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St. Patrick's Day Explained

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle. He was born in Britain and was kidnapped and taken to Ireland. He escaped captivity, but returned to Ireland where he taught people about Christianity by explaining the Holy Trinity using the three leaves of the shamrock.  He died on March 17, 461 and his life is celebrated on this date each year. With Saint Patrick's Day falling during Lent, the rules of the Lenten season are waived, as many Irish spend the morning at church and the afternoon eating and celebrating.  The first St. Patrick's Day parade was believed to be held in St. Augustine, Florida back in 1601. Over the next century, the Irish immigrant population grew...

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Lent 2021- Prayer, Fasting, and Reflection

You may, or may not, have heard the phrase “observing Lent” or had someone say to you that they “gave (insert anything) up for Lent.” If you grew up in a denomination that observes Lent, then you are probably familiar with how and why it is observed. If you did not, no worries. Below is all you need to know and a good refresher for those who may be more familiar.

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The Greatest of These is LOVE

  I am sure that everybody knows the history of Valentine's Day and has heard all of the legendary stories of Cupid or Eros or whatever you want to call him. So today, instead of all of that, I thought it would be a welcomed change to talk about the different forms of love mentioned in the Bible. The English language is so limiting that when we tell someone we love them, we have to add adjectives to describe the degree and an adverb to describe the quality (ex. "I truly love you very much). The Greeks had an entirely separate word for each degree and quality of love, so there is no fluff and filler to the expression.  ...

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A Brand New Want To

I found this in my journal this morning. I am not sure where or who it came from, but this is speaking directly to me on this first day of February.  January was a brutal month for me personally. What I have learned is that strong faith is truly a firm foundation. I learned that I am not as fragile as I thought. I learned that Romans 5: 3-5 is absolutely true and through trials God develops our character. I am thankful that my hope is in the Lord and that hope does not put me to shame "because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirt." When you find yourself of the other side of...

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