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Lent Day 6 /Gift 6

by Barbara Rupholdt

1. We’re exhausted. 2. You can’t *prove* that we have been skipping the, “Read this Bible verse” part of these daily posts. 3. [Reply:] true enough. So, tonight, no “post” to keep me- uh, you- uh, US – from reading the gift which keeps on giving. 4. Re-read Psalm 51:10-12. 5. No, go on; read […]

Lent Day 5/ Gift 5

by Barbara Rupholdt

Oh. I’m tired. Was it really well less than a week ago that we had ashes on our foreheads? How many gifts have we received within that time? The ashes have been washed off for several days now. I think my memory of what those gifts *are* is waning quickly, too. So let’s review before […]

Happy Easter (read Luke 24)

by Barbara Rupholdt

Happy Easter!  Read Luke 24 – you have all day; Easter lasts through midnight. Yep that’s why the big purple box at the top reminds us that the Sundays in Lent are celebrations of the resurrection!  So read Luke 24 – you have until midnight.

Lent Day 4/Gift 4

by Barbara Rupholdt

Today ends Lent, week 1. [BTW, tomorrow, Sunday, does NOT begin Lent, week 2. Intrigued? Tune in tomorrow for that revelation.] Lent is a Christian holiday season. This church – Bethany Ev. Lutheran Church – is a Christian Church. Any true Christian Church is proud – and thankful! – to accept and proclaim reality. Even […]

Lent Day 3 / Gift 3

by Barbara Rupholdt

If you did last night’s homework, you read Genesis, chapters 2 and 3.  You read about the first human being made of humo – “dust.”  You read about the first male, known to us in English by the name Adam.  He is himself named merely for the adamah – dust. Tonight’s homework gives us one […]

Lent: Day Two/Gift Two of 40 Days/Gifts

by Barbara Rupholdt

Imagine that you are (or, were) an adopted child. You, your parents, your entire family … every one of you is content, because, despite knowing each other so well [ LOL ;)], you also know that you are very loved. In truth, you are a beloved — and you know it. However, unbeknownst to you, […]

LENT: Day 1/Gift 1 of 40

by Barbara Rupholdt

Gift one: Ashes, which will be placed on your forehead at tonight’s Ash Wednesday service. Why? Because all human life starts with “ashes” — technically, the better word is “dust.” If you think scientifically, you’d call  the human body carbon – “dust”; If you think like a Latin scholar, you’d call the human body “humo” […]

Keep celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection

by Barbara Rupholdt

1. I know that my Redeemer lives. What comfort this sweet sentence gives! He lives, he lives, who once was dead. He lives, my ever-living Head. He lives triumphant from the grave; He lives eternally to save. He lives all glorious in the sky. He lives exalted there on high. 2. He lives to bless […]

Tonight’s Movie

by Barbara Rupholdt

The Robe our movie tonight. It tells the story of a Roman military tribune who commands the unit that crucifies Jesus.   Everyone I know who has seen this film really finds it both enjoyable and thought provoking. Come and see!