Proclaiming the Name

Isaiah 52:4 – 6

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Long ago my people chose to live in Egypt. Now they are oppressed by Assyria. What is this?” asks the Lord. “Why are my people enslaved again? Those who rule them shout in exultation. My name is blasphemed all day long. But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power. Then at last they will recognize that I am the one who speaks to them.”

I see something in this verse this morning.  The name of God is blasphemed when we are ruled by other lords, enslaved by other masters.  It is because His lordship, His leadership produces His likeness in us and makes us a reflection of Him.  When we are ruled by other influences, motivations, when other things animate our lives, we are reflecting their “glory”, or our lives are a testimony to these other things. Continue reading “Proclaiming the Name”

It’s Time…. to Surrender (from Puebla, Mexico)

the great day of the feast...
the great day of the feast...

Es Tiempo de Entregarse was the theme of the conference here in Puebla, which lies in sight of an active volcano. It was snow-capped but puffing smoke in our view, as the conference momentum grew and overflowed.

Internet connectivity here has been a challenge, so I apologize for no updates before now.

Photo here was of the last meeting, which, like the sum of our time here, was beyond expectations. More photos on this FB album:

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Another Call to Suffering.

When Jesus said in Matthew 18:22 that Peter should forgive his brother “seventy times seven” times, he was speaking from personal experience, not just handing down a golden truth.  It is difficult for us to dislodge the notion that the Christ-child arrived to the planet forearmed with wisdom and perfect knowledge of the Way, to reconcile the idea that Jesus the Christ, perfect, savior-king, had to learn something as basic to holy living as obedience to God, and to do so by encountering personal difficulty, but it is so (Heb 5:8).  Through Jesus, God sought also to distinguish the being of humanness from sinfulness, that is, to establish that being human is not in itself a woeful thing; on the contrary, Jesus proved that it was to this race of peculiar beings that God has affirmed his complete favor and ultimate identification. Continue reading “Another Call to Suffering.”

resisting the tide

IMG_2903Have you noticed how the spirit of the age seeks to invade our hearts, our lives?

I have heard this in the past, and I am beginning to see it, that the real fight in this realm is between Satan and God’s people. All the rest of the self important activity is flowing into the Abyss. And the tide of evil rises.

The whole world lies in the power of the evil one – all those who are not in Christ. At the same time, many who are in Christ are giving the evil one advantage. We must be careful not to do this. Give us wisdom to avoid this trap Lord. Continue reading “resisting the tide”