What Does Heaven Mean to You?

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 97,99,100 (Morning) Psalm 94,95 (Evening) 1 Maccabees 3:25-41 Revelation 21:1-8 Matthew 17:14-21   What Does Heaven Mean to You? How about summing that up in two paragraphs!?! Based upon discussions with co-workers over the years, I approached Revelations with great distrust and maybe

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Listen

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 89:1-18 (Morning) Psalm 89:19-52 (Evening) 1 Macc. 3:1-24 Rev. 20:7-15 Matt. 17:1-13   Listen This morning’s reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew tells a story we call The Transfiguration. It goes like this: Jesus took three of his students up the side

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In But Not Of

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 66, 67 (Morning) Psalm 19, 46 (Evening) 1 Macc. 2:29-43,49-50 Acts 28: 14b-23 Luke 16: 1-13 In But Not Of After researching the parable of the dishonest manager (Luke 16:1-13), this parable is reportedly one of the most difficult to understand. It appears

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Armor of God

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 88 (Morning) Psalm 191, 92 (Evening) 1 Macc. 1:41-63 Rev. 19:11-16 Matt. 16:13-20   Armor of God Revelation’s reading today paints us a fantastic picture of a rider on a white horse. The rider is called “Faithful and True” and his name is

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The Perils of Yeast

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm [83] or 23, 27 (Morning) Psalm 85, 86 (Evening) 1 Macc. 1:1-28 Rev. 19:1-10 Matt. 16:1-12   The Perils of Yeast In today’s gospel, Jesus warns his disciples to “beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” I don’t know about the

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A Real Good Story

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 119:97-120 (Morning) Psalm 81, 82 (Evening) Neh. 7:73b-8:3,5-18 Rev. 18:21-24 Matt. 15:29-39 A Real Good Story I never really believed that the story in today’s gospel was anything more than that – a good story – until I had leaned deeply into my

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Caught Between the Sheep and the Dogs

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 78:1-39 (Morning) Psalm 78:40-72 (Evening) Neh. 9:26-38 Rev. 18:9-20 Matt. 15:21-28 Caught Between the Sheep and the Dogs “We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies.

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Exiles, Natives, and Rebuilders

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 80 (Morning) Psalm 77, [79] (Evening) Neh. 9:1-15(16-25) Rev. 18:1-8 Matt. 15:1-20 Exiles, Natives, and Rebuilders Thanks to his personal relationship with the Emperor of Persia, Nehemiah gets himself sent to the land of his ancestors as governor to rebuild the city of

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A Reversal of Power

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 93, 96 (Morning) Psalm 34 (Evening) Ezra 10:1-17 Acts 24:10-21 Luke 14:12-24   A Reversal of Power My seven-year-old son is in his fourth year of “competitive” soccer. For the first three years every concept used to describe what we witnessed should really

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