Category Archives: Practical

Epistle for Aug. 19, 2018

Ephesians 5:6-20 NLT 6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of … Continue reading

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Something to reflect on

Who are we as the Body of Christ? Sometimes we let others define us, rather than Scripture. There is an individual aspect to this question, as well as a community aspect. The most important aspect is that God is the initiator … Continue reading

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Table Talk 2014-01

With short notice a few gathered last night for our first Table Talk of the summer. Good question and discussion—one question took 1¾ hours to answer and address related topics. Question: Why do so many Christmas celebrations include the magi … Continue reading

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Fred Cable

We lost a brother in the faith Monday night when Fred Cable died at his home; but he received the crown of life. He is survived by his wife, Donna. Fred had just had knee replacement surgery on June 9, … Continue reading

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Tyler and Cyndi Wedding

Had the privilege of marrying Tyler and Cyndi Friday, May 30, at the Lutheran Church of Prayer in Bakersfield. I had met with them for the previous eight months in preparation. Blessed day for them and everyone in attendance.   … Continue reading

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Overlooked festival

Overlooked festival in the church year is Ascension Day. It becomes the basis for Pentecost (10 days from now, June 8, 2014). Here are the readings for Ascension Day. Acts 1:1-11 GW 1 In my first book, Theophilus, I wrote … Continue reading

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SMLC Confirmation 2014

Here are a few shots of our confirmands at our service May 25. God’s richest blessings to Cyndi, Justin, Pam, Tyler, and Walt. We are partners in the Gospel (Phil. 1:1-17).

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Parade Decorating 2014

Here are a few snapshots of our team decorating for the 2014 Rose Bowl Parade. What a delight it was for me to meet Gunya and Berhanu Moges. Both of them will be riding on the LHM float.     … Continue reading

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ER Bible Study 04

Last week we covered three terms that are interrelated and are critical for maintaining a Biblical focus: Christology, Soteriology, and Eschatology. Any time you see -logy at the end of a word, that denotes “study of” or “account of” or … Continue reading

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God, Creation, Us

Yesterday we started the 4th Year of the Narrative Lectionary (the year of John’s Gospel). For the fall (yesterday to the Sunday before Christmas) the primary text will be the Old Testament reading. Yesterday we read Genesis 1:1-2:3. Other readings … Continue reading

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