Just took a break this week to finish a short slideshow of some of my photography work over the years. I live in North Eastern Ohio; not too far from the Cuyahoga Valley.
I’ve spent a lot of time in my life hiking all the Valley trails. Most of these photos are from that area. With a few nearer my hometown in Wadsworth.
Hope this gives you a lift during all the dark times we have been going through. Hope you are all doing well.
In His Grace,
Just a note to anyone who has made a comment over the last month or so. Have been having issues with nothing showing up on my end. Not sure how to fix that. But will keep trying. Just want everyone to know that your comments weren’t ignored! They just weren’t reaching me. Sorry for any inconvenience.
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)
While reflecting on the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, we must not miss the incredible gift that God has given us. A gift that enables us to live in heavenly places in Christ.
As Christians, we must deal with many miserable temptations and struggles against sin. It is a spiritual, emotional, mental and physical struggle. Quite simply, it is a raging, bloody battle.
When we were young, it was easy to take a great deal for granted. To believe that life was all manageable and controllable for the disciplined and devoted person. But this life will teach you far more than you ever wanted to know about your own weakness.
Sooner or later, the romance wears off and reality sets in.
One evening recently, my wife and I went to the local drive-in theatre. It has been a tradition for us to get there at least once every summer. It’s always a double-feature. So you are bound to get one good movie out of the experience.
And, if you are fortunate, have a nice evening under the stars. Which we did.
The movie was Christopher Robin. Which is the re-uniting of Winnie the Pooh and his friends with a grown-up Christopher Robin. It was very well done.
Without going into the details of the film, let me just say what really moved me. It was the relationship between Robin and Pooh. The deep love between a talking, stuffed animal and a man.
The innocence of the relationship between Christopher and Pooh caused me think about the nature of heaven. Of the innocence and purity that awaits us there. Of the joy, the beauty and intimacy we will know with the Lord and with each other.
It is sobering to look around and see how the world is completely absorbed with its own vain show. Men are focused on things that will soon change and be forgotten. They bite and scratch for a taste of glory that will soon vanish like smoke in the wind.
This life is short. At most, it is usually no more than 70 or 80 years. Then we pass away.
The work we have done may be endure through generations . . . or it may not.
We do not know if the things we have written, spoken or labored for will produce the fruit we seek. We cannot know. The causes we strive to push forward may last for a time.
Or they may not.
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” (I Timothy 6:12)
The only way this world makes sense is because of eternity. Because God is using everything we go through down here to prepare us for everlasting life with Him in Heaven.
Whatever we have lacked here, we will have in Heaven. Whatever we need to make us happy we will experience there. I am hoping to see all those I have loved in Heaven. Family, friends and so many others that I have prayed for during my life.
First Day. First Post.
This site has been created in the hope of helping Christians know Jesus Christ more deeply. To know Him as our First Love. To keep His words and to abide in Him.
It is our plan to offer a special combination of truths. To fill the gaps of teaching that often exist in our churches. Where vital truths are often missing for one unknown reason or another.
These are not new ideas, but those not generally taught, in fullness, in Bible churches. A Christian must have the whole counsel of God to safely navigate through this dark world.