Reality is things as they are. No fantasy. No illusion. No wishful thinking. Augmented reality is things as they should be. Through the power of God, we can move from the world as it is to the world as it should be. It’s a radical augmentation that makes us virtually new creations in Christ!
God’s greatest joke is that Jesus is not dead; he is alive again and forevermore! Our Lord is risen. Be glad and rejoice and let out a good laugh. If God can make the wise look foolish and turn the fools into sages, then let us be fools for God every day.
On this Easter Fools’ Day, perhaps this is what we have an opportunity to do: As fools for Christ, as God’s fools, we might consider in humble reverence reaffirming our allegiance to the one who pulled off the greatest jest in history. Perhaps we might reaffirm our belief that Jesus is Lord. Quite simple, actually.
We watch as Jesus marches into Jerusalem on a thrilling and unpredictable ride. Every opponent he faces is going to test him and try to defeat him. In this single-elimination tournament, there are no do-overs and no second chances. We hope that Jesus will cut through the chaos and emerge as the champion. But what […]
As Christians, we proclaim Christ crucified because we know that the cross is the clearest sign of just how far Jesus will go to show us the love of God. Jesus died so that we could receive forgiveness and new life. He gave himself for us to demonstrate the value of a life of self-denial. […]
In our text for today, the apostle Paul calls the followers of Jesus a piece of work, or pieces of work. In Ephesians 2, Paul seems to put this whole idiomatic discussion into perspective by comparing the relative value of the product to the One who is doing the making. It’s a “before and after” […]
The Ten Commandments are pop-ups that we should never turn off, especially since they tend to pop up whenever we are facing temptation. God put these commandments in place for our benefit and the benefit of the community of faith. We need to heed them, and update our consciences with them, every day. It’s the […]
Today we celebrate the addition of a new brother and six sisters to the family of faith. This congregation nurtured Piper, Sterling, Tessa, Madalyn, Ashlyn, Emily, and Natalie and taught them the covenant promises and responsibilities inherent in faithful discipleship. Today they profess for themselves their faith in Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior, call […]
Our souls and our spiritual health are things worth protecting. Often, our spirit is revived and strengthened by finding a culture or location where it can best grow and develop. At any time when the forces of existence weigh upon us so that we feel we are in a deserted place, we can and should […]
Our faith is a journey, and never complete at any one moment. After the death of a loved one or our own illnesses or infirmities, even strong faith can be shaken. But may we always be on the lookout for the positive virtues, like faith, hope, and love.
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