Heavenly Stuff

Look at what love the Father has given to us, so that we may be called—and are—children of God. Because of this the world does not know us, for it did not know Him.

Beloved ones, [right] now we are children of God and it has not yet been made visible who we will be. We know that whenever He will be made visible we will be similar to Him, for we will perceive Him just He is.

And each one having this expectation concerning Him consecrates themselves just as that One is consecrated.

1 John 3:1-3 (my own translation)

This is what I’ve been thinking about for the last 60+ days. Being in a cocoon as God does His mysterious spiritual work in people, stripping away all but the essentials, and for one in four people in the US, even essentials will be stripped away, by losing their jobs.

Who will we be when Maryland opens back up, and we can do things together with other people? Will we be transformed? Will we be the same? Will we have learned something? Will we forget what we learned?

This talk is about emerging as a transformed people by God’s love, so that we will do everything we can to help each other through this next season.

(My mic had some issues for the first 15 or 20 seconds of the talk, but heals quickly, and stays fine for the rest of the way.)

Heavenly Stuff
1 John 3:1-3

Joanne led and taught a Bible class of 350-500 students from 2003 to 2013, and has recently retired as an advisor and mentor to eight Bible classes in the Maryland area with BSF, International. ____________________________________________________________ Joanne continues as a Bible teacher with Ancient Voices, Sacred Stories, LLC, and serves on the pulpit teaching team of her church, New Hope Chapel, Arnold, MD. ____________________________________________________________ A long-time "armchair archaeologist," Joanne joined the Board of Directors for the Biblical Archaeology Forum in 2013 and has participated in two excavations, Tel Kabri and Tel Akko. Another passion for Joanne is the healing work of counseling. She serves as a lay counselor and trainer in affiliation with The Lay Counselor Institute, since 2012. Joanne is currently attending Portland Seminary, working towards a Masters in Theological Studies, with an emphasis in Biblical studies

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