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A Glimpse of Heaven

The great heavenly city, the “New Jerusalem,” a vision given to John at a time when the church suffered greatly.  “Where is God?”  God comes to God’s people, generation after generation and forevermore into the future.  In Rev. 21 – we have a picture painted for us, a vision of a city whose gates are never closed, a city that does not need light or temple, for Jesus is both, a city with a bright crystal river and leaves for the healing of ALL nations.  A city where welcome and hope are intimate and infinite.

(May 5, 2013 - posted out of order)

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The events of that first Pentecost as recorded in Acts chapter two were pretty astonishing.   The flash of the "tongues of fire" and the "speaking in tongues" were so spectacular in fact, that sometimes we miss something that's just amazing (but not quite so flashy).  What I'm talking about is that "each one heard them speaking in the native language of each." Why is that amazing?  Well, it's just one more way that God shows us that God doesn't play favorites.  God comes to each person, just as they are.  Whoever they are, wherever they are, the Good News is for them.

It's for you too.

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One

In Jesus last hours with his disciples, he prays that they might be "One."   It seems to be God's vision from Genesis "that they might be one,"  to Revelation's vision of all creation, all tribes and nations around the throne,  that that there be a "oneness" about the whole creation.  Today, when we look around and see creation, and nations, and families torn apart, we might ask "where is our hope?"   The answer:  Hope still abounds.  It's a promise.

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That They May Know

How did the growth of the early church seemingly spread like wild fire?  It wasn't necessarily by miraculous healings.  It certainly wasn't with flashy "mega-church" preaching, or "church growth" initiatives.  Sociologists, studying church history say it was much more basic than that.  It was as simple as Jesus said it would be.  People noticed Christians loving their neighbors...even the more unlikable ones, even the contagious ones.  Who would have thought that Jesus would have been right about that whole "love" thing?

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