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Advent 9

“O Lord GOD, cease, I beg you! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!” 6The LORD relented concerning this; “This also shall not be,” said the Lord GOD. Amos 7:5-6 Sometimes I feel this way about the church. Don’t get me wrong: I love the church…so much so that I’ve attached my career to [...]

A Reply

I got a nasty comment on the blog today. Regarding Advent 5: Your careless disrespect for the Word of God is sad. The Bible is only “weird” to those who do not have the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 2:12, 14). It is God’s love letter to His children. (That’s what you get [...]

Week 2: Advent Day 8

Luke 1:5-80 Stick with me and read through the story…it’s worth it. (But focus on Zechariah.) It’s a story with layer after layer, question after question. But I’ll stick wiht one thread. In the middle of all of these remarkable events, over and over, the SPirit comes upon people and they burst forth proclaiming and [...]

Advent Day 7

In that house, Fridsma’s, the mem  would call into shadows from the little reed organ crammed in the kitchen, “Children, come– we will sing some psalms.” It would teach them, she said, to be unafraid in the dark before coming through to the cheer of the light to see by, when it would come. –from [...]

Advent Day 6

Remember when I said this was not going to be an exercise in perfection? Well, I meant that. And I spent day 6 in the car with Erik trekking up to St. Olaf for Christmas Festival (about which I might write in a later post). So, no advent musings. It was a true and absolute [...]

Advent Day 5

Two quick thoughts: First, what the heck does this mean? I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and lack of bread in all your places… –from Amos 3 OK, I know…cleanness of teeth, as in nothing eat so your teeth were clean. I guess the cultural context just doesn’t carry over the [...]

Advent Day 4

How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting… He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names… His delight is not in the strength of the horse, [...]

Advent Day 3

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my [...]

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