January 2015
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The Beloved

There has definitely been a resurgence of comic book characters in the movies these days.  Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Thor, the Avengers... are all coming to life again on the big screen fighting epic battles with age-old villains.    What is it that every villain does to strike back at the hero in these stories?  The villain captures the hero’s beloved and the hero fights to rescue her.  Spiderman rescues Mary Jane from the Green Goblin, from Dr. Octopus and from Venom.  Superman rescues Lois Lane so many times we lose count and Thor rescues Jane Foster. 
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be so loved, so cherished, so valued that the most powerful person in your world would do whatever it takes to rescue you?  Most of us doubt whether we have that much value but the truth is that it has happened.  God created us and invited us into a love relationship with Him that is called life.  Satan, who had been rejected and cast out by God entered the picture and snatched us from Him.  But God has gone to great lengths to rescue us.  He sent His own Son into the story to defeat the enemy and win us back for Himself to continue the journey of life.  The enemy continues to prowl after us (I Peter 5:8) but our Father who considers us His beloved (Romans 1:7) continues to pursue us and give us victory over the enemy. 
What is it that God sees in us?  The Psalmist asked this same question in Psalm 8, “What is man that you are even mindful of him?”  What could God want from us that is so important to Him?  The way we answer this question will determine the quality of our relationship with Him.
Some believe what God wants from us is obedience.  The commands and principles of the Bible are organized, preached, taught and applied.  Strict standards are adopted and enforced by the church to keep us “in the light”. 
Others believe what God wants is our mind.  Doctrine, theology and study of the Scripture are the focus.  We need to know and understand God more in order to be fulfilled.  God wants our thoughts to be totally ruled by His truth.

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