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advent quote of the day (10 Dec 2018)

The greatest mystery is not the most distant star; on the contrary, the closer something comes to us and the better we know it, then the more mysterious it becomes for us. The greatest mystery to us is not the most distant person, but the one next to us. The mystery of other people is not reduced by getting to know more and more about . . .

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December 10, 2018

lection reflection (10 Dec 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

I've elected to focus on only the Epistle lesson today, as I find myself having conversations on this exact subject increasingly more often than in the past. For whatever reason, when we think or hope the end is near, it is easy to essentially just give up and forgo the calling we've received in Christ to be salt and light. I . . .

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December 10, 2018

advent quote fo the day (9 Dec 2018)

The lack of mystery in our modern life is our downfall and our poverty...Living without mystery means knowing nothing of the mystery of our own life, nothing of the mystery of another person, nothing of the mystery of the world; it means passing over our own hidden qualities and those of others and the world. It means remaning on the . . .

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December 09, 2018

advent quote of the day (8 Dec 2018)

Life in a prison cell may well be compared to Advent: one waits, hopes, and does this, that, or the other--things that are really of no consequence--the door is shut, and can only be opened from the outside.

-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is In The Manger

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December 08, 2018

advent quote of the day (7 Dec 2018)

We are silent in the early hours of each day, because God is supposed to have the first word, and we are silent before going to sleep, because to God also belongs the last word. We are silent solely for the sake of the word, not in order to show dishonor to the word but in order to honor and receive it properly. Silence ultimately means . . .

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December 07, 2018

advent quote of the day (6 Dec 2018)

In the midst of the deepest guilt and distress of the people, a voice speaks that is soft and mysterious but full of the blessed certainty of salvation through the birth of a divine child (Isa. 9:6-7). It is still seven hundred years until the time of fulfillment, but the prophet is so deeply immersed in God's thought and counsel . . .

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December 06, 2018

lection reflection (6 Dec 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Isaiah 2.5-22

In this passage, the Prophet rebukes Israel not merely for her faithlessness and idolatry but for her greed, avarice, and selfishness. We are used to the Prophets blasting Israel for the former two, but unless we pay attention (especially to some of the minor prophets like Amos) we miss or gloss over God's . . .

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December 06, 2018

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