Novelist Harry Brown shared an Oscar as a screenwriter. His first novel, A Walk in the Sun, came out of his serving as an enlisted man in WWII. In it, one soldier says to another, “There are qualities and grades of fear.” One can hear the voice of experience in those words. Across the Mediterranean from Italy, where A Walk in the Sun was set, Jesus in his time slept in a boat beset by storm. The quality and grade of the disciples’ fear was top of the scale. They knew the lake. They recognized the power of storms. They understood the limitations of their abilities.
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Self-Serving by David O. Bales Psalm 112
Pastor Moen scooted aside his computer keyboard and grabbed a pencil. What he was going to write needed careful attention to every word, to the point of feeling what he wrote. He resolved to represent Jesus Christ and not to allow his negative feelings to overwhelm God’s grace. After a gaze at the ceiling with one last sigh of prayer, he began:
As God's people we have a choice to make about what sort of covenant we want to live with. In Jeremiah the Lord compares what the people received under divine leadership and guidance, and what awaits those who choose gods that are not gods. The author of Hebrews reminded the people of just how scary that whole Mount Sinai business was and how disastrous the results compared to the boldness in which we approach the living temple and the lamb of God.
The wedding season starts around Easter each year, heats up during June, July and August, begins to quiet down during September and is usually finished by October. It can become quite hectic if most Saturday afternoons of the three summer months are taken up with weddings, but they are usually fun to conduct and a real privilege for the priest.