Sep 28, 2017

Truth Added To Truth

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Previously learned truth in us often awaits another piece of truth, like a catalyst that will explode with new and deeper insight.  The unanswered questions and partial understandings of yesterday are joined with today’s discoveries to sharpen and deepen our grasp of truth.  We are students of the greatest Jewish Rabbi who ever lived.  He

Jul 18, 2017

Born From God

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The eternal Word was with God and was God.  The Word, by incarnation, was born from human so that humans could be born from God.  Without Him becoming one of us we could never become one of His.  We fall so short of a real appreciation of the incarnation and for the necessity of the

Jun 12, 2017

God Is Love

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The Revelation of a God of love did not come from philosophical deduction or theological theory.  It came from the gift of Christ to the world, through whom the apostles saw, “God is love”.  What other world religion shows such a God?  The god who demands that we kill each other as an expression of

Jun 3, 2017

The Church’s Grand Opening

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The Church had its grand opening at Pentecost.  Its opening was not about marketing but about launching an earth-wide mission.  It is about the beginning of New Israel, where Jew and Gentile together would become the one new chosen people, who are chosen to be lights and evangels to those who sit in darkness.  It

May 6, 2017

The Neighborhood

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I am taken with the paraphrase of John 1:14 in The Message, “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.”  Jesus could have been a world renowned traveling evangelist to the Gentile world, but the Word was incarnate in a narrow strip of land called Israel, mostly serving in Galilee.  This was

Apr 14, 2017

Atonement (2)

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Atonement means at-one-ment.  Atonement restricted only to the cross always leads us astray with inadequate plans of salvation.  The atonement starts in the incarnation and includes the life He lived, the death He died, the burial He underwent, the resurrection He experienced, the ascension back to the Father, His enthronement in heaven at the right

Apr 8, 2017

David’s Son Is David’s Lord

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The Messiah, the anointed One, was the promised Son of David, come to redeem the world.  But, according to Jesus, He was more than the Son of David, He was the Lord of David.  This is one of the great arguments for the incarnation being a perfect blending of the human and divine natures.  The

Mar 10, 2017

The Defeat Of Evil

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When our Lord entered creation via incarnation, a primary thing He did was take on evil and demonic powers that had entered His good creation.  He did not come to declare that evil was somehow good, meant to serve God’s greater purpose.  He knew evil was evil with no good in it.  He defined it

Feb 16, 2017

God So Loved The World

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God loved the world in its sin and brokenness.  He loved it enough to become incarnate in it.  He loved it so much He wanted to redeem it.  He loved it so much He would not abandon it to its fall.  He loved it so much that He did not come to condemn it.  He

Jan 27, 2017


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In Philippians 2:5-11 we find the great early church kenosis hymn.  Kenosis refers to the self-emptying of the Son of God, voluntarily descending by incarnation into our world and following that self-emptying all the way to the ignominious death of the cross.  Life can sometimes force an unchosen kenosis upon us, in what it strips