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  • Though Halloween is often associated with knocks on the door and children’s voices saying “trick or treat,” there was one Halloween knock on the door — Halloween was then called All Hallows Eve, the evening leading into All Saints Day — which was heard around the world. It happened a long time ago, 500 years, to be exact. The knock on the door wasn’t just on any door but on the church door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, located in Saxony (part of modern-day Germany). And the knocking wasn’t to get someone to answer the door. It was the knocking of a German monk and university professor named Martin Luther as he nailed his 95 Theses (or statements) to the church door in hope that his discussion points could be studied and debated and some abuses corrected.

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  • What’s really wrong with America? What changed the nation’s course and led us down a path which makes our nation — our society — almost unrecognizable to those of us who still remember another America?

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  • For those who missed today’s worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rogers, a link to the worship video is included below.
    The sermon was about the parable of the laborers in the vineyard from Matthew 20:1-16 and asks the question: “What is Fair?”
    https://youtu.be/17yGC8OcjUw

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  • We sing the Kyrie, short for Kyrie Eleison, or Lord have mercy, to ask the Lord God to have mercy upon us and all the people of this world, including those who are sick and have special needs, that the Lord would grant us His salvation, His help and His protection.
    Like the woman of Canaan, we cry out: “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David!” Matthew 15:22

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  • What follows was my attempt, now five years ago, to offer consolation and hope when my granddaughter Eva, a full-term baby, unexpectedly died in the womb at the close of August.

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