Sometimes just hearing or saying the name of Jesus takes my breath away.
When I close my eyes and I think of the faithfulness of King Jesus – the life, humanity, divinity, love, graciousness, death, resurrection, and ascension – I can hardly take it in.
King Jesus, the New Israel, the Second Adam, the True Image Bearer of God, and the fulfillment of Israel’s history, met his death on a cross and was raised to new life. The end of the present evil age, and a re-creation of the people of God came to an intersection. But the good news doesn’t stop there. You and I have been included in this great people of God (2 Cor. 5:17) and have received the gift of the Holy Spirit. We live in-between-times; we have been included in God’s great “rescue operation” (As N.T. Wright so famously says) and we wait for the day that our bodies will be raised to new life (1 Cor. 15, Rev. 21-22). But we don’t wait to live the resurrected life. No, you and I are “children of the resurrection” (Lk. 20:36). We, as the people of God, walk in the Spirit in the resurrected life now. It is exactly as the Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:18,
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
Read that again…and again! Do you see the good news, friends? Through the Spirit, we are made more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.
And this, my friends, is why I do what I do. This is why I write, this is why I teach, this is why I blog. I am in love with the church. If I can just be one encourager that uses my voice – through the Spirit – to edify the body of Christ, I will do it until the day I die.
I live in an adorable little mountain town in the suburbs of Los Angeles in a town called Sierra Madre, Ca. along with my amazing and handsome husband (since 2006), Jeff, and my rambunctious toddler boys, Caleb and Noah. My husband, Jeff, is one of the most generous, selfless, and loving people I have ever met. He is a man of deep, abiding faith, and my greatest partner in ministry. My boys fill my heart with nothing but joy, laughter, and love. We love our family time which includes family walks, family wrestle time, hiking, and bedtime snuggles. For fun, I enjoy training for triathlons, going to the gym, a good theological conversation over coffee, and a random girls-night-out.
As a Nazarene Pastor, I have served in churches in Upstate New York, Naperville, IL, and Oak Brook, a non-denominational church in a western suburb of Chicago. I am an MDiv. Graduate from Northern Theological Seminary where I also worked as a Teaching Assistant for Scot McKnight. I now serve as the Senior Pastor at Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene (“PazNaz”).