1. Seeing the Invisible God
    18 Dec, 2018
    Seeing the Invisible God
    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. Colossians 1:15   "He's the spitting image of his father." That is strange phrase to me.   The sense seems to be that the son is so similar to his dad, it's almost as if the father had spat him out of his mouth. Strange.  And a little gross, if you really think about it. As weird as that phrase is, it makes me think about Jesus. That's because Colossians 1:15 tells us Jesus is the image of the invisible God (I plan to
  2. Learning From Elijah
    17 Dec, 2018
    Learning From Elijah
    And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"  He said, "I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away."  And the LORD said to him, "Go, return on your
  3. Active Waiting for a Glorious End
    14 Dec, 2018
    Active Waiting for a Glorious End
    But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.  2 Peter 3:13   I hate to sound cynical, but there aren't a lot of things that surprise me nowadays. Maybe that's because scandalous things seem to happen almost every day. Think about what's happened over the course of this year that almost seems like normal news these days . . . School shootings? Check. Government officials doing something underhanded?  Check. Sexual abuse in
  4. Love is Vulnerable
    12 Dec, 2018
    Love is Vulnerable
    Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  1 John 4:7    I think it's safe to say that Christians know we are called to love one another.  The Bible is very clear on that. We also know that love is from God.   But what love entails is sometimes a bit fuzzy to us. 1 Corinthians 13 gives us some parameters . . .   Love is patient and kind.  It does not envy or boast.  It is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its
  5. Emotions
    11 Dec, 2018
    Emotions
    Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, "I will; be clean."  Mark 1:41   And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.  Mark 3:1 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God." Mark 10:14    In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy
  6. The Great Reversal
    10 Dec, 2018
    The Great Reversal
    He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. Luke 1:51-53  There is a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelly that almost always gives me pause and brings me to the point of pensive reflection. The poem is Ozymandias. If you haven't hear of this poem before, it describes a broken statue of