Taking Thoughts Captive

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devotional reading vs. Bible study

As mentioned on Sunday, our reading through the Daily Devotional Guide right now pulls together three of the most important books in the Bible: Deuteronomy, Matthew, and Hebrews. These books explain beautifully the redemptive work of God from beginning to end and make beautifully clear connections of old covenant promises to Israel to new . . .

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January 18, 2024

second Sunday after Epiphany (2023)

contemplating collects

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ALMIGHTY and Everlasting God, Who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; Mercifully hear the supplications of Thy people, and grant us Thy peace all the days of our life; through Thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

-- . . .

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January 14, 2024

Epiphany (2024)

contemplating collects

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O GOD, Who by the leading of a star didst manifest Thy Only-Begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant, that we, who know Thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of Thy glorious Godhead; through the same, Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, . . .

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January 07, 2024

an Epiphany home blessing

asking God's blessing for 2024

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Christians in the Western Church, especially in Germany--where this custom may have started, have a tradition of blessing their homes on Epiphany (January 6th) by marking the home's main doorway with chalk. The family gathers to ask God's blessing for the next year on their homes, their families, and all who come and go from . . .

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January 06, 2024

first Sunday of Christmas (2023)

contemplating collects

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ALMIGHTY and Everlasting God, direct our actions according to Thy good pleasure, that in the Name of Thy beloved Son, we may be made to abound in good works; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

-- Common Service Book . . .

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December 31, 2023

Christmas day (2023)

contemplating collects

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Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that the new Birth of Thine Only-begotten Son in the flesh may set us free who are held in the old bondage under the yoke of sin; through the same 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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December 25, 2023

the Nativity of our Lord (2023)

contemplating collects

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(Note: Since the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve coincide this year, tradition in some places is to give the collect for Christmas Eve/the Nativity of our Lord precedence.)

O God, Who hast made this most holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant, we beseech Thee, that as we have known . . .

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December 24, 2023

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