An Eternal Catch-22

1963 paperback edition of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22.

Life is one grand paradox. To enjoy life to its fullest, we have to live within the boundaries our Creator established, even if those boundaries displease us. Going beyond those boundaries to grasp more of life brings very disagreeable consequences, but what happens when we stay within those boundaries even when they are constricting, unpleasant, and painful?

Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-19; 1 Kings 3:5-14; Isaiah 5:18-24; Romans 6:8-11

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Music: “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You,” by George Bassman and Ned Washington, performed by Members of the Original Tommy Dorsey Band, Original Big Band Collection: Tommy Dorsey, Classic Fox Records 2007.

A Born Again Creation

Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer (The Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog), Caspar David Friedrich, c 1817, Kunsthalle Hamburg via Wikimedia Commons.

Transcending our present imperfect reality is a universal longing. The Bible tells us about that transcendence in the context of new birth and resurrection. It is the work of God, but do the people of God have some work to do as well?

Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7, 5:1-3; Isaiah 42:1-9, John 3:1-6; Luke 4:14-21, 7:20-23; Romans 8:18-23

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Music: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24, performed by Herbert Von Karajan and the Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert Von Karajan Conducts, Ameritz Music Ltd. 2014.