“What’s App Church?”

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This meditation is based on 1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. 11For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. 12What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” 13Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.

  18For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

In any congregation there are bound to be factions; groups who identify with each other by virtue of shared ideals or traditions or goals.  That’s OK.  It makes the congregation interesting and diverse.  But the group think that brings people together can never be so strong that it binds them from cooperation and indeed, sacrifice for the common good.

“What does an app do?”  Just push its icon.  Same holds true for the church.  “What does the church do?”  Just push its icon, the cross of Jesus Christ, and it will show you.

This meditation comes in two parts.  Please follow the links below for the videos.

Epiphany: It’s Your Life!

praying handsWe don’t fully appreciate what the work of our hands can do for others.  In the story of the Duerer brothers, we see how a “loss” turns in to a dramatic “win”.

Epiphany is about enlightenment…”ahah” moments of revealed truth.  In this mediation we contemplate not only the life and work of Jesus, but the life and work that God has assigned to each of us.  The meditation is based in part on 1 Corinthians 7:17 “let each of you lead the life that the Lord has assigned, to which God called you”. 

The meditation is in two parts.  Please click on the links below.

Productive Patience

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This Meditation is based on James 5:7-10
Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. 8You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. 9Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! 10As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

As we continue to wait for our Redeemer, we learn to adjust our expectations for Christ’s return.  We must be patient.  St. James directs our attention to the patience of the plants which need time to grow before they can be harvested.

The meditation comes in two parts.  Please click on the links below.

The Attitude of Gratitude

The Other Side of GriefOur meditation is based on the story of the crucifixion of Jesus as found in Luke 23:33-43.  “How does one respond to the death of one’s son?”  We will consider the response of God to the world, and the response of a young mother who loses her 14 year old son.  “You can get bitter…or you can get better”.

The meditation comes in two parts.  Click on the links below.

The End of the World But Not The Earth

New EarthScripture references for this meditation are:

Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places”.

Isaiah 65:17 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.

2 Peter 3:13 But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

Luke 21:18-19 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19By your “gaining control” (endurance) you will gain your (earthly) lives.”

The end of the world is not the end of life on the earth.  Indeed the Scriptures point toward and end to all evil (i.e. “the world”), but not to the earth that God loves.  The Hebrew view of life is not the Hellenistic view which limits the hope for redemption to an immortal soul.  Rather the Bible demands the resurrection of the body and life everlasting on God’s redeemed “new” earth.

The meditation comes in two video parts. Please click on the links below.

Virtual Reality Isn’t Real

 

 

Our Meditation is based on Ephesians 6: 12-13 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

“Is my reality (truth) being defined by those I ‘like’?”

“Is my morality based on conserving those I ‘like’ and those I ‘hate’?”  Or “Is it fluid?”

“What role do the cosmic powers of algorithms play in determining your reality and your morality?”

The meditation comes in two parts.  Please click on the links below to access them!