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What is truth?

Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” They answered, “If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.” The Jews replied, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death.” (This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.) Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate asked him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no case against him. (John 18:28-38, NRSV)

What is truth?

That is a great question. We live in the age of alternative facts. Where it seems as though we can just say something isn’t true and it isn’t.

But isn’t there really some absolute truth?

The picture above shows 2 people one on either side of a number. To one it looks like a 6 and to the other, it looks like a 9. It says, “Just because you are right, does not mean, I am wrong. You just haven’t seen life from my side.” Which is a somewhat true statement. But when the person wrote or drew the number, they had an idea in their mind which it was, a 6 or a 9. So, therefore, one of those in the picture is ultimately wrong. But why is it we have to say and feel that everyone is correct?

There is an ultimate truth. Gravity will always win and until the sun explodes the earth will rotate around it. But the ultimate truth is God created everything that exists and still cares for you as one of His most prized creations.

That is truth.

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Y’all are

170205“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:13-20, NRSV)

Y’all are.

Y’all are the salt of the earth.

Y’all are the light of the world.

Not you will be, or you can be if you do the right things and act in the right way.

No you are the salt of the earth and you are the light of the world.

Your actions flavor the world around you and light the way to something.

Jesus did not come to abolish the law but to uphold it, to show us how to live to fulfill the law of Love to God. By how much He loved us.

So go and live your life flavoring with God’s mercy and grace and lighting the way to God’s Love.

 

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Make a joyful noise!

161231O sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
have gotten him victory.
The LORD has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD.
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who live in it.
Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing together for joy
at the presence of the LORD, for he is coming
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.
(Psalm 98, NRSV)

As we get ready to ring in the New Year and celebrate, let us remember why we can celebrate.

God made a way for us to be with Him for eternity and because of that we should praise His name and sing to Him.

Make a joyful noise throughout all of the earth for the Lord has done marvelous things.

So Sing praise to God!

Sing to the Lord a song and make a joyful noise and celebrate all He has done for you!

 

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sounds

160707For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
For you shall go out in joy,
and be led back in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
shall burst into song,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
and it shall be to the LORD for a memorial,
for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
(Isaiah 55:10-13, NRSV)

Rain and snow come down from above and do not return back up until they have watered the ground. Never does rain come down that it doesn’t water the earth. Now some may fall on roofs or concrete, roads, or other things that keep it from the ground, but it runs off of these into the ground.

This is the word of the Lord. It goes out and gives life to all that will receive it.

God’s will will be done, through us or in spite of us, and it will always be fruitful!

 

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New!

160226Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It has the glory of God and a radiance like a very rare jewel, like jasper, clear as crystal. It has a great, high wall with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates are inscribed the names of the twelve tribes of the Israelites; on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The angel who talked to me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width; and he measured the city with his rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits by human measurement, which the angel was using. The wall is built of jasper, while the city is pure gold, clear as glass. The foundations of the wall of the city are adorned with every jewel; the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. And the twelve gates are twelve pearls, each of the gates is a single pearl, and the street of the city is pure gold, transparent as glass. I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21, NRSV)

We have this vision of heaven being this place where we magically escape to when we die, but is that what Revelation 21 says?

Or is it like the Borg, we see pictured here in the cube above the Earth. Resistance is futile and you will be assimilated into the heavenly body of believers?

Well, Revelation 22 describes heaven in all of its splendor, and the best part is there is no more death, or mourning or crying or pain. But where does it say it is?

And the holy city, the new Jerusalem, came down out of heaven. Heaven came to earth, all that is around us will pass away, and the new heaven and new earth will form around us!

Everything will be made new and we will be with God!

 

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The day

151203Then he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.They will say to you, ‘Look there!’ or ‘Look here!’ Do not go, do not set off in pursuit. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation. Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking, and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed all of them. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day that Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and destroyed all of them—it will be like that on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, anyone on the housetop who has belongings in the house must not come down to take them away; and likewise anyone in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it. I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken and the other left.” Then they asked him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.” (Luke 17:22-37, NRSV)

We look for the day of the Lord as a good thing. But the picture we get here is not a good one.

The days of Noah, they were eating and making merry, then Noah got on the boat and God destroyed the world.

The days of Sodom and Lot left, they were eating and drinking until that day. Then God rained sulphur down from heaven, and Lot’s wife became salt.

God destroyed, and so it shall be for the Son of Man.

But the destruction of the Son of Man is not like the earth in the days of Noah or Sodom, for the destruction of the Son of Man means our salvation.

So we can endure the suffering, knowing He will be with us and will see us through to the other side.

 

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let YOUR light shine

9761c-candle2bin2bdark“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16, NRSV)

You are salt, and if salt has lost it’s flavor what is is good for? Is there any way to make salt salty again? Not that I know of, and Jesus says all you can do is throw it out and trample it under your foot.

You are the light of the world. You don’t light a lamp and hide it under a bushel basket. And actually in Jesus day this would be quite dangerous, as this was an open flame lamp. So to put it under a basket would hopefully put it out, but if it was burning high enough it could catch the basket on fire!

But what caught my attention here this read was a phrase I have said over and over again, because I get to say it every time I get the chance to baptize some one.

“Let your light so shine before others that they see your good works and give glory to our Father in heaven.”

Let YOUR light so shine!

YOUR light! It isn’t any one elses, it is yours!

And by letting this light shine you are allowing your good works to be seen.

Your good works, and your light point to God.

But your light and your works.

So do not be ashamed of who you are. God made you and loves you as you are.

And let that Light shine, that light that is YOURS!

So everyone can see YOUR good works, and give glory to the one who you do them for!

 

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