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Finding the Jewish Messiah in the historical setting of the day is like finding out you have been grasping a handful of gold instead of the vast treasure that was meant for you. It's time to dive into SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright.


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Good Book: SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright

Finding the Jewish Messiah in the historical setting of the day is like finding out you have been grasping a handful of gold instead of the vast treasure that was meant for you. It's time to dive into SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright.

Who he was, what he did, why it matters

The more I understand scripture, the more the Holy Spirit sends me to the Jews… to the Old Testament…to the history behind it all.  How else can I truly understand the sacrifice Jesus made until I understand the sacrificial system he lived under at the time.

I am corresponding with a very kind atheist who lets me share scripture with her.  The gospel message is not just a literal death on a cross.  I can’t say,  “Jesus died for your sins”…that just doesn’t make sense to someone from another country who is struggling to understand this Jesus person.  “How exactly does God dying save people?”  she might wonder.  We are very proficient in telling His  story, but not so well in conveying the symbolism behind it all.  We are guilty of dumbing it down for our children too.   Basically we tell them, “Just trust me, He died and rose.”  Then they grow up reciting, but not really understanding the immense beauty and richness of what exactly God did for His chosen people.     Maybe it’s time you delve into the history and prophesy of the Jews and develop a complete picture of the  Messiah.  If you are ready to be schooled by a professor of the New Testament and Early Christianity, then this is the book for you.

This book is full of imagery and metaphorical pictures, not just from scriptures, but from Wright too by using the analogy of a storm throughout the book.    We meet the Roman and Jewish people through the eyes of the culture of the time.  Wondered what happened in between the books of Malachi and Matthew?  We are introduced to the men who “could have been” the Messiah, but only disappointed in the end:  Judah Maccabee, Simon the Star, Herod the Great, and Simon bar-Giora.  We discover fascinating meanings behind what Jesus said and did, hidden to those of us who have been skimming the surface of scriptures, staying safely within the confines of the New Testament.   Wright uses the seven themes of the Exodus:  tyrant, leader, divine victory, sacrifice, vocation, divine presence, and promised inheritance to compare with the coming, the life, death and reign of the King of the Jews.  Finally Professor Wright discusses the enthroned Jesus and how he works with the church today through the Spirit.

I won’t kid you y’all, this is not an easy book to read, but SO worth your time and energy.  Here is how Tom Wright organizes his book:

Finding the Jewish Messiah in the historical setting of the day is like finding out you have been grasping a handful of gold instead of the vast treasure that was meant for you. It's time to dive into SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright.

 

I am including a quote from Professor Wright on heaven and earth.

“They (heaven and earth) are not merely contagious, like two next-door houses.  Heaven permeates earth.  If Jesus is now in ‘heaven’, he is present to every place on earth.  Had he remained on earth, he wouldn’t have been present anywhere except the one place where he was.  The ascension enables him to be present everywhere.

Tom Wright also writes under the name of N.T. Wright.  There are many videos of his discussions on YouTube.   Get your boots on y’all, he goes deep!

 

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I have been curb shopping in my neighbor's trash y'all. I found more than I bargained for.


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Curb Shopping at Christmas

I have been curb shopping in my neighbor's trash y'all. I found more than I bargained for.

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I have been feeling a bit Scrooge-ish lately and haven’t been able to put my finger on the problem until I found myself curb shopping in my neighbor’s trash last week.   It’s excess y’all.  We are a people who can put our excess to the curb without a thought…most of the time to make room for more.   Tis the season of excess.

I have been curb shopping in my neighbor's trash y'all. I found more than I bargained for.

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In stark contrast, I have observed a different kind of curb shopping taking place in Cambodia, my future home.  I have seen a man hand-cutting a certain kind of grass in the front of businesses in order to  feed his ox.  I have seen an older woman pulling a cart, stopping at every trash heap looking for cardboard to sell.  I have seen beggars sitting on curbs, and girls with baskets hoping someone will buy their boiled snails.  My daughter observed a tiny girl, perhaps six, struggling with a buggy much bigger than her, going from house to house searching for cans to recycle.  A daily struggle to survive for some.

I have been curb shopping in my neighbor's trash y'all. I found more than I bargained for.

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Back here in Texas, I have a gorgeous tree, I have spent lots of money on gifts,  I watch the holiday shows, I attend parties,  I meet up with family, I eat scrumptious food…all in excess.  I celebrate in a cheery little bubble that floats high above Bethlehem.   Sometimes I glance down lovingly at the manger as I float through the holidays, but to be honest, I am trapped in cultural distractions that steal my focus.  The cultural noise of excess drowns out His holy birth.  I have put Jesus to the curb while making room for meaningless diversions.   My Scrooge-ish mood feels a little like guilt.

So this year I will line up behind the wise men with my gift for the baby Jesus.   I will bow before Him and ask Him to make me more like Him.  To open my eyes to suffering.  To warm my heart to the helpless.  To cleanse my desire for material possessions and replace it with a desire to love Him more.  To fill me.  Then I will be ready to serve.   I don’t have much to give, but I do have me.

I have been curb shopping in my neighbor's trash y'all. I found more than I bargained for.

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+Closeup picture of my Christmas tree

++Picture of the treasure I found on the side of the road

+++Picture taken in Cambodia during the water festival

++++Picture taken of the Christmas decorations outside The Woodlands Pavilion.  We were on our way to a concert by Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant.

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Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all.


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Eating the Lamb of God, In Heaven Part 3

Eating the Lamb of God Series

Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all.

 

And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.  Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”  Matthew 26:27-29

Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all.

 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.  And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.  For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” Luke 22:14-16

I love these scriptures because they give us a glimpse of Heaven, the Father’s Kingdom.  One tidbit  Jesus gives us here about Heaven  is that we will eat and drink.  I don’t know if that thrills you like it does me y’all…but sign me up for heavenly food!  The afterlife is not described as ghostly beings floating around in clouds playing harps.  If that is your idea of heaven, then do I have some good news for you!  Heaven is described as a new earth, inhabited by people in new bodies…bodies that can eat.  (Read Scriptures about the new earth here, and new bodies here)

But the best part of this passage is that we will drink the cup of His sacrifice with the Lord in His Kingdom.  All those times here on earth that we have “remembered” the Lamb while we drank His figurative blood will come to a glorious conclusion on the Day of the Lord.  Did you notice that in the Matthew passage, Jesus did not put His lips to the cup, He did not drink.  He is saving that moment for when He is with all of us.  It is described in Revelation as the wedding feast.   He is the groom.  We, the church, are the bride.

 Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder:

“Praise the Lord!
    For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
  Let us be glad and rejoice,
    and let us give honor to him.
For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
    and his bride has prepared herself.
  She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”
    For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people. Revelation 19:6-8

Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all.So use your imagination with me for a minute y’all….you have gathered together with all the believers after the separation of the sheep and the goats.  The King now has invited you into His kingdom, by saying, “Well done good and faithful servant.”  You are ushered into an immense hall, with tables ladened with a wedding feast, beautifully lit by the glory of God.    You find a seat among the joyful throng and every eye is on the groom.  He stands before you, before us all, and lifts His cup…ready to finally drink a toast to His bride.  And in all His majesty,  He looks You in the face, the Holy Spirit stirring in your body, and repeats what He said to His disciples so many years ago, “This is my blood, which confirmed the covenant between God and his people. It was poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.”  Did you feel the vibration  of His majestic voice when He spoke those words?    And now He invites you to drink.  Do you taste the wine slide down your throat as you join your groom in the beginning of life together in His Kingdom?   I hope your imagination is working overtime because anything you can possibly imagine is nothing compared to the real thing.  Excited shivers for everyone!  Let the wedding banquet begin.

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You might be interested in Part 1 and Part 2 of the Eating the Lamb of God series.  Click below.

Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all and see how I approached a curious Muslim visitor about communion.It's not weird to think outside of the box...no really! Making communion part of your family experience can become a beautiful tradition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Usually evil surprises us in the worst possible way so it is a good idea to be prepared with these five ways of protection...with free printable bookmark.


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Five Ways to Protect Against the Surprise of Evil

 

I will come right out and say it, Evil is scary. My good friend and her family live in another country.  Evil surprised her last week, really dark forces kind of evil that involved the love of money and guns.  The bad guys were foiled by the good guys and all ended well, but afterwards the breeze of that narrow escape blows across the heart, and chills the soul.

Usually evil surprises us in the worst possible way so it is a good idea to be prepared with these five ways of protection...with free printable bookmark.

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If you read my blog about the day my father was murdered you will know that I have experience with evil surprises.  Look y’all, you can’t just go around in panic mode, waiting for something bad to happen.  Looking around every corner, bracing yourself for the bogyman to startle you  That’s called anxiety, and you were not meant to live like that.  God wants you full of His peace.

To be honest y’all, I struggle with this one.  Here are five ways scripture tells us to protect from the surprise of evil.


Pray.

Christ showed His disciples how to pray in Matthew 6.

Usually evil surprises us in the worst possible way so it is a good idea to be prepared with these five ways of protection...with free printable bookmark.

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This one line from the Lord’s prayer is a weapon against the unseen forces that swoop in to kill you daily.  And yes, you are being stalked.  You are prey.  Walking alone without the deliverer is not smart. He is the one who fights, He is the one who protects, He is the one who yanks you out of the way when the attack comes.  Deliver me from the evil one in the name of Jesus.


Be Alert.

Alertness is different than nervousness.  Alertness suggests being aware of your surroundings.   Watching, listening…ready to snap into Spiritual action when you hear the lion leap.  And he will leap.

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Use Your Sword.

We are only given one offensive weapon in the armor Paul describes in Ephesians 6.  The sword of God’s word.  The scriptures.  The very thing Jesus used against Satan when He was being tempted.  He whipped out His Sword and made quick work of the enemy.

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Gather an Army.

In a battle, wouldn’t you rather face the enemy with a whole bunch of people wielding swords, carrying shields, and lifting their voices in a war shout?  Cultivate your companions.  Diligently search for people who are dedicated to Jesus.  Y’all, this is me being blunt…Friends who never even say Jesus’ name out loud around you are useless in a battle.  I’m just saying…

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Speak out loud to the enemy in the name of Jesus.

Do you believe Satan can read your mind?  I don’t.   Force him to hear the name of Jesus spoken out loud.  Subject him to the power of the Holy Spirit pushing Him back as you breathe out the word of God, as you tell him to leave you alone.

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Pictures:  +taken in a Cambodia museum where prisoners of Pol Pot were housed and tortured, ++I posterized a sunset and discovered all these cool layers, +++a walk in a Texas woods looking up through the trees.  The original picture is full of greens and blues and is anything but ominous, ++++a really cool gate I found on a visit to Key West that I tinted green, +++++I posterized these purple flowers that I found on a walk with my sister in Little Rock.    I use PicMonkey free graphics with my pictures.

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It's not weird to think outside of the box...no really! Making communion part of your family experience can become a beautiful tradition.


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Why Family Communion Could be a New Tradition

Eating the Lamb of God series, Part 2

Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all.

 

Weakness, sickness, falling sleep…from mishandling the Lord’s supper?  Seriously?

27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians 11:27-30 (NIV)

“That is why” is cause and effect wording…in essence saying, “You do this, and this will happen.”  It WILL happen.

It's not weird to think outside of the box...no really! Making communion part of your family experience can become a beautiful tradition.

Okay y’all, this is getting too negative.  Let’s look at the opposite of this statement.  Eating the Lord’s Supper in a worthy manner should also have a cause and effect that we should rejoice in… strength not weakness, health not sickness, life not death.  Qualities we should emphasis personally and in our families.

Strength:

It's not weird to think outside of the box...no really! Making communion part of your family experience can become a beautiful tradition.

Health:

It's not weird to think outside of the box...no really! Making communion part of your family experience can become a beautiful tradition.

Life:

It's not weird to think outside of the box...no really! Making communion part of your family experience can become a beautiful tradition.

And another thing, y’all…why couldn’t you celebrate the Lord’s Supper at your house, with your family on certain occasions?   The church is not just a denomination or a building as culture seems to think, people are the church…your family is the church.  Why couldn’t you create special moments with our Lord…times that your children would never forget?  Take Christmas for instance.  Why not celebrate His birth, then celebrate His death with a family communion time.   Birthdays, anniversaries, a new job, cancer diagnosis, cancer remission, retirement….any day, would be an awesome time to celebrate the Lord’s death until He returns.  My husband and I ate the Lord’s Supper together in our hotel room after our wedding.  It is a beautiful memory.  Wouldn’t it be a perfect family tradition…remembering the Lord together and promoting a strong spiritual life within your home?

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You might also be interested in Part 1 and Part 3 of the Eating the Lamb of God series.  Click below.

Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all.Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all.

 

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