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October 8 – Commemoration of William Dwight Porter Bliss and Richard Theodore Ely The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners…(Read More)

Friday October 7


Deliver me, O LORD, from evildoers;* protect me from the violent, Who devise evil in their hearts* and stir up strife all day long. They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent;* adder’s poison is under their lips. Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;* protect me from the violent, who…(Read More)

Too often, Christians dig such a deep pit for ourselves with our doctrines of sin that we have difficulty climbing out, even though we know we have Christ at our side. Beginning from the divine goodness saves us from the temptation of despair. It has the additional benefit of showing us the depth of our…(Read More)

The Meal


This gathering for a common meal has been the distinctive mark of Christian worship from the evening of the resurrection on Easter Day until now…(Read More)

Doing Good


There is a long history about religious people who do good, but their good acts provoke opposition from religious authorities. In today’s reading Jesus does two good things things, but he provokes opposition because he acts outside the conventions and customs of his religious heritage…(Read More)

I’ve Got a Friend Who…


Paul encourages us to limit our freedoms out of respect for other’s scruples, conscience, or even their superstitions. It is a generous practice…(Read More)

“Getting a do-over”


Psalm 118 (morning), Psalm 145 (evening) 2 Kings 20:1-21 Acts 12:1-17 Luke 7:11-17 “Getting a do-over” seems to be the theme in today’s readings. Hezekiah appears to be on the brink of death; instead, he ends up getting fifteen more years and displays his gratitude through his…(Read More)

Saturday October 1


Choosing Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. A scribe then approached and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere…(Read More)

Border Territory


Today we have two of Matthew’s stories about Jesus operating around and across the borders of Jewish society…(Read More)

How Do We Know?


How do we know what is the will of God? How can we give priority to God’s will rather than to our self-centered motivation…(Read More)

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