Lent

Lent 2008: Day 17 – God Centered Days

Today is Monday; not a Mama and Poppa’s Monday, but a fresh start to our week of labors. Because of my post on Saturday about Weekend Warriors, I am making a concerted effort this week to make God the primary purpose of my days, work not withstanding. I will let you know how I am…

Lent 2008: Third Sunday – Sunday, Sunday

Back in the day (a euphamism for older people’s youth) the Mama’s and Poppa’s had a song, Monday, Monday. The first day of the workweek was a diffifult day, when you didn’t know where the week, or even that day would go. One stanza says: Monday, monday, can’t trust that day Monday, monday, sometimes it…

Lent 2008: Day 16 – Weekend Warriors

Are you a weekend warrior? As a Christian, that would apply to those of us who put God on the back burner during the workweek and then try to get energized, mostly due to Sunday Services, on the weekend. We have settled into a pattern of living. During the week, the mundane requirements of life…

Lent 2008: Day 15 – Dust of Death

Os Guinness, a former student of Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri, wrote one of the seminal books affecting my early Christian growth, The Dust of Death. In this challenging book, Dr. Guinness discussing the passing of Western Civilization, which at the time, 1973, was being assaulted from both the rise of technology and Eastern thought, while…

Lent 2008: Day 14 – Lenten Thoughts

What are Lenten thoughts? I guess they are musing that fall within the theme of Lent: prayer, sacrifice, fasting, repentance, etc. This year my Lenten theme has been centered on the meaning and purpose of death, “the last great enemy” of mankind, and using Romans 8:20-23 you could include of creation itself. One aspect of…

Lent 2008: Day 13 – Moon and Stars

Tonight there was a full lunar eclipse, which is when the moon completely passes through the earth’s shadow. The next one won’t be until 2010. In the picture below, which I took last night, Saturn is the bright spot to left and the star above the moon is Regulus, which is part of the constellation…

Lent 2008: Day 12 – Anger and Death

Anger is an easy emotion to out of our control, especially when things, big and small, are not going our way. To avoid facing our anger, we have many sidesteps to assist us in avoiding admitting to anger: I am upset about something; I am a little irritable today; I am out of sorts. Most…

Lent 2008: Day 11 – Presidents, Kings, and Jesus

Today is Presidents’ Day, the time when we remember the past leaders of our country. If we were in Jesus’ time, we might be remembering those who ruled during his lifetime and intersected his mission. Herod. King over all Israel (37-4 BC) though under Roman sovereignty and Emperor Augustus. He tried to kill Jesus after…

Lent 2008: Second Sunday – Out of the Darkness

The Gospel reading for today comes from John 3: 1-17. It is where Nicodemus comes to see Jesus during the night to talk with him. Most commentaries and preachers focus on the relationship between night and secrecy, arguing that Nicodemus came then to avoid being seen. While that may well have been his motivation, there…