Dec 13, 2017

Being the Temple

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Israel’s temple was the place that heaven and earth met.  It was the place where God dwelt.  Heaven and earth met in the incarnation of our Lord.  Heaven came down to us.  God became a human to rescue humans.  The temple of God “tabernacled among us” (John 1:14), and we saw in Him the glory

Dec 10, 2017

With God And Was God

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The Bible declares, and Christianity, teaches the relationship Christ has to God.  Christ is the eternal Son.  He is the Word who was with God from the beginning.  He is the Word who is God (John 1:1-2).  He is the “Word who was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the

Dec 7, 2017

Mary’s Pregnancy

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Mary was an ovulating young Jewish virgin. Inside her body was a special egg. This ovum was chosen by the Father to live out the humility of God.  By the Holy Spirit, the seed of God enters the ovum.  Once this union takes place, before the first division of the cell, “It” is not half-human

Nov 10, 2017

Valleys And Mountains

By |Nov 10, 2017|Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Gratitude, Humility, Incarnation, Life|0 Comments

We place too much value on getting out of the valley and on top of the mountain, as if our goal and god is always some spiritual high.  I have learned that when I live in brokenness, valleys and mountain peaks mean very little.  There may be highs and lows even in brokenness, for it

Oct 24, 2017

Drawing Us Back

By |Oct 24, 2017|Christ, Church, Devotionals, Father, Incarnation, Pentecost, Reconciliation, Spirit, Trinity|0 Comments

God reaches out to man to draw man to Himself into the union of oneness (John 17:22-26).  The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father through the Son to then draw the world through the Son back to the Father.  The Incarnation, Pentecost, and the Church all have this end in view.  “God was in Christ

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

By |May 6, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Evangelism, Incarnation|0 Comments

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