From the monthly archives:

December 2011

Chris Heuertz on bearing witness to hope

by Lon on December 31, 2011

On evangelism as bearing witness to hope.

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John 19:38-42

by Lon on December 31, 2011

The burial of Jesus

38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. nike cortez With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.t40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. asics gel lyte 3 soldes This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

God in human flesh is dead and buried here. adidas yeezy boost Some call this the holy Saturday, situated between the death and resurrection of Christ.

Too often we quickly skip over this awkward moment. The moments between glorious sacrifice and victory. How do we embrace and live fully in these moments of silence? Of grief? of death? Of despair?

This passage seems to suggest a respect of what was and what is left.

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A portrait of Christ

by Lon on December 28, 2011

Created on April 20th,

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John 18:28:40

by Lon on December 28, 2011

Continuing our journey through the gospel according to John

28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”

30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”

31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”
“But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected.32 This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. chaussure asics With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”

40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.

v36 is fascinating.

Jesus is announcing that the Kingdom of heaven is near, it’s begun, it’s here and on it’s way… adidas yeezy boost obviously Christ’s disciples hadn’t embraced this reality, and that’s why his kingdom didn’t seem to be in effect. But for the rest of us, today, if we’re really a part of this new kingdom Christ is ushering in, maybe we ought to be fighting for Christ to be king, in our lives and in our cities?

v38 “What is truth?” Pilate responds. In our world today, many of us live with our own truths – much of it often never tested or thought about much. We often believe what’s given to us. Maybe followers of Jesus ought to really dig deeper into truth. What does Christ really proclaim? What’s ultimate reality in this new Kingdom of his on earth?

v40 The crowd shouted for Barabbas to be released instead of Christ. I wonder, and this might be a stretch, would we, and do, do the same?

We’re often willing to accept what pains Christ to fit the way we think things ought to be. bottes timberland pas cher ie. In retrospect we might demand that Christ be crucified, because without it, he could not be our ultimate sacrifice and atone for our sins…?

or for example today because Christ mentioned there would be wars, and the poor, and evil, as a reality in our world…

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John 20:19-29

by Lon on December 28, 2011

Continuing our journey through the book of John

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. adidas superstar The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymust), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.

25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. adidas messi 2017 Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. chaussure asics Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Of all the words the resurrected Christ would have for his followers – it’s peace that he declares upon them, twice. louboutin homme If we could imagine for a moment peace being the centre of Christ’s message – how does that shape you and the way you live your life?

It’s interesting that the Holy Spirit was breathed on them. Very much like the Genesis account of humanity itself. If the Holy Spirit is to be ‘received’ though – could it be denied?

v23 is also troubling as it elevates the importance of our own capacity to forgive. Could we literally be damning others by our lack of forgiveness towards them?

Thomas couldn’t believe until Christ showed him his scars.

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O Lord, hear my prayer.

by pomankwan on December 27, 2011

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This Summer

by admin on December 27, 2011

Mosaic is going to experiment by sending everyone out on a summer project.

What is this and why are we doing it?

- We’re modelling this after Independent Study Projects which many have already done in school
– Working on separate distinct projects fits well with our current decentralized mode of church
– We wanted to practice living highly intentional with the moments we’ve been given on earth
– We’re hoping the 6-8 week span of the summer will allow us to do something substantial, maybe even remarkable
– The cross-learning of what God is doing in our own circles as we’re living intentionally ought to be quite enriching
– Christ-like character building is of primal importance to us, and we’re hoping that as we step out in action doing all that is good, beautiful, and true in the name of Christ, our character will be forged in the process

Everybody ends up somewhere. ugg australia But very few people end up somewhere on purpose. nike air max command

We want to soak in every bit of opportunity at life we have this summer, and all the end of the it all be able to answer the question “This Summer I… adidas femme ” knowing we lived well in light of God.

Below is a few generic items mentioned that you could commit yourself to this summer.

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Mosaic – This summer… schedule

by Lon on December 26, 2011

Following through on our “This summer…” series, here’s the current schedule of cross-learning presentations (subject to change)

Sept. adidas femme pas cher 11th – Jonathan, Sophia, Christina
Sept. adidas zx 750 pas cher 18th – Alfred, Anna, Vince, Shuk-Ka
Sept. adidas superstar 2 femme 25th – Harry, Carol, Bonnie, Felix
Oct. 2nd – Yvonne, Lon, Jim, Helen
Oct. 9th – Po Man, Josephine, Cindy, Ian, Jon, Gma
Oct. adidas femme 16th – Ken, Ella, Tim, Kathy
Oct. 23rd – Monica, James, Amy, Jon
Oct. 30th – Ka, Jennifer, Kadia, Kandice

If you’re not on this list yet (and are dying to) it’s just because I haven’t spoken to you personally yet.

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