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March 19, 2020

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Mike Richardson

Also...
Corona virus
A verse in John comes to mind...
Neither this man nor his parents...
When confronted with a picture of suffering Jesus refused to be drawn into the blame game. He refused to say the man born blind was being punished for sin. He refused to entertain the notion that it was somehow Gods responsibility that this man was blind, like it was some punishment imposed by some despotic Deity as if he was miffed at not getting his way. That is a small picture of God. This virus is not a judgement but a symptom and Jesus answer shows the real heart of a really amazing God of such fantastic grace. We (He is offering to roll up His sleeves in partnership with His created beings) must work the works of Him who sent us. Yes (we were sent here for a purpose which He challenges us to take up again with Him- subdue and fill) to enter again into that relational kingdom through His grace knowing He has made that possible in Himself. The great physician has come and calls us to join the fight now while there is still hope, for night is coming when no one can work.

Mike Richardson

As I was reading this morning i was meditating on a passage in Numbers. We are in an environment where not everyone we meet has a good view of the church. They question what we do so much we can question ourselves and our effectiveness.

I believe there is a short period of time right now where it is like evening. We are being called reminded who we are as we spend time in the presence of the Lord. It is as though we are laying down our authority in the presence of the Holy of Holies. We are a royal priesthood and when we come to pick up our rod of authority we will see it has come into bud. We can go out from the presence of the Lord with renewed authority to Love in the name of Jesus. For He has dawned, the bright and morning star. What does that love look like, it is not separate from the Love of the Father Son and Holy Spirit, it is eternal, and looks like 1 Cor 13. It bears fruit. When we plant seeds we are confident (or should be) that a seedling will appear. Im encouraged that we shall have many stories to tell. Want to have renewed authority that is self sacrificing unconditional love. Put your rod in the Holy of Holies and wait for Sonrise.

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