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An image for God that speaks to my heart is the image of the Great Master Craftsman of the Universe. And the following Bible verse comes to mind when I contemplate this Master Craftsman image:  

ISAIAH 64:8
O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

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When my dad died in 2003 and when my mom died in 2014, I found myself at these times spending a lot of time and energy looking back. Of course, this is a natural response when we experience the greatest of losses in life, such as the death of a parent or a longtime spouse. Dwelling in the past with enormous amounts of mental and emotional energy like this is very much a part of the grieving process for up to a couple of years afterward. However, we can sometimes become stuck in the past — year after year and even decade after decade — and this imprisonment in the past drains us and robs us of being fully present right here and now. But thanks be to God we can become unstuck in the past by the good news of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord! (more…)

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Faith and spirituality come to us as a journey from the outer beginning toward the inner finishing, perfecting and fulfilling — and Jesus Christ is the Way. Saint Paul the Apostle of Christ declared the following message of Christian faith: “Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and finisher of our faith” (from Hebrews 12:1-2). Also, Saint John the Apostle of Christ revealed the following message of hope from Jesus our Savior and Lord: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (from Revelation 22:13). (more…)

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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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We walked into Jerusalem’s Old City at the Jaffa Gate through its ancient high fortified walls. We walked to Greek Catholic Patriarchate Street and turned left onto this street. When we came to St. George Alley, we turned right onto this alley and soon came to a shop in an ancient building along the alleyway that has a sign above it which says the following: “Razzouk Tattoo: Tattoo With Heritage – Since 1300.” (more…)

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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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