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Know God in a Year #16 The Star for the Magi

05/15/2017

One night three students of the stars see an explosion of light in the far sky that seems to leave a new star. They know it isn’t anything fixed or familiar. And the conviction that it is special begins to grow. Have we seen it for a reason? They wonder. God is always looking for people in […]

Know God in a Year #258 The Party of Parties

04/19/2017

The City of God overflows with music and shouts of triumph, joy, and praise, as Jesus’ entourage gets close. All of heaven is waiting to welcome Jesus and those he’s taking back as first-fruits–those who were resurrected with him. Commanders, rulers and representatives from unfallen worlds are there to welcome Him home, eager to honor […]

Know God in a Year #225 Religion Becomes a Curse

03/05/2017

Outside Pilate’s hall a mob screams “Crucify him!” “Why? What evil has he done?” Pilate shouts above the roar. Then waiting for it to subside, asks, “Shall I crucify your king?” “We have no king but Caesar!” a priest yells back, and the cry is picked up by the others. Israel’s leaders withdraw their nation […]

Know God in a Year #216 An Oath Turns Backwards

02/20/2017

The Jews wanted their Messiah to control and overwhelm their enemies with power and glory… Jesus knew what they wanted, and his biggest temptation was to give it to them by laying out his cruel tormentors in a flash of divine power. To be surrounded by people under the control of Satan was revolting to him. […]

Know God in a Year #211 The Last Contest Begins

02/13/2017

Jesus feels his Father’s presence fading. Satan is there to suggest that the separation will last forever. From now on you will be identified with my kingdom, never again one with your Father, he whispers. And for what? These people don’t appreciate you anyway. They don’t even understand you. They will fight wars and kill […]

Know God in a Year #200 The Gold Standard–Keeping Love Alive

01/29/2017

Take a few minutes to imagine you are one of those who doesn’t know Jesus’ love; what would you want those who know Him to do for you? Jesus says do that. This is the gold standard. This is what God asks of his friends. If you have felt the warmth of knowing God’s love […]

Know God in a Year #196 True Significance

01/23/2017

Three times the Father has spoken endorsements of Jesus from heaven: at his baptism; at his transfiguration; and even now after Jesus describes doom on priests, temple, and Israel as a nation. This last voice is for a much larger crowd including the Greeks and the religious leaders. God is validating Jesus’ words as truth, […]

Know God in a Year #188 “Your problem is…”

01/11/2017

While the Pharisees are legalistic and concerned with controlling all things external and behavioral, the Sadducees are intellectuals and all about science. Forerunners of the first Deists and materialists, they believe God isn’t involved or interested in humanity. Having no use for miracles, they don’t believe in resurrection either, thinking God would need to reconstitute […]

Know God in a Year #180 Weeping for What Might Have Been

01/01/2017

(cont. from Friday) As the joyful procession from Bethany reaches the crest of Mount Olivet, about to descend into Jerusalem, Jesus stops. Breathtaking is the temple in the golden afternoon sun, white marble glistening like snow, gold-topped pillars glittering–a sight inspiring pride in the people, elevating their spirits more, and yet Jesus is bent over on […]

Know God in a Year #147 Does Suffering Come from God?

11/15/2016

Leaving the temple, Jesus and company walk past a man who was born blind. His disciples, nervous over Jesus’ near stoning and wanting to talk about anything else, ask, “Master, who caused this man’s blindness? His own sin or his parents’ sin?” They have grown up steeped in a culture that believes suffering is judgment […]