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NULL -- Genesis 22:1-14 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2011
The very difficult story about God commanding Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac and then at the las
In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevski tells... -- Mark 1:9-15 -- Richard A. Hasler -- First Sunday in Lent - B -- 2011
In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevski tells the terrifying parable of the "Grand Inquisition.
NULL -- Matthew 25:14-30 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 2011
Why did the man with only one talent hide it and not invest it like the others did?
NULL -- Matthew 10:40-42 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2011
The Didache or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles was an important Christian manual that
The Pilgrims, even before they landed at Cape Cod... -- Genesis 9:8-17 -- Richard A. Hasler -- First Sunday in Lent - B -- 2011
The Pilgrims, even before they landed at Cape Cod in the winter of 1620 while still at sea, formed t
NULL -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2011
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NULL -- Romans 7:15-25 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2011
Augustine in his Confessions tells of an incident in his boyhood when he decided to steal pea
NULL -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2011
One year Robert Coles, Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities at Harvard University, deliver
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, executed by order of Hitler... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, executed by order of Hitler shortly before the Allies rescued prisoners from th
In his days as an Augustinian monk... -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Reformation Sunday - A -- 2011
In his days as an Augustinian monk Martin Luther had a great fear of the Law as set forth in the scr
A little boy went to his first symphony orchestra concert... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
A little boy went to his first symphony orchestra concert.
In Revelation 7, the angels, the elders... -- Revelation 7:9-17 -- Richard A. Hasler -- All Saints Day - A -- 2011
In Revelation 7, the angels, the elders, and the four living creatures begin to sing: "Amen!
NULL -- Genesis 25:19-24 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
James Harnish contends that no single fact is more basic to his life's narrative that this: "I have
Philip Yancey praises Monika Hellwig's 10 "advantages of the poor"... -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- Richard A. Hasler -- All Saints Day - A -- 2011
Philip Yancey praises Monika Hellwig's 10 "advantages of the poor":
NULL -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
On the day Abraham Lincoln was born his older cousin Dennis Hanks went over to see the newborn baby.
NULL -- Deuteronomy 8:7-18 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2011
As Americans we have inherited a beautiful land, a promised land.
NULL -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
Tony Campolo notes that Christians and environmentalists, those who love the Creator and those who l
NULL -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2011
I heard of a bishop who preached at the chapel at Yale University.
NULL -- Genesis 29:15-28 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 2011
Mark Feldmeir in his Testimony to the Exiles tells the story of Lance Armstrong.
According to the apostle Paul... -- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- Richard A. Hasler -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
According to the apostle Paul, God has given "spiritual gifts" to the church.
NULL -- Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 2011
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What is the connection... -- Mark 13:24-37 -- Richard A. Hasler -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
What is the connection between Mark's depiction of the last day and the life, death, and resurrectio
NULL -- Romans 9:1-5 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 2011
Despite the apostle Paul's conversion to Christianity he did not abandon the heart and essence of hi
Rob Bell, in his controversial book Love Wins... -- 2 Peter 3:8-15a -- Richard A. Hasler -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
Rob Bell, in his controversial book Love Wins, comments:
NULL -- Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2011
Ira Progoff, in his book At a Journal Workshop, tells the story that in the middle of the nin

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When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. (vv. 50-53)

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There is still a lot to be in despair about in America. Racism is not gone, as the families who lost loved ones to wanton police shootings continue to mourn. Those who lost jobs, incomes, and businesses in the pandemic continue to suffer and remain in despair. It is all so tragic, as the German-born philosopher Theodor Adono once wrote: “But he who dies in despair has lived his life in vain.” Martin Luther saw this text and its account of the ascension as a time to preach on faith and the comfort from despair that that Word brings:

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Many years ago I met a churchwarden who had grown up within a Jewish background but who had converted to Christianity quite late in life. She had had an amazing conversion experience which had affected her deeply and as a result had become an ardent Christian. She was particularly zealous about Christian mission to the Jews, wanting to convert all Jews to Christianity. When I asked whether she thought Jesus was the only way to God, she looked astonished and said yes, of course!

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Brian could feel the heat of anger rising in his neck. His left hand curled into a fist and he hit the palm of his right hand. He felt dizzy as he looked around.

Clothes, towels, and sheets were scattered all over the living room. A glass of orange juice was empty, the contents still dribbling down the side of the coffee table. A towel landed at his feet. His one-year-old looked up at him and giggled, making Brian even more angry.
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Ascension Day is a good time for the Christian community to assess where it has been and where it is going. We need to ask ourselves why we are here and exactly what is it we are supposed to be doing. Our lesson for this day provides us with much needed information on what we should be doing and what our final destination as we travel this road in ministry with Jesus is.
Erskine White
When people are confused or afraid, when they feel that things are out of control, or when they feel helpless to overcome the problems which confront them, they often resort to "pie in the sky" religion. They look for Jesus to come and fix what they can't fix for themselves. They figure that one day, as if by magic, Jesus will make everything right for them in the "sweet bye and bye."

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Acts 1:1-11

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