Category Archives: Worship

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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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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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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Other readings for Sunday

Our Old Testament and Epistle reading for Sunday, August 25, 2013. Pastor Senkbeil preached last week and said: “Jesus has enough secret agents. He doesn’t need any more. What he needs are bold witnesses who are willing to stand up … Continue reading

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Revealing the Father’s Heart

This Sunday marks the last Sunday of our first year using the Narrative Lectionary (the year of Luke). I note that the summer of the Narrative Lectionary is not provided, so this has been my own scheduling of readings. We … Continue reading

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Loyalty: Tested and Proven

Loyalty Tested: In our Gospel reading for today, Luke 20:19-26 we find the Pharisees testing Jesus. They wanted to know his loyalty: to the government of Rome or the common cause of the Jews against Rome. They assumed that no … Continue reading

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