While We Were Still Weak – a sermon

The Lord be with you The appointed lessons for Pentecost 2 (Fathers’ Day this year) are Exodus 19:2-8, Romans 5:6-15 and Matthew 9:35-10:20. While the text for the message was Romans 5:6, the message touches on all three lessons (and many other Bible stories). It was titled “While We Were

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Placed in the Middle of the Master’s Crown

GREGORY OF NYSSA [c. 335-394]: When, according to the prophetic word, people were alienated from the life-giving womb through sin and went astray from the womb in which they were fashioned, they spoke falsehood instead of truth. Because of this, the Mediator, assuming the first fruit of our common nature,

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He Made Our Miseries Strangers to Us

CASSIODORUS [c. 485-c. 580]: We have listened to a psalm [Psalm 68], wondrous in its heavenly arrangement, in which it is clear that the power in his [Jesus] divinity is matched by the humility in his humanity. The sacred Word took on the nature of our weakness—the psalm heading says

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Commemoration of Elisha

June 14 Today we remember the holy prophet Elisha. Elisha, whose name means “my God is salvation,” was a prophet sent to minister in the Northern Kingdom around the years 849-786 BC. He came from the small tribe of Issachar. When the prophet Elijah feared that his years of ministry

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A Prayer of Valerius Herberger

The Lord be with you In Genesis, Moses writes that God shut the door of the Ark behind Noah and company keeping all within the Ark safe from the flood waters. The following prayer by Valerius Herberger is inspired by this Divine shutting of the Ark’s door. Dear Lord Jesus,

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Commemoration of Council of Nicaea

Commemoration of The Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, AD 325 June 12 The Council of Nicaea in 325 was the first of the seven recognized ecumenical (world-wide) councils conduced by the church. The last of these councils was also held in Nicaea in the year 787. Each of these councils were

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Feast of St. Barnabas, Apostle

Feast of St. Barnabas, Apostle June 11 St. Barnabas was a Levite from Cyprus. He was, therefore, like Paul, a Jew of the Diaspora in contrast to the Palestinian Jews like Peter. A man of means, Barnabas sold some land and gave the proceeds to the early Christian community in

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Festival of the Holy Trinity

Festival of the Holy Trinity The Lord be with you Today is Trinity Sunday. I could put up several different posts, all of which would be appropriate and all of which would be very different. In recognition of this day I could put up something about the icon of the

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