The Parable of the Talents

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Right away he who received went… For us who have received the gift of the Holy Spirit there can be no waiting, no delay. Behind all slackness in the Lord's service there is a misconception about God's character. There is a feeling that he is hard on us, asks more than is reasonable. We...

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This Congregation Here Present

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We ask, in the Prayer for the Church, that God will give us his grace, "and especially to this congregation here present." Why is this group singled out? It is because a group of Christians gathered in God's house has a special privilege and obligation. It is an outstanding, significant, and...

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About Money

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"A fool and his money are soon parted." Does that describe me? Or you? I am all too acutely aware that my money and I are soon parted. But I am loath to admit that I am thereby proved a fool. It is likely that we feel a real and serious indignity because so much of our money is taken from us...

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How Much Does It Cost?

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How much does it cost to be a Christian? We are told that something will cost us only pennies a day, so it won't seem that we are spending much money. We would all like the most profit from the least effort. But it won't work that way for the Christian. Are we members of the burial society of...

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Couch Potatoes

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This is the last column submitted to the "From The Desk" series by Father Gordon Miltenberger. We greatly appreciate the spiritual wisdom and gentle wit he has shared with us in his writings for the past eight years.   There are many couch-potatoes: such a person is one who "sits out"...

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Tags: daily life, prayer, work, worship

 Retirement Announcement at St. Paul’s

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Folks, do you know that this summer marks 41 years of my ministry?   This summer also marks 15 years of ministry at St. Paul’s, more than a third of my ministry. With all that in mind, I’ve decided to retire at the end of June.    I’ve been thinking about this...

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Tags: church business, future, transition

50 Days

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Pentecost refers to a celebration which occurs fifty days after Easter Day. It was so-named after a Jewish Holiday of the same name.   In the Christian dispensation Pentecost is the completion of the Resurrection, the third in the series beginning with the Lord's being raised from the...

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Tags: holy spirit, pentecost, power, resurrection

Open, O Lord, The Eyes Of All People

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Open, O Lord, the eyes of all people to behold your gracious hand in all your works, so that, rejoicing in your whole creation, they may honor you with their substance, and be faithful stewards of your bounty.    Where does it all come from?  The outstanding record of nearly...

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Tags: blessings, environment, gratitude, stewardship, thankfulness

Uniforms

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[Warning: this article uses the generic word “he” to refer to any individual human being.] Why uniforms? Convenience. The wearer knows how he will be clothed. Style is not relevant. Identification. Many activities are represented by an exclusive uniform, signifying a special...

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Tags: vestments, worship practices

In This Sign Conquer

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Instances of making the sign of the Cross are so varied and frequent as to make reference to them all very difficult. In general the sign of the Cross may be made: when we ask a blessing from God when we receive a spoken blessing at the conclusion of many “items”: such as the...

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Tags: blessing, liturgy, sign of the cross, worship