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Reflections on Advent

Jesus was not quite the king that most people would have expected (or imagined for themselves).  He came lowly and gentle, riding upon a donkey.  This fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9.  The season of Advent is not what most Christians would choose for themselves, especially...

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God's Ways With Israel and the Gospel of John

In Numbers 21:4-9 we hear the story of "the Bronze Serpent."  Israel has become "impatient along the way" and they grumble both against God and against Moses, saying, "there is no food and there is no water, and we detest this damnable food [i.e. manna]."...

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Confession & Liturgy

In the Gospel reading for this past Sunday from Matthew 14 Jesus walked upon the tumultuous Sea of Galilee and elicited (by His divine action of walking upon water, by His Words of comfort/chiding/invitation, and by His divine action of saving Peter) both the worship (Matt. 14:33a) and the...

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Jesus the Author?

In the Gospel reading for this last Sunday the Man Christ Jesus was walking on the water based on His own Personal divine Power.  We also saw the man Peter walking on the water based on the Word of Christ inviting him:  "come."  This Gospel reading was paired with Job 9 as...

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Why Not a Blessing for Children at the Altar Rail?

The question posed in the title of this blog entry is one that might be on the minds of some of our members.  God has blessed our congregation with an amazing grouping of members, of all kinds of backgrounds and ages.  Many of our young families worship together (with the rest of the...

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Divine Wisdom

A number of years ago I visited Turkey with a group of students from Luther Seminary in St. Paul.  Much of our stay included time in Istanbul--the only city in the world that is on two continents.  The city used to be the Christian capital of the eastern Christian Roman empire (which...

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Something You Catch Only If You're In Church Every Sunday

The Collect of the Day "collects" the major theme of a given Sunday morning running through the psalm(s) and Scripture readings.  The major theme ought also be reflected in the hymns, especially the Hymn of the Day.  A couple of weeks ago I noticed something that you could...

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Joyful Hymnody

In the Collect for the Week we prayed that God would grant us to fix our hearts where true joys are to be found.  Joy and happiness are not the same thing.  Christian joy is rooted in the resurrection of Christ.  During this joyful Eastertide the joy given us by God has been given...

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Lutheran Malaria Initiative

The link below is to a video showing the life story that could be repeated many times over in Africa and south Asia.  Malaria cuts short an otherwise promising life of service toward neighbor and country.  A person dies every 45 seconds from a totally preventable and treatable...

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Exciting Sunday

  Only every three years do we get to follow the traditional reading for the Second Sunday After Epiphany (this coming Sunday)!  As LSB 399 makes clear ("The Star Proclaims the King is Here") the traditional order is Epiphany--January 6 has the visit of the magi from...

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