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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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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 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 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 …

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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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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, …

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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” …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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 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 …

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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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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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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 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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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 …

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The Grace of the Trinity

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

Let’s talk about the “grace” of the Trinity. Grace is an extremely common word in Christianity and it gets tossed around a lot.  We know for sure that the gospel (good news) is a “gospel of grace.” Paul uses the term “grace” very frequently in his letters to describe what God had done through Christ. What then, does the “grace …

The Wrath of the Trinity

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

Paul’s letter to the Romans has always been known as a book that contains the “gospel.” It is filled with the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection and what that means for the world. In the very first chapter, Paul introduces his audience to the wrath of God. How does the wrath of the Trinity fit in with “good …

Chapter Three: The Laughter of the Trinity

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

  The Fullness of Joy The living God is a God of laughter. Laughter is the sound or expression of joy. Laughter is what happens when happiness overflows from within. Is it surprising then that God is a Father, Son, and Spirit who are abundant in laughter? Remember, in the presence of the living God there is fullness of joy.[1] …

Chapter Two: Before the Foundation of the World

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

The Father’s Love The entire life of the Trinity begins with the Father’s love towards His Son. Jesus prayed to His Father, “You loved me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). This might be the clearest biblical statement on what was going on before the universe began. This love from the Father takes great pleasure in its object. …

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Drink From the Rock

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

“Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his staff; water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their livestock drank.” (Numbers 20:11) Many of us are in need of deep, deep refreshment. Sometimes it takes just one moment of slowing down and taking a breath to see how exhausted we’ve become. Thankfully, the Scriptures tell us that true refreshment …

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Victorious Laughter

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

“He who sits in the heavens laughs” (Psalm 2:4). Have you ever wondered how to respond to crazy people? It’s okay, you don’t have to pretend right now. Let’s be honest here. You know those certain people in your life who are crazy. The ones who say things or do things and it’s just clear to you that they are …

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The Riddle of Two Sons

Nick Padovani Diamond

Does God hate some and love others? This article brings a powerful revelation into the verse “Jacob I have loved, Esau I have hated.” It is revelation that not only explains the verse, but expounds on the entire destiny of human history!

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The Ocean of His Love

Dylan Demarsico Diamond

An ancient man once asked, “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are deeper than the depths below – what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.”[1] What do you think? Just how deep is God’s love? Would you be willing to say that …

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Ancient Collisions

Mo Thomas Diamond

A massive “collision” happened before the foundation of the world, when all of humanity was created in Christ and designed for intimate fellowship with Him.  This was a pre-Creation work, done on behalf of all humanity, before anyone got a chance to vote on the matter.  He included everyone into the Gospel story, and when He died, all died.  This …

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A Celestial Revolution

Nick Padovani Diamond

If you were able to look at the world before and after these 16th century events took place, you’d feel like you were looking at two different planets.

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A Funeral Celebration

Mo Thomas Diamond

Yes, we are talking about your own funeral. How? Because you died 2000 years ago on a Roman cross in 1st century Palestine.

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My Joy in the Call

Whitney Demarsico Diamond

This past weekend I had the oppurtunity in serving at Azuza Now in LA. A gathering of people of all race, backgrounds, and denominations who got together for one thing…LOVE. When I say love I’m not speaking about merely a cute feel good, pretty word, resembling flowers and heart emojis. I’m speaking about so much more than what the natural mind can …

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Smashing Lies & Pumpkins

Nick Padovani Diamond

The cry for “sonship” hidden in a Smashing Pumpkins song and how that cry has been answered in the Sonship of Jesus. He is not ashamed to call us brothers.

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The Last Unicorn

Nick Padovani Diamond

Many people no longer believed in unicorns–until the Last Unicorn arrived and revealed all those that were hidden in the sea.

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The Author of Creation

Mo Thomas Diamond

There’s a reality that even the most remote, uneducated, “non-religious” tribal people recognize as True in their inner being, and it drives them to worship.

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The Big Bang of the New Creation

Nick Padovani Diamond

The seed of God’s Word birthed the universe through a Big Bang of radiant light. And then the seed of God’s Word birthed the new creation through a Big Bang of resurrection light.