Here Is Love: Christmas 2010

I was browsing through the Christmas ornaments at Hobby Lobby earlier this month when I saw an ornament that struck my eye.  Even though it wasn’t a figurine from the manger scene, the cross-shape wasn’t too out of place.  There were several other cross-themed ornaments.  No, it was the message on the ornament that caught my eye… Read More

After Christmas

Following family tradition, most of the Christmas tree ornaments are gifts from other people, or tokens to remember the year.  I thought about the people over the years who’d given me the ornaments and remembered the events and memories evoked by them… Read More

Christmas Hope: Trusting God’s Promises

What God did when he sent his Son into the world is an absolute guarantee that he will do everything he has ever promised to do. – D. Martin Lloyd-Jones… Read More

Immanuel: God with us

My dwelling place shall be with them… Read More

At Christmastime and Always

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Christmas 2013: I came that they may have life

While I am remembering Christ come as a baby, they can see Him as the risen King.  While I see as through a mirror darkly, they can see face to face.  While I am right to grieve down here, they are right in rejoicing with a joy exceeding that of the wise men. All because of the reality of Christmas… Read More

He Ordained Peace

God has ordained peace.  By His Spirit we have peace with our God that our hearts can feel even in this war-torn world. By His perfect peace and strength may we persevere as peacemakers even as we await the fulfillment of time when the people at peace with God will live in a world of peace… Read More

Tidings of Great Joy (Image for Christmas) 2017

New Year:

New Year

From Valley of Vision (a book of Puritan Prayers)… Read More

New Year 2012: Will I begin with pride or humility?

The temptation and tendency to pride is pretty strong.  I will be better.  I will be skinnier.  I will be more disciplined.  I will read more books.  I will simplify.  I will. I will.  I will…. Read More

The Desire for What is New

I remember that what I do at the end of each year is not my hope for a better future, but merely an imperfect reflection of the perfect reality that is coming with Christ’s return at the end of all years…Read More


To see with God’s perspective,

Because eternity is pressing

and His plan is certain to pass;

And because I am His forever… Read More

The Confessions of a New Year’s Scrooge

I’m about to confess something that may make me wildly unpopular, but here goes: I don’t really like New Year’s Eve/Day as a holiday… Read More

Tombstones, Life, and Ambitions (2017)

Tombstones, life, and ambitions. This time of year, and this day in particular, people seem to think and act on these ideas more than usual… (Read More)

New Year’s Hope (2018)

Hope v. : (transitive) 1. To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment. 2. To expect with confidence.  (intransitive) 1. To cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true. 2. archaic: TRUST… Read More

Easter And Good Friday:

A Day of Remembering: Good Friday

There are many days set aside on the U.S. calendar as days of remembering.  We remember to give thanks in November.  We remember our independence.  We remember 9/11.  We remember to honor our Veterans.  We remember our Grandparents.  We remember our parents.  On our personal calendars, we remember our birthdays and the birthdays of those close to us… Read More

Good Friday: The atoning sacrifice

Perfect justice meets perfect mercy.  In his death, Christ bore the sin that separated me from God.  He took my sin so that He would bear my punishment so that I may believe and find forgiveness and peace with God…. Read More

That Very Day

The amazing grace of Easter… Read More

My Resurrection is Assured

Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. The same man, Paul, who wrote this meditation on Christ’s resurrection also wrote about his “thorn” in his flesh, a thorn he pleaded for God to take away. God did not take it away, but showed Paul how to endure… Read More

Other Holidays:

We Give Thanks

Thou art the blessed God, happy in Thyself, source of happiness in Thy creatures, my maker, benefactor, proprietor, upholder. Thou hast produced and sustained me, supported and indulged me, saved and kept me; Thou art in every situation able to meet my needs and miseries. …Read More

Thoughts on Thankfulness

Give Thanks

Price Paid

Today, citizens here in America and American citizens around the world are celebrating their freedom as a country.   A freedom that was attained at a high price of hundreds of men we will never be able to thank.   A freedom that is sustained at that same high price by men and women who have pledged to fight for those freedoms.  … Read More

Valentine’s Day 2011 — Spurgeon on the Father’s Love

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us.” Consider who we were, and what we feel ourselves to be even now when corruption is powerful in us, and you will wonder at our adoption… Read More