Humor me. For just a moment, consider the following “thought experiment:” After a chance encounter at your local grocery store, a world-famous talent scout says you have what it takes to be great and famous. Or maybe Warren Buffett calls and says he wants to make you wealthy. Maybe you have a dream in which God promises to make you great throughout the whole earth. OK, let’s go with the last one. What would you think if God promised you a great reward? Most people (like you and me) would go to the obvious: Money, fame, success.
But there was this guy. Named Abram. He thought family. READ MORE >>>
What’s the key to the earthly expression of a heavenly Father’s kingdom? Big clue: Look for the man with a father’s heart.
Big Picture: God created Time and Space as a palette for his great story of redemption and love. The story ends (which is really just another beginning) when the infinite heavenly realm is joined to the limited earthly realm, and the two become one. To accomplish this, Christ entered history. A great king, veiled as a lamb, is by far the most clever plot twist ever devised, right up until he tops it by allowing himself to be killed, then coming back from the dead. Then, if possible, the story gets even richer. Because of Christ, God is now able to place his divine essence right smack into the heart of humanity. The Holy Spirit is poured out. God begins to invade the planet to the tune of millions of people. “Just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you” (Lu 22:29). Eventually the entire cosmos will be cleansed from the stain of sin. “Then comes the end, when He delivers up the kingdom to the…Father” (1 Cor. 15:24).
In spite of all the grandiosity, in human terms, the real showstopper may be how much the entire process hinged on God finding one man to start the ball rolling. Think about the READ MORE >>>