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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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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God Speaks To…

Jesus Christ is God’s final word to humanity, and Jesus Christ is God’s final word to you, and he speaks.  Its an ever-Living word, and Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, unchanging, and so God is speaking to you through Jesus Christ even now, to each one his or herself, each one of […]

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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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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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The Greatest Conqueror

Continuing my advent look at what we mean when we call Jesus king, because we sing all of our Christmas Carols about this newborn king.  The newborn whom we would ultimately call King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.  But, the question is, what do we mean when we call Jesus king? Beginning with 2 […]

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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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