Jacksonville, Florida

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Most of the United States felt a freeze this past weekend. Even Jacksonville barely topped fifty degrees for a high on Friday. You’d think since I was from Idaho, it wouldn’t have bothered me that much. Wrong. I’ve been in Florida over thirty years, and trust me, my blood has thinned. I thought to get us started on our week, that maybe a fun video would do the trick. While the cold bothers most Floridians, …

Jacksonville, Florida

Hiding Things from Others

As I recall last week, I mentioned that my dog never learned to play. Well, the other morning, she was making grunting noises, and I went out to check on her. She was tossing a bone in the air and chasing it. The minute she saw me, she stopped. Get the feeling she’s been playing me for sympathy. LOL But don’t we do the same with our Christian friends? We behave differently when no one’s …

Jacksonville, Florida

What Love Can Do

A few months ago, I told you about our new family member Elektra, Ele for short. Part Jack Russell, she came to us from the Jacksonville Humane Society. She had been neglected, knew nothing of playing, and was skittish around everyone. After about six months of loving on her, her personality has changed greatly. She sits on our laps, not all the time, but sometimes. When we first got her she wouldn’t even come near …

Jacksonville, Florida

Go is Just Part of God

The word “go” is used a lot in the Bible. In the New Testament alone, it’s used over 200 times. God meant for us to get up and share the word. Now that doesn’t mean leaving town, even going out your front door, but you should be willing to share your faith in some way. Here are just a couple verses which urge others to go: Matthew 28:19:  Therefore go and make disciples of all …

Jacksonville, Florida

When the Mind and Body Need a Break

I always take a break on Sunday afternoons. I sit at home and basically veg watching television. But that doesn’t necessarily shut my mind down. So sometimes I just need a break to have fun. And that’s where my granddaughter comes in. At six, she knows the meaning of fun. We go to the theater, movies, or just sit around and play games. Not only do I get to have fun, but it helps my …

Jacksonville, Florida

Movement Heals

Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known verses of the Bible. This is a common verse used for funerals yet it is not about death. If you notice in verse 4 which reads, Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. This verse is one of encouragement. We are to “walk through” the valley. Unfortunately, too many …

Jacksonville, Florida

When Tragedy Strikes

  I’m not sure how people survive the tragic death of a loved one without God. I’ve been one of the lucky ones who has never had to know that loss. And I pray I never do. Unfortunately, tragedy knows no age, skin color, or income. Poor as well as the rich know terrible loss. God never promised us a rose garden. In fact, He warned there would be hard times in Bible verses like …

Jacksonville, Florida

Dividing a Religion

Word has come that the Methodist Church might be divided because of the issue over gay clergy. This isn’t the first time the Methodist Church has split over a political issue. In 1844, the church split over the issue of slavery, some for, some against. You’re probably thinking this blog is going to be about whether I think this division is needed. However, I just want to point out that religions have split several times …

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Jacksonville, Florida

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Jacksonville, Florida

Why January First?

Here we are, at another New Year. I can’t believe it’s 2020. Time passes so fast. But why was January 1 chosen as the first day of the year? Why not June 1 or September 1? It all has to do with Julius Caesar. In 45 B.C., New Years Day was celebrated for the first time based on what is now known at the Julian Calendar. Thanks to an astronomer who suggested Caesar follow the …