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Another Year, Another Season of Grace

2024 new year blog

Today marks the beginning of another year – 2024. Our reckoning of time itself points to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is 2024 A.D., short for anno domini or “in the year of the Lord.” All of history is so divided into the period before (B.C.) and after (A.D.) the birth of Christ. What is true of the calendar should also be true of our lives. Each year we have is a gift ...

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Ring in 2023!


It is time to turn the calendar again from one year to another. As I grow older, I become more and more aware of the change of the year – even if I am far less likely to stay up long enough to celebrate it at the moment! The dawn of a new year is a time for us to take stock of our lives and what the Lord has done, both in us and for us. It’s not that January 1 brings a...

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An End of the Year Meditation

Once again, the end of the calendar year is upon us. In one sense, time keeps rolling on. I realize I am a year older and (hopefully) a year wiser. 2021 marked the 25th anniversary of my marriage and watching my children (now all adults) grow and take on new challenges....

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Saying Hello to 2021


The start of a new year is an appropriate time for reflection. In an ordinary year, we would think back to all that we accomplished and experienced in the past year and wonder what excitement the new year will bring. But 2020 was anything but ordinary....

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Reflections at 45

It's October 25th, that is, my birthday. I have now turned the ripe, solidly middle-age of 45. I have long reached the point where, by average life expectancy, I have more years behind me than in front. With a nod to those my senior, I do understand that this does not make me objectively "old." But I do think that a birthday is a good occasion to take stock of one's life...

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A 9-11 Perspective

Some pastoral thoughts on the anniversary of 9-11-2001....

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A Time for Hope

The good news of the gospel is that there is hope for the hopeless. This is a time of great hope as we look to our great God and Savior, who has won the victory over sin, the devil, the flesh, and even death! ...

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