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This month we commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation of Western Christianity during the period of transition from the Late Medieval timeframe into the Renaissance timeframe.  For Lutherans and Catholics, this commemoration is one marked by sorrow for past sins against one another and by deep gratitude for the spiritual gifts we now offer to one another through Christ our Lord and Savior.

As we are 21st Century reformational Christians, I offer you the following two areas of reformational do’s and don’ts: (more…)

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Israel of God 1After our Lenten journey of penitential contemplation and intensified spiritual devotion, we come to the pinnacle of the Church Year known as Holy Week. It is the time of year we focus on the events of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his last supper, his torture, his crucifixion, his sacrificial death, and his glorious resurrection. And, as I reflect on the sacred events of Holy Week, I also find myself drawn to the following words of the Apostle Paul from the Book of Galatians: (more…)

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Eucharist_Stained_GlassIn ancient times, when a relationship had been broken, the offering of a meal was given in order to bring about reconciliation and to restore fellowship. In fact, this was the whole basis for the sacrifices and sin-offerings of the ancient Hebrew Tabernacle and the ancient Hebrew Temple. These sacrifices were simply offerings of food (in a spirit of confession, repentance and forgiveness) in order to restore fellowship with God. (more…)

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Ash WednesdayHave you ever watched a large bird high in the sky?  Have you ever watched how it stretches wide its wings and floats effortlessly in the air?

Likewise, by the grace of God our (more…)

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401379_2291177008609_1524520977_31845687_577303187_n2With the advent of the personal computer, people today have access to far more information than they ever had before. Consequently, we are hearing more and more people assert the historical fact that December 25th is not the actual birthday of the historical Jesus. Some highlight this fact merely for historical interest, while others try to use this information in an attempt to stump us and somehow undermine our Christian faith. (more…)

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