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Quinquagesima Sunday (2024)

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O LORD, we beseech Thee mercifully hear our prayers, and, having set us free from the bonds of sin, defend us from all evil; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

-- Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church

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February 11, 2024

it's never been about works

salvation has always been by grace

It's a common misconception among Christians: Old Testament believers (Israel) were saved by works, but New Testament believers (Christians) are saved by grace.

Nope. Wrong. Incorrect. Not even close.

Salvation/deliverance/redemption has never been achieved by works or merit. Never ever.

Noah found favor with . . .

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February 06, 2024

Sexagesima Sunday (2024)

contemplating collects

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O Lord God, Who seest that we put not our trust in anything that we do: Mercifully grant that by Thy power we may be defended against all adversity: through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen

-- Common Service Book of the . . .

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February 04, 2024

Septuagesima Sunday (2024)

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O Lord, we beseech Thee favorably to hear the prayers of Thy people: that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by Thy goodness, for the glory of Thy Name; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

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January 28, 2024

an outsider's analysis of the UMC split

Dr. Albert Mohler looks at the biggest schism in American Protestant history

Dr. Albert Mohler is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and a very prominent Christian theologian, speaker, author, and commentator. He creates a daily podcast called "The Briefing," which describes itself as a 'daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview.' . . .

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Posted in: umc

January 25, 2024

what is an Ebenezer anyway?

reflections on "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing"

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Yesterday during divine service we sang the familiar hymn "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing." After worship, several folks came and asked me about the line that says, "Here I raise mine Ebenezer hither by Thy help I'm come." In essence asking, "What on earth is an Ebenezer anyway?"

Gold . . .

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January 22, 2024

the Transfiguration of our Lord (2024)

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O GOD, who, in the glorious Transfiguration of thy only-begotten Son, hast confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the testimony of the Fathers, and who, in the voice that came from the bright cloud, didst in a wonderful manner foreshow the adoption of sons: Mercifully vouchsafe to make us co-heirs with the King of his glory, . . .

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January 21, 2024

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