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Finding Joy in Nasty Circumstances

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But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24)

I saw this verse the other day and it really struck me.

And even though I’ve read this verse countless times before, it was different this time.

Because, this has not been a good year for me from a health standpoint. I’ve gone through a great deal of pain and discomfort that has not diminished as in previous years.

In the past, I’ve had pain that came for a short time and then went away. Allowing me to go back to the old routines and plans. Back to business as usual.

But this time, the dark days stopped by and stuck around. Like a guest that doesn’t know when to go home; who plops down in your favorite Lazy Boy recliner and eats all the chocolate in the cupboard!

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Some Christmas Memories

This is just something for you to watch and enjoy.

Some images gathered over the years from our Christmases.

And landscapes shot in Colorado, the Washington Cascades and other favorite places.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Thoughts

Every Person is Religious

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Every man is religious.

Even the self-declared secularist is religious.

Even the atheist.

They just refuse to recognize that their philosophy is a religion.

That is why we are in the midst of a religious war. Even if it only has the appearance of a “cold war”, it is still a raging battle.

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Offended by a Word

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“For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.”      (Isaiah 29: 30-21)

Talk about an Old Testament scenario repeating itself in modern times. This verse is an incredible condemnation of our own American culture.

It’s Deja Vu, all over again.

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Bigfoot Thoughts

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Back when I first started this blog, I mentioned the desire to discuss a wide variety of topics. Such as the Paranormal field, UFOs, and, my personal favorite, Sasquatch.

And to deal with these subjects from a specifically Christian perspective.

Now, many people who come to this sight might have no interest in these topics. Or may think that I should not have any interest in these topics. As if Christians should not think about or discuss such trivial things.

Or that, by discussing this stuff, the Christian message loses credibility. As if to say, that believing in Bigfoot is just foolishness; like believing in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.

To which I must reply, What do you mean there’s no Santa Claus?! And are you telling me there is no Easter Bunny?!
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The Redeemer

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In this life, there are things we are able to straighten out; and many we cannot.

Failures, bad decisions, lost opportunities, harsh words spoken and relationships that are beyond mending. Life has many such things.

But this will not always be the case. There is coming a day when the LORD will make all things new. When we will see Him as He is and we shall all be changed.

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Climbing to Fill the Gap

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“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)

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Of Angels and the Speed of Light

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And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God; Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly ,touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision. (Daniel 9:20-23)

This biblical passage says that Gabriel started out toward Daniel at the moment God commanded him to go. God commanded him as Daniel first began to pray for Israel and himself. So let’s just say Daniel was praying for about an hour. Maybe more. Maybe less.

And that it took the angel about an hour to get to Daniel.

That is a bit surprising. I thought that the travel-time for angels would be instantaneous. I have no real basis for thinking that. I just did.

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In Everything Give Thanks

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“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thessalonians 5:18)

This is the season that serves as a special reminder of all that God has provided for us.

But this simple truth is not always easy to see. Our “storehouse” mentality does not allow us to  “rest” in Christ and follow this command of scripture.

Yes, it is a command. We are to be thankful in EVERY thing.

We want a big store of money that we can draw from at any time. A storage that we can see physically. That is obvious to us when we go to our online checking account to see our balance.

Or we need a big pile of strength, or self confidence or a clear path that can take us a good distance down the road.

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