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RockwellAs I write this newsletter article, our nation has just seen a spike in anti-Semitic activity with a wave of bomb threats at Jewish community centers and desecration of Jewish cemeteries throughout the country, including right here in Milwaukee.  And this comes after many years of growing anti-Semitism on college campuses throughout the USA as well, both among faculty and students alike. (more…)

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1One of the best spiritual internet memes I’ve seen for Ash Wednesday and Lent says the following: “We are all equal. We came here by birth and will leave in death.”

The Church Season of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday when we hear again the words “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” And the day we call Ash Wednesday is an annual reminder of our mortality in order to encourage us to turn toward God in penitential reflection and prayerful dedication.   In addition, this special day begins our annual Lenten journey of spiritual devotion in preparation for the coming of Holy Week and Easter Sunday, totaling forty days and six Sundays of Lent (46 days from Ash Wednesday).  And of course, the seventh Sunday following Ash Wednesday is Easter Sunday, the Sunday celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. (more…)

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11011833_10207465329207603_1638278708850792123_n - CopySha’alu Shalom Yerushalayim (“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”) is a Hebrew exhortation and blessing from Psalm 122 of the Holy Bible.  In this Psalm, God both exhorts us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and promises us a blessing, saying, “May they prosper who love you.” (more…)

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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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st-patrick-glass-5During the Season of Lent, the Christian Church has an annual observance on March 17th in commemoration of the great Fifth Century missionary bishop to Ireland, Saint Patrick. He was born at the end of the Fourth Century to a Roman family on the Isle of Great Britain. Patrick was raised in the Christian Faith, but at the age of sixteen he was abducted by Pagan Irish pirates who were raiding communities in and around Great Britain. Patrick was then enslaved by these Irish Pagans. During his captivity, he prayed often and his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ grew stronger. Patrick also learned the Irish Celtic language and customs. In addition, he learned about Druidism, which was the Pagan religion of the Celtic peoples of Western Europe. In fact, his slave master was a Druid high priest. After six years of captivity, he received guidance from an angel of God to flee his cruel master, and he escaped back to Britain. (more…)

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lent-cross-purple-370x263The Season of Lent is an annual time of intensified reflection and repentance. It is a time to recognize our poverty of spirit and seek the riches of God’s grace through more dedicated devotional reading, prayer and contemplation. (more…)

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“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God — whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did — when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.” – (Second Timothy 1: 1-5)

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