Sunday, January 15, 2017

SPEAKING OF REST

Genesis 2:
Heaven and Earth were finished,
    down to the last detail.
2-4 By the seventh day
        God had finished his work.
    On the seventh day
        he rested from all his work.
    God blessed the seventh day.
        He made it a Holy Day
    Because on that day he rested from his work,
        all the creating God had done.
This is the story of how it all started,
    of Heaven and Earth when they were created.



On the seventh day God rested—the really good work was done and it was time to let the new day begin. Everything set in motion to generate goodness and light.



How can we not respond with joy to God’s perfect gestures? How can we be silent in the face of oppression, darkness and death?

We have a great message to bring to a restless world. Enter into the resting place, the Shalom of God. Come sit down in high places next to the Lord of Rest.

From the resting place you see the world as it is meant to be. From the place of intimate belonging to God, we find strength for a new day.
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

MORE THAN ANIMALS

Genesis 1:
26-28 God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature
    So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
        the birds in the air, the cattle,
    And, yes, Earth itself,
        and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
    God created human beings;
        he created them godlike,
    Reflecting God’s nature.
        He created them male and female.
    God blessed them:
        “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
    Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
        for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”
31 God looked over everything he had made;
        it was so good, so very good!
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Six.


We are created very good and we have forgotten our true nature given by God. So the Creator enters Creation—he becomes one of us. He brings us back to the Garden of God’s delights.

He initiates the reconnection of Heaven and Earth. The Good Seed of Heaven has been planted in the broken ground of Earth and died to give new life to the world. He has come to seek and to save all that is lost—lost people and lost Creation.

In the light of Christ we see the day when all will be restored and made right. God again enters the human story in the birth of Jesus, a life that would beget a new humanity and the end of all sorrow.

Come again Lord Jesus. You have begun a good thing in us and we long for completion.




Monday, January 9, 2017

BUGS ARE GOOD

Gen 1:
24-25 God spoke: “Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind:
        cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds.”
    And there it was:
        wild animals of every kind,
    Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug.
        God saw that it was good.

God rates his own work and says all of it is good. There is nothing made by God that is less than He wanted or expected. There is no bad creation. All of it is good.

In a world of chaotic diseases, poisonous pollutants and constant dying we forget that life is still winning out over death. The Creator never forgets how good and effective life has been made.

He saw that it was good. But he had something better still to create.




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