protective clothing | immortal body

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Exodus 28:31-43 31 “You should make the robe worn with the ephod entirely of blue. 32 It should have an opening for the head in the middle of it, with a woven binding around the opening, like the opening in a garment, so that it may not tear. 33 On its hem you should make […]

to die is gain

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The apostle Paul told the Philippians that, to him, “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”1 It is quite clear to the reader that if Paul keeps on living, he will keep on serving Christ. Thus, “to live is Christ” must have been a reference to his intention to do just that. But […]

discovered | “… and they will reign with him for a thousand years…” (Rev. 20:6).

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  “… and they will reign with him for a thousand years…” (Rev. 20:6).  Tomorrow will be a day of discovery. We will discover what we are really made for. Our future work and identity as priests and kings will clarify our present experiences. An ancient Philosopher wrote that “God has made everything fit beautifully […]

invaded

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“…the dwelling place of God is with man…” (Rev. 21:3). Tomorrow will be a day of homecoming for God. The Christian hope is not about going somewhere to be with God. It is about God’s plan to invade humanity with his glory forever.     If you ask many Christians what their purpose in life […]

altered

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“No longer will there be anything accursed…” (Rev. 22:3). Tomorrow will change all reality. This age we are living in today is limited. Christ will return, bringing change with him. Christ will redeem us from the ultimate curse – death itself. Christ promises new life. We should live up to that promise by living backwards. […]

three ruined outfits

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Genesis 37:29-36 29 When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes 30 and he came back to his brothers and said, “The boy is gone, and I, where can I go?” 31 Then they took Joseph’s tunic and slaughtered a goat and dipped the […]

the unsatisfied artist

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The very first image we have of God in the Bible is that of an unsatisfied artist. Moses wrote in the first two verses of Genesis, “At first, God created the sky and the land, but the land was unformed and unfilled, and the deep space was dark, and God’s spirit was shaking up the […]

Can these bones live? The resurrection of the body

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Is it really clear that the first Christians believed in the empty tomb of Jesus and in the resurrection of our bodies, leaving all the graves empty? When we view history through Christian eyes, the resurrection of Jesus is the turning point. Without it, St Paul assured his readers, we are wasting our time with […]

better than survival

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Recently, my wife and I joined a North American mission leader’s conference, together with some 1200 of our colleagues. On the closing session of the conference, they featured a young African-American poet, Micah Bournes. I hope that what he shared is going to be on his new album, because I would love to hear it […]

time and chance

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Ecclesiastes 9:11-18 Solomon teaches that it is better to live wisely than foolishly, but even living wisely is no guarantee that you will not be snared by an evil time.  Time and chance happen to all of us.  This life has no guarantees. No one has a guarantee of success in life, or protection from […]