Prelude to Easter, Part 1 ~ Preparing for Battle

“Resurrection Sunday”, as many like to call Easter, is only about a month away and around the world, Christians are preparing to celebrate. Multitudes in this country are hoping and praying that the current decline in COVID cases will herald a further lifting of restrictions and that Easter, 2021 will finally see a return to more normal church gatherings and more traditional Easter services. Whether that happens or not, preparing for Easter can  Continue reading

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“The Love Month” Part 4 ~ A Love Gauge that Works

We human beings are obsessed with identifying things and then measuring and analyzing them. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a lifeless hunk of rock, or a living thing. If it exists, we can’t be satisfied until we figure out what it is, why it is, where it came from, what it does, and what we should call it. Our obsession is actually a good thing in many ways. It has led us to a multitude of helpful discoveries, not the least of which is  Continue reading

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“The Love Month” Part 3 ~ A Love We Don’t Write Songs About

I love music. Well…, in the interest of full disclosure, I should qualify that statement a bit and admit right up front that I’m probably a little opinionated regarding that subject. What I mean is that I love music that is performed well and that falls within my limited assessment of what constitutes good music. It’s not that I harbor a personal bias against people who, for some reason, insist that certain strange and unnatural noises should be Continue reading

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“The Love Month” Part 2 ~ Love According to God

As another Valentine’s Day looms ahead, there’s a simple, but important principle worth considering, and it reminds me of a dear friend back in our home state. She is, in the opinion of many, an authentic aficionado when it comes to soup. A dinner invitation from her and her husband often meant being presented with a veritable Continue reading

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Another “Love Month” Begins ~ Part I

In most years, February is probably my least favorite month. It’s a bit early to judge this one yet, but February usually brings challenges we could do without. For instance, before we can manage to pause long enough to be appropriately grateful to God that we made it through January, we get subjected to “Punxsutawney Phil,” an opinionated rodent purported to be both  Continue reading

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To Be, or Not to Be? There’s a Better Question . . .

The anxieties and unanswered questions brought on by these uncertain days remind me of my high school days when, through no fault of our own, we were forced to read Shakespeare. It was an especially abusive procedure for us, especially  Continue reading

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