We are oasis makers.
In the middle of the desert in which sadness has reigned, these pilgrims of God bend down to their knees, roll up their sleeves and start digging.
As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it an oasis; the early rain also covers it with pools. Psalm 84:6 The audaciousness of the picture painted in this text is extraordinary. The Psalmist speaks of the people of God as pilgrims (as does most of the bible) passing through “the Valley of […]
God is not nostalgic.
From the very beginning, Christ’s church was meant to be a movement of pilgrims, strangers, exiles, those rejected by the world but at home in Christ wherever they went.
God is not nostalgic. I’m reminded of this every time I pass an old church building that’s been turned into an art gallery or a cheese museum or any number of alternate purposes. Seeing it churns my stomach. Knowing that God is not moved by it has the same effect. “God, how can you let […]
Crossing the Jordan
Throughout the Bible, the Jordan river is mentioned about 75 times. It's the river that Naman washed himself in 7 times to be healed of leprosy. It's the river where John the Baptist baptized and the river where Jesus himself was baptized. The Jordan is consistently shown to be a place of crossing, of passing through.
“Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.” Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among […]
Devotion & Unity: Church membership in secular culture
...it is a practice through which we connect with each other, anticipating the dynamic, unifying work of the Holy Spirit among us, making from our many parts a single body and, through us, showing to the world what the culture of the Kingdom of God looks like.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and […]
Oasis Makers part 2: Dirty hands
So now imagine that you are on your way to this new oasis but you had to pass through the desert place to get there. If you can imagine this, you are able to understand better your life on this earth in the time of mercy.
Last week we took a look at what it means to live in this time between Jesus’ ascension and his return, a time that we are calling, “the time of mercy.” We noticed together that the scriptures never once tell us that our job is to build the Lord’s kingdom, but rather, to drink and […]
Oasis Makers part 1: Renewal
Oh, we have misunderstood so much about what it means to live in this time of mercy. We have misunderstood so much about why Jesus came, what he did on the earth, what he called us to do and who his Spirit is.
If you will recall the picture that we drew concerning the Kingdom of God, this present age and the age to come, you’ll remember that we live in what we’re calling “the Time of Mercy”. This period of history started with Jesus. Remember in Luke 4 that Jesus announced by quoting Isaiah 61: 18 “The […]