Via Transformativa: Practical Magic — The Magic of Creation

By: JUBILEE! Minister Candace Chellew-Hodge

The author of this morning’s psalm (Psalm 8:3-8) hasn’t yet forgotten the wonder of creation … and our place in it.

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established,” wrote that desert dwelling poet thousands of years ago, “what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?”

I think that’s an important question we may actually need to examine closer, especially in our day and age.

The psalmist was looking out over some pristine pieces of the earth in his time — there were no factories belching chemicals, oil companies drilling down into the earth in lush forests and no companies fracking the earth with thousands of gallons of water to eke out the last bit of profitable natural gas.

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Via Transformativa: Practical Magic — Shadow Magic

By: JUBILEE! Minister Candace Chellew-Hodge

In our Jesus story (John 20:19-25), we find ourselves at the tail end of one of the greatest hero stories of all — the story of a superhero with special powers such as healing the sick and feeding thousand with just a few loaves of bread and some fish who comes to save the world.

Only, his method seems a little odd, letting himself get killed by the very evil he seemingly came to defeat. But, this story, as Jesus appears to his disciples in the upper room after the resurrection, is a different kind of heroic tale — the kind that teaches us how to renounce the false magic of ego that wants to fix the world out there.

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Via Transformativa: Practical Magic — Magic of Resurrection

By: JUBILEE! Minister Candace Chellew-Hodge

In our Jesus story, we find three women — Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome out for an early morning visit to Jesus’ tomb where they intend to anoint his body with oil and spices.  As they make their trek, they ask a question that holds the key to help us arise from our own tomb of ego.

“Who will roll away the stone?” This is not an idle question when taken literally. The stones used to cover the tombs in Jesus’ time were huge and would take anywhere from sixteen to twenty men to muscle it out of the way. How were three women supposed to get in to visit Jesus?

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