Monthly Archives: December 2013

THOUGHT PROVOKERS

  (Jesus Christ), being the holiest among the mighty, the mightiest among the holy, lifted with his pierced hand empires off their hinges, and the stream of centuries out of its channel, and still governs the ages. Jean Paul Richter … Continue reading

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THOUGHT PROVOKERS

Since we fulfill none of God’s commands, why do we complain about God, who has more reason to complain about all of us? What is our reason for saying in sorrow that God does not heed us, when we ourselves … Continue reading

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Thought Provokers on Gospel Reading for Sunday, Dec. 8, Mt. 3:1-12

Repentance is not a popular word these days, but I believe that any of us recognize it when it strikes us in the gut. Repentance is coming to our senses, seeing, suddenly, what we’ve done that we might not have … Continue reading

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Advent, Dec. 5 – Meditation

  Matthew 21:33-46 Have I done enough? Have I identified and confessed all my sins and done enough penance to be saved? These were the questions that bedeviled Martin Luther (and others throughout the ages) and can still trouble us … Continue reading

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Advent, Dec. 4 – Meditation

Matthew 21:23-32 September 11, 2013 marked 40 years since Chilean President Salvador Allende was overthrown in a military coup, beginning a long period of human rights abuses. This year’s commemoration was particularly soul-wrenching. The deep, unhealed wounds and divisions in society … Continue reading

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Advent, Dec. 3 – Meditation

  Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Matthew 21:12-22   Psalms 5, 6, 10, and 11 are about people in tight spots: people in trouble who cry out to the Lord. Sometimes missionary life can be tough. A rule of thumb is … Continue reading

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Advent – Dec. 2

Monday, December 2, 2013 Matthew 21:1-11 And when He entered Jerusalem, all the city became agitated and trembling with excitement said, Who is This?(Matt 21:10, AMP). After Jesus applies the messianic prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 to Himself, He enters Jerusalem … Continue reading

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Advent Devotional – Dec. 1

  Sunday, December 1, 2013 Morning Psalms: 146, 147 | Evening Psalms: 111, 112, 113, Amos 1:1-2:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 | Luke 21:5-19 One of the great themes of Advent is the focus on the Second Coming of Jesus. Our … Continue reading

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THOUGHT PROVOKERS about the Gospel of Advent1

We can’t cross a bridge until we come to it, but I always like to lay down a pontoon ahead of time. Bernard M. Baruch * * * * * * * * * * Barclay, in his book, Every … Continue reading

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