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Blessed is the True Judge

Baruch dayan ha’emet ברוך אתה ה’ אלוהינו מלך העולם, דיין האמת It is the phrase that is spoken among Jews when a fellow Jewish person dies.  Translated it means “Blessed is the true judge.”  A fuller version of the phrase is “Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, dayan ha-emet” which means “Blessed are You, Lord,…

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Tempered Strength

If I asked you to list ten words that describe you, would “meek” be on the list?  My guess is that it would not.  It probably would not make a list of one hundred words you would compile.  I’m not sure when I have last heard the word “meek” used in conversation.  But it has…

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Life is Fragile

For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.  (1 Timothy 4:10) I was in the building one Saturday about a week and a half ago, checking on a few details for our Sages service.  As…


For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21) I came across it while digging for something else in my desk at home.  I was searching for a key that I thought was buried in a small container in the desk drawer which serves as a repository for all sorts of small trinkets. …

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Silver Packages

New Day Sermon ADVENT 1 What do silver packages in the hands of a poor child of Appalachia have to do with the prophetic promises of fulfillment in our faith lives and places of promise at the end of our journeys?  Tune in to today’s New Day sermon for one potential answer.

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Yet Another Guest at Our Table

EMAIL DEVOTIONAL Pentecost 13 (Our thanks to our guest devotionerr, Mary Ann Frontz) When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. (Luke 24:30) Two weekend’s ago in the email devotion, Pastor Ross shared a poem “Perhaps the World Ends Here” written by Joy Harjo.  This…

The Cross in My Car

email devotion advent 1 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.  (John 20:30-31)  As…