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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

"the need to be someone..."

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The need to be someone, to have clout, to command respect, to have prestige or position, these are shackles every bit as strong as those of materialism.

Celtic Daily Prayer

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August 29, 2019

Solomon: encouragement to a fellow sinner

lection reflection for 28 Aug 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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In today's Old Testament reading (1 Kings 3.1-15), do we get mixed messages about King Solomon? On one hand, we see acts that were clearly prohibited for Israel's kings. On the other hand, we see Solomon's clear devotion to God and selflessness. Solomon is a mixed bag, not without may flaws, faults, and sin, but also blessed . . .

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August 28, 2019

Christians are 'peculiar'...

Kate Tristram on the faithful odd

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We are 'peculiar.' We have chosen not to go with the majority. We shall pray and reflect on the life of Christ: most people don't do this. We shall worship and receive God's gifts in His sacraments: most people don't do this. We shall be in a minority: we shall be odd.

Kate Tristam, quoted in Celtic . . .

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August 22, 2019

Luther on God's good gifts

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God could easily give you grain and fruit without your plowing and planting. But He does not want to do so. Neither does He want your plowing and planting alone to give you grain and fruit; but you are to plow and plant and then ask His blessing and pray: “Now let God take over; now grant grain and fruit, dear Lord! Our plowing . . .

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August 21, 2019

pastors, read your Greek (and Hebrew) in print

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I love electronic resources for bible study, like Logos and Olive Tree. In fact, I have been using Logos since before it was Libronix for a few years, back when the program came with a ridiculous number of 3.5" disks to install all the resources. Long before smartphones were invented, I used Olive Tree on my Treo Handspring during . . .

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August 20, 2019

unanswered prayer: wisdom from C.S. Lewis

lection reflection for 19 August 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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In today's Gospel reading (Mark 11.12-26), Jesus teaches us to pray with a believing heart:

Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell . . .

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August 19, 2019

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