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Advent, and the Spirit of Diotrophes

Episode 66: Comfort Comfort Ye my People

On this edition of Radical Grace, we start off by talking about the Advent hymn, Comfort Comfort ye my people, which is the opening theme music for our show.

Comfort, comfort ye My people,
Speak ye peace, thus saith our God;
Comfort those who sit in darkness,
Mourning ’neath their sorrow’s load;
Speak ye to Jerusalem
Of the peace that waits for them;
Tell her that her sins I cover,
And her warfare now is over.

For the herald’s voice is crying
In the desert far and near,
Bidding all men to repentance,
Since the kingdom now is here.
O that warning cry obey!
Now prepare for God a way!
Let the valleys rise to meet Him,
And the hills bow down to greet Him.

Yea, her sins our God will pardon,
Blotting out each dark misdeed;
All that well deserved His anger
He will no more see nor heed.
She has suffered many a day,
Now her griefs have passed away,
God will change her pining sadness
Into ever springing gladness.

Make ye straight what long was crooked,
Make the rougher places plain:
Let your hearts be true and humble,
As befits His holy reign,
For the glory of the Lord
Now o’er the earth is shed abroad,
And all flesh shall see the token
That His Word is never broken.

We also talk about an old concept, the Spirit of Diotrophes, presumably a spirit that causes an individual to divide over doctrine and to put people out of the church.

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Today on Radical Grace, Uwe Siemon-Netto


On Today’s Show, Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto joins us to talk about Race and Segregation, The vocation of Jounalist, and the state of education. If you’d like to listen, tune in at 2pm Eastern Standard Time (1pm in Nebraska) by clicking >>here<<, and the audio will begin playing. If you’d like to give us a call from anywhere in Brevard County Florida, call 1-321-632-1510, or if you are out of the area call 1-800-648-1437.

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The following song was actually written in 1989. I wrote it after a number of my family had passed away, and after a period of time where I was not sure about this world I was living in. I had read the Poem “Crossing the bar”, liked it well enough, so I wrote a tune to go with the poem. But after I was done, I felt like there was something missing…

Fast forward to 2003, I purchased a program called “mixcraft”, and realizing that is was extremely powerful I began working on a number of my old songs I’d written during that period. When I came to “Crossing the Bar” again, I wrote a second verse to the song, one that finally filled in the missing piece.

Here are the Lyrics…

Sunset and an evening star, and one clear call for me!And may there be no moaning of the bar, when I put out to sea,
For such a tide as moving seems asleep, too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell and after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell when I embark;

For tho’ from out our bourne of time and place the flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face when I have crossed the bar.

Sunrise and the morning star, and I have heard the call!
And now I go to lay me down to rest in he who paid it all
For such a time I hear the voice of God and all that he’s declared
The finest news to those in chains and hardened hearts impaired

Twilight and morning breeze, O what a wonderous sight!
The Son of Man, the Lamb of God: My only light

For tho’ from out our bourne of time and place the flood may bear me far,
I KNOW I’ll see my pilot face to face when I have crossed the bar.

Book of the month

This months Book of the Month is Pastor Peter Kurowski’s The Everlasting Angel and Mountain of Fire. In the book, theology concerning the Angel of the Lord is explored in detail in an entertaining and eye-opening way. The story Begins on Mt. Moriah, with Abraham about Sacrifice his son, Isaac, and slowly throughout the book the “Everlasting Angel” is revealed to be none other than the Pre-incarnate Christ!

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This Week’s Show

Unconditional Grace

What’s so amazing about grace? When we read about where Salvation comes from Ephesians 3 reads this way… “For it is by Grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not by works, so that no one can boast”. If we read this passage in Ephesians honestly we begin to realize that Salvation is a gift that has no conditions attached to it. This understanding of God’s grace messes everything up in an amazing way. Where we want salvation to be about us, God says it’s about him. Where we think we earn salvation by our own works, God says it’s a gift, even if it’s as simple as us believe that our decision to accept Jesus is what makes God respond. Throughout the centuries people have objected to this teaching saying that if Grace is free, it will lead people to be morally bankrupt and spiritually lazy. Nevertheless, Scripture says it’s free.

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