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Devotion for March 5, 2011

March 5, 2011

Devotion for March 5, 2011 Amish communities are known for the practice of barn raising. Within just a few days, the community gathers to build an entire barn for one family, usually in response to a natural disaster that destroyed a barn or sometimes to assist a new family in the community. Typically, participation is mandatory—everyone,...

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Devotion for March 5, 2010

March 5, 2010

Devotion for March 5, 2010 One of the joys of spending time with young children is seeing the world from their perspective—especially seeing them laugh. After watching I Love Lucy with her children, one mom said, “I forgot how funny this show is until I saw my kids laughing hysterically!” The overall message of our passage today is deadly...

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Devotion for March 5, 2009

March 5, 2009

Devotion for March 5, 2009 Last year, the centuries-old city gate of Seoul, South Korea, was destroyed by fire. The 600-year-old Namdaemun, or "Great South Gate," had been a prime tourist attraction, national landmark, and symbol of Korea, regarded in much the same way as the Statue of Liberty is by Americans. Despite the best efforts of...

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Michigan Calendar March 2019

August 30, 2016

March 2019 calendar for MTS-Michigan Library August 30, 2016

Devotion for March 09, 2005

March 9, 2005

Devotion for March 09, 2005 We heard from Plato earlier, and we’ll revisit his thoughts on courage because he put them so succinctly. He wrote, “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” Joshua and Israel had a very simple choice. Either fear the fortified walls of Jericho or fear the Lord. On this occasion, it was no contest. There are two lessons...

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Devotion for March 11, 2005

March 11, 2005

Devotion for March 11, 2005 “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all.” With that statement, Martin Luther King Jr. describes for us the problem with Joshua’s response to the fall at Ai. He apparently lost hope—but God had called...

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Devotion for March 13, 2005

March 13, 2005

Devotion for March 13, 2005 Aristotle has a thought that would have served Israel well during their more inconsistent days in the first few battles of the campaign west of the Jordan: “Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.” Two practices...

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Devotion for March 14, 2005

March 14, 2005

Devotion for March 14, 2005 Helen Keller overcame enormous obstacles. Her victories over blindness and deafness were monumental accomplishments, but her thoughts on courage focused on the smaller details. She wrote, “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and...

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Devotion for March 27, 2005

March 27, 2005

Devotion for March 27, 2005 Susan B. Anthony, a leader in the reforms that brought about a woman’s right to vote, was not the most popular figure in her time. But her courage to face negative public opinion made her a hero in American history. She said, “Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation and social...

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Devotion for March 01, 2006

March 1, 2006

Devotion for March 01, 2006 A wedding ceremony normally begins with what is called the Declaration of Intent. Before the exchanging of vows and rings, the bride and the groom declare their intent to be loyal and faithful to one another. The “I wills” of intent sound the prelude to the “I dos” of the marriage covenant. Our reading from today...

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