The Greatest Love Story

1 02 2018


My wife and I have gotten into watching Hallmark movies lately. Yes, they are sappy, sanitized, and predictable but overall they are enjoyable wholesome  entertainment. Each story is a creative variation on the same plot- a man and a woman discover love and unity in their hearts for each other. It’s the oldest and most mysterious story in the universe.

Each time I watch one I am reminded of that divine truth. The greatest lover in the universe is of course God. He is consumed with love for you and me. In the form of His Son, Jesus, He entered the earth seeking a wife with whom He could become one flesh. His love ignites our love as His church and we embrace in a romantic union (Eph 5:31,32).

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? A man leaves his parents, joins with a woman and the two become one, sharing everything in life together. They begin to enjoy a oneness that not even they can describe. Mysteriously, they know each other’s hearts, thoughts, desires, joys, and pains. They experience what the Bible calls being “one flesh” Gen. 2:24; Eph. 5:30,31). As Blake Shelton sings in his current country hit,
I’m talkin’ you and me with the same street name,
same last name, same everything,
It’s a real thing, a how I feel thing.. 1

This is the mystery of our life in Christ. We are joined with Him and are the “same everything” together. The greatest romance story of the universe is being told through our lives with Him, we in Him, He in us, as us. Never consider that you are just friends, you and Christ. He is not just someone you go to for help or look to for strength. He didn’t just die for you, He came to be one flesh with you, to live in you. He wants to live out that great story of love together with you and Him, forever.

Try on a Hallmark or any other romance movie and see if it doesn’t warm your heart and remind you of the story of the Divine Romance. The ending is always the same beginning.

May you discover a new love and union with Jesus. – His Valentine.

1. From “I’ll Name the Dogs”, Blake Shelton, Texoma Shore, 2017.

Be A Better Person in 2018?

7 01 2018

New-Years-ResolutionsIt’s once again that time in the new year when people think about goals and resolutions. On a TV news story one night during the holiday I watched as a reporter cited a recent poll where  57% of people surveyed indicated their primary goal for 2018  was to be a better person.  The reporter asked a local psychologist as to how people could expect to attain this goal. The psychologist’s answer was to basically “find what sets your heart on fire and build on that”. This would lead, she believes, to becoming a better person.

It is certainly true that our hearts are central to our lives. Jesus said that it is “.. from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, ..(Mark 7:20-22) so it is certain that any desired improvement must begin with our hearts. If we expect to see any positive behaviors in our lives then it appears that our hearts must be changed.

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Have you seen God?

20 12 2017


The greatest wonder of Christmas was that God revealed Himself in human flesh. The world got to see who God is. No man has seen God at any time …but, (Jesus) declared Him.”(Jn 1:18 NKJV). Jesus also stated, “If you have seen me you’ve seen the Father.” (Jn 14:9).

But the human Jesus is now gone yet God still wants to be seen in the world. His plan from the beginning was to have many “sons” or manifestations of Himself, just like Jesus (Rom.8:29). So, that mysterious wonder is still happening today as He, God, the Spirit of Christ, is revealed in our human flesh. (Col. 1:27, 3:4) We are the “declarations” of the Father. We are Christ in the flesh. Now the world can see God again because we are His flesh and bones. (Eph. 5:30)

As a Spirit, Christ cannot be seen or felt. He desires to be seen in this world today but to do that He needs human flesh. He can only be seen and felt as He lives in and as you and me.
John states, “As He is so are we.” (1 Jn 4:17)

Is God concerned that our weak, imperfect flesh of humanity cannot properly reveal Him? What about the weak and frail human flesh of the man Jesus? Was it perfect enough to display the glory of the Father? When Jesus was hungry, tired, tempted, angry, discouraged did that show the Father? in every way Jesus was able to say, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.”(Jn 14:9) He says to us that we are members of HIS body, flesh of HIS flesh, bone of HIS bones..(Eph 5:30, 1 Cor 12:27).

How does Jesus live today? He needs my human flesh. He needs my flesh to be manifested to the world. Without human flesh, how would anyone see Jesus? He is not concerned that my flesh, His flesh is weak, frail, imperfect because that is how He is best seen – swallowing up those weaknesses and mistakes with His grace and mercy. He wraps up everything in Himself (2 Cor. 4:7).

Is this hard to comprehend, just not true or even blasphemous? It is what God says. Will we believe what He says and see ourselves the way He says?

“Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38).


What do you see?

30 11 2017

No doubt you have been troubled by what is happening in our world today. There seems to be no end to the crisis, tragedy, and death. It appears that evil is everywhere and our world is collapsing all around us in hate and violence. In order to not be overtaken by what we are seeing it is vital that we remember a very important fact about our lives. Since our new birth in Christ, we have a whole new way of observing the world around us. Before being born again we could only see with our natural, limited eyes. But, now, in Christ, we have the option to see with eyes in the Spirit. – to see “behind the scenes” so to speak.

Eye-HealthAnd here is why it is so important to see in this new way. Read the rest of this entry »

22 11 2017

Thanks 2017

What is the “obedience” gospel?

16 11 2017

As a Christian do you know that there are two versions of the gospel or the good news? One says that while we have been saved we must live in obedience to Christ; we need to fulfill the commands of Christ. If you love me you will do what I command.., Jn 14:15, is a key verse of the obedience gospel.

The other gospel says that we are not only saved by Christ, we are now living as Christ. We obey naturally because we are one with the Spirit of Christ. Christ is living His life through us. His love has been poured out in our hearts (Rom.5:5) so we fulfill His commands as we live out His love. Read the rest of this entry »

One of the most devastating phrases in Christianity

30 10 2017

Survey the crossThere is a phrase I keep hearing these days among Christians that I find grievous. It is usually used to excuse some form of failure or sin on the part of a believer. In trying to make what is assumed to be the appropriate spiritual answer the response is, “Well, I am just a sinner saved by grace”. Is this the truth?

While it is true that all men were born into sin, the label of being a perpetual sinner dramatically changed forever in the cross of Christ. First of all, God says that we have been “justified freely by His grace”(Rom. 3:25). That means that we are no longer held accountable for our sins. The blood shed at the cross wiped away the debt of our sins and we are now ok with God (5:8).

Secondly, grace doesn’t just do away with the debt of our sins it also changed the nature of our being a sinner. God says that we died with Christ to sin. Our sin nature or “old man” was crucified with Him. We are no longer bound to something that we are dead to (Rom. 6:6). He says that we were changed from being “by nature children of wrath” to now “being made alive together with Christ..created in Christ Jesus for good works..” (Eph. 2:1-10). He says that we have now become “vessels of mercy” rather than “vessels of wrath” (Rom. 9:23). We have been given a new nature (2 Cor. 5:17), a new self-created like Christ (Col. 3:10). We are no longer sinners but saints. To claim you are still a sinner is to call God a liar.

But, the question always comes up, “What about when a believer sins? Doesn’t that show that he is still a sinner?”. God answers that by describing us as slaves (Rom.6:15-20). A slave is always a slave, following his master’s orders. But what happens when the master is not around? Will the slave do other things than what his master orders? Occasionally, yes. But that doesn’t change his nature. He is still a slave. As slaves of God, His saints, we still make mistakes, that some may call sins, but we are still saints. Are we in trouble with God? No, because we are under grace and grace teaches us through our failings who we really are, sons of God, filled with the nature and life of Christ (Titus 2:12, Gal.2:20).

Unfortunately, Christians too easily adopt ideas and phrases that have no basis in Scripture. Because of that we still live frustrated lives thinking we are just not capable of behaving as God intended. We need to stop calling ourselves something that God doesn’t and start living as we really are, sons of God, being filled with His fullness (Eph.3:19).

Be Jesus

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