It's That Time Of The Year Again

The “Christmas Season” is here once again.  I wrote in the last post that Jesus is supposed to be reason right? Isn’t all of this about the savior coming into the world? In some places he gets some attention, while in others, maybe just an honorable mention. But, at the very least, there is some attention on God sending His Son, the savior of the world!

Below are some links to past posts, including topics like the Magi, Christmas trees, swaddling clothes, Simeon and Anna and even holiday stress!

Have A Very Blessed Season And A Great New Year!

holly-bowA Social Network Christmas
A video about Joseph and Mary on Facebook. And while Facebook has changed quite a bit, this is still one of my favorites!

holly-bowHoliday Stress
Short article with some helpful hints to avoid holiday stress.

A Sad Time of the Year for Some

Short article – for some, for various reasons, this is not the most wonderful time of the year.

holly-bowSimeon And Anna
From “The Eastern Eye” the great blessing to these senior believers in seeing the Christ child. A song about them by Lisa Tracy at the end of the article.

holly-bowThe Christmas Dilemma, and, ‘Twas the night before…
Do you say, Merry Christmas, or, Happy Holidays? Some thoughts on that, and some other choices.

holly-bowChristmas Tree Or Holiday Tree?
A podcast with some history of the “tree,” and, find out about a Jewish man who does not like it referred to as a Holiday tree.

holly-bowWho Were The Magi? Part 1
Who Were The Magi? Part 2
A couple of articles explaining who they were, where they came from, how they knew, what they saw, etc.

holly-bowSwaddling Clothes
What were they? What’s the significance?


Tell Them, "Thank You!"

Happy Veteran’s Day!

This Saturday, November 11th is Veteran;s Day.  Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.

The United States previously observed, “Armistice Day.” The U.S. holiday was renamed, “Veterans Day” in 1954.

We owe all those who have ever served and are currently serving a tremendous debt of gratitude. Always thank a Vet, especially on Veterans Day.

Below are some links from previous posts; videos, heartfelt messages, a great story about a high school teacher and more.

Veteran’s Day 2012 (Video)

Veteran’s Day 2011

Veteran’s Day 2010 (Video)

Veteran’s Day 2009 (Video)

Go For It (Podcast)

A High School Teacher Imparts A Lesson

Happy Veteran’s Day To All Our Veterans!



Re-posting It Again

I posted this last year, and, and in 2015.  it’s still a powerful song.

Alan Jackson first performed this song, November 7, 2001, at the CMA Awards, barely two months after the horrific and devastating events on 9/11, .  Ten years later, he talked about how he came to write the song.

The video I posted last year has been pulled off YouTube,  due to a copyright claim by Country Music Association, Inc..  I found another video, which is not from the CMA Awards.

For me, the song is still just as inspiring today as it was 16 years ago.  How about you?



Posting It Again!

This song is especially encouraging when going through a tough time.  I posted it three months ago. I hope it is encouraging to you – it is to me!

Oh My Soul is a song from, Casting Crowns. The lyrics are on the video.


I Was There

October 28, 2001, it was Game 2 of the World Series – Yankees and Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

My son and I were at that game.  A special treat before the game: Ray Charles, at home plate, singing, “America The Beautiful.”  Even though the D-backs won the game, and we watched Matt Williams hit a 3 run homer, the highlight for me was watching Ray.

Next week the USA celebrates 241 years of independence.  God has shed His grace on this country.


They Paid The Ultimate Price

This is Memorial Day Weekend for those living here in the United States. There are 3 very moving videos below that do an excellent job of putting this remembrance into perspective.

Formerly known as, “Decoration Day,” Memorial Day commemorates men and women who died while in military service to the United States. It began as a way to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War. Later, it was extended, after World War I, to honor American military who died in all wars.

There will be barbecues, visiting friends, road trips, big “sales,” Major League baseball games, Stanley Cup Finals, and of course, the Indy 500. Some people even have a longer than usual weekend, as they get Monday, Memorial Day, off from work.

Here in the United States, we ought to take a little time this weekend to pause and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we could have freedom. We can also pause and thank God for the freedom we still have, freedom that has been given to us at such a very high price.

If you don’t live here in the United States, take some time this weekend to pause and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for your country.

And, regardless of where we live, we all need to keep praying to God for our country.


Another Song From Casting Crowns

Oh My Soul is another song from, Casting Crowns. The lyrics are on the video.

This song is especially encouraging when going through a tough time.


Those Three Powerful Words Spoken Before He Died

I posted this video around this time last year.  It is powerful and moving!

Right before he died, Jesus Christ exclaimed, “It is finished!”  After his resurrection, the angel declared, “He is risen.”

And, He's Coming Back!

And, He’s Coming Back!

Oh Holy Night

The Words And The History Of This Song Are Awesome

My favorite song this time of year is, Oh Holy Night, by Nat King Cole. I know that dates me a little, but I think Nat’s voice is the most beautiful singing voice I have ever heard.

But even more than that, much more in fact, are the words to the song. And when you add to the words, the history of the song itself, it gives great insight to the the meaning of the long awaited Messiah, the savior of the world!

On our radio show, The Optimistic Spin, Saturday, December 24th, I share the awesome history of this song, and then play Nat King Cole’s version. I share my perspective of both the awesome history and the words to this song. You can listen live to the show at 11am pacific time.

On Monday, December 26, I’ll post the show on The Optimistic Spin website. And on Wednesday, December 28, the podcast of that show will be posted.
Below, a video of Faith Hill doing a fantastically beautiful performance of, Oh Holy Night. Below the video are all the words to this amazing song.

Oh Holy Night
Oh holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Fall on your knees, oh, hear the angel voices
Oh night divine, oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine, oh night, o night divine

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains He shall break, for the slave is our brother
And in his name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name

Christ is the Lord, then ever, ever praise we
His power and glory ever, ever more proclaim
His power and glory ever more proclaim
His power and glory ever more proclaim

Written by,
Adolphe Adam