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Luke 24 King James Version (KJV)

24 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.

3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.


Have a Blessed and Joyful Easter!
Or simply have a beautiful spring day!
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We just came home from the Good Friday service. It was a little different this year; we began in the Fellowship Hall, where we all sat in small groups at tables. Our Pastor led the service, but we were a part of it all; those at each table anointed one another with oil, washed one another's hands and then served one another communion. Then we carried small candles and processed with the lit candles to the sanctuary. The choir sang an anthem while we all prayed silently. Then we went to the front, where we left the burning candles in sand beneath the cross at the front of the sanctuary, and each of us left in silence.

This is the hymn the choir sang. It was new to me:



Good Friday hope
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Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper and the events afterwards. Our church usually has a service on Maundy Thursday, but is not having one this year.



Luke Chapter 22:

19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake [it], and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup [is] the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Lent 2015

Mar. 31st, 2015 09:54 pm
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“A way has to be found to enable everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth, and not simply to close the gap between the affluent and those who must be satisfied with the crumbs falling from the table, but above all to satisfy the demands of justice, fairness, and respect for every human being.” – Pope Francis

Lent 2015

Mar. 28th, 2015 09:20 pm
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“There were people who went to sleep last night,
poor and rich and white and black,
but they will never wake again.

And those dead folks would give anything at all
for just five minutes of this weather
or ten minutes of plowing.

So you watch yourself about complaining.

What you're supposed to do
when you don't like a thing is change it.
If you can't change it,
change the way you think about it.”
― Maya Angelou

Lent 2015

Mar. 27th, 2015 11:03 pm
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“One who cannot cast away a treasure at need is in fetters.”
(Aragorn in The Two Towers "Flotsam and Jetsam")


This is one of my favorite quotes in the trilogy, but really, it seems to be at the heart of much of the Legendarium. Casting away a treasure, a precious thing, seems to be the theme all the way back to the Silm. To be willing to sacrifice something that others may benefit is found in every tale: Feanor would not sacrifice the Silmarils to renew the light of the trees, and made that dreadful oath to keep anyone else from benefitting from them; Thorin was unwilling to sacrifice the Arkenstone; the One Ring cast fetters over nearly everyone in its vicinity; only Bilbo and Sam were able to let it go, though Frodo's efforts bore fruit in spite of his failure to let go, the fetters it cast over him held him even after it was gone.

Casting away fetters is part of what Lent is all about. Giving something up, giving to others. It's a lesson that Tolkien knew well.

Lent 2015

Mar. 25th, 2015 10:06 pm
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“After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Lent 2015

Mar. 24th, 2015 09:12 pm
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TEN WAYS TO LOVE

1. LISTEN without interrupting. (Proverbs 18)
2. SPEAK without accusing. (James 1:19)
3. GIVE without sparing. (Proverbs 21:26)
4. PRAY without ceasing. (Colossians 1:9)
5. ANSWER without arguing. (Proverbs 17:1)
6. SHARE without pretending. (Ephesians 4:15)
7. ENJOY without complaint. (Philippians 2:14)
8. TRUST without wavering. (Corinthians 13:7)
9. FORGIVE without punishment. (Colossians 3:13)
10. PROMISE without forgetting. (Proverbs 13:12)

~Source Unknown~

Lent 2015

Mar. 23rd, 2015 10:27 pm
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I don't think everything always comes out quite so neatly or compactly, but the message I think, is true in the way that myth is true: we reap what we sow, whether for good or ill, and whether sooner or later.

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I didn't have to work today, so we got to attend church this morning.

This was our opening prayer:

O gracious and Holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive thee,
intelligence to understand thee,
diligence to seek thee,
patience to wait for thee,
eyes to behold thee,
a heart to meditate upon thee, and
a life to proclaim thee; through
the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord


And this was the first congregational hymn:

Lent 2015

Mar. 21st, 2015 10:34 pm
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"It is mercy, not justice or courage or even heroism, that alone can defeat evil."

PETER KREEFT, The Philosophy of Tolkien
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And also because it is International Happiness Day!

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“You will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it... Give up yourself, and you will find your real self.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
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Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart
Teach me to move in the power of your Spirit
Teach me to walk in the light of your presence
Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart

Teach me to love with your heart of compassion
Teach me to trust in the word of your promise
Teach me to hope in the day of your coming
Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart
You wrote the rhythm of life
Created heaven and earth
In You is joy without measure
So, like a child in your sight
I dance to see your delight
For I was made for your pleasure
Pleasure

Let all my movements express
A heart that loves to say 'yes'
A will that leaps to obey you
Let all my energy blaze
To see the joy in your face
Let my whole being praise you
Praise you

(Lyrics by Greg Holland)

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