From the monthly archives:

February 2011

With our current series on Christianity & Government – this video provides some good added discussion.

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John 17:20-26

by Lon on February 21, 2011

Continuing our journey through John

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one:

23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.

26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

In a world where we’re always trying to be different and distinct, Christ seems to be calling for unity, ‘oneness’ above all else.  His Glory is in our capacity to be ‘one’ together.

Christ again proclaims his love.  Again, not a god that demands love, but actively gives and shares love.

Imagine that, a love before the creation of the world.  Genesis is laced in love.  Humanity is birthed out of an overflow of love.

Do you get a sense that Christ is repeatedly hammering at a prayer that we know that we are loved?  How simple and in many ways unadventurous is that?

What would your life and your world look like if you knew you were loved with the same love Christ was immersed in since before the creation of the world?

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John Perkins at the Jubilee Conference

by Lon on February 14, 2011

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John 17:6-19

by Lon on February 14, 2011

Continuing our journey through John

6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name–the name you gave me–so that they may be one as we are one.

12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus prays for his disciples.  You would think that any deity, power figure, superstar would have it the other way around; people ought to be concerned, praying for, and serving him instead.

We find in Jesus’ prayer here that his heart is with his people.

He banks his glory on imperfect broken people.

Not only that he asks that they continue to do his work in his name.  Jesus states that he sanctifies himself for others.

It seems to make no sense but Jesus wraps his identity into us, as he and the Father are one.

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Bearing Witness To Hope – Chris Heuertz

by Lon on February 8, 2011

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John 17:1-5

by Lon on February 8, 2011

Continuing our journey through John

1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.4 I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.

5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

We know God can hear our prayers, even the ones deep within our hearts – yet why would Jesus look to heaven and pray?  Is there some connection between our physical posture and our attentiveness to God in prayer?

Would you dare ask God to bring glory to you?  To ask for authority?  What would you do with glory and authority?  Would it be for the good of God and of others?

Do you have some notion of what ‘eternal life’ is?  Jesus spells it out as clearly as possible here ‘Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.’ – Does this differ in anyway from what you’ve known to be eternal life?

And where were you before the world began?

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A thousand questions

by Lon on February 2, 2011

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John 16:17-31

by Lon on February 2, 2011

Continuing our journey though John

17 Some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”

18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”
19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’?20 I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.

28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech.

30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”
31 “You believe at last!” Jesus answered.

32 “But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

There is tremendous pain before a child is born.  There is grief and joy, mourning and dancing.  It seems like suffering is often the gateway towards joy and contentment.

The potential for rejoicing doesn’t negate the reality of our tragedies.  However, what’s tragic is when we allow pain to overcome us to the point where we’re never able to see the joy when it’s time.

Jesus doesn’t say that he will remove us from all troubles in this world.  Instead he declares that he himself has overcome it, and because of that we can have peace in the midst of trouble.

Is this possible? Have you ever experienced it in your own life?

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