Month: December 2021

happy new year 2022

Happy Next Year!

As much as it pains me, we must say goodbye to 2021, let me wish you a happy next year. During this year, we discovered that 2020 was not a fluke; it’s the new normal. We learned that when transitioning to no-mask, “you might feel self-conscious about ’revealing ourselves again to other people at a …

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Between My Ears

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. Psalms 16:5 The idiom, “I will cast my lot with…” means, “To join and steadfastly support another person or group.” This phrase was often used when I was growing up. Farmers would sit around their local feed mill/store, drink coffee, and deftly …

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arm breaking a chain

Victory in Jesus

Perhaps it’s only me, but never before have I felt so utterly surrounded by evil, bad behavior, and lies. Leaders in our nation and the world would rather speak ten thousand lies than utter a single truth. No longer is there any restraint for them. Morality holds no sway. Ablations (surgical removals) are applied to …

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Be Real

To be used by our Lord we must be new, be alive, be real. To have true joy, we must be obedient to Jesus, and we must not be afraid to tell other people about our faith in Jesus. Here is a fascinating Scripture that demonstrates this point:  Now the Syrians on one of their raids had …

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Creche

Let Us Celebrate Christmas

The word for Christmas in Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ. This phrase was first found in a manuscript written in 1038 AD. A word closer to our word, Christmas, is Cristes-messe, found in an 1131 AD manuscript. In Dutch, the word Christmas is Kerstmis, in Latin, it is Dies Natalis, and from Latin comes the French Noël. In …

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Creche Christmas

Between My Ears

Merry Christmas!!! 10 My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day. Psalm 7:10-11 How puny (inferior size, strength, or significance) I am when I choose to stand alone against the temptations, trials, and tribulations of this world. But when …

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Gramma and grandson making a cake

God’s Still Crazy About You

A little boy is telling his grandma how “everything” is going wrong.  School, family problems, bullies, and so forth. Meanwhile, Grandma is baking a cake. She asks her grandson if he would like a snack, which of course he does. “Here, have some cooking oil.” “Yuck!” says the boy. “How about a couple of raw …

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a pic full of rocks with a question mark painted on one of them

Between My Ears

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered Luke 2:1, 4-5 God’s Word is amazing. Today is the first time I saw the arrogance of Caesar’s decree in this verse. In Caesar’s eyes, he ruled the world. With the stroke of a pen, Caesar Augustus thought …

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Yes, I am Intolerant

Yes, I am intolerant, and I pray that you are too. This seems to fly in the face of love! Aren’t Christians supposed to love everyone? Yes, we are. But love and intolerance are not mutually exclusive. The question is, “What are you intolerant of?” If you are intolerant of hate then you can love …

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Jesus Action Figure

The Brand or the Man

I’ve written on this topic before but felt that I should touch on it once again. Back in 2020, I wrote Building Our Brands. Today, I want to bring out another facet of this subject. Son of Man Jesus and His work resonated with the Israelites, but here’s an important bifurcation, the division of something …

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