How fantasy football helps us identify as Citizens of God's Kingdom – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 4

Did you know that Citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven is like fantasy football?  When you play fantasy football, you normally draft onto your fantasy team players that are from teams that you don’t root for. All of a sudden, now that they are on your fantasy team, you start being interested in that player. Continue reading “How fantasy football helps us identify as Citizens of God's Kingdom – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 4”

How Christian dual citizenship matters to politics – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 3

Christians, we have dual citizenship.  We are citizens of the Kingdom of heaven, and we are citizens of an earthly kingdom.  Where I am writing from, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, most Christians are citizens of the Kingdom of Jesus, and we are citizens of the United States of America.  We say, “I am American,” and we are. Continue reading “How Christian dual citizenship matters to politics – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 3”

The Already, but Not Yet Kingdom – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 2

We are citizens of the Kingdom of God now.  What does that mean?  How does our citizenship in God’s Kingdom matter now? The answer to that question is something called, “the already, but not yet”.  We are a part of the Kingdom of God already, but that Kingdom has not yet come in its fullness. Continue reading “The Already, but Not Yet Kingdom – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 2”

Does where you were born matter? – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 1

Where were you born? I’ve lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for most of my life, but I was born in Alexandria, Virginia. What that means is that I am a citizen of the United States of America. What country are you a citizen of? I’m bringing this up because in our Identity sermon series, we’ve talkedContinue reading “Does where you were born matter? – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 1”

Is eternal life a real thing? Titus 1:1-4, Part 4

Take a look at Titus 1:2.  There is a repeated word in the original Greek in which Paul wrote, but for some reason the English translations I looked at don’t repeat it.  Here is how verse two would look if that word were repeated: “in hope of life eternal, which was promised by God, whoContinue reading “Is eternal life a real thing? Titus 1:1-4, Part 4”

A story about what happens after people die

What happens after a person dies?  My uncle recently sent me this story, author unknown, that tries to answer that question. On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by theContinue reading “A story about what happens after people die”

What my sons’ mugshots taught me about citizenship

How about those two cute little mugshots?  They are my two oldest sons in September 2000, when they were 3 and 2 years old.  Our family of four had just moved to Kingston, Jamaica, and we had to apply for immigration status as legal aliens.  That meant we had to get photos taken and useContinue reading “What my sons’ mugshots taught me about citizenship”

Turning guns into plows – Just a future vision? Or possible now too?

A vision of the mountain of God!  We’re studying prophecy during Advent 2016, and week 1 takes us to Isaiah 2:1-5, a glorious image of events in the last days. The temple mount is in Jerusalem, and it is not all that high.  When you think of tall mountains around the world, you don’t thinkContinue reading “Turning guns into plows – Just a future vision? Or possible now too?”

That time Jesus said a chicken would save the world – Luke 13:22-35

In this story, Jesus takes a question from the crowd: “Will only a few be saved?” How will he answer? 144,000?  Maybe that’s how many will be saved? Nope, he doesn’t say that.  His answer is a story.  He tells a parable about a man with a house, and the house has a narrow door. Continue reading “That time Jesus said a chicken would save the world – Luke 13:22-35”

How God’s Kingdom can change the world – Luke 13:10-21

We Christians talk a lot about the Kingdom of God, but what exactly is it?  Just a place people go to in the afterlife?  Heaven?  Jesus often said things “The Kingdom of God is among you, is near, has come.”  What in the world did he mean?  The people in his day often seemed confusedContinue reading “How God’s Kingdom can change the world – Luke 13:10-21”