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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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Christ Lutheran ChurchCleveland, OhioDecember 15, 2019by: Rev. Dean Kavouras Advent 3Joy In The Midst Of Sorrow Now when John heard from prison the works of the Christ he sent word by his disciples and said to him, "Are you the One to come or should we expect another?" And Jesus answered them and said, "Go! Announce to John the things that you hear and see! the blind now...

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Gospel For Advent 3 (Series A) Are You The One?

A surface reading of this gospel (Mt. 11:2-15) might confuse a person. Did the Great John suddenly get confused or lose faith? There is a line of reasoning that says yes; and then finds comfort in it to this wise: if the great John could lose faith momentarily, then we should not feel so bad if we do. But if we go beyond the surface we find that a very different story ob...

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How To Interpret Matthew 24:36-44

In keeping with my theory that much of Scripture is out and out liturgy I present the alternate gospel for Advent 1 (Series A) in the liturgical format it might have been given by St. Matthew. Here Ipicture the dominical words in the form of antiphonal prayer. V =Verscicle; R=Response. This is interspersed with commentary by a liturgist (the unmarked portions). I can env...

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On Sending Christmas Cards

Christians, if you are going to send Christmas cards this year give serious thought to sending cards with a Christian message, and not holiday cards or post cards with pictures of your pets or children. The chatter in the church for the last 50 years is that every member must be a missionary. That is non-sense of course. The individual mission of every Christian is encaps...

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An Interesting Thanksgiving Day (and it's only 11:00 in the morning)

Though today is Thanksgiving I did my usual early morning routine which is to get breakfast at an area restaurant and work on my sermon for the upcoming Sunday. This is my "happy hour". Following happy hour I spent some time in the 1st District visiting with officers and wishing them a Happy Thanksgiving. They are always grateful for the chaplain's presence which they, ri...

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For Pastors Only - Liturgy Not Poetry

The notion of biblical poetry is the invention of 18th centry Anglican Bishop Robert Lowth. To read something as sweepingly magnificent as Isaiah 2:1-5 (OT lesson for Advent 1 Series A), and to name it poetry neither means anything nor advances anything, but only nominalizes Scripture. But to call it what it is, liturgy, is to say a mouthful. To consider the Scriptures t...

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The Psalm For Advent 2 (Series A)

There are four scripture readings assigned for each Sunday but we only hear three of them read aloud. Each week we hear a reading from the Old Testament, one of the epistles (usually St. Paul), and of course the crown of all Scripture the Holy Gospel for which we stand, sing alleluia and cross ourselves on forehead, lips and heart. But the other reading, the orphan if you...

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On Hearing Scripture

What should we do with the bible? Study it? Believe it? Live by its precepts? Yes. But let us not put the cart before the horse. The first thing every person must do is hear Scripture! Hearing comes first. Every Christian, whether converted by infant baptism, or later via catechesis, first heard Scripture and was blessed with faith fulfilling the Lord's own word. "Blessed...

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The Collect For Advent 1

As you may already know the Collect is an ancient form of western liturgical prayer in which the theme for the Sunday is distilled into short prayer. While there are well-established formulas for most Collects the Collects of Advent are of a more desperate nature! Desperate because the church senses that the end of all things is near. "Nearer now than when we first believ...

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