February 10-14, 2016
Luke 4:1-13
Romans 10:8b-13
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

Lincoln and Lent
Ash Wednesday

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John Fitzgerald
"Lincoln and Lent" by John Fitzgerald

Lincoln and Lent
by John Fitzgerald
2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10

Two days from now (Feb. 12) is the celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Father Abraham led our nation through the fiery crucible of Civil War and emancipated slaves. For these and other notable achievements, Lincoln is considered by most Americans to be the greatest of United States Presidents.

Many scholarly books have been devoted to analysis of Mr. Lincoln’s genius. One of his more remarkable traits is the ability to preserve in face of severe hardship. It is worthwhile to review the record of Lincoln in overcoming discouragement.... >>Click here for the full installment.

In the Wilderness
Lent 1

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Peter Andrew Smith
"In the Wilderness" by Peter Andrew Smith
"Something to Believe In" by Sandra Herrmann

In the Wilderness
by Peter Andrew Smith
Luke 4:1-13

Sid wandered into the hotel restaurant and picked up the menu. He wasn’t really hungry at this late hour but there was nothing on television and nothing for him to do until the morning. He took a seat and considered his choices.

“What’s good?” he asked the waiter.

“Pretty much everything.” The waiter pointed at a few selections. “Personally I like the fried platter or the burger with the works.”

Sid scanned the options. “I think I’ll go with the chicken sandwich.”

“Fries with that or a salad?”

Sid thought for a moment. Carolyn was onto him about his weight and he knew he didn’t need the calories. “Salad.”

“And to drink?” the waiter asked. “We’ve got a fully stocked bar so you can have whatever you want.”

Sid looked over at the bottles behind the counter. He wasn’t driving anywhere and Carolyn wasn’t there to get upset and tell him he had a problem with alcohol. Sure he might have drunk too much when he was younger but that was years ago. Sid thought it over. Maybe after his meal he would have something.

“Just water please.”

“Sure.” The waiter took the menu. “Maybe I can tempt you later.”

Sid gave him a weak smile. He wondered if maybe he’d made a mistake coming down here. It was just that upstairs with the internet access and nothing to do, he had thought about going to some of those sites that the guys at work were always talking about. He would never think of it at home with Carolyn and the children around but here there was no reason for him not to see what all the fuss was about. He sighed. He was at a religious conference, a gathering of people talking about church and God. The session today had been inspiring and uplifting. Why was he now thinking about all the things he shouldn’t be doing?

The waiter arrived with his drink. “Your sandwich will just be a minute.”


“You mind if I ask you a question? Things are slow here.”

“Sure.” Sid gestured to the empty chair across from him.... >>Click here for the full installment.

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