Theological Deduction

 

The Spirit gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. However, there are some of you who do not believe.”

John 6:63-64

 

Without eternity

there is no reason  to smile,

and every reason

to be afraid.

 

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A Better Country

 

Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. C. S. Lewis

This morning I have written two poems. I pray this one causes you to consider the Better Country referred to in The Book of Hebrews.

A reflection on Hebrews 11-13…

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Grace Upon Grace (#LentChallenge)

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I have been on a Gospel Journey this Lent season. Forty days of reading through the four Gospels along with a bunch of fellow sojourners with Margaret Feinberg’s #LentChallenge and today I read the first two chapters of John. The Gospel of John happens to be my very favorite of the four. I was weeping at chapter one. Broken, cracked open, spilled by the words on that page this morning. I can’t ever read the words that begin Chapter one without awestruck wonder:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-3

These words send me in this time warp journey back to Genesis, and leave me breathless. It’s as if everything from Genesis to Revelation sits within this passage. It really wrecks me…brings me to my knees. I am caught up in this grace, friends. Caught up in this amazing journey of grace upon grace. I hope you are too. This morning I was inspired to write a little poem. I hope it blesses you BIG.

Because this God I know, He takes no prisoners- but is Freedom and Truth- and I am amazed at His grace anew every morning! Don’t settle for religion. Get to know the One who came to set the captives free.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:9-13

Here is my poetic offering…

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Christ in YOU! (5MFF)

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The birth of Jesus is the focus of Christmas to we who believe. At least in theory. But, the beauty of Christmas is that this tiny mysterious bundle of wisdom swaddled in hay, laying in manger one Holy Night has birthed an undeniable kingdom as prophesied from the beginning.

The beauty of Christmas is not in this one freeze frame, iconic, Christmas card image but in the powerful truth behind the picture.

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Gates of Heaven (The King of Glory)

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Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle!
 Lift up your heads, O gates!
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.

Psalm 24: 7-9

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