WINTER ADVANCE 2017

A Weekend In The PNW

Winter Advance 2017
This past weekend we were in the beautiful PNW (Pacific Northwest) for the annual, Winter Advance. A new location this year: Ross Point Camp and Conference Center, in Post Falls, Idaho, just across the border from Spokane, Washington. A gorgeous location and a refreshing weekend with folks from near and far. dozens and dozens of folks coming in from 6 or 7 states.

The teachings focused on our theme: Reverence for God. Proverbs 1 says, The fear [reverence] of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”

It is so very right, fitting, proper, and should really go without saying, that the Creator of the heavens and the earth deserves our reverence. Recognition. Praise. Glory. Thanksgiving. Service. Obedience. Love.

I think we all left with a greater understanding, appreciation, reverence, and commitment to and for our wonderful loving God and Father. I know I did!

And by the way, we were all cozy and warm under a blanket of snow!

THE GREATNESS OF GOD

Our Brains Cannot Conceive The Greatness Of God

earthMost people have heard the first verse of the Bible: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Our earth is enormous, nearly 25,000 miles in equatorial circumference. The resources on this planet are vast. Plants and vegetation, along with fish and animals all abound in variety. Not to mention the billions of human beings all over this world.

But how do you even begin to compare the earth with the heavens? How big are the heavens? God created the HEAVENS, and also this little thing over here called Earth.

How Big And How Far?

Okay, so from our point of view

THE BIGGER PICTURE

Why Some Christians Miss The Bigger Picture About The Election

white houseOn Friday, January 20th, a new president will be inaugurated, the 45th president of the United States of America. Following a long and bitter election cycle, this country doesn’t seem to be very “united” at the moment.

I rarely comment here about political matters. However, because this blog is about “Practical Christian Living,” I offer a perspective I’ve heard very little about from fellow Christians over the past two years.

There have been discussions, debates, speeches, arguments, vicious verbal attacks, physical attacks, hatred, lies, tears, depression, disbelief. None of that really surprises me. But the rhetoric of some Christians has. Perhaps they do not see

WAS 2016 A TOUGH YEAR?

A Great Key In Expecting A Better Year Ahead

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The New Year is upon us.  2017 is here!  Are you hoping for things to be better than they were in 2016?

Many people prepare goals for each new year.  It’s a good idea to have plans and expectations for a better year ahead, especially if the past year was challenging or difficult.

For me personally, 2016 was very challenging.  I could now list a number of difficult things that came up over this past year. Perhaps you could as well.  But the point of this article is not what was unpleasant this past year, but rather the blessings of 2016.

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

HOLIDAY STRESS – REPOST

Lots Of Folks Need A Little Extra Love This Time Of Year

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(In case you missed it, I posted this last year. This can be a very stressful time of year for some people) 

For some, “‘Tis the season to be jolly,” is more like, “‘Tis the season to be stressed!”  It is a busy time of year: lights, greeting cards, presents, parties and other joyful festive activities. While the “reason for the season” has become much less obvious, there are still many who will endure another year of holiday stress for lots of reasons.

Perhaps the biggest holiday stress comes from money, or the lack of it. Some feel obligated to buy gifts that often totals more than the funds they have. Far too many solve this dilemma by adding to their current debt which in turn causes more stress. Dave Ramsey offers some help with this on his site with a free tool called, “My Christmas Budget.”

GOD OF ALL MY DAYS

A Very Inspiring Song

There’s a great line in this song: “My seasons change, You stay the same.” I know I just posted this a couple months ago, but it’s very inspiring.

The song is by Casting Crowns.  The lyrics are below the video.

I came to You with my heart in pieces
And found the God with healing in His hands
I turned to You, put everything behind me
And found the God who makes all things new
I looked to You, drowning in my questions
And found the God who holds all wisdom
And I trusted You and stepped out on the ocean
You caught my hand among the waves
‘Cause You’re the God of all my days

Each step I take
You make a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You’re the God of all my days

I ran from You, I wandered in the shadows
And found a God who relentlessly pursues
I hid from You, haunted by my failure
And found the God whose grace still covers me
I fell on You when I was at my weakest
And found the God, the lifter of my head
And I’ve worshiped You
And felt You right beside me
You’re the reason that I sing
‘Cause You’re the God of all my days

Each step I take
You make a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You’re the God of all my days

In my worry, God You are my stillness
In my searching, God You are my answers
In my blindness, God You are my vision
In my bondage, God You are my freedom
In my weakness, God You are my power
You’re the reason that I sing
‘Cause You’re the God of all my days

Each step I take
You make a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You’re the God of all my days

In my blindness, God You are my vision
In my bondage, God You are my freedom
All my days