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Jesus Wants To Make His Home With You

The fourteenth chapter of John is one of the best known and loved passages in the Bible. It has been one of the standard passages read at funerals. I don’t know that I ever did a funeral with reading from it.
The emphasis is usually on the comfort God provides and the promise of a home in heaven (“I go to prepare a place for you.“)

These are certainly wonderful promises. But, I am intrigued by this statement: “We (My Father and I) will come to him and make our home with him.” What a “breath-taking” idea. Someone has said, “There is no more precious verse in the whole Bible.” We can host God, not just as a visitor but living with us.
He knocks at the door, waiting for us to open it and invite Him in. And He will only stay as He is loved as demonstrated by our obedience to his word.

When someone lives with you, you really get to know them. You share the “nitty-gritty” of your life: the heat/cold, the sparse furnishings, whatever. In return, we have direct and familiar access to the creator’s power, and the redeemer’s love, forgiveness and companionship.

Who wouldn’t want to share your home with some one like that?

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Lucy and The Queen Bug: Don't Confuse Me With the Facts

During the school year, in my last pastorate, I regularly sent e-mail devotionals to our college students who requested it. I would like to share one of those with you. It was based on a “Peanuts” cartoon:

In one early episode, Lucy, who’s always right about everything and knows everything (she thinks) is kneeling on the ground pointing to something.
She says to CB, “You know why that big black bug doesn’t move?”
“Because she’s the Queen Bug! She just sits there, see, while the other bugs do all the work.”
CB says, “That’s not a bug… Continue reading

Serious Advice on Stewardship (Not): “Getting Out of Debt”

Click  here, watch the video, laugh and think about it.