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Masterpiece: I Absolutely Know Who I Am

JESUS RESPONDED, “JUST BECAUSE I AM THE ONE MAKING THESE CLAIMS DOESN’T MEAN THEY’RE INVALID. FOR I ABSOLUTELY KNOW WHO I AM, WHERE I’VE COME FROM, AND WHERE I’M GOING. BUT YOU PHARISEES HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT WHAT I’M SAYING. FOR YOU’VE SET YOURSELVES UP AS JUDGES OF OTHERS BASED ON OUTWARD APPEARANCES, BUT I CERTAINLY NEVER JUDGE OTHERS IN THAT WAY. FOR I DISCERN THE TRUTH. AND I AM NOT ALONE IN MY JUDGMENTS, FOR MY FATHER AND I HAVE THE SAME UNDERSTANDING IN ALL THINGS, AND HE HAS SENT ME TO YOU.”

JOHN 8:14-16 TPT

I love this passage. Jesus is so amazing!! These verses come just after He had proclaimed, “I am the light of the world and those who embrace me will experience life-giving light, and they will never walk in darkness.” (Verse 12) The Pharisees were astonished and offended by this declaration. How could Jesus claim such a thing?? They got snarky with Him and accused Him of being arrogant. “You’re just boasting about yourself!” they said. “Since we only have your word on this, it makes your testimony invalid!” (Verse 13)

But guess what? Jesus wasn’t being arrogant or conceited when He said these things. Not at all. He was simply speaking the life-giving truth of who He was!! And the people needed to hear this truth, because it was their chance to have eternal hope!

Oh how beautiful Jesus is. He is our light. We literally do not ever have to walk in the darkness of despair that wraps this world in its tentacles, because Jesus’s light overcomes it; His life can and will flood our lives if we recognize Him as our Savior and declare Him as our Lord…

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Repurposed: What if Your Story is Just Beginning?

“Siri, tell me where the coolest Starbucks in Dallas is.”

She gave me ideas for a few, but this one – this one looked special. I read a couple of articles about its unique interior design, about its rooftop garden. So when I walked in, I looked around before I ordered my coffee (yeah…crazy).

Long, black iron community table with tall iron chairs. Leather wingbacks and plush wall-installed sofas. Blown-glass chandeliers.

As a Starbucks-vibe connoisseur (the coffee is ok, but the Starbucks vibe? Oh yes, take me every day. To me, finding a new Starbucks feels like Christmas)…I was absolutely impressed. But what I loved the most was the shiplap-esque wall, and the gorgeous repurposed wood hanging artfully and beautifully from the ceiling, creatively covering up the air ducts.

Stunning. Absolutely stunning. It took my breath away. Did you ever just see something so beautiful that you felt like you almost couldn’t breathe? It hits different people in different ways by different means…for some it’s architecture, for some it’s flowers, for some it’s Picasso (you’re weird if this is you, but that’s ok, I like weird people).

For me, it’s something like this wood in this Starbucks…something that for some reason makes my heart ache with a feeling of home, but like a home that isn’t here, that isn’t normal. This wood isn’t on a fence or the floor; it’s hanging from the ceiling, and somehow this makes me ache that ache of eternity that C.S. Lewis talks about. “…the most probable explanation is you were made for another world.”

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