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The Third Station: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin

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Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture and/or others in this series, please contact Mark D. Roberts Luke 22:66-71 66 When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, […]

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The Second Station: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested

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Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture and/or others in this series, please contact Mark D. Roberts Luke 22:47-48 47  While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of […]

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The First Station: Jesus on the Mount of Olives

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Copyright © Linda Roberts, 2007. For permission to use this picture and/or others in this series, please contact Mark D. Roberts Luke 22:39-46 39 He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the […]

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The Stations of the Cross: Reflections for Lent and Holy Week

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Preface My tradtion during the last few years has been to put up a special Lent and Holy Week devotional series as we approach Good Friday and Easter. Last year I did a series called The Seven Last Words of […]

. . . and a Paula Abdul too!

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Yesterday I suggested that we need a “Simon Cowell” in our lives, somebody who risks telling us the hard truth we probably don’t want to hear. Though I’m not advocating the kind of rudeness in which Simon dabbles at times […]

Do You Need a Simon Cowell?

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Recently I’ve been watching American Idol with exemplary commitment. I’m not exactly the show’s biggest fan, though I do find it entertaining. But by watching American Idol I get to hang out with my teenage daughter, and I am her […]

The Grassy, Grass-less Knoll

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“The Grassy Knoll.” Now there’s a phrase that has made it’s way into American culture and history. There are grassy knolls all over our country, but only one gets to be called “The Grassy Knoll.” And I’m quite sure that […]

A Familiar Name, A Familiar Place, and a Feeling of Sadness

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On Saturday I put up a picture of the Dallas Morning News building in Dallas, Texas, focusing on the inspiring inscription on the front wall. I explained that this statement was adapted from a speech by George Dealey, who had […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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In the Darkest Valley READ Psalm 23:1-6  Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Psalm 23:4 We are in […]

“Build the News on the Rock of Truth”

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During my recent sojourn in Dallas, I was surprised to see a giant inscription on the wall of the Dallas Morning News building. It reads: BUILD THE NEWS UPON THE ROCK OF TRUTH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS CONDUCT IT ALWAYS UPON THE […]

Congratulations to the ESV Study Bible

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Last night I attended the 2009 Christian Book Awards in Dallas, Texas. The awards are given by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association in several categories: Bibles, Children & Youth, Christian Life, Bible Reference & Study, Inspiration & Gift, Fiction, and […]

Texas Capitol in Spring

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A couple of weeks ago I spoke at the Texas Capitol Fellowship, a gathering of Christians who work in the Texas state government. The Capitol itself looked beautiful as spring has just begun to dawn in Austin. In the photo […]

Suitable for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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Today I saw something on my browser that is suitable for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. You know, it’s when he shows all sorts of funny print ads and newspaper articles. Well, here’s what I saw today: Now I’m […]

The Real St. Patrick

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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 […]

Final Photos from Florida

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You’ve seen exotic birds. You’ve seen Gators and Manatees. You’ve seen some curiously helpful signs. Now, here are my final Florida photos: Tree of Gold (Tabebuia caraiba) in Full Bloom Palm Trees at Dusk (outside of Disney’s Hollywood Studios) Sunset […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Joy of God’s Presence READ Psalm 21:1-13  You have endowed him with eternal blessings and given him the joy of your presence. Psalm 21:6 Psalm 21 focuses on the king of Israel. It celebrates many ways God has blessed […]

Another Helpful Sign in Florida

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Yesterday I put up the “how to wash your hands in the restroom” sign from Disney World. That’s not the only helpful sign I saw on my recent trip to Florida. Take the following example from a neighborhood in Orange […]

Hand Washing Tips from Disney’s Epcot

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A couple of days ago I made my first visit to Epcot, one of the four theme parks in Disney World, Florida. I was impressed by the overall experience. As always, Disney’s attention to detail is extraordinary. But I’ve never […]

More Than Birds in Florida

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During our visit to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in central Florida we saw more than amazing birds. We almost stumbled upon several alligators in a little canal along the road. As we hopped out of the car to see […]

A Few More Birds in Florida

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During my sojourn in Florida, I was able to visit Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. It lies along the Atlantic coast of central Florida, about 50 miles due east of Orlando. Among the animals we saw were several birds that […]

Birds in Florida

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Last week I attended a leadership conference in Florida. Though my schedule was full, I did manage to get an hour to walk along the beach in Naples. I was fascinated by the birds, several species of which I have […]

Websites Reviewed: Faith Blogging

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I recently learned of a new website that I will visit regularly. It’s called Faith Blogging: Complete Coverage of Christian Blogs and Bloggers. This is not to say that Faith Blogging covers all of the Christian blogs in the blogosphere. […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Signposts of Nature READ Psalm 19:1-14 The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Psalm 19:1 I grew up in Southern California. The combination of smog and ambient light from Los Angeles and its suburbs meant […]

Jet Plane Engine at Sunset

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Here’s a recent view out of my window of a Delta airplane. We were somewhere over North Carolina.

The Monkey and the Fish: An Interview with the Author, Dave Gibbons

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Yesterday I began a two-part “interview” with Dave Gibbons, author of The Monkey and the Fish: Liquid Leadership for a Third-Culture Church. Today I’ll finish up my conversation with Dave. Let me say, once again, how much I appreciate Dave’s […]

The Monkey and the Fish: An Interview with the Author, Dave Gibbons

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Today I’m part of a blog tour connected with the release of a new book, The Monkey and the Fish: Liquid Leadership for a Third-Culture Church, by Dave Gibbons. My website is one of fourteen that Dave will “visit” today […]

Happy Birthday, Mom!

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Today is my mother’s birthday. Since I’m not able to be with her, I figured I’d do the next best thing and put up a blog post in her honor. (Well, okay, okay, before I get a dozen rebuking comments, […]

Lent Special!

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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 […]

â??God Onlyâ? – A Great Piece on Lenten Spirituality

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Mark Galli, the senior managing editor of Christianity Today, has written an outstanding piece on Lenten spirituality. It’s called: “God Only.” Galli’s insights speak incisively to some of the trends in contemporary Christianity. But they also touched me personally. I […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Ultimate Satisfaction READ Psalm 17:1-15  Because I am righteous, I will see you. When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied. Psalm 17:15 Psalm 17 overflows with David’s prayers of asking: hear my plea, listen […]

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