Category Archives: Scripture

Grumble

My wife noted the third verse of John Foley’s song rather apt this Advent. He channels James 5:9: Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. One of our retired priests made an offhand … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 35:6b-10

We continue an examination of the thirty-fifth chapter of Isaiah. In this third and last installment, we return to the image of a desert land redeemed. If God can do such for a wasteland, he certainly can work his glory … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 35:3-6a

I think Isaiah 35 is far too rich for a single post you might read in a minute or two. In the middle of this text, the prophet turns our attention from the glory of nature and its occasional surprise … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 35:1-2

As of this writing we have commenced the Advent season. We turn to the book of Isaiah more than any other Old Testament tome this month. Perhaps there is good reason. The positive message of mercy is that God will … Continue reading

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New Year, New Color

Casual visitors will note it looks different here. The season of violet tinged with rose (December 15th) and white (the 8th and 12th) has arrived. And maybe there’s a bit of blue. Vestments have required colors, but I’ll decorate as … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Mark 4:35-41

A believer, feeling alone in the struggle with illness or death often cries out to others, “Don’t you care about me?!” The question may well be addressed to God. That may make some inexperienced caregivers or ministers nervous. But God … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Mark 2:1-12

“Tell me a story.” Have you ever wondered how often some children ask this? This post offers one easy to visualize in our mind’s eye. We might get lost in any number of details: the huge crowds, the audacity of … Continue reading

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