Impregnated by the Spirit

Jesus established an open heaven when he was baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Why is it that for most of us, those early days of discovering Jesus are so exciting and wonderful. So much so that many of us feel guilty that we don’t feel that way now. I think the answer is that it’s the Holy Spirit’s “job” to woo us into the Kingdom. As He comes to us for this wonderful purpose, he acts first – “while we were yet sinners” – we experience the Presence, the very presence of Heaven, of God Himself – the vibration, the dimension of God and Heaven. Heaven is a dimensional realm, beyond the time-space continuum. It is everywhere in that it interpenetrates everything, but it is nowhere because it has no locality.

Normally, we four-dimensional beings, stuck in the five senses, identifying almost exclusively with this dense Earth, flounder around experiencing only the vibrational spectrum of the visible, tangible world. From the age of the so-called Enlightenment, we’ve come to identify even more with the concrete world. But the way of Christ is a supernatural undertaking and unfortunately, Christianity has succumbed to the ways of the modern world.
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Kingdom or Empire: The Sermon on the Mount – Part 2

The Ancient Romans valued power and supremacy over other countries and people. Without a doubt, we do too: “land of the free and the home of the brave”. But this is nothing new or confined to Romans or Americans. It has been man’s plight to want to conquer our neighbors ever since we refused to follow God’s ways and Cain killed Abel. We subjugated Native Americans and Africans, but they were doing it to each other way before Slavery and the pioneering of the North American continent. God made us for love (love for Him and love of others). We rebelled and went the way of conquest, violence, and taking what and who is not ours.

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Kingdom or Empire: The Sermon on the Mount – Part 1

The Fam: Wife Ann, our little boys, and daughter-in-law.
Should I kill somebody to protect them?

Lately, I’ve been hearing about this guy. He says he’s above the law, and that all the religions are out to lunch! He says he’s the real Commander in Chief, and he won’t pledge allegiance to any flag. His Facebook page has 50 Million followers, and his talks on YouTube have 200 million views, but Ted Talks refuse to give him webtime. The FBI and CIA are watching him. He hangs out with the dregs of society. And, if you can believe what people are saying, he heals the sick miraculously everywhere he goes.

Of course, I’m talking about Jesus if he had waited another 2000 years to come. Jesus was scandalous in everything he said or did. He usurped all the titles of Caesar, the emperor of almost the whole known world. We are so removed from the historical context of Jesus that we don’t realize the King of Kings, Son of God, Prince of peace, and more, were all titles that Rome bestowed on the emperor before Jesus was born. Continue reading

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Wrapped in the Arms of Jesus

Jesus was crowned King of Kings on the Cross. His crowning act was to love mankind so much that He would lay down his life, completing God the Father’s repetitive acts of forgiveness toward man.

The first time I read the Old Testament quickly through, I was in seminary school, and it was assigned as a speed read. It was probably the most memorable assignment I can remember. Reading the Jewish Testament slowly or piecemeal, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by its pieces and parts. But reading it rapidly, one gets the overwhelming feeling of God giving His chosen people repetitive opportunities and they, time and again, falling down miserably. Moses goes up Mount Sinai to meet with God and receives His guidelines sculpted supernaturally in stone. Moses’ face is shining from exposure to God’s radioactive radiance, His glory. But as he descends he sees the people God just delivered from slavery in Egypt having an orgy. What’s worse, they’ve built a huge golden idle and are worshiping it. This cycle repeated over and over until the final solution came: Jesus.

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Intertwined With God – The Woman at the Well

Sin takes us away from God, from intimacy with Him, and if it ultimately takes us away from partaking of salvation – the ultimate and lasting intertwining with our Creator’s nature and redemptive purpose – then it’s results can be as destructive and final as the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima.  Notice I’m not putting this intertwining with God off until after death. In fact, salvation begins with choosing God, right here and now. It involves the journey in  Him that we call Christianity, and of course beyond death. Salvation was never meant to be just a ticket to heaven. We have a simple choice: believe in this redemption which occurred with the coming of Jesus (the incarnation) and culminated at the cross and resurrection, and move towards intimacy with God. Or, choose to move towards the stuff that draws us away – sometimes by inches, sometimes by miles –  until we discover we’ve gone too far… But no, never too far! Continue reading

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The Cross: Restoring Humanity to Factory Settings

Restoring to Factory Settings

Adam and Eve were created and set down into a delightful world which God had prepared. There was no pain, toil, or suffering because it was not a dualistic world where every pleasure has a flip side of suffering, beauty implies the existence of ugliness, and so on. Yahwe instructed them to keep away from tasting of this dualism of good and evil because it would kill them. We would die, that is, from the designer’s intended world and state of being. Probably also from eternal life. Continue reading

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August 2010, when a mosque was about to be built on or near the 911 Ground Zero,              I wrote:

“If you know any card games you understand the trump card… God trumps politicians, Muslims, and any other power that comes against us and avows enmity to Him or His people!  I’m not talking about religion, which is invented by man.  I’m talking about God as revealed to us in Jesus and in the Word of God, both written and living will overcome any human power.”
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The Eye of the Hurricane

Somewhere in Montana.

Somewhere in Montana.

If life is like a hurricane, what does the eye of the storm stand for in this metaphor? Surely we all get that life resembles a storm, or maybe a sequence of storms with a few days of clear skies. But what about the eye of the hurricane. Well, I think that God allows suffering as a means to our growth (see the previous blog). Otherwise, it wouldn’t make sense that He’d allow suffering to continue so long, in spite of the rebellion and fall. So what is he after. Continue reading

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Life Is like a Hurricane

Eye of the hurricane

photo courtesy of NOAA

My friend was sharing on Facebook about the setback he had many years ago, and I posted the following:

“I just know that God sees success and suffering differently than we do. I totally identify, having crashed and burned literally and figuratively. Both times it reset my thinking deeply and put me on a better way radically. [Friend] you’re awesome, and you’re a light for many. I’ve always said that if we haven’t suffered we can’t be worth much. I’m sure that Jesus had that in mind when he told the rich man that he had to give up everything before he could follow him. I doubt that he was trying to teach us that everyone has to give up all their worldly possessions, but that each has to have that reset. Makes me want to blog again. Love you my brother, and your dear wife! Thanks for keeping on being you!”

It occurred to me that life is like a hurricane…and the only safe place is in the eye of that storm. What is the eye in the metaphor, and how can we be in it? Continue reading

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“God Is Love” (1 John 4:6)

How can a “monolithic” God be love? I don’t think he can. Because love must have an object, a lover needs another lover. Thus, if John is right, that God is love, it makes sense that God is “on essence, three persons”. It took the early church 300 years to hammer out this little gem. So, the idea is that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – however you grasp that – were a love circle from before creation, and they (yes, Genesis uses the plural pronoun) created man out of a desire to bring us into this love circle. Continue reading

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