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Why Greek Matters (Part 2) – When Does the New Creation Begin? (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“Being in Christ” is not simply an opportunity for a fresh start or a new chance to get things right (as great as that is). Being in the Messiah means that one is a participant in the eschatological life of the restored and renewed heavens and earth even now. Continue reading

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Confronting the Sin of Despair – Hope as a Theology of Resistance

It is not so much sin that plunges us into disaster, as rather despair (John Chrysostom) Revelation 21:7-8 – “The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8But … Continue reading

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Prayers for Revival – Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 1:5ff)

In general, Jewish people reject Jesus as being the Messiah for one central reason. It is because Jesus did not do what the Messiah was expected to do. Christians speak of Jesus “dying for their sin,” “saving their soul,” or … Continue reading

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Prayer for the Baptism of our Lord

From the Liturgy of the Church of England: The Lord be with you (All)  and also with you. Lift up your hearts. (All)  We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. (All)  It … Continue reading

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The Baptism of Our Lord

Today is the First Sunday after Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord. Today we commemorate with joy and thanksgiving the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. As I am gathering that you may have never … Continue reading

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Pentecost – The Coming of the Holy Spirit

This past Sunday was Pentecost, a day on which believers for many, many years have celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit to dwell with and within the people of God. Even before it was a celebration of the Spirit … Continue reading

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Jesus the Messiah has Come in the Flesh

  “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that … Continue reading

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