“Give Thanks to the Lord” April 21, 2019

“Give Thanks to the Lord” Psalm 118:1-2, 17-29/ 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 Luke 24:1-12   Picture, if you will, the state of So. Dakota. It would be a perfect rectangle except for the fact that its eastern border is the Red River, which zigs and zags a little bit. It is a shoe box shaped chunk of land smack dab in the middle of a huge area we call the Great Plains. Now picture the exact center of this shoe box on the utmost northern border. Here is where you will find the...

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“The Road to Jerusalem: The Revealing” April 14, 2019

“The Road to Jerusalem: The Revealing” Isaiah 50: 4-9a Psalm 118:1-4, 19-29 Philippians 2:5-11 Luke 19:28-40 & Luke 22:14-30   It was the 6th of March on Ash Wednesday that we began this 40 day period known as the season of Lent. It will end next week at sundown on Holy Saturday which, of course, will lead us into Easter morning. Now for those who like to tabulate your calendars – yes, that is 46 days. But the way I understand it, the 6 Sundays in this period...

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“The Road to Jerusalem: The Response” April 7, 2019

“The Road to Jerusalem: the Response” Isaiah 43:16-21 Philippians 3:4b-14 John 12:1-8   At the risk of sounding like an old fuddy dud, I have to admit that I miss the old days. In the days before Google and algorithms, advertisers were restricted to things like newspapers and magazines and billboards. Radio and TV ramped things up a bit, but we didn’t mind. Now, in the online economy if you show a slight interest in buying just about anything, look out. Look out,...

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“The Road to Jerusalem: Reconciliation” March 31, 2019

“The Road to Jerusalem: Reconciliation” Joshua 5:9-12 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Last year, I was strongly encouraged to be a volunteer in the Smart Reader program in our local school system. “O, you’ll love it!” I was told. “It’s a great program designed to promote the joy of reading to kids who are learning how to read.” Great idea, I thought; it makes perfect sense. And so, every Wednesday morning I get to sit down and read to kindergarten kids and it is...

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“Risus Paschalis” April 28, 2019

“Risus Paschalis” Psalm 150 Acts 5:27-32 John 20:19-31   When God created the dog, he told him, “OK, here’s the deal: your purpose on this earth is to always be on the alert. You are to spend your days on the front porch and are to bark with volume and enthusiasm at every single thing that approaches the house. For this you will live 20 years.” The dog thought about it and said, “You know, that sounds like a lot of work and 20 years is a long time; how about I do this...

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“Give Thanks to the Lord” April 21, 2019

“Give Thanks to the Lord” Psalm 118:1-2, 17-29/ 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 Luke 24:1-12   Picture, if you will, the state of So. Dakota. It would be a perfect rectangle except for the fact that its eastern border is the Red River, which zigs and zags a little bit. It is a shoe box shaped chunk of land smack dab in the middle of a huge area we call the Great Plains. Now picture the exact center of this shoe box on the utmost northern border. Here is where you will find the...

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