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Owner of a Lonely Heart

Today, if you're the owner of a lonely heart and feeling "beat up" by thieves and left to die on the side of the road, take heart— Remember the “Good Samaritan”? “He went to [the wounded, dying man] and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on...

PLEASE, BE SEATED…

Saturday text (Day 7 of 7): "And seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:6) At the TOG! We are Seated at the TOG—right now! (Hebrews 4:15-16) “…when we were dead in our trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ—by grace you...

We Have…Access

We Have…Access Friday text (Day 6 of 7): “And through him [Jesus Christ] we… have equal access to the [Papa] Father.” (Ephesians 2:18) For [the] Gen Z—and increasingly for older generations as well—consumption means having access to products or services, not...

The Same Spirit…

The same Spirit Thursday text (Day 5 of 7) “The same Spirit…” “Through him [Jesus] we both share the same Spirit…” (Ephesians 2:18, Message Bible) There are many spirits (2 Corinthians 11:4, 1 John 4:1–6). God’s Spirit is called the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit The...

Equality, Equity, and Equanimity–Jesus Style

Wednesday text (Day 4 of 7) He treated us as equals, and so made us equals “He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.” (Ephesians 2:18) The Message Bible. Here's the same verse in the...

Peace to Out-Siders and In-Siders

Tuesday text (Day 3 of 7) "Christ came and preached peace to you out-Siders and peace to us in-Siders." -- Message Bible (Ephesians 2:17) Word of the day:  Sides Jesus on Sides: Jesus Christ preached peace to both sides. Abraham Lincoln on Sides— When asked which...

Getting along better—Everywhere

Monday (Day 2 of 7): The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. (Ephesians 2:16)  The Message Bible Here’s the back story: “But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself...

Solve Everything! Tickets available now!

Sunday Special! Christ brought us together through his death on the cross.   “And I, as I am lifted up from the earth, will attract everyone to me and gather them around me.” (John 12:32, Message Bible- MSG) Yes, this special's been on since Jesus was lifted up...

Conversation at the TOG

TOG: Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:15-16) the "Times Square" of Heaven! Good morning, Papa. Father, Lord Jesus, and Holy Ruach (a feminine Hebrew noun) Wind, Spirit (Genesis 1:2)! Thank you for moving upon us and speaking your light within us through your spoken, living,...

And Love Showed Up…

Good morning, Papa Father, Lord Jesus, and Holy Spirit, Kadesh Ruach. Good morning Yahweh Elohim—Lord of the Angel armies, Lord of all creation, Lord of our hearts Lord of our days, Lord of our breath, Lord of our lives. Thank you for this new morning. And we sing:...

Not Doing Power

The Power of NOT getting things done. Have you ever gotten a lot done and ended up with a lot of “doo-doo”? In his grace, the Lord slows us down. Sometimes it feels like we are imprisoned, trapped, curtailed, and frustrated with regard to our lust and striving for our...

Just Do Church

Just Do It! (Photo by Glodi Miessi on Unsplash) Yes, you can start a church today! Sit anywhere, dress any style, and organize it however you want. All you need is one other person (more on this later). Now, you may want to PRAY one of these prayers: I like this idea....

Let your Light so Shine!

Photo by Cassiano Psomas on Unsplash Steps to enhancing your Connections Steps to enhancing your Connections in the lives of your nearby ones (plēsíon, neighbor as in Luke 10:29-37)—for the glory of Jesus Christ. Step 1: You are Authorized Jesus spoke with authority,...

Give thanks to feel thankful

https://youtu.be/IGI1iW7tqSI Happy Thanksgiving! It's a great day to give thanks and grow in gratitude. This video was produced by and for the Fresno organization that I've worked with since 2012! It was fun to do! I hope you enjoy it! Your comments are...

They can’t/won’t/don’t hear what I want to say…

Sometimes we are not ready to hear--- Photo by Sandy Millar on Unsplash Are some not ready to hear you? Jesus faced this too. So instead, he said to friends: “I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now.---John 16:12 (The Message) Timing,...

All We Need is Likes—Philippians 4:1-5

Paul sets the pace for Liking and Loving and Healing and Lifting and Helping as he writes—“Make it as clear as you can to all that you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that…MORE>>>

On Being Immigrants—Philippians 3:20-21 (#3 of 3)

Some feel stuck. “We, however, are citizens of heaven. We look forward to the Lord Jesus Christ coming from heaven as our Savior. Through his power to bring everything under his authority, he will…more>>>

Who Do You Imitate?—Philippians 3:17 (#1 of 3)

Who do you imitate? Most of us have imitated somebody along the way. Children imitate parents, siblings, and friends—for good or bad.
Sometimes we don’t know we’re imitating someone until we notice that we’re talking like them or acting like them. In this passage, the apostle, Paul, calls his readers to be…More>>>

Word!

From Jesus’ Prayer to Papa Father: “I gave them your word; The godless world hated them because of it, Because they didn’t join the world’s ways,” (John 17:14, MSG) Lord God (Yahweh Elohim), Thank you for giving us in writing your holy word, the Bible. Thank you for...

What is your “Life Work”?

Photo by Devin Avery on Unsplash "As you read over what I have written to you, you’ll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ... This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message." (Ephesians 3:4-8) I, John, feel very focused...

Thank you, Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit Thank you for leading us into all the truth! “But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen...