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Sunday after Christmas (2020)

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ALMIGHTY and Everlasting God, direct our actions according to Thy good pleasure, that in the Name of Thy beloved Son, we may be made to abound in good works; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

-- Common Service Book . . .

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December 27, 2020

Christmas Day (2020)

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Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that the new Birth of Thine Only-begotten Son in the flesh may set us free who are held in the old bondage under the yoke of sin; through the same 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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December 25, 2020

the Nativity of our Lord (2020)

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O God, Who hast made this most holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant, we beseech Thee, that as we have known on earth the mysteries of that Light, we may also come to the fullness of His joys in heaven; Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

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December 24, 2020

why, yes, Mary did know

a lighthearted take on a dreadful song

If you're a big fan of the song, "Mary, did you know?" you may want to just skip this post. It's completely okay. I promise.

And now for something a little lighthearted...

The Christmas song, "Mary, did you know?" emerged in the early 90s and quickly became the bane of the entire Christmas season . . .

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December 23, 2020

"Is Christmas a Pagan Rip-off?" (link)

the truth about December 25th

By Kevin DeYoung at The Gospel Coalition:

We’ve heard it so many times that it’s practically part of the Christmas story itself.

The Romans celebrated their seven-day winter festival, Saturnalia, starting on December 17. It was a thoroughly pagan affair full of debauchery and the worship of the god Saturn. To mark the . . .

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December 22, 2020

fourth Sunday in Advent (2020)

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STIR up, O Lord, we beseech Thee, Thy power, and come, and with great might succor us, that by the help of Thy grace whatsoever is hindered by our sins may be speedily accomplished, through Thy mercy and satisfaction; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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December 20, 2020

why I don't stand when veterans are recognized

some thoughts on vocation

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This post will make some of you upset. It's okay. Despite how most of our society handles itself online, we're able to disagree about things.

Last week, my family and I were at two separate events where veterans were asked to stand and be recognized. Neither of these events was associated with the military or any . . .

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December 15, 2020

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