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To Know Me is to Love Me

To Know Me is to Love Me

Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 in Writings | 0 comments

I love to tell people that, “To know me is to love me!” (‘cause it’s true, right??) Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” Before you we’re born…in fact, before the first light of creation…He knew you. As He contemplated His coming creation, before the beginning of time, he considered…you. And He knew you. He knew you…and do you know what? He LOVED you! He knew who you would be and what you would be… He knew if you would love him, and if you wouldn’t… You were made to be you…formed by God…known by God. He thought of you…he loved you…and he was compelled to create you! To know you was to love you. Often people ask why God would create people that he knows will not accept Him and will end up going to hell… Answer? Because He thought of them…loved them…had to create them! His thought had made them real. They were now in existence. He was in love. And He wanted them to exist to love Him back. He had to make it THEIR choice. But to think of them and to love them, and then not to create them…that would be like abortion. They–you–were as good as real the very moment he thought of you. And he would do whatever it took…WHATEVER it took…to make it so that you would live with him for all of eternity! So what did he do? Given a choice to love God in a perfect setting, man would choose instead to love himself…and all mankind would follow. They would sin…and the smallest blemish in their lives would stain their souls the deepest shade of red. It would compile a debt so great, that nothing short of a life of perfection could overcome it. So the choice was made. Jesus, chosen before the foundations of the world were laid, raised his hand high to take on the role…he would step down form his throne and shed his power to become like his creation…to show them how much he loved them, and how much he loved...

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What Makes Us Worship?

What Makes Us Worship?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Writings | 0 comments

This evening I sat with a group of old friends at a bible study, and as my friend played the guitar, we all broke into the three-part harmonies we used to sing together. The world, for just a few minutes, was a universe away…

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The Line in the Sand

The Line in the Sand

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Writings | 0 comments

I always laughed in the old Bugs Bunny cartoons when Bugs would would draw a line in the sand and tell Yosemite Sam, “I dare you not to cross THIS line!” Inevitably, ol’ Sam would cross it…and then next and the next…until the final line led him to drop off the edge of a cliff.

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“I Follow the Teachings of Jesus”

“I Follow the Teachings of Jesus”

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Writings | 0 comments

As I sat in church today I thought back to a man I met about 20 years ago.  He was a noted photographer in Laguna Beach, California, and we were picking up an image of his to use on the front cover of a book we were publishing.  Somehow the conversation steered toward religion and faith, and he commented, “Oh, I follow the teachings of Jesus!” “You’re a Christian?  that’s awesome!” I replied, please to find a common ground of faith in the man. “Oh, no,” he answered back quickly. “I didn’t say I was a Christian…I just study the teachings of Jesus. He was a great teacher.” I was dumbfounded, and felt I’d walked into a weird word trap.  “So…like…’Love one another’…’Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’?  That kind of thing?” “Yeah, and how he wanted others to be sacrificial and forgiving…” Hmmm… “And what about the parts where he said ‘I and the father are one?’  Do you think he was God?” “Oh, no…” he came back. “I just like the morality he gave to people to follow.” You see…what made me think of this story was that the message being preached was from John 6, where Jesus says in Verse 53: ““Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” Not exactly the words of a great “moral teacher”.  On its base level…the text alone…this is a hard teaching.  He was teaching this in the Synagogue of all places, and he sent the Jews onto a real tizzy!  Eat his FLESH?  Drink his BLOOD?  Who IS this guy?? This falls under one of those “Let him who has ears, let him hear” moments.  Of course Jesus didn’t mean to take a bite out of him like a hungry zombie out of The Walking Dead!  He meant we must consume him!  Ingest him!  Make him so much a part of ourselves that when we draw Jesus into ourselves we can’t tell where he ends and we begin.  As when we consume food, it is broken down...

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Preaching at San Diego Comic Con 2013?

Preaching at San Diego Comic Con 2013?

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Writings | 0 comments

On the last day of the San Diego Comic Con of 2013, our Sunday morning started with a worship session led by a local pastor in full Stormtrooper armor (helmet on the table in front of him), to be followed by a panel discussion on “Presenting the Bible in Visual Formats”…

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