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Devotional: Forget Business As Usual

…new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.
Isaiah 42:9

We know that our calling is derived from the calling of Jesus: how we should walk out this calling with an internal humility, and how our calling has no context without the unstoppable I AM being at the center of it all. 

6 "I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; 

8 "I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. 

 9 See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you."

There are four more things about the “how to” of this calling:

  • It involves a new thing, not religion as usual (v9)
  • The Father will reveal them to us (v9)
  • It will mean being led “by ways they have not known” (v16)
  • If we trust in the same old way, we will fail. (v17)

First, if you want business as usual then you don’t want your business to be in...

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I love Melchize!

Some years ago we started spending most of the year in a coastal town called Melkbosstrand just North of Cape Town. A local pizza eating spot is called I Love Melkies and their sticker can be seen on cars in the area.

I think it is time to bring out an “I love Melchiz” sticker. Truth be told, Melchi of the Old Testament has one of those names it is easy to gloss over. He pops up obscurely then disappears into the background for about 1000 years until David gives him a fleeting mention. Then Melchi seems to vanish again until the book of Hebrews unpacks his significance. 

This Melchizedek was king of the city of Salem and also a priest of God Most High. When Abraham was returning home after winning a great battle against the kings, Melchizedek met him and blessed him. Then Abraham took a tenth of all he had captured in battle and gave it to Melchizedek. The name Melchizedek means “king of justice,” and king of Salem means “king of peace.”...

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Out With The New, In With The Old!

Religion can be a terrible thing when people get attached to the form of something and miss its essence.  About 500 years before Moses introduced the nation of Israel to the idea of having a whole tribe that were priests there was a man named Abram (which means exalted father) who encountered a guy who was both a king and a priest.  Abram recognized that this man was awesome and spontaneously gave him 10% of the loot that he had collected from a battle with a bunch of other kings. Then the man, who was a king-priest, refreshed Abie with wine and bread, and blessed Abram, giving him a new name... Abraham—father of many nations. 

Fast forward to Psalm 110 and King David gets a peep into heaven and observes a conversation between Father and Son. “The Lord said to my Lord sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool… The Lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow:
    “You are a priest forever in...

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Devotional: Because God Works

Then man goes out to his work, to his labor until evening. How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all.
Psalm 104:23

Psalm 104 is wonderful in its description of the whole of creation, rightly sweeping it under the domain of God… clouds, springs, mountains, moon and sun, lions.  

He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains.

 They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

 The birds of the air nest by the waters; 

       they sing among the branches.

 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.

 He makes grass grow for the cattle, 

       and plants for man to cultivate— 

       bringing forth food from the earth:

 wine that gladdens the heart of man, 

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