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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A Temple of Living Stones

It’s a far cry from what we are supposed to be doing, turning the world into the garden of God.  But what do we find here in this first day of the New Genesis?  We find the gardener back in the garden, back at the original vocation.  If we go all the way to the […]

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Second Genesis

“Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there…Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene […]

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MLK

Posted this last year, worth sharing again… “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak […]

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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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A New Day

If I was church-calendar correct, this would be a message of epiphany, a message of magi finding the child who was born king.  But I’m not, and the message is not.  Hey, I’m only one day past the twelfth day of Christmas finishing talking about Christmas.  But who wants to stop that anyways?? So an […]

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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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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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