Concordia Theological Monthly

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fellowship, christian, Holy Spirit, worship, unity, grace

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


On the morning of New Year's Day several years ago I stood in the outer court of Yasukuni Shrine in the city of Tokyo. New Year's Day, of course, is the highest festival day of the Shinto religion, when virtually all of the Japanese go to the shrines to pay their respects to their ancestors and begin the new year with "'a clean slate." For some time I watched with fascination as the worshipers bowed before the sanctuary, clapped their hands three times to awaken the attention of the spirits, cast their coins into the coffer, bought their good luck arrows to ward off evil from their households for the coming year, and purified themselves by washing their mouths with holy water.


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Galatians 2:11-14; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5; Acts 15:5-29; Acts 1:14; Acts 12:5; Acts 5:42; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:25; Psalm 42:4; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 2:11-22; John 17:11; Acts 17:26; 1 Corinthians 12:4, 11; Ephesians 2:18-19; Galatians 3:26; 1 John 1:3; Acts 17:28; Psalm 100:3; Psalm 133:1;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars