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The Church JESUS Built in Santiago

  The Church JESUS Built in Santiago    By Pastor Jerry Cross I had never seen my father weep uncontrollably before. He came to visit me my first year of seminary, he a pastor, missionary, theology professor, came for one purpose, to try and convince me to not go into pastoral ministry. Weeping, he begged me not to make such a horrible mistake! He said, "Son, I know you well, your gifts, your weaknesses, your temperament, and above all how introverted you are, so much so that you run from people. Son, I assure you that in ministry there is nowhere to hide. You must constantly deal with people, something I know you hate to do!"  I answered him, "Daddy, I know that you are warning me because you love me and do not want me to make such a mistake. I actually agree with every word you say about my temperament. So much so that I have told my Heavenly Father the exact same thing a thousand times, that I am not cut out for pastoral ministry. Not only does he not

Lent a Way of Life

  Lent a Way of Life By  Mitiku Adisu credit: jamestabor.com Not all Christian groups know what to do with the 40 days leading up to Easter. All recognize Lent as church tradition but would often search scripture to get around taking time off to meditate on Jesus. * Attempt is made to supplant the season with activities or to simply remember it in a haphazard manner or, in exasperation, dump the tradition at the door of liturgical churches. Lent, it is understood in some quarters, does not suit the lifestyle of the urban dweller. However we wish to observe Lent, what matters most is in the end not activities per se but Jesus; not evasion or presumed observances but consecrating oneself and the season to Christ and his Holy Spirit. One abstained from distractions to feast solely on Jesus the Bread of Life broken for us. One gained by losing. Western churches may feel drawn to feasts [Christmas] than to fasts [Lent]; likewise, one could make the case that Eastern c