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 – 3/2/2018

In the little kid’s chapel this week I started talking about the fruit of the Spirit.  One of them that is elusive to me at times is patience.  (remember: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) This Psalm speaks of the struggles we have with patience. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word...

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Lenten Blog 3/1/2018

Continuing to read in the Psalms, the first verse here reminds me of the saying, God is good all the time. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever.  Let Israel say, His love endures forever.  Let the house of Aaron say, His love endures forever.  Let those who fear the Lord say, His love endures...

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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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Lenten Blog – 2/23/2018

I am going to go back to continue with John 15 after yesterday’s reflection on Billy Graham. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I...

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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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Praying With Jesus: Turn Me To You

We have started Holy Week and one of the things Jesus did this week caused quite a commotion in the Temple. On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone...

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Praying With Jesus: Praying On Holy Ground

What is holy ground? I have heard of several Christian coffee shops using the name Holy Grounds. Holy ground is when we come into the presence of God. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight--why the bush does not burn up." When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to...

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Praying With Jesus: Jesus Is Always Beside Us

Monday I talked about praying in an unusual place. Today I want to talk about regular planned prayer and what Daniel did when he prayed toward Jerusalem. So King Darius put the decree in writing. Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times...

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Be Strong and Courageous – Old Testament Tuesday

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." -Joshua 1:9 I do love baseball. I love the history and the stories. I remember hearing about Hank Aaron coming to back against the Yankees in the World Series. Yogi berra...

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Happy Father's Day

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. “ -Exodus 20:12 This year on Fathers day my thoughts have turned to my father out in Arizona. He is awaiting back surgery but is waiting for his blood pressure and overall health to be a bit more stable...

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In the Aftermath – Sermon Follow-Up

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust. Surely he will save me from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers and under his...

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Abba – New Testament Thursday

“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry Abba, Father. The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” -Romans 8: 15-16 Tuesday night I was watching one of the few TV shows I watch NCIS (I am...

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Shocking Faith – New Testament Thursday

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because...

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Oh Lord, How Majestic Is Your Name – Old Testament Tuesday

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you...

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Honoring Moms – Free Day Friday

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” (Isaiah 66:13) I think everyone remembers this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Mothers and fathers play a crucial role in the world. In the second tablet of the Commandments given to Moses that is concerned with how people dealing with each other, parents are the first and most important ingredient...

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Prayer as a Last Resort – Old Testament Tuesday

Then Jonah prayed to his God from the belly of the fish. He prayed: “In trouble, deep trouble, I prayed to God. He answered me. From the belly of the grave I cried, ‘Help!’ You heard my cry. You threw me into ocean’s depths, into a watery grave, With ocean waves, ocean breakers crashing over me. I said, ‘I’ve been...

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Just Between You and God – New Testament Thursday

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it." -Revelation 2:17 Revelation was initially written to seven churches that John...

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