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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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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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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The Greatest Conqueror

Continuing my advent look at what we mean when we call Jesus king, because we sing all of our Christmas Carols about this newborn king.  The newborn whom we would ultimately call King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.  But, the question is, what do we mean when we call Jesus king? Beginning with 2 […]

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