Parkinsons, Locked in Syndrome, and Sin - John Van Sloten

July 27, 2008

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWhat is the spiritual commonality between Parkinson’s, Locked in Syndrome, and Sin?

We long for light but sink into darkness, long for brightness but stumble through the night.
Like the blind, we inch along a wall, groping eyeless in the dark.
We shuffle our way in broad daylight, like the dead, but somehow walking.
We're no better off than bears, groaning, and no worse off than doves, moaning.
We look for justice—not a sign of it; for salvation—not so much as a hint.
The prophet Isaiah 59:5-11

There's nothing wrong with God; the wrong is in you...
Your wrongheaded lives caused the split between you and God. Your sins got between you so that he doesn't hear.
The prophet Isaiah 59:2

God looked and saw evil looming on the horizon so much evil and no sign of Justice. He couldn't believe what he saw:
not a soul around to correct this awful situation.
So he did it himself, took on the work of Salvation,
fueled by his own Righteousness.
The prophet Isaiah 59:15-16

“So Ananias went and found the house, placed his hands on blind Saul, and said, "Brother Saul, the Master sent me, the same Jesus you saw on your way here. He sent me so you could see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." No sooner were the words out of his mouth than something like scales fell from Saul's eyes—he could see again! He got to his feet, was baptized, and sat down with them to a hearty meal.”
Jesus’ follower Luke in Acts 9:17-19, MSG

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John used the movie "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" to illustrate what it means to be "locked in". This powerful film is in French with English subtiles. We were unable to include it in our audio cast.

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February 11, 2013
science should be working for god, not the devil.
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Isaiah 59:5-11,Isaiah 59:2,Isaiah 59:15-16,Acts 9:17-19,grow

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