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Sacrifice

Sacrifice Everyone makes sacrifices— for physical beauty, for body health, for athletic victory, for career advancement, for relational unity, for sound investment, for a physical dwelling, for the hope of fame, for parental love, for spiritual growth, for environmental health, for political power, for a noble cause, for a dark addiction, for the cause of peace, for liberation from bondage, for making a point, for exposing an evil, for meeting a need, for offering... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Friday, April 2, 2021
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What Was In Jesus' Job Description?

I have had some really bad jobs. One Christmas vacation I worked as a garbage collector and between the cold, snow, and rodents, it wasn't my best celebration of the season. I worked one summer during college as an intern at a factory, cleaning the rust off exhaust systems with acid. I worked for a while as a "brickie," carrying concrete blocks to masons and mixing concrete when it was so cold outside that we had to add antifreeze to it to keep it from freezing before it could be... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Friday, April 2, 2021
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Was It Necessary?

The gravity of the cruelty meted out against Jesus forces this question upon us: “Did God really have to go to this extent to fix the problem of sin?” Did God really have to control all the situations, locations, personalities, machinations, institutions, and governments of earth so that history would march toward the right time and place: the birth of Jesus? Did Jesus really have to subject himself to the full range of the darkness and temptation of this fallen world? ... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Thursday, April 1, 2021
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To Mourn

To mourn we are by mercy called, to look to see to feel the weight of sin. We must not turn our face away must not deny what lurks within. We must not let our hearts grow hard, we must not work to feel okay. We must not numb this stain away. Jesus died to break our shame to calm our fears to open our eyes to soften our hearts to enliven our souls so we would mourn and in mourning find grace, the grace of confession the grace of forgiveness the grace of renewal the grace... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Thursday, February 18, 2021
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1/6/21

As I witnessed and reflected on 2020 and the events of January 6, 2021, I’ve had moments of tears for our country, but more profoundly, for the church that I love that is so broken, angry, and divided. In this fallen world, the church of Jesus Christ should be a beacon of love, grace, unity, patience, mercy, and peace. How are you handling your political disagreements with your brothers and sisters in the Lord? Have you given way to the temptation to say or post divisive things? Has... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Saturday, January 9, 2021
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Such Mystery

Such mystery the eternal one enters time the Creator becomes a creature God becomes a man The Son of Man carried by one he created Such mystery the Law Giver submits to law’s commands The all-sufficient one a dependent child The King of Kings in a stable born Such mystery Lord of Lords greeted by shepherds not kings The one all should serve comes to serve The one without need now hungry and tired Such mystery the creator of Adam becomes the Second Adam The... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Saturday, December 26, 2020
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Timeless One

The timeless one entered our time and space Word becomes flesh shows us glory The timeless one entered our time and place fulfilling promises meeting requirements The timeless one entered our time and place healing disease freeing captives The timeless one entered our time and place Second Adam resists where First Adam failed The timeless one entered our time and place proclaiming divinity speaking wisdom The timeless one entered our time and... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Friday, December 25, 2020
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There Was Only One Black Friday

There was only one Black Friday. It was not the day after Thanksgiving. It was not a day when self-oriented consumers bumped into, climbed over, pushed into, screamed at, and hated the other consumers who were in their way. No, all the action of the one Black Friday was on a hill of death outside the city where three souls hung on crosses —two criminals and the Messiah. Christ doing what he came to do and what the world was desperate for. That Friday the world went dark,... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Friday, November 27, 2020
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Rise. Move. Act. Speak. Represent.

When the bottom falls out when chaos becomes normal when justice gets twisted when innocents die when leaders fail when answers grow complicated when actions seem futile when grief overwhelms when the fog of confusion descends when loved ones ask, but I have no reply when I taste my tears when events sicken my stomach when I’d rather not see than see then I remember you then I run to your temple then I open my eyes to your majesty then I preach to myself of... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Sunday, June 7, 2020
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Our Greater King

When injustice assaults again when image-bearers die again when grieving mothers mourn again when communities lament again when eyes are closed again when backs are turned again when right takes a hit again when business as usual returns again when accountability is questioned again when narratives are twisted again when anger rises again when hope dims again then we remember again the kings of earth do not hold our hope they will fail us again they will compromise... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Friday, June 5, 2020
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