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Jack Roeda

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A Clash of Kingdoms

Matthew 2:13-23 Silly things are said about the meaning of Christmas. I recall someone on NBC news saying, “Christmas is all about children’s bright, shining faces.” But of course, people did not compose glorious music, build magnificent cathedrals, suffer a…
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Advent IV: Not Safe

In some Christian communities it is important that you know the day when you received Jesus into your heart as your personal Savior. Speaking personally, I do not know the time, or the day. I do know the day, even…
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Advent III: The Rotifier

From Mary Ladd Gavell’s "The Rotifer" As the lab instructor gives each of us a glass slide with a drop of pond water on it, he tells us that we are leaving the protozoa and beginning the long evolutionary climb.…
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Advent II: Out of Book

The number of moves in the game of chess is practically limitless. While almost nothing looks more orderly than chess pieces before a match starts, the first move begins a spiral into chaos. After both players move, 400 possible board…
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Advent I

I love Advent. I love the stillness and longing, the waiting and yearning that stir in the songs and in the liturgy of the season. There is an expectancy in the worship services that enlarges the soul. Kathleen Norris writes:…