A theological poem for Easter on the theme of this blog: God would use us to co-create the good future, one New Creation day at a time.
What lessons can we learn and what encouragements might we glean from Daniel 7; the Four beasts and the Heavenly Court. What is the worldview of Daniel and what aid might this give in praying for Ukraine and the wider implications of Putin’s war?
What ‘understanding of the times’ do we need as we pray for our world and for the Russian-caused crisis in Ukraine? How might Joseph, Nehemiah and Daniel all help us understand what the Church can do, how we can pray, and what co-creating the future might look like right now? How key is seeking prophetic gifts in this season? God originally spoke light into reality- now He calls us to be the Light of the World in transformative unity.
King Jehoram’s captain challenges Elisha: Can God make windows in heaven? Elisha shows us that the answer can be Yes, though this way is a great test of our faith and discipleship as co-creators of the future with God, in and beyond Ukraine and Russia.
In praying for Ukraine and Russia we can draw lessons from Ecclesiastes 3 and John 18. Strategic intercession can vitally support a just war.
Psalm 144 offers a means to develop insight into our co-creating relationship with God, fragile and passing though we are as mortals. With David we discover that gender equality can be a foundational principle for developing culture and a sustainable economy. Dialogue between the church and the world can lead to blessing.
The God who self-reveals as the Creator of Life in Genesis 1 is also the One who announces death. But this revelation is given in the prior context of the gift of Life and a mode of living that could, in principle, surpass death even before such an ending is contemplated. The burial tombs of the patriarchs are portals to the New Creation.
The worldview of Ps 113 shows God who is above and yet with God’s world. God doesn’t need to share our concerns, yet chooses to, and wills that we do the same.
Does the creation account of Genesis give confidence to the claim that God has given us free will in a meaningful and valuable sense?
Is my free will a gift of God I am squandering?
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