Awaiting the Great Cosmic Reset

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Signs and warnings appear to testify that our Creator built a rhythm into His universe that pulses with His life. Should we fear, or should we learn to move with that Divine rhythm? (Photo: Partial solar eclipse, Lewes Beach, Delaware, June 10, 2021. NASA/Aubrey Gemignani.)

We hear often these days about a “Great Reset” that is needed to correct the economic and other imbalances in our world. That’s not a new idea. God established His covenants with humanity on the basis of a Greater Reset that would restore order in His Creation. In fact, Creation testifies about that in the cycles and patterns all around us.

Leviticus 25:1-26:2; Jeremiah 32:6-27; Genesis 8:20-22; Psalm 24; Ecclesiastes 1:9; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 12:1-13; Mark 7:1-12; Luke 12:15-20; Revelation 5:1-14, 13:8

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Music: “Dear Hate,” Exodus Road Band, Hard Rain, Exodus Road Band 2018. This song and others by Exodus Road Band are available at https://www.exodusroadband.com/.

A Bride’s Journey

BFB220515 Renee and Sam

If marriage is a picture of our collective relationship with our Messiah, then we might want to pay more attention to how that relationship is portrayed in every wedding story we hear.

Leviticus 21:1-24:23; Ezekiel 44:15-31; Psalm 110; Ephesians 5:21-33; Galatians 6:15-16; Hebrews 7:11-28; Revelation 19:7-10

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Music: “My Soul Sings,” Exodus Road Band, Heart of the Matter, Exodus Road Band 2017. See the official video on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwWq-D0N0_o.

Unfouling the Well

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Outlet of deep well in Abu Minqar, Farafra, Western Desert, Egypt. Photo by Alvar Closas, via Flickr..

Our Messiah promises that those who trust Him will receive in their hearts wells of living water springing up to eternal life. He keeps His promise, of course, but then we have the responsibility of keeping the well clean so that what springs up from our hearts carries life to those around us. That’s one way to understand what God means when He says we are to be holy as He is holy.

Leviticus 19:1-20:27, 24:22; Amos 9:7-15; Exodus 19:5-6; Matthew 12:33-37; John 4:7-14; Acts 15:1-32; Titus 2:11-14; James 3:1-18; 1 Peter 1:13-17

Click here to listen to the podcast: Unfouling the Well

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Music: “Share the Well,” Caedmon’s Call, Share the Well, Essential Records 2004. See the official video on Youtube at https://youtu.be/Do9iwp8Lat8.

Confessions of a Scapegoat

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The Scapegoat, William Holman Hunt, 1854, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool, via Wikimedia Commons.

We think of a scapegoat as someone who takes the blame for someone else. That’s the opposite of what we see in scripture about scapegoats. They’re actually the ones who go free after another goat is sacrificed in their place. Or do they really go free? Considering the burdens they bear, one wonders which of the two goats is truly the free one.

Leviticus 16:1-18:30; Ezekiel 20:2-20, 22:1-19; Matthew 5:17-48; Romans 7:14-25; Hebrews 13:11-16

Click here to listen to the podcast: Confessions of a Scapegoat

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Music: “There Is A Redeemer,” Keith Green, Greatest Hits, Sparrow Records 2008.

The Pain and Joy of the Fragments

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The Crossing of the Red Sea, Nicolas Poussin, 1632-1634, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Being in the world and not of it is an easy game to play as long as the world system allows us to mimic the Kingdom of Heaven. The façade inevitably wears away, though, and we have to make a choice. That’s when those who opt to run after the Kingdom of Heaven become the outcasts of society, while the rest continue to run after whatever new normal brings a new illusion of peace and safety. Everyone experiences pain in this process, but some will have joy in the end.

Exodus 13:1-15:26, 22:24-23:19; 34:1-26; Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17; Leviticus 19:9-10; Isaiah 10:20-12:6; Matthew 7:13-14, 21-23; John 6:1-14; Revelation 21:1-4

Click here to listen to the podcast: The Pain and Joy of the Fragments

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Music: “It Is Well / I Exalt Thee,” Celtic Worship, Morningtide, Integrity Music 2021. See the official video on Youtube at https://youtu.be/jqKO-oScDBI. Celtic Worship’s music is available at https://celticworship.co.uk/

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