Ghosted by God? (Romans 1:20)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Romans 1:20

In our popular culture being “ghosted” means to cut off all communication with someone without explanation. Many people feel they have been ghosted by God. So where is God? Have you looked for him? Why is he hidden from us? If he is sovereign and all powerful and loving, would it not be wise to reveal himself more readily to humanity? Continue reading

The Lord Lovingly Descends to Our Doubt (John 20:25-29)

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John 20:24-29

In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter and Susan are troubled by their youngest sister Lucie’s claim she had entered a magical world through a wardrobe in a large, old house. Lucie claims their brother Edward visited this world too, but Edward denies it. Peter and Susan decide to visit the professor, who owns the house, for advice.

To their surprise, the professor says, “How do you know…your sister’s story is not true?” Continue reading

Random Evangelism (John 4:39-42)

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John 4:39-42

When Jesus met the woman at the well, it seemed to be an accident. The gospel writer told us previously that it was necessary for Jesus to travel through Samaria (John 4:4). Since Samaria separated Judea and Galilee, it was necessary to pass through Samaria. Yet, it was also necessary for another reason.

We come to the end of the account of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Not only was it geographically necessary for Jesus to passthrough Samaria, it was also necessary for the salvation of a town. By all appearances, Jesus had no intention in spending time in Samaria. But, when the people incessantly ask him to stay, Jesus stays two days. As a result, many more Samaritans became believers in Jesus. (John 4:39-42)

Evangelism is rooted in neighbor love. Those who take authentic evangelism seriously do not see it as a chore or even a task; they see it as a way of living. Continue reading

Open Your Eyes – The Harvest is Ripe (John 4:27-38)

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John 4:27-38

The poster child of evangelism in John’s Gospel is not a Jew nor a man (in that male chauvinist society). Instead, it is a Samaritan woman, and one with a questionable past. With more zeal than any of the disciples – at least in John’s Gospel – she hastily goes out and tells her townspeople of the man she just met. Continue reading

Jesus Gives True Worship (John 4:16-26)

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John 4:16-26

What had started as a playful conversation all the sudden became quite serious. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, “Go, call you husband and come back (John 4:16).” We can imagine her muttering and bumbling, “I have no husband (John 4:17).” While in her mind she may have reasoned her response to be true, yet in her heart she knew there was much more to her story. Her life had been a series of broken relationships. We can imagine the woman’s surprise when Jesus reveals his knowledge of her past, which sadly consists of five past husbands and a man she now lives with but is not her husband (John 4:18). Continue reading

Life Giving Water (John 4:10-15)

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John 4:10-15

There are many thirsts in life: thirsts for power, thirsts for relationship, thirsts for more material goods. Jesus conversation with the woman at the well started with a basic thirst – a thirst for a drink of water.
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She Came Alone (John 4:1-9)

She Came Alone

There she came. A woman. A Samaritan. She was alone. In first century Palestine, any non-aristocratic woman would have had to travel daily to retrieve water. Nearly all women traveled in groups. To travel alone was dangerous. There were thieves and other ill-intentioned people, not to mention wild animals. Yet, she came alone. (John 4:1-9) Continue reading

Behold the Lamb of God (John 1:29-34)

Behold the Lamb of God

John 1:29-34

It is one of the most powerful declarations in all of Scripture: “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).” This was the declaration of John the Baptist when he saw Jesus coming toward him.

In a culture where what has been called “resume virtues” directs the lives of many, we need more than ever to heed the Baptist’s words. Continue reading

Tears in Rain (John 11:35)

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John 11:35

Do you ever cry? Do you weep?

“Tears in Rain” is a monologue delivered by character Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) in the 1982 Ridley Scott movie Blade Runner. It is considered by many to be one of the greatest monologues in cinematic history. The dying replicant Roy Batty delivers the speech to Blade Runner Rick Deckard, after Batty saved his life despite Deckard being sent to kill him. The scene takes place during a heavy downpour of rain, moments before Batty’s death. His tears dissolves into rain as he reflects on his experiences and imminent mortality.

Tears are indeed a mysterious form of communication.
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The Ultimate Black Swan (John 20:1-29)

 

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

John 20:1-29

Have you seen a swan lately? Believe it or not White Tundra Swans start out in Alaska and migrate south in February and March. Recently my wife and I observed a “bevy” of White Swans locally numbering 50-100. Continue reading