The Bible, its people, and events continue to be substantiated and verified through modern archaeological discoveries. The Word, claiming to be “God-breathed”, has unabashedly met its critics and opponents face to face over the centuries. A champion of authenticity, the Bible does not tuck-tail, but as gold refined through fire, it remains pure and unadulterated because it is what it claims—inspired of God. Archaeology merely tags along behind as a reminder of revealed truth—as an “I told you so”—to any honest person who would heed its clarion. JHW#longreads
Pink Reflection, Davie, FL 2012
After exhibiting several black and white scenics for the last few posts, I am switching it up here with an image that depicts both color and life. Although this is not one of my usual tightly framed close-ups, sometimes an environmental animal portrait begs to be captured.
The idea for this image stems from my childhood memories. Growing up on Long Island, NY, it was very common to see lawn statues, from elves to ducks to flamingos. So when I see a flamingo standing in water, it brings me back to those days gone by. This particular scene had some warm late afternoon lighting which rendered a reflection of the beautiful bird in the water before it.
I have recently discovered several great photographic locations in my own (current) neighborhood while shooting locally, none more so than the beautiful Flamingo Gardens in Davie, FL. http://www.flamingogardens.org/ Magnificent trees, roaming peacocks…
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Does the Bible teach that God’s providence works in human events to care for His people and accomplish His purposes? What is God’s will for our lives? Do the unexpected events that occur in o…
Source: Word of the Week: Providence
“Time decides who you meet in life, your heart decides who you want in your life, and your behavior decides who stays in your life.” Ziad K. Abdelnour
Today’s thought carries a depth of meaning that should motivate us to think more seriously about our personal influence as it connects to relationships and developing as leaders.
Regardless of one’s domestic or international travel, our paths cross with a variety of people from all walks of life. Throughout the course of life, we may experience relationships with hundreds, if not, thousands of people.
During these encounters we make decisions about those individuals we want to spend more time with in order to develop a deeper relationship. These relationships make us vulnerable as we begin sharing our personal lives: failures, weaknesses, and even our inadequacies.
How we conduct ourselves in developing those relationships determines the few that become lifelong friends affected neither by time or space. Leaders rarely enjoy…
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It has happened twice that I have been in Jerusalem during Pentecost. I wrote a little note here about the experience of being in Jerusalem as a non-Jew during Pentecost. It was similar to one I had written several years earlier here.
A couple of Israeli readers took exception to some of the things I wrote and made their views known in the comments. I am compelled to make a response to some of the questions and issues raised. You will need to read the comments in order to understand my response.
Modern Interpretation of Pentecost. I have been in Jerusalem twice on Pentecost and I have never seen anyone doing what Leviticus 23:15-22 describes.
15 “You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering.
16 You shall count fifty days to the day…
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My blogging has been sparse for the past month and I feel I should make some explanation. I was leading a tour of the Alpine region of Europe during the first half of May. After that my wife and I went to Israel for 11 days. We were joined by David Padfield, a long-time friend who has traveled with us several times, to visit some old and new places in Israel.
While in Israel we learned from our neighbor-friend who was looking in on our property that the water line to the refrigerator had burst. This caused the house to be flooded. The hardwood floor in three rooms was damaged and some of it was immediately taken up. The kitchen cabinets were also damaged and will have to be replaced. Not something good to come home to, but then we thought about our fellow-citizens who have lost much more…
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The media has unfortunately fueled the fire of pornography for teens. The link above, to a blog dealing with this travasty, is working to educate concerning porn addiction and it’s devastating influence in our culture.