Monday, December 28, 2015

My Idol

Today's illustration was shared by Frank Turek on Twitter.  It combined some things that came together for me, with this year's Christmas.  For me, Christmas is one of those times when I think about people.  Friends, would be enemies, those who've merely passed through my life, those who've made a difference in some way.  It got me thinking about the past year and where it took us.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Hallelujah- Lindsey Stirling- #aSaviorIsBorn (Video)

It's Saturday of Christmas weekend.  And we have several gifts.  As you may already know, if you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+, I'm madly in love with Lindsey Stirling -- her talent, her spirit, the way she deals with those around her at any given time.  So, our first gift is a video of her rendition of "Hallelujah".  She shares a few words after the performance.  Please take the time to watch to the very end.  The video is in the full post.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Delight Yourself

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photo by John Pavelka, from Flickr
Psalm 37:4  Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

It's Monday of Christmas week and that verse resonates in our spirit, even more than usual.  For those of us who are Christians, there's a connection to the manger in our illustration.  That one is from the Catedral Metropolitano; Zona 1, Guatemala City, in 2009.  But our connection is to the original it depicts, some 2000+ years ago.

We celebrate the season through gift giving.  There's fun, lights, trees, presents, food, beverages.  An atmosphere of festivity.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Living Life or Living in Misery?

Micah 6:8  He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

That verse was the focus of our last post.  And we're continuing the subject, today, starting with a different graphic quote.  Our graphic for today's post asks a really good question.  If we think about it, that speaks of our impact in the now. But, since we live in the eternal, one way or another, it also relates to our long term state.

What can be extremely edifying or totally scary is our attitude toward those around us and the things of this life.  Tim Keller expressed it well. He said, “If you need something in addition to God to make you happy, that is your true King.”

Monday, December 14, 2015

Your Own Thing?

Our illustration quote is from a site called Live Life Happy.  It grabbed my attention for several very possibly conflicting reasons.  Let's take a look.

We can go all the way back to Adam and Eve and still be able to make the same statement.  Or we can look at modern people and groups to see that it still applies.  If you pay attention to the news there are some situations we're all aware of, others not getting so much coverage. But we can see some real issues in our world.

There's a common denominator.  While some say they seek equality, all their behavior shows an "I want mine" attitude at the expense of someone else. Contrast that with those willing to suffer for their faith and we realize there's more than one way to define what a "strong person" is.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Faith in God's Faithfulness (Video)

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First, an announcement.  Or, to be more precise, an announcement of an announcement.  The books are stating to sell the way they deserve to.  And that, of course, helps fund our mission trip that's coming up.  Because of all who have been praying and donating, we have a Christmas gift that we'll be announcing on Christmas Eve.  Look forward to that one!

The mission trip is definitely a go.  We have the plane tickets, I was able to use some of my credit to cover the hostel where I'll be staying.  We still need finances for meals, snacks, and local transportation (including to and from both airports).  And it'd be nice if God would pay back the credit card company. There are links to my books, either side of our post area.  And there's a link to our funding page, to the left.  If you haven't donated, yet, and feel led to contribute, those are all ways you can help.  Having said that, let's get to today's post.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Trust God and Then Trust Him Some More

Proverbs 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

It strikes me that many of my recent posts have indirectly talked about trusting the Lord.  And it's about time we put that subject in the spotlight.  Is trusting the Lord easy? Not on your life!  Is it something that comes quickly?  Not a chance!  Can those answers be changed?  Absolutely!  And, hopefully, something we share will help you get there quicker than I did.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Baby Steps

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photo by Rachel Vorhees, from Flickr
First of all, if you have a Kindle or Kindle app, this is the final day of a two day sale for the Kindle version of both my books.  Afar Off is free today, here:  And our one year devotional, Breastplate Gems, is $2.99, here: It's a good time to grab both!

"Writing = brutal discipline. Tyrant goals. Can't write a book if we don't write a chapter. Can't write a chapter if we won't write a page." -- Beth Moore, December 2, 2015 tweet

Having several books out, that Beth Moore tweet struck a respondent chord.  But, sometimes. it's even further down than a page.  It can be that one sentence or that one word that's holding us back. And that's really the truth about a lot of things, isn't it?  Baby steps accumulate.