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Faith Reflections: Compassion and Mercy
« Reply #270 on: April 21, 2011, 07:10:25 AM »

Compassion and Mercy
21 April 2011, 5:42 am

It’s Holy Week, the week in the year we celebrate God taking decisive action to make things right in this world and this cosmos of ours. Having entered our world as one of us (the theme of Christmas) God goes to a cross for us to take away our sin, then rises from the dead [...]

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Faith Reflections: Switching Shoes
« Reply #271 on: April 22, 2011, 07:06:43 AM »

Switching Shoes
22 April 2011, 5:35 am

I recall an old story of a husband who informed his wife that he thought her task of keeping things running at their humble cottage was easy work compared to what he headed off to do at work each day. His wife challenged him to switch places. What ensues is a humorous account of one [...]

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Faith Reflections: Good Friday and Why It’s So Good!
« Reply #272 on: April 22, 2011, 07:06:43 AM »

Good Friday and Why It’s So Good!
22 April 2011, 5:46 am

The worst thing that ever happened, happened on this Friday.  An innocent, holy, man was sent to the cross, God in the flesh crucified!  Jesus dying on a cross. Yet, we call it GOOD Friday. Amazing! God’s in the business of turning bad into good!

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Faith Reflections: The Good Shepherd
« Reply #273 on: April 27, 2011, 09:04:42 PM »

The Good Shepherd
27 April 2011, 8:46 pm

I heard about a little boy who had to memorize the 23rd Psalm for Sunday school. He tried his best, but when he got up in front of the Sunday school class he couldn’t remember the whole thing — so he said, “The Lord is my Shepherd, and that’s all I need to know.” He [...]

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Faith Reflections: A Tale of Two Weddings
« Reply #274 on: April 28, 2011, 07:03:40 PM »

A Tale of Two Weddings
28 April 2011, 6:08 pm

This a tale of two weddings. Both are happening this week. I suppose there’s thousands of weddings this week, but I’m aware of these two. The first wedding of which I’m aware is the one at which I officiated at this week. It was a small, intimate affair of about ten people who witnessed the [...]

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Faith Reflections: A Church of Gray Cowboy Hats
« Reply #275 on: April 30, 2011, 07:08:46 AM »

A Church of Gray Cowboy Hats
30 April 2011, 6:51 am

I grew up watching westerns on TV where it was easy to identify the good guys and the bad guys. Usually the bad guys wore black hats and the good guys wore white hats.  When my brother and I played “cowboys” neither of us wanted to be the bad guy so we would pretend that [...]

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Faith Reflections: A Prayer
« Reply #276 on: May 05, 2011, 07:11:08 AM »

A Prayer
5 May 2011, 6:20 am

Here’s a prayer I found. Lord, I am willing To receive what You give; To lack what You withhold; To relinquish what You take; To suffer what You inflict; To be what You require. Amen.

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Faith Reflections: The Joy of Work?
« Reply #277 on: May 06, 2011, 03:13:05 PM »

The Joy of Work?
6 May 2011, 2:37 pm

“I love work so much that I could sit all day and watch someone work.” I’ve said that half in jest on occasion. I say it only “half in jest” because, if truth be told, I do sometimes prefer being a spectator to work rather than a participant. Work is often not easy nor is [...]

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Faith Reflections: Of Traffic Controlers and THE Life Controller
« Reply #278 on: May 10, 2011, 03:16:57 PM »

Of Traffic Controlers and THE Life Controller
10 May 2011, 2:53 pm

Traffic controllers made the news because some of their number weren’t able to stay awake through the night shift. I have a verse of Scripture for night-working traffic controllers: “Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.” (Proverbs 6:4) Seriously, a sleeping air traffic controller poses a serious danger to the flying [...]

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Faith Reflections: The Kingdom of Self
« Reply #279 on: May 10, 2011, 03:16:57 PM »

The Kingdom of Self
10 May 2011, 3:03 pm

What does it mean to let Jesus be the king of our own little kingdom of SELF? What does it mean to live for Him and not for ourselves? It means holding our tongues when we’d rather speak our minds. — It means speaking our minds when we’d rather hold our tongues. It means doing [...]

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Faith Reflections: Of Traffic Controllers and THE Life Controller
« Reply #280 on: May 11, 2011, 09:12:55 AM »

Of Traffic Controllers and THE Life Controller
10 May 2011, 2:53 pm

Traffic controllers made the news because some of their number weren’t able to stay awake through the night shift. I have a verse of Scripture for night-working traffic controllers: “Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.” (Proverbs 6:4) Seriously, a sleeping air traffic controller poses a serious danger to the flying [...]

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Faith Reflections: Tulip Time, a Brief Time
« Reply #281 on: May 13, 2011, 09:05:01 PM »

Tulip Time, a Brief Time
13 May 2011, 8:16 pm

The tulips are blooming bright and beautiful, for the moment. I was thinking about this the other day as I sat on my patio and watched the tulips around my decorative pond bob in the breeze. I had been so busy I realized I hadn’t taken much time to look at them and enjoy them. [...]

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Faith Reflections: Down Through The Generations
« Reply #282 on: May 17, 2011, 07:11:12 AM »

Down Through The Generations
17 May 2011, 5:50 am

My grandfather, John Claassen, was a farmer. He apparently also owned and operated a threshing machine with his brothers. The accompanying photo was taken one year short of a hundred years ago, in 1912! The thresher was powered by a steam engine tractor. What a machine – ug, ug, ug! The other photo is of [...]

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Faith Reflections: In The Face of Poverty
« Reply #283 on: May 18, 2011, 03:13:06 PM »

In The Face of Poverty
18 May 2011, 3:03 pm

“Been reading DANGEROUS CHURCH by John Bishop. He writes that in the face of great poverty and pain he heard God saying, “You can’t do everything, but you have to do something!” (picture is of a child I took at “Cardboard City” in Mexico — one of the poorest places on earth)

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Faith Reflections: In the Face of Poverty
« Reply #284 on: May 19, 2011, 05:17:46 PM »

In the Face of Poverty
18 May 2011, 3:03 pm

“Been reading DANGEROUS CHURCH by John Bishop. He writes that in the face of great poverty and pain he heard God saying, “You can’t do everything, but you have to do something!” (photo I took of a child at “Cardboard City” in Mexico — one of the poorest places on earth)

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