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Revival!

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Many Christians believe there will be an end time revival before the Second Coming of Christ to this earth.[1] Without commenting on the validity of such a thing, what might that look like, if it occurred, and what should we be doing in an effort to make ourselves ready for it? The words that come immediately to mind are the words of Christ that the disciple is not above his master, nor is the servant above his lord (Matthew 10:24). If Jesus shook up his world during his earthly ministry, then whatever an end time revival might look like, it is enough to say that we should be as our Lord (Luke 6:40), and, whatever we believe the Bible says about such a period, it should never be made to mean something that contradicts the nature of Jesus as Servant, i.e. the Weakness of God or the One of no reputation. The Bible is the word of God written down to reveal the Word of God. It cannot be made to violate that understanding (John 10:35). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Learning Obedience

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This is off the subject, but it speaks to the point I wish to make in the current theme of doing as Jesus did, or living out the Jesus Style.[1] Anyway, often when discussing the deity of Jesus with folks who don’t believe he is God (a god, perhaps, but not the God), I am told that he obeyed the Father, showing he was subject to him. How can God be subject to God? I reply to this by saying, “Of course Jesus obeyed the Father, because he took upon himself the form of a servant. Servants are obedient to a higher authority. If God became man (a servant), as a servant he would need to be obedient to the power higher than the status of the servant” (cp. Philippians 2:7-8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Be It Ever So Humble…

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There is simply no place like home![1] Where is home? In today’s environment home may not be a good place—a place one goes for comfort and protection. Where is that place where one goes to ease the tensions of the day, or of one’s life? Is there a person who personifies the idea of home—the place where everyone being involved with everyone else is the normal state of affairs. Perhaps, home can be seen not as a place of escape, but where all one’s troubles can be aired without judgment—a place of healing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2015 in Jesus

 

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What Unity Might Look Like

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I worship in a large church organization, which would be the antithesis of the type of organization I believe the first century Church looked like.[1] Nevertheless, we seem to be able to solve the unity problem through the use of many small groups within our large local church membership. Through these little temporary structures we seem to be able to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those of us who weep. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2015 in Jesus

 

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That They May Be One…

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In John 17:11 Jesus prayed that his disciples would be kept as one people, saying: “Holy Father, keep through your own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”[1] If Jesus’ prayer would be answered, and he claimed that his Father always answered his prayers (John 11:42), what would that church unity look like today? If the Church today and throughout history has been one as the Father and Jesus are one, then unity must be something other than structural unity. Moreover, if this is true, then unity, according to God, does not appear to be the same as unity according to man. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2015 in Jesus

 

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The Meeting Place of God

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Jesus told his disciples immediately after Peter confessed he believed Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, that he would build his church upon that rock, and not only so, but the gates of Hades (death) would not prevail against it (Matthew 16:16-18).[1] The place of Jesus’ revelation was Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:13), in whose coasts we would find the springs of the Jordan River. I believe the Lord brought the disciples there, because it was common knowledge that the waters of the Jordan watered the Promised Land, but every drop emptied into the Dead Sea, never to flow again. The Jordan dies in the Dead Sea. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Jesus

 

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The Bittersweet

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Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to say good things than to do good things?[1] The fact is: it may be the most bittersweet lesson I’ve ever learned about myself—that good intentions are merely the whitewash on the face of a cold stony heart that has neglected to exercise what I had acknowledged as good. Ezekiel was told to take the scroll God had given him, containing his words for his people, and eat it and then go to the House of Israel and speak to them. In his mouth the scroll was as sweet as honey (Ezekiel 3:1-3), but the performance of the task was a bitter undertaking (Ezekiel 3:14). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Real Power Expressed in Weakness

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Years ago I watched a striking film in which Cliff Robertson won his Academy Award for best performance by an actor. It was Charly.[1] The film is about a retarded man who becomes the subject of a scientific experiment to increase his intelligence. While it is styled as a love story, it is most moving as the film records Charly’s journey from being mentally challenged to becoming a genius, who is able to answer any question put to him. However, when he poses the question: “Who is Charly?”, no one among his doctorate admirers is able to reply. Then he discloses to a surprised audience of scientists and would-be supporters what his experimenters had hidden from everyone—Charly’s intelligence was temporary! He would soon journey backward to his mentally challenged state! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Power—Power! Where’s the Power?

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At the end of the day the picture of the babe Jesus held in his arms, as he taught to his disciples, (Mark 10:15-16) is the one which most astonishes me.[1] No one shall enter God’s Kingdom until he receives it as a child—as the babe Jesus held in his arms! How are we able to conquer the world—to wage war against the kingdom of evil—with the strength of a babe? Are we not sent into the world to preach the Gospel to the nations? Where’s that power to come from? Certainly Jesus couldn’t mean the Gospel goes out into the world without any power whatsoever. Well, no, he doesn’t mean that, but what does he mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Shepherds Don’t Run

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Awhile back I attended a church most Christians would call a cult.[1] After attending for a few years, I heard a voice that, today, I liken to the midnight cry in Matthew 25:6. It came from a group who wished to break away from the main body, but I heard it as though it came from the Lord. For the first time since joining the group, I listened intently to evaluate what was said. I found that neither the main body nor the smaller faction was saying anything different. Corruption was the outcry from the smaller group, and heretic was the cry coming from the mother church. I looked into God’s word and began asking questions of my own. I found that neither group considered me valuable enough to fight for—to risk anything to protect or save me. So, they ran from me. No one came looking (Luke 15:4-6)—but Jesus! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2015 in Jesus

 

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To Whom Was Jesus Sent?

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I find it interesting that, when Jesus was born, there was no room for him in society.[1] No one even knew of his coming, except perhaps Mary and Joseph and John the Baptist’s parents. The wise men who sought him, because they looked for the fulfillment of the promise of his coming, thought he would be among the great of society, or at least they believed that certainly the powerful would have been alerted of his arrival (Matthew 2:1-3). A glaring charge against the powerful religious figures of the time is that, although they knew where Jesus was to be born (Matthew 2:4-6), they didn’t seek him with the Magi who came from the East! Is it any wonder that God didn’t announce Jesus’ birth to them? Rather he visited shepherds, and it was they who found him on the night he was born, and stirred up society by informing others (Luke 2:8-18). Yet, it is telling, is it not, that the rich and powerful weren’t moved, until believers of their own rank came seeking Jesus (Matthew 2)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Jesus Became Obedient

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Sometimes the word obedience takes on a negative slant.[1] The image brought to mind might be that of defeat, perhaps even demoralization—being made to do or say what one hates. On the other hand, one could envision the utter joy on the face of a babe who takes his first steps, causing his feet to obey his desire. Obedience can be thrilling—to experience the joy of having what one eagerly desires to finally fall into place! The wonder of it all, Jesus became obedient, all the way to death—even the death of crucifixion (Philippians 2:8)! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Touching our Weakness

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My daughter once asked me a leading question that would categorize me in one of the five love languages.[1] I think she was reading Gary Chapman’s book, The Five Love Languages at the time—that, or she was discussing the book in her Sunday school group. When I told her touch meant more to me than anything else, she quickly announced that most men say that, but it isn’t so. However, I recalled for her that one of my most vivid memories as a child was the one where my Dad and I went for a walk, and he put his arm around my shoulder. To this very day I can feel his arm. No matter what I am doing at the time or whosoever has my attention, if my wife or anyone else touches me on my back, I am immediately aware of it, and that one has my undivided attention. Touch is very important to me. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Our Abominable Value System

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Some of the most puzzling events in the New Testament for me were the times (there were more than one) Jesus cast out the money changers from the Temple.[1] I wasn’t puzzled over what he did, but how and why the money changers were able to conduct their business within the Temple compound. It was done in the gentile sector, but the whole Temple area must have smelled like a stable, and what worshiper had privacy enough to be intimate with God in prayer in such a public place? It not only smelled badly, but was more similar to a noisy market than the House of God. What was going on? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Economics According to Jesus

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I had often wondered about Jesus’ words to the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16-23.[1] Jesus told him that, if he wished to be perfect (mature in his faith), he needed to sell all he had and give it to the poor, and then he could come and follow Jesus. If every believer did what Jesus said here, Christianity would be understood as a religion of the poor and foolish. While there is nothing wrong about being called foolish for doing as Jesus says we should do, and there is certainly nothing sinful about being poor, still I have to wonder, if Jesus really wanted everyone to sell all his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor, in order to be one of his mature disciples. Where is the wisdom in Jesus’ words in this scripture? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in Jesus

 

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