Spirit Of God, Children Of God

     We rejoice today, along with the entire Christian church around the world, on the festival of Pentecost.  Today, we remember the event described in Acts, chapter 2, which says that the apostles had come together for a festival in Jerusalem.  While there, Acts says, “there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 

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New Life

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, grace and peace to you from our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen

A daily prayer to share with you:

Dear God, so far today I’ve done alright. I haven’t gossiped or lost my temper.

I haven’t turned to any vices or bad habits.

I haven’t been grumpy or selfish and I’m really proud of that.

But in a few minutes I’m going to get out of bed and from then on I’m probably going to need a lot of help. Amen

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The Right Time

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

Romans is the Apostle Paul’s longest, weightiest and most important letter in the New Testament. He lays out in this letter the full richness of his experience with Jesus. We heard the main theme of Romans last week in chapter 1:16-17 where Paul says – For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.

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Mutually Encouraged By Faith

The book of Romans is a letter.  An actual letter.  Like, a letter written by hand and then sent to someone else for them to read.  Paul, the author of this letter, wrote a lot of letters.  Paul was an apostle, that is, someone who is sent – in this case, he is one who is sent to preach the good news of Jesus Christ to the furthest reaches of the known world.  He’s really, really good at it. 

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From Antioch to Augustana

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen Augustana Church, located in the city of West St. Paul and the church in Antioch are separated by over 2000 years of time.The city of Antioch was founded in 300 BC and the Romans took control of it in about 63 AD – 30 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus. It was located in what is now Turkey. It was a big, thriving city on a major trade route.

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God Shows No Partiality

            I present to you an exhaustive list of the personal, cultural, and societal characteristics that exclude someone from the love of God and prevent full inclusion in Christian community.            In case you couldn’t hear me, what I said was nothing.  Nothing excludes someone from God’s love or from membership or even leadership within the body of Christ.  Nothing.  God shows no partiality.

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To see Jesus

Brothers and Sisters, grace and peace to you from our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AmenCan you see yourself in Mary’s place?A new day is dawning as the sun sheds its light across the horizon. Even in the early light, you feel the lingering darkness of night. You continue to step forward, reminding yourself to keep moving despite your grief. This is the third day since Jesus had died and in the chaos of everything he hadn’t even been given the proper preparation for burial.

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Earth Shaking News

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. AmenA presidential tweet.A congresswoman’s comments.A cathedral burning.A tiger’s redemption.Outrageous – inflammatory – earthshaking – for the ages.

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In the Lord’s Vineyard

We’ve been reading a lot of Jesus’ parables as we’ve been reading in the gospel of Matthew.  Sometimes the stories make clear sense; sometimes it’s harder to figure out.  The parable he uses today isn’t even his own.  He’s taking a known story and putting a twist on it.  This is a reading from the prophet Isaiah.

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