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thanksgiving when stormy weather is past

bidding Nicholas farewell

Power outages, downed fences, and some tree debris...Nicholas' visit could have been so much worse. Thanks be to God for his merciful hand of protection upon us.

"Almighty God, heavenly Father, who said to us, 'Call on Me in the time of need, and I will deliver you; then you shall glorify Me': we give You praise and . . .

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September 14, 2021

prayer in a severe storm

on the arrival of Nicholas

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"O Lord, our Lord, great and awesome God, we, Your needy children, hear with terror and trembling what a fearsome tempest, roaring, and fury You have stirred up, by which You indicate to the ungodly and wicked world Your righteous wrath and the punishment justly deserved. O Lord, do not look at our great sins, but graciously . . .

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September 13, 2021

thirteenth Sunday after Trinity (2021)

contemplating collects

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Almighty and Everlasting God, Give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and that we may obtain that which Thou dost promise, make us to love that which Thou dost command; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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August 29, 2021

eleventh Sunday after Trinity (2021)

contemplating collects

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Almighty and Everlasting God, Who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire or deserve; Pour down upon us the abundance of Thy mercy, forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the . . .

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August 15, 2021

sermons and body armor

thoughts on the third commandment

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We all know the type, the person that comes to church and maybe even bible study class but conveniently ducks out of worship--maybe all of it or maybe just the sermon--to 'fellowship' and have a cup of coffee instead of attending to the preaching of the Word. Usually folks like that are pretty smug about the whole thing, . . .

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Posted in: theologyworship

August 12, 2021

fearing and loving God

thoughts on the catechism and worship

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In his explanation of the commandments, Luther beings every one with these words, 'We should fear and love God and...'

It is perhaps well known that there are some Christians today who maintain that Luther made a mistake in this. They strike out the 'fear' and say that we should love God, nothing more.
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August 11, 2021

Luther on struggling with Satan

"We must not imagine that we shall have peace from [Satan.] He takes no vacation and does not sleep. Choose, then, whether you prefer to wrestle with the devil or whether you prefer to belong to him."

-- Martin Luther, 1527 (AE 37:17)

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August 09, 2021

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