Abner and the Discerning Journey

Following the holiday season, people need many things. Practically, two that come to mind immediately are money and more sleep.  But beyond the practicalities there is so much more that we need! In the infamous work Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, we are reassured,  “You are human and fallible.” Throughout the holidays and the ChristmasContinue reading “Abner and the Discerning Journey”

Christmas Eve in the Bible

I hope that you found the title suitable and that it drew your attention to this writing.  Now that I have you here, I want to begin by saying that the Bible says nothing definitively about a “Christmas Eve.” There is a lot of emphasis on Christmas Eve but the Bible does not specifically detailContinue reading “Christmas Eve in the Bible”

A Christmas Candle

There is a beautiful quote by a little known word-smith named Eva K. Logue that states,  A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small. This quote has a fascinating connection to the action taken by our Savior Jesus someContinue reading “A Christmas Candle”

How’s Your Christmas Going?

Christmas.  It is often recognized as a time to come together. A time for peace, harmony, unity, good will to men, and all of the many great things that are sung about from October to the beginning of January. How is it going? Think on it, answer to yourself.  I ask that question for youContinue reading “How’s Your Christmas Going?”

The Fish Bowl

Fish.  They come in many shapes, sizes, colors, types, functions, and so on and so on.  Saying this, I need to ask if you have been to an aquarium? Have you owned or seen a fish bowl filled with a beautiful diversity of fish? It is a fascinating sight that if you are not carefulContinue reading “The Fish Bowl”

Victory in Jesus

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). The hymn “Victory in Jesus” was written by Eugene M. Barlett (December 24th, 1885, to January 25th, 1941). Two years before his death from complications of a stroke, the song first appeared in a paperback song bookContinue reading “Victory in Jesus”

A Mighty Fortress

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. ~ Psalm 91:2 On March 17th, 2003, due to multiple diplomatic tensions between NATO countries and Iraq, diplomatic relations between Iraq and the United States ended. With them, thousands of NATO troops were deployed IraqiContinue reading “A Mighty Fortress”

A Faithful Foreigner

And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the Lord liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be. ~ 2 Samuel 15:21 The adoption process is such a long but beautiful process. ThroughContinue reading “A Faithful Foreigner”

Operator! Operator!

Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. ~ Romans 8:34 With the invention of the telephone, communication was revolutionized. People could bypass telegraphing or even worse, “snail mail.” Until the mid-20thContinue reading “Operator! Operator!”

Jesus Saves!

Priscilla J. Owens, a Baltimore public school teacher for 49 years, wrote these stirring soul-winning words for a missionary service in the Sunday school of Union Square Methodist Church. Music was not added till some 14 years later by William Kirkpatrick. All of this hymn is sound but one small verse in the second stanza.Continue reading “Jesus Saves!”