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May we have the persistent faith of Mary Magdalene and the surprised belief of Peter and John

Now I should remind you, brothers and sisters,* of the good news*that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I … Continue reading

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Worship: not a show, so show-offs need not apply

1 Corinthians 14:38 As in all the churches of the saints, 39So, my friends,* be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues; 40but all things should be done decently and in order. Paul is writing today to … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Mark 9:2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one* on … Continue reading

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Heart burn-out or burning for Jesus?

Recently I had a conversation with a priest about not-so-knew research describing the increase of pastors identifying with a PTSD diagnosis – Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome among Pastors. She was wondering about her own choices in ministry and thought she might … Continue reading

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By jove, by heart – I would if I could

Hebrews 4:12 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And before him … Continue reading

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Hope, not expectation

John 7:40 When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, ‘This is really the prophet.’ 41Others said, ‘This is the Messiah.’* But some asked, ‘Surely the Messiah* does not come from Galilee, does he? 42Has not the scripture said … Continue reading

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Walk the walk by faith…by His POWER

1 Corinthians 4: 20For the kingdom of God depends not on talk but on power. Power is an interesting concept[1].  There is economic power, political power, positional power, military power, legal power, sexual power, parental power, and Spiritual power. The … Continue reading

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By Jesus’ light we see the forest through the trees

From the gospel reading today (John 3:1-21) 3 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; … Continue reading

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Happy are those….

I was stopped in my tracks this morning at the first reading from the psalter. Psalm 41. It begins with a punch: 1 Happy are those who consider the poor;* the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble. 2 The Lord protects them and keeps them alive; … Continue reading

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When will we ever learn?

Lectionary Readings:  AM Psalm 18:1-50; Isa. 41:17-29; Eph. 2:11-22; Mark 2:1-12 The verses from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians remind us that the foundation, cornerstone, and core of who we are as a body of believers is Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:19 So … Continue reading

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