98 | Merry Christmas and the New Creation

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Christ is born to be King! He IS King, now. Merry Christmas! That makes us agents of the New Creation because Christ has already started the New Creation. Paul talks about this a lot. God wants to dwell with man and will bring heaven down to earth and they will exist together in the new…

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97 | You are a Citizen of Heaven Now in the New Creation

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You are a citizen of Heaven – did you know that? Paul wrote that in Philippians 3. What does that mean about my situation?  Paul’s listeners in Philippi would have instantly connected that idea to being a citizen of Rome because having Roman citizenship was so important. Philippi was a colony. Roman citizens there were…

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96 | Advent: Find the seven signs of glory in the gospel of John

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Happy Advent, my friends. We are getting ready to re-celebrate that first Christmas. Sometimes I get the impression that people think Jesus came to earth so that we could go to heaven. But if you think about salvation history, it runs in the other direction. It’s always God wanting to come and dwell in his…

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95| Advent; Jesus as temple, a powerful lens for Christmas meaning

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There’s a theme that you may not be aware of that runs through the entirety of scripture from the distantly ancient text of Genesis to the merely ancient text of Revelation. You’ve heard of this idea but may not be aware of how it is an organizing principle for understanding Scripture. It’s a theme explicitly…

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