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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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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Friends

Returning back to these miracles of Jesus as given in John.  Took a break through the Christmas season, and now it’s time to come to this last sign given in John, the raising of Lazarus. “Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus […]

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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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Don’t Be Afraid

So, the correct picture to get is that, yes, Jesus was born in a cave.  For a humanity, as Plato had observed, that was imprisoned in a dark cave watching shadows on the wall, God with us, Emmanuel, comes into the cave.  He’s born in a cave!!  And this child born in a cave is the one who […]

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