Called Out

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.   Jesus is the good shepherd! We can say that again, Jesus IS the Good Shepherd!! But The thief […]

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Weeping over US

It’s Passion week, our Holy Week, the time when we remember the suffering, persecution, crucifixion, and ultimately the resurrection Jesus Christ our Lord. It’s the time when we remember all the events, decisions, and obedience of that week, and there is a lot to remember. I’m looking today at the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus […]

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The Bible Says…

We are getting to the jump off point now for many would be Christians. We are at the hard points of the teachings of Jesus, the points where even those who want to follow find it too unwise, too risky, too hard. Just as many of Jesus’ early disciples turned away and left, we still […]

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Spirit of the Beatitudes

Back in the Sermon in the Mount this morning. We live in a political world, and the Sermon on the Mount shows us the politics of Jesus. We don’t get to confess and declare Jesus as Lord and then make up our own politics. We gave up that right when we made the decision to […]

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Spiritual Zeroes

Jesus’ sermon on the mount. I’ve been reading Dallas Willard’s discussion in his book “The Divine Conspiracy“, now my favorite podcast preacher (Brian Zahnd) has been preaching on it the past couple of weeks. So now I’m going to begin to write about it. And I’ll probably continue to write on it for the next […]

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Do You Want It?

Merry Christmas!! Finishing what I started yesterday… He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. The prophetic word from Isaiah, the great […]

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The Greatest Wonder

This is the first week of advent, the coming of the Christmas season. The season of the coming of the Jewish Messiah. The season of the birth of the savior of the world. The season of the the celebration of God breaking into the world in a human body. The season of the mystery of […]

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Keep the Christ in…

“At that time Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. When this first census took place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria. Everyone, then, went to register himself, each to his own hometown. Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the […]

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Of a Revolution

Mary’s song, the Magnificat, one of our greatest hymns. It’s also a call to revolution. In fact, it has been called the most revolutionary document in the world. Mary came from Galilee. It’s referred to in scripture as “Galilee of the Gentiles”. The Galilean people were known for being hotheaded. The authorities (the empire) would […]

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