Why did God save us?

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Do you see the lamb in the Omega Nebula?

“For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.” (Isa 48:9-11)

As often as I read this passage, I am awestruck and brought to tears, for in these words the intensity of God’s will and the resolute strength of His character is glimpsed. Continue reading

Wheat field vision

The Vision. Spring of 2000.

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Suddenly I was standing in the middle of a vast rolling wheat field. How I got there, I had no idea. It was as if one moment I was a stalk of wheat and the next I was a man. As the vision continued to unfold, I thought to myself I need to look for others and began to look around for a building where I might find other people or a phone where I could call someone to come and pick me up. Turning completely around I didn’t see ANY evidence of buildings or other men in sight. So I stood there, waiting.

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Working for the adversary

If the adversary is overcome by the word of our testimony, then is the one who silences our testimony working for the adversary?

And do they even know they’re working for the adversary?

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:11 KJV)

Is this Jesus?

Lately I’ve been spending time in quiet meditation of the “come let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18) sort, where a few scriptures have remained at the forefront of my thoughts and have proven very sobering by the questions they inspire. They are:

“I am THE Way, THE Truth, THE Life” (John 14:6)
“Walk in the light as He is in the light” (1 John 1:7)
“Obey the Spirit’s teaching, then, and remain in union with Christ.” (1 John 2:27 GNB)

Buddy_christMeditations are aided by experience, such as my brief foray back into an institutional church, which gave me many things to examine and the effect they had on my fellowship with Christ and others. These have helped me to see more clearly the connection between my choices, actions and involvements and my unity with Christ.

Though simplistic, it is nonetheless helpful to break down scriptures like John 14:6 such as: Continue reading