Sacred

But Christianity says no, no, no.  The goal, in fact, is just the opposite.  The goal is not to escape the material, but to bring heaven and earth together.  The word became flesh….Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven… And I saw the new Jerusalem coming down from heaven to the earth […]

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Enter the Mystery

For example, how many of you confess that Jesus Christ is raised from the dead?  (I do, I do!). You confess this because it is revealed to you.  It is revealed to you and you respond with an affirmation of faith and you say Yes, Jesus Christ is raised from the dead and He is Lord!  Now explain how […]

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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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Grotesque

“…‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods.”  Luke‬ ‭12:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬. Jesus speaks of the foolishness of it all.  ““But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’” Luke‬ […]

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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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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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God Speaks

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and […]

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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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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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