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Choose Life

[Luke 9:23, Deut. 30:1-20 (14-18), and Matt. 4:1-11]

I've made some bad choices in my life before. Heck, I make bad choices most days. However I have learned that making good choices is wiser than making bad ones. Pretty profund huh? Wisdom has taught me to navigate my way through the subsequent actions that follow each choice presented me and over time I have learned to make wiser decisions a larger percentage of the time. This doesn't happen for everyone unfortunately.

I am thankful for God's grace, mercy and love that he doesn't cast me down for forever because of bad choices I make. Instead he allows me learn and develop from the errors of my ways. Maybe you can relate too?

Each day I can choose good, bad, life or death.  I am reluctant to share that after all I've been taught, though all the great role models I've had in my life sometimes I still don't "get it," I still make the same mistakes thinking that results will be different. It's a h…

The Collect for the 3rd Sunday in Lent

Almighty God,
You know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I remember today that the goal of our faith isn't knowledge, knowledge is just the start. Our knowledge should push us to action, and our action to love god and love others. Thus, memory of what God has done reminds us that God is gracious towards us and loves us. We are to remember [and not forget] the incredible love that our father in heaven has lavished us with. 

I'm thankful for this morning scripture in Peter. I'm thankful for the people that gave their lives to keep the story alive and in front of me. I thankful for the ancient saints who consider their lives not as important as they did making sure that Christ was shared and told to others. I'm thankful for the authors, professors, mentors and leaders in my life who considered it important to use their time and talents to keep the story alive. I'm thankful for all the people who showed me loving-kindness, and by doing so witnessed to me that Christ was real, gracious, gentle, and wonderful.

This morning the t…