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24
Mar

"Spread the message: ‘Christ is Risen’" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.  
   “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. 
   “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”  Mark 16:5-7. 
   Easter is almost here. We have walked with Jesus through these past 40 days of Lent. 
   On Good Friday we will experience Jesus’ passion, but we will wait with anticipation His resurrection. I was able to go see a couple movies these past few weeks.

I did get to see  The Young Messiah and Risen. 

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Thu
24
Mar

"Don’t let Easter pass without getting into the Word" by: Betsy Monico

   Spring in here. I can see it and feel it. The birds are singing, the trees are budding and our allergies are kicking. 
   We constantly cling to a box of Kleenex and rub our eyes. 
   The Bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes line the highways and whisper to us that spring is here. 
   They are as beautiful as any Monet painting I saw on my travels in Europe and literally take my breath away every year.
   My husband mowed one day last week for the first time. 
   We have a lot of ground to cover here. It is both stressful to get it all done and a source of joy for him I think. 
   The finished product is absolutely beautiful. We built our house about 12 years ago in the middle of a pasture. 

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Thu
24
Mar

"Be kind, forgive because God has forgiven you" by: Caleb Gibson

   When did the new covenant start? 
   Our Bible divider says that the new covenant started after the book of Malachi, but does the new covenant begin with Jesus in a manger? I hope not.
   2 Timothy 2:15 tells us, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
   This was written to a young pastor named Timothy. Paul was telling Timothy to rightly divide the Bible (the word of truth). 
   Notice the word, “divide” has to do with separating something (the old and new covenants). 
   These covenants need to be separated to have a clear view of the Bible.
   Good Friday is a day of celebration because it is the beginning of the new covenant. 
   The new covenant started at the Cross. When Jesus spoke to people, during His life, He was speaking to people under the old covenant law. 

Thu
17
Mar

"It’s important to seek life’s stillness, tranquility" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   Last month I was given the opportunity to visit my grandmother in Mexico. 
   This is my canonical year as a novice and we are supposed to stay a year in the convent without leaving. 
   Fortunately Canon Law provides a few days that we are able to spend outside the convent in case of emergencies. 
   My grandmother is very ill and I did want to see her before the inevitable happens and I was given permission.  
   I was actually in Mexico while the pope was there visiting as well. 
   I didn’t go see him even though one of the places he was at was only an hour away from my grandmother’s home. 
   My visit was to spend time with my grandmother and I really wanted to spend the time I was there making lasting memories. 
   I was only there for a week and going to see the pope would have taken at least a day and a half away from my visit with my grandmother. 

Thu
17
Mar

"Jesus everything with how we live our lives" by: Betsy Monico

   I should have been a trucker. I love driving. 
   I have covered many a mile with my kids and with my hubby when he is off of work and can tag along. 
   Call me crazy, but I love coffee, being trapped in a car, and the open road. I am fully content to just ride and look!
The reason I love buckling up in the car and taking off is that there is no housework, homework, or honestly work at all. 
   There is nothing much to do but just drive along and sing along.  
   I traveled all over the world when I was younger. 
   My budget is different now and traveling with six and especially flying makes me a nervous wreck, so I consider every little trip we take as an adventure and a trip.
A bonus too is that I feel like I have the attention of my kids when we are in the car. 
   There are fewer distractions than if we are at home. 
   Some major life topics have been covered on the road to and from Dallas, to and from town. 

Thu
17
Mar

"Faith qualifies us to receive God’s grace" by: Caleb Gibson

 What is the secret to great faith? We can understand this by two stories in the Bible. 
   A centurion came up to Jesus saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented…say the word, and my servant will be healed... (Matt. 8:6-8). 
   The Bible explains, Jesus marveled when He heard this. 
   He said, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.” (Matt. 8:10).
Many people see the centurion and think that he had “great faith,” because he would have understood authority. 
   He was in the Roman Army and was qualified. 
   The problem with this theory is that there was another person who had “great faith” and was nothing like a soldier. 
   Jesus came across only two people whom He called “great faith,” one was a centurion and the other was a homemaker.

Thu
17
Mar

"Making a brave stand against picking, tilling" by: Jessica Shepard

   I know that, technically the first day of Spring isn’t until March 20.
   But, with my allergies right now, there’s more than enough pollen to signify its arrival.
   In fact, it’s a bit earlier than anticipated.
   Though, given the warm winter we had, I can’t blame things for going this way.
   Well, except, perhaps, global warming.
   But, that’s another topic for another day.
   Unfortunately with the onset of Spring, that brings my mom on a whole tangent for planting a garden.
   Worse still, waiting for native blackberries to jump out and scream to be picked.

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Thu
17
Mar

"All take a week off" by: John Sample

   Well Spring Break, St. Patrick’s Day and Day Light Savings Time have all descended upon us here in the Ides of March with Easter and Spring on the horizon. 
   All I can say is that here in the Hill Country things are beautiful with rivers and streams running at levels we haven’t seen in almost a decade. 
   With all the time on your hands come see the wild flowers that will be like nothing you have seen in quite some time.
   I am sure you are thinking what has that got to do with the equities markets. It is just a bit of bright news on an unremarkable period for equities. 
   We just experienced the lowest trading volume day of the year. 
   Retail sales numbers for last month were revised downward. The only sectors of the market that have performed well are Telecoms and Utilities. 

Thu
10
Mar

"Remember Ohio hero with pot on his head?" by: Jessica Shepard

   Who else remembers the tall tale of “Johnny Appleseed?”
   Apparently, Friday, March 11 is National Johnny Appleseed Day.
   Which reminds me of the last time I celebrated anything related to such a sort of folk hero in Ohio.
   Once upon a time, before the era of painful standardized testing, students were allowed more freedom, more creativity and taught about tall tales as something other than an English grammatical lesson.
   For me, those years were the mid to late 90s.
   And Mr. Appleseed was given a whole day of remembrance.
   Now, I can’t recall if it was March 11, but, it still happened.

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Thu
10
Mar

"Trying to parse market’s signals" by: John Sample

   Well it worked yet again. I take off for a little rest and relaxation and I come back worn out. The real consistent item though was that the equities markets rose. 
   I have trading friends that have offered to pay for my trip to turn the market around. 
   Of course it is just coincidence but what the heck we are a superstitious society. 
   In fact, the market rose on reports of job increases of nearly a quarter million and upward revisions to the two previous months keeping the unemployment rate below 5 percent. 
   The movement upward sent the Dow over 17,000 and the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock-index to 2000. We had not seen these levels since Jan. 5. 
   The movement cut losses for the calendar year 2016 to below 3 percent after being off over 10 percent.
   One cannot ignore the impact of the movement of crude oil sending West Texas Intermediate crude prices up over $40 per barrel briefly. 

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