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The Masterpiece

Dr. Joseph Tkach

The Masterpiece

God has written us into his family.

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Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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I’ve heard that poetry is “the highest form of human expression.” It’s been called the “hieroglyphs of the heart” and an expression of “all that is beautiful, painful, real and imagined” – the stuff that makes life worth living. But I wonder if we ever think of God as a poet? The Bible tells us that: “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10, ESV).

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Magic Eye

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Magic Eye

We don’t always see reality with our eyes. Sometimes, we have to know it in our minds first.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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This is a Magic Eye picture, and they used to be quite popular a while back. They’re composed of countless tiny images, jumbled together in what looked like completely indecipherable, nonsensical patterns. But if you hold the picture close to your face, and then slowly moved it away, the “magic” happens: at just the right distance, with the right focus, you can see a three-dimensional image “popping out” at you. These amazing images are hidden within the bigger picture, using tiny relations between the details to define the true hidden shape.

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What Time Is It?

Dr. Joseph Tkach

What Time Is It?

If we are in Christ, we know exactly what time it is.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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Have you ever heard Chicago’s hit song “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” I love it. In fact, even though it doesn’t have anything to do with the resurrection – it’s actually my favorite Easter song. During a lunch conversation with my dear friend, John McKenna, he explained that “the resurrection and ascension of Jesus changed all time!” He went on to explain that God has existed from before the creation of time itself – and therefore he is eternal. But, we as created beings, are tied to this temporal experience of space and time.

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Bottomless Refills

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Bottomless Refills

God knows that we have limits; that is why he makes his whole limitless self available to us!

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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At brunch recently, a friend of mine joked to the waitress about the restaurant’s advertised “bottomless refills” on mimosas, asking her just how “bottomless” they really were? She informed us that the most she’d seen someone drink was ten mimosas. It got me thinking: ten mimosas isn’t really bottomless, it’s just ten mimosas. No one enters the restaurant expecting to actually drink an infinite amount of mimosas. Why? Because of everything from our height, to how fast we can drive on the interstate, to how many mimosas we can drink, we live in a world defined by limits. But God doesn’t.

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The Water Hyacinth

Dr. Joseph Tkach

The Water Hyacinth

Day by day, we can count on his Spirit to be at work within us.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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The water hyacinth is an amazing plant: it can double itself each day. So on day one, you have just one plant — but the next day, you have two — the next day, four, and then sixteen. It’s both incredible, and frightening: if it’s not stopped, the water hyacinth will take over any amount of fresh water it finds itself in often killing entire ecosystems. That’s actually a lot like sin. If left unchecked, sin will spread to every part of us, choking out all life. It will leave no part of us untouched. So, Peter encourages us to: "Be sober mind; be watchful.

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Your First Job

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Your First Job

We’re not working for God, instead we get to work with him.

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Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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A friend and I were talking about first jobs the other day. For him, it was mowing lawns for his uncle’s landscaping company. And that experienced completely changed his life. He told me that he started seeing the world differently. Being given responsibility caused him to rethink how he used his time and resources: instead of wasting it, he wanted to make sure to use the time he’d been entrusted with to enrich my new boss’s business. That got me thinking about humanity’s “first job.”

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The Fruit of the Vine

The Fruit of the Vine

Christ is the vine, we are the wine.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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For the last ten thousand years humans have harvested grapes to create wine. It’s a difficult process that takes an experienced vintner, good soil and perfect timing. The wine maker prunes the vines, checking for signs that signal the exact day or night when the grapes will be ready for harvest. It’s a lot of hard work, but when it’s done right, it’s worth the effort. 

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Trust in the Lord

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Trust in the Lord

We were created for a relationship of faith and trust with our Lord.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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Have you ever been to camp? Or maybe a work retreat? Or just played on a sports team in high school? If you’ve done any of these things, odds are you’ve participated in something called a “trust building exercise.” Let me explain. The trust exercise is when a team gathers behind one member, while – at the same time, that single member is blindfolded and told to fall backwards, trusting that the rest of the team will catch them. Sounds kind of scary, right? Usually it takes a few tries before the blindfolded person is able to fall backwards and not stop themselves.

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Mixed Up Prayers

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Mixed Up Prayers

We know that there is only one God and that when we pray, whether we’ve said the exact right words in the right order – he hears us.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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For three hours last year, every email sent through a British Internet provider was re-routed to a single account. People started posting their “bounce back” messages on Twitter, wondering why their dinner reservation, business emails, and private digital correspondence were all being sent to somebody named Steve. After some investigation the company realized that a programming glitch was responsible for the malfunction and they quickly fixed the problem. However, all these emails inadvertently getting shuffled over to Steve got me thinking.

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God is Love

Dr. Joseph Tkach

God is Love

God's very nature is love, as revealed to us through the perfect revelation of our savior Christ Jesus.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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Recently I heard a message that Bishop Michael Curry delivered at Yale Divinity School on the topic of love. He started the sermon by reading from 1st John:  “Dear friend, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

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