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My Precious Savior

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In the Christian tradition, we celebrate the resurrection not just on Easter but also on every Sunday of the year - or as some have said, 51 little Easters.  May this Easter reflection be a blessing to you anew this day.

Last Easter we attended the most inspiring passion play in Jacksonville, FL.  Very early the next morning I woke completely saturated in God's great love.  I felt the need to put my prayer, my thoughts to paper.  This is the result , my offering , my prayer for that day:

Re-Membering Day-By-Day

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This space has its roots in the history of how this congregation came to be - a group of Jesus followers inviting others to come and see Christ and live that faith out together.  Once a month, we will bring forth a devotional from years gone by.  Today we re-member (put together again in our minds) from thirty years ago  in the Lenten Devotional of 1987 - April 10th to be precise:

I used to think that the resurrection, while central to the faith of every Christian, didn't really have very much to do with me, as I lived my day-by-day, ordinary life.

But I had a friend who was going through a devastating divorce after 20 years of marriage.  As she faced feelings of grief, rejection, and rage, she shared with me that her faith in God was the only thing she had left to hold onto.  Gradually, over a period of two years I witnessed her healing.  But what really amazed me were the other "fruits" that began to mark her relationships with other persons -- a deepened compassion, the willingness and ability to forgive, and a return of joy.

I Don't Know

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Do you remember middle school?  That moment when the teacher calls on you the very moment all thoughts and attention decided to run down a rabbit hole?  I am talking about when no recallable answer is in sight and the deep void and rising anxiety and sweaty palms make repeating back words from the question in a different order or just looking at the page and saying whatever your eyes fall upon not possible.  There may have been a fidget or two, but ultimately - and possibly after glancing around at those whose affirmation we so desperately desired - we are forced to let out an, "I don't know," and disappear into the shell of ourselves until the bell mercifully rang.

Sin vs Sin

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One Sunday when I was in high school, I glanced at the church bulletin and thought, “That’s weird.  I wonder why Pastor Terry is preaching on trigonometry this morning.”  Of course, he wasn’t.  When I saw the single-word sermon title “Sin” I read it as the abbreviation for “Sine,” the ratio of the length of the opposite side of a right triangle to the length of the triangle’s hypotenuse.  Of course, Pastor Terry’s topic was Sin.  As in, as Billy Graham once described the phenomenon, any thought or action that falls short of God’s will.  My mom was sitting next to me in the church pew.  I nudged her and shared my sin vs. sin confusion…we still laugh about the mix-up. 

Re-Membering Lenten Devo

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This space has its roots in the history of how this congregation came to be - a group of Jesus followers inviting others to come and see Christ as well.  Once a month, we will bring forth a devotional from years gone by.  Today we re-member (put together again in our minds) from thirty years ago  in the Lenten Devotional of 1987 - March 27th to be precise:

1 Corinthians 13:11 b

"When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me."

It is traditional to 'give things up for Lent.' But God challenges us to give up much more than some one thing or one addiction, and for much longer than a few weeks.  "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitudes of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." (Ephesians 4:22-24 )