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The Slow Road to Better

Stroke Comeback Center

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This podcast produced by members of the Stroke Comeback Center in Vienna, Virginia. In each episode our members share honest and uplifting stories of how they adapt to life after stroke and brain trauma, and what keeps them going on The Slow Road to Better.
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Saint Athanasius Lutheran Church in Vienna, Virginia is a parish in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church and a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Worship at St. Athanasius is according to the history Liturgy of the Church. Services at St. Athanasius are not designed for entertainment or sensation, but to prepare broken repentant sinners to receive these gifts of Word and Sacrament, and to know the truth of the incomparable riches of the grace showered on us by our gracious ...
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Tree Service in Vienna Virginia

Vienna Tree Service & Landscaping

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Vienna Tree Service & Landscaping is a full-service tree care company that provides both tree services & landscaping to homeowners & businesses in Vienna. We specialize in tree trimming & tree removals for the biggest trees in the smallest areas. We utilize both boom trucks & tree climbing to reach & cut limbs without damage to your surrounding areas.
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Yes, in Vienna, Virginia they grow huge trees! Vienna Landscaping and Tree Service have a great reputation for providing both landscaping and complete tree services to businesses and homeowners. We offer a variety of special services including tree removal and tree trimming for the largest trees in the tiniest of areas. We avoid damaging your property by using tree climbing and boom trucks for those hard-to-reach branches and limbs. Save both money and time when using our professional landsc ...
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Broadcast Journalist Terry Dwayne Ashford, star of InDaCarSeat w/DaTGuY shows an Exciting World of an author, journalist, writer, publisher in Intriguing, Candid Snapshots and Views of life. Fresh & Unorthodox; Real & Authentic; Spoken truths with eloquence of Spirit, Soul, Love & Aspiration. Hope and Goodness That we hoped-Prevailed! Terry Dwayne Ashford studied Management Information Systems at the University of Memphis, TN and Journalism at Georgia State University, Atlanta GA. His work c ...
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The Sermon on the Mount provides a lot of guidance for everyday living. But it does so with the end firmly in mind. This is an important understanding for biblical theology - we are never just living for the here-and-now, even while we are encouraged not to worry about tomorrow. We have in view God's grand purpose to redeem and restore all of creat…
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Has anyone ever broken a promise made to you? Have you ever broken a promise you made? I don't know of anyone who would say no to either of those questions. So maybe in our day and age, we should have a new saying to reflect the times. Promises, like the date on a gallon of milk, are meant to expire. But today we heard of our God who both makes and…
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40 days and 40 nights. That's how long Nineveh had. Forty days, Jonah cried out, and Nineveh will be overthrown. What would you have done? If you are given 40 days, what would you do? I think we would try to save our lives. That's what the people of Nineveh did. At the preaching of the Word of the Lord, Nineveh was transformed from a den of iniquit…
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The people of Israel were in trouble. Deep trouble. They were dying. So God had mercy on them and sent fiery serpents among them. Wait! What? The people were dying not because of the serpents, they were dying because of their unbelief. They were dead and dying in their trespasses and sins. Their unbelief was the problem. The serpents were the solut…
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40 days and 40 nights. Actually, that sounds pretty good if you're Israel in the wilderness. They would have taken that in a heartbeat! What they got instead was 40 years. That's not how God planned it, of course. Of the twelve spies they sent into Canaan, to spy it out, to see how they might go in, ten of the twelve told them not to go. So the peo…
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What if I were to burst into a house and start tearing it apart as Jesus did? Well, it depends on whose house it is! Unless... it's MY house! Then I can do whatever I want to it. So when Jesus goes into the Temple that day, and begins overturning tables and driving out the animals, some thought He had not right to do so. But they were wrong. The Te…
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For 40 days and 40 nights Moses was on Mount Sinai. For 40 days and 40 nights the presence of the Lord and the glory of the Lord appeared like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain. For 40 days and 40 nights Moses was in the presence of God, in the cloud, listening. God had much to say. God spoke both Law and Gospel to Moses. Words of life.…
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Who do people say that I am? But who do you say that I am? I think that is usually the contrast that catches the attention of most people from the Holy Gospel that we heard this morning. The difference between what the crowds are saying about Jesus and what the disciples are confessing about Jesus. But I wonder if that's really the right contrast f…
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For 40 days and 40 nights the rains fell upon the earth. 40 days of death so that there could be new life. 40 days is a long time for us. If you're like me, it's hard to keep up your Lenten discipline for 40 days. Because like the earth in Noah's day, the sin of Adam and Eve has metastasized in me. I am the one who needs cleansing. Now, we are stil…
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God has a funny way of showing His love. One that might cause us to ask -- Uh, God, do you love me? This season of Lent is about struggle. Our struggle against sin. Our struggle against satan and his temptations. Abraham and his struggle was unique. But what does God want you to do? And what do you not want to do? Where is the struggle in your own …
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This is who you are (pointing to ash cross on my forehead). You are a Christian, marked with the sign of the cross in your baptism. But you are a dying Christian, a dust and ashes Christian, because you are a sinner. And the wages of sin is death. So unless Jesus returns first, you are going to die. People don't usually want to talk about that. We …
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Rabbi, it is good that we are here. That may be the understatement of the year! It is good to be here, with Jesus, in His glory. So Peter wants to stay. And notice... Jesus does not rebuke Peter. Yes! Peter got it right! Well... partially. You want to stay here, you want to be with Jesus in His glory, listen to Him. He will tell you, He will teach …
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It is said of great athletes -- truly great athletes -- that they have not only exceptional talents and abilities, but they also make others around them better. St. Paul in the Epistle today mentioned athletes and competing. He says that Christians should be like that -- and even more! For we're not competing for a perishable wreath, or crown, or t…
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Sometimes people can surprise you. Someone you thought was mean might do something nice. Or someone you thought nice suddenly does something really mean. And so it was that day in the synagogue in Capernaum. He looked like a regular teacher, but He surprised them. He wasn't. They were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had au…
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Fishers of men, huh? Here's what my question would have been. Which men? 'Cuz don't send me to Nineveh, like you did Jonah! No way! Not those men! I'll fish for men, but not in that sea! 'Cuz that's what we do, isn't it? We pick and choose. This person is worth it, that person is not. But that's not how Jesus does things. Not how He thinks. So Jona…
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It started the same. It ended very, very different. People from all over were coming to John to be baptized. And just another man from Galilee, coming up out of the Jordan, after being baptized, was no big deal. Until it was. For then, it was seen and heard that this was, in fact, no ordinary man from Galilee. For on no other did the Spirit descend…
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Arise! Isaiah says. And the Wise Men did. They arose, they got up from their homes and went to Jerusalem. Then guided by the Scriptures they went to Bethlehem. And guided by the star, they found the one they were looking for. A child. The one born king of the Jews. They are a treasured part of the Christmas story, the visit of these men from the Ea…
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If your neighborhood is like mine, there have been lots of Christmas decorations lighting up the night these past few weeks. And if your neighborhood is like mine, then among those decorations have been some rather large inflatable figures. And if your neighborhood is like mine, those figures now lie dead on the ground, all the air, all the spirit,…
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The Word became flesh. The eternal God was born a man. Perfect God and perfect man in one person. Born to Joseph, born of Mary, in the little town of Bethlehem. He was given the name Jesus, the name chosen not by His earthly father or mother, but by His true Father, His heavenly Father. For the Word becoming flesh was not a lowering of God, but an …
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There was about to be a war. One enemy would have been enough, but now two had joined forces. The future was uncertain and seemed gloomy indeed. These were dark days. So the Lord sent his prophet, Isaiah, to the king, King Ahaz, to say to him -- do not be afraid. They will not win. And this is the sign the Lord will give you of this -- the virgin s…
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It just didn't seem right. God's house was a tent. It was a nice tent, to be sure. A special tent, not like the ones we sleep in and take camping. But it was still a tent. And that just didn't seem right to David. So as we heard in the Old Testament reading, David, bless his heart, says -- I'm going to fix this! I'm going to build God a house. Ther…
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It's always darkest before the dawn, as the saying goes. Which is what Scripture tells us, too. That this world is not progressing toward utopia. This world is not getting better. But as we have been thinking about this Advent season, into this darkness God has shined His light. The light of His love. The light of His promise to give life to a dyin…
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It's now just about a week until Christmas. You might have your tree up already, and maybe there is even a gift already under it waiting to be opened in a week. But what if it doesn't have a tag? Then you have a problem. Then you have to try to figure it out. Investigate. Well, I submit to you today that's exactly what the Pharisees were doing with…
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Last week, we considered that the light of creation revealed not a perfectly ordered creation, but one that was formless and void. But that God, by His Word, brought order to His creation, and it was good. Until, that is, man brought darkness and disorder back again. But a good and gracious and lovingly persistent God could not, would not, stand id…
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How appropriate to have a baptism today! The Second Sunday of Advent, when John the Baptist always makes his appearance. John was the one who came to prepare the way for this. Because this is why the Son of God came into our world -- to make lost and condemned sinners His own. His own children. Children with hope and a future. John was simply prepa…
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At the dawn of creation, God said, Let there be light, and there was light. But what did that light reveal? An earth that was without form and void. But just as soon as the night was ending, so was the formlessness, void, chaos and disorder of creation. God quickly brought order to His creation. But if the night would soon be ending, it would quick…
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Rend the heavens! Tear open the heavens! The nuclear option. Show 'em who's boss, God. Perhaps you've thought that, too. Wished that, too. When sin and evil and the enemies of the church and the truth seem to be winning. A little shock and awe might just be what they need. The problem is... the God we want to rend the heavens and come down and brin…
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Sing to the Lord of harvest. Thanksgiving isn't really about the harvest anymore, though it may have started that way. Our food supply -- here in the United States at least -- is so stable we take it for granted. Small farms that are still around know, though, how precarious things are. To them, a good harvest is still a big deal. And a cause to gi…
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Trusting is risky. It is much safer and shrewder to trust no one. But to close yourself off in such a way is not good. And to live in such fear and paranoia is, in fact, not living at all -- but is, I would say, the very opposite: dying. So as we heard in the Holy Gospel today, God shares with us, and trusts. And He began by sharing his life with u…
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I'm sure you could provide your own story, of a time something went undone, and by the time you got to it, it was too late. That is what the parable Jesus tells us today would have us consider. Because with Jesus' return and the coming kingdom of heaven, there is going to be a time when it is too late. And you don't want to be on the wrong side of …
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A scared world needs a fearless church. All Saints Day reminds us that whatever happens in this world and in your life, you are safe and secure. You are not alone. You have a heavenly Father who holds you in His hands and close to His heart. You might be a mess! But you are blessed. You are a dearly loved child of God. Yours is the kingdom of heave…
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And so it is with all that in mind that we come to the Holy Gospel for this day, where we heard Jesus speak of violence. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah …
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