Faith, Family, and Fatherhood

The Wilderness of the Confessional

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The Wilderness of the Confessional

Mark 1:40-45 [Leprosy] was a feared disease, and its victims were shunned because of their disfiguring stigmata—collapsed facial bones, fingers, and toes, with the hands and feet ultimately rotted away. Leprosy was among the first diseases identified as contagious. Early societies took measures to shield their healthy members from contagion: lepers were obliged to wear distinctive clothing and carry a bell to warn others of their presence, or they were segregated in lazarettos, precursors of quarantine stations and isolation hospitals. (source) We are given the impression that perhaps Jesus is alone in the wilderness on the outskirts of a town...

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"Proof" of a relationship with Jesus

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"Proof" of a relationship with Jesus

John 1:45-51 Relationships are interesting things. They are interesting because for the most part there is no “real” way to prove that they exist. I have a very close relationship with my wife. However, there is no concrete proof that the relationship really exists. I could show you my wedding ring but that’s just a symbol and anyone off the street can have a golden band without having a relationship. I could show you my children, a “product” or “result” of the said relationship, but here too the “proof” could be dismissed because it really doesn’t give evidence that my...

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New Year's Resolutions and Confession

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New Year's Resolutions and Confession

There are five steps to making a great Confession. First, I must examine my conscience. I must compare my life to the life of Christ. In an examination of conscience, Christ must be the standard I compare myself to and not my fellow man. I must sit quietly and ask God to reveal to me the times when I have failed, the times when He had difficulty recognizing me as His son. Second, I must have sorrow for those sins that have been revealed during the examination. I must be sorry for having offended God, my neighbor, and myself for...

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My Favorite Christmas Characters...

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My Favorite Christmas Characters...

Frosty the Snow Man Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Hark the Hearld Angel

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A New Ark of the Covenant

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A New Ark of the Covenant

Luke 1:46-56 The new ark, house of gold with haste unto the hills to kinswoman, barren, now with child Holy Spirit filled. Simple greeting brings the grace A new David dances unconcerned Elizabeth filled exclaims aloud blessed be thy womb How can this be Why me this grace the mother of my Lord of such familiar face. Too good to me is the Lord above the fulfillment of the promise in one I dearly love. Enmity, enmity garden, serpent, Eve the crushing of his head does now begin with thee Magnify the Lord chosen handmaid, fair His mercy now forever...

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