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Garden to Garden

Scripture Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” -John 20:16-17 Prescription For Trying Times Addison Hodges Hart reminds us that the statement from Jesus in which he refers to “my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” is the first time he refers to the Father as not just “my Father” in John’s Gospel. “With this statement to Mary “the expulsion from the garden of Eden in Genesis 3 is undone in the garden of the cross and tomb”. Jes

Upon Me

Scripture “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” -Luke 4:18-19 Prescription For Trying Times It is the Holy Spirit who hovers over our world now, still bringing form from chaos, light out of darkness, and life from death. It was the Holy Spirit who inspired the authors of Scripture, and who illuminates its readers today. It is the Holy Spirit who gives the Christian new life, who ministers to us the presence of Jesus, and by whom we worship and cry, “Abba Fa

Jonah, Simultaneous Sign of Both Death and Life

Scripture Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying, “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me. Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.’ The waters closed in over me to take my life; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. When m

 

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