The Readings continue the Lenten challenge to self-examination and being born again. We see the contrast between the Pharisees who were supposed to be understand spiritual things spiritual – but remained in spiritual darkness; and man born blind, a presumed sinner – who comes out of darkness into the light of Christ. The Pharisees were stuck in the darkness of the world and the blind man become the light of Christ and a sign of God’s Glory in the world.
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March 18, 2023
February 18, 2023
Experiences of God's Glory Give Us Hope (Transfiguration)
The supernatural worldview of the Bible has been lost to many in the Church. The power of God and the glory of God has been lost and forgotten. For many people Christianity has been reduced from a revealed religion to a philosophy of life. This has made us weak and ineffective. We all need experiences of the power and glory of God to give us hope in this dark time. The good news is that the Bible is full of examples and teachings that help us grow spiritually from knowing about Jesus to experiencing Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Our ministry is to share this good news and give those around us hope.
1. The Hebrews Experienced God’s Glory
February 10, 2023
Holy Spirit of Truth Gives Light and Salt (Epiphany 5a)
1. Light Illuminates and Helps People See
January 14, 2023
Jesus Delivers Us from Evil (Epiphany 2)
This is how our Psalm (40) ended. It summarizes the three Epiphany moments of the Readings and also of course, the Lord’s Prayer. This is the great cry of our hearts when we are in trouble. The three Epiphany moments in the Readings are:
· Isaiah: In Babylon the Hebrews realized they could not save themselves
· John: realized Jesus was the Lamb of God who would deliver all people from the bondages of sin and spiritual blindness
· Paul: The Corinthians, like us, needed to experience Jesus deliverance from both the bondage of sin and spiritual evil
· We all need epiphany moments when our spiritual eyes are opened by Jesus, the light of the world
1. We cannot save ourselves
January 7, 2023
Baptisms of Repentance & Holy Spirit Fire Give Us Hope (Baptism of Jesus)
John the Baptist teaches us how to become serious Christians with joy and hope. Hope frees people from fear of sin-guilt and death and enables us to love God, ourselves and others. The first step is the baptism of repentance which prepares us for the second Baptism of the Holy Spirit Fire. As the Holy Spirit comes into us and exposes our hidden sins, we experience the baptism of the holy fire of God’s love. The file of God’s love burns up our sins and brings us into an eternal spiritual life of joy in His Kingdom.
1. The First Baptism is Repentance