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Lent

See What the End Shall Be – Palm Sunday

March 24, 2018 3 Comments
See What the End Shall Be – Palm Sunday

The Passion, which we read in the Palm Sunday liturgy, is too long to comment on in detail, so we will only examine a portion of it here. It may be of some value to examine the problems associated with the more moderate range of personalities involved. The usual villains (the Temple leaders, Judas, and the recruited […]

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The Grumblings in the Wilderness Have Much to Teach Us (Lesson Four)

March 21, 2018 4 Comments
The Grumblings in the Wilderness Have Much to Teach Us (Lesson Four)

We continue today in our discussion of the ancient Jewish people’s grumbling against Moses and God. Lesson 4: Grumbling Can Greatly Harm Others Grumbling affects more than the one who grumbles. Through it, infectious negativity is set loose. Even if only a small number grumble, it can still incite fear, negativity, and anger in others. […]

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The Grumblings in the Wilderness Have Much to Teach Us (Lesson Three)

March 20, 2018 5 Comments
The Grumblings in the Wilderness Have Much to Teach Us (Lesson Three)

We have been surveying several incidents in which the ancient Jewish people grumbled against Moses and God. We have done so not merely to survey their sins but to learn of our own tendencies to do the same. What makes grumbling so obnoxious is that it comes so soon after astonishing blessings and demonstrations of […]

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The Grumblings in the Wilderness Have Much to Teach Us (Lesson Two)

March 19, 2018 4 Comments
The Grumblings in the Wilderness Have Much to Teach Us (Lesson Two)

In yesterday’s post we pondered how the Jewish people, despite having witnessed signs and wonders during the plagues in Egypt, failed to trust in God and to call upon Him confidently when they saw the Egyptian army in pursuit. Today we consider how they grumbled about the food that God provided for their sustenance. Lesson […]

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The Grumblings in the Wilderness Have Much to Teach Us (Lesson One)

March 18, 2018 3 Comments
The Grumblings in the Wilderness Have Much to Teach Us (Lesson One)

Here in the last full week of Lent prior to Holy Week we do well to ponder the grumblings of the ancient Hebrew people in the desert, for their grumblings are often ours as well. We are reading these passages in the Office of Readings just now, so it is the mind of the Church […]

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Are You Battle-Ready for the Army of the Lord?

February 23, 2018 12 Comments
Are You Battle-Ready for the Army of the Lord?

A disturbing report came from the Pentagon in 2014 that speaks to the overall condition of our country. Here is a summary: Nearly 71 percent of the 34 million 17-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. do not qualify for military service for reasons related to health, physical appearance, and educational background, according to the Pentagon. Obesity is […]

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Remembering That We Are Dust, as Seen in an Eerie Video

February 16, 2018 3 Comments
Remembering That We Are Dust, as Seen in an Eerie Video

It is my usual Friday routine to feature a video (often a commercial) and draw some biblical or spiritual principle from it. The video below is no commercial; it is post-war footage from Berlin in July of 1945. Interestingly it is in color, but it can only be described as eerie. People walk about among […]

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The Battle Theme of Lent

February 14, 2018 0 Comments
The Battle Theme of Lent

A brief observation of the first two days in Lent reveals militaristic, even violent imagery in the battle against sin and the unruly passions of the flesh. The Collect (opening prayer) of Ash Wednesday provides an image of troops mustering for battle: Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of […]

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