Disposable People

SkullsYou shall not murder.   Exodus 20:13

Alright! I have had just about enough!! This news has projected me into a whole new dimension of rage, the Twilight Zone of fury!

News flash: Outrage as dementia patient who never asked to die is euthanized at request of family in Belgium.

You read that right. Some poor individual was just getting to be too much of a burden for the family, so they put out a hit on him or her…WITH THE HOSPICE!!!

Nurse Diesel“Excuse me, Nurse Diesel? If you’re not too busy, could you please whack Aunt Gertrude in 127? She’s been out of it for some time now, and, quite frankly, our pockets are producing lint. And if anyone asks, we just can’t bear to see her suffer any more. But who can tell, right? She isn’t exactly Chatty Cathy lately.”

Am I being snarky? Oh, you betcha! It’s how I get when I’m mammothly pi$$ed. Am I being judgmental? Again, you betcha! Am I alone? Well, let’s go to the videotape, Bob! From the article itself:

The case is described in a letter written by a doctor who resigned from Belgium’s euthanasia commission in protest over the group’s actions on this and other cases.

It has raised concerns about weak oversight in a country with some of the world’s most liberal euthanasia laws.

Although euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002 and has overwhelming public support, critics have raised concerns in recent months about certain practices, including how quickly some doctors approve requests to die from psychiatric patients.

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Pay no attention to the flat line on the monitor…

That’s right: it’s getting to be a bit too much even for a country that’s taken to playing Whack-a-Mole with their less-than-fit countrymen.


Some people throw this accusation around most inappropriately, so I won’t use the word here. I will ask you if snuffing undesirables throughout a country doesn’t sound like another regime not too many miles from Belgium within the last 100 years. Goose-stepping was a fave past time of theirs.

I submit that the whole concept has taken a more subtle turn. The concentration camps have been replaced by nursing homes. They’re so much more user-friendly, don’tcha think?

You think not? Well, let’s try some articles I’ve written about eugenics and euthanasia.

Let’s start with Pirates of the Sacred Spiral, Part 9 from last June. Eugenics is something that has been planned and refined over generations! The elite who want to control the size and quality of the world population have steadily moved from brute force efforts to more subtle tactics. In today’s case, from death camps to nursing homes.

Not enough? Let’s try Euthanasia – Out of Our Hands? from 2015:

France Debates Making Euthanasia Doctor’s Decision…Doctors in France will have the right to put terminally-ill patients into a deep sleep until they die, under plans unveiled on Friday that reignited a national debate on euthanasia.”

Forced Injection

Not the actual event

Then there’s Told You So… from 1/14/2015, which is about as horrific as it gets:


So the doctor, without asking the (nursing home resident) if SHE thinks it’s time yet, slips her a mickey in her coffee to make killing her easier. The doctor must have been out of practice, because she apparently got the dosage wrong.

The old girl wakes up when she feels the needle and fights back. The doc then asks the family – whom I presume were indeed mentioned in the will – to hold her down…AND THEY SAY YES!!!

Euthanasia Roller CoasterMaybe something on a lighter note – Making Euthanasia Fun! From 1/22/2016:

“…euthanasia in Holland has trebled in the space of a year, new figures have revealed. In 2013, a total of 42 people with ‘severe psychiatric problems’ were killed by lethal injection compared to 14 in 2012 and 13 in 2011.”  And now, unbelievably, someone has invented what he calls the Euthanasia Roller Coaster. Seriously.  It’s designed to pull excessive  forces for an extended period that will cause the riders/victims to die from oxygen starvation of the brain.  Most experts think it’ll just be unpleasant and likely make someone pretty sick, but WHAT KIND OF MIND THINKS UP THIS STUFF?!?

I can do this all day –

And this is just looking at euthanasia. Scroll down to “Categories” at the bottom and click on “Abortion,”

We use language and pleasing images to justify monstrous acts: Weasel Words & Wiggle Room. But here’s the thing…

What part of You shall not murder are we not getting?!?

Syringe Dripping

Worth Fighting For

Grant memoirsI’ve been gradually working my way through the memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. It’s fascinating insight into the history of the Civil War from someone who not only lived through it, but was in a position to really know what was going on in the country; the mindset and conditions.

Here’s an excerpt that caught my attention:

Sherman’s army…numbered about 60,000 effective men. All weak men had been left to hold the rear, and those remaining were not only well men, but strong and hardy, so that he had 60,000 as good soldiers that ever trod the earth; better than any European soldiers, because they not only worked like a machine but the machine thought. European armies know very little what they fight for, and care less (emphasis added).

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.   Ephesians 6:12

Yes, we are in a war, and we have an idea of what we’re fighting against, but do we know what we’re fighting for?

Carnage and CultureThis reminded me of a book I read years ago. I couldn’t remember the title and had to search the shelves of my small library. I found it; Carnage and Culture by Victor Davis Hanson. It studies landmark battles in the rise of western power. He starts at the ancient battle of Salamis. The Greeks were hopelessly outnumbered by Xerxes’ slave army, yet they thrashed him. How? Freedom!

In every battle Hanson dissects, the difference is technology and ownership. Free societies foster creativity and better technology. Free societies will battle ferociously to keep their freedom.

How did the outnumbered Greeks defeat the Persians? They had a better idea for boats in war, better technology fostered by a free society. They fought to keep their freedom! I doubt Xerxes’ slaves had any such motivation.

Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you. 24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.   1 Corinthians 9:23-24

Yes, we are in a war, or a race as Paul describes it. Elsewhere he reminds us to put on the full armor of God to not only protect ourselves but to do battle. This is done not just for ourselves, but for the sake of the Gospel. We fight for others!

But let’s get personal. Who do you fight for besides yourself? Do you have children? Imagine them in hell for eternity and see how that feels. Are you motivated to fight for them? Pray for them? Talk to them?

What about friends? Co-workers? Do they know you are Christian? Do you act like Jesus has told us to so that you are a beacon of His love to attract others? How hard are you willing to try to conduct yourself in a God-pleasing way to hopefully save people you love?

St. PaulRead these selected verses from Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth, 1 Corinthians 9:

For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.”[a] Is it oxen God is concerned about? 10 Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. 11 If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? 12 If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more?… 19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law,[c] that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God,[d] but under law toward Christ[e]), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as[f] weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you (emphasis added).

Paul did what he could to appeal to all to hopefully save some. Was he dishonest? By no means! He worked diligently to speak to people where they were and in terms they could understand.

Maybe now you are motivated to fight for family and friends, but how? How often do you read your Bible? Do you study it? Do you attend church and Sunday School regularly? Do you compare notes with your fellow warriors to refine battle tactics?

You have people worth fighting for. How willing are you to wade into Zombie Land and do battle?


True Love

Following is the first article I wrote for this blog in 2014.  It’s still my favorite, so what better day to pull it out again than Valentine’s Day??

princess-brideIf you’ve ever seen the movie “The Princess Bride,” you’ll know any number of quotes from it. In this case, I’m thinking of Vizzini, who keeps lisping “Inconceivable!” every time something happens that he thinks shouldn’t. Finally, as he watches The Man in Black (Wesley) climbing The Cliffs of Insanity, he lisps “Inconceivable!” one last time. Inigo Montoyo looks at him and, in his heavy Spanish accent, delivers the great line, “You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

“Like” is one of those words. Think grade school. “Does she like me?” Or “Of course I like you! I mean, not like that, but we’re friends, right?” Ah, clarity!

Love is even tougher. Just what are we saying when we use that word? Is it that hormone rush when you’re physically attracted to someone? Is it lust? Is it a powerful emotion? English is not the best language when it comes to nuance. So let’s forget emotion, lust, and attraction. Take those away, and what do we have?

Love. And that’s still vague. I love my friend’s wife. Is that adultery? No. I don’t want to possess her. She’s a great friend, a great person. I haven’t got any romantic feelings for her, but I feel for her all the same. I love my friend. I admire him and would do most anything for him. Am I homosexual? No. But I love him all the same.

Work Work Work

The Longest Sword Fight Ever Filmed!

Let’s return to The Princess Bride. While there a several sub-plots and a lot of things going on, the movie is really about just one thing: True Love. For True Love, Wesley leaves Buttercup behind to carve out a life to bring her to. For True Love, she understands and awaits his return. But, upon word that he was killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts, she agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck (the bad guy).


Wesley, having become the next Dread Pirate Roberts after the last one retired, returns to find Buttercup. He is angry with her for forsaking Wesley. Still disguised as the Pirate, he berates her: “Tell me, madam. Out of respect for the dead did you wait a whole week before your engagement?”

Buttercup and Pirate

“Did you wait a whole week?


Shortly afterward, he is revealed to her as Wesley. She apologizes for her engagement, “…but I thought you were dead.” Smiling at her, he says, “Death cannot overcome True Love.” Although not intended, I see something Messianic there.

Not even death could overcome True Love. Jesus rose from the grave, so great was His love and the Father’s. And Jesus doesn’t love us because we’re attractive or sexy. He loves us, because He CHOOSES to. The people He ministered to were the dregs of society. They were ugly physically, emotionally, socially, morally… Think of a negative –ly word, and that’s who Jesus spent His time with. From where I sit, it wasn’t easy.

Even His disciples tried to get Him to avoid certain people and places. “Get the kids outa here! Quit bothering the Master!” “Make that whore stop kissing your feet!” “Don’t open Lazarus’ grave – he stinks by now!” Yet Jesus chose to keep on loving. Even on the Mount of Olives, He prayed to His Father to find another way and let Him off the hook for all of the suffering He knew was coming. And when the Father said “No”, He chose to perform the greatest act of love ever. He CHOSE.

One of my favorite Shakespearean sonnets is Sonnet 116, especially the following lines:

Old Couple

Love Alters Not…

Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle’s compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom.


So, when your spouse has grown old and wrinkly and lies at death’s door on “the edge of doom,” you will continue to love that person and care for him or her to the very end. True Love appreciates the “rosy lips and cheeks,” but bears it out past those winsome days. Anything else is just flowing wherever our hormonal winds blow us. And, if we surrender to those, how are we different from a pack of dogs?

Why is divorce so prevalent? Do we marry for True Love? Once married for whatever reason, do we choose to be human beings with the willpower to choose True Love or just be another mutt in the pack? Look at reasons given for divorce, and you’ll see a laundry list of how “I’m not getting out of this marriage what I think I should.”

Let’s look at the so-called Love Chapter, I Corinthians 13 verses 4-7:

4 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; 5 it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

These behaviors of love are not always what are driven by sheer emotion. Given our sinful, selfish nature, it should be quite apparent that these are not what we come to naturally. These are choices that True Love makes. Consciously. Deliberately. Painfully.

Are you mad at your spouse and are thinking about divorce? Have you considered whether your love to that person has been True Love or selfishness which only wants that person to fulfill your needs? And before you even start wondering how your partner stands up to that question, forget about it. True Love doesn’t ask that question. It only asks how its owner stacks up. It wants True Love from the other, but doesn’t require it. It loves too much for that. It seeks to draw True Love out of the other by example, by earning it.

True Love. Not easy, not even natural. But it is beautiful!

Quote for 1/20/2018

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.   James 1:2-3 NKJV


“I did it!”

Sweet words, aren’t they? No matter what the “it” is, finishing something is a moment of relief if not pride.

I’ve had a heart attack, double bypass, and two other brushes with death. None were fun. I wouldn’t care to do them again, but I’m proud to say that Julie and I didn’t just make it through together, but that we did it all well.

I’ve written two novels, two screenplays, and hundreds of articles on this blog. I self-published one novel and had less than stellar sales. I have a very nice rejection letter from a major movie studio for one of the screenplays. Years of effort on my part, and not much more than the stroke of a pen from someone else.

But I did it! By God’s grace, I’ve lived through death defying trials and succeeded in producing some good written work.

I’ve been prosperous, and I’ve been bankrupt. I’ve learned and been improved at every turn. Adversity, however, has done for me than success. Adversity has taken everything from me but my faith and has even nibbled at that.  Yet I am better for it.

What have you done?  What have you endured? What successes at a cost? What adversities?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.   Philippians 4:13

Where Do I Start?

BibleFor whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.   Romans 15:4

For most of my life the Bible has seemed to be this impenetrable book. The question I’ve often asked, and one I’m sure you have too, is “Where do I start?” There certainly are parts that are harder than others, and there are good reasons why.


There have been about 2000 years of it since the last book of the Bible was written. Some books of the Bible contain historical references that are not clear to us by any means. Daniel, Matthew 24, and Revelation come to mind. Sometimes it isn’t about what’s referred to as “Apocryphal Language” as much as it’s about most of us not knowing enough history to make sense of what we read.

Agents of BabylonThat’s why it’s important to find authors who have studied the history surrounding biblical times who can, first, identify what is being described and, second, explain it clearly. I recently started reading Agents of Babylon by Dr. David Jeremiah, which has opened the Book of Daniel to me as never before.

I always read carefully and critically, especially when it comes to things I find outside of the mainstream. YouTube, for example, can be a wealth of information, but you need to really have your thinking cap on and be critical.

I have three categories that I put sources into:

First – The Nut Case has no idea what he’s talking about and isn’t afraid to put his ignorance on brightly lit display.

Second – Very Credible has the education, certifications, and experience to bring good information to light. VC knows how to communicate clearly and lucidly and is easy to evaluate. You might still find sufficient grounds to dismiss him, but he’s very credible in that he’s reasonably thoughtful and well-spoken.

Third – The Amateur Savant comes across as a Nut Case, because he is not educated, has no credentials, but has been able, through natural intelligence and very hard work, to arrive at truth. So, while a Nut Case in style, he’s Very Credible in substance. I often listen to Nut Cases a bit longer than I should just because I want to make sure I’m not accidently dismissing a savant.




This is how we, western educated sons and daughters of Aristotle think and read. Unfortunately, not all societies throughout time share this thought pattern. Daniel is a case in point. In one sentence, he’s with a son who’s dad he’s already covered in large part. In the very next sentence, using zero transition, he’s back to the dad as if this is happening in real time.


You could make a comedy routine out of this sort of stream of consciousness delivery, comparing it to someone’s mother. She prattles on while you listen with increasingly murderous rage, waiting for the point to come across.

Lazy SusanI call it The Lazy Susan approach. Think of a Lazy Susan in the middle of a table that just keeps turning on its own. As it turns, you keep grabbing the next interesting thing you see and put it on your plate – or in your manuscript – until you finally get to whatever’s at the center. Instead of getting to the hub of the issue directly as a sane, linear-thinking person would, the Lazy Susan Thinker sort of spirals haphazardly in toward the ending.


While some sections of the Bible seem as clear as smoky glass, others elude us because they are so very familiar. These are spots where we need to slow down and try to see if we’re missing anything. This is very hard to do, because, as they say, you don’t know what you don’t know.

Case in point:

And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.   Genesis 3:15

Maybe it’s just me, but I realized at one point that there’s something we never discuss when we look at this verse. Even worse, I found it embarrassingly obvious when I finally saw it. Remember, God is talking to the serpent – and Satan, by extension – who tricked Eve into sinning. Who is Satan’s seed?!?


Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what the answer is to that last question. You want me to tell you instead of hitting the Bible yourself, reading it cover to cover, and finding answers for that question and a whole slew of others that will come up from carefully reading God’s Word.

I am currently working on my own Biblical timeline. I’m using an Excel spreadsheet to record data that I find from the Bible to tell me when things happened. Since B.C./A.D. dating wasn’t used in any Biblical period, I’ve invented my own dating method that I call Creation Plus, or C.P. I will eventually add a B.C./A.D. timeline once I’m confident I’ve reached a point where that can be done to my own satisfaction.

See below that Noah died at age 950, in the year 2006 C.P., 350 years after the Flood. It was only 39 years after Noah’s death that God appeared to Abram and Sarai in 2045 C.P.:

Creation PlusThe Bible also uses weights and measures unfamiliar to us, so I made another spreadsheet for conversions. In Googling “Cubit” I learned that there is a long cubit and a short one. The long cubit was used in king David’s time. Long after that the standard cubit used was shorter. So, for example, Goliath is described as being six cubits and a span tall. His coat of mail and spearhead are also described. Here’s a screen shot of those calculations:

Goliaths MeasuresSo start reading the Bible. Genesis 1. In the beginning, if you will. If you come across something you don’t understand like weights and measures, Google them. When it comes to the meaning of Biblical events or theology, find yourself a really good Christian author. And be warned; there are MANY so-called Christians out there deceiving many away from God’s Truth. Joel Osteen comes to mind.

OK.  I know you’re thinking about it. I won’t tell you who Satan’s seed is, but here are a couple Bible references that contain the answer. Also included; some writing I’ve done on it.

Enoch-Sakach-Ph-D-9780934917056Genesis 6

Numbers 13

And the first in my series on the Book of Enoch; Connecting the Dots; The Book of Enoch, Part 1

Happy reading!!

Christmas & The Gates of Hades

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock (referring to Himself) I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.   Matthew 16:18

I had an epiphany last Sunday during Bible class. Pastor was explaining how gates are strictly defensive structures. God’s Word is what’s in motion. It’s what is on the offense, what is meant to be on the offense. The ideas being discussed were all about attacking hell from the outside to break down those gates.

A comment was made that flipped this idea completely over for me. I realized we were getting it all wrong. God’s Word doesn’t break down the gates from the outside. We don’t use it as a weapon to attack Satan’s citadel. What would be the point? Why would we want to get in?!?

Do you remember my article Zombie Land? Here’s an excerpt from that article:


Are we as well equipped spiritually?

…we’re in Zombie Land. The world is Satan’s playground for a limited time, and we are vulnerable to his predation.  I believe Americans have had a false sense of security for far too long.  We’ve never had a war on the continent save The War for Independence and Civil War.  We’ve relaxed too much over the years and become complacent in our lives and our faith.  There’s a war going on all around us.  We can’t see the angels and demons engaged, but they are here.  With you and me.  Right now.


They battle over our protection, our lives, and our souls. Why does God talk about giving His angels charge over us?  Well, He does!  All of us.  That just doesn’t mean we’re automatically safe.  No, the devil prowls like a roaring looking for those he can devour.

Recall in Daniel how the angel from God was delayed by Satan’s “Prince of Persia.” Satan’s minions have the earth divided up into individual areas of responsibility, and they aren’t weaklings. Not by any measure.

satan BConsistent with the title, Satan is referred to as “The Prince of This World” and “Prince of the Air.” His army of princes have their areas of responsibility, but he is in charge of the whole thing, the entire earth! Indeed, St. Paul warns the church of Galatia and us by extension that we are in enemy territory and that this is real war:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.   Ephesians 6:12 [Full Chapter]

We are at least partly inside the gates of Hades! Those gates cannot prevail against the Word of God to hold us in! We stand one foot in Hades and one foot in heaven. We are not completely cut off from God, not completely dead…yet! We are not fully in His presence either. The gates are not completely closed and locked. There’s still an opening, which Jesus, through His atoning Sacrifice, will bust open for us. But time grows short. The only way we make it through those gates is through the one and only Way – Jesus. The only way we exit Hades once we’ve died is if we accept Jesus’ offer to hold the gate open for us.

This all makes sense when we correctly interpret “Hades” as the realm of the dead, NOT hell. Hades/Sheol are translated the Greek and Hebrew as being the god of and/or the realm of the dead. This is different from hell, which is the place of punishment, of complete separation from God. That translation lends even more credence to my interpretation that the attack by the Word on the gates of Hades is from within, not without!

Going even further, Peter tells us in 1 Peter 3:19 that Jesus “…went and preached to the spirits in prison.” In other words, Jesus did NOT go to Hell to preach to the spirits and demons there. What would have been the point? No, He went to Hades/Sheol to give the dead there the Good News that He had won and that they will be set free; “…the gates of Hades shall not prevail against (Me)!”

All this grew out of…Christmas! These are the accomplishments of the Baby in the Manger, the Light, the Word, the Christ!

Jesus Manger

Stronger than He looks…

Christmas Memories, Part II

Train up a child in the way she should go, And when she is old she will not depart from it.    Proverbs 22:6

We don’t always remember things the same as other people. I thought it would be interesting… no, valuable to hear what Christmas memories my daughters hold close.

Olivia remembered dressing up for Christmas Eve services. Her favorite time was when she was dressed in a red plaid dress, white stockings, and black patent leather shoes. She was sitting on her grandmother’s lap, and they talked about how nice it is to get dressed up for church. Grandma told her she looked very nice that evening at our house. It was a nice, private conversation; Olivia feeling good about being able to do something special and her grandmother affirming both her dress that night and her thoughts and feelings.

Of course, it was about more than the dress, I think. It was about a child learning how to grow up, literally on her grandmother’s knee. When I picture that tender moment between the two, I can’t help tearing up at the beauty of it.

Every Christmas Eve before we left for church, Julie and I would take pictures of each other with the girls in front of our tree, which they remember as part of our Christmas ritual. I should find all of those and put them together in order.

Christmas morning consisted of them chomping at the bit for us to tell them to come down and see what’s under the tree. That continued through high school. They knew there was no Santa, of course, but that was just how we’d always done it, so it was what continued to happen.

She and Hillary both remember lying on their backs under the trees every year, looking up into that pine branch universe of colored stars.

Their favorite gifts? They each got their own, individual typewriter one year. This was before junior high, mind you. Olivia gave me a bit more insight as to why this was so special a gift for them. My wife worked in the family printing business, and the girls enjoyed going to the shop with her and playing with the one typewriter in the office.

Olivia lived in a fantasy world and often had trouble expressing her thoughts. The typewriter became her avenue, her outlet to release herself. That, and not having to share a typewriter with her sister, as they did at the shop.

There was a memory they both have, which I also remember very vividly. Hillary, still a toddler, asked me to come out in the backyard with her one December afternoon. I followed her out the back door. She stopped halfway to the garage, turned, and gave me The Look as she pointed up and over my shoulder.

When I turned to follow her finger, I saw what she was telling me. There it was. Our chimney. The one with the bird caging over it so birds wouldn’t fall down inside.

What’s the word I’m looking for? Oh, yeah: BUSTED!

Christmas Eve candlelight services, holding candles, singing carols, and the inevitable hot wax hitting their hands. It was…important! It was special!

So those are the most prominent memories the girls shared with me this week. Most I knew. Some of the backstory I never heard before. It’s so nice to know that they have those memories that run deep, that were so formative. I’m happy for them that they called up things they haven’t thought of in a long time.

It was a Christmas present in itself!


Check out my Christmas novel, The Substance Hoped For!Substance Cover


Christmas Story

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.   Hebrews 11:1

Substance CoverWe’ve heard the Christmas story so many times in our lives that we too easily gloss it over. We don’t see the details. We miss the challenges of the people who lived it. The Christmas story is so much more than mangers, sheep, and shepherds.

The Christmas story is also intrigue, danger, and narrow escapes!

The Substance Hoped For is my novel that sees Christmas as struggle and triumph. It sees Christmas – and our own lives – as the challenge of faith. I decided to look at the entire story, from Jesus’ birth to the Magi to the Slaughter of the Innocents through a pair of 21st Century eyes. From the book jacket:

“Tom Snyder is having a lousy Christmas. A client’s death, fisticuffs, and embarrassing himself at a church Christmas party haven’t helped. Dying in a car wreck was really the last straw. Or that’s what he thought.

Awaking to his guardian angel, he’s told that the God he doesn’t believe in wants him. God’s going to do everything He can to help Tom believe. Even if it kills him. Merry Christmas…

So starts Tom’s adventure of living in the New Testament and setting up digs with the Holy Family. It turns out to be more of an adventure than he could have imagined. As Joseph’s employee and Jesus’ beloved “Unka,” Tom struggles with the leap of faith God is looking for.

The Wise Men, Simeon, King Herod, and many more must answer the call of faith as they hurtle toward the inevitable where Tom stands alone between Herod’s men and Jesus!”

I invite you to check out and order a copy of my novel, The Substance Hoped For!

Hitting a HUGE Milestone!

I just got an automated notice from WordPress right after posting today’s quote that I have hit a very big milestone –

Drumroll, please!

Today’s Quote of the Day marks my 1000th post!

That’s a lot of writing, but it doesn’t feel like it, so imagine my surprise!

Take a look at the different categories I have at the bottom of my web page for browsing all of the articles over the last four years.  Some of those I have been most passionate about:

Thank you all for your readership and support!

Quote for 12/12/2017

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.    Galatians 4:4-5 NKJV


“Location, location, location!” is the mantra in real estate.

With God, timing is everything.  Jesus often referred to “the hour” for different events., including stating that His hour had not yet come before changing water to wine.

God set everything up from the political climate in general to the players in events of Jesus’ salvation mission.

When everything was set, Jesus went into enemy territory, into Zombie Land.  He made a daring raid into the world Satan wrangled for himself by making Adam and Eve his gateway into the Earth.  Failure was possible.  That was the point; God gave Him free will just as He had given us.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.    Hebrews 4:15

That done, all we need to do is follow Him back through Zombie Land to the home God originally intended for us.  Just stay on he path He blazed and guides us through.

Follow Jesus.  Respond and acknowledge Him when He calls us “Brother” and “Sister.”

Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.    1 John 2:23