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Lay Readers

How do sheep stray? One blade at a time. This is what happens in church practice and theology until shepherd becomes sheep, and sheep shepherd. After some 50 years of lay readers not only do people not look with misgiving at the practice, but they look askance at those who do. Talk about reversal. Nonetheless let us endeavor to keep the torch of rite/right practice bur...

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A Message To The Kings Of The Earth From Sacred Scripture

The kings of the earth have destroyed the earth! They have ravished the poor and led the rich to destruction! Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve Christ the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him." (...

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The Evangelism Of Love

Christians have no duty to evangelize the unbelievers they encounter each day. Nor is outreach the chief agenda of the Christian congregation. Some 50 years ago a book entitled "Evangelism Explosion" took Protestant churches by storm. It's purpose was to teach and equip every Christian to do "personal evangelism". Following in its wake was a bevy of evangelism programs, w...

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Martin Luther On The Forgiveness of Sins

Here are words of supreme comfort for all sinners, especially Christian sinners, preached to us from the pen of St. Martin of Wittenberg. Read them and rejoice. (From Luther's Large Catechism on Apostle's Creed 3rd Article)...

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A New Year Prayer

"Preserve me Oh God, for in you I take refuge." (Psalm 16:1)...

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The Golden Epistle Of St. James

The Interpretive Key To The Book Of JamesDecember 10, 2019by: Rev. Dean Kavouras As Jesus was made known to the Emmaus disciples in the Second Holy Communion (Luke 24:35), and as only the Lion of Judah and Root of David could open the Scriptures (Rev. 5:5) even so the Book of James can only be understood when interpreted through a eucharistic lens. Firstly, don't spend ...

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The Three Deadly Enemies Conquered By Christmas

Based on Psalm 119:97-104 which is the Psalm for the Second Sunday after Christmas (series A)....

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Back To The Catacombs

Famously, during Roman persecuation (ca. 63 to 313 AD) Christians worshiped in catacombs. These were subterranian burial grounds with passageways off of which were the various vaults containing the sacred remains of the martyrs. While it was mostly funeral masses that were offered there catacomb worship has come to mean any Christian worship which must take place ins secr...

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12 Days Of Christmas & A Christmas Sermon

Christians, remember that Christmas is a 12 day celebration. Let us now put aside all earthly care and focus on the joys that Christ won for us by his incarnation, death and resurrection. Eternal joy in heaven, and a steady supply of strength and consolation along the way. I liked this article on the 12 days of Christmas and so I pass it on to you. This sermon, on the Chr...

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Collect For Advent 4 - Stir Up Your Power O Lord And Come

As in the Collects for Advent 1 and 2 this Collect is an urgent prayer for Christ our Lord to "stir up his power." To rouse from sleep and come to save us. Here the church is like the disciples on the boat in the stormy sea when Jesus was sleeping, and they feared they would all perish. They urgently woke the Lord and said: "Lord save us for we are going to drown." (Mt. 8...

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