Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Friday, April 24, 2015

imagination...

imagination

The Lord has given each of us many gifts
in varying proportions.
Since we are made in His image...
these are the gifts that He Himself possesses.
One of the many of these gifts
that I cherish is imagination.


"I am enough of an artist
to draw freely upon my imagination.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the world."

- Albert Einstein

Thursday, April 23, 2015

change...


My wife, I, and another couple went on a long walk yesterday on a nature trail. We found an area in the woods on a hillside that contained perhaps two dozen of these Red Trillium...
a member of the Lily family... it is also know as Wake Robin,
and more rarely, as Stinking Benjamin. I am sure there are other common names as well.


"Men do change, and change comes like a little wind
that ruffles the curtains at dawn,
and it comes like the stealthy perfume
of wildflowers hidden in the grass."

- John Steinbeck

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

adequate perception...

adequate perception

"Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted.
Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world."

- Hans Margolius

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

peace and joy...

peace and joy


"And yet all loneliness, angers, hatreds,
envies, and itchings that (Hell) contains,
if rolled into one single experience and put into
the scale against the least moment of the joy
that is felt by the least in Heaven,
would have no weight that could be registered at all.
Bad cannot succeed even in being bad
as truly as good is good."

- C.S. Lewis

Monday, April 20, 2015

exhibit on the Isle of Grace...


I am honored to have an exhibit
of some of my snapshots
that I took in a simulated world.

The upper image shows the outside
of this rustic gallery which sits high
on a hill in this sim...
(and for those of you who do not know...
I am called techranger and the,
S.D.G. stands for Latin
which means, “For the Glory of God”).

The bottom image is a view inside the gallery,
and shows six of my snapshots from that sim.


"A man should hear a little music,
read a little poetry, and see a fine picture
every day of his life, in order that
worldly cares may not obliterate
the sense of the beautiful
which God has implanted in the human soul."

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sunday, April 19, 2015

season of singing...


"See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.”

- Solomon 2:11,12 NIV

As in our neck of the woods,
the snow and cold weather is over,
so will prolonged times
of despair, loneliness, or pain
come to an eventual end.

Remember God's promise...

"...weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning."

- Psalm 30:5 NIV

Saturday, April 18, 2015

simple fare...


simple fare

There is a diner style restaurant
not too far from where I live
that, every Wednesday,
serves “all you can eat”
stuffed peppers.

Now I happen to love their stuffed peppers.
And, yes, I did take another one...
after the first.
A simple meal, but, along with
their creamy coleslaw, red beets,
and coffee (of course),
I am a happy camper.
I even skipped desert.

The Lord's blessings take so many forms.


"However many blessings we expect from God,
His infinite liberality will always exceed
all our wishes and our thoughts."

- John Calvin

Friday, April 17, 2015

power of vision...


"An angel can illuminate
the thought and mind of man
by strengthening the power of vision."

- St. Thomas Aquinas

Thursday, April 16, 2015

beacon...


"THERE'S A BEACON THAT DRAWS ME NEAR
ANY OTHER DAY I WOULD NOT HAVE NOTICED
I RARELY LOOK UP TO THE SKY,
LET A LOT OF LIFE PASS ME BY.
THIS MORN IS A GLORIOUS ONE
THE SILENT LIGHT ROLLS ON


BRIGHT WHITE LIGHT PIERCING THE CLOUDS
TAKES BACK THE NIGHT
PEACEFUL BEAMS BREAKING DOWN THE FOG
DRYING OUT THE MIST THAT HOVERS OVER ME
SPLITTING INTO THE PRISM OF COLORS AS DAY BEGINS
THE WORLD IS IN TECHNICOLOR AGAIN


A NEW DAY THAT HOLDS PROMISE
OFFERS ANOTHER CHANCE FOR ALL
TO WALK FORWARD IN GRACE
LET THE WARMTH OF THE LIGHT
SHINE DOWN ON YOUR SMILING FACE
FORGIVE BE FORGIVEN
SHARE THIS NEW BEGINNING


CAN YOU GET PAST YESTERDAYS HATE
NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES
PUT AWAY ALL LEARNED BIGOTRY
RELEARN HOW TO LIVE WITH DIGNITY
SHOW RESPECT FOR ALL THE LIVING
LEARN THE WORD EMPATHY
LOVE EACH OTHER AS GOD COMMANDS


COME INTO THE LIGHT
AWAY FROM DARKNESS WHERE IGNORANCE LIES
CLEAN THE COBWEBS FROM YOUR SOUL
SET YOUR SPIRIT FREE
THERE IS ENOUGH LOVE FOR EVERYBODY
YOU JUST HAVE TO LEARN TO SHARE IT."

- Janis Webb Vaughn

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

foretells a future...

foretells a future

"Who thinks, at night, that morn will ever be?
Who knows, far out upon the central sea,
That anywhere is land? And yet, a shore
Has set behind us, and will rise before:
A past foretells a future..."

- Bayard Taylor

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

winter is dead...


"She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
'Winter is dead.'"

- A.A. Milne