True and Honest Christmas

“When Pope Julius I authorized December 25 to be celebrated as the birthday of Jesus in A.D. 353, who would have ever thought that it would become what it is today. When Professor Charles Follen lit candles on the first Christmas tree in America in 1832, who would have ever thought that the decorations would …

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The Great (Christmas) Adventure Story

Don’t you love a good adventure story?  You know, the stories that keep you up reading long after you should be in bed.  The stories made into movies that you watch repeatedly because they are that good.  Years ago I largely stopped reading fiction adventures.  Instead, I have maintained steady diet of true-life adventure stories.  …

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Notable and Quotable: “The Spiritual Guide”

Image via author, unnamed lake, Wallowa Mountains, Oregon The book, "The Spiritual Guide" by Miguel de Molinos, has been a widely read and popular book since its original publication in 1675, and with a few short years it was translated into nearly every language on the European continent. Despite being banned by the Catholic Church …

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Notable and Quotable “A Guide to True Peace”

Image via author, unnamed lake, Wallowa Mountains, Oregon The book, "A Guide to True Peace," was published in its current form in 1815 by two Quakers, William Backhouse and James Janson. Since that time, the book has been an enormous influence in the lives of untold numbers of true seekers of the deeper life. It …

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The Gift of Gratitude

"Let the peace of Christ, to which you were indeed called in one body, rule in your hearts; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do …

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True Faith: Trust and Obey

Image via author, White Cloud Peaks, Idaho The writer of Hebrews stated that "...without faith it is impossible to please God...." But how shall we understand the nature of true faith? Some argue that faith requires no action, that belief in the facts is sufficient to count as true faith. These will point to Romans …

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The Narrow Gate: A Grain of Wheat

John 12:20-26 “Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has …

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