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Sunday, July 9, 2017

And God spoke all these words, saying, ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.You shall have no other gods before/besides me.” (Ex 20: 1-3)

Here’s a “dogmatic” truth we don’t discuss, or argue about, as Christians, because it’s so basic: that God “is.” He exists, as the Lord our God. We actually like to spend a lot of time battling it out about issues that have little consequence in the personal, everyday lives of most of us.

Although we don’t argue about this empowering truth, that God "is," - as Christians, we do often lose sight of it, I think, in our personal lives. At least I do. I often begin to play “God” myself, when I slip into self-reliance, trying to carry the whole world on my own, insufficient shoulders. Now let me make no...

Thursday, October 13, 2016

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, thatyou also should do as I have done to you.’” (Jn 13: 12-15)

What is the difference between the kind of ministry Jesus is talking about, “washing one another’s feet,” – and the wrong kind, for example, of people-pleasing? 

Christ is the difference, with the freedom He provides. That is to say, when ministry is done in connection with Him, it is fueled and guided by His free and freedom-giving Spirit, Who steers us away from any damaging codependency or...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham, and have never been in bondage to any one. How is it that you say, ‘You will be made free’?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not continue in the house for ever; the son continues for ever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” (Jn 8: 31-36)

What kind of “bondage” is Jesus pointing out to me here? It is the bondage of my “sin” (ἁμαρτία, missing the mark); that is, my loss(es) of focus and distractions in false directions, toward short-sighted desires. My usefulness in God’s h...

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