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To The Glory Of God

To The Glory Of God

There's no task too small to bring glory to God.

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Several years ago, the monks of Saint Sixtus Abbey in Belgium received a special honor: their Trappist ale was declared the Best Beer in the World. As word got out, the beer – and thus, the monastery that brewed it – exploded in popularity. Thousands of people drove hours to get there, while thousands more flooded the brewery’s phone line with orders; as many as 85,000 calls per hour! The demand for product became so great that it was almost impossible to get a case of the ale.

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Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Sometimes the Good News of the Gospel can get lost in all the jargon we use.

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Have you ever seen one of these?

This is an original Edison Phonograph. It’s a record player, but instead of playing discs it plays cylinders. You just wind it up and sit back and enjoy the music!

Well, that doesn’t sound so great.

You know when Edison was first trying to sell these things, he got a bunch of journalists together and recorded their voices. But when he played it back, one reporter wrote that he couldn’t recognize what he heard. It sounded like someone else talking in the distance. Something had been lost in translation.

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Christ Pantocrator

Christ Pantocrator

One of the world's most famous Christian icons wonderfully portrays the Hypostatic Union and the Holy Blessed Trinity through its imagery.

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A few years ago, the Getty Museum held an exhibit highlighting ancient Christian artwork. And one of the paintings on display really caught my eye.

Created sometime during the 6th century AD, this painting is called “Christ Pantocrator,” which translates to Christ “Ruler or Sustainer of All.” What I really like about it is how loaded the imagery is with profound theological concepts.

Let me show you...

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Letter from Dr. Joseph Tkach - April 2015

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April 1, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The other day, as I pulled into my garage, I noticed how much stuff I had in there – I almost couldn’t get the car door open! As the years go by, our possessions sure start to pile up. If you’re anything like me, you have whole sets of unused sports equipment, musical instruments your children stopped playing years ago, or an attic full of antiques you haven’t dusted off in a very long time. Although many of our possessions are meaningful and useful, after a while all this stuff can start to weigh us down.

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Easter with Eliot

Easter with Eliot

We find meaning through Christ's atonement. It's the moment that changed everything.

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I recently re-read TS Eliot’s CHORUSES FROM THE ROCK. Originally part of a pageant play, it speaks about a longing for the renewal of Christian faith during hectic and fast-paced modern times. But as I read through it again, a few of the verses jumped out at me.

“Then came, at a predetermined moment, a moment in time and of time,

A moment not out of time, but in time, in what we call history: transecting, bisecting the world of time, a moment in time but not like a moment of time,

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Mulholland and the Grace of God

Mulholland and the Grace of God

God's grace for us is unending and all we have to do is take it.

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If you’ve ever seen a picture of Los Angeles before 1913, then you know just how dry this city really is. It was a desert, a place where nothing really grew. And until William Mulholland came along, that’s all it was ever going to be. But on the morning of November 5, 1913, something happened that changed Los Angeles forever.

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Calling Out For Help

Calling Out For Help

When you're lost, take a moment and ask God to help you find your way.

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Last year while hiking near Sacramento, Mike Vilhauer got lost. He wandered off the path and suddenly realized he couldn’t find his way back. As the sun sank, Mike crawled under some shelter – and over the next five days, he weathered storms, battled hunger and even fought off an angry wolverine! But as he grew weaker, he started to think he’d never be rescued.

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Homeless Jesus

Homeless Jesus

Sometimes art can help us see Christ from a different side.

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Last year a small church in North Carolina placed a statue of Jesus out in front of their building. The only problem was that it portrayed Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. And while the installation has spurred a variety of reactions from a lot of different groups, I think it highlights one of the central aspects of what Christ’s incarnation is really about.

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Letter from Dr. Joseph Tkach - March 2015

Date: 
March 6, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Every year on Easter Sunday, churches around the world gather together to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. We do this so often that there’s even a traditional greeting that many congregations use. It goes like this: “He is risen!” And in response we say, “He is risen indeed!” I love that we have this way of celebrating the good news, but our response to that greeting can seem a little incomplete. It almost feels like you could add a “So what?” to the end—and that got me thinking.

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Jesus Loves You More Than You Will Know

Jesus Loves You More Than You Will Know

They may not have known it, but Simon and Garfunkel spoke truth with their biggest hit.

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Anyone who grew up in the 1960’s knows who these two are –

It’s Simon and Garfunkel!

And over a five-year period, they recorded a string of hits that defined a generation. They changed the music industry and many of their songs are still being played on oldies stations around the world. Just the other day, I turned on the radio and there they were, singing about “Mrs. Robinson.” I’ve probably heard that song a hundred times, but as I listened to it again, it was like I was hearing it with fresh ears.

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