March 23, 2010

Have Visions. Dream dreams.



SCRIPTURE: Joel 2:28   And it will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, and Your young men will see visions.  (NAS)

REFLECTION: My mother, though not a young “man,” envisioned being an artist and a dancer. For complex reasons, those visions never came to fruition. She went on with her life, raising a family while working full time. When she retired her husband, my stepfather, transferred in his job so they could relocate to New England.

     Released from her child-raising and employment demands, she blossomed. She passed her (more…)


Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 30



Monte Holland

This is the thirtieth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 29 

Today’s photographs feature Friedenskirche in Munich, Germany. To view click on:

Beatitudes – Fifth and Sixth

Matthew 5:7-8

 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

      The Fifth Beatitude has a ring of the Golden Rule, which tells us: “If you seek mercy, you should be merciful.” “Mercy rules” are put in place in some sporting events because some people aren’t merciful. Was it mercy in last week’s lesson to allow the physically challenged boy to hit a home run?

     Mercy recognizes that we often are in a position to shame another person, and tells us to respect the other person enough to not to not shame them. I recall some time ago that the coach of a girls’ basketball team was fired because he encouraged and allowed his team to humiliate another girls’ team, 100-0. He was fired for showing no mercy.

     I remember a Little League game where my nephew, Ronnie, was pitching. He was a good pitcher with a hard fastball. A boy was up hitting and Ronnie wasn’t throwing very hard. When I asked his father, my brother Elwin, why he wasn’t throwing faster, I was told that (more…)

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