A Columbus Day Retreat

ThreeSpringsDuring the Columbus Day weekend, I’ll be heading to Three Springs for a needed vacation. Did you ever have one of those days? I have been in need of one, for quite some time.

Three Springs is located in the mountains, past Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The mountain scenery is gorgeous; especially during the autumn season. My church regularly goes there, every year. I’ve been there, a few times and I love it. You can find out more, by visiting their web site at http://www.threespringsministries.org/

My only regrets is that I can’t go horseback riding. Then again, I’m 50 years old and I haven’t ridden a horse, since ’92. Don’t you think it’s time that I rethink that idea? However, there are activities that I can do and enjoy. If you have a mobility problem, then I’d not recommend this place.

I should be back in town, on Columbus Day. That’s a Monday. It’s unlikely that I’ll sit and write an article, the following day. Plus, I have another writing project in the wing. On June 2014, I wrote an article called “The Builder” and I’d like to use a retooled version of it in a chapter in a book or e-book.

Before I can use it; a model will have to be created. Why? I have trouble in painting a picture of something I’ve not seen. Hence, I need to create a visual reference. My only tool is Minecraft. Minecraft is a sandbox game and you can build some beautiful structures in it.

If you have any alternative ideas that I can use on my PC, then I’d like to hear it. Of course, I can also use my large tablet and it’s more powerful than my desktop.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.


How Is Your Light Shining?

For the past few days, I have been considering an article centering on the theme, “Let your light shine.” I got the idea, when I read the stats for popular blog articles. I am surprised to discover people kept coming across “Is Your Light Shining?

After my initial surprise, I felt it time to write a new article on that theme; except, it will not talking about a certain YouTube personality.

I could do a rewrite; however, a fresh take seems best. Have you looked at the photo? The image begs the question. How do I carry out that? How do we illustrate Christ, to other people?

Here is my understanding of Matthew 5:14-16. It may or may not surprise you. How does the following sound to you? Continue reading “How Is Your Light Shining?”

Learning to Persevere

Did you ever have one of those days? Today, I am sitting in front of my computer and I’m struggling on what to write. It’s not a dry spell or a roadblock. Rather, it comes from exhaustion.

Yet, I must press on and write an article for your enjoyment and encouragement. Though I am tired, my heart desires to press onward. For me, the task of writing is not a grind; rather, it’s a joy and a challenge. I’d not be doing this blog; if I didn’t enjoy the work. Continue reading “Learning to Persevere”

Dealing With Changes

A week ago, Shore Vineyard held a discussion called “How to Thrive in the Upcoming Financial Crisis”. The discussion centers on a book called “The Mystery of the Shemitah It’s a book written by Jonathan Cahn. I saw the video based on this book and it’s pretty good.

If you took the time and listened to the audio, then you will discover that we did more than talk about the book. We talked about solutions and a willingness to listen to God’s Word. I’ll give you, a hint. We did not talk about owning gold; as not everyone can afford it.

I am one of those people, who can’t afford to buy gold. What about me? How should I prepare for something, that may or may not happen? A wise man sees the upcoming trouble and takes prudent steps; so that he is not reacting to fear. 

As the discussion continues, I quietly asked Jesus and myself, “What should I do? How do I prepare for potential changes?” One thing certain, our country is definitely in a financial mess. You simply need to turn on Fox News or CNN. What’s next? Continue reading “Dealing With Changes”

What’s in the Power of Words?

Editor’s Note: This morning, a possible emergency came up and I felt that it would be good to give reblogging, a shot. What’s reblogging? It’s when I decide to play host to someone else’s article.  “What’s in the Power of Words” is written by Pastor Rodney Coe. The site has about 27 contributors and Rodney is one.

The article appears to be quite good and worth taking a risk. Please let me know what you think. Enjoy!


We don’t know what we can become or will become. Our lives could be set in scenes of a novel we may not even want to be in. The enemy of our souls would like nothing better than for us to waste our time and energy on things that distract us from reaching our full […]

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Don’t Forget the OIIL: Language

As I consider this last part of my “Don’t Forget the OIIL” series, a mental recording clicks in my brain. The voice is that of certain YouTuber that I know.

“Watch your mouth, boy!” warns the young man, to his audience of teens and early twenty something. It is often connected with something that can go in an unwanted direction.  At the same time, it’s done with a touch of humor.

As I consider the recording, I toyed with the idea of changing the title to “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Watch Your Mouth!” James 3:11 and an old fountain came to mind. Should a fountain send forth, both sweet and bitter water?

How does this relate to creating content for a blog or YouTube? Continue reading “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Language”

Don’t Forget the OIIL: Imagination and Inspiration

If you read my last article, “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Observation“; then you will know that I’m writing a series called “Don’t Forget the OIIL”. What do I mean by OIIL? No, it’s not a typo; rather, it’s an acronym: Observation, Imagination / Inspiration and Language.

Each of these components is essential to creating good content for a blog or a YouTube video. In this article, we’ll take a look at “Imagination” and “Inspiration” and their role in creating content. Continue reading “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Imagination and Inspiration”