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    Do A Good Thing

    Tip of the Day: Do one hard thing for another person today.  It won’t be a “crucifixion,” but a little sacrifice is good thing.   Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent     Reflection of the Day: Healing, feeding the hungry, teaching God’s ways, stories of Jesus that taught the important of helping others.  There’s much more.  Jesus’ whole ministry taught that “doing right by each other” is “doing right by God.”  Fortunately, my experience is that people do want to help each other out and very often do so.  Good Friday teaches us that the time and type of help we…

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    Pass on the Power of Prayer

    Tip of the Day:        Pray for 6 minutes while you listen to the “The Prayer” Verse of the Day:         Bible Readings for Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent   Reflection of the Day: Abraham is Father and Patriarch to Jews, Christians & Muslims.  God told our Father Abraham that he and his descendants must keep his covenant throughout the ages.  I can’t speak for other ages, but our age is not doing so well.  How can we, the “People of the Book”, betray our roots and our God so often in the way we discriminate and express hate and carry out violence toward those who are not of…

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    The Truth Will Set You Free

    Tip of the Day: Listen to a classic rendition of the civil war “Battle Hymn.”  Try to re-imagine it as an anthem to truth and freedom in Jesus.   Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reflection of the Day: The most difficult part of a difficult situation can be the fear that an embarrassing, or even shameful, situation becomes known. We are frequently surprised that the world des not end when the truth becomes known.  Even though it’s rocky and painful for awhile, it most times is liberating and freeing – especially when we remain with Jesus during these times.

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    Let God Carry You

    Tip of the Day: Reflect on the hardest thing you want to stay true to or to avoid.  Give that over the God and let God carry you steadfastly through today.  Verse of the Day: Bible Readings for Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent  Reflection of the Day: Sprinters are usually more fun to watch than marathoners.  They definitely appeal to my attention span.  We need their bursts of energy to inspire us and get us going, but we also need to recognize that most things require more than a sprint.  And there is no contradiction between the two.  Even marathoners sometimes have to inject a short-term burst of…

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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…