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    April Fool’s Day Easter Sunday

    “We are fools for Christ” 1 Corinthians 4:10 Easter Eggs and Easter Jesus Compare and Contrast in Eleven Parts: You Choose   Rolling Fathers help their children roll Easter eggs along the ground; The Father of Jesus rolled away the stone and raised his dead son from the ground of the tomb.   Colors Easter eggs come in many colors; Easter Jesus comes and saves people of all colors!   Hard-boiled Easter eggs are hardboiled; When life around us is hardboiled the love of Easter Jesus can be soft and cuddly.   Shells Easter egg shells crack and then we throw them away as imperfect and not pretty enough; Easter…

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    Last Day of Lent

    Reflection of the Day: It is profoundly tragic that the last day of Lent is referred to as Spy Wednesday after Judas, the traitor who takes his own life in remorse. This makes even more compelling the celebration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. Out of the depths I cried…. And the Lord heard my cry…   Tip:          Use your tongue today to speak a gentle, not condemnatory word of encouragement to someone who seems down or depressed. Click here for today’s reading.   Verse:   Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD has given me  a well-trained tongue, That I might know how to speak to the weary a word…

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    Stay the Course through Holy Week

    Reflection of the Day: A wise colleague often says, “When climbing the mountain, it’s good to look back periodically and see how far we have come.” Today is the symbolic 39th day of Lent. We’ve come a long way. Only one more day remains of our Lenten discipline before we enter into the great celebrations of our Christian faith.   Tip of the Day: Recommit to making the time to celebrate the great feasts of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), Passion (Good Friday) & Resurrection (Easter).   Click here for today’s reading.   Verse of the Day: Isaiah 49:1-6 Though I thought I had toiled in vain, and for nothing,…

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    His Presence is Always Found

      Reflection of the Day: There is so much humanity in God’s world. Isn’t that the story of creation? As one of the stories goes, it was God’s garden and He made us humans and put us in it. It was a neat place with lots of good things and everything in order. Then things got messed up by “apple-gate” – as I like to call it. After that things weren’t so good and humans had to live in a big bad disordered world outside the garden. God didn’t abandon us, but he made it harder to figure things out by allow things to get pretty messed up and now…

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    Pass on the Power of Prayer

    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 our religion?  For those Christians, we best make our attitude toward Jews and Muslims a serious examination of our consciences as we enter into Holy Week.  The prayers and readings of Good Friday and the…

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    Let God Carry You

      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 speed into their routine. Lent has characteristics of both in various ways. Lent is a “sprinting period” through the year-long marathon of following the Lord. And it is more than an Ash Wednesday and Good Friday sprint – it’s 40 “long” days of extra…

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    Discipline Takes Practice. Keep Going.

    Reflection of the Day: God really does want to save us. He knows that we can be bad. Some of us more than others. Maybe a few (hopefully) deserve to actually be called “wicked.” I’ll leave that designation to God, but God even wants those designated as wicked to turn and he’ll forgive them. I’m sure he will forgive my sins – if I turn and ask, but sometimes I’m stubborn and don’t want to admit I need God’s mercy. Lent is a good time to discipline myself and remember.   Tip: Let’s think about our most vexing fault and today – with God’s help – avoid it. And then,…

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    We All Need Help

    It’s so obvious, and yet sometimes it’s so hard to want for others what we want for ourselves. My favorite example is this. On a freeway, somebody goes speeding past us and down the road. The person gets pulled over. How many times have we thought or said: “Good. He deserved it.” Ah, but what about the time we were in a hurry and got pulled over? Didn’t I plead for mercy form the police officer? I know I did.   There are so many other examples. You can come up with your own, but the gospel’s advice still holds – in whatever every situation, think about how you would like…

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    Try to Make a Change            

    Reflection of the Day:      I am not sure that the adage, “the path to hell is paved with good intentions” is accurate.  God is pretty good at reading our hearts, and, if they are in the right place, I think we are in good shape with God.  Having said that: good intentions need to be reflected in good actions that put those intentions into practice.  This requires the discipline to do so; to not get distracted by whatever is our excuse this time. Lent is the perfect opportunity to undertake some sacrifice that gets us out of our own way to get us more in tune with God…

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    What Does Holy Mean?

    Write down the first three words that come to mind when you think of the word holy. Are the words about God, me, or someone else? Think about them for 5 minutes. What do these words mean to you? Do any of these words apply to people you know, who you think are holy? What can we do to be more holy people? Holiness means hanging enough with God to let God’s ways and perspective rub off on us.  But God’s a sneaky one.  If we hang with him enough, we’ll figure out he’s always concerned about our families, friends, and even our enemies who need things to live their…