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The Wardrobe of Easter: Compassion
God's Word makes a breath-taking confession about followers of Jesus: they have become resurrected with their risen Lord.
Reflection | April 19, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Kindness
Language that folks wouldn’t dream of using in face-to-face conversation has now become, sad to say, a normal part of their careless, coarsened interaction. How do you reduce the level of shrill and inappropriate talk and behavior?
Reflection | April 18, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Humility
St. Paul commended it as a resurrection virtue. A humble person is within a millimeter of becoming like Christ himself, who “did not consider equality with God something to be grasped… but humbled himself and became obedient unto death—even death on a cross!”
Reflection | April 17, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Gentleness
Gentleness ought to be an obvious character quality of every person who bears the Savior’s name. Christian leaders are not exempt. Wielding power over others as they are called to do, leaders are susceptible to treating their followers harshly and inappropriately. But Christian leaders who are gentle know that leadership is best expressed by those who show they care about those they lead.
Reflection | April 16, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Patience
Patience-filled Christian saints keep cultivating their relationship with the Spirit and keep praying continually for his help in showing makrothumia everywhere and always toward all others, no matter how impatient and rude, no matter how grumbling and irritating those others at times may be.
Reflection | April 15, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Forgiveness
Forgiving: it’s a challenging practice—perhaps no other command of Jesus is more difficult to obey. And it’s so counter-intuitive. Why give anyone a fresh start after he’s hurt you deeply? Why not just retaliate by knocking his block off?
Reflection | April 14, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Love
What better place to celebrate the Good News of God’s agape and to get the instruction manual for learning how to live it out toward others than in the congregation of saints on Sunday morning? There we gather to hear about and to celebrate, to receive instruction and to pledge anew.
Reflection | April 13, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Peace
The things which most unite Christians often most divide them. Honest believers at times honestly disagree. But too often—and too quickly—they turn disagreements into unholy quarrels.
Reflection | April 12, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Gratitude
To be human is to be aware that life—one’s own life—is a sheer and undeserved gift from God. It is to revel and delight in its giftedness and to return thanks to the Giver. When the Giver hears an echo of gratitude, the circle becomes complete. Thus gratitude is an essential feature of living up to what God intended for his humans creatures when he made them.
Reflection | April 11, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Dwelling Together in God’s Word
To grow and mature in our faith, we must learn, as Paul advises, to let God’s Word “dwell richly” in us. Prayerfully, humbly, and communally we must steep ourselves in it. Together we must read, study, and meditate it carefully. Together we must gladly open our minds and hearts to its message. Together we must courageously obey it.
Reflection | April 10, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Learning God’s Word
An essential aspect of the Christian life is listening to and obeying God's word.
Reflection | April 09, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Teaching God’s Word
In this meditation, we consider the equally important task which rests upon the teachers within the Christian community. The Lord places upon them the duty to instruct faithfully and well so that others may learn and grow.
Reflection | April 08, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: Singing Together
In the weeks since Easter, we have been noting in this column the several Christian practices which St. Paul commends as appropriate for those who have "been risen" with their Lord. In this week’s column we highlight the practice of singing.
Reflection | April 07, 2014
The Wardrobe of Easter: White-Hot with Purpose
St. Paul calls followers of Jesus Christ who have been resurrected with him to live far better. They must be well-ordered in their priorities and white-hot in their motivation.
Reflection | April 05, 2014
Coop's Column - Risen Indeed
"All suffering, trouble, and despair are now taken away, because of Jesus’ great love for me when he took up his cross, went to Calvary, and rose again on Easter."
Reflection | March 29, 2013
Easter Sunday Christ’s Rising: Life Stronger than Death
“On the third day He arose again from the dead.” By these words in the Apostles Creed, Christians are declaring, forthrightly and unequivocally, a radical conviction, full of cosmic implications. He is stronger than death. His triumph over the grave ensures the defeat of any pretender to his authority and rule.
Reflection | April 08, 2012
Look Around as You Pray - Third Sunday of Easter - Psalm 104
A service for the third Sunday of the Easter season intended to be a service of prayer for the new growing season and for the welfare of the nation.
Worship Service | June 01, 2004
What Are You Looking For - Fifth Sunday of Easter - 1 Kings 3 (Commissioning Graduates)
A service for the fifth Sunday of the Easter season based on 1 Kings 3 intended to honor those who are graduating, giving encouragement to them from God's Word, and praying for God's blessing on them.
Worship Service | June 01, 2004