prayer for Good Friday

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pour la Belgique

photo credit: Nicholas Raymond CC
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worship: tremble with me

The act of worship is an amazing thing. To be invited into communion and fellowship with the very Creator and Sustainer of the universe is mind-blowing in-and-of itself. To be invited into this sacred moment, however, as his children is even more incredible.

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I am Barabbas

I am many unflattering things. Sinful. Unrighteous. Guilty. Rebellious. Unloving.

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preaching that kills the soul

Yesterday, I listened to sermon that was almost a Christ-centered, grace-filled, hope-full encouragement to pray and consider the fathomless beauty that Christ our Lord intercedes on our behalf to the Father. Almost. At the end, it fell painfully short and ended up being little more than a veiled exhortation to try harder to be godly. A sermon of only Law and no Grace. A sermon that drives to despair and--if repeated too many times--kills the soul by rending it hopelessly condemned by an unbearable expectation.

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"dear traditional worshipers..." (link)

A brilliant piece over at Ponder Anew...I highly encourage you to go read "Dear Traditional Worshipers."

American Christians, why are we so afraid?

Of what are American Christians so afraid? I ask that question intentionally because it seems that our most important political decisions are made, not out of a theologically-informed world-view but out of a world-view that is permeated by fear.

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the children still suffer: thoughts on Holy Innocents' Day

We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by the order of King Herod. Receive, we beseech thee, into the arms of thy mercy all innocent victims; and by thy great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish thy rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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collect for the Sunday after Christmas

O almighty and everlasting God, mercifully direct our ways, that we may walk in Thy law, and be made to abound in good works: through Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.
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collect for Christmas

Lord God, heavenly Father, we give thanks unto Thee, that of Thy mercy and compassion Thou didst suffer Thy dear Son to become incarnate, and didst through Him redeem us from sin and everlasting death: We beseech Thee, enlighten our hearts by Thy Holy Spirit, that we may ever be thankful for such grace, and comfort ourselves with the same in all tribulation and temptation, and at last obtain eternal salvation through the same, Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.
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