ARCHIVE March, 2011

Lent Day 12–Holding the Hand of God

When all else fails, read the instruction manual. Many people have this as their motto for living. Try. Fail. Try. Fail. Hmmm. Maybe I should see what the manufacturer recommends.  But our efforts only carry us as far as our understanding is accurate.  In today’s passage, Galatians 3:1-14, Paul is suggesting this very thing. He […]

March 22, 2011 in Chapel Worship/News by

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Lent Day 11–A Garanimals Life

Yes, I’m a product of the 1970s.  Probably not the proudest era of American history—a generation of big hair, disco, and leisure suits.  But one thing came out of the 1970s that I think about a lot: Garanimals. For those of you who are “1970s challenged” or too young to have experienced that decade in […]

March 21, 2011 in Chapel Worship/News by

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Lent Day 10–American Idols

Idolatry—not everyone’s favorite subject.  In fact, many of us go through our days not really thinking much about it; maybe belittling it in public; or disregarding it as having no relevance for today. Big mistake, or so Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10: 14-15: “Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I speak to sensible […]

March 19, 2011 in Chapel Worship/News by

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Lent Day 9–Trials and Errors

Mistakes—I hate making them.  Sins—I hate committing them.  Trials—I don’t like having them.  Temptations—I don’t like facing them.  One would think that given how much I don’t like these things, I could just avoid them.  Wrong. Experiencing all of this is part of what make us human.  The Bible tells us that in His lifetime […]

March 18, 2011 in Chapel Worship/News by

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Spring into Action

It’s mid-March and we’ve had our first real spring day!  Even the mailman commented that you can tell spring is here because Barb is in her garden.  I suppose there are worse things to be known for than that. The land—dormant and under the shroud of snow—suddenly reveals its life with the first of the […]

March 17, 2011 in In the Garden by


Lent Day 8–A Guide is Better Than a Map

Today we begin exploring ways to walk on the Way of Holiness.  It’s better to have a guide than a map, as one person said to me.  Even in a GPS world, I think that still rings true.  At one point, I was driving with my son in Washington, DC.  We had our faithful GPS […]

March 17, 2011 in Chapel Worship/News by

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Lent Day 7–The Way of Holiness

When we travel somewhere, we carefully pack our suitcases.  We assemble our supplies in a tiny plastic bag so we can make it through airport security.  We take action well before our journey to ensure we will get on the plane with our carry-ons.  We have our destination in mind.  In a similar way, spiritual […]

March 16, 2011 in Chapel Worship/News by

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Lent Day 6–Sin’s High Cost

When we read passages like 2 Chronicles 29 that tell the story of King Hezekiah ordering consecration of the temple, how many of us find the passage repulsive?  Slaughtering of animals.  Blood everywhere.  Burnt offerings.  It’s really hard for us to relate to any of that. Furthermore, some of us may wonder why God would […]

March 15, 2011 in Chapel Worship/News by

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Did God Cause the Tsunami?

Have you ever noticed that when something good happens in the world, there’s credit abounding everywhere among mankind?  Credit for the medical breakthrough?  Man.  Technological advance?  Man.  Financial boon, peace treaty, natural discovery?  Man, man, man. But when something bad happens, it’s always God’s fault. Tsunamis are a case in point.   The reasoning?  People have […]

March 14, 2011 in Chapel Worship/News by


Lent Day 5–Remember, Don’t Forget

Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands (Deuteronomy 8:2). In Deuteronomy, a book that the Jewish Bible simply calls Devarim (meaning […]

March 14, 2011 in Chapel Worship/News by

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