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Soul of the Whole

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“Soul of the Whole” by Rev. Don Ludwig, Dec. 24, 2019 – 11:00 p.m. Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Within Every Person Is The Soul Of The Whole; The Wise Silence; The Universal Beauty”    Introduction Five days ago, I experience a loss that was heart-wrenching.  Many might think it is trivial, but for me it […]

God With Us

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“God With Us” Christmas Eve Family Meditation By Rev. Don Ludwig, December 24, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Introduction The story we just heard is as spectacular as it is simple.  A baby born far away from his homeland, in a stable of all places – to a virgin mother – to a couple struggling to have […]

Just Say Yes

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“Just Say Yes!” Matthew 1:18-25; Dalai Lama XIV, The Book of Joy; Lasting Happiness in a Changing World By Rev. Don Ludwig. December 22, 2019    GOSPEL READING   Matthew 1:18-25  Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she […]

Possibilities from a New Humanity

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Possibilities from a New Humanity Matthew 24:36-44 Mark Hernandez-Mullins Southminster Presbyterian Church, December 15, 2019 In Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol, a mean-spirited capitalist named Ebenezer Scrooge has a series of visions. The first was the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, dead for 7 years, who drags a bunch of chains […]

Stay Close

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 “Stay Close” Matthew 1:18-22, Excerpt from “Generous Orthodoxy” by Brian D. McClaren By Rev. Don Ludwig, December 8, 2019 Introduction I remember the first time when I was about 4 or 5 years old when I walked unannounced through the closed door of my parents’ bedroom and something other than sleeping was going on.  As […]

Prepared for Possibility

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“Prepared for Possibility” Luke 3:1-6, Another Voice: Brene Brown by Rev. Don Ludwig. December 1, 2019 An airplane was about to crash.  There were 4 passengers on board, but only three parachutes.  The 1st passenger said, “I am Damian Lilliard, the best NBA basketball player.  The Blazers and my millions of fans need me, and […]

Awake

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Peace is the message.
The Prince of Peace is about to be born.

The one who will announce peace through justice,
who will calm the seas,
heal the sick,
cure the blind,
eat with outcasts,
forgive the unforgivable,
love the unlovable,
weep with the grieving,
laugh at the devil,
and point a finger to God,

..that one is about to be born.

The one, who would make us,
if we would care to follow in his path,
also to be makers of peace with justice.
The one who would remind us that we are all sisters and brothers
and it is in all of our interests to put away squabbles and unite.

That one has been born,
and by the way he has been born in an animal’s feeding trough.

No pretentions, that one.

Genuine Light

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The light that comes into the world…
the Genuine Light that enlightens everyone
will most certainly make us vulnerable.
But it won’t kill us.
It gives us life.

Mary: A Bridge Between Faiths

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December 16, 2018 Our guest was Sheikh Ramadhan Mufakkir Abdullah. He preached about the status of Mary in the Quran. Sheikh Ramadhan Abdullah was born and raised in the US territory of St Thomas in the Virgin islands. His immediate and extended family live in the US Virgin Islands, in Puerto Rico and in the […]

Braving the Wilderness

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The Christmas spirit is waking people up to the madness of war and acquisition and to the liars who promote it. The Christmas spirit is finding its voice in Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Atheists and the None of the Above as they are willing to take an honest look at where we are and what we value and what we want to leave for our future generations.