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Don’t Get Weary in Well Doing

Don’t Get Weary in Well Doing

Don’t Get Weary in Well-Doing Lectionary17 November 201923rd Sunday After Pentecost Isaiah 65:17-25Isaiah 122 Thessalonians 3:6-13Luke 21:5-19 Text to Life It is all too easy to get snide and snarky this time of year. The corporate commercialism and marketplace mentality that drives our holiday economy is a full-court press. For…

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Interactive metaphor-rich sermons based on the new Story Lectionary along with Image Exegesis.

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The Pardoning of Jezebel

The Pardoning of Jezebel

The Pardoning of JezebelStory Lectionary17 November 2019The Story of Tamar: Loyalty is Not as it May Appear (Genesis 38)A Raining Down of Manna (Exodus 16 and Numbers 11)Elijah’s Healing / Raising of a Phoenician Woman’s Son and a Gift of Bread (2 Kings 17)The Story of Jezebel (of Phoenicia, Daughter…

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My Prayer For You

Pastor’s Prayer for 17 November 2019

My God—my Father and Preserver—who of your goodness has watched over me during the past night, and brought me to this day, grant also that I may spend it wholly in the worship and service of your most holy deity.
Let me not think, or say, or do a single thing which tends not to your service and submission to your will, that thus all my actions may aim at your glory and the salvation of my brethren, while they are taught by my example to serve you.
And as you are giving light to this world for the purposes of external life by the rays of the sun, so enlighten my mind by the effulgence of your Spirit, that he may guide me in the way of your righteousness.
To whatever purpose I apply my mind, may the end which I ever propose to myself be your honor and service.
May I expect all happiness from your grace and goodness only.
Let me not attempt anything whatever that is not pleasing to you.
Grant also, that while I labor for the maintenance of this life, and care for the things which pertain to food and raiment, I may raise my mind above them to the blessed and heavenly life which you have promised to your children.
Be pleased also, in manifesting yourself to me as the protector of my soul as well as my body, to strengthen and fortify me against all the assaults of the devil, and deliver me from all the dangers which continually beset us in this life.
But seeing it is a small thing to have begun, unless I also persevere, I therefore entreat of you, O Lord, not only to be my guide and director for this day, but to keep me under your protection to the very end of life, that thus my whole course may be performed under your superintendence.
As I ought to make progress, do you add daily more and more to the gifts of your grace until I wholly adhere to your Son Jesus Christ, whom we justly regard as the true Sun, shining constantly in our minds.
In order to my obtaining of you these great and manifold blessings, forget, and out of your infinite mercy, forgive my offenses, as you have promised that you will do to those who call upon you in sincerity.
Grant that I may hear your voice in the morning since I have hoped in you.
Show me the way in which I should walk, since I have lifted up my soul unto you.
Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord, I have fled unto you.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.
Let your good Spirit conduct me to the land of uprightness.

–John Calvin

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Some mornings I wake up and say "good Lord its morning". Some mornings I wake up and say "good morning Lord". What I desire to do is wake up with words of praise for another day. The words in Col 3:16 come to mind... they actually sing in my mind: 16 Let the word of...

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Giving Blood

If the church wishes to converse effectively with a culture, it must learn the culture’s language. Today, shifts in technology mean that language is increasingly one of symbols and metaphors, stories and images―not words.

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