[RadCast] 1 John 3 – The World Won’t Recognize You

The ways of the world — lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, pride — run counter to the ways of the Kingdom of God. As a child of God and therefore a citizen of the Kingdom, yours is to live counter to the world, which means the goal isn’t success but rather becoming more like Jesus. This kind of love and selflessness will transform the world.

 

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[RadCast] Feelings & Fact as Children of God (1 John 3:1)

Why do our emotions get so much pull? What do we do when the God who loves us feels so distant? Why does Emmanuel seem absent? We must remember the facts.

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Adventures With Lexi part 1

Our daughter Lexi has Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) and Autism, and these are her zany adventures.  

On The Road

Lexi loves to go for trips in the car.  She is essentially non-verbal, so there’s quite a bit of guesswork when it comes to what she wants.   Many times we’ll just say “show me,” and that’s when she walks over to the fridge to get the milk out or snag a cheese stick or find a Wii Controller to pull up Wheels on the Bus, which is her favorite soap opera.

We can tell she wants to go for a ride when she zeros in on the car door and attempts to open it.  Should the door be unlocked, she’s in and ready to go.  Where?  That doesn’t matter.  She just wants to go.  Sometimes all that driving makes a thirsty Lexi, which causes her to tap tap tap on my driving shoulder to make the sign for drink.  After spilling cup after cup of milk in the car and leaving it to the summer heat to become carpet cottage cheese, we’ve lately chosen water as her primary thirst quencher.

Yesterday we went to see the train.  Her dad (me) loves trains.  The momentum, the power, the getting things done. When I heard a rumor that a train was headed down our local tracks, the rumor being the horn of the train, we headed that way.  I parked the car near the tracks.  Lexi and I waited.  I was excited, she was largely oblivious… until… BWAAAAAAAAAA.  That got her attention.  Big time.  At first she was upset, then it all became part of the scenery.  The rhythm of the train wheels, the subtle shaking of the car as the earth dipped to the tonnage, it was music to her ears.

You know the joys of showing a little kid something they’ve never seen before?  That’s kind of what it’s like to watch Lexi react to something.  For her, it’s a unique experience because it’s not yet familiar.  She knows what a piano does, so she goes up and plays it, no matter where it is or who’s around.  She knows what a computer can do with access to YouTube, so she lunges for the keyboard — even at the Doctor’s office.  That she wants to go on an adventure in the car is pretty neat.  It sure beats wandering around the house all day.

Who knows where she’ll want to go next time?

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[RadCast] The only way to really know the resurrection power of Jesus today is to die to self today (Philippians 3:10-14)

You’ve probably noticed that the Apostle Paul has an exceedingly positive outlook, especially for a guy under house arrest.  Yet there he goes again, talking about knowing the power of Christ’s resurrection, forgetting the past, pressing on toward the prize.  Where does this come from?  That’s easy.  Paul died to himself.  The thing he lives for is Christ, not himself, and that is the key to true freedom.  This is something we must choose daily.
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[RadCast] Living the Resurrected Life (Romans 6:1-4)

Because Jesus is risen, I can now have “resurrection” as my central identity and life theme. This is easier said than done. Join me in living out the resurrected life in this season of Easter.
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[RadCast] (John 19:16-24, Galatians 2:20)

The soldiers “took charge of Jesus” and found themselves fulfilling scripture in the process. Even when it looks like evil has the upper hand, God’s plan is being fulfilled. Never never never wonder if the darkness is too dark. Light wins.
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[RadCast] John 13 // Maundy Thursday

Jesus flips over tables both literal and figurative. He flattens the org chart and says, simply, “love one another.” Servanthood is the way of the King on His way to the cross. It should be the same for those who follow. Help us, Lord.
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