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"In God We Trust"...sometimes

an exhortation not to trust political power over God's power

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"In God We Trust." It's on our American currency. It's on our lips. You can even get it emblazoned on a t-shirt. Yet, it's largely a cliche and not something we actually tend to do, especially when given the opportunity to put our trust in politicians, political parties, or secular power. This is true of both . . .

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April 04, 2024

Easter Sunday (2024)

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Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Almighty God, Who, through Thine Only-Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly beseech Thee, that, as Thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by Thy continual help we may bring the same to good . . .

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March 31, 2024

Holy Saturday (2024)

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O God, Who didst enlighten this most holy night with the glory of the Lord’s Resurrection; Preserve in all Thy people the spirit of adoption which Thou hast given, so that renewed in body and soul they may perform unto Thee a pure service; through the same, our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy . . .

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March 30, 2024

Good Friday (2024)

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When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered. And Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples. Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and . . .

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March 29, 2024

Maundy Thursday (2024)

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Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing . . .

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March 28, 2024

Wednesday in Holy Week (2024)

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Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people.

Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might . . .

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March 27, 2024

Tuesday in Holy Week (2024)

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Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If . . .

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March 26, 2024

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