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We are an ordinary people with an Extraordinary Master.

“I am that I am” spoke to Moses an ordinary man, a sinner. Hesham (the Name) was so far above our category it was death to look upon him. Yet Moses was used by God  for he chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise… the weak things of the world to shame the strong…the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

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"I Am that I Am" spoke to and worked through Moses, a shepherd, a sinner, an ordinary man. YHWH (Lord) was so Holy, so beyond our category that Moses could not look upon him or he would die. The same God that told Mose's he would be with him speaks to us today in the mundane and ordinary difficulties of our lives. God's calling is a reminder that he uses..…what is foolish in the world to shame the wise… what is weak in the world to shame the strong… what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

We are an Ordinary people with an Extraordinary Master

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The Names of God

Exodus 3:14 God replied to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you." What is in a name? Naming is a cultural practice. All cultures do not use first and last names as we are accustomed. People have names for identification and linage purposes. Early cultures used one name and then as populations in the world grew two names were often used. Often names would be linked to occupations like Tim the Tailor, or Roger the Blacksmith. Surnames or family names refer to a father’s name to express linage for example Leif, Son of Eric. The power of a name has long been illustrated in poetry and prose throughout the ages. All of us recognize himself o

Reading the Bible - Part 2 Translations and Resources

Acts 17:11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. God wrote a book-The Bible. As Christians we should strive to live and breathe the bible and the scripture in it. The Bible is inspired (God-Breathed) which means that God divinely influenced the human authors of the Scriptures to write the very Word of God. In the context of the Scriptures “inspiration” simply means “God-breathed” making the Bible unique among all other books. The human authors, though inspired by God had different writing skill, styles, their own personalities, wor

Restoring the World (Tikkun Olam)

Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. I like to fix things. Most people do. It is a facet of our humanity that we create and repair. Life is short. And in our short sinful imperfect lives we are called by God to be co-regents, to participate in the restoration of the Kingdom of God in the here and now. Tikkun Olam in the Jewish tradition means restoring the world. So how do you and I repair/restore the world together, how do we repair ourselves, the people in the complex and paradoxical world in which we live? It is only through God the Father, Christ Jesus and the mentorship of the Holy Spirit that we can do this. I am 63, soon to be 64 now and

Reading the Bible - Part 1

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. Do you read your bible? I mean really sit down without distractions and read it. We call it “The Holy Bible” because it is God’s word set apart from ALL other books. Many people, many Christians do not read the bible because they believe they do not have enough time or they do not understand it. Let’s be honest. Most Christians spend many hours watching TV or going to sports events or some other form of recreation. Not sinful in itself in fact these too are gifts from God for us to enjoy.

Savior Magnified, Soul Satisfied

2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. As I walked in the back door of the hospital, and down the hallway to the room were my 91 year old mother lay dying I suddenly realized that 62 years ago she had given birth to me in this very building. I passed the small chapel in which in years past as a nurse I had prayed with patient’s family members as their loved ones also stood on the precipice of death and a new life. Death is always ugly; it brings sorrow and grief. And no matter how much we have prepared ourselves the experience of bereavement transcends our cognitive experience. It is said that we

God is Not Silent

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work Is your Bible closed? How often do you read from it? A LifeWay Research survey revealed that of 2,000 Americans who read the Bible only about a third of them read it almost every day. The average reader owns 3.6 copies of the Bible and1 in 5 churchgoers never read the bible. A.W. Tozer said, “The Bible is not only a book which was once spoken, but a book which is now speaking.” God wants to speak to us today, and every day, through his word. God’s word is not simply “once spoken.” God’s wor

A Parable of the Cross

2 Corinthians 1:4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. Beat feet! Beat feet! The deep voice of the drill Sargent still rings in my ears. It was the mid 1980’s and I was at Fort Dix N.J in Basic Training. The cadenced drumming of thousands of troops marching could be heard across the massive base. And not surprisingly many of us soldiers had foot problems. I still retain some of mine to this day, mainly toenails that have died from excessive water and poorly fitting boots. Today I am a nurse in a family clinic that sees hundreds of patients a week. And I see FEET every day, lots of feet, big feet, litt

Ex Cruciatus and The Scandal of the Cross

1 Corinthians 2:1-2 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. Jurgen Moltmann states in the first line of The Crucified God “The cross is not and cannot be loved.” The scandal of the cross is the mode of death. The manner of Jesus’s death is emblematic of the Christian faith for all time. Crucifixion was humiliating and degrading-that was the point. But not only was it humiliating, it was excruciating. The word "excruciating" comes from two Latin words: ex cruciatus, or out of the cross

The Lord of Pots and Pans

Matthew 25:21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Known as Brother Lawrence, Nicholas Herman was born in 1611 in Lorraine France to a poor peasant family. After serving as a soldier he eventually joined a Carmelite order in Paris where he took the name – Lawrence of the Resurrection. He remained a kitchen servant all his life and was quoted as saying: The time of business does not differ with me from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess G

A Theory of Everything

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Can science provide a theory of everything? In his latest book, “Can Science Explain Everything?” Theologian John Lennox makes a case against “scientism,” the ideology that “science” is or should be the only measure by which society should know what is true and good. Scientism’s hubris is the idea that science is “objective” and “unbiased,” whereas things like religion and art are not. Lennox makes the point that God and faith have motivated many of the great scientists and discoverie

Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias, renowned Christian evangelist, scholar, and author has died at age 74. Zacharias died of sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in his Atlanta home on Tuesday, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries confirmed in an obituary. Zacharias traveled the world to deliver the message of the gospel and spoke to political leaders at international events, colleges and numerous venues over many years. In November 2019, he stepped down as president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, passing the leadership roles to his daughter Sarah Davis and colleague Michael Ramsden. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Margie, three children, and five grandchildren. I you are unfamiliar with the m

The Power of Love

Psalm 33:22 May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you. Maybe we’ve spent too long trying to figure all this out with theory. So listen to me, when I say that love is not something we invented. It’s observable, powerful. It has to mean something. “Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.” – Amelia Brand (Interstellar) Amelia Brand (Ann Hatheway) made this statement in the movie Interstellar. Interstellar is a 2014 science fiction film directed, co-written, and co-produced by Christopher Nolan. The film follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new home for humanity. This is the quote that defines the m

Van Gogh: His Life, His Faith

Vincent Van Gogh - "The Good Samaritan" Vincent Van Gogh is known for many things, mainly his vibrant, beautiful, and unique paintings. Like all of us Van Gogh was a broken and flawed human being, a misunderstood genius whose life ended tragically. Vincent's father was a minister in the Dutch reformed tradition. Vincent grew up in the Netherlands developing a fervent faith, and a passion for ministry. He wanted to study theology, but after failing to qualify for seminary, he instead became a missionary to coal miners in Belgium. 'Vincent was a very generous man. He understood that unconditional love of God extended to unconditional love for others. He would never recognize love that was not

What is Your Purpose on Earth?

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. Why are you here, what is your purpose? To ask and understand these questions requires words. The movie Arrival (2016) explores these questions. Arrival is an American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer. Based on the 1998 short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang, it stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. The movie is actually about humanity, with the aliens as a background vehicle for a message about communication and the most

The Art of Slowing Down

2 Peter 3:9 The LORD is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. Slow Down! My lovely wife has said this to me many times over the years whether it be driving a car or working on a project at home. I have always been a high achiever, type A, self-actualizing and fast. I have for as long as I can remember been a speedaholic. But fast does not always win the race. We as a culture and in the developed world are stuck in fast forward. And slowing down is difficult for many yet many have done it. This pace is exhausting to everyone especially our children who are often over prog

The Ascension

Hebrews 4:14-16 Since then we havea great high priestwho has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God,let us hold fast our confession.15 For we do not have a high priestwho is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has beentempted as we are,yet without sin.16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Christ was raised from the dead. His life, death and resurrection are historical facts corroborated by numerous sources outside of the Bible and was seen by many eyewitnesses. After Christ was raised from the dead he spent 40 days among the people to mainly demonstrate t

Cinema as Sermons

Joel 1:3 The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. 2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?3Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. We live in a unique time in the history of the world. Our Being in the world at this time and place is not only providential but sovereignly ordained. God Made you and I to be at this place at this time to help fulfill his will for humanity. One of our many joys in this life is to help other people live and flourish. One of the blessings of the age in which we live is the technolog

Infinity and Beyond

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. Somedays I have a problem with my finitude. Well let’s be real here every day I have a problem with my finitude. Remember Toy Story’s Buzz Light Year and his classic line: “To Infinity …and Beyond!” Somedays I want to be a superhero like Buzz. When I was an 8 year old child growing up in Houston, Texas I WAS a superhero. I remember getting one of our bath towels and cloths pinning it to my t-shirt to make a cape. I would get a garbage can lid and a stick and run up and down the

New Jerusalem: A Lifetime Ahead

Rev 21:1-3 I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and so had the sea. 2 Then I saw New Jerusalem, that holy city, coming down from God in heaven. People love to travel. The world in which we live is filled with wonder and diversity and if you can travel to these places your experience of life is enriched. People are offered luxury, history and cultural tours. People dream of traveling the world and there are careers that allow you to travel. Now in the world in which we live God is revealed in creation. The Holy Scripture declares he is God. The future world promised us in scripture is filled with wonders and beauty, enrichment beyond our ab

Love That Moves the Sun and Other Stars

1 Cor. 11:23-26 For I received from the LORD what I also passed on to you: The LORD Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." 25In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." 26For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the LORD's death until he comes. The last sentence in Dante’s Paradiso says: “But by now my desire and will were turned, like a balanced wheel rotated evenly, by the love that moves the sun and the other stars.” Dante is sta

 
 

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