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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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Giving Up Sin for Lent

Giving up sin for Lent sounds like a great idea, but is it possible? No. Romans 3:23 tells why: “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” All have sinned–or fallen short of the mark of what and who God created us to be in our lives. Jesus and temptation to […]

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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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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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Four Candles for Advent Love

Advent Love is marked on the fourth Sunday with all four candles lit. At our house, we light all four and another big one in the middle on Christmas day–signifying Jesus has come. (We also put a candle on the Ule Log and sing Happy Birthday in honor of the Christ child). What does love […]

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