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The Good Friday Passion of Tenebrae

The Tenebrae service is our favorite service during Lent at our Lutheran church. From the Latin for shadows or darkness, Tenebrae is an ancient service that underscores the solemnity of Jesus’s last day on earth as a man. The solemn, sober service takes place on Good Friday. Tenebrae services usually involve candles lit in a darkened […]

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On Saying Thank You

“Tell everyone you meet, ‘thank you.’” Not a bad idea, but it wasn’t mine. As I sat in my pink chair praying about an upcoming trip, that sentence popped into my mind. Since no one else was home, obviously, it came from God. Easy. I could do that. But I thought the message silly. I […]

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Martin Luther and Modern Times

Luther

Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenberg Church door 500 years ago. The actual date is October 31, but throughout 2017 Lutherans–of which I am one–will be remembering the monk and his actions. Celebrating for the most part. I don’t actually know a lot about Martin Luther, the person, but I’m learning. Was he a […]

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How I Recognize God’s Voice

I heard God’s voice today. Oh, not in an audible way, but in a clearly recognizable way. This is how. As a writer, I understand “voice” is a term for how I differentiate my characters from each other in a manuscript. Readers should be able to read my dialogue and recognize which character is speaking without being told–because they […]

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How I Read My Utmost for His Highest

My Utmost

I’ve been reading My Utmost for His Highest since before the turn of the century. This is how I use it. As a Devotional I’d never used a devotional book before I opened My Utmost for His Highest. I’ve written about Christian devotionals here, including a bit of history. Devotional writers generally take a passage […]

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