Will It Ever Get Better?

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Lunatics bomb innocent bystanders.  Children are slain in the streets.  Innocent girls are trafficked as sex slaves.  People live in fear of senseless random acts of violence.  Governments are unstable.  Economies fluctuate.  Sabers rattle.  Fingers point.  Households dissolve.  Morale is low.  Confidence is shaken.  Will it ever get any better?  Allow me to offer you some words of hope in the midst of the chaos.

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Responding to the Kingdom

In  last week’s post we discussed the fact that the King used stories to illustrate what the Kingdom of God looks like as it is manifested in our time and space.  He did this to hide the truth from those who really didn’t care, and to preserve the truth for those who cared enough to press in to it and understand it.  In today’s post we want to discuss a very popular parable and see where we fit in the picture it portrays.

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A Stunning Announcement

Picture this:  You are sitting out on a hillside at night watching over your flock of sheep.  Millions of stars illuminate the cloudless night.  It is so still out in the countryside that the slightest sound can be heard for miles.    It’s cold so you and your do-workers are sitting near the fire talking about this and that.  It’s a  perfect ending to a good day.
Suddenly, the night sky is lit up by and unearthly light.  You jump to your feet and look up.  A shining figure in the sky is looking back at you.  In that moment you would have to know that something significant was about to happen.

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Prayer Warfare?

Over the last several decades a phenomenon has arisen in Christian circles known as “prayer warfare.”  Based on rather unfortunate interpretations of Scripture passages such as Matthew 16:19 and Mark 3:27, this form of prayer attempts to dislodge or defeat evil spirits in a specific locale or situation so the work of God can progress.  I have come to seriously doubt, however, that this is the way we are to approach things in the Kingdom of God. I believe the Scriptures show us a much better way.

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