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As we approach the holiest time of year for Christianity, I am thinking more about the absolute necessity of prayer for our Christian life.  Basically, Christians believe that the human soul is literally made by God for connection and relationship with God.  In addition, because so much of this world is set against the grace, truth and purposes of God, prayer is even more essential to strengthen and keep us in the faith, hope and love of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.  So to that end, we hear the Apostle Paul sharing God’s Word about prayer in the biblical Letter to the Ephesians, writing as follows: (more…)

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jesusbaptism-7614581We have five Sundays in January for this Year of our Lord 2017, and after Epiphany (always January 6th) we observe the annual commemoration called Baptism of Our Lord Sunday that falls this year on Sunday January 8th.  Although Jesus did not need baptism, because he was and is without sin, he nevertheless received baptism in order to properly fulfill all possible requirements of righteousness and religious faith.  And as I contemplate the baptism of Jesus, I am led by the Spirit to contemplate the sacredness of water and our own baptismal covenant in, with and through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. (more…)

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world-council-of-churchesAs I write this article, I have just returned from a meeting with our local clergy group called “Clergy of the Green Corners.”  It is a group of Christian clergy from the various branches of the Christian Church in our Greenfield, Greendale and Hales Corners community, and our meeting was to plan for the Churches Caring Together event on October 1st. (more…)

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contend-for-the-faith_t_nvIn the New Testament of the Holy Bible, we are instructed to “contend for the faith.” Specifically, in the Epistle of Jude it says the following:

“Beloved, while eagerly preparing to write to you about the salvation we share, I find it necessary to write and appeal to you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” – (Jude 1:3)

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jesus_profileOur human sinfulness alienates us from God our Creator, but the wonderful good news is that Jesus Christ gives us everlasting salvation from this self-imposed alienation and grants us eternal life in heaven. This is our blessed assurance in Christ, thanks be to God!

This grace of God in Christ our Lord is not merely some generic appeal to God’s mercy and compassion. Rather, through the life, sacrificial death and redemptive resurrection of Jesus, we have absolute assurance of our atonement with God. What good news! What amazing grace! (more…)

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1In chapter 19 of the Book of First Kings, we see the Prophet Elijah fleeing the idolatrous Queen Jezebel who was seeking to kill him. He fled to the wilderness, and he felt alone in his faith in God. Then, in his dejected and dispirited state, he prayed the following in response to God: (more…)

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holy-spirit-mark-jenningsEvery Sunday night since Easter Sunday, my family and I have been watching the 12-week TV miniseries “AD: The Bible Continues.” It is based upon the biblical Book of Acts and the Epistles of the New Testament, and upon the accounts of ancient historians from that same time period.

Recently, this dramatic miniseries has been covering the events of Acts 2, when the Holy Spirit was given to the Church of Yeshua/Jesus our Lord. It was the birthday of the Christian Church, the day when the followers of Jesus truly became his Body in the world after being filled with his Holy Spirit. On the Jewish festival of the harvest, called Pentecost, the Apostles of Jesus and all the believers in Jesus received the great gift of the Holy Spirit of God, just as the following Bible quotes explain: (more…)

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