O Gates!

*Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in. Who is the King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.* It is probably not the best thing to admit today, the day that I will be standing before the entire Presbytery for…

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Praise God Always

Scripture: Psalm 147:1-11(NRSV) 1  Praise the LORD! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. 2  The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. 3  He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. 4  He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. 5  Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his …

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Whom to Trust

“Do not put your trust in princes,” the psalmist says. They are mere mortals, their means are limited, and whatever plans they have die with them. An unspoken corollary would be not to despair over princes either. It’s true that a bad leader might make a mess of things, and the worst can do a world of damage. But even the most terrible regimes come to an end eventually, and no matter what else is go…

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Encourage

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (NIV) I don’t know about you, but I feel as if we really struggle to get this one right. On one hand, it seems we’re often practice finding (and pointing out to one another) the things that aren’t going as well as we’d like, the things other people aren’t very good at, or just simply get wrong…

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King of Christmas (by Cassandra Millis)

Christian Americans celebrate Christmas in two spheres. On one hand, we have our religious traditions: lighting the advent wreath, setting up nativity scenes, singing our favorite seasonal hymns like “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” On the other, we experience Christmas as the cultural phenomenon it has become: putting elves on shelves, writing letters to Santa, and singing…

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