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The Awakening

The Awakening
Softly, softly the spring comes o’er the tired land
All men awake refreshed;
They rise to greet the world with joy
And birds sing, and all becomes new-born.
Gloom is but a shadow of the night long past;
Hope is the light,

Book Review: Canonical Theology: The Biblical Canon, Sola Scriptura, and Theological Method

Canonical Theology: The Biblical Canon, Sola Scriptura, and Theological Method, published by Eerdmans in late 2016, was written by John C. Peckham, an Associate Professor of Theology and Christian Philosophy at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He has his doctorate and masters from Andrews University, and his undergraduate degree from Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, Massachusetts.

The Daily Bread of the Soul

In 1552, Martin Luther wrote in the preface to his Commentary on Romans:

The Immigrant

When I visit a town I always search out old bookstores for I find that in these places there are myriad books which have long been forgotten.

Each book was written by someone who lived and touched the lives around them. Regardless of age, the authors still have valuable life lessons to convey to the reader.

Recently, I came across an elegant book of poetry written by a Scottish woman. Her name was Annie McLeod Kuzma, the daughter of a blacksmith in Glasgow, Scotland.

Where Love Is, God Is

I came across a short story by Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy. It is about Martin Avdéiteh, a cobbler.

As he aged, Martin suffered greatly in this life. All his children died in infancy except one son, his wife died young, and then his beloved son, Kapitón, fell ill and passed away.

Martin fell into a great depression. Despair and sorrow became his daily companions.

Portrait of Love

We are, not metaphorically but in very truth, a Divine work of art, something that God is making, and therefore something with which He will not be satisfied until it has a certain character. Here again we come up against what I have called the “intolerable compliment.” Over a sketch made idly to amuse a child, an artist may not take much trouble: he may be content to let it go even though it is not exactly as he meant it to be.

The Highest Form of Love

John 21 has one of the most interesting of all incidents recorded in sacred history. It’s the conversation between Jesus and Peter.

Jesus and the disciples are having breakfast. After they finish, Jesus proposes three questions to Simon Peter. The conversation goes like this as rendered in the New American Standard Bible.

“Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord: You know that I love You.”

“Tend My lambs.”

He said to him the second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”

A Love Poem by the Queen of Hawaii

In the tradition of the Song of Songs, this beautiful poem resonates with the longing for one’s beloved. Entitled Nani Nâ Pua, it was written in 1860 by Lydia Kamaka`eha Päkï, the last Queen of Hawaii – Queen Liliuokalani. She wrote over 160 songs during her lifetime.

The Noel Mystery

Once a year we celebrate a festivity called Christmas

There are many elements in this gaiety known as Christmas
‘Tis the season of giving and receiving
‘Tis a musical of carols and bells
‘Tis a time of miracles and stories
‘Tis the reality of coldness and whiteness

One can find other items:
hot chocolate and marshmallows
snowballs and sleigh rides
hard hearts melting under the gentle touch of love

The Refusal of Love

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”  James 1:17 NASB

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