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Prayer is the primary process by which you learn to align your desires, your life’s purpose, and your life plans and work them out in cooperation with [God]…..

— Herman Adrian Spruit, Founder-CCOA, College of St. James – What is the Christian Religion? It is a Way of Life.

February 2023

Remembering the 10

2023-02-13T06:36:29+00:00February 13, 2023|

In the reading for Sunday, the people were told that keeping the commandments would save them (Sir 15:15). In a similar reading in Deuteronomy (Det. 30:15-20), Moses told his people the same thing. Told repeatedly, it seems the early people had a hard time remembering how [...]

January 2023


2023-01-08T20:06:39+00:00January 8, 2023|

  As we are reminded of Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3:13-17), we may well consider our own. If you were baptized, do you remember? Many were baptized as infants, so memories of the sacrament would be through photos. Even if you don’t remember, what does your baptism [...]


2023-01-05T05:27:34+00:00January 5, 2023|

for you in 2923: The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

December 2022

November 2022

Not Yet.

2022-11-28T16:46:00+00:00November 28, 2022|

In Isaiah 2:1-5, one of the readings for Sunday, we are told of a time when the nations will no longer raise swords and spears against each other; there will be no war. We sigh. This hasn’t happened yet. Before condemning only the nations, perhaps we [...]

Do we call?

2022-11-07T03:36:01+00:00November 7, 2022|

The words of Psalm 17:6a: “I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God…” lead us to question ourselves. For your reflection: Do you call on God? If so, do you turn to God in both the good and the not-so-good times? Do you [...]

October 2022

Do we notice?

2022-10-11T00:39:00+00:00October 11, 2022|

Do we notice? Are we thankful? In the gospel reading for Sunday (Luke 17:11-19), we read or heard the story of the one leper who asked Jesus for healing, and, when he realized he had been healed, returned to say thank you. As Jesus asks, “where [...]

Convocation, 2022

2022-10-02T19:54:22+00:00October 2, 2022|

   On October 14-17, CCOA clergy and invited guests will gather for the first in-person convocation since 2019!   The topic is MOTHERHOOD OF GOD: SCRIPTURE, THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE, presented by Dr. Elizabeth Ursic.

Obligations, plus!

2022-10-02T19:49:22+00:00October 2, 2022|

The last verse of today’s gospel reading is Luke 17:10, which says, “So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have only done what we ought to have done.’”  The meaning is that we [...]

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