Isaiah 7 & Matthew 1: Christmas Crossroads

Good day Family!!

It’s almost Christmas! Are you listening to your favorite Christmas songs? Are you watching some of your favorite Christmas movies? As you know, A Christmas Carol (the 1951 version with Alistair Sim) is my favorite. The three spirits visit Scrooge who is at a crossroad in his life at Christmastime.

The Bible tells of Christmas crossroads as well.

Readings for Advent 4: Isaiah 7:10-17; Psalm 24; Matthew 1:18-25

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Have a WONDERFUL week this week as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus! He’s the reason for the Season afterall.

I love you guys! Dad

Isaiah 35 (Advent 3) Are Your Bags Packed?

Hi Family!

We’re getting closer to Christmas! I know that some of you can’t make it home here for the Holiday, and we’ll greatly miss you!

Isaiah 35 has something to say about Christmas and coming home for the Holiday. Spoiler alert! It has to do with the Christ Child, Jesus!

Readings for Advent 3 Isaiah 35, Psalm 146, James 5:7-11, Matthew 11:2-15

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Mom and I are grateful for those who will be here for Christmas, and we’ll be with the rest of you in the Christmas Spirit (the Holy Spirit)!

I love you guys! Dad

Advent 2; Isaiah 11:1 Do You Have The Main Ingredient?

Hello Family!

Are you getting your Christmas shopping done? Will any of you be baking anything this Christmas season? I know I will. I’ll be making Christmas stollen again. Make sure to use the right ingredients.

This is Advent 2. We’re a few weeks from Christmas. What are the ingredients in your life? What gives you hope in this world?

Readings for Advent 2: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

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I love you guys! Dad

Luke 21:8, 13 What Time Is It?

Hello Family! Do you know what time it is? It’s time to begin plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas!! But there’s more to time than simply time itself. Have you made plans for the time when the time comes when there is no more time? That’s what Jesus tell His disciples in today’s Gospel reading.

The Christian Church is winding down the Church Calendar. There are only a couple of Sundays remaining until the Christian Church begins Its new year with Advent 1. So, this is the time to consider what time it is. Not only today, but everyone should consider the time each and every day, for the time is at hand.

Readings for the 2nd Last Sunday in the Church Year: Malachi 4, Psalm 98, 2Thessalonians 3:1-13, Luke 21:5-36

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I love you guys! Dad

Luke 18:9-18 How Wide Is Your Periphery?

Howdy Family! Hope you’re all having a wonderful fall week! It’s my favorite time of year.

Do you know what periphery means? Peripheral vision? Periphery means the outside boundary. Peripheral comes from that word as well. It works with the outer boundaries.

Today’s readings look at peripheries. And our peripheries are affected by what’s at the center.

Readings (Proper 25C): Genesis 4:1-15; 2Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-17

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Have a GREAT week! I love you guys! Dad

Luke 18:1 The Widow Within

Hi Family!

How’s your prayer life? For what do you pray? Prayer is a gift God gives you, especially for spiritual warfare. Jesus tells us that we should pray consistently AND not give up hope.

Readings for Proper 24C: Genesis 32:22-30; Psalm 121; 2Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8

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I love you guys! Dad

Ruth 1 Bethlehem; It’s Not Just For Christmas

Hi Family! I absolutely LOVE fall! And fall means that Christmas is not too far away. In fact, stores are beginning to display their Christmas wares.

Christmas mean Bethlehem. Christ Jesus is the REAL reason for the season. Yet, Bethlehem isn’t just for Christmas. Bethlehem is available all year round!

Readings for Proper 23C: Ruth 1:1-20; Psalm 111; 2Timothy 2:1-13; Luke 17:11-19

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I love you guys! Dad

Psalm 62 A ‘Nevertheless’ Faith in Christ

Hello Family!

September 29 is St. Michael and All Angels Day. This is the time in the Christian Church year where the Christian Church around the world focuses on spiritual warfare. This time of the Church Year is called “The Church Militant.”

Spiritual warfare doesn’t occur only during the month of October. It happens every day and the devil is at work every hour. Though he’s defeated and Christ Jesus decisively won the War on Calvary and with the empty Easter tomb, daily battles still occur. Spiritual warfare will continue until the Day when Jesus returns. So, where do you place your hope and trust? Is God first? If not, then what or who is first?

Readings for Proper 22C: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Psalm 62; 2Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:1-10

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I love you guys! Dad

Luke 16:19-31 You Can’t Take It With You

Hi Family! I pray you’re all getting back into the swing of things after Grandpa’s funeral in Wisconsin.

Thanks for helping with everything, especially in getting the house in order and cleaning it out. As God would have it, the readings for this week following the funeral and cleaning everything out, focus on “stuff” and how it can adversely affect the Christian and Christian living. We’re to live out our faith toward others. We’re to live out Christ’s power and love as He is the One who works in us. However, the LOVE of stuff can get in the way of our relationship with God and our relationship with our fellow human beings. Keep things in perspective. You can’t take it with you!

Proper 21C Readings: Amos 6:1-7, Psalm 146, 1Timothy 6:6-19, Luke 16:19-31

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I love you guys! Dad

Amos 8 & Psalm 113:5-7 Are You A Teddy Bear?

Good morning Family!

Christianity is certainly about the forgiveness of sins and eternal life with God. This is available exclusively through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Jesus is VERY inclusive. He wants ALL people to follow Him. It matters not what a person has done, or who they are, or how much money they have or don’t have. Jesus wants them, and Jesus wants you.

As we wait for Christ Jesus’ return, God wants us to be Christ to others. This is called Christian Living, and Christian ethics. In today’s message, Rev. Dr. Gerry Bode talks expounds on the prophet Amos, and I have a little message on Psalm 113:5-7 and Teddy Bears.

Readings for Proper 20C: Amos 8:4-7, Psalm 113, Luke 16:1-15

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I love you guys! Dad