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March 27, 2020

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  • March 27, 2020

24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.                                                                                                Romans 8: 24,25 To follow up a bit on yesterday’s ponderings, Paul addresses our uncertainties – the fact that we can’t see the road ahead clearly – by assuring us that God is present even – or perhaps especially – when we can’t see the next steps. When he says that we wait with patience, it isn’t about sitting back and doing nothing. […]

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March 26, 2020

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  • March 26, 2020

“Seeing has fooled me into thinking I have a clear view of where the road leads. “ This quote is from a book by Barbara Brown Taylor called Learning to Walk in the Dark.” She goes on to quote what she calls “an old prayer” from the Book of Common Prayer: Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne, and illumine this night with your celestial brightness; that by night as by day your people may glorify your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. God’s presence illuminates both night and day for us as we learn over and […]

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March 24, 2020

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  • March 24, 2020

Luther wrote the letter “Whether One May Flee from a Deadly Plague” as disease passed through his hometown of Wittenberg. As coronavirus threatens our neighbors and loved ones, we invite you to reflect on how we can best protect each other.                                 From: spirit: The newsletter of the Florida-Bahamas Synod Some of you may know about the Myers-Briggs Personality Index. It’s a tool for “sussing out” a person’s preferred way of interacting with others amd responding to situations. In seminary, it’s a required part of jumping through hoops- and rightly so. One of the parameters on the index is introvert/extrovert. […]

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March 22, 2020

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  • March 22, 2020

The gospel lesson for this morning is the entire 9th chapter of the Gospel of St. John, much to long for a short daily message. In summary, then, it is the story of “The Man Born Blind.” Jesus sees him, has compassion, and heals him. The immediate result of the “sign” is mass confusion, disbelief and anger. Friends and neighbors are confused and who could blame them – restoring sight to someone who has been blind since birth is unprecedented. The religious leaders feel threatened; they question everything about what happened and about Jesus. I think it’s easy to wonder […]

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March 21, 2020

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  • March 21, 2020

13Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” 15The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”                               John 4: 13-15 The conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well has many of the characteristics of Jesus’ conversations with other […]

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March 20, 2020

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  • March 20, 2020

1Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.  Romans 5: 1-5 These are the verses that turned Martin […]

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March 19, 2020

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        1From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded.                                                       Exodus 17:1 Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years and they complained – not enough to drink, not enough to eat, no variety in their diet because manna got old pretty quick and it went bad if they tried to hoard it. We may understand what that feels like right now. We’re limited in terms of our social contacts; some of us are self-quarantining which is even more isolating; and there’s no toilet paper to be had in all […]

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March 18, 2020

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1I lift up my eyes to the hills —  from where will my help come?  2My help comes from the LORD,  who made heaven and earth.                                   Psalm 121: 1,2 Our seminary “preaching teacher” required two “preaching” classes. The first was understandably about preaching New Testament texts. The second was to be focused on texts from the Hebrew Scriptures. Though it wasn’t my first choice, I studied preaching from the psalms. I learned a lot about a book that I hadn’t really paid much attention to prior to landing in the class. The psalms are poetry. As such, they address […]

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