Monday, 22 January 2018

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Repent

Repent.    

This was the basic message of John the Baptist.  "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near" (Matthew 3:2).

Repent.

This was the basic message of Christ our Lord.  "From that time on Jesus began to preach, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near'." (Matthew 4:17)

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Dark Night of the Soul

It is nine o’clock in the morning.   But as I type this it is as dark as night.  It looks like it could begin pouring out any moment.

This morning I am thinking about an ancient phenomenon—one that is known as the Dark Night of the Soul. 

The term “Dark Night of the Soul” comes to us from St. John of the Cross, a sixteenth century Spanish monk and mystic.     

Lutherans have their own version of the Dark Night of the Soul.  It is known as Anfechtungen. 

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Good Advice from Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

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The Beauty of the Lord

A few years ago I brought home an old book from the small library we have at Our Saviours:  The Lutheran Liturgy.  It was written back in 1958 and is a classic about the development of worship in the Church at large, and in the Lutheran church in particular.

There are many aspects to being a pastor that I enjoy.  I enjoy visiting the sick and those who are shut-in.  I enjoy teaching.  I enjoy writing articles for our church newsletter.  But at the top of my list of favorite duties is leading worship. 

Worship is at the heart of the Church's life, and in the life of the Christian.  There is nothing that influences our lives as Christians more than worship. 

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Why Does He Do It?

This morning Alaine and I walked around Phalen Lake.  The weather was almost perfect.  And the lake was full to overflowing after all the rain we've had lately.  

I like to walk on week days, early in the mornings.  The path isn't as crowded then.   

For the most part our walk was uneventful.  We didn't talk a lot.  We just enjoyed the scenery and the fresh air.  As we walked, we exchanged hellos with a few other hikers.  

We crossed paths with an unusual man. 

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