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    The Ascension of our Lord

    This Thursday marks the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into heaven (Holy Trinity will have our formal worship service on the Eve of the Ascension, Wednesday, May 24th at 7:15 pm). This event is perhaps one of the least popular of the major Christological feast days, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter certainly overshadow this day in their popularity. Quite honestly this is a shame, while the ascension certainly does not have the warm yuletide joy of Christmas, the drama of Holy Week ...  Read More...

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    Big Buts

    As the end of the school year approaches it seems everyone’s schedule is so full that there is no time to squeeze in anything extra. For that reason, I wanted to write a very lighthearted devotion that will hopefully lift your spirits while still providing some encouragement. The idea is based off this video, which is pretty good if you can spare three minutes.   Read More...

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    Hope is Alive

    I typed in “hope” on thesaurus.com, and these are a few of the synonyms offered: Ambition. Desire. Goal.   Read More...

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    What Now?

    Alleluia Christ is risen!We have finally reached the end of our journey which began on Ash Wednesday; our journey to the cross and finally ending in the empty tomb. We have completed our penitential walk; many of us have given something up for lent and have now broken our fast. We have sung all the hymns, found all the eggs, eaten far too much candy, celebrated with loved ones and shouted out the familiar refrain “He is risen indeed”.   Read More...

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    King’s Burial

    “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!” (John 12:13b ff)The street leading into Jerusalem was crowded as Jesus triumphantly approached, riding on a donkey.   Read More...

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    It Was Spring

    It was Spring over 2000 years ago.  Two men were executed. They shared some common ground: both had names and titles bearing the initials J.LC.; both claimed to be God; both were betrayed by friends; both were executed with spiked objects.  But only one has an impact upon our daily life and our eternity. The first was Julius Caesar. The year was 44 BC. It was Spring of that year: March 15th - the Ides of March.  Julius Caesar’s close friend Brutus drew near to him with t...  Read More...

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    Lenten Hymnody Reflections

    It has been said by many Lutherans that the strongest hymns are the Lenten section. I believe this is true, because the Lenten hymns have a laser-like focus on our Savior, Jesus Christ. Through the entire church year, we remember Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, but during Lent it becomes our focus and source of meditation.   Read More...

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    St. Patrick

    As many of you probably know this Friday is St. Patrick’s Day. While there are a great many traditions associated with this Irish holiday have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “Who is St.   Read More...

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    Enslaved

    Many people walk around with chains around their wrists or ankles, enslaved to something. The chains weigh the person down, although they try not to let it show. They either hold on to a past regret because it is still effecting their lives today or because they just can’t seem to let go of it.Frustration over a fight with a parent, child, sibling, relative, or friend.A marriage that turned into a divorceA broken promiseCheating on a testTaking credit for something that wasn’t your ideaThe list ...  Read More...

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    The Journey Begins!

    This week will mark the beginning of a spiritual journey for us – Lent. It begins with Ash Wednesday. It is referred to as a “penitential” season.   Read More...

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