Thanksgiving 2014

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If we just consume & go shopping, and forget to be thankful, we will have missed the point of the holiday.  A life cannot be good or happy unless it is lived in gratitude.

A blessed Thanksgiving to you.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

— 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV.

Registration Open for 2015 BJS Conference

1662544_10152444063081500_4306235128816276750_nRegistration is now open for the February 20 & 21, 2015 Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference in Naperville, Illinois.  The rates are $65 per person or $100 per couple or $45 per student.  If one registers before January 20, 2015, there is a $10 discount.

Regarding the conference, Pastor Scheer has written an article entitled, “What can you expect in Naperville in February?”  In a few words he says: food, faith, friends, news, and good news, etc.

I have attended the previous five annual Brothers of John the Steadfast conferences, and appreciated every one.  The scheduled slate of speakers at this conference looks to be excellent:

  • Larry Beane (Gottesdienst magazine)
  • Hans Fiene (The Lutheran Satire)
  • Clint Poppe (Good Shepherd Lutheran Church)
  • Todd Wilken (Issues, Etc.)
  • Bryan Wolfmueller (Table Talk Radio).

Click here for the conference schedule.

Click here to register for the conference.

Persecuting Christians

This is an interesting video about persecuting Christians.

It was posted by Prager University.

New Blog Design

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This is a stream in northern Wisconsin near the Apostle Islands.  Autumn can be a beautiful season of transition and change.  The leaves were just beginning to change color.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven

— Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV.

May the Lord bless you this Autumn and through all the seasons of change.

New Design

wordpress-logo-32The new blog design has been implemented.  As noted previously, the old posts have remained, but there are issues with some of their formatting.

If there are any questions or concerns about the formatting of an old post or block quote, please contact me.  I might re-post some older articles in order to fix their formatting.  Also, in the new design I tried to keep some of the old graphics in order to maintain some continuity and familiarity.  The new design is called “Syntax.”

Blessed Veterans’ Day

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The picture above is of the United States flag at Fort Laramie, Wyoming.  Primarily cavalry served there during the time of the old west.  The men who served there served under circumstances that were not easy.  It is never easy to serve others, but it is good.

Veterans today also face hardship, especially those who served and were wounded in combat.  Some also lost close friends.  Not only do they carry the disabilities and scars from their wounds, sometimes they can also face discrimination and suspicion from those who do not understand.  It is especially hard when men who hold offices of trust, and who are supposed to protect others, also display discrimination and suspicion based on military service.

Whether you served in combat or not, whether you were wounded or not, your service to the people of this country is appreciated.  Service is not easy, but it is good.

May you have a blessed Veterans’ Day.

New Blog Design Coming

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The picture above is of a path through the mountains.  It makes me think of our journey through life.  We can’t always see around the next corner, but “we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”  (Romans 8:28, ESV).

May the Lord bless you in your journey through life.

New Blog Design

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP.  When that happened, many PC users began changing/upgrading their operating systems.

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In a similar way, WordPress.com no longer supports the design of this blog.  The current design is called “MistyLook,” and WordPress says that “MistyLook” is not responsive to new mobile media platforms like smartphones and tablets.  Therefore, Light from Light should update to a new design, eventually.

Light from Light has had the “MistyLook” design from its very beginning over six years ago.  As part of this change, the old posts will remain, but the new design will break some of their formatting.  Old emphases and highlights in block-quotes will be hidden, photos in some old posts will not reach to the margins, and there may also be other technical issues.  I’m hoping for as smooth a transition as possible, but there will be some problems.  If there are any questions or concerns about an old post or block quote, please contact me.

Hopefully, the new design will better accommodate photo-sharing, and will also have an easy to read typeface.

Nebraska Windmill

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This is a picture of a windmill at the Nebraska Windmill State Recreation Area.

Wise King Solomon once said:

The wind blows to the south
and goes around to the north;
around and around goes the wind,
and on its circuits the wind returns.

— Ecclesiastes 1:6, ESV.

And that is why renewable energy works.

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God’s blessings to you.

Unexpected Sunset at Rib Mt

Passing through Wausau on my way home from a business trip, I decided to stop at Rib Mountain State Park to get in a little hiking.  Since it had been cloudy most of the day, I considered whether to take my camera.  Figuring this would be just an outdoor, exercise, and fresh autumnal air hike without the possibility of any reasonably good pictures, I decided to take my camera anyway.

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While hiking on the quarry trail, the sun came out in glorious warm orange, lighting up the autumnal leaves of the trees and the forest floor.  A man and his dog jogged by, and commented on the wonderful light.  It was a nice reminder of the grace and mercy of God.

“Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun” (Ecclesiastes 11:7, KJV).

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I would have taken some pictures of the actual sunset, but I kept dithering about returning to the car.  The leaf covered trail I had taken to this spot had been hard to follow even in the daylight.  (I had considered turning back a number of times before the sun came out.  But when the sun came out, I felt compelled to keep going).  Nonetheless, the last thing I wanted to do was stumble back on that rocky, meandering, leaf covered trail in the dark.  There were a lot of leaves still on the trees, and a cloudy starless night in the forest can be very dark.  I had a flashlight, but was uncertain of the strength of its batteries.

Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:  But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many.”  (Ecclesiastes 11:7-8, KJV).

In all your days, may you rejoice with discerning eyes.

Notes

In case you were wondering, I did safely return just as the last usable light of the day had ended.

Also, have a blessed Reformation Day.

Chapters of Brother’s Book on Wattpad

The Death You DeserveMy brother Jonathan is writing a fictional book called, The Death You Deserve, and recently he has been posting chapters on Wattpad.

Writers post chapters of their books on Wattpad to get exposure and also to receive feedback.  For example, as a result of feedback, my brother rewrote the main character, Theel, to be more sympathetic.

I haven’t read the entire book yet, but I can say that it has R rated violence and adult themes such as suicide.  Also, it is a medieval fantasy and magic story.

Here are the opening two paragraphs of his book:

Theel turned the knife in his hand, aimed the point back at himself, and wondered if this was the day he would die.  There would be no one to mourn him if he did it.  Not his mother, who he’d never known.  Not his father, whose funeral gathering was just beginning outside the window.  And not his brother, who remained at his side, but only from a sense of duty.

Now with his father gone, Theel no longer owed anything to anyone.  His life was now his to do with as he chose.  Perhaps this should be his life’s first and last free choice.  Perhaps this knife, which had never tasted blood, should finally find its purpose, its home, in his hurting heart.

Click here to continue reading on Wattpad.

I find the opening two paragraphs to be compelling, and look forward to seeing the full story in polished form.  Also, I am interested in following more stories written by Confessional Lutheran Christians.

Bierstadt Lake Meditation

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These are pictures of Bierstadt Lake high up in the Rocky Mountains (at about 9500 feet elevation).  The mountains in the background form the Continental Divide.  It is a peaceful and calm place to think.

Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

— Psalms 90:2, ESV.

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All creation declares the glory of God, but His greatest work is the new creation in Christ.

“For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

— Isaiah 54:10, ESV.