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    The Cross of Jesus Provides Hope

    Tip of the Day:   Say a prayer for a person you feel has treated you unfairly – even if he or she is still doing so. Verse of the Day:        Bible Readings for Saturday of Fourth Week of Lent  Reflection of the Day: As it gets closer to Holy Week, we focus more closely on the terrible price that Jesus paid to win our salvation.  This is not a “pretty” part of the story of our salvation.  It is profound, central and essential.  The movie, The Passion of the Christ, a few years ago was a bit too gory for my tastes, but it left no doubt of the…

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    Join Your Trial with Jesus

    Tip of the day: Reflect on a difficult, maybe unfair, situation you’re facing.  Deal with it as directly as you can. Stay true to your values and join your trial with Jesus and his cross.      Verse of the day: Bible Readings for Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent  Reflection of the day: It was perfect in the Garden of Eden – not so much since then.  If you want to blame it on Adam & Eve and the apple, fine with me. In any case we live in a world that is not perfect and very unfair at times.  It’s more unfair to some than others, but we…

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    Be Your Brother or Sister’s Keeper

    Tip of the Day: Help somebody whose need I have been ignoring and rationalizing by saying it’s not my problem.  Be your brother or sister’s keeper, but, don’t be condescending.   Bible Readings for Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent    Reflection of the Day: Sometimes God lets his anger out and let’s us know he’s fed up with us not listening to His commands.  If we examine ourselves we know it’s true.  And sometimes we concentrate so hard on avoiding what God tells us not to do that we forget that he bulk of his commands have to do with treating each other well, especially when someone is…

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    Sing Out God’s Goodness

    Tip of the Day:           Listen to a different take on the power of Jesus love and presence in the midst of adversity. Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent   Reflection of the Day: Sometimes human analogies are helpful in thinking about our relationship with God.  I recently heard someone say the most important thing she valued in a relationship was time spent with the other person.  Put negatively, she was not interested in having a relationship with someone unwilling to spend time with her.  Gifts, money, pedigree, etc. all came in a distant second to “spending time.”  God has so much to…

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    “I was sick, and you visited Me”

    Tip of the Day: Visit a friend in the hospital, nursing home or homebound.  At least call him or her. Verse of the Day:             Bible Readings for Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent   Reflection of the Day: Our words are not as powerful and miraculous as Jesus telling a man to pick up his mat and walk, but let’s not underestimate the healing power of solidarity with someone who is ill and suffering. Emotional or psychological isolation and separation are added burdens to many who are struggling with serious illnesses.  

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    Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

    Tip of the Day:      Think of somebody in a difficult situation – maybe a neighbor, maybe a relative, maybe a stranger whom you pass on the sidewalk or by the side of the road. Don’t just walk by today or put off reaching out until tomorrow.  Reach out as you would like to be helped if you were in that difficulty situation.    Verse of the Day:      Bible Readings for Friday of the Third Week of Lent   Reflection of the Day:     We religious people, many times, make religion too complicated.  It’s good that God bursts through and calls us back to basics: Love God a…

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    Focus on God and NOT on You

    Tip of the day: Take 15 minutes to read the Bible today.  In the first 5 minutes read both Jeremiah 7:23-28 and Luke 11:14-23. In the next 5 minutes pick one verse that strikes you and think about it the last 5 minutes to figure out one concrete way you will follow up on that verse.   Verse of the day:            Bible Readings for Thursday of the Third Week of Lent   Reflection of the day: Thanks to the printing press the Bible became the all-time bestseller. I haven’t yet seen the comps on the e-version or social media fronts. It’s o.k. that the Bible doesn’t top Beyonce’s prego…

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    Can We Truly Forgive and Forget?

       Tell someone who has hurt you that forgive them and are no longer angry.  Click here for today’s readings. Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance; Who does not persist in anger forever, but delights rather in clemency I often have discussions about the difference between “forgiving” and “forgetting.”  I am pretty strong in my perspective on this.  I am never going to forget what Dick Fisher did to me in 6th grade.  He pushed me over in the playground and then got a group of his friends to threaten to beat me up.  Fortunately, it did…

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    Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

    Much celebrating for many today.  Do ONE less “celebratory act” to remind ourselves of the sacrifice Jesus made for us on Good Friday. Click here for today’s reading.   The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?   is a big deal in New York, Boston, Chicago and Savannah (Go figure that one out!).  Did you know that the first Irish Associations in the Unites States founded in Boston and New York had among their original missions: “to help the needy?”  Throughout the past century and to this day most major charitable events –…

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    Listen and Trust in God

    Take ten minutes take and just quietly tell God how much you are counting on him. Listen to him tell you he’ll be there for you.  Click here for today’s reading. Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD.  It’s not exacerbating to say we have crises with many of our major institutions. This post is not the place for a major expose, but let me just mention a few to make my point.  Business:  Enron and the sub-prime mortgage debacle;  Media: MSNBC, FOXNews, HuffPost & Daily Caller (Yes, now all sides can be upset, but in my opinion neither of those sources can…