Lenten Blog – 03/17/2018

Happy St Patrick’s Day! I have always loved this day ever since I read the autobiography of Patrick.  It is the second autobiography ever written after ‘The Confessions of St Augustine,” being the first.  Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates in the late 400’s from Britain.  After six years as a slave working in fields, he escaped and returned home. ...

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Lenten Blog – 3/16/2018

Easter is getting closer and one of the ways I see this is in a perennial Lilly bulb that I planted 18 years ago. Here is a picture of the plant in front of the first building. The plant is looking like it can bloom in about a week or two. It usually blooms either the last week of March...

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Lenten Blog – 03/15/2018

One of my favorite challenges to give to the Confirmation class is to have them give different names of Jesus from the Bible. The group record was 71 that a class two years ago came up with. There are about 105-110 by most New Testament scholar's opinion. This second to the last verse of 1 John has one that was...

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Lenten Blog – 3/14/2018

John begins his very first letter much like he begins his Gospel. The Gospel marvels at the incarnate Word who is and was God from all time. In the letter, John marvels at Jesus and views Him from his perspective and with his various senses: hearing; touching; and seeing. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which...

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Lenten Blog – 03/13/2018

Sometimes the words and view of scripture do not always match up with the way we think and prioritize life. I thought of that reading this verse from 3 John today. Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.(3 John 1:2-4) I...

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Lenten Blog – 3/5/2018

Yesterday in the sermon I mentioned an H.G Wells quote that I love.  "If there is no God, nothing matters. If there is a God, nothing else matters."  Wells was an English science fiction writer that thought about the future and what it all means? The heart of this quote talks about the purpose and meaning of things and of...

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Lenten Blog – 03/04/2018

Happy Sabbath Day!  Our Old Testament reading for this weekend has been the 10 Commandments from Exodus chapter 20.   One of them is: remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.   This was misunderstood in Jesus day. One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The...

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Lenten Blog – 3/3/2018

I have been reading through the Psalms this week and this verse stuck out in my mind.  Here David speaks to “gods” about the Lord and His unfailing love.  I will praise you Lord with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise.  I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your name for your...

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Lenten Blog 2/28/2018

One of the great insights from the book we read at Book Club, “Life Together” was talking about praying the Psalms.  In fact, the prayer book that Jesus used was the Book of Psalms. Just as he taught us the Lord’s Prayer, we can also pray like Jesus when we pray the Psalms. I call on you, O God, for...

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Lenten Blog 2/27/2018

One of the more challenging things in life is to always speak the truth.  There is a Jim Carrey movie that plays on this whole theme called Liar, Liar.  Jim is an attorney who for 24 hours has to tell the truth because of a wish of his son. This is terrible because as a lawyer he would often spin...

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Lenten Blog – 2/26/2018

Most of us, at least at some point, want to be known for something.  For some, you may want to be known as a great musician or artist.  For others, it may be as a great teacher.  Watching the Winter Olympics, I see a bunch of people who want to be known not only as a great athlete but as...

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Praying With Jesus: Good Friday

Today is one of the most important days of the year. It is Good Friday the day Jesus died on the cross. I am always asked by the kids in chapel why is this day called good, when the most terrible thing happened? Here is the answer. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so...

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Praying With Jesus: God's Timing

Can you keep a secret? Can you keep a secret from God? Absolutely not. Jesus knew of this plan and took steps to make sure it did not disrupt his plans. Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid...

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Red Letter Day 46: Wait Upon the Lord

2015 Lent Blog Saturday, April 4 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one...

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Red Letter Day 45: I Am Thirsty

2015 Lent Blog Friday April 3 Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." (John 19:28) This saying is one of the seven times we have scriptural accounts of Jesus speaking from the cross. This is the only one of the seven where Jesus speaks about himself. I...

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Red Letter Day 43: Don't Be Fooled

2015 Lent Blog Wednesday April 1 And Jesus told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, `What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.' "Then he said, `This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I...

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Red Letter Day 42: That They May Be One

2015 Lent Blog Tuesday March 31 "As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father,...

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Red Letter Day 41: No One Will Take Away Your Joy

2015 Lent Blog Monday March 30 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, "Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, `In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me'? I tell you the truth, you will weep...

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Red Letter Day 40: The Stones Will Cry Out

2015 Lent Blog Sunday March 29 "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." (Luke 19:40) There are times when you want to shout. Jesus said these words on Palm Sunday. Some were criticizing him for the noise his disciples and the huge crowd were making as Jesus entered Jerusalem. They asked Jesus to...

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Red Letter Day 39: Just One in a Crowd

2015 Lent Blog Saturday March 28 Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace." (Luke 8:48) Jesus spoke these words to a woman who had a bleeding problem. No one could cure her and she thought if only I could touch Jesus' robe I will be cured. Jesus was walking through a big crowd...

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Red Letter Day 38: Love One Another

2015 Lent Blog Friday March 27 "My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one...

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Red Letter Day 36: The Prodigal's Brother

2015 Lent Blog Wednesday March 25 "Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. `Your brother has come,' he replied, `and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and...

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Red Letter Day 35: The Prodigal Son

2015 Lent Blog Tuesday March 24 Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, `Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them. "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his...

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Red Letter Day 34: A Seed Producing Abundant Fruit

2015 Lent Blog Monday March 23 "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns,...

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Red Letter Day 33: Who Is Your Neighbor?

2015 Lent Blog Sunday March 22 In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed...

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Red Letter Day 32: Looking Forward

2015 Lent Blog Saturday March 21 Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62) Jesus spoke these words to someone making an excuse to not follow him immediately. It is very easy to make an excuse not to do something and sometimes these...

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Red Letter Day 31: Take Up Your Cross

2015 Lent Blog Friday March 20 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25) (more…)

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Red Letter Day 30: Beware the Yeast of Hypocrisy

2015 Lent Blog Thursday March 19 "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner...

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