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There’s a big difference between good advice and good news.

 

One is a suggestion for you to do something.  The other is an announcement of something already done. (more…)

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Someone captured my attention in Wittenberg.

 

Most of you know that a group of us from Grace of God attended the Luther500 festival in Wittenberg, Germany.  The festival celebrates the event 500 years ago when Martin Luther ignited a Reformation movement by posting 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.  So we got our FILL of Luther while we were there!  So many excellent and informative exhibits on this fascinating man who changed the course of history and is the namesake of our theological tradition! (more…)

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Well, we just returned from our European adventure a few days ago and one of the things I think all three of us really loved was the food and drink!  We enjoyed the hospitality of many delightful  restaurants and cafes and experienced some delicious things.  One of the interesting things about eating in a European restaurant is how they offer water.  It’s rarely with ice, for one thing.  And you have to say if you want tap water or bottled water.  If you choose bottled water you have to decide if you want it with bubbles or without!  With gas or no gas.  And I always think in the context of a meal, it’s best to choose no gas . . . .

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earthriseNASA’s Apollo 8 orbited around the moon in 1968.  It was the first manned space flight that left the earth’s orbit.  They were the first human eyes to see the earth from space.  And this is what they saw.  This famous photograph is called “Earthrise.”  On Christmas Eve, 1968, Astronauts Frank Borman, Bill Anders and Jim Lovell broadcast live from their space capsule and shared a message with the world.  They turn turns reading from Genesis chapter one:  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  The first words of the bible and our first reading for today – Trinity Sunday.

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Over the years, I have set up a tropical fish aquarium in my house.  Mostly for guppies.  What is somewhat unique about guppies and what makes them such a delight is not just their fancy colorful tails, but the fact that they reproduce rather freely! And unlike most breeds of fish who lay eggs, guppies are livebearers which means they give birth to live babies!  A lot of babies.  We’ve had tanks with 30-40 beautiful guppies in them.

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The context of our Gospel today is once again set in the Upper Room on the night Jesus was betrayed.  Now, erase from your head the beloved Leonardo da Vinci painting with Jesus and all the disciples frozen in conversation on one side of the table.  Imagine instead a gathering of friends reclining at the table.  It was in this intimate context – friend to friend – around the dinner table – in the quiet setting of fellowship — that Jesus prepares them for the time he will be gone from their sight. (more…)

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“Come to Jesus”

 

Beautiful invitation, isn’t it?  Especially knowing that he is always there waiting for us . . . ready to welcome us and embrace us.  There is a beautiful song with this title by Chris Rice – we’ve sung it many times.  The lyrics remind us that weak and wounded sinners can always come to Jesus.  For those who know and love him that sentence is filled with promise. (more…)

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