He’s got to re-think everything he’s ever known and taught.  Not only that, if he doesn’t re-think everything he’s ever known, if he’s not born […]

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Through the Roof!!

Luke chapter 5.  I’m reading David Bentley Hart’s New Testament translation, and I get to Luke 5, and there Jesus is doing all this Jesus stuff.  He’s calling disciples, directing them to a huge haul of fish where there had been no fish all night, he’s healing lepers, making the perpetually unclean clean.   Because unlike you […]

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Revelation and Mystery

“This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” Ephesians‬ ‭5:32‬ ‭ESV‬‬.  Mystery.  In the modern world, referring to the last 400 years (and some of you are wondering what’s so modern about that?), in modernity, after the scientific revolution, mystery was something to be done away with.  Mystery […]

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Foolish

But…cultivate a life of beauty.  That is the goal.  I’m running around trying to be someone I’m not, trying to win some prize, some approval.  But, What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you?   I’m losing the real me.  Seriously, What could you ever trade your soul for?  So, I’m […]

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Tired of Ugly

“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:29‬ ‭ESV‬‬ “Those who follow Christ are destined to bear his image, and to be the brethren of the first-born Son of God.  Their goal is […]

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A Word to be Heard

God speaks to our weariness through Jesus.  We are caught up in a system of acquisition and achievement, and everybody’s rated and graded and stratified and we’re giving out medals…you’re on the top or bottom, you’re upper, you’re middle, you’re lower, all based on acquisition and achievement.    We find ourselves as the human race […]

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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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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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