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Anselm's prayer for love and friends

theology quote of the week

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O blessed Lord and Savior, who has commanded us to love one another, grant us grace that, having received your undeserved bounty, we may love every man in you and for you. We implore your clemency for all; but especially for the friends whom your love has given to us. Love them, O Fountain of Love, and make them to love you . . .

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October 31, 2018

lection reflection (31 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Nahum 1.1-14

In contrast to the prophet Jonah and the good news he brought to Nineveh, the prophet Nahum brings a word of impending judgment from God for their wickedness. Even in the midst of this message of reckoning, however, the gracious and patient nature of the Lord shines through. "The Lord is good, a stronghold in the . . .

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October 31, 2018

family bible reading plans

getting started with family worship and devotionals

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Last week I wrote about establishing the practice of family worship and devotionals. There I encouraged the practice of daily scripture reading in our families. That suggestion begs the question of where to start? For those desiring to create the habit of daily bible reading, deciding where to begin and how to proceed can be . . .

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October 30, 2018

lection reflection (30 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Jonah 3.1-4.11

Today we come to the main points of Jonah. This book is, after all, not primarily a fish tale--though we tend to fixate on that from the time we are children. The points of the book are the graciousness and compassion of God toward all people / nations / races and the promise of forgiveness toward those who repent of . . .

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October 30, 2018

lection reflection (29 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Jonah 1.17-2.10

In this passage, Jonah shows his faith in God in the midst of trouble. To this point, Jonah clearly believes in God but runs away from his clear calling instead of relying on God to do the task he feels ill-equipped, unable, or unwilling to do. It isn't until he has no other options, until his life bottoms out, . . .

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October 29, 2018

why analog?

living deliberately in a complex world

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By all rights, I ought to be one of the most digitally-immersed people out there. After all, I work for NASA with a team of people from around the world. As part of the Air National Guard, I am in near-constant communication with peers and colleagues at multiple locations around the globe. I love tinkering with computers, especially . . .

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Posted in: analoglife

October 26, 2018

lection reflection (26 Oct 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Micah 6.1-8

The Lord's accusations continue against Israel as part of his complaint or lawsuit (v.2). He points out to his people, again, the good things he has done for them by redeeming them from Egyptian slavery and by sending his prophets to them with his word, which they repeatedly spurned. After these charges, however, . . .

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October 26, 2018

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