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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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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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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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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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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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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