Pentecost is a day, a season, and a cycle. It was observed, first, as a day, one of the major festivals that was observed early in the history of the church and, quickly, found a place in the church year. It was the natural conclusion for the Great Fifty Days of Easter and, in due time, became the beginning of a season and a cycle of the church year that took its name. Pentecost marks the end of the first half of the year and the beginning of the second - non-festival - portion of the church year. Pentecost gives its name to both season and cycle. This was not always so.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War 2, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.