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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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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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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Hatin’ Life: Inhabited, Not Inhibited

Image via author, Emigrant Wilderness, Sierra Nevada In the previous post entitled, "I'm Hatin' Life Right Now," I posed this question: "What would bring people to “hate this life,” meaning to forsake all to be inhabited fully by His life?" And the answer was love. "When one gives oneself over to loving our God above …

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