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What would it look like?

Revelation 11:15 (NRSV)
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
"The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord
and of his Messiah, and he will reign forever and ever."

What will it be like when that day comes...when the kingdom of the world is all his? The Revelation of John vividly, apocalyptically describes the future reign. But what about now? How can we live an incarnational life here and now?

For Christ's reign to begin now, it must begin in the hearts of his people, our hearts. As I was pondering this and its outcomes, a chorus came to mind. Part of it is, "...may your kingdom be established in our praises, as your people declare your mighty worth!" Establishing his kingdom with our praises, not just verbally, but with our very lives, days, moments. "For to me to live is Christ..." (Phil 1:21) was Paul's affirmation.

Just think of the rippl…

Awake!

Some relish the sound of the alarm in the morning, but I am not one of those people. But what about the sound of the Lord's voice through the word calling us to awake? Once again, I was challenged by the words of Bonh0effer.

Awake!

For Christians the beginning of the day should not be burdened and haunted by the various kinds of
concerns they face during the working day. The Lord stands above the new day, for God has made it.
All the darkness and confusion of the night with its dreams gives way to the clear light of Jesus Christ
and his awakening Word. All restlessness, all impurity, all worry and anxiety flee before him.
Therefore, in the early morning hours of the day may our many thoughts and our many idle words be
silent, and may the first thought and the first word belong to the one to whom our whole life belongs.
"Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you" (Eph. 5:14).
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer -
from Life Together 51-52
from A Year with Dietrich Bonhoef…

Joy in the Morning

Not being a morning person, I was challenged by this writing of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. See if you too aren't stirred.

Joy in the Morning

What do we, who today no longer have any fear or awe of the darkness or night, know about the great
joy that our forebears and the early Christians felt every morning at the return of the light? If we were
to learn again something of the praise and adoration that is due the triune God early in the morning,
then we would also begin to sense something of the joy that comes when night is past and those who
dwell with one another come together early in the morning to praise their God and hear the Word and
pray together. We would learn again of God the Father and Creator who has preserved our life through
the dark night and awakened us to a new day; God the Son and Savior of the World, who vanquished
death and hell for us, and dwells in our midst as Victor; God the Holy Spirit who pours the bright light
of God's Word into our hearts early in the morning, dri…

Good Shepherd Sunday

It is always good for us to be reminded of Christ, our Good Shepherd. We easily look to our pastor as our shepherd, forgetting he/she is undershepherd to the THE GOOD SHEPHERD. Here is the text of today's gospel.

4/29/2007
4th Sunday of Easter
John 10:22-30 (NRSV)
Jesus promises life to his sheep

At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly." Jesus answered, "I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given …