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Amen

The word “Amen” is translated the same in Hebrew, Greek, Latin and English. In fact, it is the same in every language. The literal meaning of it is not “so be it.” This may be the popular definition but the literal meaning is “truth.” When you say “Amen” you are saying “that is the truth.”

I am not there yet

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye [Matthew 7:1-5].” Similarly in Luke 6:37, we read: “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.”

Choices

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19-31.

Resurrection power at work in us

After what has seemed to me a long, dark, and cold winter, I can finally see the hopeful signs of spring coming forth. All of creation around us — the trees, and bushes, the flowers, the grass — everything that seemed dead only days ago is springing to new life. Even the birds and animals seem to share in this Canticle of Resurrection.

When things don’t go as planned

Ever have one of those days when things didn’t go as planned? All of us have had small things go wrong in our lives. But, sometimes, it is bigger than burned toast and lost car keys. Sometimes, the world around you is falling apart.

Contests and Promotions

Walking by the Spirit

Galatians 5:16 tells Christians, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” So how does one walk by the Spirit? When you are attentive to and follow the prompting and leading of the Person of the Holy Spirit as you adhere to the Word of God you are walking by the Spirit.

Peek-a-boo, I see you

There is a true story about the famous Violinist Joshua Bell. In an experiment initiated by The Washington Post, Bell donned a baseball cap and played a violin, valued at nearly $4 million, as an incognito street performer in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2007.

Why were you born?

God created each of us for a reason. Many people live and die, searching for some kind of purpose to their lives —where they fit, whether they really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Be resolved

A new year has begun, an old year has entered the history books, and I have most likely broken all the “resolutions” I made just a few days ago on the eve of 2015. Oh well, as I’ve often said, “there is always next year.”

A Holy and Merry Christmas

Some of my earliest memories center on church services at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Pt. Pleasant, W.Va., and especially the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. It was called the “Midnight Mass” not because, as one would think, it started at the strike of 12 a.m., but because the actual taking of Holy Communion, and the closing of the service, was around midnight.