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Conquering through Defeat: The Strange Victory of Jesus and his People

The God of Paradox

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.' (Revelation 2:7, ESV) The book of the Revelation is a strange and confusing book. It combines completely unnatural images: an ox with six wings and full of eyes (4:7), strange comparisons (how can a rainbo...

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Evil and Good: One Action with Two Intentions

The God of Paradox

But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result--the survival of many people."Genesis 50:19-20 The paradox of evil and good: one action with two intentions can be found in Genesis 50:19-20. The background to this verse is that the patriarch of the family, Jacob, had...

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Suffering and Joy: Two Odd Friends

The God of Paradox

The world is filled with great uncertainties in these days. The Lord places paradoxes in our world. One such paradox is finding joy in the midst of suffering. These two truths seem at odds with each other but, as with all of God's paradoxes, God often places seeming opposite ideas side-by-side to display His glory. In the letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul gives u...

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Life through Death: Resurrection of the Saints

The God of Paradox

1 Corinthians 15 is packed full of information. I am sure that many sermons could be preached on various points. However, most of this chapter confines itself to the resurrection of the dead. A cursory glance of the Old Testament would reveal only limited statements regarding this wonderful reality while the New Testament seeks in many places to fix our gaze on the unendin...

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Habakkuk and Corona: An Ancient Prophet and Modern Suffering

The God of Paradox

'Look at the nations, pay attention, and be utterly astounded! For I am doing a work in your days which you would not believe even if you were told.' -Habakkuk 1:5 God's ways typically surprise. Sometimes this surprise produces joy while at others it produces angst, frustration, or even confusion. The latter was the case for Habakkuk, who God gave the unhappy foresight to...

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The Cross: Jesus Didn’t Save Himself

The God of Paradox

In the hours leading up to and while on the cross, Jesus endured some incredibly cruel mockery. Some of the mockery was physically painful (i.e. the crown of thorns), but some of the mockery was meant to be emotionally painful. I'm thinking particularly of the religious leaders who mocked Jesus by saying, "He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King ...

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Community in Isolation: A Necessary Paradox

The God of Paradox

'I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.'-Dorothy These are uncharted days for us. The path forward is unclear and we have more questions than answers. The combination of these two often leads to anxiety and fear. On top of this, the body of Christ has found herself pushed into an unexpected and unwanted situation: isolation. The church, for nearly two thousand ye...

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