Category Archives: Deeper Life

I Awoke from a Dream this Morning

It is, at this moment, 9:39 a.m. I awoke from a dream this morning. It was a vivid dream, short. I lay in bed for a few minutes, pondering the dream. I realized I had to post it, this morning. I went … Continue reading

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Students Remember Mrs. Goetz

Venissa Ledesma Remembers Mrs. Goetz Yesterday morning I woke up to devastating news. Someone who has been a big part of my life for the past three years had a brain hemorrhage and was pronounced brain dead and was later … Continue reading

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Seeing in a Mirror the Glory of the Lord

The next passage I want us to consider is 2 Corinthians 3:18.  For all its profound depth, it is expressed quite simply, and boils down to one simple question.  When you look into a mirror, what do you see? You … Continue reading

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The Fullness of God in Christ is God’s People Themselves

As we read in 2 Corinthians 12:4, Paul believed he had heard something in heaven that he was forbidden to repeat.  Yet Paul was unable to keep this surpassing revelation a total secret.  The unutterable truth he heard comes out … Continue reading

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“Things that No One is Permitted to Tell.”

Things Forbidden to Repeat Paul describes an experience of being caught up into Paradise and hearing things that he was convinced that human beings were not permitted to repeat aloud. This experience baffled him as to whether it was a … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Complete Identification with the People

   “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” Jesus’ complete One-ness with the People is seen in Saul’s very first encounter with him. “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” Paul’s entire ministry reflects the revelation of the perfect union … Continue reading

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The Universal Scope of Reconciliation

  As many of you know, tradition teaches us that Christ died to reconcile the world to himself.  There are a number of passages that discuss reconciliation, and what they say about it may or may not be what you might … Continue reading

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The Spirit and the Bride

  Important Pairs Some people say that the Triune God has always been characterized by plurality.  In the creation story we read, “And God said, “Let us create man in our own image.” One important pair is in Ephesians 5 … Continue reading

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Heretical? Maybe. Biblical? Very Likely.

I just received this comment from my fellow blogger, Charles Kinnaird, over at Not Dark Yet.  I’d like to share it with you.  Ron, Rather than pointing out that you are “treading on dangerous ground,” I will say that you are … Continue reading

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“You’re Calling the Church is God?” No, God Called it Into Existence.

  In the late 70s I presented a short version of this teaching to Rev. Dick Jefferson, my Spirit-filled American Baptist pastor at the time.  His exact words in reply: “Be careful how you say this.”  Thus far we have … Continue reading

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