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Honest to God

My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. – Psalm 31:15 I wonder if Jesus prayed Psalm 31 before his entry into Jerusalem. The Gospel of Luke says that next Friday, he prayed—or … Continue reading

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God’s Gentle Partners

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” – Matthew 5:5 (NRSV) I’ve always had trouble with the third Beatitude. The other blessings from Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount are worthy goals: hungering for righteousness, showing mercy, striving … Continue reading

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Listen Up

“Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called.” – Isaiah 48:12 (NRSV) “Listen.” “Hearken.” “Assemble, all of you, and hear!” “Draw near to me and hear.” Chapter 48 of Isaiah echoes with the injunction to the Israelites to listen … Continue reading

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I Had Planned

King David rose to his feet and said, “I had planned to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord … and I made preparations for building.” – 1 Chronicles 28:2 (NRSV) King David … Continue reading

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Refuge

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. – Psalm 46:1-2a (NRSV) The Bosque del Apache is a National Wildlife Refuge two hours south of the church I serve in Santa … Continue reading

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United’s Carbon Offset Program

The goal of this program is to reduce our carbon footprint. While we can do much to reduce that footprint, most of us cannot reduce it to zero. The only way to negate the impact of the remaining emissions is … Continue reading

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I Remember Your Name in the Night

I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law. – Psalm 119:55 (NRSV) I remember a lot of things at night. Perhaps you do, too. I usually start with everything I didn’t get done that day. … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Today

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. … Continue reading

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Wrapped Around a Rock

August 26, 2019 Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the … Continue reading

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Far More than We Can Imagine

“Now to the One who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine…” – Ephesians 3:20 (NRSV) Friday, August 23, 2015 was a day we never could … Continue reading

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