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Sunday Mass Study Notes for 12-01-2013

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In the lesson today, we will study the importance of being prepared and the dangers of not doing this in spite of having adequate warnings. We will look at an illustration from history as well as the Old Testament Books of Genesis and Isaiah.  Finally, we will turn to the Gospel of Matthew and conclude with teaching about the End Times from what is known as the Olivet Discourse.

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Study Notes for the Sunday Mass, November 24, 2013

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Isaiah was a prophet to the Southern Kingdom of Judah shortly after the Northern Kingdom (called Israel) was conquered by Assyria in 722 BC.  Isaiah brought a dire message to Judah that God was going to use a foreign nation to judge them, like what had just happened to Israel. 

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Sunday Mass Study Notes for 11-13-2013 Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Inside this week:  Hear by story about windsurfing at Kettle Point.  “Meanwhile that same large wave crashed on top of me with my sail!  I let loose of the sail and soon realized that I was drowning.”   Read how this played out.

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Study Notes for the Sunday Mass November 10 2013 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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How can believers cope with difficult events in their lives?  Sometimes a helpful insight from the Bible has presented itself with sudden clarity.  This was the case recently while I was reading from the Book of Job (pronounced “jobe”),  Chapter 19. 

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Study Notes for the Sunday Mass, November 3, 2013 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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It was a very windy midsummer day in northern Michigan as I raced my windsurf board across the Straits of Mackinaw on my way back from Mackinaw Island, Michigan.  Earlier, I sailed between the towers of the mighty Mackinaw Bridge and then returned to the shore of Lake Huron to make a few adjustments on my sail. 

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Study Notes for the Sunday Mass, October 27, 2013 – 30’th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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It was the classical dark and stormy night as I (Jim) flew the instrument approach into snowy Saranac Lake, New York with two friends nestled warmly in the seat behind me one night in March.  As I made the necessary turns and altitude changes, I manipulated the aircraft’s radar system downwards such that it revealed the two mountains on either side. These showed up in bright red on the screen, although my passengers were oblivious to the danger.  Later they told me that what they perceived was a methodical series of a dozen button presses and knobs being turned followed by the plane emerging from the clouds and being greeted with flashing runway lights welcoming us to New York.  As we taxied off the runway, they congratulated me on a great landing and we headed for the terminal to pick up our rental car.  As we made our way towards the resort at which we were staying in Lake Placid I settled down for a relaxing drink in the lounge.  What a great trip!

Then the terror hit me. 

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Study Notes for the Sunday Mass, October 20, 2013 – 29’th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Once upon a time there was a woman who enjoyed an abundant life with many friends and material blessings. Even the weather smiled on her as she lived in a region where it was nice most of the time.  This lady went to worship services every week and enjoyed fellowshipping with her friends from the community.  One of the things that she enjoyed most was shopping at the market near the largest and most beautiful lake in the country.  This person felt loved and accepted and was very thankful for all that God had granted to her.

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Study Notes for the Sunday Mass, October 13, 2013 – 28’th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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It was a dark, moonless night as I looked around my campsite out in the middle of a forest in an area known to have a decent population of bears.  I had driven up to the north country to get away from the city in order to come to an important decision about a sense that God was calling me into ministry.  How could I make this life changing decision in light of all of the obstacles that I faced? 

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Study Notes for the Sunday Mass Sunday, September 22, 2013

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Last week we looked at the Gospel of Luke and discussed the famous parable of the prodigal son.  We saw as in the previous section of this Gospel that Jesus addressed the parable to the Pharisees.  Remember that these people were the religious group who believed in strict adherence to Jewish Law, at least as they interpreted it, and also in life after death.  This week later in this lesson we will return to the Gospel of Luke and pick up where we left off last week and cover the parable of the unjust steward.

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