Eschatology

I believe the next event in our prophetic calendar is the rapture. Not to be confused with the 2nd coming, when Christ sets foot on the Mt. of Olives, this is Christians meeting Christ in the air. Our souls spend 7 years in heaven (the time of the Great Tribulation) before returning to Earth to help Christ usher in the new millennium. So there it is- the classic dispensational look at the end times. When is this going to happen? I sure hope its soon… and I’m betting on it. But in the meantime, Titus 2:13.

Gifts from One Spirit- 1 Cor. 12

Paul talks about the gifts of the Spirit in I Corinthians 12. These gifts are used to edify the body. Verse 13 states, “For by one Spirit, we were all baptized into one body…” Is this talking about unity of the body or about regeneration, as we were adopted into a new family?

In a functional, working family, each member contributes to the good of the household. Taking out the garbage seems to be my special gifting. If the body is to flourish, each member needs to have a unique gift, just like a baseball team should have a variety of differently skilled players, not just all relief pitchers.

Our new spiritual family needs us to exercise our gifts that we were blessed with when we were baptized into God’s family. The Holy Spirit knew just what the body needed when He blessed us with gifts, so we wouldn’t all just be waiting in the bullpen for our chance to serve.

We are one in the Spirit

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Ephesians 4:3-6 tells us we are one in the Spirit with one body (the church), one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one baptism, one faith, you get the picture… We are to be one in the same Spirit that dwells inside each one of us whether we are Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Calvinist, pre-trib, post-trib, or however you tend to divide God’s kingdom.

But in studying Theology, we find differences of opinion in Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, Eschatology, etc. And we find it easy to major on the minors. These things can take our eyes off the big picture- GOD. In 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, Paul wonders about the divisions in the Corinthian church (“‘I am of Paul’ and ‘I am of Apollos’ and ‘I am of Cephas'”). Just like in our churches today, its easy to get puffed up over the way we do things in comparison to others (Our worship team is…

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We are one in the Spirit

Ephesians 4:3-6 tells us we are one in the Spirit with one body (the church), one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one baptism, one faith, you get the picture… We are to be one in the same Spirit that dwells inside each one of us whether we are Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Calvinist, pre-trib, post-trib, or however you tend to divide God’s kingdom.

But in studying Theology, we find differences of opinion in Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, Eschatology, etc. And we find it easy to major on the minors. These things can take our eyes off the big picture- GOD. In 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, Paul wonders about the divisions in the Corinthian church (“‘I am of Paul’ and ‘I am of Apollos’ and ‘I am of Cephas'”). Just like in our churches today, its easy to get puffed up over the way we do things in comparison to others (Our worship team is better than yours neener neener). If we actually did “test the Spirits” we might find we’re more the same than we would care to admit.

Strike 3

I can not tell a lie… Well, I could, but I won’t. All the hype in the world won’t disguise the fact that Tahoe is having its third dismal winter in a row. Actually “dismal” might be too kind of a word. Winter is almost non-existant here.

As usual, the early fall dustings of snow stirred optimism of a drought-breaking winter, but alas, we have become high and dry. An early December dumping of 16-24″ of dry, light powder was not what the doctor ordered. It would have have made for ideal conditions on top of our usual bomber, Sierra Cement-type base, but… there isn’t a base here. 

Where there was snow left over from November, it had a faceted crust. Not good for bonding and we now have a very weak layer. Where there wasn’t snow, the light powder was not enough to support a skier and logs, rocks, and stumps were waiting underneath like hungry sharks. Gouging your skis is the least of your worries when skiing over these hidden leg breakers.

So, three strikes and its time to get out. Time to chase snow. The resorts opening limited terrain was almost salt in the wound- it was fine for the once-a-year holiday gapers who don’t mind waiting in long lines for a a poor product. But to the true skier it meant a couple hours of meaningless laps until boredom set in.

Where to? Canada, Europe, Japan… short road trips to Utah, Jackson, Baker, Montana… almost anywhere but here. This is ridiculous. Living in Tahoe and having to go somewhere else to ski. Might as well live at the coast.