August / September 2017 - Vol. 93
                                                          Ruler of All
                                                          enthroned with
                                                          the Apostles
.   Christ is All and in All .

Jesus Christ is the Lord. The Book of Revelation tells us that he is the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings. Paul the Apostle reminds us of the great plan and purpose of God to unite us in an inseparable bond of love and unity with Jesus Christ who is Lord of all. That is why the eternal Father in heaven sent his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to redeem us from slavery to sin, Satan, and death. Our destiny is to be united with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in a community of love and peace that will last forever.

Paul the Apostle reminds us that the end goal and purpose of God is to unite all things in Christ who created all things in the heavens and the earth and who will come again to restore creation itself to the glory and plan God intended from the beginning.

May Paul's prayer be ours as well:
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities -- all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together."
                                                                   Colossians 1:11-17

50th Anniversary of Charismatic Renewal
When the charismatic renewal began 50 years ago, the Holy Spirit was poured out in a very extraordinary way that spread rapidly across the world. Today we celebrate the fruits of this great work of God. Christ has come to bring us into his kingdom of righteousness, peace,and joy. And now we experience the firstfruits of what he has accomplished for us.

This issue highlights the ecumenical call and mission of the charismatic renewal and the events from the Golden Jubilee which took place in Rome on the Feast of Pentecost.

The Old Testament in the Light of the New
Don't miss Steve Clark's new groundbreaking book, The Old Testament in the Light of the New: The stages of God's Plan. You can read the first chapter here in Living Bulwark.

Dr. Dan Keating explains the purpose and goal of Steve Clark's book:

The genius of The Old Testament in the Light of the New is that it teaches us how to see the narrative unity of God’s plan as revealed in the Scriptures, Old and New Testament. The focus is on the beginning, the center and climax, and the end. As with a great symphony, we only understand the individual movements once we have heard the whole work, once we have grasped how everything is summed up in the final climax.

So it is with the narrative of Scripture. We need to know God’s purpose from the beginningand here the opening chapters of Genesis are essential. We need to know the center and goal of the plan – and this is Christ, the Word made flesh. But we also need to know where God’s purpose is going – and this is eternal life with God forever, beautifully displayed as the “marriage feast of the Lamb” in the book of Revelation.

Sincerely in Christ,
Don Schwager

Top photo from Icon on the dome with the image of Jesus Christ as Ruler of All with the Apostles on a gold background in the basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Rome 
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