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John 15:18-25

by Lon on December 12, 2011

Continuing our journey through john

18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. nike air max thea soldes As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. nike x fragment That is why the world hates you.20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. nike huarache If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin.

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John 7:1-13

by Lon on December 29, 2010

Continuing our journey through the gospel of John

1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life.2 But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near,3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, a??You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do.4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. nike air zoom pegasus Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.a??

5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him. nike air max thea
6 Therefore Jesus told them, a??The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.8 You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.a??

9 Having said this, he stayed in Galilee. adidas zx 750 pas cher
10 However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.

11 Now at the Feast the Jews were watching for him and asking, a??Where is that man?a??

12 Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, a??He is a good man.a??
Others replied, a??No, he deceives the people.a??

13 But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the Jews.

Jesus stayed away from those who were trying to kill him. Clearly there is a time for martyrdom, and a time to live another day.

Jesus’ brothers knew of his miraculous powers, and wanted others to see it displayed, yet did not quite ‘believe in him’

People during those times did not speak publicly about Jesus out of fear. They didn’t even feel safe raising questions of who Jesus could possibly be.

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Life, death, and food.

by Lon on December 27, 2010

While I can reproduce the salsa experience from last sunday for those of you who missed it – Here’s a few additional thoughts on the talk this past sunday.

There’s not much we do more frequently in life while awake than eat. Is there we can redeem our times of eating and see how God may be speaking to us through our food? Maybe rather than saying grace before meals, we could see grace within our meals?

The dining table helps bring people together as equals. All in need of food, all with the capacity to enjoy and taste God’s goodness and providence.

Most of Jesus’ parables were spoken in the presence of a food and also often about food.

If the whole earth is filled with his glory – maybe our food expresses flavors of the gospel as well? Think about the cilantro – the smell the colors – it’s all so unnecessary to digestion and nutrition – but why might our ever-creative God have done that with our food?

Everything (good) we eat was once alive. Our food in many ways ‘dies’ so that we can live.

We can see the truth of Christ’s death, bringing us life, everywhere.

Death is not only a reality of life, it is the fuel for life.

Jesus once said that unless a kernel of wheat falls from the ground, it remains a single seed. Soldes 2017 Asics But if it dies… life is multiplied when we die to ourselves, our ambitions, our selfisness…

Jesus also said that we are to we deny ourselves (ie. Soldes 2017 Asics die to ourselves), pick up our cross and follow him

Another statement Jesus repeated was that those who lose their lives (ie. adidas messi 2017 die to ourselves again) will find our lives.

Death to ourselves, death for the sake of Christ, death on behalf of others, leads to life…

Here is a link to the trailer of food inc that I had mentioned – and how the way we eat today disconnects us from life, death, and how our universe functions.

Here’s an article I wrote about on ‘hoping for the death of your child‘ regarding the story of the two babies I closed with.

BTW – The jalapenos were burning under my nails for the next day. chausson ugg Another reason why I love spicy food. Ever have an experience eating food and you can’t recall whether you ate it or not? Jalapenos provide me with a tangible experience to the food I ate – through the heat and my sweat – i’m reminded of the meal I just ate.

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John 6:25-59 – Jesus the Bread of Life

by Lon on December 10, 2010

Continuing our journey through the gospel of John

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, a??Rabbi, when did you get here?a??
26 Jesus answered, a??I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.

27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.a??

28 Then they asked him, a??What must we do to do the works God requires?a??

29 Jesus answered, a??The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.a??
30 So they asked him, a??What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?

31 Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: a??He gave them bread from heaven to eat.a??a??
32 Jesus said to them, a??I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.

33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.a??

34 a??Sir,a?? they said, a??from now on give us this bread.a??
35 Then Jesus declared, a??I am the bread of life. adidas pas cher femme He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.

40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.a??
41 At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, a??I am the bread that came down from heaven.a??

42 They said, a??Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, a??I came down from heavena???a??
43 a??Stop grumbling among yourselves,a?? Jesus answered.44 a??No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.45 It is written in the Prophets: a??They will all be taught by God.a?? Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.47 I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.48 I am the bread of life.49 Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. nike air max 1 This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.a??

52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, a??How can this man give us his flesh to eat?a??
53 Jesus said to them, a??I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.a??

59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Is Jesus right? The people pursued him because of the food he provided and not the miraculous? Maybe it has to do with the proximity of Jesus. These people were impacted by Christ not by some distant sign, but because their own growling physical hunger was satiated by Christ. bottes ugg pour homme

While we often talk about how our ‘works’ is a sign of our belief, Jesus also turns it the other way around here and declares that our very work is to believe.

Jesus comes out in the open here and declares himself the bread of life. The argument of whether Jesus was a liar, lunatic, or Lord comes front and center here.

I love the idea of being ‘taught by god’ as well.

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John 3:11-21

by Lon on December 9, 2010

Continuing our reflections through the Gospel of John

11 I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heavena??the Son of Man.14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,

15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
16 a??For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.a??

Jesus continues his conversation with Nicodemus here. Jesus speaks of using earthly language – and while even this is challenging to understand, it’s interesting how often we go straight to speaking to people of heavenly things assuming they’ll understand.

Jesus also refers to the bronze snake Moses made in the desert so that people could look towards to have life. An incredible amount can be said about this, but maybe i’ll leave it to you or unpack it later. nike pegasus

The famous John 3:16 is also found in this conversation. There’s much more going on but a few things to note here. bottes ugg pour homme

1. God loves the world. When we don’t, and say we worship God, there’s something inconsistent there.

2. chaussures nike femme 2017 Jesus was given so that we might have life.

3. Jesus did not come to condemn the world – and neither should we.

Some of my questions on the last two verses of the passage.

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John 8:1-11

by Lon on December 2, 2010

Continuing our journey through the gospel of John

1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. adidas pas cher They made her stand before the group4 and said to Jesus, a??Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?a??

6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. asics aaron
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.
7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, a??If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.a??

8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. nike air max femme pas cher
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.

10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, a??Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?a??

11 a??No one, sir,a?? she said.
a??Then neither do I condemn you,a?? Jesus declared. a??Go now and leave your life of sin.a??

It’s interesting that while the biblical validity of this passage has always been in question – it remains one of the most popular stories in Christ’s ministry today.

The story has deception, adultery, mystery, and forgiveness all in 11 short verses.

Find yourself in the story.

How much energy to do you spend looking for ways to judge and condemn others? (Pharisees and teachers of the law)

Have you ever been caught or on trial for your sins? Really, there’s no such thing as being ‘caught’ before God when he sees the entirety of our lives. adidas femme soldes While having our deepest sins intentionally shared can be deeply freeing, it almost always seems shameful when they’re ‘discovered’ for all to see.

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Richard Rohr – What did Jesus really teach

by Lon on September 23, 2009 What do you think?

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Acts 10

by Lon on May 11, 2009

Acts 10

Cornelius – gave alms generously and prayed constantly to God without knowing his name was Jesus

What does this say about how we interact with those around us?

Indwelling in the grace of God has nothing to do with your ‘works’ but how do you help introduce someone to the King, who already seems well acquainted with the kingdom?

v36 The message God sent to his people – peace by Jesus christ – he is Lord of all.

What does/would this look like today?

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