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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A Temple of Living Stones

It’s a far cry from what we are supposed to be doing, turning the world into the garden of God.  But what do we find here in this first day of the New Genesis?  We find the gardener back in the garden, back at the original vocation.  If we go all the way to the […]

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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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Carrying our Sorrow

And through our faith, the faith handed down from the apostles, we too have access to the resurrection and the life.  We are baptized in Christ, are we not?   Through our baptism, we are grafted into Jesus, into the new man, the new Adam (humankind).  We have died to the old man, shed the sin nature we inherited from the first man (Adam), […]

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The Resurrection and the Life

Jesus had friends he would hang out with, just like we do.  This should not surprise us, because Jesus became fully human.  He entered into the human experience.  Part of being a human being is having friends.  We were not designed to do life by ourselves as isolated individuals.  One is the loneliest number of all.  We […]

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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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