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encouragement: a means of grace

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The book of Hebrews, believed by most commentators to be an ancient sermon manuscript written to a Jewish-Christian congregation, contains a series of warnings and exhortations against falling away from the faith. Multiple times in this book, we are encouraged to remain steadfast to Christ, not forsaking our salvation and being allured away . . .

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January 15, 2018

18 things to do more of in 2018

my list of New Year's non-resolutions

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I'm not one to make New Year's resolutions. In fact, I'm more the type to gently poke fun as people that do, as they tend to have a shorter shelf life than fresh baked bread. This year, however, in light of the chaos that Hurricane Harvey caused, which essentially disrupted every habit everybody had formed, I decided to make a . . .

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January 04, 2018

on holy innocents: King Herod and Uncle Sam

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Today the church remembers and honors the Holy Innocents: the male toddlers slaughtered by King Herod in his attempt to kill Jesus, the newborn king who threatened Herod politically (or so he thought) by his mere existence.

As recorded by St. Matthew:

Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and . . .

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December 28, 2017

"O Emmanuel..."

advent antiphons

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Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son,
and shall call His name Immanuel.
-- Isaiah 7.14 (NKJV)

Today we pray for Christ's coming:

O Emmanuel, our king
and our lawgiver,
the anointed of the nations
and their Savior:
Come and save us
O Lord our God.

Photo by Ilya Orehov on . . .

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December 23, 2017

'to you': the good news of Christmas

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I am not concerned about a so-called 'war' on Christmas. I am not shocked when people say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." I simply smirk when my atheist or agnostic friends sponsor grandiose Christmas celebrations with their friends and family.

None of these offenses nor a hundred others typically . . .

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December 22, 2017

"O King of the Nations..."

advent antiphons

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He shall judge between the nations,
And rebuke many people;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore...
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, . . .

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December 22, 2017

"O Dayspring..."

advent antiphons

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The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.
-- Isaiah 9.2 (NKJV)

Today we pray for Christ's coming:

O Dayspring,
splendor of light everlasting:
Come and enlighten those
who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death.

Photo by Aaron Burden . . .

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December 21, 2017

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