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“On the Air: Fully Aware!” (First Letter of John)
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2013 February 10 “On the Air: Fully Aware!”
2013 February 17 Living Every Day in the Light – so you can see what’s real.
2013 February 24 Lose the blind faith in progress: we’re not into perfectionism, we’re into being real – under God’s hand to make us new! Everything in our world is managed, uncertain: but we can be real!
2013 March 3 Don’t fall in love with a world that can never satisfy, that will only fade. Be filled with the love of the Father, and what you do will be real – and lasting!
2013 March 10 “See what love the Father has lavished on us, He calls us children of 神 – and that’s exactly what we are now!” For 神 to be our Father is much more than getting rid of the past, comfort in the present. It’s direction, energy, hope for the future. “What we shall be has not yet been made known.” Every day that we follow, He is making us into something new, never before seen! What changes could He bring to your world?!
2013 March 17 When 神 first engineered everything, He made it right: everything fit and worked properly. Something “broke” the world we live in – something “broke” our environment, our social world, our inner personal worlds, too. But 神 has done something wonderful to heal the broken part – and to lead us into a new way to live, according to the way He has engineered us!
2013 March 24 神, the Most High, has come into our world in the life and person of The Teacher (that’s what they called Him). Everything important about 神’s intervention here is in the life, death, and resurrection of The Teacher. There really is no one else like Him.
2013 March 31 “See to it that the message you have heard from the beginning makes its home in you.” What was the message that “they” heard from the beginning? Is it the same as what we’ve heard? What is “atonement”? What does The Teacher, coming back from the dead, have to do with us? 神 wants us to be full of joy, confidence, hope because of what’s coming to us in the Great Day – that’s our power to live now, too! We don’t look back, then look up and look for a way out: we look up, and look forward to a future worth living for, where our lives make a difference!
2013 April 7 Why does 神 tell us to “love each other”? Why does the writer of this letter call us “brothers and sisters”? It’s not simply to be friendly: 神 is creating a community of people here, now, who will be able to demonstrate what the new world is like! 神 gives us great confidence and strength when we do this – a confidence that changes us now!
2013 April 14 More about loving each other: 神’s way of connecting us to the way we were made at the beginning, and the way He is helping us to become! Everyone who follows Him is given the gift of loving other people in a way that really does make a difference!
2013 April 21 How 神 makes us strong in the Spirit – how the spirit of the broken world affects us – and how we can live in real joy and hope.
“The Truman Show” was a popular movie of the late 1990’s, and its theme was very curious and interesting. You see, young Truman Burbank lives in an ordinary town, an ordinary life – mostly. Occasionally strange things happen to him, and around him, that make him wonder what’s really going on – but he’s mostly adjusted to the world as he knows it. But over time he begins to have doubts and questions that he doesn’t know how to ask – and when he tries to talk about it, no one understands him. Everyone tells him that everything’s great, there’s nothing unusual about him. But gradually he learns the shocking truth: his entire life is being lived under an artificial dome. Everything that has happened to him, all his life, has been scripted for him by the director of a TV show about him! Every other person in his life is an actor, pretending to be his wife, his co-workers, his friends. “The Truman Show” (click to read more) is a reality TV show about Truman’s life that millions of people watch for entertainment and inspiration! The caption reads, “On the Air. Unaware.”
The writer of the First Letter of John is very concerned to help his people understand that in a very important way, we all live in The Truman Show: this world is not what it appears to be! It’s very hard to know what’s real and what isn’t – what lasts and what fades away – what is good and what is really evil and hurtful. And 神 has sent The Teacher to us, from “outside the dome,” to show us what is real and true, so that we can live powerfully, with integrity, with truth. In this series we’re going to explore what the world looks like – and what our lives look like – as we follow The Teacher.
What kind of person can see through the fog of confusion, and find what is real? What does it take to become that kind of person? 神’s heart and hand are not here to give us shame: He will help us!
A day is coming when 神 will draw back the curtain, when everything will become visible and real – but until that day, you could say that our lives are much like the Truman Show. The big difference: we will be fully aware! The Teacher will show us how to do it right!