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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

Well, if you are counting, we are just over the halfway point on our journey through the season of Lent. As I often say, Lent is a journey we make once a year to the cross. In many ways, it is like that annual pilgrimage that many Jews used to literally make to Jerusalem for the Passover. Yes, every…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

This Sunday, March 23, we will read the story about the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:5-42). You know the story, where the disciples leave Jesus alone while they go into town to get some food, and Jesus waits for them at Jacob’s well. While Jesus is waiting there, a Samaritan woman comes to the…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

We sure have had some great weather lately, haven’t we? As I write this letter, the temperature is on its way up to 65°. But the weather has also been kind of weird. I was out of town earlier this week, but I was told that on Tuesday we had a thunderstorm in De Soto, but that it snowed in other…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

We have officially started the Season of Lent and for many, we immediately think about fasting. I cannot tell you how many people have said to me, “So, what are you giving up for Lent?” So far, I know of people who are giving up chocolate, coffee (I could never do this!), Coke, all sweets, and one…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

Well, here we already are at the end of the season of Epiphany. For the past ten weeks, we have been celebrating the birth and life of Christ, and now the celebrating is about to come to an end as we prepare to begin the Season of Lent. Yes, next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and so for the next 40 days…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

Last week, I wrote about Christian love and, in that letter, I said, “Christian love is a love that does not involve our feelings. When Jesus speaks of loving each other in the Gospel of John (which we will read about on Maundy Thursday), he is challenging his followers to respect each other, honor…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

So, did you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Most of the time, Jill and I do not go out right on Valentine’s Day, because the restaurants are just too crowded. We normally stay home and cook a nice meal together, but this year we are invited to spend the evening with some good friends.

For many…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

This past Sunday, we held our annual meeting, and it was a very good meeting. We had some great discussions about how we are handling our finances. A motion was made and approved by a voice vote to state that we will always tithe a minimum of 10% of our income to benevolence. We are actually budgeted…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed couple of weeks.

As you probably already figured out when you didn’t receive a letter from me last week, I was on vacation. Jill and I decided it was time to get away and refresh ourselves, so we took a seven-day cruise out of Houston to the Western Caribbean. It was a wonderful week filled with lots of time…

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