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A Perfect Time To Start!

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in which of us. Amen

So when is the last time you encountered the devil? Doesn’t the devil only exists in movies and in books? Isn’t the devil is a fictional character created by Hollywood that has horns, carries a pitchfork, and for some reason likes to wear red tights.…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

We have officially started the Season of Lent and for many, we immediately think about fasting. I cannot tell you how many people have said to me, “So, what are you giving up for Lent?” So far, I know of people who are giving up chocolate, coffee (I could never do this!), Coke, all sweets, and one…

A Perfect Time To Start!

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in which of us. Amen

I say this every year, but for me, and I know it is the same for many of you based on the questions I receive and comments I get, this Gospel text is an odd text to read on Ash Wednesday. Just minutes after hearing Jesus’ words to not practice our piety…

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For the past ten weeks we have been doing a lot of celebrating and it has been fun, hasn’t it? In December we began celebrating the birth of Christ, Immanuel, God with us! Yes, for those 2 ½ weeks beginning in late December we celebrated the great news that God came to us, as a baby, to live among us, so that we might come to know God. Then, beginning in early January, we began to celebrate…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

Well, here we already are at the end of the season of Epiphany. For the past ten weeks, we have been celebrating the birth and life of Christ, and now the celebrating is about to come to an end as we prepare to begin the Season of Lent. Yes, next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and so for the next 40 days…

He Can't Be Serious!

It is not often that we get to celebrate the 7th Sunday after Epiphany. Most years, because of the calendar and where Easter falls, we only get 5-6 weeks to celebrate Epiphany and so we do not often get to talk about these texts we hear today. In years like this we actually get to hear the entire reading of what theologians call the “Six Antithesis.” That is the “You have…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

Last week, I wrote about Christian love and, in that letter, I said, “Christian love is a love that does not involve our feelings. When Jesus speaks of loving each other in the Gospel of John (which we will read about on Maundy Thursday), he is challenging his followers to respect each other, honor…

Choose Life, Today!

Sometimes we have to make choices in our lives that are fairly easy and not really life changing decisions. Decisions like what to eat for breakfast and what to wear in the morning. We make choices like this all the time. Sometimes making choices in our lives is not so easy, is it? Sometimes we have to choose between two good choices. I recently spoke to man whose daughter has received…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

So, did you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Most of the time, Jill and I do not go out right on Valentine’s Day, because the restaurants are just too crowded. We normally stay home and cook a nice meal together, but this year we are invited to spend the evening with some good friends.

For many…

You Are, What You Are!

Last week we talked about being that lighthouse that shines our light on Christ in this darkened world. The season of Epiphany is truly a season that focuses on mission and that mission is one of sharing with the world who Jesus is and how Jesus is in each of our lives. The missional emphasis of this season is intended to shine like a beacon of light and hope in the dead of winter. We are…

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