Fear can be a debilitating factor, holding you back from success. But as FDR once said, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."
Since we have it so easy here in this great country of America, it is easy to forget that our fellow Christians around the world--are suffering for their faith.
My 4th published book is a unique historical novel, called "THE CHRISTMAS VICTORY, A Gem of a Sermon All Wrapped Up in A Historicak Novel." It's about H.W. Longfellow, his son and and Mark Twain.
I have been an avid reader of Biblical novels in my youth, and I am the author of a Biblical novel, and as such I feel I am the best judge of what is good in a Biblical novel.
Johnny Cash stands out head and shoulders above the rest as a unique country music singer, for several reasons.
This great folk trio's third album is a wonderful mix of slower and more upbeat folk songs. It has something for everyone, including children's songs, and songs of both religious and social import.
I got this recipe for succulent turkey from one of my instructors at the gym. As she says, you don't taste the ingredients, but you sure taste the results.
See why the Biblical Novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom" would be the very best Christmas gift you could possibly give to those readers or even potential readers on your list.
Christmas is not over! The feast of Epiphany marks the 12th and last day of Christmas. It celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles by the coming of the Magi to see the Christ child.
We need to remember the history and original purpose of Thanksgiving Day-- a time for giving of thanks.
The Almanac Singers are one of the most overlooked groups in music history. They concentrated on songs of protest, particularly for the labor movement which had started in the 1900's.
Although many Biblical novels have been written, I feel that mine is unique for several reasons.
Death is an unpleasant subject for many and one which many people like to try and avoid. Yet, death need not be feared at all, and can even be something to look forward to, I hope to show why here.
Everyone likes to read, so, instead of bunnies, eggs and candy, why not give books this Easter?
The problem of suffering is one area of Christian apologetics. It addresses the age old question of "Why do the righteous suffer?" Or "If there is a God and He is good, why does he allow suffering?"
I simply want to explain why I like to listen to the banjo, and to explore the several different types of music for which the banjo is known.
I'm making this page about John Dehner because he is my favorite lesser-known actors. I think he is just as good an actor as any of the more well know actors,. Yet, he never got top billing.
What about DOMA? After some brief background on the defense of marriage act, I will present my own viewpoint (which I refer to as the Biblical viewpoint) but then give you a chance to present yours.
The meaning of Global Forgiveness Day is to find forgiveness for yourself and to forgive others who have done wrong to you.
August 9th is Book Lovers Day and people need to be more aware of books in all their forms. Through reading we can experience relaxation, excitement or information.
The Chad Mitchell Trio was a great folk group of the 60s folk revival. They sang both traditional folk songs and protest songs. They were known for their satirical songs about current events.
Although "Barbershop Appreciation Day" may seem like a silly holiday, why shouldn't we appreciate Barbershop music? It has the best harmony around.
I will list here my own favorite Christian novels, including the three I wrote. I list them here according to sub-genre, as there are several genres of Christian fiction.
I'm making this page about Noel Paul Stookey to raise awareness of his conversion to Christ in 1968 (two years before leaving Peter Paul and Mary) and his subsequent Christian works.
A knowledge of God's righteousness is both somewhat needful in obtaining our eternal salvation and also a comfort in our trials and testings and every day living.
Although similar, God's mercy and grace are quite different. We need to know the difference between the two and also appreciate and what each one means to us both for salvation and for daily living.
The Highwaymen were another original great sounding folk group from the 60s folk revival. They were one of the few folk quintets (groups of 5).
The Bible plainly teaches that there will be a rapture of all those who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ, but, have you ever wondered what the rapture will actually be like?
I believe that faith should play a predominant part in all of our lives, first for salvation and second for our daily living.
Here is a concise listing of all my folk music hubs together in one place with one Amazon product for each.
The lavishly done movie, "What Dreams May Come" is full of theological errors.
The tabernacle is God's great object lesson, with multiple types both of Christ and of the Church. It's a rich, meaningful and practical area of Bible study, which is neglected by many churches.
In the midst of the folk revival, Randy Sparks came up with a really unique concept a group that combined the folk sound with the choral sound, The result was The New Christy Minstrels.
John Michael Talbot is an awesome Christian singer/songwriter who uses his talents for God, yet sounds like a folksinger.
The Limeliters are another of the now little-know but then great folk groups of the 60's folk revival. They featured the golden voiced Glen Yarborough as their lead singer.
Some people say "The Shack" has hidden heresies--that it presents a wrong or distorted view of God and some theological issues.
What are your priorities? Goals can be based on priorities but not vice-versa and priorities should always trump goals. Priorities should be listed in order of importance.
Many people don't realize their purpose or even the importance of the subject of purpose. As Rick Warren says, "the purpose of your life fits into a much larger cosmic purpose that God has designed...
After the basics, a further step in Christian growth is meditation. Christian meditation concentrates on the Bible, the Word of God. Memorize it, think on it and pray it back to God.
Just as a newborn baby needs to grow, so a new Christian needs to grow spiritually. He needs the food of God's word, the air of prayer, relarionships od fellowship and the exdcercise of witnessing.
Negro Spirituals are both beautiful and meaningful and, as our earliest folk songs, they form an important part of our musical and religious heritage. And some say they contained coded messages.
The Weavers were a great, influential and beautiful folk group in the 50's and, as such were the fore-runners of the folk revival of the 60's.
Hymns can be a source of comfort and consolation as no other music can.I list here 6 of my favorites, with words and history, and I put several versions of each.
I think Burl Ives is one of the most overlooked artists in music history. Burl Ives' voice is perfect for the folk ballads which he loved to sing
Yes, why not give the gift of reading? Yes, give them a good book to read. They may not get as excited about it at first, but they'll thank you in the future.
Poetry is an art form that touches us uniquely. .Aside from it's sheer beauty inspirational poetry can inspire and motivate us to greater faith and achievement, producing a better quality of life.
Many poems have been written about Mom and for Mother's day, and one way of remembering Mom is through poetry.
The resurrection of Jesus finished the job which the cross started. I intend to show here the importance of Jesus' resurrection and what it can mean in our lives.
You'll find links to my blogs on Inspiring motivational quotes, inspiring Scripture quotes, inspiring Biblical proverbs and thoughtful humor, with suggested resources for each.
You can test your Bible knowledge, your scripture mettle, your Bible trivia (not trivial) pursuit, your knowledge of first things and your multiple choice skills.
I hope we can forget the bad and remember the good, as we look forward to this next year. Thus, I include here an article & some poems on forgetting what's behind and looking forward to what's ahead.
There are many Christmas songs of which most people are sadly unaware. I have included here uniquely beautiful Christmas folk songs and uniquely funny Christmas comedy songs.
The Christmas traditions we often take for granted have a meaning and a purpose. Test your Christmas knowledge, your yuletide mettle, your holiday trivia pursuit by taking my Christmas quiz.
Since life is uncertain, it pays to know where you are going after you die. According to God's word, the Bible, we can know for certain.
There is a lot of confusion on the subject of the Holy Spirit in general and the Baptism with the Holy Spirit in particular in Christendom today. But Chuck Smith clears it up in his book.
After a brief look at the origin and history of Halloween, I present several views on whether or not we should celebrate it, and then give you a chance to present yours.
Peter tells us in I Peter 3:15 to "be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks concerning the hope which you have." Yet, many of us, myself included, often feel inadequate to do this. Thus, the need for Apologetics.
In order to rightly understand and interpret a particular verse or passage of the Bible, one needs to apply certain principles of interpretation or as they are known technically, "Hermeneutics."
The 7 last words of Jesus on the cross reveal much about His person and character, but more importantly about the meaning and purpose of His crucifixion and death which we celebrate on Good Friday.
The faith that we have is often put to the test either by Satan, or by our circumstances, both of which are allowed by God, or sometimes directly by God Himself as in the case of Abraham.
Les Miserables is a great and beautiful musical which has deep Spiritual meaning and significance.
I'm glad they made Broadway musicals into films, but at times film makers have gone too far in making changes from the original musicals, leaving out songs, adding new songs, and drawing out action.
Enthusiasm is an important element in keeping out attitude on track. I'll trace the meaning of the word "enthusiasm," it's history some of it's usages and then make my own Spiritual application.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and people will be thinking about love, But will they realize what is the greatest love?
The Kingston Trio is without a doubt one of the best folk music groups ever, with a unique and wonderful great folk music sound.
It was not without reason that Peter Paul and Mary are known as the most popular folk group of the 60's and one of the most durable music acts in history.
Do you know the real true meaning of Christmas? Are you sure? Do you know the spiritual meanings behind the Christmas traditions? And what about the real true Spirituality of Christmas itself?
With all of the many Sci-fi novels which have been published and even all of the time travel novels, I still feel that mine is truly unique for several reasons.
many people don't realize that God has success principles, or that many of the success principles given by motivational speakers derive directly or indirectly from the Bible.
Bob Dylan was the most prolific singer/songwriter of the folk era. I'm making this page primarily to show that he was both a knowing and an unknowing instrument of God.
Folk is probably the most overlooked music genre in America today. It is my favorite music genre and one that has become progressively less known since it's big boost in the 60's.
The same faith which assures our eternal destiny should characterize the life of every believer--that just as we have trusted Him for salvation, we should trust Him for every area of out lives.
Christians, have you ever wished for a great way to interest your non-Christian friends in the gospel? Fiction can serve as a great ice breaker and open the door to further Christian witness.