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Love

2,000 years ago, someone wrote the following:

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Good Better Best

Easter invites us to experience death and life in that order. Many people respond, “I want my life now, and death can come later.” As my mother would say “A life that wants dessert before the main meal.”

It is a life that avoids pain at all costs and becomes obsessed with happiness. When pain and suffering come (or broken dreams or disease or obesity or insufficient funds), so unprepared for the feeling are we that we run away, desperately searching for a sugar hit of happiness.

Lucifer MorningStar

Lucifer's latest outing into the world is a TV program, based on a comic book series. It is a standard cop drama with a twist.
One of the quotes that captured my attention recently was when Lucifer says "there are no gates on hell. People are free to leave anytime, but they want punishment."

In other words, people are free to enter and leave hell as they wish. But many people prefer to live in a hell of their own making. People are determined to view themselves a bad and needing punishment. They will choose fear over life.

Ask the writer of Luke, “Why a baby story?”

The writer of Luke’s gospel sat down about 100AD (maybe) to write his Gospel. It was about the same time after Jesus as World War II is for us. Luke wanted to explain why Jesus was different.

Only half the Gospels have Jesus as a baby. Luke is the most well-known Christmas story. Most of us know the Luke story and add bits of Matthew’s that fit (and drop the rest). Mark and John do not bother with stories of Jesus as a baby.

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