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What's Up With All The Ungodly People?

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From what I read in the Scriptures, it appears that Jesus hung out with a bunch of seemingly ungodly individuals.
By today’s standards, He wasn’t very PC [1] He dug all the wrong ppl. Like: An infamous tax collector - what the locals call ‘a sinner’The all too referenced adulteress,The physically ill,Known criminals, The dead,A trouble maker &terrorist of the early church
And people like me. Christ’s choice of associates wasn’t for the faint of heart or to pass the time while He was about His ministry. It’s very important to understand what Jesus was up to when he “hung” with the apparent undesirables - otherwise His motives and actions can too easily get blown out of proportion & misused. By hanging out with the objectionable, Jesus shows us His great capacity for purposeful affection and verifiable tenderness. He redefined what it meant to be of value. The incarnate Word of God was incredibly intentional. All of His actions were like a strategic, well managed crusade of manifes…

Knock Knock - Who's There?

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Knock, knock.
Who's there?  Broccoli.
Broccoli who?
Broccoli doesn't have a last name, silly.
Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Alien
Alien who?
Just how many aliens do you know?
Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Armageddon.
Armageddon who?
Armageddon a little bored.  Let’s get going with this post…

The knock-knock joke has been a staple of American humor since the early 20th century. With its repetitive set-up and wordplay punchline, the silliness of this writing has been penned and told and {mis}understood, by people of all ages and sensibilities. But knock-knock jokes have not always been universally appreciated. Early on literary critics railed against them, but somehow (knock on wood) these witless jokes have endured.
On a more serious note — knock-knock:“…Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends…” [1] In this text from the Book of Revelation, Jesus is knocking. He’s been at this knocking for s…

A Thin Place

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In the Bible texts there are stories of two gardens,  Eden and Gethsemane.




In the first,  Adam took a fall.















In the second,  Jesus took a stand.






The Fall Heaven and Earth are not far apart, nearer to one another than maybe we think. Could they even overlap? Is it plausible — maybe they intersect?Ancient Celtic Christians called these “thin places.” A place in which the physical and spiritual worlds are knit together. I wonder if the The Garden of Eden was such a place? Eden was where man was at home, in a thin place he walked between both heaven and earth — enjoying the earthly garden and roaming with the heavenly Gardener. But then the Fall… The Stand To walk again with God in the garden is the great desire of humanity, but it required rehabilitation — Jesus taking a stand in the Garden of Gethsemane to repair a fractured world. Tikkun Olamis primarily a Jewish concept, but it is a concept that Christians should be familiar with & embrace. In Ecclesiastes the writer said, “Consider what G…

Character Assassinations

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Character Assassination
In June 1638, in Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, a crowd gathers to witness the punishment of Hester Prynne, a young woman who has given birth to a baby of unknown parentage. As an apparent adulteress, she’s required to wear a scarlet "A" on her dress when she is in front of the townspeople to shame her, to continue to assassinate her character. What Is Character? Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.[2] Merriam-Webster defines character, in part, as “moral excellence and firmness.” To Webster’s definition I might add that my word and my promise, even my friendship are all part of me, making up my ethos. Character is a word most ppl desire to have credited to them - yet the standards and achievement are becoming rather vague in our modern age. Being of ‘good character’ is not as popular of a description, as it once was. Assassination. Toxic people will try and destroy those who are and think differently t…