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This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” ~~Apostle Paul

We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. We share in His resurrection and live a resurrection life. We get to share the adventure and an adventure it is. We shout like children, “What’s next?”

Who knows but it will be fun. So very exciting. We live a resurrection life.

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” ~~Apostle Paul Romans 8:15 (MSG)

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“But you haven’t seen the half of it yet, for in the same way that the Father raises the dead and creates life, so does the Son.” ~~Jesus

January 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Some days we think we have seen it all. Of course we know it isn’t true but it sure does feel that way.

Jesus challenges us to not think that way. Jesus is fully aligned with His Father’s purpose. He has every ounce of power that resides in the Holy Spirit. He raises the dead. He creates life.

He does it all, just like the Father.

“But you haven’t seen the half of it yet, for in the same way that the Father raises the dead and creates life, so does the Son.” ~~Jesus (John 5:20)

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What is Jesus’ favorite thing to talk about?

August 28, 2012 2 comments

What is Jesus’ favorite thing to talk about? It is the way things work in God’s world (Kingdom).

This is core of the message of Good News. God’s world is real. God is in control. God wants us to be loyal and do what He wants. He has a plan to be implemented.

So, after His resurrection, he met with the disciples face to face. The had no doubt about the resurrection. They saw him and talked with him for 40 days.

He lives!!

In face-to-face meetings, Jesus talked to them about things concerning the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:5 The Message)

Where does my identity come from?

Jesus knew before he selected Judas that he would betray him. He wanted him as a part of the 12 regardless.

He knew Peter would deny Him. He wanted him as a part of the 12 regardless.

He knew Thomas would, at his core, doubt Him. He wanted him as a part of the 12  regardless.

He knew John was way too competitive. He wanted him as a part of the 12  regardless.

Would I do that? Probably not. Betrayal hurts.  Denial hurts. Doubt hurts. Competition hurts. It hurts to the core. But Jesus also knew that his Holy Spirit would fill them. He knew they would perform greater signs and wonders than He did. He knew that day would come, when, after His resurrection, they would be transformed and fill with Power.

Jesus’ identity did not come from anyone but His Father. And he knew how much His Father loved Him. He knew it in his core. So he could select a bunch of men who would betray Him, deny Him, doubt Him, be way too competitive with each other and yet be open to Him. They would leave Him alone at the most important moment. He knew it. He was grounded in His Father’s love and pleasing Him. He loved them no matter what.

May I do the same. May my identity come from my Father who is so perfectly good all the time. May my love come from my Father who is always in a good mood and has my best interest in mind. May my heart be grounded in Him!!

So be it!!! Whoo Hoo!!!

How did Jesus present himself?

August 11, 2012 2 comments

The Apostles were absolutely convinced of Jesus resurrection from the dead. Luke, the author of Acts, is careful to document it.

Jesus presented Himself. Not as a ghost. Not as a spiritual being. He presented himself alive. He did it over and over. He did it for forty days. He did it many different places.

He is alive!! He lives. He sits at the right hand of the Father, in control of God’s World (Kingdom).

After his death, he presented himself alive to them in many different settings over a period of forty days. (Acts 1:4 The Message)

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Where is Jesus now?

Jesus is now in heaven sitting at the right hand of God. This is central to our faith and believe. He came to earth, He died for us, He was physically raised from the dead in a resurrected body AND He is now in control. God has given everything over to Jesus.

Do we believe this? Does our daily life reflect that fact? Do we allow our actions to reflect it?

Dear Theophilus, in the first volume of this book I wrote on everything that Jesus began to do and teach until the day he said good-bye to the apostles, the ones he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. (Acts 1:1 The Message)

Am I willing to suffer and mature? Will I rejoice and be happy?

Jesus, the Son of GOD, came to earth and suffered for us. Imagine that. Take a minute to think about it.

He felt everything we, as humans feel. Anticipating His death for us, he cried in the pain of anticipation. He offered up prayers as He got ready for this awful sacrifice. They were the prayers of a priest.   He is now the most High Priest. Because He is GOD’s Son, God answered His prayers and honored His sacrifice for us. In GOD’s world, we are all now a nation of priests. We intercede, with Jesus, on behalf of all who are in need of Him.

Now get this, he was God’s very own Son. He didn’t have to do any of this for us. He came to earth and learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered. He didn’t have to suffer.

We sometimes wonder, why do we have to suffer? Well, we join in the ministry of Jesus by sharing in suffering,  just as Jesus did. By suffering, Jesus arrived at the full stature of his maturity. Imagine the Son of God having to mature. He did as a man on earth. In that maturity and perfection, Jesus became our priest. In his death and resurrection,  he became the source of eternal salvation to all us who obey him.

While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as he offered up priestly prayers to God. (Hebrews 5:7 The Message)

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