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Oct 14, 2019
“The God Who Sees”
"The God Who Sees".
  • Oct 14, 2019“The God Who Sees”
    Oct 14, 2019
    “The God Who Sees”
    "The God Who Sees".
  • Oct 7, 2019“Mission El Paso”
    Oct 7, 2019
    “Mission El Paso”
    "Mission El Paso"
  • Sep 30, 2019“Finishing Strong”
    Sep 30, 2019
    “Finishing Strong”
    "Finishing Strong"
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    Sept 22, 2019
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  • Sep 9, 2019“Compassion”
    Sep 9, 2019

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Lent 2018

It is not a tradition that we commemorate much in our denomination.  Growing up we never celebrated it or talked about it at church and when I heard the word the only thing that I knew about “Lent” was that I had some friends at school who would “give something up for Lent.”  Honestly, I had no idea what in the world it was all about.  I can barely remember that someone was “giving up chocolate for Lent” or someone else was “giving up sodas for Lent.”  I didn’t understand it, why were they giving something up?  It wasn’t until I became a pastor and began to read materials that were provided for me that I discovered this tradition of Lent and it really wasn’t until over 10 years later that I began to occasionally incorporate it into my preaching calendar.  I still do not pursue Lent every year, (perhaps I should do so more regularly), but there are times when I see a great value in doing it.  This year as you can deduce, I am celebrating Lent and we will be on a journey, beginning tonight, Ash Wednesday, through Lent.  Let me explain . . .


The Heavens Declare

Perhaps you were up early this morning, on purpose or as a regular course of habit, and saw the super blue blood moon.  We are up each morning at about 4:45 and at about 5:45 we went outside down at the bottom of our driveway to look at the moon.  A blue moon is described as the second full moon in the course of a calendar month.  A super moon is described as a full moon when the moon is the closest to the earth that it will get in its orbit.  And a blood moon or red moon is when there is a lunar eclipse, when the earth is directly in between the moon and the sun and the moon appears to be red.  For all 3 of these to occur at the same time is incredibly rare.  The last lunar eclipse occurred in 2015, but the last super blue moon blood moon able to be observed in the US occurred in 1866.  Wow, and we got to see this one!  (If you didn’t get up early and you missed it, you can go on thousands of sites on the internet and see a time lapse, photos and videos of it – not exactly the same, but at least you’ll get to see it.)


Prayer and Obedience

I believe that there is no power on earth that is as powerful as prayer.  Unfortunately we have gotten to the place where we “know more” and we are “more sophisticated” than we were “before” and now we “realize” that if we are going to get anything done we are going to have to roll up our sleeves, put on our big boy or big girl pants and wade in.  It’s time that we quit “just” praying and realize that nothing is going to get done unless we do it!