Times and Seasons of the Church Year

The Lord be with you Many denominations officially use the Church Year and all denominations use the Church Year to one degree or another. If you are part of a congregation that does not officially use the Church Year, but still celebrate days like Christmas and Easter, then you are

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Festival of St. Matthias, Apostle

Festival of St. Matthias, Apostle February 24 The Lord be with you Matthias is one of the lesser-known apostles. He was appointed to the apostolic band to replace Judas, who betrayed Jesus and committed suicide. His appointment, and the qualifications for being an apostle, is found in Acts 1:15-25. An

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Three Myths about the Crusades – a review

The Lord be with you I just finished reading an article titled “Three Myths about the Crusades: What They Mean for Christian Witness” in the Winter 2016 (volume 42, number 1) issue of Concordia Journal. This journal is published by Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. The author is Paul

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Philemon and Onesimus, Commemoration

Commemoration of Philemon and Onesimus February 15 The Lord be with you Today, in America, we celebrate “Presidents’ Day.” As with all the holidays on which the banks close that have been created in my lifetime, this day is not fixed to a certain date but floats around so we

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Baptism of Jackson & Paisley

The Lord be with you, Today, the First Sunday in Lent and also the Commemoration of Saint Valentine, Martyr, was special at Our Redeemer for another reason. Jackson Howard and Paisley McKenzie Puckett, the children of Anise and Andrew and the grandchildren of David (our President) and Connie Vering, were

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St. Valentine, Martyr

Commemoration of Saint Valentine, Martyr February 14 The Lord be with you Today is, of course, Valentine’s Day. The greeting card companies and florists love it. The origins of the day reach back to the third century. The name Valentine means “worthy,” and so it is not surprising that there

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