Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster: On the Scriptures and a Firm Foundation

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Remember Daniel Webster from your history class? The New Hampshire native served in the U.S. House (10 years), then the Senate (19 years), and was twice Secretary of State. A successful lawyer and leading Constitutional scholar, he was also a gifted orator. Here’s what this successful, well-known, well-regarded man had to say about his achievements: … Continued

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Sneak Peek!

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We’ll be adding a new products category to The Christian Gift in the next few weeks….Mother & Father. Here’s a peek at one of the designs that’s already been completed: As with all of our wall art, this will be available double-matted and framed, or you can purchase it matted-only and frame it yourself. All … Continued

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God’s Glory in the Natural World

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I came across this passage the other day… God has made it possible for us to come to know Him through the visible and tangible things of our world. Have you ever looked at a sunset and been reminded of who’s really in charge in this world? Have you ever gawked at majestic mountain peaks and … Continued

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Renewal

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By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet. ~Thomas Merton Join … Continued

Say It the Old Fashioned Way

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I’m a sentimentalist. Over the course of my life, I’ve saved things that others might not….like cards and letters. (Not every one I’ve ever received…but I do have quite a few and they date back to when I was a kid.) Perhaps I have a mild case of “pack rat fever” – but read on and … Continued

The Book of Isaiah Uplifts…

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As I read through the Bible, I have a notebook handy in which to jot down verses that I think might work well as the basis for The Christian Gift product designs, and also those that I find inspirational for myself personally. (Sometimes the same verses fits both categories!) Lately, I’ve been segmenting the verses … Continued

Clarice Metschke

Faith Like Job: A Portrait

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I recently finished reading the Book of Job. The study guide I use summarizes it like this: “Job…does not explain to us the whys and wherefores of suffering, but it does encourage us to yield ourselves to God in our suffering and to look to him for the ability to endure our hardships gracefully.” The other … Continued

Stormy Weather?

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Sometimes storm clouds gather and seem to follow us, not dispersing, not allowing even a peek at the sunny skies beyond. The Bible tells us to put our cares in His hands, that He will not fail us. This Ralph Waldo Emerson quote offers an interesting perspective about managing those inevitable storms… Join our Facebook … Continued

Seeing God’s Hand in the Rear View Mirror

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I just finished an exceptional book: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Author Laura Hillenbrand’s talent coupled with riveting subject matter make for a compelling read. (This is Hillenbrand’s second big bestseller. Seabiscuit, another wonderful book, is the other.) Unbroken tells the story of Louie Zamperini, an extraordinarily gifted runner who was a … Continued

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My Valentine

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I can’t say that I get into Valentine’s Day. I’m pretty Ebenezer Scroog-ey about the whole thing and have been for most of my life (okay, I know that’s another holiday altogether, but the analogy is accurate!). That said, I have some fond childhood Valentine’s memories, thanks to my mother. The highlight of the day … Continued

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Inspiration from the Book of Isaiah

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My Bible reading has taken me to the middle of the Book of Isaiah…the source of so many beautiful passages. As you probably know, excerpts from Scripture are the basis for all of our pieces of inspirational fine art – so I’m always interested in hearing about which verses are special to you! I pulled … Continued

Walter Metschke

Bonhoeffer’s Wisdom

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I’m reading a fantastic biography of an amazing and inspiring man, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy). A German pastor, theologian and author, Bonhoeffer was one of those brave people during World War II who worked from the inside to dismantle the Third Reich. He was a man of extraordinary faith and courage. Bonhoeffer was ultimately … Continued