In the political world and in our culture, there’s a new term called the “snowflake” generation.  It has become one of Collins Dictionary’s 2016 words of the year, and it means, “the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations”1  There is a wider connotation to mean that these are young people (teens through early adult-hood) who not only are offended easily, but seem to think it’s ok to melt down in a...

How to be a follower The humility and discipline of submitting to those over us has a subtle and unique power.  It is not power over the leader, but power over self. Power over selfishness.  To place my desires and perspective and opinions below that of another person (husband, parent, pastor, teacher, rules, etc.) Is not only a freeing thing, but an empowering thing.  Modern feminism, even “Christian” feminism, rebels against this.  This militant...

America fought not just one war for independence; it fought two.  The War of 1812 threatened to be the downfall of our fledgling nation, but John Quincy Adams and his wife, Louisa, were instrumental in raising her up from the ashes.   Although the author used simile and metaphor much too much, I still enjoyed the journey through the Adams’s correspondence and diaries.  Some of the important points of diplomacy and treaties were witnessed by John Q. Adams. ...

Reading through the whole Bible ought to be a basic discipline for every Christian.  This is the Book we love.  It is our basis for life and godliness.  How can we live in the way God wants if we don’t read it?  This year,  I chose the chronological schedule, and loved it!  Years ago I had read through a printed Chronological Bible but had forgotten how helpful this method was.   Job is read toward the beginning of the year since Job lived...

  “Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).   This Wednesday night, I happened to pull out the lesson about the Sower and the Seeds to teach to our Summit Bible Club because of the connection to harvest time (Matthew 13:3; Mark 4:3; Luke 8:5).  Little did I know that I needed to hear the lesson as much as, probably more than, the kids needed it.  The lesson was very simple, but so difficult to hear. ...

This was a fun quilt to design.  It wasn’t so easy to piece together, though.  In the end it was worth the effort. I’m in the mood to use up my scraps and stashed fabrics, so I wanted to do something with all of those old jeans I had saved.  The hexagons and triangles gave a nice texture to the quilt.  It gives it a kaleidoscope look.  I really love that!  The hard part was just getting that denim material to cooperate.  Some jeans were thick, some were thin.  Some were stretchy and some...

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