Love Came Down Fair

Ezekiel lived through a brutal age in history as Babylonian siege works hammered the walls of Jerusalem. Denied access to trade routes and produce, starvation was bringing the city to her knees.  As Judah’s children fainted in the streets from hunger and mothers cooked their own children for survival, the people muttered “God’s not fair”, […]

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Love Came Down with Clear-eyed Focus

Psalm 106 recalls Israel’s history of reaching and then denying God. Often, Israel reaped bitter consequences for their disobedience. Constantly, God stooped down in mercy to their cries or repentance. Knowing the human default is doubt instead of steadfast faith, the psalmist petitions: Remember me, O Lord, with the favor You have toward Your people. […]

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Love Came down with Perspective

My children were learning about perspective in school. They ran around the house playing an amusing game where they would peek through the “lens” of their forefinger and thumb and then shout with glee to their object of observation, “You are so small! You are tiny!” I think they loved looking at me with their chubby little hands and shrinking me down to size best.

To anyone who’s ever played this game, you know shrinking a giant building with a pinch of your finger can be amusing. But for Job, attempting to shrink God down to manageable size was a prescription for disaster.

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Love Came Down for Supper

This Week’s Reading: Exodus 21-29 Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. But on […]

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Love Came Down in Power

In a mighty display of power and authority, Moses and Aaron changed history for both the Israelites and the Egyptians in Exodus 10-20. Pharaoh, as ultimate authority in Egypt, bound the Hebrews from leaving by his official capacity. Moses, by God’s authority, released plague upon plague in Egypt to prove:

1. God is real.

2. God is on the Israelites’ side.

3. God’s request for a sacrificial gathering in the wilderness was not to be dismissed by anyone, including the seat of Egypt.

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Dibs!

Mark Ellwood, our beloved pastor at Heights Community Church, has been preaching up a storm on the gospel of grace.  To sum up the inherent grace we can all enjoy through Jesus Christ, with strong South African gusto, Mark boldly announced, “You see, My Father has dibs on me!”  Like the pelican in Nemo, throughout […]

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