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  • The Nativity
    Baby in manger identified by prophet
    For unto us a child is born…(Isaiah 9:6).One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is the chance we get to sing all those great classic Christmas hymns at church. One of my favorite songs of the season is the great hymn “What...
  • "Cold Justice" (TNT) 2014
    TNT 'Cold Justice' Who stabbed Erika 30 times to death in 'He said, He said'?
    “Cold Justice” (TNT) is a reality TV docu-drama that has been picked up for a 3rd TV season beginning early 2015. The summer TV ratings of 2014 have averaged 2.3 million TV viewers overall. It has jumped 24% above the recent January...
  • refugees
    Exiles and outcasts
    Read Isaiah 56:1-8Do you remember the movie, The Dirty Dozen?Major Reisman, played by Lee Marvin, rounds up a dozen convicts for a very special and very high risk mission to take out several high ranking German officers.This is not just a dozen...
  • What To Do While You Wait  Isaiah 40:31 Postcards Isaiah 40:31 Postcards Amazon Price: $2.90  But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not f
    What to do while you wait
    Isaiah 40:31 gives promises for those who wait upon the Lord. In this one verse the word "shall" is used four times. "But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall...
  • Isaiah 6:8
    Day 24 Lenten Scripture and Meditation: Isaiah 6:1-8
    Scripture Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8Then I heard the voice of God saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" (Isaiah 6:8)Before you can respond to God and say as Isaiah said, "Here am I....
  • the Land of Zion
    Mormons and Isaiah--Part One
    Part One – The Words of Isaiah to those at the “last day”The LDS people (Mormons), have been taught the “words of Isaiah are of great importance to those of the last day.” In the Book of Mormon it is clearly stated ...
  • Gate of Church of All Nations at Gethsamene
    Meditations on Scriptures -- 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C), 8/24-25/13
    Opening reflection (taken from Magnificat magazine, www.magnificat.com): Perhaps the most horrifying scenario imaginable is to stand outside knocking on a locked door only to hear the Lord respond, “I do not know where you are from.”...
  • Jesus sends His disciples two by two
    Meditations on Scriptures -- 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C), 7/6-7/13
    Opening reflection (taken from Magnificat magazine, www.magnificat.com): It seems that the 72 are somewhat skeptical about the ability Christ gives them to bestow peace, to cure the sick and to survive among “wolves” like “lambs....
  • "Here am I" not "Here I am
    What you should do before saying, 'Here am I; send me'
    Before you can respond to God and say as Isaiah said, "Here am I; send me!" you must first confess all sins, be purged from your sins and then you will be able to hear God and have a conversation with Him.A careful reading of Isaiah 6:1...
  • Litany of penitence for Ash Wednesday 2013
    Litany of penitence for Ash Wednesday 2013
    On Wednesday afternoon, a group of community activists and faith allies gathered at Fountain Square in Cincinnati for an Ash Wednesday Day of Repentance to support worker rights, described in this news article.About 40 people listened to a...
  • Sun or clouds
    Prophet and Loss
    Read Isaiah 65:1-5Reading the Old Testament gives us pause to consider the history, law, and prophets that comprise much of this sacred writing.Adam didn’t write Genesis.Noah found favor in the eyes of God and received some incredible ship...
  • duck
    Isaiah 5:4 and the "saving will" of God
    "What is to be done here after my vineyard, that I have not done in it?When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?"The first clause of this first, unfortunately, is frequently translated something like "What...
  • Solomon's Temple
    Meditations on Scriptures -- 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B), 10/20-21/12
    Opening reflection (taken from Magnificat magazine, www.magnificat.com): “Whoever wishes to be great will be your servant.” For great people recognize the fact that true greatness consists in self-sacrifice, in handing ourselves over...
  • The prophet Isaiah
    Addendum #3--Letter to 1st Presidency--Isaiah's words to today's church
    "The words of Isaiah are of most importance to those at the last day"“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” It is most clear within the pages of Mormonism that the words of Isaiah are most important to those at the last...
  • Decapolis
    Meditations on Scriptures -- 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B), 9/8-9/12
    Opening reflection (taken from Magnificat magazine, www.magnificat.com): To give hearing and speech back to a deaf and mute man is tantamount to giving him back his very self. Why? The act of looking at another person without speaking to him...