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Isaiah Targets Your Heart

If you are not careful, your life might change between now and Easter. March’s Old Testament readings are leading us on a journey together into the heart of an ancient sage, Isaiah, who is both prophet and poet. Although Isaiah … Continue reading

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Les Misérables and Your Candlesticks

In Les Misérables, follow the candlesticks to see Love triumph over Law. Les Misérables is a tangled web of unrelenting law and unconditional love. What happens when justice and mercy collide? Law must be satisfied. Love must find reconciliation. There … Continue reading

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“Happy New Year” Is God’s Idea

A “new year” is arbitrary, but I like it anyway. Most things do not improve with age. I peeled this orange for snack this week on the 5th day of Christmas, but it was not a gift from my true … Continue reading

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Which Century Are You Talking To?

Do you have more in common with Martin Luther or Joan Osborne? In 1970 Judy Collins sold a million records by recording “Amazing Grace,” the joyful lament of a long ago slave trader who had turned to Jesus. Today, people … Continue reading

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Martin Luther: Arrange Worship Around God’s Word

Martin’s 9 Mottoes for Worship Motto #2: ARRANGE WORSHIP AROUND GOD’S WORD! Every church has its own worship traditions, items or practices that have become indispensable. In Luther’s circle, Communion was gaining prominence over God’s Word. One cannot argue against … Continue reading

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The Cross as a Window

“The Cross was a window in time allowing us to see the suffering love which is eternally in the heart of God.” -William Barclay

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Law and Gospel?

“Law and gospel is all about naming reality. It’s about telling the truth, twice. First we hear the difficult truth of our brokenness, our fears, our sins. And then we hear the good and gracious news about God’s response to … Continue reading

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