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Matthew 28 the great commission

Yesterday in church we reflected on the great commission in our service. Ascension Sunday is a time for us to reflect on the ascension of Christ and his words of commissioning to the disciples. I noticed the way mountains are imaged in Matthew. On the mountain one gains the kind of perspective that is transforming... hence the great sermon on the mount... the transfiguration on the mount. Mountains are place we ascend to gain a larger perspective.

I noticed in our text that it was on the mountain that the disciples were transfromed from disciples to apostles... from learners to the ones being sent out to make disciples of all nations. I believe in the church today, it is important to move up to the mountain and be transformed from learners, hearers of the word and doers of the word to those who will go out and make disciples. We have a great and holy task to bring the gospel and the healing power of Jesus to others.

We need that in our church today. Often we see within a view from the g…

Initial thoughts on John 14

Today I have been looking at John 14 which speaks about the relationship between love and keeping the commandments. In my NLT and NIV, the scripture reads, if you love me, obey my commands and he will give you another advocate who will never leave you. One commentary challenged the translation of the word obey, asserting that it more likely had the meaning of keep... who ever keeps my words loves me. Keeping involved being faithful to, loving the Word, seeking to live it out in every way. While obedience is a good translation, "keep" leads me to some different understandings.

"Keeping" is actually more consistent with the Old Testament Psalm 119, one of the longest Psalms in the Bible. Psalm 119 says things like, "I have hidden your word in my heart, "I have rejoiced in your laws", "I will study your commandments", "You reivive me by your words," "I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your instructions.&qu…