Lent Devotion for April 11, 2019

Psalm 118:1–4 (NRSV) 1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;his steadfast love endures forever!2 Let Israel say,“His steadfast love endures forever.”3 Let the house of Aaron say,“His steadfast love endures forever.”4 Let those who fear the Lord say,“His steadfast love endures forever.” This psalm starts with a call and response.  Give thanks…his steadfast love endures forever. Let Aaron say…his steadfast love endures forever. Let Israel say…his steadfast love endures forever. Let all say…his steadfast love endures forever. Repetition is a tool that Bible authors used to convey their points memorably.  This psalm quickly drills down to … Continue reading Lent Devotion for April 11, 2019

The Power of a Disciplined Life

We seldom get rid of an evil merely by understanding its causes…and for all our insight, obstinate habits do not disappear until replaced by other habits. But habits are won only by exercise, and appropriate education is the sole means to this end. The patient must be drawn out of themself into other paths, which is the true meaning of “education,” and this can only be achieved by an educative will… …no amount of confession and no amount of explaining can make the crooked plant grow straight it must be trained upon the trellis of the norm by the gardener’s … Continue reading The Power of a Disciplined Life