He’s the one.

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“When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.” Matthew 11:2-6

It strikes me that John is asking for a definitive ‘yes or no’ answer, yet Jesus doesn’t give him one. Instead, he gives John evidence and then has John draw his own conclusion.

So, is Jesus the one?

Since coming to Christ I can see truth about myself and the world that I couldn’t find before, even though I was looking. I am able to pursue things in life that are central to my passion and being that I never could before, I can listen to others and creation with a new openness, with grace and clarity. I have new Life (which is hard to explain to someone who hasn’t experienced this gift from God yet), and I understand today that I am glorified by God and that I am invited to participate with God in God’s good plans – which is good news! I am blessed since putting down the offenses I thought were Jesus, but were really just misappropriations of who Jesus is. There’s no doubt about it.

Jesus didn’t say, ‘Yes. I am Him.’ in a straightforward/beyond doubt kind of way. Instead, he showed us how to know it’s him. Today, all the markers he lined out are visible in my life in some really amazing ways and I’m so grateful.

After 20 years of earnest spiritual seeking and learning/practicing lots of different spiritual disciplines I can say confidently that, in Jesus, I have experienced a connection with the divine unlike anything else. It is unparalleled – far and away and high above. I love everything I’ve experienced and been taught along the way, but Jesus has added a dimension that was unattainable without his presence.

He’s it. Jesus is the one.

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Scripture Memorization Club Luke 3:11

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You know the feeling, right? The sense of dread as you ease your car to the end of the parking lot driveway and see a person standing there holding a sign. You know you have to stop right in front of them because you can’t just peel out into traffic. That feels really uncomfortable and so what do you do? Smile? Wave? Ignore and pretend you don’t see?

According to this weeks scripture, there’s a different approach to take. Continue reading

A Friend on the Path

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“I have an amnesia.” she said. This after we had walked a couple hundred yards. I was a few steps ahead, acutely aware of the shared space with this strange woman who I had seen from time to time, but only in passing. We hadn’t come into even a tacit agreement to walk together. Yet, here we were, on separate walks in the same direction, and too close for too long not to acknowledge each had just become a part of the others experience.

“Oh?” was my only response. I’d never had anyone tell me they suffered from amnesia before. In the same moment, I felt the Holy Spirit, who had been quietly sneaking up, flare insistently within my heart. His gentle touch instructed me this was a moment to soften, to open, to be present. Continue reading

John 1:1-5

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In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him. And without Him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in Him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.  – John 1:1-5

I read this passage and I am overwhelmed with the beauty in it. I’m compelled to repeat it, over and over, until it is committed to memory.

The ‘Word’ is translated from the Greek as ‘logos’, in this case meaning the Divine Expression.  Logos signifies the ‘Word’ being the personal manifestation of God, not of a part of the divine nature, but of the whole deity. Jesus Christ is the embodiment of the intention and nature of God. He is God’s thought and spirit, His essence, made flesh. Hence, the many statements like these made by Christ: Continue reading

Gandhi, Gays and Christian Leadership

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I woke up a few weeks ago thinking about Mahatma Gandhi, one of the best and most loved leaders this world has known. During an outbreak of communal violence in 1943, Gandhi began and continued a 21 day fast until all of the violence was stopped. Even though the protesters/rioters were justified in their cause, their violent actions were untenable when applied to a higher law. Gandhi recognized that fact and opted to lead uncompromisingly toward peace.

Gandhi was a great and successful leader because of his ability to discern high wisdom. He commanded love and respect and extracted unity out of his own fearless dedication to the highest principles. I believe it’s time for Christian Leadership to begin a fast of it’s own. Continue reading

The Supernatural Arena

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“You’re gonna feel like you got shot out of a cannon into the fourth dimension.” – J. Smith

So much of life after baptism has felt akin to traveling in a foreign country (actually, the better descriptive here would be uncharted dimension) where one must acknowledge different rules, possibilities and ways of being. There is a ‘black and white/good and evil’ tension that becomes impossible to avoid any longer once one enters the Christian paradigm. The devil is a part of this package and, apparently, we are at war. Continue reading

The Candidate Meeting – A Fable

I ran across this post this morning and it speaks acutely into a situation I’m facing since declaring that I stand for equality for homosexual people in the church. The fable is representative of many of my own feelings.

To be fair, my Pastor has scheduled a meeting with me to discuss possibilities for going forward within disagreement and works very hard to meet me where I am. He is a great Pastor and a really good person – making this situation all the more difficult and sad. I don’t know yet how my own personal situation will resolve, but have faith that God will guide us. I’ll write another post soon dedicated to this subject, but enjoy this fable for now.

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Good Sam Glass Once upon a a Sunday morning…

“I’d like to thank you all for coming,” the friendly Pastor entoned. “Last Sunday, Mr. Josephson asked to join our church, and we’ve discussed this among our church leadership and Membership Committee this week. I’d like to ask Mr. Michaels to present their findings and recommendations now.”

“Thank you, Pastor,” Jerry Michaels began, as he addressed the half dozen or so church leaders gathered around the small conference table drinking coffee during the Sunday School hour before Worship. “As you know, here at First Godly Church in the Community, we try to take a leadership role in presenting the Gospel and godly civic and family values for and to our town.

“We did some ‘due diligence’ research, Mr. Josephson, regarding your membership here. You have shown remarkable Biblical knowledge, and have volunteered to teach Bible Study for the church. You’ve already impressed a number…

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