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I pray that all had a very spiritual, safe and HappyEaster remembering first: Jesus was crucified for the right for man/woman to have someone to take and forgive them of their sins, and become children, heirs and ambassadors of Jehovah YHWH God. In the name of Christ Jesus. Amen.

“Pastor, there is a man that wants to see you, can you spare a minute.” The truth was, I couldn’t spare any time, but knew I was trapped. “Sure, show him to the conference room, I’ll be there in a minute.” On the way down the hall I was preparing my best “We can give you food but can’t give you any money speech.” To my surprise, I was met by a well-groomed man holding his wife’s hand.

“I think you knew my father,” he said, “his name was Bill Brooks.” “Bill Brooks, sure, I baptized him about a year ago, but haven’t seen him in a while, is he O.K.?” “No,” his son said, “that’s why I’m here—he killed himself yesterday.”

After I baptized Bill, he came to the office a couple of times for counseling. He was experiencing deep guilt over something that he couldn’t seem to shake. I did the best I could to encourage him but never really got through to him. He slipped away from the church, and I never reached out to him like I knew I should.

“We’re here to see if you would be willing to hol…
April 10

Attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux, 1091–1153
Translated into German by Paul Gerhardt, 1607–1676
Translated into English by James W. Alexander, 1804–1859
  And when they had plaited a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit upon Him, and took the reed, and smote Him on the head. (Matthew 27:29, 30 KJV)
It is difficult to join our fellow believers each Lenten season in the singing of this passion hymn without being moved almost to tears. For more than 800 years these worshipful lines from the heart of a devoted medieval monk have portrayed for parishioners a memorable view of the suffering Savior.
This remarkable text has been generally attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux, the very admirable abbot of a monastery in France. Forsaking the wealth and ease of a noble family for a life of simplicity, holiness, prayer, and min…