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A Prophetic Lent

03/04/2015 - 12:03am

The Secret of Confession

03/03/2015 - 12:03am

The Secret of Fasting

2 hours 15 min ago
Almost all the great men and women of God throughout history have known a secret, the secret of fasting.

LISTENING POST - One Bread, One Body, Mar 1, 2015

03/01/2015 - 12:08am
Second Sunday of Lent
Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18 | Romans 8:31-34 | Psalm 116:10, 15-19 | Mark 9:2-10

"Listen to Him." —Mark 9:7

The Lord is the most important Person in the world to listen to, and the most important thing He says is: "If a man wishes to come after Me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and follow in My steps" (Mk 8:34). Nevertheless, although ... More

ABBA - One Bread, One Body, Feb 28, 2015

02/28/2015 - 12:08am
Deuteronomy 26:16-19 | Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8 | Matthew 5:43-48

"This will prove that you are sons of your heavenly Father." —Matthew 5:45

In this time of Lent, the Church emphasizes more than ever the command: "In a word, you must be made perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Mt 5:48). Like our Father, we must show love practically even to our persecutors and enemies (Mt ... More

TODAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME - One Bread, One Body, Feb 27, 2015

02/27/2015 - 12:08am
Ezekiel 18:21-28 | Psalm 130:1-8 | Matthew 5:20-26

"Lose no time." —Matthew 5:25

"All's well that ends well." "If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all My statutes and does what is right and just, he shall surely live, he shall not die" (Ez 18:21). The "good thief" lived a miserable life, ... More

FORMING AN ASK-FORCE - One Bread, One Body, Feb 26, 2015

02/26/2015 - 12:08am
Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25 | Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8 | Matthew 7:7-12

"Ask, and you will receive. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened to you. For the one who asks, receives." —Matthew 7:7-8

Some ingenuous Bible preachers and teachers have tried to expound on the differences between asking, seeking, and knocking. However, all three commands probably mean the same thing. Jesus is simply and repeatedly commanding us to ask, ask, and ... More

CONNECT THE DOTS - One Bread, One Body, Feb 25, 2015

02/25/2015 - 12:08am
Jonah 3:1-10 | Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19 | Luke 11:29-32

"Every man shall turn from his evil way." —Jonah 3:8

The people of Nineveh, wicked as they were, made the connection between their sins and the destruction to come. These people frequently brutalized and butchered large numbers of people. They were pagans, spiritually dead, the least likely to ... More

THE WORD FOR LENT - One Bread, One Body, Feb 24, 2015

02/24/2015 - 12:08am
Isaiah 55:10-11 | Psalm 34:4-7, 16-19 | Matthew 6:7-15

"So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but shall do My will, achieving the end for which I sent it." —Isaiah 55:11

God's Word does not return void but achieves the end for which it is sent. Because God's Word is always "living and effective" (Heb 4:12), it is "more precious than thousands of gold and silver pieces" (Ps 119:72). Therefore, we should read and ... More

POOR PLANNING - One Bread, One Body, Feb 23, 2015

02/23/2015 - 12:08am
St. Polycarp
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18 | Psalm 19:8-10, 15 | Matthew 25:31-46

"I assure you, as often as you did it for one of My least brothers, you did it for Me." —Matthew 25:40

The Lord says that you shall not "stand by idly when your neighbor's life is at stake" (Lv 19:16). The Lord says: "I assure you, as often as you did or did not provide for the needs of the least of your brothers and sisters, you did or did not ... More

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - One Bread, One Body, Feb 22, 2015

02/22/2015 - 12:08am
First Sunday of Lent
Genesis 9:8-15 | 1 Peter 3:18-22 | Psalm 25:4-9 | Mark 1:12-15

"He stayed in the wasteland forty days...He was with the wild beasts." —Mark 1:13

Mark's Gospel was written around 70 A.D., and is believed to have been written in Rome. At that time in Rome, it was not uncommon for Christians to be thrown into an arena with hungry wild beasts, such as lions and tigers, to be martyred by ... More

WALKING INTO GLORY - One Bread, One Body, Feb 21, 2015

02/21/2015 - 12:08am
St. Peter Damian
Isaiah 58:9-14 | Psalm 86:1-6 | Luke 5:27-32

"Then you shall delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth." —Isaiah 58:14

We are on the fourth day of a forty-day journey through the desert of Lent. Our destination is the celebration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead. When we meet the risen Christ in a new way this Easter time, "light shall rise" for us "in the ... More

PULLING A FAST <U>ONE</U> - One Bread, One Body, Feb 20, 2015

02/20/2015 - 12:08am
Isaiah 58:1-9 | Psalm 51:3-6, 18-19 | Matthew 9:14-15

"Do you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?" —Isaiah 58:5

Fasting is limiting our intake of food in obedience to God for the building of His kingdom. It may involve eating nothing, eating a little less, or eating plainer, less tasty foods. Although the Lord often calls us to cut back significantly in ... More

A LIFE-GIVING LENT? - One Bread, One Body, Feb 19, 2015

02/19/2015 - 12:08am
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 | Psalm 1:1-4, 6 | Luke 9:22-25

"I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life." —Deuteronomy 30:19

On this second day of Lent, the Lord tells us that Lent is a matter of life or death. Because of what we let the Lord do in us last Lent, some babies, poor people, and elderly people are alive today who would have been killed in our culture of ... More

My People, Vol. 28, Issue 2

02/19/2015 - 12:05am
Suffering Can Lead To Wisdom Of Heart
No Longer Slaves, But Brothers And Sisters
Don't Feel Bad
Book Presents Life's Greatest Lessons
Prison To Praise
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

HOME ALONE - One Bread, One Body, Feb 18, 2015

02/18/2015 - 12:08am
Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:12-18 | 2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2 | Psalm 51:3-6, 12-14, 17 | Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

"Yet even now, says the Lord, return to Me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts." —Joel 2:12-13

Because we are all members of Christ's Body and therefore need each other (1 Cor 12:12ff), we must not absent ourselves from the assembly (Heb 10:25). Instead, we should "call an assembly; gather the people, notify the congregation; assemble the ... More

BLINDING SPEED - One Bread, One Body, Feb 17, 2015

02/17/2015 - 12:08am
Seven Founders of, the Order of Servites
Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10 | Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10 | Mark 8:14-21

"Are your minds completely blinded? Have you eyes but no sight?" —Mark 8:17-18

Jesus was appalled at His disciples' spiritual blindness. They were blinded to the significance of the two multiplications of the loaves and fishes. They were blinded to Who Jesus was. This blindness would eventually lead His disciples to ... More

THE BEST OR THE REST? - One Bread, One Body, Feb 16, 2015

02/16/2015 - 12:08am
Genesis 4:1-15, 25 | Psalm 50:1, 8, 16-17, 20-21 | Mark 8:11-13

"Abel, for his part, brought one of the best firstlings of his flock." —Genesis 4:4

Both Cain and Abel brought offerings to the Lord. God accepted Abel and his offering, but He did not look with favor on Cain and his offering. Although we don't know the details of this event, Scripture does provide us with a clue into what God ... More

SCABS AND PUS - One Bread, One Body, Feb 15, 2015

02/15/2015 - 12:08am
6th Sunday Ordinary Time
Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 | 1 Corinthians 10:31—11:1 | Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11 | Mark 1:40-45

"The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 'If someone has on his skin a scab or pustule or blotch which appears to be the sore of leprosy, he shall be brought to Aaron, the priest.' " —Leviticus 13:1-2

Do you have a spiritual scab, pustule, or blotch? Do you need inner healing? A scab is a past hurt beginning to heal but still a touchy subject. You feel like picking at it or at a certain person and opening the wound once again. Don't touch the ... More