Saturday, December 23, 2023

The Face of God - Christmas Service

 

Drama starts at 10:25


Christmas program - THE FACE OF GOD

Script by David Edgren and Josh Steed


Setup: Cross centre-stage at back. Wooden bench on left side. Manger on right side.


Scene 1: The Cross 

Characters: Parent and Child

(Child sitting on bench, looking at cross. Parent walks in.)


Child: “I don’t understand, if Jesus was truly the Messiah, why did he have to die? Has God turned his face from us?”

Parent: "No, my child, God has not turned away. He is always with us, even in our darkest moments."

Child: “But why did Jesus have to die on the cross?”

Parent: "Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins. You see, sin separates us from God. Because God is holy and perfect, He cannot be in the presence of sin."

Child: “So, Jesus died to bring us closer to God?”

Parent: "Exactly. Jesus took all of our sins upon Himself and died in our place. He did this out of love for us."

Child: “But, why couldn’t God just forgive our sins without Jesus having to die?”

Parent: "God is not only loving, but He is also just. A price had to be paid for our sins. Jesus paid that price on our behalf."

Child: “So, God sent His Son to die for us because He loves us?”

Parent: "Yes, my dear. God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Child: “Wow, that’s a lot of love. But, I still don’t understand why Jesus had to die.”

Parent: "Jesus' death on the cross was the ultimate sacrifice. It was the only way to completely pay the price for all the sins of humanity. It was through His death and resurrection that we can have a full relationship with God."

Child: “So, God hasn’t turned His face from us?”

Parent: "No, my child. In fact, it is the exact opposite. God turned His face towards us by sending His Son to die for us. He made a way for us to be with Him forever."

Child: “I think I understand now? Jesus died so we could see the face of God?”

Parent: "Yes, my child. Let me explain. Do you remember the story of Adam and Eve and the creation, when they used to speak with God face to face in the Garden of Eden?

(Parent and child look out to see Adam and Eve walking into the church from the rear.)


(End of Scene 1)

Drama 2:10 mins

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Scene 2: Garden of Eden

Characters: God, Adam, and Eve

(Adam, and Eve are walking in the garden - enter church from rear)


Children in the audience hold up flowers (distributed before service).

Adam: "Look at these flowers, Eve. Have you ever seen such vibrant colours?"

Eve: "And the animals, Adam. They're so gentle and friendly."

(God enters from stage door)

God: "Adam, Eve, behold the beauty of this world that I have created for you. Look around you, see the lush green trees, the vibrant flowers, the clear blue sky. Every creature, every plant, every stone, I have made so you can love and care for them."

Adam: "It's wonderful, God. We are grateful for your blessings."

Eve: "Yes, God. It's more beautiful than anything we could have ever imagined."

God: "I am pleased that you appreciate my creation. I have given you dominion over all these things. You are free to eat from all the trees in the garden, except for one."

Adam: "What do you mean? Why would there be a tree we cannot enjoy?"

God: "Because choices have consequences. Every choice leads to something new. The knowledge of good and evil seems like something to desire. But, it is not. For the day you sample its fruit, death comes into the world. Everything will change. You will no longer walk with me like we are now and you won’t see me face to face. "

Eve: “So which tree is this Tree that brings the Knowledge of Good and Evil?”

(God points to the cross)

Eve: “But, that tree is so beautiful!”

God: “To your eyes, perhaps. But to me, it is heartbreak. Please… (God’s voice breaks, teary) Please stay away from that tree - for me and for you!”

Eve: "We understand, God. We will not eat from that tree."

God: "I am glad you understand. Remember, my children, obedience is better than sacrifice. I have given you everything you could ever need. Let your hearts be filled with joy and love."

Adam: "We will remember, God. We will obey.”

Eve: “We are so grateful for your blessings."

God: "That's good, my children. Enjoy the beauty of this garden. Live in harmony with each other and with nature. Remember, I am always with you."

Adam and Eve: "Thank you.” 

Adam: “God, we will honour your command."

(God exits rear of church, Adam and Eve continue to explore the garden)

Eve: "Adam, let's promise to each other that we will never eat from that tree. We have so much here, we don't need that one thing."

Adam: "You're right, Eve. We have everything we could ever want right here. Let's enjoy this paradise God has given us."


SONG: What a Beautiful Name (CCLI #: 7068424)

Eve leads first verse.

Worship Leader asks the church to stand and sing.

(Adam and Eve exit)


(End of Scene 2)

Drama 2:50 mins

Song 4:15 mins

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Scene 3a: Jacob and Esau

Characters: Parent and Child


(Parent and child sitting on bench.)

Parent: “Sadly, Adam and Eve didn’t keep their promise. They ate the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (parent points to tree) and everything changed.”

Child: “That must’ve been terrible for Adam and Eve.” 

Parent: “Yes. And for God too.”

Child: “Could you imagine being able to walk with God, hearing His voice, and seeing Him face to face, and then losing it? Wow.”

Parent: “God did continue to speak with His people, like Noah when God told him to build an ark. Could you imagine building a floating zoo unless God actually spoke to you?”

Child: “No, probably not” (child gently laughs)

Parent: “But not only that, sometimes the face of God could still be seen, but just in different ways. Take the story of Jacob and Esau for example, after Jacob tricked their father into giving him his brother Esau’s blessing.”


Scene 3b: Jacob and Esau

Characters: Jacob, Esau, Joseph and family members 


(Jacob is pacing nervously. Esau enters.)

Jacob: “Esau, my brother, it’s been so long since we last met. I’ve missed you greatly.”

Esau: "Jacob, my brother, I too have missed you. Our past is behind us now."

Jacob: "I’ve been so worried about this meeting. I was afraid you would kill me for my foolishness all those years ago! The waves of animals I’ve been sending are gifts to you. I was hoping to appease you so you wouldn’t attack me with your army of 400 men."

Esau: "Jacob, I forgave you long ago. We were young and foolish then. It's time to let go of the past."

Jacob: "I’m relieved to hear that, Esau. I was so scared you'd reject my gifts and hold on to your anger."

Esau: "Jacob, you are my brother. Nothing can change that. I do not need your gifts to forgive you."

Jacob: "Please, Esau, if I have found favour in your sight, then accept my gifts. For I have seen your face, and it is like seeing the face of God, since you have forgiven me!”

Esau: "Jacob, your words touch me deeply. I will accept your gifts not because I need them, but because they come from your heart."

(Jacob’s family walks up behind him. Or use the audience as family!)

Esau: “Who are all these people?”

Jacob: “This is my family and our servants.” 

(Little boy Joseph walks up to Jacob who places his hand on the boys head, then shoulder.) 

Jacob: “Meet Joseph, my 11th and youngest - so far!” (looks down at boy) “Joseph, greet your uncle Esau.”

(Joseph steps forward and leans his head toward Esau. Esau places his hand on Joseph’s head.)

Esau: “Greetings, Joseph! You certainly are your father’s son!” 

(Joseph steps back to Jacob’s side.)

Esau: “Your family is my family, brother. You are welcome here!”

Jacob: "Thank you, Esau. Your forgiveness means more to me than you'll ever know."

Esau: "Let's forget the past, Jacob. We walk into the future as brothers."

(Jacob and Esau walk off, arm in arm. The family trails after them.)


(End of Scene 3)

Drama 3:00 mins

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Scene 4a: Moses and God

Characters: Parent and Child


(Parent and child sitting on bench.)

Child: “Wow that’s pretty cool. Jacob recognised God’s face when he saw forgiveness in the face of his own brother.”

Parent: “Yes, God’s forgiveness always has a way of shining through.”

Child: “Still, I think I would prefer to be able to see God face to face.”

Parent: “Well you wouldn’t be the first person to have said that to God!”

Scene 4b: Moses and God

Characters: Moses, God (voiceover)

(Moses is on the top of Mount Sinai, looking out over the desert.)

Moses: "Lord, we have been journeying in this wilderness for years. The people are weary and their faith is wavering. They need a sign of your presence."

God: "Moses, my faithful servant, you have led my people out of Egypt and through the desert. I have never left you. I have guided you every step of the way."

Moses: "Yes, Lord, you have guided us. But the people need more. They need to feel your presence, to know you are with us."

God: “Moses, I make my presence known every day through the leadership of you and your brother Aaron.”

Moses: “Yes, Lord. It’s just, well… I’ll be honest. I feel as if I do not know you.”

God: “Know me? How can you not know me? I’ve been with you and speaking to you for years!”

Moses: “Well, I know Aaron as my brother and can remember his face, even now, while I’m away from him. And Miriam, my sister, I can remember her face. In truth, I can still remember my mother’s face from decades ago! But your face, Yahweh, I do not know.”

God: “You want to see my face? Do you know what you are asking?”

Moses: “Yes, Lord. As a friend knows the face of a friend, I want to know you. Please show me your face!” 

God: "I will reveal my glory to you, Moses. But, no man can see my face and live."

Moses: "I understand, Lord. I am humbled and grateful for this privilege."

God: “I will place you in a cleft of rock and cover you with my hand. Then I will pass by. As I leave, I will lift my hand and you will see my back.”

Moses: “I am ready, Lord.”

(A storm-like wind blows. God's presence descends on the mountain, enveloping Moses in a bright light. Moses covers his own face.)

God: (shouting in the wind) "Moses, I am the great 'I AM'. I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I have heard the cries of my people and I am with you."

(The wind quiets. Moses' hands slowly drop from his face.) 

Moses: "Lord, your presence is overwhelming. I felt your power and your glory. I still feel it!"

God: "All my goodness passed before you, Moses. I proclaimed my name: 'Yahweh.'”

Moses: “It was like a mighty wind!” 

God: “Moses, I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."

Moses: "Your mercy and compassion are greater than anything we could ever imagine, Lord. I will share your words with the people."

God: "Go now, Moses. Continue to lead my people. Remember, I am with you always."

Moses: "Yes Lord, I will serve you forever.”

(Moses walks out the rear of the church humming to himself:)

"Oh, Lord, You're beautiful

Your face is all I seek

For when Your eyes are on this child

Your grace abounds to me."


(End of Scene 4)


SONG: Oh Lord You’re Beautiful (CCLI #: 14514)

Worship Leader asks the church to remain seated and sing.


Drama 4:00 mins

Song 4:00 mins

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Scene 5a: The Shepherds

Characters: Parent and Child


(Parent and child sitting on bench.)

Child: “Well I suppose if Moses was okay with not seeing the face of God, then I probably can be okay with it too.”

Parent: “Yes, but remember things changed when Jesus arrived!”


Scene 5b: The Shepherds

Characters: Angel of God, Angel Choir, 4x Shepherds, lots of sheep!

(Kids are given sheep ears upon entering church. Shepherds to be dispersed throughout the congregation prior to the scene commencing.)

(Shepherds stand up amongst the congregation, near the rear of the church, possibly standing on pew if required for extra height, shouting to distract the congregation while angels take their place on the right of stage.)

Shepherd 1: “Ezra?! Isaac?! Can you see any sheep?”

Shepherd 2: “Hey Joel, there are some sheep over here.”

Shepherd 1: “Great work Nathaniel, try to round them up over there.” (points to front of stage)

(Shepherd round up sheep to front of stage, sheep are encouraged by parent helper)

Shepherd 2: “Here sheepy sheepy sheepy. Here sheepy sheepy sheepy.”

Shepherd 3: “There are more sheep here too. These ones appear to be hiding amongst some scarecrows. Wow, these scarecrows look pretty lifelike too” (shepherd examines a parent up close).

Shepherd 4: “There’s some big sheep too, this one’s bigger than you Ezra!”

Shepherd 1: “C’mon boyz, we haven’t got all night. I want some sleep at some stage.”

Shepherd 2: “Well we would all still be sleeping if it wasn’t for that really loud noise frightening all the sheep. What do you think it was?”

Shepherd 1: “It was probably just thunder.”

Shepherd 4: “Maybe it was a very sick lion?”

Shepherd 3: (Says mysteriously) “Or maybe it was a tear in the space-time continuum and a superhero from another dimension has just entered into our world.”

(Other shepherds laugh)

Shepherd 1: “Isaac, I think you’ve been reading too many B.C. comics!”

(Suspenseful sound. Angel appears)

Angel: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Shepherd 1: “The town of David, that’s Bethlehem. Quick, leave the sheep, let’s go boys!”

(Shepherds point to sheep, shrug their shoulders and leave them, leaving through the rear of the church)


SONG: Joy to the World / Joyful Joyful (CCLI #: 7128618)

Angel Leader asks the church to stand and sing. Angels lead singing enthusiastically.


SONG: Angels We Have Heard on High

Drama 2:10 mins

Song 4:30 mins

Song 3:30 mins

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Scene 6a: Birth of Jesus

Characters: Mary, Joseph, Jesus, shepherds, wise men


(Shepherds enter from rear of church talking loudly and excitedly, to distract the congregation while Mary, Joseph and Jesus take their place on left of stage.)

Shepherd 4: “Are we there yet?”

Shepherd 1: “Yes I think so Ezra. I think it’s just over there. See where all those sheep are?”

Shepherd 2: “Seriously, what kind of lazy shepherd would leave so many sheep unattended?” (said with a guilty look)

Shepherd 3: “Nah, I think they must be the Saviour’s sheep (starts nodding head). 

(Shepherds start walking down the middle aisle of the church, pumping up the church).

Shepherd 3: “Our Saviour’s got heaps of lambs.”

Shepherds 1, 2, 4: “Our Saviour’s got heaps of lambs.”

Shepherd 3: “And they were white as snow”

Shepherds 1, 2, 4: “And they were white as snow”

Shepherd 3: “And everywhere our Saviour went”

Shepherds 1, 2, 4: “And everywhere our Saviour went”

Shepherd 3: “The lambs were sure to go”

Shepherds 1, 2, 4: “The lambs were sure to go”

Shepherd 3: “Hallelujah”

Shepherds 1, 2, 4: “Hey”

Shepherd 3: “Hallelujah”

Shepherds 1, 2, 4: “Ho”

Shepherd 3: “Hallelujah”

Shepherds 1, 2, 4: “Aha aha aha”


(Mary is holding baby Jesus, Joseph standing by her side.)

Joseph: “Welcome strangers. That was quite the entrance. Can we help you?”

Shepherd 1: "Yes we were in the fields looking after our sheep, and an Angel appeared and told us where to find you."

Shepherd 2: "The angels sang of joy and peace. They announced the birth of the Saviour."

Joseph: "Welcome, shepherds. Your journey has been difficult in the dark, but you are here, come now into the light. Come, see the child."

(The shepherds approach Mary and baby Jesus.)

Shepherd 1: "He is beautiful. Truly, a child of God." 

(Other shepherds murmur agreement, looking at the child)

(The wise men enter.)

Wise Man 1: "Greetings oh blessed ones. We are scholars from the far East and we have followed the bright star to this humble place."

Wise Man 2: "We bring gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for the newborn King."

Joseph: "Thank you, scholars. Your gifts are very generous."

Mary: "Welcome, all. This child, my son, His name is Jesus."

Wise Man 1: "We have read the prophecies. We know this child is very special."

Wise Man 2: "He will be a great king, one who will bring peace, the Saviour of the world."

(wisemen turn to the audience)

Wise Man 1: “Please join with us and sing”


SONG: Away in a Manger / We Sing Hallelujah (CCLI #: 7161653)


Drama 2:00 mins

Song 5:50 mins

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Scene 6b: Birth of Jesus

Characters: Mary, Joseph, Jesus, shepherds, wise men


Joseph: "Indeed, this is a night of great celebration. The Messiah that our people have longed for is finally born!"

Mary: "Yes, Joseph. He is the light of the world and through him, all shall know God's love and mercy. To think that as I stare into His beautiful little face, that I’m staring into the face of God."

Joseph: "Let us give thanks for this blessed night. For the birth of Jesus, the Savior of the world."

Mary: "Yes, let us give thanks. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."

(All bow their heads in prayer.)


Drama 0:40 mins


Scene 7: The Cross 

Characters: Parent and Child


(Parent and Child sit on bench, looking at the cross.)

Child: “That is so awesome. God’s people had been longing to look upon the face of God again for so long, and then Mary is there, holding baby Jesus, staring into the face of God!”

Parent: “Yes, a face of forgiveness.”

Child: “Of course. Forgiveness, just like what Jacob saw in Esau’s face. So, it's only through the forgiveness of the cross that we see the true face of God?”

Parent: (Nods, smiling gently) “Yes, my child. You remember well. The cross shows us God's great love for us. He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins. And through that sacrifice, we can see the face of God – a face of love, mercy, and forgiveness.”

Child: (Pauses, thinking) "But, the cross... It looks so painful. How can something so painful show God's love?"

Parent: (Nods, understanding the child's confusion) "Indeed, the cross is a symbol of suffering. But it's also a symbol of love. It's through the greatest pain that the greatest love is shown. Jesus suffered and died on the cross so that we could be forgiven of our sins and have eternal life with God. That's how much God loves us."

Child: (Nods slowly, understanding dawning) "So, the cross is about love. It's about God's love for us."

Parent: “Yes, my dear. But remember, it doesn’t end there… We are to be the body of Christ in the world, His hands and feet. We should always ask, will people see the face of God when they see me today?”

Child: (Pauses, thinking deeply) "You mean... we should show God's love to others? Like how Jesus showed His love for us on the cross?"

Parent: (Smiles, nodding) "Exactly, my child. We are called to reflect God's love and forgiveness to the world. That's how they see the face of God. When we show kindness, when we forgive, when we help others... we are showing them God's love."

Child: "I think I understand now. We reflect God's love to people and they see the face of God. And that's how we can be like Jesus."

Parent: "Exactly, my child. And remember, it's not always easy. But God will always be with us, helping us, guiding us, loving us."

Child: “As we love others.”

(Child walks over to baby Jesus.)


SONG: Face of God / What A Beautiful Name (CCLI #: 7121311)


Drama 2:30 mins

Song 7:15 mins

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Closing Prayer 

The Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord look on you with favour and give you peace.

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Seen at Road to Bethlehem

Two stories from the Chaplaincy tent at Road to Bethlehem 2023 at Edinburgh College in Lilydale, Victoria, Australia.


Saturday, December 02, 2023

Jesus Journey - Mark 1:21-2:12

 Part 3 of our study of the book of Mark.
(Sorry about the sound on this one. It really failed! Turn on subtitles. It gets it right.) 


Mark 1:21-2:12 (CSB)

21 They went into Capernaum, and right away he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and began to teach. 22 They were astonished at his teaching because he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not like the scribes.

23 Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out, 24 “What do you have to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25 Jesus rebuked him saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit threw him into convulsions, shouted with a loud voice, and came out of him.

27 They were all amazed, and so they began to ask each other, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 At once the news about him spread throughout the entire vicinity of Galilee.


Healings at Capernaum

29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went into Simon and Andrew’s house with James and John. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31 So he went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she began to serve them.

32 When evening came, after the sun had set, they brought to him all those who were sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town was assembled at the door, 34 and he healed many who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.


Preaching in Galilee

35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he got up, went out, and made his way to a deserted place; and there he was praying. 36 Simon and his companions searched for him, 37 and when they found him they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”

38 And he said to them, “Let’s go on to the neighboring villages so that I may preach there too. This is why I have come.”


A Man Cleansed

39 He went into all of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. 40 Then a man with leprosy came to him and, on his knees, begged him, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched him. “I am willing,” he told him. “Be made clean.” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 Then he sternly warned him and sent him away at once, 44 telling him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go and show yourself to the priest, and offer what Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 45 Yet he went out and began to proclaim it widely and to spread the news, with the result that Jesus could no longer enter a town openly. But he was out in deserted places, and they came to him from everywhere.

Chapter 2 

1 When he entered Capernaum again after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 So many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and he was speaking the word to them. 3 They came to him bringing a paralytic, carried by four of them. 4 Since they were not able to bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and after digging through it, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying. 5 Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

6 But some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts: 7 “Why does he speak like this? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

8 Right away Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were thinking like this within themselves and said to them, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat, and walk’? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he told the paralytic— 11 “I tell you: get up, take your mat, and go home.”

12 Immediately he got up, took the mat, and went out in front of everyone. As a result, they were all astounded and gave glory to God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

The Jesus Journey - Mark 1:14-20

 Part 2 of our study of the book of Mark.


Mark 1:14-20 (CSB)

14 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God: 15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

16 As he passed alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, Simon’s brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17 “Follow me,” Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for people.” 18 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 Going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat putting their nets in order. 20 Immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

The Jesus Journey - Mark 1:1-13

 Part 1 of our study on the book of Mark.


Mark 1:1-13  (CSB)

1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;

he will prepare your way.

3 A voice of one crying out in the wilderness:

Prepare the way for the Lord;

make his paths straight!

4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6 John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.

7 He proclaimed, “One who is more powerful than I am is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of his sandals. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. 10 As soon as he came up out of the water, he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well-pleased.”

12 Immediately the Spirit drove him into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels were serving him.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Sabbath School Discussion Guide - 25 Nov 2023

 God's Mission, My Mission

Thank you: paypal.me/davedgren

Mission to the Needy


Opening Question:

We’ve all experienced physical healing. Cuts. Breaks. Colds. COVID. 

Which personal time of healing in your life stands out? Why?


Q. Before reading the passage below, ask 2 people to summarize the passage afterwards. 


Passage: Mark 1:21-2:12

Read the entire Passage out loud. 


Q. Ask for the summaries before any discussion.

Q. What did the summaries focus on? Why?


Q. What new or surprising thought came to mind while reading this passage?

    Me: Peter’s favourite healing story - Mark 1:31


Q. What questions does this passage bring up for you?


Q. Which part of this passage brought up strong feelings for you? 

    Why do you think it had this impact on you?

    Me: Mark 1:32 - Imagine everyone going home after the healings at ‘church’. “We’ve gotta take Mama to Jesus.” “We’ve gotta take little Josiah to Jesus!” Then, they waited. All afternoon. Begging the sun to go down faster. As they watched the sun finally set, they emerged from their houses - dozens of them with sick family members. Quickly, they gathered at the door of Peter’s house. And Jesus healed them, one by one. Even though it was dark, the rest of the town came to watch! Here’s the sad part: The Sabbath had become a stumbling block in the lives of the Jewish people. The “teachers of the Law” had turned the Sabbath, which was meant to be God’s day of healing and re-creation, into a wedge between God and humanity - one that kept people from bringing their sick to Jesus. No wonder Jesus did so much healing on the Sabbath! He was resetting the purpose of the Sabbath! 


Q. In this passage, in what different ways does Jesus help the needy?


Q. Review Mark 1:33, Mark 1:45, Mark 2:2 What is Mark suggesting will happen when you are meeting the needs of people?


Q. Interspersed in this healing montage, Mark demonstrates that the religious leaders and system are hindering rather than helping people. Why would Mark do this? (See Mark 1:22, 32, 43-44; Mark 2:6-8) 


Q. Mark intentionally sandwiched healing stories within the calling of disciples.

(See the surrounding stories of Mark 1:16-20 and Mark 2:13-14).

    Why would Mark teach Jesus' style of disciple-making this way? 

    What is Mark saying about the ministry of Jesus?

    What is Mark saying about disciple-making in the church?


Q. Does Mark 1:35-36 fit in the middle of this healing story-set? Why?

    How does this verse encourage you in your discipleship?


Q. In Mark’s day, how did sickness and demons correlate? (Mark 1:32-34)

    What about today? How are things different? Why?

    The incarnated Jesus spoke into Mark’s world as a local!

     “All things to all people. So that by all means, He might reach many.” 

    Where might Jesus focus His healing ministry today? 

     (Mental Health? Community/family? Cancer?)

     “WWJD” - wrong question. He’s in me. What will I do?
    “WWJHMD” - What would Jesus have me do?


Q. How does this passage increase your love for Jesus and other people? 


Q. Is there a particular person you feel impressed to share part of today’s study with? Who? Why them?


Closing Prayer


Sunday, November 19, 2023

Teaching The Second Coming

This morning while attending a Uniting Church with a client, the topic was "The Second Coming." During the sermon, the minister said, "You all know Dave because he joins us every second Sunday. Dave has a Seventh-day Adventist background. Seventh-day Adventists have the second coming right in their name - so they have a lot to say about it, I'm guessing." Then, looking up at me, he said, "Dave, If you'd like right of reply, I'd love to have you unpack the passage I'm struggling with in this sermon. I'll do my best and you can do the rest. If you are willing, at the time."


It humbled me to realise that other Christians view Adventists as specialists on "Sabbath" and "Second Coming". They do not despise or judge us but appreciate our investment in these deeply biblical topics.


The minister powered into unpacking Matthew 25:14-30. When he got to the end of his sermon, he said, "Dave, do you have something to say to help us with this passage? Only if you are comfortable."


The verse "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." (1 Peter 3:15) went through my mind... And I did.


During his sermon, I dug into the passage and the surrounding context. (Have a carefully read of Matthew 25:1-30 before going any further) I was looking for a positive way to reveal Jesus and his end-time mission for disciples.


Enjoy this lovely Uniting Church service. My bit starts at 53 mins...

First, we need to ask, “What is the context of this story.” At the beginning of the passage, it says, “Again, it will be like a man” .... What is the “it” in the “it will be like”? Reach back to the previous passage and Jesus says, “At that time, the Kingdom of Heaven will be like”. So, the topic in question is the Kingdom of Heaven. That’s the starting point. The finish of the story is “celebration" with God or “the place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.” So, this is a story about the Kingdom of Heaven and how it relates to those entrusted with its wealth.


Q. What is the primary focus of the Kingdom of Heaven?

A. Jesus.


The only people Jesus ever gut-punched were the religious leaders who misrepresented God to the people. These were the light on a hill people, Jerusalem’s leaders. They had taken the Kingdom of God and buried all of its glory and all of its truth under a mountain of laws and self-righteousness. Jesus had words with these leaders. Strong words. And often. The Kingdom of God was meant for everyone and Israel was meant to be the servant that spread that story. Instead, they buried it.


In the middle of Jesus’ ministry on Earth, we have the story of Jesus sending out the 72 to prepare for His arrival in unsuspecting towns. Jesus advised his disciples to enter a town and say, “The Kingdom of Heaven is Near.” Jesus also said, “If they invite you into their homes, go in. Lodge there. Eat there. And tell them I am coming soon and to be ready for my arrival.” Then he turned the tables, “If nobody in that town welcomes you, even after you declare the Kingdom of Heaven is near, shake the dust off your sandals and leave town. It will be better for that town at the end than for Sodom and Gomorrah.”


This story is a picture of God shaking the dust off his sandals. The wealthy landowner ousting the servants who didn’t make use of what they’d been given is Jesus’ way of saying to the religious leaders, “You know that rubbish tip outside the city? The one that just keeps burning and burning. The one where the rubbish gets dumped from Jerusalem? That’s where rubbish goes. Yeah, you don’t want to go there.”


Yes, it’s harsh. But, it is not a parable about you. It is not a parable about your family members who aren’t using their spiritual gifts. It's Jesus talking to the religious leaders. It is about those entrusted with the nearness of the Kingdom of Heaven who choose to ignore it rather than ignite it.


When Jesus died on the cross, the temple curtain tore from top to bottom and God got out of the box! The message about God, His love, and the nearness of the Kingdom of Heaven is no longer entrusted to one select group of people. God left that idea in the dust. The Holy Spirit now reaches out to every heart drawing all people toward God’s Kingdom. And once you welcome it in, you are the storytellers. You are the message bearers. You are the light on a hill. So shine! 

Friday, November 17, 2023

Fluffy's Christmas Gift - by Dr Charles Page

I received an email request yesterday that made me happy. The author of this Children's Christmas book asked me to read and record it on my YouTube Channel. 🙂 What fun to participate with others in making the world a better place!



Tuesday, November 07, 2023

Storytelling for Morning Worship

I had a great time doing the family worship each day at 2023 Victoria Bigcamp with Kenton and Katrina Ridley. Best fun, ever!

The Vic conference just asked us to do morning worship again in 2024!

Friday, October 20, 2023

Brothers New and Old

Forgive Thy Brother, by Scott Erickson, 2017 © Scott Erickson artist
Forgive Thy Brother, by Scott Erickson,2017

As Christians, we hold dear the principles of forgiveness and reconciliation. Both the Bible and the Christian experience are redemption rich. These themes are often found in stories about brothers. Do you have a story of forgiveness between you and a brother? The Bible has many. 

Today, we are going to explore two such stories from Scripture. One is told by Jesus and the other is recounted in Genesis. The parable of the Prodigal Son and the story of Jacob and Esau. These timeless narratives offer us profound lessons about God's boundless love and the transformative power of forgiveness. Let us journey through these sacred stories, drawing inspiration for our own relationships.


The Prodigal Son: A Story of Redemption

Our journey begins with the Parable of the Prodigal Son, shared by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. This story unfolds the tale of a wayward son who demanded his inheritance, squandered it recklessly, and found himself in spiritual and material destitution. However, in the depths of his despair, he came to a moment of reckoning.

Luke captures the essence of the prodigal son's rebellion: "The younger one said to his father, 'Give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country, and there squandered his wealth in wild living" (Luke 15:12-13).

As the prodigal son hits rock bottom, surrounded by swine and squalor, he comes to his senses. The son realizes the consequences of his actions and decides to return to his father, to humbly repent of his waywardness. This decision is a turning point in his life.

Jesus paints a profound picture of the prodigal son's return: "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him, and kissed him" (Luke 15:20). This parable exemplifies the joy in Heaven when a sinner repents. The Father's love and forgiveness knows no bounds!

Henri J.M. Nouwen, in his book "The Return of the Prodigal Son," summarises Jesus’ parable perfectly: "The story of the Prodigal Son is the story of a God who goes searching for us, runs toward us, and welcomes us back with open arms, regardless of our past."

As I read about the Prodigal Son's return, I couldn't help but think about the brother who stayed home. He was resentful when his father was grace-full. He was jealous when his father was generous. He was selfish when his father was celebrating. This bitter brother reminds us to join the Father in celebration, generosity and grace when a lost child comes home.


Changing Hearts: A Story Worth Telling

When I was 12 years old, I was asked by my pastor to preach a sermon. He recommended I dress as a Biblical figure and act out the story. A few weeks later, I stood before the congregation, dressed in a brightly coloured costume, sandals and a headscarf, and enacted the story of the Prodigal Son. 

I invited my adult uncle, who was not a believer, to come and hear my story. To my astonishment on the day, he was there in the audience. As I reached the part where the father embraced his son, I noticed tears running down my uncle's face. 

It was a profound moment that emphasized the power of the parable and set my life on a new course - I wanted to keep doing whatever I had done that day. Telling the story of God’s love and forgiveness touches hearts and changes lives!


Jacob and Esau: A Story of Reconciliation

Now, let's turn to the narrative of Jacob and Esau in Genesis chapters 27 to 33. This story portrays a tale of deception, sibling rivalry, estrangement, and, ultimately, reconciliation.

Jacob lied to his blind father and tricked him into blessing him with the inheritance of God’s promises rather than allowing it to go to his older brother, Esau, as it should have. The depth of Jacob's deception is revealed when Father Isaac said to Esau: "Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing" (Genesis 27:35). This act sowed deep discord between the brothers. 

Esau, understandably hurt and betrayed, “held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, 'The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.'" (Genesis 27:41). In modern English: “Once dad is dead, so are you!”

Fearing for his life, Jacob fled to his uncle Laban's house, where he lived in exile for many years. The relationship between the brothers remained deeply fractured. 

However, years later, in a moment of divine grace and transformation, Esau forgave Jacob. Genesis 33:4 beautifully captures the reconciliation: "But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept."


Conclusion

Both stories emphasize the importance of recognizing our sins, repentance, and seeking reconciliation with our Heavenly Father and with one another.

They also speak of the nature of God’s love. Just as the father in the Prodigal Son parable embraced his wayward son, and as Esau forgave Jacob, God's love is unconditional, and His mercy knows no bounds. These stories remind us that all of Heaven celebrates when a sinner repents. There is a profound joy that comes with reconciliation and restoration in our own lives.

C.S. Lewis once said, "To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you." That’s what it's all about. Forgive as you have been forgiven. 

When he realised the heart of Esau was filled only with forgiveness, Jacob declared, "To see your face is like seeing the face of God" (Genesis 33:10). This profound statement underscores the idea that reconciliation and forgiveness are God's prime attributes. When we extend forgiveness and experience reconciliation, we catch a glimpse of God. In such moments, we revel in Divine love and mercy.

As followers of Jesus, let us carry these lessons with us, always ready to forgive and seek reconciliation. Whether we find ourselves in the role of the Prodigal Son, in need of repentance, or like Esau, ready to extend forgiveness, may we strive to emulate the love and forgiveness shown by our Heavenly Father.


May you know the unbounded love and mercy of God. 

May you, like the brother who chose forgiveness over resentment, be ready to forgive.

May you recognize the face of God when you receive forgiveness from others.

And, may you experience Heaven’s profound joy every time the Father calls for a celebration!

Friday, October 06, 2023

Great Communicators

Humans are communal creatures. We are masters of tribalism, nationality, culture, sub-culture, language, dialect, family, religion, fields of study, etc. - all result from of our need to have group identity. Each of these collective categories bond us together within the group and separate us distinctly from those outside the group. It's what we do. It's how we make sense of things.

Having specialised terms helps us clearly say that which is important to us. Higher learning has its words, phrases and definitions. So do religions, cultures and nations. Heck, so do families - my dad and I have words and phrases that mean nothing to anyone else but bring entire memory clusters back to mind when we use them - thus bonding us again, closer and closer - becoming more like each other and less like everyone else.

Those who successfully speak to others outside their personal areas of specialisation excel at using common language - simple speak. And they make a study of the group they wish to speak to. Christians call this incarnation. Scholars call it 'dumbing down'. Communicators call it necessary!

Good communication is saying it right.
Great communication is being heard right.
Good communicators are educated and articulate.
Great communicators are relational and understood.

Here's a strategy to help you know if you have something ready to truly communicate to those external to your worldview. Explain it to an eight-year-old and ask them to tell it back to you in their own words.

Tuesday, October 03, 2023

Trying to understand God? Here, try these on.

Put on your coloured glasses. Oh, you already have them on! 

We all do. 


The cultural, spiritual and physical context of when and where we live combined with the education we receive from that culture create the lenses through which we see God, how we read the Bible and how we think of our fellow humans. 

This has always been true of humanity. Just like us, in Old Testament times, they defined God and their relationship with God through the lenses created by their world. And when they wrote it down, they wrote it with those lenses on - believing they were seeing clearly. When we read it, we read through our lenses. Learning about their lenses and trying them on when reading the Bible will help us understand them and their writing. 

But understanding God takes a lot more than the right glasses! We believe we can now see God clearly because of Jesus. Hogwash! God had work done - a lot of work! - before he showed up as Jesus. It's called the incarnation. God went through a massive transformation - gestation in a human womb, childhood in a Palestinian village, indoctrination in an Israelite community, all with a teenage mum and and tradie dad - so he could be one with us. He was still God, but cloaked in humanity and locked in a historical context. He came as close to being one of us as was divinely possible. 

Perhaps he did too good of a job. He spent much of his ministry saying, "How long have I been with you and still don't understand who God is?" Even after Jesus died, came back to life and was about to be slurped up to Heaven, "Some of them still doubted" (Matt 28:17). That's just the way of us humans. Our lenses only allow so much to be true!

So, if you have trouble understanding God - join the club. He doesn't expect us or require us to understand him. The epic narrative of Biblical scripture repeatedly shows that God wants us to know one thing - God loves us. He said it over and over and they wrote it down in their language. Then he showed up looking strangely familiar and showed us with his words, actions, death and resurrection. God is Love. God loves you. God created you as a creature of love - to love and be loved. Can you see it?

For God         (spiritual lens)
so loved         (relational lens)
the World       (cosmological lens)
that He           (patriarchy lens)
gave               (monetary lens)
His                 (gender lens)
one & only     (eggs in one basket lens!)
Son                 (family lens)
whoever          (inclusivity lens)
believes           (faith lens)
in Him             (trust lens)
will not die      (fear lens)
but have           (identity lens)
eternal life       (hope lens)

Saturday, September 30, 2023

The BAD WORDS of Christianity

As Christians, we've been sold a bad set of words. And words define everything. 

Sin and Saved. Horrible words. 

If you're talking about being a Christian - a follower of Jesus - you couldn't have two more ill-fitting words than sin and saved. Are you saved? When did you get saved? How do you know you're saved? Have you sinned? Is this a sin? Is that a sin? How bad of a sin? IS IT A SALVATION ISSUE? Talk about 'adventures in missing the point!' If there are more effective words to destroy and distract the hearts and minds of Jesus' followers, I don't know what they are.

Do you want to know the good word? The word that'll knock sin out of your vocabulary and saved out of your worries... Love

Try it on for a bit. How does it fit?

Are you loved?

Imagine talking to your parents one day and saying, "If a big bus was careening out of control down the road toward me and you were on the side of the road, would you save me?" They would say, "Of course." ... Then you ask, "Why?" and they respond, "Because we love you!"

We do everything we can for the good of those whom we love. There's no greater love than to die for a friend. And, yet, Jesus died for you while you were still ignorant of his love. Why? So you could know you are saved? No, because He already loved you. He loves you. You are loved.

Sin doesn't make sense as a concept once you know you are loved. Sin is for those who need a list to guide them. Christians have Jesus. Knowing we are loved by God changes our allegiance. We no longer tic the boxes of righteousness. We follow in the wake of the Righteous One. We need not ask, is this a sin? Is that a sin? Have I sinned? Instead, we act in love. Like Jesus. In his own words, "The entirety of the sin/law code can be summed up in one idea: Love the Lord your God with all you've got and love everyone else as much as you are loved."

Love keeps no record of wrongs.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Buddha in Bali

At breakfast one day, my client asked the waitress why there was a statue of the Buddha in the restaurant when Bali is mostly Hindu. She explained we were sitting in a Thai restaurant and Thailand is mostly Buddhist. I asked her if she knew the name of the Buddha (I was drawing a blank) and she said, “Name? The Buddha lived as a man?” Boy, I got excited! Storytime! 
I quickly googled his name and then told her about the prince who, as a baby, was blessed and a prophecy came from the lips of the man blessing him, “I have seen that young Siddhartha Gautama will grow to be one of two great things. He will either be the world’s greatest military leader or he will become the world’s greatest spiritual teacher. But not both.” 
Siddharta’s father wanted the kingdom he ruled over to be superior to all others. So, he got the best military training for the prince. And the best education. And he trained him to be a great king. He also kept his son away from anything that would encourage him toward spiritual things. He kept him away from the poor, the sick, the lame and only let him see power, wealth and health. 
After Siddharta was married and had a child, he was riding through the city in an enclosed charriot, as he always did. But, the curtains parted and he saw, along the roadside, a man with one leg - begging. When he got home, it bothered him that there was suffering outside his palace. He began sneaking out and visiting the poor. 
One day, after saying goodbye to his wife and son, the prince left his wealth behind. Dressed as a commoner, he began walking from place to place on a pilgramage of suffering in an attempt to understand it. He decided all of life was suffering. He starved himself for awhile thinking perhaps food was the problem. But, skinny and nearly dead, he decided he was wrong. So, he began eating everything, enjoying every flavour and texture. Perhaps indulging was the remedy for suffering. But, after a time, feeling fat and unwell, he decided indulgence, also, was not the answer. Then he discovered ballance. All things in moderation but none to the point of selfishness. 
Years later, while sitting under a tree, Siddharta became fully enlightened. He realised that all of life IS suffering but all who truly live can end the suffering they see - or at least try. And this is the way of the Buddha.
The waitress, a young lady of maybe 25 listened to the entire story caught up in it. She said she had never heard this story but liked it very much. She thanked me for sharing it. 
One thing I really love about Bali is the unrushed nature of everyone - especially hospitality staff. They od or squat next to our table and we have long chats. It is a beautful place with truly beautiful people. 
Later in the day, as we were walking through Ubud, my client said, “Dave I am so glad you are my worker. I have so many spiritual questions and I love that you can just answer off the top of your head because you have studied these things and know all the stories. You’re perfect for me!” He’s a catholic man and really loves to talk about Bible stories and theology. Right now we are part way through a discussion about various Christian theories of atonement. 
But I digress. Buddha! Cool story. Bali. Great place!

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Bible Study Conversation Guide

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I finally developed an idea I've had for a while. A simple Bible study discussion and note-taking study guide.

Grab the PDF here

Print it double-sided, Fold it in quarters and you have a convenient note-taking size. open it for the discussion guide, when needed. 🙂

It is good, of course, to read the passage and study it beforehand!

What do you think of it? Can you see it working for you?

Based on my 28 Stories journals and Peter Roenfeldt's Bible study bookmarks.


Friday, July 07, 2023

What is the Bible?


Is every word perfectly chosen, timelessly true, from God and thus worthy of worship, obedience and unquestioning application in our lives? 

 The breakthrough for me was when I realised the Bible was written by man not God. I had always known this in principle but hadn't thought it through carefully. 

 The Bible is 66 scrolls (documents, letters, histories, and collections of prophecy/poetry/wisdom sayings) written by 50+ authors in a diversity of middle-eastern locations over nearly 500 years. It clearly presents and represents the culture and biases of the people writing it. 

 Those scrolls were collected by libraries and read by scholars for the next few hundred years. Various libraries had various scrolls. Very few libraries had copies of all the scrolls considered as scripture. 

 A few hundred years after Jesus, a council of church leaders decided to vote on which of the 80+ ancient scripture scrolls were most likely to be trustworthy and orthodox in teaching. Once the vote was finished they created one codex (book) that included the 66 books voted as truly scriptural. This is the book we call "The Holy Bible" today. It didn't drop from Heaven as a singular finished book.
 
Recognising God worked through people back then the same way he does now opens up an entirely different way to read the Bible. Who was writing? To whom? Why? What was the goal? What resulted? How does this ancient wisdom apply to my life today? 

 The Holy Bible was set apart by God's people to remind them of how God worked in their past and would keep his promises in their future. The word "holy" means set apart. It's something we do to things we value. The scrolls included in the Bible are holy because humans "set them apart" from other scrolls. 

The Bible is a holy book because we value it, not because it is perfectly inerrant with the authority of God over our lives. To treat the Bible as divine is to turn it into an idol. 

 The Bible was written and set apart by people not God. It is holy not divine. It deserves respect and study but not worship. 

 God alone is worthy of worship.

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Revelation's End to the Story - Bible Study

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 Download PDF - It makes a lot more sense in the proper format but is too wide for the blog. I've put it below as well so the texts can be highlighted for easy access!

Thesis
Theme"God is Love"
Bible VersePoint
1 John 4:8God is Love
Revelation VersePoint
Revelation 3:15-20God's love changes us
CharactersGod: Father
Bible VersePoint
John 3:16God SO LOVED us
Revelation VersePoint
Revelation 1:4-8Trinity working together
God: Son
Bible VersePoint
John 15:13Greater love - life for friends
Romans 5:8-9Love: While yet sinners!
John 14:16WTL - Jesus leads to Father
Revelation VersePoint
Revelation 4:11Created all things
Revelation 7:17Shepherd, guide, cares 4 us
God: Holy Spirit
Bible VersePoint
Romans 5:5Pours God's love into us
Ephesians 1:13-14HS is our Seal of Salvation
Luke 4:18-19HS anoints us with Purpose
Romans 8:26-28Helps us speak to God
Revelation VersePoint
Rev 4:5, 5:6"Seven" Spirits = "Holy" Spirit
Is on the Throne of God
AntiThesis
ThemeWar against God
Bible VersePoint
1 Peter 5:8Satan destroys people
Acts 5:3Causes us to lie to the Holy Spirit
Revelation VersePoint
Rev 12:17Satan attacks those God loves
CharactersSatan
Bible VersePoint
John 8:42-44murderer, truthless, liar
Revelation VersePoint
Rev 12:7-9Satan fought God and lost
Beast / AntiChrist
Bible VersePoint
John 3:20Hides from light
Revelation VersePoint
Revelation 13:5-8Unsaved will worship beast
False Prophet
Bible VersePoint
Gal 5:13-15Bite and devour others
Galatians 3:1-6, 13-14HS thru Jesus' gift, not Law
1 Corinthians 2:14Spiritual things are foolish
Revelation VersePoint
Rev 16:13-14Stirs up trouble against God
SynThesis
"Freedom of Choice"
Bible VersePoint
Colossians 3:12-14Love and Forgive in Unity
John 8:47                         orYou are unable to hear God
Revelation VersePoint
Rev 12:11Speak Jesus in the face of Death
Rev 12:12                        orJoin the Devil in his angst
CharactersWorship Who?
Bible VersePoint
Matthew 22:37-40Love God and Mankind
1 Samuel 10:19               orReject God as King
Revelation VersePoint
Revelation 14:7Worship and Glorify the God of love
Revelation 13:4               orWorship those with power on Earth
Follow Who?
Bible VersePoint
John 15:9-12Love as Christ loves
or
1 John 3:12Defend your right to do Evil
Revelation VersePoint
Rev 13:16Live by the mark of the AntiChrist
Revelation 14:12             orLive by the mark of Christ
Believe / listen to who?
Bible VersePoint
1 John 4:7-12God lives IN YOU if you LOVE
or
Colossians 2:8You follow hollow philosophy
Revelation VersePoint
Revelation 18:4HS says, "Come out of her my people"
Revelation 22:17HS says, "Come to God and drink water of Life"
Revelation 19:19-21        orbe deluded, worship falsely and loose your life.

Dave Edgren ~ Story: Teller, Author, Trainer ~

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