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Freedom and Salvation for the World

December 22, 2016

Freedom and Salvation for the World Many students of history know the famous cry of Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” The notion of freedom is a bedrock of many nations, including the United States. According to commentator James Montgomery Boice, today’s reading from Micah also includes a “list of freedoms” that only God...

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  • Minor Prophets December 22, 2016

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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  • Devotions July 13, 2019

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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  • Devotions July 24, 2019

King of Kings

July 29, 2019

King of Kings On May 19, 1790, New England experienced a remarkable “day of darkness.” The day began cloudy and cool with light rain. However, as the day progressed the sky grew darker so that by midday, the sun could not be seen at all. Many people feared that the day of judgment had come. It is easy to see why, given today’s passage which...

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A Coming King

March 27, 2018

A Coming King In the 1930s, the Southern Plains region suffered an ecological disaster now called the “Dust Bowl.” Homesteading legislation had brought inexperienced farmers, incentivized by land ownership, into the region, and they had responded to the demand for European grain by plowing up the grasslands to use for farming. But without...

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  • Sovereignty March 27, 2018

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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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

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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  • Devotions July 4, 2019

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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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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