It’s October, which means it’s Pastor Appreciation Month. This year, perhaps more than ever, clergy and other members of the ministry team deserve our thanks. They’ve had to figure out alternative methods to offer worship opportunities, Bible study, and other types of learning (such as confirmation instruction). Even for congregations who were able to resume … Continued
“I have no duty to be anyone’s friend and no man in the world has a duty to be mine. No claims, no shadow of necessity. Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”~C.S. Lewis … Continued
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ~John Lubbock Set the phone aside. Leave the devices in the house. Go outside and … Continued
My zinnias are in full summer form! I’ve had some fun photographing them with a new lens. You never know…one of the images may end up being incorporated into a new product design. Gift for Godmother? Gift for Mother? Anniversary? Other? What do you think?
Perhaps a confirmation in your family was postponed this spring due to the fact that your congregation has been unable to gather for worship. Now that the restrictions have been eased for many, it’s nice to see the celebration of spiritual milestones such as confirmation rescheduled and moving ahead. If you’re looking for a little … Continued
The Christian Gift is a small operation: it’s me in the studio along with one other artist in another state. That means we’re still operational. It doesn’t mean things are rosy. Like so many other small businesses, we have been hit hard. Our suppliers have been shut down for a few weeks, so when we … Continued
Amen to that! Hallelujah is our song!
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were … Continued
Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: Jesus of Nazareth, the king of the Jews. Many of the Jews read this … Continued
On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the … Continued
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in … Continued
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-13