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“The Son of Man came eating & drinking, & they say, ‘Look, a glutton & a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors & sinners!’ Yet wisdom is proven right by her works. ~ Jesus in Matthew 11:19

The Jesus of Scripture sat at the table of fellowship with thieves and whores, the broken and poor, the widowed and divorced, the orphan and abhorred. The truth of his statement in Matthew 11:19 is that this kind of culturally odd behavior (especially for a Rabbi) would prove itself to be a wise move. A wise move to hang out with “those people?”

Well, when you read the Gospel accounts you get to see this wisdom “proven right” by the outcome. Matthew and Zacchaeus, both despicable traitors and tax collectors, came to know God through Jesus and joined Him in mission. More than one “whore” came to find dignity and inner beauty through Jesus, and joined Him in mission. The poor found a different kind of wealth in Jesus and joined Him in mission. A divorced woman found wholeness in Jesus and joined Him in mission. More…

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Communion

Luke 22:14-23 “When the hour came, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him. Then He said to them, “I have fervently desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. For I tell you, from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He also took the cup after supper and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood; it is shed for you. But look, the hand of the one betraying Me is at the table with Me!

In Jesus’ last meal He instituted what some call “Communion,” some “Eucharist” and some “Lord’s Supper.” Whatever one calls it, its important to remember not only…

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Lately I find that it is God’s holiness that comforts me. This is odd because for so long it was His holiness that scared me. After all I couldn’t be farther from holy, much less ever come close to a holy God. Until I began to understand the Gospel of God’s Kingdom in Jesus, and that holiness stands at the center of every Divine move He makes for His glory and our good.

Now the deep and beautiful reality that God is so completely “other” than any created (or imaginable) thing in heaven or on earth both astonishes and humbles me. You could say it settles me.

When I am filled with fear, His holiness comforts me. There is no fear-mongering found in Him (1 John 4:16). I am loved. He is holy.

When I doubt, His holiness comforts me. There is no deceit in Him, for His promises are sure (Hebrews 6:18). I am secure. He is holy.

When I am restless, His holiness comforts me. There is a firm foundation established in Jesus Christ, upon which I have been placed (1 Corinthians…

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Aurora ColoradoWe are shaken by mourning as we hurt for those suffering due to the horrific events in Aurora Colorado on July 20. Yet even in our mourning the political and social debates have already begun to light up the air waves. And I am reminded of a most sobering reality.

No government, regardless of how strong or well-meaning can thoroughly legislate morality. To be sure, it can create laws that limit behaviors destructive to society (“You shall not steal”). But as a Christ-follower I am led to believe that what will bring lasting and systemic change is Jesus (“You shall have no other gods before Me”). And I do not mean in some ambiguous immeasurable way. I mean by how He lived–bringing peace through a life of sacrificial love that paves the way toward a humanity invited to live for a cause greater than self. His life gives breadth and depth to both how and why He died and was risen. It is His life, death, resurrection and ascension as Lord that makes possible eternal realities in our present world; God’s love, righteousness and peace, indeed God Himself,…

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