Trees, Beautiful Trees!

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In much of the country, today is Arbor Day…a wonderful idea that originated in the great state of Nebraska. I love trees. Growing up in Illinois, we had 11 mature oaks in our yard, along with huge, stately spruce trees on three corners of the lot. At my current home, more than half of the property … Continued

Springtime!

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Has it arrived where you live? Here we are nearly at the end of April, and spring is just now making its first real appearance in my neck of the woods. Finally, the forsythia are in bloom. Finally, little buds of green are visible on tree branches. Finally, my daffodils are brave enough to begin to grow … Continued

On Burdens

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An email has been making the rounds…I just received it again recently and thought it worth sharing here. If you haven’t seen this, it’s a wonderful “point to ponder,” as Readers’ Digest used to say. (There’s no note regarding who originally created the graphics and sentiment so I cannot credit it. If any of you … Continued

He Is Risen!

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  I know that my Redeemer lives! What comfort this sweet sentence gives! He lives, he lives, who once was dead; He lives, my ever living head! He lives triumphant from the grave; He lives eternally to save; He lives exalted, throned above; He lives to rule his Church in love. He lives to grant … Continued

The Benefits of the Resurrection

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“The benefits [of the resurrection] are innumerable. To list a few: Our illnesses don’t seem nearly so final; Our fears fade and lose their grip; Our grief over those who have gone on is diminished; Our desire to press on in spite of obstacles is rejuvenated… Our identity as Christians is strengthened as we stand … Continued

Glory Be To Jesus

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Glory be to Jesus, Who in bitter pains Poured for me the lifeblood From His sacred veins! Grace and life eternal, In that blood I find; Blest be His compassion, Infinitely kind! Lift we, then, our voices, Swell the mighty flood; Louder still and louder Praise the precious blood! Text: Edward Caswall Tune: Friedrich Filitz … Continued

Maundy Thursday / Holy Thursday

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The Last Supper On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, … Continued

Leaves in Springtime

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How true! Spring is my favorite season, and Easter my favorite holiday. Though it doesn’t look like this outside my window just yet (like many areas in the north, spring is quite slow in arriving this year), I know it will before much longer. For now, I look forward with great anticipation to the events … Continued

Holy Tuesday

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On Tuesday, Jesus returned again to Jerusalem and taught. Many of the stories – and sayings – we’re very familiar with come from Holy Tuesday. For example: “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s”…and the parable of the widow’s offering. Though the leaders were already plotting His death, Jesus … Continued

Holy Monday

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It has begun…we’re now into Holy Week…the most amazing seven days of the year. On Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem triumphantly to the cheers of “Hosanna!” We know what was to come later in the week. But wat happened on Monday? The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a … Continued

On the Threshold of Holy Week

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This Sunday, Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week…for me, the most meaningful and best week of the year. Bible Gateway posted an interesting “timeline” on their blog today, showing the main characters in the days leading up to Christ’s crucifixion: where they were, what they were doing, and who they were with. Relevant … Continued

What’s Wrong With Easter Eggs?

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I suppose this was inevitable given the climate of the times: an elementary school in Seattle has deemed the term “Easter egg” unacceptable. The alternative? “Spring sphere.” Evidently, a 16-year old student from an area private school, as part of a week-long service project, volunteered to work with a third grade public school class. At the … Continued