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Daily Practice for November 17, 2016

Daily Practice for November 17, 2016

Word:  I am, for sure, coming down with a cold. Sigh. I woke up this morning unable to breathe through my nose and with a sore throat. I have many thoughts for this. Most of them begin with phooey, boo, and no! Yesterday, one of my Muslim friends asked, "When they make me register, will you register with me?" I was sorry I hadn't thought of it before she asked. Honestly, I discounted the entirety of making Muslims actually register as fully unconstitutional and illegal. That may be true and registering may still happen. After all, lawmakers continuously make laws that are knowingly unconstitutional. This forces a legal battle while people are harmed under this new law. Additionally, a new president who appoints new Supreme Court justices could ensure that the new justice sees things hi...
Daily Practice for October 20, 2016

Daily Practice for October 20, 2016

Word:  Every morning, I practice smudging and light a candle before entering into my daily prayer practice. I am reminded of Psalm 141, verse 2: Let my prayer rise up like incense before you. In the early definition of the elements that would be present at the early tabernacle described in the book of Exodus, it describes incense as being present. I did a little research asking the question, "Why? What is the significance of incense?" The practice is continued today with many Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches using thuribles to burn incense. I found early Jewish writing on the same question. The answer that arose was that our prayers are imperfect, the incense will smudge our disguise prayers so our imperfections will not be noticed. If only it were that easy. If only my imperfect act...

Rise Up! Sermon on Acts 2

Christianity, Post-a-Day, Religion, Spirituality, Theology
Terri Stewart May 8, 2011 Northshore UCC Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Rise Up! Today’s scripture lesson takes place on Pentecost.  Pentekostas (Greek pronunciation) was the Greek name for the Jewish Festival called “The Festival of Weeks” or Shavu’oth (sha-vu-ōt) in Hebrew.  Shavuot is a celebration of God's gift of Torah to the people.  In a Christian context, Pentecost is a celebration of God's gift of Spirit to the people. I think, we forget exactly how Jewish the Bible is.  Peter, a Jew, was spending time with other Jews, and then preached to Jews during a Jewish holiday.  Additionally, to convince the Jews of the validity of Jesus, he uses the words of a Jewish prophet, Joel and a Jewish King, David.  Historically, for Peter, there was no big separation of Jews and Christians.  It was one commu...