Posts made in June, 2017

What I do have I give you…

What I do have I give you, in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk. Imagine that you are cleaning junk out of an old relative’s house and you discover a dusty painting that turns out to be a valuable work of Renoir!  You have pushed it aside plenty of times, not recognizing it,  yet suddenly looking at it with new eyes,  you realize how priceless it is. Every day as they went to the Temple to pray, Peter and John would...

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What are we to do?

Peter’s words, shook his listeners deeply.  Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth, was Israel’s long awaited Messiah – and they had crucified him?  What have we done?  What is going to happen to us now? That was Peter’s opening.  Once he explained who Jesus was, he began to talk about the good news God had promised centuries earlier through the prophet Joel; “Everyone shall be saved who calls on the name of the...

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Go, Alleluia!

Christ is Risen! This is the kinds of thoughts that come to us when we think of Easter Sunday.  But put yourself in the disciples’ place as they woke up that morning.  Jesus of Nazareth, their teacher and friend, had just endured an agonizing death at the hands of the Romans.  No wonder they stayed behind locked doors!  They were terrified that they might be arrested next. But recall the first words the angel said to the women who found...

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Quote of the Week – June 26, 2017

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be. — Marcel Pagnol

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I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord

I hear the very stones cry out, just as you said they would, “Blessed is the kind who comes in the name of the Lord!”  Even the stone that sealed your tomb is rolled away and proclaims a wondrous mystery.  Instead of being an immovable testament to your death, it has become an indisputable witness to your resurrection. The burial cloths come alive to declare your victory.  How tightly those garments of death bound Lazarus when you...

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