LAVISH LOVE: How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (I John 3:1 NIV)

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ImageI encountered interesting similarities of thought in my reading today.

In an article about environmental sustainability on his health-focused website, Dr. Joseph Mercola ( wrote that “In order to maintain ecological balance and [human] health, you must understand how that system works as a whole. Any time you change one part of that system, you change the interaction of all the other components, because they work together.”

Rob Bell, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Michigan, wrote in “Velvet Elvis” that “The choices of the first people were so toxic because they were placed in the middle of a complex web of interaction and relationships with the world God had made. When they sinned, their actions threw off the balance of everything. … [And] when one part starts to splinter and fracture, the whole thing starts to crumble. These people cannot be separated from their environment. One part falls out of harmony, and everything is affected. As one text says, ‘The whole of creation has been groaning. It is all thrown off.’

“This is how the Bible starts. Unlimited potential. Unbelievable promise and possibility. And then fracturing, splintering, chaos.”

Yes, we live in a fractured, chaotic world, as is apparent in the daily news, whether it’s crop-destroying insects, earthquakes and floods–or broken families, financial ruin and deadly unrestrained viruses. The good news is that God promised to make all things new (Rev. 21:5)–and began with the Cross. As Bell says, “Jesus is God’s way of refusing to give up on his dream for the world.”

“Velvet Elvis – Repainting the Christian Faith” by Rob Bell, published by Zondervan


It Only Takes a Spark

ImageThe tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness that can ruin your whole life. It can turn the entire course of your life into a blazing flame of destruction, for it is set on fire by hell itself.

Blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! If you are wise and understand God’s ways, live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth.

James 3:5,6,10,13 (NLT)

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