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Pentecost: A Renewable Source of Abundance

June 7, 2014

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Under the Influence of Jesus

Imagine how you would feel if someone stepped into your life, paid off all of your debts, and set up a line of credit for you to draw from for the rest of your life! I know one thing…I’d like this person’s business card! This scenario may sound far-fetched, but in essence, this is what […]

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Preparing for Pentecost

May 16, 2014

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Pentecost Sunday is less than a month away! As we look forward to this wonderful feast, I thought I would share with you an excerpt from my book, Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ, that explores what happened on that first Christian Pentecost! As recorded in Acts of the Apostles, […]

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Sunday of Divine Mercy – Taking Delight in Others

April 25, 2014

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Recently, during one of my many airport experiences, I observed a young girl, maybe 4 years old, doing a little dance and calling out to her mother: “Mommy! Look! Mommy! Look at me! Mommy! LOOK!” Like every child, this little girl desperately wanted, not only her mother’s attention, but her mother’s approval and admiration. It’s […]

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Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!

April 19, 2014

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I know little about the Greek language, however, when I was in my Doctor of Ministry program, one of my classmates was an Orthodox priest who taught me that their Easter greeting is “Christos Anesti!” which means, “Christ is Risen!” to which the response is “Alithos Anesti!” or “Indeed, He is Risen!” or “Truly, He […]

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Knowing How the Story Ends, Changes How You Experience the Story

April 14, 2014

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As we enter and proceed through Holy Week, it is important for us to remember that we know how the story “ends!” And, of course, the story of Jesus’ Passion does not end with his death but is followed by Resurrection. It’s like this. Recently, I had a chance to watch a DVD that re-tells […]

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Holy Week and Easter Resources

April 11, 2014

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Holy Week

As we approach Holy Week and then the glorious 50-day celebration of Easter, here are some resources that I’m sure you will find helpful. Holy Week Resources Easter Resources

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A Lenten Family Day

March 19, 2014

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Cyndi from Louisville, KY, shares the following. Great job, Cyndi! Hi Joe Just wanted to share how our Sunday Religious Program has used one of your 40 ideas for Lent. We took the Declaration of Dependence you proposed for the class and expanded it to be for the entire program and all the families. At […]

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Ash Wednesday and Lent: Holiness is a Habit

March 4, 2014

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Lent

Welcome to Lent…a time to rid ourselves of habits that are doing little good or even causing harm to ourselves and others and to replace them with habits that are life-giving. Unfortunately, old habits die hard. And contrary to the popular notion that habits can be changed in twenty-one days, experts tell us that it can take up […]

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Ash Wednesday (Lent) is ONE MONTH From Today!

February 5, 2014

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It’s hard to believe, but Ash Wednesday is exactly one month from today (March 5, 2014)! Don’t forget the following resources I’m making available to you: My FREE Lenten PowerPoint (As promised, here is that same Lenten PowerPoint in PDF format) 40 Ideas for 40 Days of Lent Lent Resources for small faith groups In addition, […]

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40 Ideas for 40 Days of Lent!

February 3, 2014

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It’s that time once again! The Lenten season is just one month away! To help you with your planning, I’m once again providing my popular 40 Ideas for 40 Days. Let me know which activities you chose to do, how you did them (adding your own twists) and  how things turned out! In addition, here are […]

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