Mark of the Beast

In the book of Revelation, chapter 2, speaking to the church in Pergamum, Jesus says I will give him a new name.   But then in Revelation 13, which talks all about the beast, we are told it (the beast) calls us all to be marked with a number… Here’s the message I am getting at, to be […]

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Peter’s Accusation

So what did that discussion about the satan being the Accuser have to do with Jesus rebuking Peter with Get behind me, Satan!?? “And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after […]

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New Wine

And this young miracle worker with the power of God is telling him none of it is any good.  He’s got to lay down those old wineskins and out new wineskins on.  He’s got to re-think everything he’s ever known and taught.  Not only that, if he doesn’t re-think everything he’s ever known, if he’s not born […]

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Who’s it For, Anyway?

We’ve seen Jesus call his first disciples, Peter and Andrew, John and James, overwhelming them with a huge catch of fish.  And ever since they’ve been fishing for men…We’ve seen the leper healed and cleansed from his disease, so overwhelmed and changed by his encounter with Jesus there was just no way to keep him […]

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Through the Roof!!

Luke chapter 5.  I’m reading David Bentley Hart’s New Testament translation, and I get to Luke 5, and there Jesus is doing all this Jesus stuff.  He’s calling disciples, directing them to a huge haul of fish where there had been no fish all night, he’s healing lepers, making the perpetually unclean clean.   Because unlike you […]

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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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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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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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