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  • The Nativity Story Unlike You Have Ever Seen It

    Posted on December 22, 2013 in Inspirational Pictures by

    Yesterday was the Winter Solstice. The sun seemed to stop momentarily. (Indeed solstice, as New England weatherman Tim Kelley reminds us, comes from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand stil.) It was the shortest day of the year for us northern riders on the planet earth.  And, for Christians, it marked the final countdown to the celebration of Christ's birth. Hardy star-gazer will now see the sun setting a little farther north each evening. That is because the  North Pole was titled furthest away from the sun until the solstice.  Starting today, the North Pole will begin to lean, slightly, towards the sun and our days will grow longer. Even though the sun is getting s

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  • The 26 ABCs of a Happy Life

    Posted on September 19, 2013 in Inspirational Pictures by

    IMG_2543This list of ways to find bliss in life has a long history. In the 19th century, it was a popular sampler theme--creative restatements of  Jesus' Golden Rule. Typical is a sampler made by 11-year old Ruth Davis in 1817 in which she thanks her widowed father for his support. Ruth ended it: "This work I did  to let you see what care my pappy took of me." Samplers like hers were often hung in parlors and admired by family members and visitors. In the 20th century, the ABCs of Life were printed on plaques and sold in gift shops and novelty stores nationwide.  Many  still decorate the walls of B&Bs and homes. Perhaps several thousand remain in circulation. In the 21st cntury, the

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  • The Only American Flag Planted in the Ground

    Posted on July 28, 2013 in Inspirational Pictures by

    Here is America's largest floral flag: 740 feet long and 390 feet wide. You can find it on the California coast, near Vandenberg Air Force Base. There, several seed companies with a patriotic bent have engaged in a labor of love unmatched in natural grandeur. Their flag fills 6.65 acres; its stars are composed of white larkspur, each 24 feet in diameter; each stripe is 30 feet wide. The proud designers claim more than 400,000 larkspur plants, each with 4-5 flower stems, were planted to make it. When in full bloom, more than 2 million flowers are visible as a living tribute to America's veterans. Related articles Favourite flowers of July - Larkspur - Cons

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  • Photo of the Day – Tulips in Full Bloom

    Posted on April 10, 2013 in Inspirational Pictures by

    Several years ago my wife and I visted the magnificent flower gardens at Keukenhoff, near Lisse, Netherlands. Each April, tens of thousands of tulips come to full bloom there in what was once the hunting grounds of a country estate. They remind me of Jesus' quote about flowers: "Consider the flowers of the field... They neither toil nor spin...And yet, Solomon in all of his glory was not arrayed like one of these." Related articles Keukenhof in Holland ( The Netherlands Celebrates the Start of Spring at... ( Aerial Photos of Tulip Fields in the Netherlands, by Normann Szkop ( The Famous Dutch Tulip-Fields. (

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  • Picture of the Day – The Beginning of Holy Week

    Posted on March 24, 2013 in Inspirational Pictures by

    Today is Palm Sunday. In Christian tradition, it celebrates Jesus' peaceful entry on a donkey into Jerusalem at the start of Holy Week. Jubliant crowds chanted praises and laid palm fronds before him. In Middle Eastern symbology, palms represent victory and eternal life. According to the gospel writers, the people quoted verses from Psalm 118 and shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord... Hosanna in the highest." Enrique Simonet's 1892 Painting of Jesus before Entering Jerusalem for Last Time Picture Credit: Wikipedia   Related articles Palm Sunday ( Palm Sunday ( 9 things you need to know

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  • Gospel Story of Jesus’ Birth Overlaid on Winter Scenes

    Posted on December 23, 2012 in Inspirational Pictures by

    Gerard_van_Honthorst_002[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Gerard van Honthorst Adoration of the Shepherds.  (Public Domain Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] Winter is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere. For Christians, its arrival reminds of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem. Here then is a presentation that combines the two great events of December: the beginning of winter and the birth of Jesus. To get started, click on the below Microsoft Power Point link and follow directions below. the-birth-of-jesus-4. This link opens a Microsoft Power Point Presentation of Norwegian winter scenes, set to the text of Luke’s Nativity narration. Directions to view the presentation full screen with

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  • Photo of the Day – The Most Famous Dead Sea Scroll Cave

    Posted on October 20, 2012 in Inspirational Pictures by

    Pictured below, on the side of a limestone cliff, is Cave 4 at Qumran.  It is the most prolific of  11 excavated caves, located  just east of the Dead Sea. To date, over 1,500 parchment fragments have been recovered from its inner chambers, including 100 Old Testament fragments. Although no New Testament books have been found at Qumran, my novel Eyewitness describes the finding of a unique new Dead Sea scroll that tells the story of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. [caption id="attachment_1723" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Cave 4 at Qumran[/caption] Related articles Unraveling the Dead Sea Scrolls: Six Fascinating Facts ( Digital Dead Sea Scrolls (tech4classrooms.

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  • 40 Thoughts for Today — Set to Music and Pictures

    Posted on April 15, 2012 in Inspirational Pictures by

    Here is an inspiring Power Point Presentation making the rounds on the Internet. It came to me unattributed to its author, so I can only extend an anonymous thanks for a job well done. The slides present 40 adages framed by  wonderful wildlife pictures. Click the hyperlink to download the power point to your computer. Then open the downloaded file, turn up the volume on your speakers, and enjoy the show. 40 Points of Light

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  • Photo of the Day – Maple Sugar Time in Vermont

    Posted on March 7, 2012 in Inspirational Pictures by

    In northern Vermont, Spring is on he way with cool nights giving way to warm afternoons. Today for the first time since last November, temperatures will rise into the 50s. Conditions will be perfect for sap to run from maple trees and sugarhouses will begin producing Vermont' first crop of 2012 -- 100% pure maple syrup. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Vermont Maple Sugarhouses Image via Wikipedia"][/caption] Click Image for Enlarged Picture Related articles Maple Sugaring ( America~VERMONT~by rldubour ( Sweet Retreat Guesthouse and Sugarworks Completes Reproduction Conestoga Covered Wagon. Vermont Farm Sta

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  • Photo of the Day – The Beautiful Blue Green Water Planet

    Posted on February 4, 2012 in Inspirational Pictures by

    Back in the 1970s, astronauts returned to earth with stunning  pictures of  the earth looking like a blue-green marble floating in the void of space. Here is an updated picture taken on January 4 by a new NASA satellite aiming its lens at us from some 500 miles up.  If nothing more it reveals the lonely fragility of our planet while reminding us, as the poet Archibald MacLeish once said, that we are all "riders on the earth together."   MacLeish's full quote reads: " To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold - brothers who know now they ar

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  • The Essene Caves at Qumran

    Posted on January 8, 2012 in Inspirational Pictures by

    Cave 4 at Qumran  Qumran Caves Where The Dead Sea Scrolls Were Entombed for 2,000 Years.

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  • Inspirational Message – The Star of Bethlehem

    Posted on January 5, 2012 in Inspirational Pictures by

    Magi_Herod_MNMA_Cl23532[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Image via Wikipedia[/caption] After Jesus was born, Matthew tells us a star led a trio of wise men from the East to Jerusalem. For them, the star meant one thing only: the King of the Jews had been born. And they had journeyed far to bring him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew's text (2: 9-10) reads: "... and there ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped  over the place where  the child lay. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy..." In the real world, stars do not stop dead in their tracks. Each night, they rise in the east  and set in the west or

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  • Christmas Slide Show – The Birth of Jesus

    Posted on December 22, 2011 in Inspirational Pictures by

    Birth_of_Jesus[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Image via Wikipedia[/caption] The Birth of Jesus The above link opens a Microsoft Power Point Presentation of Norwegian winter scenes, set to the text of Luke's narration of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Here are directions to view the prresentation full screen with accompnaying music on a Windows PC computer: 1. To start: Click the above LINK. 2. When a drop down menu appears, click OPEN. 3. Look at the  tool bar above the first picture. 4. Find the words SLIDE SHOW  (5th item in from left) and click . 5.  Now look to the icon on the far left of the toolbar and click FROM THE BEGINNING. 5. The first slide appe

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  • Photo of the Day – St. Michael the Archangel

    Posted on December 3, 2011 in Inspirational Pictures by

    [caption id="attachment_746" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Mike Scully Photo"][/caption] In Christian tradition, the sentence Quis ut Deus? "Who is like unto God?" is the  emblem of St. Michael the Archangel. As seen above, that Latin inscription with accompanying artwork is a fresco painted on the wall of The Irish Hall at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Click on it for an expanded view.) Below is the supreme commander of the heavenly hosts himself slaying Satan, as painted by Guido Reni. It  hangs in the Capuchin Church of Santa Maria Della Concezione in Rome. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Image via Wikipedia"][/caption] Related art

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