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God asked Ezekiel, "Can these bones live?"
I read the writings of the early Friends and asked God, "Can't these old bones live?"
Ezekiel's valley filled with living beings.
God told me, "Not their bones, but yours must live today."
God told Ezekiel, "The people shall know I am God when they are brought forth from their grave."
"The day is coming and now is," said Jesus, "when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son. And those who will hear shall come forth from their grave."
This blog, then, is an invitation to hear.
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In this relationship of revelation and response we are made living beings, we are taught what to do and what to leave alone, which amounts to being taught how to continue to be living beings. In this relationship we are clothed in the light and life. Continue reading
“And in all things we found the light which we were enlightened withal, (which is Christ,) to be alone and only sufficient to bring to life and eternal salvation; and that all who did own the light in them which Christ hath enlightened every man withal, they needed no man to teach them, but the Lord was their teacher, by his light in their own consciences, and they received the holy anointing.”
This statement says it all. Continue reading
In Part I, I looked at some of the writings of Paul and considered what they had to say concerning man’s problem and God’s solution (salvation) to that problem. I noted Paul’s statement that man’s problem is death and God’s … Continue reading
The fool who says in his heart, “There is no God,” is the one who behaves independent of or indifferent to this relationship of dialog regardless of what professions come out of the mouth. Continue reading
Where the teaching of Christendom, in general, has placed salvation in Jesus’ crucifixion, the book of John points to a living relationship of hearing and following the voice of Jesus today as the source of life and salvation. Continue reading
Chapter 6 grabs our attention at the outset by Jesus feeding 5,000 men plus women and children with the meal a boy brought for himself. But Jesus’ discussion concerning the bread of life following this event is one of the most profound portions of Scripture.
What must we do to gain this life? When is it available?. Who else can provide this life to us? The answers to all these questions and more are contained in this chapter. Continue reading
“The hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” Jesus’ statement is as explosive today as it was when he told it to his Jewish audience. It leaves much of our current theology in ruins and causes us to re-examine what the Church as taught for centuries. Continue reading
John, chapter four, gives us glimpses of the consequences of receiving the life of Christ. Yes there is Jesus’ statement, “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst…” But there are also the actions of the woman that portray two key issues of receiving life. Continue reading
The third chapter of John contains some of the most quoted passages of the Christian Scriptures. Part 2 of this series reveals new significance to these famiiliar passages and illuminates other portions of this chapter. This brings a new understanding of the good news about Jesus Christ. Continue reading
The seeds planted in our gardens are our hope of harvest. And the church in God, is not in imitation, gathered from the letter, nor is a high-flown people in their imaginations, but are they who are born again of … Continue reading