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In Honor of St. Patrick READ Genesis 50:14-23 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50:20 Today is St. …Read More

What is Ash Wednesday? What is Ash Wednesday? For most of my life, I didn’t ask this question, nor did I care about the answer. I, along, with most evangelical Christians in America, didn’t give Ash Wednesday a thought. But …Read More

Three weeks from now, many Christians will gather for services on Ash Wednesday. Thus will begin the season of Lent, a six-week time of preparation for Good Friday and Easter. Over the years, I have produced a variety of online …Read More

This morning my family and I made our annual trek to the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. We don’t actually watch the parade, however. Rather, we come early in the morning and view the floats close up. Then we watch …Read More

When I lived in Irvine, California, my neighborhood had an annual Fourth of July parade and carnival. The parade included the children who lived nearby. They made floats from their bikes, trikes, and wagons. Then, with patriotic music blaring, they …Read More

Gracious, Sovereign God, Lord of all nations, On this Memorial Day, we pause to reflect upon our blessings as a nation and the high cost of those blessings for many. Thank you for the freedom we enjoy in this country, …Read More

My last post in this series began to answer the question: So, then, what difference does it make for us today that the first Christians were filled with the Holy Spirit almost two millennia ago on the Jewish festival of …Read More

In yesterday’s post I gave a brief overview of some basic facts about Pentecost: What is Pentecost?What does the word “Pentecost” mean?What actually happened on the day of Pentecost?Should we believe that all of this actually happened?How is Pentecost related …Read More

This coming Sunday, Christians across the world will celebrate Pentecost. In fact, not all Christians recognize this holiday (holy day). But it is generally honored in liturgical churches (Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox, etc.), in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches, …Read More