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lection reflection (6 Feb 2019)

reading the bible daily with the church

It has been nearly six weeks since I regularly posted Lection Reflections. What started as a short break over Christmas turned into a ridiculously long break because of the government furlough and the catching up required after the government re-opened. Hopefully that mess is behind us now and I can resume writing daily.

Isaiah . . .

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February 06, 2019

prayer to be used by God

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O Lord, I give myself to Thee, I trust Thee wholly. Thou are wiser than I--more loving to me than I myself. Deign to fulfill Thy high purposes in me whatever they be--work in and through me. I am born to serve Thee, to be Thine, to be Thy instrument. Let me be Thy blind instrument. I ask not to see--I ask not to know--I ask . . .

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Posted in: lifeprayer

January 30, 2019

Christmas quote of the day

"Joy to the world!" Anyone for whom this sound is foreign, or who hears in it nothing but weak enthusiasm, has not yet really heard the gospel. For the sake of humankind, Jesus Christ became a human being in a stable in Bethlehem: Rejoice, O Christendom! For sinners, Jesus Christ became a companion of tax collectors and . . .

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December 25, 2018

Christmas break from blogging

I got an early Christmas present--a cold and fever--and writing is definitely not something enjoyable right now. I was planning on taking a break until the new year anyway, I'm just going to start a few days early.

Looking forward to resuming in 2019...

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December 21, 2018

lection reflection (18 Dec 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Isaiah 9.1-7

Today's Old Testament reading in Isaiah contains one of the most familiar and beloved prophecies of the coming Messiah. "For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace" . . .

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December 18, 2018

advent quote of the day (17 Dec 2018)

It is [Jesus'] love alone that lets him become guilty. Out of his selfless love, out of his sinless nature, Jesus enters into the guilt of human beings; he takes it upon himself. A sinless nature and guilt bearing are bound together in him indissolubly. As the sinless one Jesus takes guilt upon himself, and under the burden of this . . .

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December 17, 2018

advent quote of the day (16 Dec 2018)

Jesus does not want to be the only perfect human being at the expense of humankind. He does not want, as the only guiltless one, to ignore a humanity that is being destroyed by guilt...Jesus becomes the one burdened by guilt--indeed, the one upon whom all human guilt ultimately falls and the one who does not turn it away but bears it . . .

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December 16, 2018