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KISSING UP TO THE ALMIGHTY

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Jesus had many fans and perhaps a handful of fanatics. Thousands were in the crowd identifying as followers, yet only a few seemed to understand what He was calling for. If you experience any fame or become a person in demand, people will kiss up to you. They will act a certain expected way in order to get what they want from you. Jesus spoke directly to this tension.





Luke 6:46“Why do you call me Lord but don’t do what I tell you?

He noticed the frequency with which people would speak to Him in respectful terms – Lord, Rabbi, Teacher. But what’s in a title? They called Jesus ‘Lord’ but did they mean that?
A lord has power and authority over others. They are in place to govern and rule over a domain.
Apparently, people are supposed to obey kings. This king was pronouncing rule for the Kingdom and people still lived by their own laws. Jesus came to announce the arrival of God’s Kingdom and people were not grasping it.
He seriously believed Himself to be the King. He knew that His Kingdom wa…

THE OBEDIENT SON

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THE 'O' WORD

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SHINE A LIGHT IN THE BASEMENT

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When we first purchased the old bar ‘Mongo Murph’s’ to turn it into our worship house there were leftovers from former days. The basement lights were burned out and so we explored it first with a flashlight. Mostly we found decrepit furniture, empty bottles and parts of things that no longer had significance. We did not find anything of lasting value.
Upstairs we found rusty bed frames, used needles, leftover belongings from a roomer and a few perverse unmentionables.
The presence of God roams the basement and the attic of our lives. Our past decadence and worthless trinkets are not meant to stay. There is a new inhabitant bringing His value and worth into our broken down house.
Jesus says it’s your call. You choose what to fill yourself with. What you stuff inside you is not well hidden. Your secret place has not been kept in confidence. Your diary has been published in your eyes. You are not anonymous.

Mark 4:21Jesus said to them, “Does anyone bring a lamp into a room to put it under a…

BOOK REVIEW: KICKING AT THE DARKNESS

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In 1977 I was a 16 year old fascinated by the emerging music of the Jesus Movement. These were vinyl days when faith focused artists were emerging as proclaimers of the gospel.

I attended a music festival aptly named Jesus '77 at a campground outside Hamilton, Ontario. I heard some of the early Jesus culture prophets including Larry Norman, Randy Matthews, Mike Johnson, and Moose Smith.

From the handful of albums I had acquired, I was experiencing a renewal of my childhood faith and opening of imagination to the soul carnival found in concert venues and festivals.

In the Jesus '77 merch tent, I flipped through stacks of fresh vinyl endlessly searching for the next album to take home. In those days, I would spend $7 or $8 experimenting with new music. I would judge some of my purchases based on the album jacket and what I hoped would be matched sonically on both sides of the album.

When my eyes fell on Bruce Cockburn's 'In The Falling Dark', something mysterious ha…

ADVANTAGE OF TEMPORARY BLINDNESS

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THE MICROBREWERY OF YOUR SOUL

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