Monthly Archives: October 2016

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

Philippians 2:1-4Luke 14:12-14When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends nor thy brethren nor thy kinsmen nor thy neighbours who are rich; lest perhaps they also invite thee again, and a recompense be made to thee. … Continue reading

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Yaya knows… she knows…

Wisdom 11:22-12:2II Thessalonians 1:11-2:2Luke 19:1-10 And therefore thou chastisest them that err, by little and little: and admonishest them, and speakest to them, concerning the things wherein they offend: that leaving their wickedness, they may believe in thee, O Lord.Wisdom … Continue reading

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Propped Up and Breathing

Philippians 1:18-26 Luke 14:1, 7-11 …to live is Christ: and to die is gain…  Philippians 1:21b A few years ago I had a sleep-study done.  I can snore enough to wake the dead, see. And it was bothering my housemates … Continue reading

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You Ain’t from Round Here, is You?

Ephesians 2:19-22Luke 6:12-16 So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners…Ephesians 2:19a I move a lot. At fifty-plus, I’ve still never been in the same place for more than 4 Christmases. It’s not like I don’t try: but life … Continue reading

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Needed Armor in the Year of Mercy

Ephesians 6:10-20Luke 13:31-35 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:12 The readings … Continue reading

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Self Will is Wrong Will

Ephesians 6:1-9Luke 13:22-30 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your earthly masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as to Christ.Ephesians 6:5 This is one of those hard places in the Church’s tradition. In fact this whole … Continue reading

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How to Make it all Rise.

Ephesians 5:21-33Luke 13:18-21 The Kingdom of God is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.Luke 13:21 I heard a preacher once get this horribly wrong. I knew he wasn’t … Continue reading

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Peppercorn Rent

Ephesians 4:32- 5:8Luke 13:10-17 Let there be no filthiness, nor silly talk, nor levity, which are not fitting; but instead let there be thanksgiving.Ephesians 5:4 This is so very hard for me. Moving away from the secular world into the … Continue reading

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Who has the better parties?

Ecclesiasticus 35:12-14, 16-18II Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18Luke 18:9-14 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself…Luke 18:11 We live in an age of self-disclosure and self-description or so we tell ourselves. The Pharisee was only describing himself. It would have been … Continue reading

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Freedom of Choice.

Ecclesiasticus 15:9-20Revelation 10:1-11Luke 11:1-13 If you will, you can keep the commandments, and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice. He has placed before you fire and water: stretch out your hand for whichever you wish.Ecclesiasticus 15:15-16 … Continue reading

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