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April 10, 2011

Perfect…or Flawed?

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PERFECT…OR FLAWED?

     It never ceases to amaze me how two people often view the same person very differently. Below are two interpretations of the same persons, Moses and Rocky.

Moses

     Was his a “life, filled with spectacle, mystery and miracle…the Lawgiver and leader of the Exodus, the ‘towering’ and ‘preeminent’ personality of the Hebrew Bible,” or was his the life of a failed man.? 

     Traditionalist Jewish and Christian scholars “emphasize the unity and coherence of the Pentateuch.” The “D” (Deuteronomic) source treats Moses as the perfect hero.

     Then enters the “P” (Priestly) source, which describes Moses as having “uncircumcised lips,” a powerful Jewish put-down, signifying a religions failing.

“D” treats Moses as an intercessor identifying with the guilty people whom he represented, who was allegedly punished for THEIR sin. “P” claims Moses was punished for his own sins.

     Perfect or flawed? It depends on how the evidence is selected and interpreted.

ROCKY

     So it was with Rocky.

     When Rocky died, he was heralded as a town hero. He had ingratiated himself to a lot of persons: running errands for businesses, giving treats to children and college students, and paying attention to other persons. His actions said he considered people as valuable.

     The other picture.

     In spite of (more…)

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January 20, 2011

Lions Still Guard Majestic Buildings

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THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 1)

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LIONS STILL GUARD MAJESTIC BUILDINGS

SCRIPTURE: And twelve lions stood there on one side and on the other side on the six steps…   (1 Kings 10:20   KJV)

REFLECTION: I try to visit to my childhood home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, every few years. Each time, I trace the roads I traveled as a child. On one street is the former Rockingham Hotel, now a more permanent residence for local persons. One corner of the building holds a restaurant called the Library.

     Two sets of eight steps lead to the entrances of the hotel. Each stairway landing is guarded by (more…)

August 5, 2010

Old Testament History Progresses

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OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY PROGRESSES

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:17   “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill….”  (KJV)

REFLECTION: After a vicious thunderstorm I sat in a rocky cove at Wallis Sands Beach, New Hampshire, watching five to ten foot waves roll shoreward with undefeatable purpose, hitting the sand with resounding break patterns of power and force.

Wallis Sands Beach, N. H.

     Distant waves, calm and peaceful, rose in height, appearing as an expanding mirror. Whitecaps majestically crowned these waves with increasing frequency. Photographic water sprays occurred as waves broke over rocks impeding their progress.

     Some waves raced to catch up with others, merging in an empowering union. Others gracefully moved at their own pace, seeming content in their journey. Some faded out, absorbed by following waves. The white foam created by the waves’ final landing brought beauty, chaos, turmoil, debris, power and hope to the shore.

     As the foam spent itself the remaining water folded (more…)

July 6, 2010

“Over-Stuffed”

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“OVER-STUFFED”

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:19-20    Do not gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal; 20. But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal. (Amp.)

REFLECTION: This scripture is sensible. And I am most guilty of gathering and heaping.

     We stored craft magazines (and other stuff) in our Slippery Rock apartment while we sojourned in Atlanta. A water pipe burst ruining many of the magazines and an antique bookcase. Floodwaters that seeped in from outside ruined (more…)

April 1, 2010

Good Cometh from Evil

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GOOD COMETH FROM EVIL

Genesis 50:15     When Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Perhaps now Joseph will hate us and will pay us back for all the evil we did to him.

REFLECTION: Guilt can remain with a person many years. It did for Joseph’s brothers, producing a fear that Joseph would be like them. And like them, he would want to take revenge on the brothers for their selling him into slavery. The brothers felt their only protection from harm from Joseph was Jacob, their father. Now that he was dead, the door of vengeance was wide open.
      What the brothers did not understand was the (more…)

February 26, 2009

Ashes to Ashes: A Devotion for Ash Wednesday

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ASHES TO ASHES:

A DEVOTION FOR ASH WEDNESDAY

Guest writer Monte W. Holland

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CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS posted three different Lent studies:

Post List for the Lenten Study: The Seven Deadly Sins

Post List for A Daily Online Lenten Study

and/or one 27-day study:

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction

and a quiz

11 Facts About Lent

 

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6, selected verses: “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven—when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you—do not let your right hand know what your left hand is doing—when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret—when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret.” (RSV)

DEVOTION: In the Western church, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and the seventh Wednesday before Easter. Its name comes from the practice of (more…)

November 7, 2008

CHILD ABUSE DEFINITIONS

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CHILD ABUSE DEFINITIONS

 

     When I was director of a Children’s Trust Fund program in a former community, I discovered that my enthusiastic board members had no idea how to define “abuse.” I think this is a common situation, and not unique to this community.
     The term “child abuse” can be defined on several different levels. The LEGAL definition of abuse is provided by (more…)

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