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What Brings You Joy?

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. “The Joy of the Lord is my strength!” reads a favorite poster of mine. It reminds me  that joy  is a gift of God’s grace sufficient to provide strength in suffering. The paradox is stated by Paul, “Therefore I am content with … Continue reading

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Choosing to be Jesus’ Disciple

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. This passage always makes me pause and reflect on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.  No doubt the twinge of guilt and fear of judgment makes me aware that claiming to be a … Continue reading

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Keeping the Sabbath Holy

Donald R. Elly, M. Div.  “Remember the Sabbath Day to Keep it Holy!”  It is the 4th of the Ten Commandments. It is the core of conflict between Jesus and the Religious ‘Authorities over keeping the Sabbath Holy.  The tension is building as Jesus goes to … Continue reading

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Able to Stand Up Straight

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. What a scene Luke describes: In an unnamed Synagogue an unnamed woman  just appears to worship God on the Sabbath. Bent over, unable to stand up straight, for eighteen years she has suffered. Luke mentions this twice. It ties the passage together…ought … Continue reading

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Rules for the Road

Donald  R. Elly, M. Div.  Rules for the road refers most often to those guidelines for safe and courteous driving that most of us follow most of the time.  For example, it is courteous to  provide a turn signal to indicate which direction … Continue reading

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Simple but Essential!

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. These  words in Luke are a collection of directions given by Jesus as he moves toward the end of his Journey with the disciples.   In a short time Jesus will be dealing with the conflict, … Continue reading

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“On Guard”

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. “On Guard” comes from the French “en garde”.  It is used to warn a fencer to assume the position  preparatory to a match.  It is a position from which one can attack or defend.   Jesus’ words, “ Take care! Be … Continue reading

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