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Two Become One: Purple

Two Become One: Purple

I didn’t mind the long walk home from school as a ten-year-old during springtime. The field was covered in them. I picked a new bunch every day for my mom. Even though the purple wild flowers were free for me to pick, they cost me an allergic itchy rash.
            In a similar sense, just as the gift of royalty we receive as sons and daughters of the King is free, it cost Jesus unspeakable pain and suffering. And He did it for the same reason I did it: love for another. 
            Take the color (red) of the blood He willingly shed on the cross because of His great love, and mix it with the color of the blue sky under which my flowers grew, and you get purple: the color of devotion. Jesus devoted his life to providing a way for us to “be called children of God!” (1John 3:1)
            Now look at a red sky splashed up against a clear blue sky, and you witness the purple hew of heaven: promise.
            “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.
            “I and My Father are one.” (John 10:29-30)

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 | Read more...
Deep Purple

Deep Purple

This first week of Easter we are reflecting on PURPLE and what that beautiful color means when it comes to Jesus, our resurrected Lord and Savior. John 19:5 states that before his crucifixion, Jesus was adorned in a crown of thorns and a purple robe. Is there anything to be made of the “purple-ness” of said robe?

Well, I did a little digging, and I did find some fascinating little “findings” I’d like to share.

Take a look at the meaning and significance of a few colors…

PURPLE: An extremely rare color in nature, purple was an expensive color to replicate on garments in ancient times, and thus reserved for royalty.

BLUE: A color often associated with purity, trust, grace, and heaven

RED: A color often referring to sin, blood, passion, and fire.

And as we all know...BLUE + RED = PURPLE.

So…what happened when a fully divine and yet fully human man took on the sins of the world?

(Purity, trust, grace, heaven) + (sin, blood, passion, fire) =


Royalty.


King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to be exact.

Happy first week of Easter!




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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Read more...
Basileus Basileon!

Basileus Basileon!

Kings come and kings go. Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall. But One King I know abdicated His rightful throne to save His people -- the sick, the blind, the dying.

He entered this fleshly world full of kings who demand and force and imprison with works. Where the self-righteous bathed in judgmental pride, this King's compassion soaked His Spirit.

Because He knew. 

He knew wrongs had to be righted. He knew debts were to be paid. But the debt was too high. Nobody, not one, had the ability to pay what was owed on his own.

So one day when the time had come, this King made an entrance into the heaviest populated city during a time of celebration, not on a noble white horse adorned with jewels but on a lowly donkey and her colt. Those who loved Him, worshiped. Those who hated seethed with jealousy.

This King gathered His friends to celebrate what only He knew to be His last meal but instead of being served, He turned and washed His companions' feet.

That night He was betrayed and arrested and beat. He was then dressed with a purple robe, crowned with thorns and mocked as “King of the Jews!”

He died that day, much to the delight of many. The King’s enemies sensed victory and relief over a crucifixion well done. Hope had vanished from the grasp of those who loved the King and now the agony of grief was their new companion.



Sunday came with a death shattering victory. The KING rose from the depths and raised His banner.  Wailing turned into dancing and sackcloth into garments of joy. 

The King, OUR KING, has taken His rightful place. He showed His worth of the purple robe, He has spared no expense. He has paid the debt in full. He gave His life and shown the grave couldn't hold him.

Rejoice! I say it again, REJOICE! This King is King of kings and Lord of lords! His Name is Jesus and calls us to be heirs in His Kingdom!


Answer Him with a resounding YES!



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | Read more...
Colors of Spring: Purple

Colors of Spring: Purple

Purple.

Look up the meaning and you will uncover an abundance of words to describe the intermediate color between the coolest blue and fieriest red.

You’ll find purple linked to royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. You’ll also discover it represents wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.

In Ancient Rome, purple was known as a position of rank, authority, or privilege. But Jesus was mocked when He was dressed in a purple robe. 

Why?

This week Sara, Katie, Lezlie, Debbie and I will be meditating on how the color purple Jesus now wears in victory is so important for our King of Kings. Would you kindly join us every day this week and read what God has placed on our hearts to share with you?



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Monday, April 21, 2014 | Read more...
A Royal Declaration

A Royal Declaration

This week our kitchen staff continues our journey through the colors of spring.  Our seasonal rainbow has landed us on the color purple - the color of kings.

The unfathomable surprise of Easter morning was preceded by three days of denial, at least from man's perspective. His royal nature, hidden in the tomb. His disciples dumbfounded at the turn of events.
But Christ's resurrection was, indeed, a royal declaration.
Nothing says "I'm King of the world" like raising yourself from the dead.

We didn't see it coming.  We could not have conceived, even though he showed us (through Lazarus), even though He told us (at the last supper) that death would not hold Him. 


Heaven caught us off guard at the empty tomb.  It's here the goodness of God revealed that it is better than we could've imagined. He's not just any king, He's the King of Kings. 

And it's here that Christ reminds me to live with hopeful expectation.  

You never know the places He may break forth.  
What if we considered - even EXPECTED- that this same King would breakthrough places in our lives that seem dead - and bring new life?  What if His goodness in these areas is better than you could have imagined?

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." 1 Peter 1:3

Expect the unexpected.
Let hope arise!

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Monday, April 21, 2014 | Read more...