Why 2021 will be different!

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As a child, my parents made us sit down on January 1st of every year with pen and paper. I am sure they meant well, but I often wondered whether they actually wanted to see if they could get away with starting every single year with some kind of torturous adventure.

They succeeded!

Sitting down at a desk or the kitchen table, we were not allowed to play our brand new games or read our latest Christmas books until we had finished writing out our “resolutions.”

Being the oldest child, I was expected to set…


Hope for 2021?

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142 years ago in 1879, the world lost a Christian lady by the name of Frances Ridley Havergal. Over the course of her short 42 years, she wrote over fifty hymns and poems. One of the best-loved and most well-known is the one for which I have included the lyrics at the bottom of my post.

As I write this and look at the picture above, I can’t help but wonder where this world will be in 142 more years. The date will be January 1st, 2163.

The apostle Paul wrote in the book of First Corinthians…


Justice served in the wrong way.

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A little over eleven years ago, George Tiller was murdered in cold blood. Here are a few thoughts from a biblical perspective and a reflection on the devastation that I have seen stemming from abortion on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

George Tiller was the abortionist who bragged about being willing and having practiced even late-term (3rd trimester) abortions more than 60,000 times in his blood-filled career.

Who is wrong and who is right in the current battle? Is it the pro-choice or the pro-life camp? Each claim to have God on their side (especially the liberal religious pro-choice…


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It’s not what you think!

I have no intention of using this post to argue politically for what is going on right now across America.

But, here are some things that the world sees taking place and for Christians, it is time that we give due consideration to what is really happening. We also need to ask ourselves what we should be doing and how we can best respond to a terrible situation.

True Bible-believing Christians need to stop listening to the spin of the liberal media and the various movements that are only striving desperately to be involved in race-baiting.

Read these carefully:

1)…


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Thoughts from a Christian perspective about current life

Our world and our lives have been turned on their heads. Many of us are having to self-quarantine due to Covid-19 (or the Coronavirus). This means except for shopping for essentials or walking by ourselves around the block, we are not going out. Most restaurants are closed, schools and colleges are closed, and even shopping malls and stores are closed.

Social distancing is a concept that many could not have articulated a month ago. Now, even grade school-age children understand what this means. Many parents are now forced to be home, along with their children, because many workplaces are also…


Thoughts from the book of Ezekiel

In my reading through the Scriptures in a year, today I read Ezekiel 5–9. I realize that Ezekiel was written by the prophet Ezekiel to the people of Judah and Israel. Yet, my mind struggled with what was prophesied would happen to Jerusalem.

V. 3 tells us the glory of God had departed! This is itself is tragic, but read on.

Vv. 4–6 give a solemn declaration of judgment pronounced against those who were God’s chosen people. These verses read like this in the ESV,

4 And the LORD said to him, “Pass through…


We Will Remember!

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On November 10, 2019, in my birth country of the United Kingdom and throughout the British Commonwealth, Remembrance Sunday was observed. In a nutshell, we remember that at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, an armistice was signed.

The YouTube video below was from the Festival of Remembrance in 2018. It was an incredible and moving testimony to those who have given their all.

The armistice concluded World War I, also known as The Great War. It was supposed to be the war to end all wars. …


Remembering the 11th of November

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The 11th of November is a special day around many parts of the world.

Veterans Day — This is celebrated in the United States and is a national holiday designated to honor all military veterans who have served or who are currently serving. Wikipedia notes, “Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.”

Remembrance Day — Wikipedia notes that this “is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the…


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Busy is a choice. Stress is a choice. Joy is a choice. Choose well. — Ann Voskamp

Life is full of choices. These choices affect us personally as well as all who are around us.

Humans face a junction every day. We can go to the left or to the right.

If we go to the left, we may find a traffic jam that means we don’t have time to stop for a coffee and we are late to work. This can make the rest of the day go really bad and the boss is unhappy. …


Preparing for Thanksgiving Day

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For Americans living around the world and in the USA, November is a special month. Thanksgiving Day is less than one month away and the preparations are already under way. Before we get into what is included, let’s answer two questions.

First, when is it celebrated?

It is always the fourth Thursday of every November. This means that it can fall on any day from the 22nd through the 28th of the month. In 2019, it will be celebrated on the 28th. …

Mark Escalera

From England. Married 29 years. 5 children and 2 grandchildren. Lived overseas 17 years in Iceland, the UK, and Liberia, West Africa. Writer for 5 publications.

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