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, November 30, 2012



"Nor need we power or splendour,
wide hall or lordly dome;
the good, the true, the tender,
these form the wealth of home.”

- Sarah J. Hale

He is the happiest, be he king or peasant,
who finds peace in his home.”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thursday, November 29, 2012

amazingly simple...

amazingly simple

Life is amazingly good when it's simple
and amazingly simple when it's good.”

- Terri Guillemets

Wednesday, November 28, 2012



The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
One cannot help but be in awe
when he contemplates the mysteries
of eternity, of life,
of the marvelous structure of reality.”

- Albert Einstein

I have no special talents.
I am only passionately curious.”

- Albert Einstein

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

first snowfall...

    It is the first snow of the season.
    I have always felt that the first snow
    of the season is something to look forward to...
    almost magical (for want of a better word) in nature.
    Out of the bosom of the Air,
    Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
    Over the woodlands brown and bare,
    Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
    Silent, and soft, and slow
    Descends the snow.”

    - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Monday, November 26, 2012

all that happens...

all that happens

The most beautiful people we have known
are those who have known defeat,
known suffering, known struggle, known loss,
and have found their way out of the depths.
These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity,
and an understanding of life that fills them
with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.
Beautiful people do not just happen.”

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
    While we may not be able to control
    all that happens to us,
    we can control what happens inside us.”

    - Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, November 25, 2012

spotless future...

spotless future

Decisions become easier
when your will to please God
outweighs your will to please the world.”

- Anso Coetzer

Whatever your past has been,
you have a spotless future.”

- Author Unknown

Saturday, November 24, 2012



Four steps to achievement:
Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully.
Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.”
- William Arthur Ward

The past is behind, learn from it.
The future is ahead, prepare for it.
The present is here, live it.”

- Thomas S. Monson

Friday, November 23, 2012

camels and coins...

camels and coins

What do you worship?
Who and what do you follow?

I am always amazed how one day
we can give thanks for all that we have
and then the next day go out
and prove it is just not enough.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

pilgrims and pears...

pilgrims and pears

When you arise in the morning,
give thanks for the morning light,
for your life and strength.
Give thanks for your food,
and the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks,
the fault lies with yourself.”

- Tecumseh Shawnee Chief

Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice
and be glad-hearted continually (always);
Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];
Thank [God] in everything
[no matter what the circumstances may be,
be thankful and give thanks],
for this is the will of God for you
[who are] in Christ Jesus
[the Revealer and Mediator of that will].”

- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 AMP

Wednesday, November 21, 2012



I believe in simplicity.

Have nothing in your houses
that you do not know to be useful...”
- William Morris

Ok, I admit it,
having this facility inside your house
with modern plumbing is definitely useful...

The ability to simplify means
to eliminate the unnecessary
so that the necessary may speak.”

- Hans Hofmann

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

submerged truth...

submerged truth

I happened across this pond
with fall leaves submerged
near its bank.

It is in our idleness, in our dreams,
that the submerged truth
sometimes comes to the top.”

- Virginia Woolf

O send out Your light and Your truth,
let them lead me; let them bring me
to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling.”

- Psalm 43:3 AMP

Monday, November 19, 2012


superstition and faith

This very cute black cat, named Ebony,
crossed my path as I wandered
down the aisle of a shop.
Ebony stopped long enough for me to pet it,
but when I tried to take its picture,
it had already decided to continue on its way.
The area was rather dark for taking a photo
and my flash hasn't been cooperating of late.
Still, I managed, after a bit of photo editing,
to produce this rather eerie image.

Superstition has no substantial basis
nor are its conclusions based on logical deductions.
Faith, on the other hand,
is based on an established confidence.

Faith is a happy resting
in the all-sufficiency of what Christ
did on the cross,
what He is doing now in our heart,
and what He promises to do for us forever.”
- John Piper

If a black cat crosses your path,
it signifies that the animal is going somewhere.”

- Groucho Marx

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Give Thanks!

Give Thanks

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son.

And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us."

We give thanks to You oh Lord
We give thanks.”

- Author Unknown

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace
(artist unknown)

While out and about yesterday
with my wife and some very dear friends
I spied this painting of a church for sale.
The artist name was impossible for me to read
but the title (barely readable) was
“Amazing Grace”.

For only $12.00, I just couldn't resist.

Amazing grace! how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.”

- John Newton
(Amazing Grace)

Friday, November 16, 2012

eminent Christians?

eminent Christians?

The Church is not a gallery
for the exhibition of eminent Christians,
but a school for the education of imperfect ones.”

- Henry Ward Beecher

Thursday, November 15, 2012

awakening of nature...

awakening of nature

(art by Don Briddell)

If there is no response in you
to the awakening of nature...
if the prospect of an early morning walk
does not banish sleep,
if the warble of the first bluebird
does not thrill you...
know that the morning
and spring of your life are past.”

- Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What do you see?

What do you see?

Everyone sees the unseen
in proportion to the clarity of his heart,
and that depends upon how much he has polished it.
Whoever has polished it more sees more...
more unseen forms become manifest to him.”

- Rumi

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Shopping for the perfect gift?

shopping for the perfect gift?

While you are out looking for that perfect gift...
just remember it was already given to all of us...
and remember the price.

“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season,
a deeply religious time that each of us observes,
in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”

- Dave Barry

Oh, for the good old days when people
would stop Christmas shopping
when they ran out of money.”
- Author Unknown

Only one shopping day left 'til tomorrow.”
- Author Unknown

Monday, November 12, 2012



I imagine the life of an atheistic
praying mantis
to be rather torturous.”

- Brian Celio

Unless, of course,
you are trying to present a pious life
in contrast to living one.

How many observe Christ's birthday!
How few his precepts!
O! 'tis easier to keep holidays
than commandments.”

- Benjamin Franklin
(Poor Richard's Almanack, 1757)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

sing it...

sing it

Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.”

- Sai Baba

Saturday, November 10, 2012



"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship;
it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one
when you discover that someone else
believes in you and is willing
to trust you with a friendship."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, November 9, 2012

your reflection...

your reflection

The outer conditions of a person's life
will always be found
to reflect their inner beliefs.”

- James Allen

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Truth is timeless.

Truth is timeless.

Truth is timeless.
Truth does not differ from one age to another,
from one people to another,
from one geographical location to another.
Men's ideas may differ,
men's customs may change,
men's moral codes may vary,
but the great all-prevailing Truth
stands for time and eternity.”

- Billy Graham
(Peace with God)

All your words are true;
all your righteous laws are eternal.”

- Psalm 119:160 NIV

Truly God will not do wickedly,
neither will the Almighty pervert justice.”

- Job 34:12 AMP

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

as we are...

as we are

We don't see things as they are,
we see them as we are.”

- Anaïs Nin

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

what you do...

what you do

Today, a friend and I ate at
the Hibachi Grill.

One of the fortune cookies
had this message inside.

People may doubt what you say
but they will believe what you do.”

Interesting that this should turn up
on the eve of our Presidental election.

Monday, November 5, 2012

We adore Thee...

We adore Thee

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,

God of glory, Lord of love;

hearts unfold like flowers before thee,

opening to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;

drive the dark of doubt away.

Giver of immortal gladness,

fill us with the light of day!

All thy works with joy surround thee,

earth and heaven reflect thy rays,

stars and angels sing around thee,

center of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain,

flowery meadow, flashing sea,

chanting bird and flowing fountain,

call us to rejoice in thee.”
- Henry Van Dyke

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Where is your sting?

Where is your sting?

He will swallow up death
[in victory; He will abolish death forever].
And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces.”

- Isaiah 25:8 AMP

O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

- 1 Corinthians 15:55 AMP

Saturday, November 3, 2012

a time of sowing...

a time of sowing

Among the dead litter a seed or several
is set to grow.

Sow a seed in someones life today.

For man, autumn is a time of harvest,
of gathering together.
For nature, it is a time of sowing,
of scattering abroad.”

- Edwin Teale

Friday, November 2, 2012

Ephrata Cloister Building...

Ephratha Cloister Building

“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me,
then no sacrifice can be too great
for me to make for Him.”

- C. T. Studd

And He said to all,
If any person wills to come after Me,
let him deny himself [disown himself, forget,
lose sight of himself and his own interests,
refuse and give up himself]
and take up his cross daily and follow Me
[cleave steadfastly to Me,
conform wholly to My example in living
and, if need be, in dying also].

For whoever would preserve his life
and save it will lose and destroy it,
but whoever loses his life for My sake,
he will preserve and save it
[from the penalty of eternal death].”

- Luke 9:23,24 AMP

Thursday, November 1, 2012

God's Word

God's Word

We are going through yet another period
of false promises, half truths,
and flip flop stands from one person to another.
And we are compelled to make a decision.

From the beginning of time,
God's Word was and is.
It contains all that is needed for hope,
consolation, comfort, and salvation.
Its prophecies have all come true.
It is a book that has never needed
(although some have tried)
to be rewritten... only reread.
It is as valid today as it always was...
and as His Word is unchanging...
so it is with Him.

"The Bible is the one Book
to which any thoughtful man may go
with any honest question of life or destiny
and find the answer of God by honest searching."

- John Ruskin