WHAT CHILD IS THIS?

May the words our my mouth, the meditations of my heart be always acceptable in thy sight, oh lord, my strength, and my redeemer.  amen    Advent is the season in which we prepare for the coming of the Lord.  Now we are celebrating his arrival this sunday and next sunday..  Today, we’ll look more […]

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Temptation or Training?

Matthew 4:1-11 Last month Walt Reimer lent me his copy of the Karate Kid. This was the 2010 remake with Jaden Smith playing the lead. The movie is about a 12 year old kid named Dre who is being bullied by some kids. These bullies are students of a vicious form of karate. They gang […]

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Transfiguration

May the words of my mouth, the meditations of my heart be always acceptable to you o lord, my strength and my redeemer. This is Transfiguration Sunday. That word, Transfiguration, isn’t one that we use every day. The only time I ever hear the word Transfiguration is in church. I think it would be quite […]

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Third Sunday after Epiphany

May the words of my heart, the meditations of my mind be always acceptable in your sight, my lord and my redeemer. Matthew links the beginning of jesus’ ministry with the arrest of john. Jesus is not John’s disciple. John’s role is to make ready the way of the lord. It isn’t easy to say […]

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Luke 21:4-19

Luke 21:4-19 The gospel lesson this morning comes near the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. It logically falls in two places on the liturgical calendar – during Passion Week, just before the Last Supper; and today, near the end of the Christian year. The setting is the Temple in Jerusalem. According to Luke, Jesus was […]

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The Widow’s Voice

Luke 18:1-8 Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn spent many years in the prison camps of Siberia. Along with other prisoners, he worked in the fields day after day, in rain and sun, during summer and winter. His life appeared to be nothing more than backbreaking labor and slow […]

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Parable of the Rich Man

This parable is troubling! A rich man lived in luxury, and Lazarus lived in poverty at the rich man’s doorstep. Both men died and went to Hades, where they experienced a great reversal. The rich man found himself living in torment, but Lazarus, the former beggar, ended up living in great comfort. Just as Lazarus […]

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Third Sunday of Pentecost

3 PENTECOST Let’s consider why sometimes, when Jesus calls, we don’t pick up the phone.  In the name of God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There may be somebody sitting here this morning who thinks like this: “I’m not a bad person.  In fact, I’m a pretty good person. “I don’t abuse my spouse, […]

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