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Lenten Inspiration from The High Calling

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Return to the Lord
READ Joel 2:1-32
 That is why the LORD says,
“Turn to me now, while there is time.
Give me your hearts.
Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.
Don’t tear your clothing in your grief,
but tear your hearts instead.”
Return to the LORD your God,
for he is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He […]

Ash Wednesday Inspiration from The High Calling

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Ash Wednesday
READ Genesis 3:1-24
“By the sweat of your brow
will you have food to eat
until you return to the ground
from which you were made.
For you were made from dust,
and to dust you will return.”
Genesis 3:19
Today is Ash Wednesday, a day many Christians set aside as a special day. It is a day to remember our […]

Could Mardi Gras Be for Christians?

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10)
Today is Mardi Gras. Many of […]

Honoring Veterans Today

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Today is Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor those who have served in the armed forces of our country. Once known as Armistice Day, to commemorate the armistice that brought an end to the hostilities in World War 1, Veterans Day came into being in 1954 when Congress changed the name so that […]

You Don’t See This Everyday!

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

A few days ago I flew from Los Angeles to San Antonio on Southwest Airlines. I was surprised to find the Southwest section of the terminal decorated for Halloween. Here are a couple of photos:

The Brits Have Another Declaration of Independence!

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

A recent news story revealed a surprising discovery. The British have another original copy of the Declaration of Independence. This copy, one of only 200 that were initially printed, brings to 26 the number of copies in the world today.
It was found, sensibly enough, by an American doing research in the British National Archives in […]

Some Thoughts for Memorial Day

Monday, May 25th, 2009

For most of my life, Memorial Day signified the beginning of summer with a day off from school or work. When I was in college, Memorial Day usually fell during my final exams, so it was an extra study day. For the next couple of decades, my major goal on Memorial Day was to avoid […]

The Real St. Patrick

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

In my youth, St. Patrick’s Day was most of all a day to wear green. Be caught without green and you got pinched by your friends, maybe even your teacher. (That was a long time ago, when teachers dared such things!) To my youthful self, St. Patrick seemed to be the patron saint of greenness […]

Lent Special!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Yesterday I went to one of my favorite restaurants in Boerne, Texas. It’s called the Hungry Horse, and it specializes in Texas-style food: chicken fried steak, burgers, steamed veggies, appetizers, giant salads, etc. etc. As I was standing in line to order (it’s an order at the counter establishment), I noted the sign to the […]

Do You Have to Give Up Something for Lent?

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Part 2 of series: How Lent Can Make a Difference in Your Relationship with God (2009)
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I grew up hearing about Catholics who had to fast during the season of Lent. No meat on Fridays, only fish. This, you must understand, was a costly sacrifice in the […]

How Lent Can Make a Difference in Your Relationship with God

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Part 1 of series: How Lent Can Make a Difference in Your Relationship with God (2009)
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For the past several years, I have followed my posts on Ash Wednesday with a discussion of Lent. I am doing the same this year. Some of what you read in this […]

Staring Death in the Face (2009)

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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The denial of death . . . it’s all around us. When people die, they are often alone, sequestered in hospitals far away from the sad eyes of friends and family. If someone happens to die at home, the corpse is quickly sent away from the grieving […]

What is Ash Wednesday?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. As has been my tradition for several years, in today’s post I will explain some of the basics about this holy day. Tomorrow I’ll add some Ash Wednesday reflections.
What is Ash Wednesday? For most of my life, I didn’t ask this question, nor […]

A Few More Scenes from the Rose Parade

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Yesterday I put up some pictures from my recent tour of the Rose Parade floats. I didn’t actually attend the parade, but rather observed the preparations for the parade. Here are a few more photos:

Notice the amazing quantity and quality of flowers on this small portion of one float. Overall, the Rose Parade uses hundreds […]

Scenes from the Rose Parade

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Along with my family and some friends, I visited the Rose Parade on New Year’s morning. We didn’t actually sit along the parade route and watch the parade live. Rather, we got up extra early and toured the amazing floats before the parade began. I thought I’d share a few scenes from our Rose Parade […]
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