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The Future of Elisha’s Riddle

Nick Padovani Diamond

We have an important and somewhat of a bittersweet announcement to make this week…something for which we are asking for your prayers. We feel God leading Elisha’s Riddle into some new horizons. That’s the “sweet” part of this announcement. It’s only slightly “bitter” because this will involve us stopping Elisha’s Riddle for a season while we tackle some new ventures. Some of our …

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Snuffleupagus: Big Bird’s Imaginary Friend

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

Back in 1971, on Season 3 of Sesame Street, Big Bird talked about his friend Snuffleupagus. His nickname was “Snuffy” and he was a wooly mammoth. He was big, brown, and furry. He was Big Bird’s best friend. The only problem was, nobody on Sesame Street could see Snuffy except Big Bird. Everybody on Sesame Street believed that Snuffleupagus was …

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Seeing America With Eyes of Faith

Dylan Demarsico New Bus

We are called to live by faith and not by sight. In today’s world, this is needed more than ever. Faith is so important that the Apostle Paul told the Galatians that “faith expressing itself through love” is the “only thing that counts.” America has a lot of issues right now. We have a President who is incredibly controversial, leaving …

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I Love You, Stinky Face!

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

By Tim Ballentine (A special guest of Elisha’s Riddle). The gospel boldly declares that we are righteous, loved, and flawless in His sight. But what about when we don’t feel or act that way? Our Christian Church history is filled with wonderful minds. With musicians and artists. Writers. Theologians. Speakers. All of these men and women seek to express and …

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Papa’s Playlist 2

Dylan Demarsico Grass

A few months back we featured our first Elisha’s Riddle Playlist, put together by Dylan Demarsico. Titled “Papa’s Playlist,” it featured songs by Chance the Rapper, Lecrae, Kanye West, David Crowder Band, and Kirk Franklin. The goal was to put together an experience with our Heavenly Father through music. Well we’re back with a second installment called, “Papa’s Playlist 2.” …

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Papa’s Power

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

This week I’d like to discuss the power of our Daddy. In the previous 3 weeks we have discussed first that Jesus has revealed that the creator of the universe is our Dad. Second we discussed that our Papa is very passionate and full of enthusiasm towards us. And third we discussed the pleasure that our Father has in us. …

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The Father’s Heart for Racism

Dylan Demarsico New Bus

This week there has been a hot button issue revolving athletes, the national anthem, and our President Donald Trump. While it’s easy to fall into anger and claim one side of this issue is completely evil, there is wisdom from above. Our Father has not left us as orphans to figure these things out on our own. His heart delights …

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The Sneeze of Salvation

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

“His sneezings flash forth light.” Job 41:18 How annoying is it when you have to sneeze but you just can’t get it out? It’s one of the worst things in the world. Isn’t it so frustrating? And when that sneeze finally comes out, isn’t it just wonderful? It’s such a victorious moment. It’s a beautiful release of the “build-up” of …

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Lions and Honey

Nick Padovani Diamond

Nick here… I felt led to share a riddly message I gave at my church two weeks ago. If you have the time, enjoy some sweet honey dug out of a secret crevice of the Word of the LORD 🙂     

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Papa’s Pleasure

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

The ancients struggled to figure out why God created the world. They crafted stories of war between gods and other catastrophic tales of our origin. The Scriptures past down to us offer us something remarkably different. The book of Genesis tells us that each day when God made something new, He “saw that it was good.” God, our Father, was …

Solar Reflections

Solar Reflections

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . a spiritual message behind last week’s total solar eclipse. _______________ Eclipse To the people of the ancient world, including the Hebrews and the early church, solar eclipses and other natural phenomena often triggered thoughts of divine omens and messages. Today, there are two extremes in response to these “heavenly signs.” One is that of skepticism–even amongst people …

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Papa’s Passion

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

            If God is our Father, what kind of Papa do we have? One of the common denominators of the modern Dad is that he is disinterested. There is a lack of engagement that comes from the heart. You can imagine the Dad who isn’t really listening to his child when they are speaking to him. The Dad who …

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A Revelation of Papa

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

Many of us want to know God. We are very intrigued by this mysterious Deity. The universe is so big, there are billions and billions of planets that we are still discovering. The details of life are so mind-boggling. Through sex, a tiny sperm enters a female egg and somehow, we arrive here on planet earth, full of snot and …

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North Korea

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . a word on the conflict with North Korea. _______________ When dictators fall… We live in an age when dictators are falling more than ever before. Between the uniting force of social media and the increase of education throughout the world (and let’s not forget the hopeful, advancing Kingdom of God), this is bound to continue. …

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Welcome, All

John Lee Grass

I keep searching for God, but I’ve only found the Devil, he was hiding in the details Stress is a true thief in the night stealing all you are and leaving no wind for your sails Saints seem to paint with alabaster, and cover inequities with plaster Who can run harder, who can run faster… it seems like a grand …

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Christ is a Place

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

Paul tells us 81 different times in the New Testament that we are “in Christ.” There are multiple dimensions to what it means to be “in Christ.” One of the themes that Paul develops is that “in Christ” is actually a location that we exist in. Christ is a person but for our sake He is also a place. Constantine Campbell, …

Bible Studies in the White House, Changes in Society

Bible Studies in the White House, Changes in Society

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . Bible studies at the White House, major changes in the church’s approach to orphanages, and a Christian rap artist welcoming kids back to school. _______________ Bible studies at the White House The Cabinet of the current presidential administration is apparently gathering together to study the Bible on a regular basis. It is believed that a formal Bible study …

A Whole New World

A Whole New World

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . Disney casting a worship leader, a reflection on OJ Simpson, and two lives saved through smart technology. _______________ The faith of Disney’s new princess The roles for Disney’s new live-action version of Aladdin have been cast. Will Smith is doing the voice of Genie, and a young woman named Naomi Scott will be playing Jasmine. Naomi is an up …

Rainbows & Eternity

Rainbows & Eternity

Nick Padovani Diamond

Before time and space exploded into existence, the Triune God danced and sang and enjoyed an eternal fellowship of love. A key part of this dance was and is the perfect, overflowing love between the Father and the Son. The eternal Son of God–Jesus Christ–reflects the Father, and glorifies the Father through that reflection. He is the Beloved Son with whom God was “well-pleased” …

Christ and the Cartels

Christ and the Cartels

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . A reflection on the drug violence in Mexico, and a proposed Solution arising from Brooklyn to Bangkok, to ancient Jerusalem to modern Jaurez… _______________ Cartel violence We begin with an absolutely tragic statistic coming out of Mexico. In the first five months of 2017, 11,155 people have been murdered throughout the country, most of which has been related to drug violence. This is an astounding …

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You Are a Gift From God to God

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

What is humility? Humility is accepting the truth that God reveals. What is false humility? False humility is being so “humble” that you reject that free gift of God’s grace. A good picture of false humility is Peter telling Jesus not to wash his feet. You can imagine that this “seemed” “humble.” Wow Peter, you’re so humble, you refuse to …

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Perfect Peace by Canaan Baca

Dylan Demarsico Uncategorized

This article was written by a friend of Elisha’s Riddle, Canaan Baca. In America it seems as though truth and peace are the two intangible things that we seek after the most. We are quickly realizing that the physical things alone won’t satisfy, and that there is more to this pursuit of happiness than the white picket fence. The life …

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Papa’s Peace

Dylan Demarsico Grass

_______ Papa has made peace with all things. Many things are asleep to Papa but I am not.   I am awake to Papa’s peace with all things. I am considered a fool by both family and friend.   But my Papa is more precious than silver and gold. You can have all this world, but give me Papa.   …

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Why Do We Exist

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

For thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11 King James Version   First off, the above verse is in the King James Version so it must be true. The King James Version is the same language that Jesus Himself spoke. Okay, I’m joking but the above verse does contain a most …

The Desert is the Fingerprint of God

The Desert is the Fingerprint of God

Rebekah Hoffman Grass

___________ While flying over the desert I thought, The desert is the fingerprint of God. All of the ridges and mountains of sand are holding the imprint of God’s hand. Creatures live and hide in the shadows cast by the setting sun. Just over the mountain peaks a silhouette of shining glory, and all creatures find rest in it. Every …

The Spinning Trinity

The Spinning Trinity

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . The unveiling of the Trinity on both late-night TV and the grounds of a state Capitol building. _______________ Colbert, fidget-spinners, and the Trinity Millions of viewers of the Late Show received a full teaching about the Trinity this past week as host Stephen Colbert discussed the recent sensation of fidget-spinners and how certain religious leaders are using them …

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Independence from Religion

Nick Padovani Diamond

This 4th of July I am personally celebrating my own freedom from law and religion, when a few years ago I woke up to a greater revelation of God’s unfathomable grace… Before this, I was enslaved to this constant pressure to have be fasting, praying, evangelizing, etc. in order to win God’s favor and bring His Kingdom to earth. Now …

Trains, Kingdom Shifts, and Gay Pride

Trains, Kingdom Shifts, and Gay Pride

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . Trains and resurrection, amazing “Kingdom shifts,” and some insightful perspective on the recent Gay Pride parade. _______________ A little boy’s awe Video of a 3-year-old boy seeing a train for the first time made the news this past week due to the sheer pleasure and excitement that exudes from the child (watch here). The world is drawn to videos like …

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Kay Roe on Gay Pride

Kay Roe Uncategorized

“Who you are in this moment contains who you were always meant to be; the question is, how much of that are you able – and willing – to see?” – the Seer This is the opening phrase of a novel I’m writing about a retelling of the fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. The Seer is asking how …

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Slow Down

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . A word about slowing down, massive changes in Saudi Arabia, and a follow-up to the Wonder… _______________ A big yellow light This month, a song called “Yellow Light” was released by Pharrell Williams from the new Despicable Me 3 soundtrack. In the song, Pharrell sings about the “United States of anxiety” and how “everyone’s overdosing the blue light” (a reference to …

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Why Do We Struggle to Experience God?

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

We struggle to find God because we look for a God who isn’t infinitely rejoicing in us.   God is the fullness of joy. He exists in infinite happiness in the fellowship of the Trinity. As Miester Eckhart said, “In the heart of the Trinity the Father laughs and gives birth to the Son. The Son laughs back at the …

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And I found what I’m looking for

Nick Padovani New Bus

  This week . . . Gospel revelation on Jimmy Kimmel Live, a new album from Hillsong, Cambodian glory, and the solar eclipse of the century! _______________ Finding the Joshua Tree U2 recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform their song “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” from their famous album The Joshua Tree. This 20 year old song, which is …

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The Happy Trinity – Teaching

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

Below is a teaching on God’s happiness. It’s full of Biblical references and Church History references. Enjoy God’s happiness today! The Father is happy with the Son and we’ve been included in that infinite happiness!

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The Passing Shadow

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . a manifestation of the Kingdom in terror-weary England, and the passing of the shadow. _______________   God’s Glory in Manchester Since March, England has been rattled with several terror attacks, one of the worst taking place at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, which saw the loss of 22 lives. This past weekend, Grande returned to Manchester …

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Perfect Happiness

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

For by one sacrifice He has made perfect for all time those who are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14 1600 years ago Augustine wrote, “Every man, whatsoever his condition, desires to be happy.” The pursuit of happiness runs through all of us, we can’t escape it. The gospel has everything to do with our happiness. “The good news of the glory of …

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You Don’t Have to Struggle with Sin Anymore

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

The faith that’s been handed down to us contains a simplicity that even children can grasp it. The gospel of grace does not leave us in confusion, disillusionment, or self-critical introspection. It leaves us free. We don’t have to struggle with sin anymore because we can begin to believe that our sinful nature was nailed to the cross with Christ. …

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China, grace, and the Silk Road

Nick Padovani New Bus

In our last New Bus, we did a quick story on the “shifts” happening on the mission field, where we gave a word about a change in focus in the missions movements throughout the world. This change will entail a new focus on the grace of God, identity, and understanding the Kingdom more as “family” than anything else… Last week, I (Nick Padovani) was able to …

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The “Extreme Joy” of Jesus

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

Where do I get off putting the words “extreme joy of Jesus” together? Is that Biblical? Well, yes, surprisingly it is. It is found in the book of Hebrews chapter one, verse nine. The verse reads: “(But of the Son he says) You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of …

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Are You as Excited for Judgment Day as I am?!

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

Are you excited for judgment day? Because I am! Oh boy, gee willikers, it’s going to be a wonderful day. You’re not afraid of it, are you? I mean, I’d be afraid of it too, I suppose, but I’m just trying to obey the Scriptures. The Apostle John… remember him? The guy who laid his head on Jesus’ chest. The …

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Shifts in Missions

Nick Padovani New Bus

This year, the major mapmaker for missionaries will be shutting down after 33 years in operation. Global Mapping International is losing donors and seeing more people utilize Google Maps and will thus be closing their doors on June 30. Besides the Google Maps factor, millennial donors are more interested in giving toward ministries that provide practical needs such as food, water, …

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Tater Tots and God’s Glory

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

Tater Tots and God’s Glory It has been said that God’s Glory fills the earth. I believe that His Glory especially fills Tater Tots. There are few things on God’s green earth that reflect God’s Glory more than this beloved potato snack. David said that the heavens proclaim God’s Glory and night after night they pour forth speech. For many, Tater …

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God is on our side

Dylan Demarsico New Bus

This week… A brief word about Lady Gaga and Kim Walker-Smith God is on our side This month, pop-sensation and cultural icon Lady Gaga, as well as anointed worship leader Kim Walker-Smith, both released new music. Gaga debuted a new song at Coachella that is one of those I’m-singing-directly-to-God-but-you’re-not-supposed-to-know-unless-you-know-my-heart kind of songs that so frequently come out of the Pop genre. …

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A Biblical Case for a BFF

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

This week we’d like to take a look at a deep theological concept known as: BFF BFF is essential to our spiritual journey. The question of the BFF is something that must be considered with intense seriousness and deep philosophical reflection. B….. best F……friend F……forever There you have it folks, the algorithm of the BFF unlocked. Let’s do a very …

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The Ship That Sailed Into the World

Dylan Demarsico Grass

There once was a ship filled with a million treasures. There were a few young pirates who lived on the ship. They were amazed that they stumbled upon these treasures. They didn’t earn them, find them, or have to go on a deep treasure hunt with a map or anything. It just appeared one day and the pirates jumped in …

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The Ultimate Prophetic Word (and the end of the smartphone)

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… The ultimate prophetic word from God and a follow-up on technology regarding the end of smartphones . . . God’s prophetic word Here’s a prophetic word for you… I feel like God is saying…. I’m just getting this picture…. Of Christ and Him crucified…. And I feel like…. You just need to believe that that’s enough. There are …

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Drinking in the Trinity

Dylan Demarsico Diamond, New Bus

Jesus took wine and told all of His disciples to drink it. He told them the wine is His blood of the New Covenant which is poured out for their sins. God made wine to make people glad (Psalm 104:15). But Jesus also used wine as a symbol for His presence. The wine of the New Covenant between God and …

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The Father of the Foolish

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

The good news is a message that is for the foolish. Those who are wise and smart in this age cannot comprehend it. It’s too simple, too easy, and too contrary to the ways of this world. This gospel requires us to “lose our life in order to save it.” But what life are we losing? We are losing the …

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Girl. Bull. Opioids. Technology.

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… A defiant girl and a strong bull, the opioid crisis in America, and some powerful reflections on technology. A fearless girl on Wall Street Several weeks ago, a statue of a young girl standing defiantly in front of the famous Wall Street bull gained national attention. There are many layers behind why this statue was placed in Wall Street, as well …

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The Good News in Space Jam

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

God spoke the good news to many of our hearts in 1996 with the Warner Brothers film, Space Jam. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. In the same manner, we are all Looney Tunes in need of Air Jordan to come and save us from slavery on Moron Mountain. In Bugs we all went …

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The Dad of All Creation

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

The Dad of All Creation The universe is our Dad’s, and everything in it…   From the beginning, God our Dad saw all that He made and found pleasure in it (Genesis 1:31). Everything that exists was authored by our Dad and His One and Only Son. Together They have always had the oil of gladness towards this universe (Hebrews …

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A New Level & Fusion Power

Nick Padovani New Bus

Subscribe here This week… Two very different stories out of Illinois that reveal hope and change on multiple levels of society. The next level in “shifting the powers that be” Two weeks ago we looked at Chance the Rapper’s Grammy win, explaining how in many ways this was a sign of “shifting the powers that be.” We used Chance’s unconventional rise …

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God’s Pleasure Power

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

This life requires the power of God to live victorious. There are many seasons and many conflicts in this life. Jesus promised that we would be hated in this life. Being hated can be a difficult thing to deal with. How did Jesus deal with being betrayed? How did He handle being wrongfully accused and hated? I believe that He …

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The Eternal Birthday Boy (Part 2)

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

“Here I am, and the children God has given me.” (Hebrews 2:13)   The Father has invited us to the Eternal Birthday Party of the Son. Actually, the Father has straight up placed us in the Party of the Son without even asking. All things have been given to the Son and All things are through Him, in Him, and …

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Hugging Fear & Loving Wild

John Lee Grass

Deep down inside I saw:   A dark figure is lurking in the far reaches of my heart; it lurks in the far reaches of my mind. It is made of shadow, it’s wispy figure is clad in darkened armor. It, no, it is he, because let’s be honest, this shade is simply a part of me, hiding just beyond …

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The Eternal Birthday Boy (Part 1)

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

As the Son of God Blew Out His Candles, He Wished for You… “I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance. And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.’” (Psalm …

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The Island – Pt 5

John Lee Grass

Read Part 4     It was like falling. Falling and falling and falling. He couldn’t quite place how he ended up where he did, or when the tree bled away and the edges of reality seeped into the picture, but they did, they did all the same.   When he woke up to the baying of wolves soaked to …

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The Grammy’s & Shifting the Powers that Be

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… Worship at the Grammy’s–and a major change in the “powers that be” in the music industry. How Great is Our God! Last week we looked at how God was at work in the biggest night of television for sports – The Super Bowl. This week there was something equally, if not more fantastic, during the biggest night of television for music . . . …

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Patriotism & Gaga’s Gospel

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… A divine message encoded in television’s biggest night: The Super Bowl.  Divine messages through sports?? We spent a lot of time last summer looking at some prophetic revelation from the Rio Olympics. We highlighted defining moments that spoke to God’s redeeming plans for the U.S. and other nations. We did a similar thing with the unprecedented final game of the World Series’ …

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The Island Pt. 4

John Lee Grass

Read Part Three   The experience of memory carried him until reality bled into the scenery. Sunrays lanced through the forest roof, and his steps became easier. The air thinned. Fin hardly noticed the transition. Reality was rarely worth participating in, but he thought this was the exception. He pawed both arms up to the sky with a cat-stretch, and …

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The Island – Pt. 3

John Lee Grass

Read Part Two… Dreams came quickly, probably something in the seasoning. The dreams were vivid. The dreams were Leaf. She taught him knots. She had showed him parts of the island he would have never dreamt existed. Together they had discovered the Tree. She had become his shelter. She was everything the others wished they could be to Fin. She …

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“Wishful Thinking? or Blessed Hope!” by Brad Jersak

Nick Padovani Diamond

This week we are honored to feature an article from Brad Jersak, the author of A More Christlike God.  _______________ For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory …

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A Wigglesworth Prophecy & the Inauguration

Nick Padovani New Bus

Sign-up to receive the New Bus weekly This week… Two different and yet interconnected articles… Since we’ve all been saturated with news surrounding the presidential inauguration, we didn’t want to shy away from that. We also share some more thoughts on the “grace and glory” movement that will sweep the earth. Grace, glory, and unity: part three Last week we discussed the coming unity between the “grace movement” and …

The Island - A Short Story by John Lee

The Island – Pt. 2

John Lee Grass

Read Part One… Wreckage. He winced as the splintery wood parted his skin like a knife in butter. It wasn’t too deep, or at least it didn’t feel too deep. It was however, bloody. Very bloody. His world was swimming, stars dotted his vision like an evil kaleidoscope. Pieces of waterlogged wood lay scattered up the coastline as far as …

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Falling in Love with Jesus

Nick Padovani New Bus

Sign-up to receive the New Bus weekly This week… The coming grace and glory movement, an actor’s testimony of falling in love with Jesus, and other encouraging news. Grace, glory, and unity: part two Last week we talked about two movements and revelations being highlighted in the church in recent decades: The revelation of God’s glorious presence, and the revelation of the Gospel of …

The Island - A Short Story by John Lee

The Island – Pt. 1

John Lee Grass

Fin yanked at the axe’s handle. It was always hardest to gather wood during the rainy season. He braced his foot against the sinewy bark and jerked back, landing hard on his rear. His vision doubled up and fell back in line accordingly. He got back up and took another swing. His war of attrition with the tree went on …

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Unity, Bullets, Seeds, and Glitches

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… A word about an emerging unity in the church, bullets filled with seeds, shakings in the media, and a dark matter update. Also, a very important update below on a new fiction series starting next week! Grace, glory, and unity: part one This week we sense the Holy Spirit’s emphasis on the fact that He is highlighting the Gospel of grace and …

Black Holes and the Eternal Story of Christ

End Times

Mo Thomas Diamond

We need to mention the book of Revelation as the Gargantuan Green Gorilla in the room when it comes to what our future is going to be like.  Let’s face it, a vast majority of believers look at this book-of-the-end and point to undeniable worldwide chaos and disaster before the King returns to set it all right.  Matter of fact, …

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Reformation, Social Media, and Dark Matter

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… An encouraging fulfillment of a recent prophetic word as well as an exploration into “dark matter” and the true Mystery of the cosmos. Social media prophecy and Mark Zuckerberg’s newfound faith Since 1999, a council of prophetic leaders have gotten together at the end of the year to seek God’s heart for the year ahead. This year, the team …

Black Holes and the Eternal Story of Christ

Kingdom Advance

Mo Thomas New Bus

Be honest.  Is the world getting worse, or getting better compared to 50 years ago?  Is it better or worse compared to the beginning moment of Creation?   Don’t think long, just answer – where did your mind go FIRST for inputs?  Or was it such an obvious answer that you really didn’t need time to think?  Even the scriptures say …

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Reverse Ageing and a Special Christmas Miracle

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… Merry Christmas! We’re sending out the New Bus a little early in light of the upcoming busy weekend. This issue covers some fascinating news about genetics, A.I.-assisted rapping, and an amazing Christmas miracle. Reversing the Process of Ageing  Recent news from geneticists in California reveals fresh insights about the ageing process, as well as the possibility of reversing it. Building on previous …

Black Holes and the Eternal Story of Christ

Come Follow Me

Mo Thomas Diamond

What did it mean in 1st century Palestine for a young person to hear the words “Come, Follow Me” from a Jewish Rabbi?  It meant that he believed you could become like him.  For a young man in that culture, to hear those words would have been the greatest news possible – like being asked to be mentored by a …

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The Trinity, Hollywood, and Space Travel

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… A revelation of the Trinity coming to a theater near you, and good news regarding teen substance abuse. Hollywood, the Trinity, and Restoration This week the film Collateral Beauty starring Will Smith hits theaters. The story centers around a man who suffers a great tragedy (his young daughter dies) and ends up meeting three mysterious characters named Time, Love, and Death who help …

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The Great Deception

Mo Thomas Diamond

(See here for Part Four – Original Identity)   Every epic story has an epic villain. Something Sinister this way Slithers The Enemy has been competing for our identity long before he enters stage left into that fateful Garden scene.  What the satan successfully accomplished was to insert a strategically placed “if” into the equation set into place by God …

Black Holes and the Eternal Story of Christ

Original Identity

Mo Thomas Diamond

(See here for Part Three – Creation of the Cosmos)   Who are you?  (Hint: you are more than you believe is possible.) God has determined to reveal Himself to you in a way that captures your heart, and He has worked from before the beginning of time to accomplish this.  The reason?  He wants you to believe what He …

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A Dream and Signs of the Times

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… A prophetic dream about rest, the signs of the times, cancer-fighting video games, and worship to God erupting on national television. The wine of sweet bliss (and skipping class) This week I had a dream and there were two things that seemed to explode from the heart of Jesus. (This is Nick P. talking, but Dylan Demarsico helped with the interpretation). In the …

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Creation of the Cosmos

Mo Thomas Diamond

(See here for Part Two – Sanctuary of the Divine)   In the End, God . . . Before we continue unfolding our story in Genesis, let’s “cheat” and jump to the end of the Story, where we’ll discover another Black-Hole-like reality, another “singularity” with enormous gravitational force where we find that same Essence of God once again – at …

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Sanctuary of the Divine

Mo Thomas Diamond

(See here for Part One – Innocence & Awe)   Sometimes, a movie or a series of movies will come out, and afterwards the “prequel” will be released.  The prequel gives us the back-story . . . the story before the beginning, often setting up additional context and important aspects critical to understanding the flow.  So . . . do …

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Hip Hop. Oil. Artificial Intelligence. Joy.

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . .  A discussion on hip-hop & faith, a major oil discovery,  the future of tech businesses, and a presidential award for JOY! ~ MTV & “the Gospel according to Kirk Franklin” MTV recently put out a short video with Kirk Franklin discussing hip-hop and the Gospel. In the video, Franklin asks if he can open up …

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Innocence & Awe

Mo Thomas Diamond

Babies enter the world awestruck at the wonder of existence. If they could communicate with us the moment after birth, they might say, “Wow! I exist! I don’t know what that even means!! Everything is NEW!!!”  The first weeks, months and years are filled with the absolute joy of wide-eyed discovery, sparking exuberant delight over the simplest things. Over time …

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The Election: Looking Ahead

Nick Padovani New Bus

This piece is written by Nick Padovani, editor of Elisha’s Riddle. The views and thoughts that follow are his own. ~ This week there’s really only one news story to focus on. It’s the elephant in the room–that is, the literal “elephant” logo of the Republican Party. Their nominee, Donald J. Trump, is now President-Elect of the United States of America. And now division …

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Cubs, Batteries, and Election

Nick Padovani New Bus

Game 7 Cubs & Indians This week, the Chicago Cubs broke a 108 year-long championship drought in perhaps one of the most exhilarating World Series games ever. In the seventh game, during extra innings, and after a rain delay,  the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 8 to 7, releasing an eruption of joy throughout the city of Chicago. We wrote last …

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Issue #13 – Breaking Curses and the Heartbeat of a Star

Nick Padovani New Bus

(In case you missed it, click here to read Part Five of the new series “The Cold Civil War”) This week . . . The breaking of ancient curses, evolution in the classroom,  Oprah Winfrey and Hillsong NYC, and the beating heart of a dead star Breaking curses – nationally and athletically For a long time, Christian leaders have said there is a curse …

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The Cold Civil War Pt. 5

Nick Padovani New Bus

The Punchline   Over the past few weeks, we’ve looked at a number of issues bringing division in this country—hence the civil war reference. The cold part of the title relates to an ideological battle that resembles the conflict between capitalism and communism during the Cold War in the 20th Century. On one side is the push for more government …

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The Cold Civil War Pt. 4

Nick Padovani New Bus

Two Sides of the Same Coin   We made a big push last week through a lot of history and spiritual discussion on the dangers of big government, socialism, and the like. We looked at the value of certain conservative policies that try to uphold Republic-based government that limit the overall power of government. And all of this has been …

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The Cold Civil War Pt. 3

Nick Padovani New Bus

A Quantum Leap in Humanity   We’ve been looking at how the Captain America series surprisingly holds a poignant and prophetic message for us. We discussed how the films show a division and conflict between Captain America and his superhero team over the role of government in their lives. In Captain America: Civil War, one side (led by Iron Man) …

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Issue #10 – Resurrection & Starboy

Nick Padovani New Bus

(In case you missed it, click here to read Part Two of the new series “The Cold Civil War”) This week . . . one article highlighting an amazing transformation occurring in the life of an influential music artist. The resurrection of the Weeknd as Starboy Some of you may be familiar The Weeknd, an extremely talented artist who makes amazing music. However, you may …

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The Apocalypse of the Happy Trinity

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

Let’s talk about the “end-times.” This is a topic that’s usually either loved or completely avoided out of fear. Yet it’s really important to look at it, because how we view the end of the world affects how we live in the present. If we are all just going to die and then live as angels in the sky, that’s …

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A Cold Civil War – 1

Nick Padovani New Bus

Part One – A Parable of Hope Right now, my personal Facebook feed feels like a little microcosm of our entire country. I have friends and acquaintances who, thankfully, don’t hold to the same perspectives and passions. I have extremely liberal friends and utterly conservative friends. There are advocates for Black Lives Matter and those who primarily focus on All …

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Issue #9: The Glory on Medicine, Sports, and an Economic Reset

Nick Padovani New Bus

~ (To read Part One of the new series “The Cold Civil War” click here) This week . . . the glory on medicine, the glory on sports, the glory on Tim Tebow, the glory on economic justice, and the glory on you. And the person next to you. And the person next to them. A “post-antibiotic world” One of the most unsettling things coming out in the …

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The Gospel of the Happy Trinity

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

To understand the Gospel, you must understand the original promise. The original promise was to Abraham. God told him, “In you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3) So then, worldwide “blessing” was the promise. But let’s clear something up. What did God mean by “blessed” in His promise? That’s a word that gets tossed around …