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Temples: Jacob’s Altar Call

Temples: Jacob’s Altar Call

I quoted a piece of Psalm 146 on the back of the bulletin for you. It uses a title for God that ought to make even the most degenerate of us hopeful: the God of Jacob:   Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He is...
Sketches of Peter

Sketches of Peter

Later in his life, Peter wrote a couple letters to the church. They’re First and Second Peter, toward the end of the New Testament. In his first letter, he expands on a tangled and complex metaphor about how each member of the church is basically like a rock and how...
The Joy of These Days

The Joy of These Days

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,     because the Lord has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,     to proclaim freedom for the captives     and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim...
In The Lions’ Den

In The Lions’ Den

At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”...
The New Covenant

The New Covenant

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will plant the kingdoms of Israel and Judah with the offspring of people and of animals. -from Jeremiah 31 I know that we’re all good Quakers, here, and one of our traditional testimonies has been not treating one day...