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Three Prayers for Monday

We have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding…

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Two Healings

For me these stories are narrative pictures of how Jesus can restore us to health and community.

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Balance and Focus

Early in the morning, at daybreak, Luke tells us that Jesus “departed and went into a deserted place.” This is one of a number of times in Luke’s account when he speaks of Jesus’ praying. Jesus finds time alone with God. In that time alone, he is able to find direction and clear self-definition.

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Casting Out Fear

The message and spirit of today’s reading seems timely in the wake of the shocking bombing yesterday at the Boston Marathon. Such cruel acts intend to sow fear and to invite hate. If we are to be helpful in responding to this kind of evil, we will need embrace another way.

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Contradictions

This first half of the third chapter of 1st John I find problematic. The writer is setting up an expectation that can only lead either to pride or anxiety, it seems to me.

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Bonhoeffer on This-worldliness

By this-worldliness I mean living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities. In doing so, we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God, taking seriously, not our own sufferings, but those of God in the world — watching with Christ in Gethsemane.

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Daniel’s Disciplines

Like Daniel and his companions, can we learn the language and compete in the culture of our exile, yet retain our identity as children of God and live according to Christ’s example of love and compassion? How do we protect our identity? Where do we set our moral boundaries?

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One Name

Whenever Christians see the spirit of compassion, healing, sacrificial love, and any other characteristic of Jesus active and powerful, we see the spirit of Jesus, the being of Jesus, the very name of Jesus once again incarnate in the world.

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