Spiritual GPS

“The angel brought me, Ezekiel, back to the entrance of the temple of the LORD,  and I saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the façade of the temple was toward the east; the water flowed down from the right side of the temple, south of the altar.” (Ezekiel 47).

Can I have directions? 

The word of God is alive and powerful and completely true.

“There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High. God is in its midst; it shall not be disturbed; God will help it at the break of dawn.” (Psalm 46)

“Is there a spiritual version of GPS?”

About five hundred years ago,a Protestant wrote the catchy saying, ” “in necessary things unity; in uncertain things liberty; in all things charity.” Catholic and Protestants were at war, and according to this sage, “it was time for cooler heads to prevail.”Four hundred years later, Pope John XXIII used the saying in his encyclical, Ad Petri cathedram of 1959. Today, theologians can honestly ask, “Is the Reformation Over?” which is short hand for, “there is not a whole lot of difference between liberal Protestants and Catholics”.  Going to a Ted talk kind of church with Nashville music seriously lacks a destination point.

 Can you point me to a Church that believes in Narnia? 

Can you imagine a place where the magic from water, fire, and oxygen are restored?

I believe the word of God is alive and powerful and completely true (cf. Hebrew 4:12; II Tim 3:16).  As John 15 states, we literally obtain a transfusion of Holiness into our being as we drink of the vine.  Because of His overflowing grace, people, places, and things become sources of His grace.   The use of spiritual gifts and the fruit of the Spirit go hand in hand.  God’s purpose for us is to create the kingdom of God in our zip code.  The Church has more pull than Jerusalem had for the displaced Jew. Can you imagine a place where the magic from water, fire, and oxygen are restored? How about going to a place where the new Israel receives manna from heaven every Sunday? Or a place where your eyes are opened as you walk through heaven’s open door (Rev. 3:20-4:1)?

 

Author: gbradepp

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