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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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life_mediumOur Tanzanian brothers and sisters use a special Swahili word to describe their understanding of community. The word is “ujamaa” and it is most accurately translated as “family-hood.”  It is a unifying term that the Tanzanian government has urged all Tanzanians to embrace in order to transcend their various tribal identities in favor of a unified national identity.  And the concept of ujamaa is often represented by carvings of interlocking people mutually uplifting, encouraging and caring for one another. (more…)

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light-split-into-spectrum-by-prismThe Seasons of Advent, Christmastime and Epiphany all share the theme of the spiritual Light of God. And Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the one who shines God’s eternal Light on us and the whole world. (more…)

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509562a3b0f3949d6855f71bf56d7558As citizens of the United States of America, we have so much to give God thanks for. Yes, as citizens of the USA, we can give thanks for the great blessing of living in an exceptionally good nation. While the USA is not perfect, we must not dismiss the good of the USA for the sake of the perfect. While we always seek to make a more perfect union by addressing our national imperfections, we also acknowledge and give thanks for the true exceptionalism and great good of the United States. (more…)

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