Sunday, February 19, 2012

Give it Up: Lent 2012

Lent Calendar (UCCGU, 2012)

The following Bible verse was copied from the New King James version of the Bible. The words “Jacob” and “Israel” were replaced with “(insert name)” as suggested in an article I read on a United Church of Christ resources website (Robinson, 2010).

Isaiah 43:1-7

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Redeemer of Israel (Isaiah 43:1) 
But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O (insert name),
And He who formed you, O (insert name):
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
3 For I am the LORD your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I gave Egypt for your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
4 Since you were precious in My sight,
You have been honored,
And I have loved you;
Therefore I will give men for you,
And people for your life.
5 Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your descendants from the east,
And gather you from the west;
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’
Bring My sons from afar,
And My daughters from the ends of the earth—
7 Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”

Originally, I planned to blatantly copy all of the material from this page of the UCC website and republish it, but when I attempted to get permission, I was asked to pay a small and reasonable fee for the privilege, which I’m too cheap to do, so instead of republishing their material, I will just provide links to their website. (Notice the calendar image and its caption link to the full calendar, and the credited references below.)

(Use of this material should not be understood as a general endorsement of the United Church of Christ denomination.)


Robinson, Anthony B. (2010, March 5). Give up emptiness [Web log post].

UCCGU. (2012). Give it up: Lent devotional 2012. The Pilgrim Press: UCC Resources. Retrieved from

Friday, February 17, 2012


Wow! I LOVE Santorum's line in the sand. What a way to distinguish himself from Obama! 

Inequality is as essential to life as pain. We might win votes by promising to eliminate pain, but we would be lying if we promised we could do it, and to what ever extent we DID eliminate pain, we would be creating useless junkies who have no reason to live. Embrace the pain! 

Love economic inequality. It is the air, food, and water that lets us live! Inequality enables motivation; it is the music and soul that makes life worth-while. Join Santurom, and declare your love for economic inequality!