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I love the changing of the seasons of nature, and I love living in a part of the country where all four seasons are fully manifested.  In other words, our Fall is very Fall-ish, our Winter is very Winter-ish, our Spring is very Spring-ish, and our Summer is very Summer-ish. (more…)

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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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sad-13552We should not feel bad about feeling bad. Within our society that idealizes feeling “happy, happy, happy” all the time, we can sometimes be shamed into feeling bad about feeling bad.  However, this is not right, because it is an unrealistic societal pressure placed upon us that only makes us feel worse. (more…)

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f0856ad5eb9aa351c1a1df4d970c7969We live in a time in which many assert that Jesus of Nazareth never existed, or they assert that Jesus really did exist but they say they know Jesus better than Christians know him. So we live in a time in which all Christians need to be more engaged as apologists and evangelists for Christ, much like it was early on in Church history during the Apostolic Era of our faith. (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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