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This weekend is, regardless of the COVID 19 pandemic, the weekend before Passover on the Jewish calendar. Which means it is the time of Jesus’ final trip into Jerusalem that would lead up to h…

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Holy Week starts with Palm Sunday, which is April 5 this year. In this week, we will remember our Lord’s Passion on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Maundy is a Latin word that means “mandate”…

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LA GRANDE — The Observer is seeking comments from community members on spiritual matters. If you would like to share how you experience spirituality or have announcements or other news, email …

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LA GRANDE — The Observer is seeking comments from community members on spiritual matters. If you would like to share how you experience spirituality or have announcements or other news, email …

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I know that life sometimes can be difficult. It seems I’m always writing about the struggles of spiritual warfare, but we cannot deny the Christian life is filled with battles. However, there …

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Ever grows the glory of one who is energetic, mindful and pure in conduct, discerning and self-controlled, righteous and heedful. (Dhammapada 2.24)

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We all have problems occasionally, and there are times when we feel like we've been punched in the gut. I felt like this a couple months ago when one morning I went into my office to start the…

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I'm told that in a grassland area in Africa, people may walk long distances to Sunday worship with scraps of wood in hand. The people conclude a full service of worship by lighting a large bon…

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One who is a master of knowledge, who has lived the holy life, is called one gone to the world’s end, one who has reached the further shore. (Itivuttaka 4.109)

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Many people who are not familiar with having a personal relationship with God do not understand the fundamentals of prayer. Praying has more to do with listening to God and knowing him than pl…

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In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus talks about the Christian being the light of the world. A light that should not be hidden, but presented for all to see.

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Although the word "providence" is itself not a word in the Bible, we use the term generally to reflect God's loving care of the universe he has created and which he continues to sustain.

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I live in a very inspirational place. On the outside it is a subsidized senior-disabled housing — typical but nice. However, on the inside, instead of the “Island of Misfit Toys” it is the “Is…

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Music figured prominently in the worship of the small congregation where I grew up. To begin Sunday morning worship the pastor might call the congregation to stand and sing and they would resp…

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It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore …

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A vast mountain towers thousands of feet above the village. It’s most often hidden in a mass of dark, raging storm clouds and only rarely does the misty shroud part to reveal the hulking monst…