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contemplating collects

musings on our inherited weekly prayers

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For some time now, the blog Anglican Pastor has featured an on-going series titled, "Collect Reflections" in which the weekly collects from the Book of Common Prayer are posted, explained, and thoughtfully considered.

Those unfamiliar with the term 'collect' might ask, "What exactly is a collect?" . . .

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December 01, 2019

after two months of silence

returning to writing at the beginning of the church year

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It's been two months since I've posted any original reflections or writings. Two months! Where on earth have I been, and what have I been doing? Great questions.

Though much of October, while still reading the daily lectionary readings as part of morning prayer, I was compiling and editing a new daily prayer book that . . .

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November 25, 2019

Luther on casting burdens upon the Lord

"Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you..." Ps 55.22

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Whoever desires to be a Christian must learn to believe this, and to exercise this faith in all his affairs, in physical and in spiritual things, in doing and in suffering, in living and dying, and to cast aside all anxious thoughts and care and throw them cheerfully off. Yet he must not throw them into a corner, as some have . . .

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October 03, 2019

finding God where he promises to be found

lection reflection for 23 Sept 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's Old Testament reading (2 Kings 5.1-19) is one of my absolute favorite accounts in the Old Testament. In it we are reminded of several essential truths that tend to run counter to our own thinking about how God should behave and work. For this reason...

First, we learn that we may find God precisely where he promises . . .

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September 23, 2019

craving Christ in a junk food loving world

lection reflection for 18 Sept 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Following the two-year daily lectionary, this week we started reading through 1 Corinthians. Today, as we read most of the second chapter, we read these words from St. Paul:

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, announcing the mystery of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. I decided to know . . .

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September 18, 2019

Luther on waiting for God

"I wait for the Lord." Psalm 130.5

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There are some people who want to show God the goal and to determine the time and the manner and at the same time suggest how they wish to be helped; and if things do not turn out as they wish, they become faint-hearted, or, if they can, they seek help elsewhere. They do not wait upon God, rather God should wait for them and be . . .

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September 12, 2019

Luther on war as God's work

and whether or not Christian's may serve

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What men write about war, saying that it is a great plague, is all true. But they should also consider how great the plague is that war prevents. If people were good and wanted to keep peace, war would be the greatest plague on earth. But what are you going to do about the fact that people will not keep the peace, but rob, . . .

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August 30, 2019