Continued from Part 11 Prologue
All of us turn South, seeking the Voice which interrupted our tableau, here in the
Box of Hades:
Eve, Queen of the Damned Minerva, her Champion Aphrodite and Artemis, my Advocates Myself, the Son of Adam
We gaze toward the far horizon, where Eve’s Multitude had wreaked their vengeance upon Adam.
I am sure it is not his Voice we just heard. I cannot place it; though it did sound familiar.
Movement stirs at the very limits of our vision.
A pale blue light, in sharp contrast to the dim red glow of our surroundings. I think I catch a glimpse of one like a Son of Man Sons of Man
is the ability to hold the tension between affirming my own individuality and acknowledging the legitimacy of other’s needs long enough for Jesus to crucify my self-centered false identity and reveal His greater redemption for all of us.
In other words,
(by analogy with core strength training) it is what enable us to substitute Christ-like Responses for selfish Reactions Backstory
Salome, the mother of James and John, and her complicated relationship to advancing the ministry of Jesus.
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simplified version of DBJ- LOVE-5 we used with our parents and kids. Continue reading
Continued from Part 5 Prologue
I stare at the desk.
As I have for days. I know I must open it. But I am terrified of what I might find. Of what I could become.
I finally reach a trembling hand towards the first drawer.
Suddenly there is a knock on the door! I nearly crap my pants.
I call out in a shaky voice.
More by reflex than curiosity. I dare not even imagine who might be coming for me in this place. The Office of Hades.
“Who is it?” I croak.
“It is I,” replies a voice. Hauntingly familiar. But, surely not here?
It must be a trap.
But I am already trapped. And I never thought to lock the door. What have I got to lose? “Come… in?” Continue reading
Inspired by Correcting Jesus
Dear Peter, Its okay.
I know you’re scared that
I’m going away.
This is quite likely the most foolish and arrogant story I have ever attempted: trying to improve upon how Jesus responded to Peter’s rebuke.
Nevertheless, if I am to take Him at His word that we will do greater things than He did, I have to start somewhere…
It is a very good thing to be a follower of Jesus. But like people in the gospels, we today can end up following Jesus for many reasons: salvation, miracles, curiosity, etc.
Those are all good things. But they are not the same as actually loving Jesus for Himself. It is good to thank Him for what He
does; but it is better to worship Him for who He is. Continue reading
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Discipling by Jesus is a novel public co-devotional format, where we help each other learn and demonstrate how to , via His Word & Spirit, Body & Blood. We come together online for seven weeks to read, meditate, journal, and respond to how keep growing closer to Jesus Jesus discipled Peter in the gospels. Continue reading
[Shout out to blog reader Kate for pushing me to publish this early!]
The Calling of Peter: Luke 5:1-11 Walking on the Water: Matthew 14:22-33 Peter Confesses and Rebukes Jesus: Matthew 16:13-28 Mount of Transfiguration: Matthew 17:1-13 Peter Denies Jesus: Luke 22:31-62 Jesus Restores Peter: John 21:1-25 Continue reading
The only real answer is Jesus.
The only real problem is sin.
The only real work is the cross.
In the end, we only have Him.
A story of Law and Grace
With a mule.
They capture me.
Take me into a dungeon.
Make me dig.
I break free.
Shove them into an abyss
Including their little black dog.
Ignoring their screams for help.
I open the steel door and lock it behind me.
Then turn a corner in the corridor.
There is another door up ahead.
I am always escaping, but never free.
Then I meet Jesus.
He sends me back down.
I don’t want to go.
But I obey.
It seems to take forever.
I finally get to the last door.
I look inside.
I see the tormented soul in the ditch.
It is me.
Join us on The Great Reset (via Zoom or YouTube Live at Tue Dec 22 1PM PST) as David Johnson pitches us on the concepts he feels we need to Love More Like Jesus.
Question: What does this group need in order to function the way God intended for us?
We may have gotten our answer, even if not the one we were expecting
David Johnson’s Perspective Continue reading
Join us on The Great Reset (via Zoom or YouTube Live at Tue Dec 15 1PM PST) as we wrestle with Ted’s challenge about how to love the whole world More Like Jesus.
Question: Why did God place us in a world full of brokenness and pain?
Perspective: So we could share in the glory that only comes from becoming more like Jesus.
Not at all what we planned, but exactly what we needed Continue reading
This week on The Great Reset the Biastes perform a retrospective on Season 4 by attempting to agree on a Purpose, and then evaluating their recent interactions in light of that Purpose.
We are followers of Jesus who invite you to join with us as we practice loving more like Jesus Purpose of The Great Reset (Draft)
We are a community of Jesus-lovers who Come together to learn how to Love more like Jesus, and Invite you to learn along with us Retrospective Statements
I like… ( what furthered that purpose) I wonder… ( what could help us do better) Continue reading
Devotional for The Great Reset with the “Biastes” (below) on this Friday, May 8th.
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free
But do we even want to know the truth?
How do we develop the courage to face unbearable pain?
Enjoy, Love & Glorify
God, Ourselves & Others
As Jesus Does
Corollary: The Meaning of Life
God, Us & Others
Enjoying, Loving, & Glorifying,
God, Ourselves, Others & the World
Thank you that our family belongs to you.
We confess we need you to free us from our sin and shame so we can love like Jesus.
Give us the grace to:
Trust you with our desires
Face our fears
Reflect on our anger
Speak the truth in love, and
Ask for help along the way
We ask this by the blood of Jesus, Amen.