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Sunday, January 1, 2017

My goals for 2017

I have never been a participant in the annual tradition of setting New Year's resolutions. However, I have a few goals that I wish to see accomplished this year. I have numbered them, but they are not listed in any particular order of importance.

1) I want to fast 48 days this year.

2) I plan on reading three versions of the Bible this year.

3) I intend to lose 50 pounds.

4) I intend to eat much better, and thanks to a blender, I should be able to.

5) I intend to read approximately 400 books by the end of the year.

6) I will be striving to update this blog at least twice a week.

7) This blog has 200 views for last month. My goal is to see this blog at 1000 viewers a month by the  
    end of the year.

8) I have a number of drafts here on my blog that I have been struggling to finish. I want to move get  
    them out and on the site.

I have more goals, but as they are more amorphous and ill defined, I will leave things with these eight. I hope that everyone is having a safe and happy New Year.

God bless! :D

Monday, December 26, 2016

A Christmas Thought

It is now very late on the night of Christmas, and I have decided to get a start on my blogging. My intention is to cover a number of topics over the next week, wrapping up the year with 366 things that I am thankful for, and then starting off the New Year with a list of goals that I intend to meet in the next  12 months. So let us begin.

Every year starting at the beginning of November and running through the end of December, there are copious amounts of Christmas music, advertisements, and discussions of holiday planning. This is followed by work, church and school parties. Finally, families and friends gather together for a celebration on the 25th of December bringing the event to a conclusion for another year.

Many people will hear of the birth of Jesus during this time, mixed with Santas, reindeer, snowmen, elves, trees, and gifts. But how many actually pay attention to the meaning of the beautiful sentiments expressed on the cards, in the ancient hymns, and nativity scenes with wise men and shepherds? How many others actually understand the greater purposes that grant this day its singular meaning.

Obviously, Christians should be the ones to recognize the themes expressed during this season, but the birth of Jesus Christ in meaningless without His death upon the cross. The wishes for peace on earth and goodwill to men has no purpose without the corresponding suffering. The cradle would remain empty if it were not for the grave. The angels singing would be hollow except for the resurrection.

Often Christmas and Easter are separated from one another in both thoughts and emotions. Everyone sees in Christmas the hope of life and birth. But Easter is often more focused upon His suffering and death. Yet, it is for this very reason that Jesus was born and came to be born in a stable. This was addressed by Jesus Himself when He stated, "Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour': but for this cause came I unto this hour." (John 12:27)

The cross and His death is mentioned far more often than the circumstances of His birth. The Gospels refer to his birth and early life twice, but His suffering and death are recorded in all four, plus referenced in nearly every epistle at least once.

During these last few days as we complete our celebrations of the birth of Christ, in that little stable in a tiny community named Bethlehem, let us also remember the suffering and death that bought for all men the potential for redemption according to the plan of God from the foundation of the world. (Luke 24:25-27; Revelation 13:8)

God bless you, and I hope you had a merry Christmas and will have a happy New Year!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Reviving the Blog!

Having been away from this blog for quite some time, I was uncertain about leaving it up or closing shop entirely. I recently decided to return and start posting again. I would like to give a wide variety of updates on things that have happened since I walked away, but that would take far too long. Suffice it to say that after a period of at least two years, I have decided to commence my blogging again. This is especially true when I saw that my blog has continued to be seen around the world, though at a much slower rate than when I post regularly.

I have some thoughts, and may post them today but I might also get them tomorrow. Much will depend on how fast my research and typing progresses. Thank you again for reading, and I apologize for my very extended absence.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Why I am Jesus Only (Only the Title is Controvercial) :D

I hope that you enjoy this non-exhaustive list that I thought of this morning.

 1) Jesus is the only way to God.

 2) Jesus is the only true God.

 3) Only Jesus was God manifest in human flesh.

 4) Only Jesus had a host of angels announcing His birth.

 5) Only Jesus died on a cross for the sins of all the world.

 6) Only Jesus rose from a tomb after three days.

 7) Only Jesus ascended into Heaven and sits enthroned in power, glory, and majesty.

 8) Jesus is the only Savior.

 9) Jesus is the only Healer.

10) Jesus is the only Redeemer.

11) Jesus is the only Provider.

12) Jesus is my only Protector.

13) Jesus is the only Comforter.

14) Jesus alone forgave my sins.

15) Jesus alone washed my sins away.

16) Jesus alone filled me with the Holy Ghost.

17) Jesus alone will be calling His church home to be with Him.

18) Jesus alone is the coming King and Judge of the world.

19) Jesus alone will be the focus of those who dwell with Him throughout all eternity.

I am thankful that I was baptized in the only Name under heaven given among men that can save. Jesus is the only God who is worth serving, for there is no other deity that has ever done what He has done for us!

A Brief Update

Well here is my update. Some things fell apart on me after that my last post in November, and I have not felt much like writing until now. However, things are coming back together.

My credit cards are paid off, I have a new used car, and my remaining debt will be clear no later than November. However, since I am focusing on my debt, I am uncertain of how much traveling I will accomplish this year. However, having said that, I am certain that I will be on the move next year. That is the plan for the moment. Today also is a rare double feature as my next post follow immediately.