Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Spirit of Lent

What would you do if you were outside, all alone, with no food for forty days? How would you pass the time? What would you think about? What would
you do?

The season of Lent is a period of preparation for Holy Week, leading up to Easter. It is a time to draw close to the Lord, to seek Him in prayer, to lay aside those things that may take our time and attention away from Him.

For many, it owes much of its spirit to the forty days Jesus spent in the desert in preparation for His ministry.

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Thursday Intermission

Hi! Welcome to this week’s Intermission. Pull up a chair and relax.

“Out of Sight” is a graduation production by three students of the National Taiwan University of Arts. It focuses on a little girl and her imagination as she looks for her runaway dog.

And, since life is often about the tensions–good and evil, joy and sorrow, good times and bad–we’ll balance the sweetness of “Out of Sight” with this understated work of tragedy and loss. While it may play on your heartstrings, you may yet come away with a smile.

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Four Little Words: Teleportation and Life with God

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Second Corinthians 5:17

So what’s the primary difference between living life with God and teleportation? (There’s a sentence you won’t find on most other blogs!)

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Thursday Intermission

Hey there!

It’s Thursday again–time for a break. And since Thursdays are such wonderful, mystical, magical days (what, yours aren’t?), let’s take a look at the magic of Simon’s Cat …

… and the magic of–well, of magic.

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Four Little Words: The Bridge

“God wants you back.”

God wants you to be a garden person; He wants you to walk with Him, to live in relationship with Him. He wants you to know His love for you.

He wants your life to be the daily outworking of bringing the life of the heavenly realm into the earthly realm: “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). And what is His will? The expression of His life and love on the earth.

This kind of God-life brings life, and joy, and healing.

It brings reconciliation with God.

Another way of saying this is that it brings salvation.

How do we enter this kind of life?

It’s fairly simple, really.

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Four Little Words: A Garden People

The Book of Genesis begins with the story of creation. Told as a poem rather than an historical account, the first chapters of the book are a symphony of movement and sudden experience as God calls things into existence:

“Let there be light!”

“Let there be sky!”

“Let there be oceans and dry land!”

“Let there be plants and animals and fish and birds!”

What a joyful, joy-filled span of creativity.

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Thursday Intermission

Hey, there! Thanks for stopping by for your Thursday Intermission.

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, so I thought some step-dancing might be in order. This flash mob was presented in Sydney, Australia by Tourism Ireland.

And here is the story of St. Patrick, as told in Lego form.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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