John 14.15-31 – Sarayu with us forever

(15) To love me is to act according to my wisdom. (16) To put my love/wisdom/obedience into you, I will ask Papa to give you another guide, Sarayu, through whom Papa and I will be with you forever. (17) She is the Spirit of Truth, the Truth of my life with Papa. Truth is known only by faith, so Sarayu will sound foolish to those who refuse to believe. But you know her well, because you believe. You know that her life lives in you and always will.  (18) As I transition from this mode of presence to a new …

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John 13.31-14.11 – Papa is in me, and I am in her

(31) As he watched Judas walk away, Jesus took a deep breath and said “Now it begins: The full unveiling of who I am, and in me, who Papa is. (32) I have revealed Papa, and she will now reveal me. (33) Kid brothers, it is almost time for me to go somewhere you cannot follow. I have a job to do. (34) You have a job too: Give to one another the love I have given you. (35) This love is what will identify you as my apprentices. (36) But Peter wouldn’t let it go: “Master, where are you …

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Eph 3 – Children who know how loved they are

(3.1) This is why I Paul am a prisoner for Master Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles. (2) You already know about how Papa sent me to you (3) and revealed the gospel to me.  I have summarized the gospel for you in this letter.  Read it, and you will understand the amazing enigma of Jesus.  (4) It used to be that nobody knew about it, but Sarayu has now revealed it to her apostles and prophets. (6) Here is the enigma—that what Papa promised to Abraham has been given to non-Jews as well as Jews, that we are …

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Eph 2.11-21 – The one triune life enfleshed in the world

(11) So remember, Gentiles (you who lack the physical sign of inclusion in God’s family, a sign made in flesh by human hands), (12) remember that you used to be in the dark about the Master of the universe; you were a foreigner to Israel, Papa’s own revealing/reconciling community.  You were ignorant of Papa’s promises; you had no real hope. (13) But because Master Jesus came into your alienation (even to the point of sharing in your death!), you have now come to share in the intimacy of His family.  He is the union of God and man, Jew and …

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Eph 2.1-10 – We’ve already been raised to heaven

(2.1) You were utterly lifeless, totally stuck in un-boundaried ways of living, (2) just like the rest of the world, following the world’s all-pervading spirit of darkness. (3) We were all once in that same place, just doing what felt good at the time, but then getting stuck with the nasty consequences. (4) But Papa, who overflows with kindness, (5) because she loved us even when we were dead, resurrected us when she resurrected Jesus.  Union with Jesus is her free gift to us!  (6) In Jesus, Papa raised us to heaven and seated us next to her, (7) so …

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Eph 1 – Good news–You’re adopted!

(1) From Paul, sent by Papa to announce Master Jesus.  To those sent by Papa to bless Ephesus, those who share in Master Jesus’ faithful knowing of Papa. (2) May you be receiving what Jesus and Papa are daily sharing with us—their own life-together of grace and peace. (3) How wonderful is Master Jesus’ Papa!  In Jesus, we have already ascended to the penthouse suite of the cosmos, the captain’s bridge of Spaceship Earth. There we are already receiving the extravagant love Papa has for her Son. (4) Even before she banged the Big Bang, Papa decided that we would …

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Matt 7.15-23 – Look for the fruit of Sarayu

(15) Beware pious predators who come to exploit your fear and shame in order to lead you down the easy wide road of religion.  They are wolves disguised as sheep, but there is no reason for you to fall for their tricks. (16) You will know them not so much by listening to their words but by attending to the fruit they produce.  If a plant produces grapes, you know it’s not a thistle. (17) Ask yourself: Is the fruit of Sarayu being produced here? – Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, and self-control?  If yes, then you know …

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Matt 7.1-14 – Judge not, jerk

 (7.1) Beware the temptation to manipulate others by acting like you are better than them. (2) When you do, you’re just teaching people how they should treat you. (3) While you’re busy offering “helpful advice” to your neighbor on how to get the speck of sawdust out of his eye, (4) you have a whole log stuck in your own eye. (5) Listen, poser… Go deal with your log.  Once you become a clear-sighted person, your neighbor might even ask you for help with his speck.  Until then, mind your own business.  (6) When he asks for help, that means …

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Matthew 6.19-34 – Insider trading, the Jesus way

(19) I have an insider investment tip for you:  Your 401(k) isn’t as solid as you think; it’s tied up in assets that have no future, so get out now.  (20) Earth, Inc. is getting taken over by New Creation Corp.  It’s a done deal, but most people don’t know about it yet.  In the end, New Creation will be the only stock worth owning anyway, and it’s 100% guaranteed against depreciation and theft. It’s time to start dealing in the currency of the future – Love. (21) By the way, your investment portfolio perfectly reveals what you actually believe …

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Matthew 6.1-18 – Let’s get sneaky

(6.1) As you live out the Triune goodness in your life, beware the temptation to use it to impress people.  If love is a means to some other end, it is not love. (2) If ulterior motives are intruding into your attempts at love, try exercising the discipline of secrecy. For example, when you give to the poor, don’t publicize it. If you do it for publicity, publicity is all you’ll get.  You want more than that; you want to share in the Triune life of self-giving love. (3) So when you give to the poor, be sneaky about it.  …

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