Tag: "Bible Study"

Stealing Christ's Job
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Stealing Christ’s Job

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In the Old Testament, the Azazel goat, translated as scapegoat, was one of two goats chosen for a ceremony on The Day of Atonement. The first goat was sacrifice but a priest would lay hands on the second goat and symbolically transfer all the sin and guilt of the community on to this animal. The […]

Gaudete Sunday:  Joyfully Waiting
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Gaudete Sunday: Joyfully Waiting

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Saint James the Just, one of Christianity’s early leaders, counsels readers across the ages to be patient but productive while waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promises.  The canonical epistle composed by James (or by his community of disciples) urges his audience—“The Twelve Tribes of the Dispersion”—to be patient and to continue to live holy […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 13, 2013
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Reflections for Sunday, October 13, 2013

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (2 Kings 5:14-17; Psalm 98:1-4; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19) Allowing Jesus to Heal us of Spiritual Leprosy Jesus, Master! Have pity on us! (Luke 17:13) Until recently, a diagnosis of leprosy was a death sentence—a long, slow sentence marked by physical deformity, social isolation, poverty, and […]

How to Start a Women's Bible Study
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How to Start a Women’s Bible Study

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A woman asked me how to start a Bible study for her friends in her parish. After that a young college girl inquired about starting a Bible study in her sorority. That was followed by a mother wanting to begin one, in her home, with her friends. It got me thinking…How many women would like […]

Walking in the Truth: The Second and Third Epistles of Saint John
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Walking in the Truth: The Second and Third Epistles of Saint John

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I rejoiced greatly to find some of our children walking in the truth just as we were commanded by the Father —  2 John 4. The English poet W.H. Auden (1907-1973) defined poetry as “memorable speech.”  A poem depicts reality by using dense language constructed around vivid images in few words.  In a word, poetry means thrift.  […]

Womanly Role Models from the Scriptures
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Womanly Role Models from the Scriptures

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Women today receive mixed messages about what their roles in life should be — we’ve all heard about the “mommy wars,” debates over work vs. home issues, and other gender based issues that top many of today’s headlines. With her book Reclaiming Your Christian Self in a Secular World: A Woman’s Worth (Pleasant Word, October […]

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