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Jesus, Son of Abraham

March 2, 2016

Jesus, Son of Abraham In the United States, perjury is considered a felony and is punishable by prison. In the State of California, perjury can even be a capital offense if the false testimony contributes to a wrongful conviction and execution. These penalties for perjury affirm our conviction as Americans, that justice depends on determining...

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  • Jesus March 2, 2016

The Lord’s Return

July 28, 2019

The Lord’s Return From Mad Max to the animated Disney film WALL-E, popular books and movies reveal society’s persistent obsession with the apocalypse. Typically, a few brave survivors navigate a blasted landscape trying to restore human society or at least keep it intact. Ironically, the biblical idea of apocalypse focuses on something else.

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God’s Measuring Line

July 4, 2019

God’s Measuring Line The Weights and Measures Division of the US government works to promote uniformity and accuracy. It is easy to see how important weights and measures are to commerce, but accurate measurements are also important for builders. A common proverb among carpenters advises, "Measure twice and cut once." Zechariah’s third of...

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Cleansing from Sin

December 18, 2016

Cleansing from Sin The opening lines of Count Zinzendorf’s eighteenth-century hymn speak of being clothed in Christ’s righteousness: “Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness / My beauty are, my glorious dress; / Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed, / With joy shall I lift up my head.” The imagery of the hymn echoes the scene in today’s reading.

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  • Minor Prophets December 18, 2016

Elizabeth: His Name Is John

December 2, 2015

Elizabeth: His Name Is John Naming children after family members is common in cultures around the world. To name a son “junior” after his father, for example, or to give a daughter a middle name after her grandmother, is often done as a way of showing respect and love and of honoring the past. So it was quite normal that Zechariah and Elizabeth’s...

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John the Baptist: A Certain Future

December 6, 2012

John the Baptist: A Certain Future William Shakespeare wrote: “If you can look into the seeds of time, / And tell which grain will grow and which will not, / Speak.” The Nativity story has two sets of parents who could look ahead into the future and predict what would happen with their children: Zechariah and Elizabeth (on whom we focus in...

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Devotion for Jan. 25, 2010

January 25, 2010

Devotion for Jan. 25, 2010 George Santayana said it best: "When experience is not retained, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." The leadership of the divided kingdom of Israel evidently had no concept of the history of their nation, the faith or sins of their forefathers, or the mighty works...

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Cleansed by God

July 5, 2019

Cleansed by God Some people (often single males), rely on the "sniff test" to ascertain whether their clothes are clean enough to wear. According to Reader's Digest, 70 percent of the soil on your clothing is invisible. Your clothes may look clean, but they still need to be washed. Even if they pass the sniff test! Zechariah’s fourth vision...

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Jerusalem the Golden

July 24, 2019

Jerusalem the Golden The hymn Jerusalem the Golden is based on a text by the twelfth century monk Bernard of Cluny. The hymn concludes with this prayer: Oh, sweet and blessed country The home of God’s elect! Oh, sweet and blessed country That eager hearts expect! In mercy, Jesus, bring us To that dear land of rest! You are, with God the Father...

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Faithful Hearts and Strong Hands

July 13, 2019

Faithful Hearts and Strong Hands Marsha was a great organizer in the church. She had a knack for getting people involved. Whenever she made a plea for help from the congregation, she always quoted the same proverb: “Many hands make light work.” As Zechariah continued to respond to the question raised by the delegation from Bethel, he moved...

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