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Daffodils in the Snow

Sunday the daffodils in front of the church glistened brightly in the flurry of the late April snowfall. It’s always encouraging to see the beauty of spring burst forth out of winter. Isn’t it amazing that snow can’t hold back the glory of delicate daffodils?

 

It seemed fitting that my topic on Sunday focused on coming to church with expectations that God will show up and do something fresh in our lives, kind of like daffodils breaking through untimely snow and cold. While prepping for my sermon, I reread the healing miracles of Jesus, especially those described in the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark and Luke. Jesus healed all who came to him (Matthew 15:30), but did you know Jesus never corrected someone about their sin until after He healed them? He always addressed their need for healing first.

 

His healing miracles reveal His authority and power to release God’s will to transform human suffering into health, wholeness and hope. They demonstrate Jesus’ mastery over disease, demons and death itself. They also speak to the supernatural foundation of our faith.

 

Hebrews 11:1 says: “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Verse 3 continues: “By faith we understand the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.”

 

During my talk Sunday I riffed a little on insights that have come to light from quantum physics that challenge conventional wisdom about matter and energy. Some science-minded Christians are seeing amazing parallels between dramatic insights from quantum physics and the miracles of Jesus that have long defied what science believed was possible. In particular scientists have discovered that what they observe is affected by how they observe it, and that behaviors at miniscule sub-atomic levels reveal an interconnectedness between matter and energy that is not dependent on time and space.

 

Some scientists still insist there must be a mysterious “God particle”, as if God can be reduced to an impersonal substance of force. They simply can’t recognize the God of Scripture who imparts intelligence, love and connectedness throughout the universe. Colossians 1:15-17 puts it this way:

 

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

 

We know from experience and countless testimonies that God is neither a mere particle, though He has a tangible presence, nor mere energy, though He moves with power and force. God is alive. He is the designer, creator and imparter of purpose to everything that exists, including us. And He wants us to know and connect with Him to experience the fulness of His blessings and love.

God wants to communicate and heal. Come next Sunday expecting it for yourself and others! By then the daffodils will be in full swing.


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It’s Time

If you knew you had access to a place where you could connect with God 24-7, where He could literally transform your entire life, where it was like the oval office to your world and you even had the key already…what would you do? This place is called the mind.
 
God makes a big deal out of the mind and shows us it’s the battleground for where we experience daily victory. Who has ever had a bad day? It could be that your car has issues or you simply wake up on the wrong side of the bed. In Hebrews 13:5 we read, “…you always have God’s presence. For hasn’t He promised you, “I will never leave you alone, never! And I will not loosen my grip on your life!”

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