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Sep 26, 2017

All Things New

By |Sep 26, 2017|Christ, Christ Coming, Creation, Devotionals, New Creation, Resurrection, Resurrection Day|0 Comments

“If any person be in Messiah, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away and behold new things have come” II Corinthians 5:17.  In Messiah the old creation is fading away and the new creation is coming; the old is gone and the new has begun to arrive.  The resurrection of Jesus

Jun 7, 2017

The Conspiracy

By |Jun 7, 2017|Christ, Creation, Crucifixion, Devotionals, New Creation, Righteousness|0 Comments

The ancient world looked for a messiah.  False messiahs came and went.  Jesus was crucified, and yet His followers proclaimed the rejected Jesus to be the promised Messiah.  “And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Messiah is Jesus” (Acts 5:42).  The good

May 17, 2017

Right Will Win

By |May 17, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Justice, Kingdom of God, New Creation, Righteousness|0 Comments

The moral universe bends toward righteousness.  It will not stop until unfairness is banished and justice is established, until wrong is defeated and right wins.  We have a part in the move of justice.  We either work with its tide or we will be washed away with it.  “He will not fail nor be discouraged,

Apr 16, 2017

First Fruits Of New Creation

By |Apr 16, 2017|Christ, Death, Devotionals, New Creation, Resurrection|0 Comments

The thing that most excited and animated the early disciples about Jesus’ resurrection was that it was completely different from a resuscitated human body.  Jesus himself had raised three people from the dead, but His own resurrection was very different.  His was a never-before-seen kind of body that made them know that the scriptural prophecies

Mar 25, 2017

Transformed Character

By |Mar 25, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Lent, New Creation, Obedience, Sin|0 Comments

Someone has said, “Life evokes character.”  We learn who we are by living, and we become different when we learn to live in the ways Jesus taught us.  If “Life evokes character,” Jesus through the processes of His grace can transform character.  He did not come to us to give us a ticket to the

Feb 16, 2017

God So Loved The World

By |Feb 16, 2017|Devotionals, Incarnation, Love, New Creation, Resurrection, Sin|0 Comments

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

Dec 20, 2016

Beautiful People

By |Dec 20, 2016|Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Grace, Love, New Creation, Resurrection, Worship|0 Comments

Agape love has eyes to see the beauty in all people.  Agape has been defined as “a selflessness that delights in the other”.  Look in the faces of earth’s beautiful people.  All are made in the image of God’s beauty.  See it in the bud of a child, the blossom of the young and the

Sep 3, 2016

Death’s Time

By |Sep 3, 2016|Christ, Christ Coming, Death, Devotionals, New Creation, Resurrection, Resurrection Day|0 Comments

Sometimes we know by prognosis or diagnosis that our death is near.  A few know by intuition.  For the vast majority, we do not know.  It comes as a surprise, unannounced.  Death comes in the midst of jobs partially done and dreams not yet fulfilled.  It interrupts and disrupts our lives.  We really know it

Mar 26, 2016

The Resurrection Answer

By |Mar 26, 2016|Christ, Death, Devotionals, Holy Week, Hope, Life, New Creation, Resurrection, Resurrection Day|0 Comments

The Resurrection of Jesus answered the Psalmist when he asked, “Will the departed spirits rise and praise You?”  Jesus provided a living example of Resurrection when His Father raised Him from the dead.  Jesus is our true hope over death.  His resurrected-new-creation body foreshadows the body we will have.  In our Messiah, death does not

Mar 21, 2016

Thorns And Suffering

By |Mar 21, 2016|Christ, Cross, Crucifixion, Devotionals, Holy Week, Lent, New Creation, Suffering|0 Comments

Between Eden and New Creation, we still deal with thorns and suffering.  It was no accident that our Lord wore a crown of thorns.  The Eternal Son came into a world of suffering, both to express His solidarity with the suffering and to lay the foundation for the full restoration of all things.  Meanwhile, there