These are pictures of coal trains near Guernsey, Wyoming taken inside Guernsey State Park.
The coal trains run through this area day and night around the clock carrying coal all over the country.
In the picture above, you can see my shadow on the bridge in the middle of the train.
Above is the front of the train looking in the other direction.
There are two sets of tracks here, I think to allow the trains to pass by each other.
I’d like to see the mine where all this coal comes from. I couldn’t count all these cars even in a photograph.
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Warm summer light illumines the yellow petals of black-eyed susans.
“Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 11:7, ESV). Even the reflections of sunlight are beautiful.
Can you see the geometric pattern in the photo above?
In the work of even the smallest creatures, one can see the hidden and glorious hand of the Creator.
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On Sunday, August 17, 2014, I participated in the annual Race the Lake, a 90 mile bicycle race around Lake Winnebago. The race started and finished in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
All the pictures in this post were take at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac, where the finish line was.
Race the Lake is open to bicyclists of all skill levels. On the race route police and volunteers direct traffic at all intersections so that participants do not have to stop. There is support and help for any bicycle that experiences mechanical problems. There are also food stations and rest stops along the way. The largest rest stop is at High Cliff State Park, the half-way point of the race.
Out of the four times I’ve done this race, I posted my worst time at 5 hours and 20 minutes. Maybe a lot of factors played into that slower time, then again maybe I just had an off day. Nonetheless, ninety miles in five hours and 20 minutes isn’t a bad time. And I got the same finishers’ medal that I would have gotten with a better time. Overall, it was a beautiful day, and a good ride.
In the picture above, far off in the distance, you can see the large windmills that are up on the Niagara Escarpment. It’s usually very windy up there.
To see pictures of me in the event from Paul Manke Photography click here. (In the finish line pictures, my two fingers and thumb together were supposed to signify the Holy Trinity).
Soli Deo gloria.
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Christians have been living in Iraq & Syria for about 2000 years.
Here are the links mentioned in the video:
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What can a picture say?
What does the above picture show? First, the book is not sitting on a shelf. Second, it is open, and being held open for reading. Third, it has a bookmark showing that it is being studied. Fourth, it is a copy of The Lutheran Confessions. Fifth, light shines on the book from above. The Lutheran Confessions reflect the light. God’s word alone is the light of the world and the judge of all confessions. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights …” (James 1:17, ESV).
To confess means to breathe out words of belief. It is to say, “This is what I believe because this is true.” It is a restatement of truth.
Unfortunately, most “Lutherans” in America do not even know what our Confessions say. Our “unity” is not based on a common confession of truth, but rather our “unity” is based on politics or history.
However, a confession means nothing if it is not confessed, if it is not lived, or if it is not even known. We should know our Confessions, and if we believe, then we should confess them in our practice.
Can a simple picture say that much?
Recently, someone used my photo to create an internet meme:
True theological unity is based on a common confession of truth. It is not based on setting aside theological differences, and promising to be united.
The meme didn’t give me any credit for the original photo, but I’m glad that the truth is being promoted. It is a good meme, and my thumb is proud to be a part of it.
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Sometimes the sunset is too big for the camera lens.
The truth is beautiful, and when beauty and truth are more than we can grasp, we are left in awe and wonder.
The world God created reflects His order and His infinity. It is incomprehensibly large, and full of things that are incomprehensibly small.
So no matter how much we learn, a full understanding of God and His logical creation will always be beyond our grasp. It will always be beyond our ability to fully know. We will always be left in awe and wonder.
If the logical creation leaves us in wonder, how much more so the Infinite Creator?
Yet, just as a camera can catch part of a sunset, so also we can understand and receive in part.
That is why God comes to us in means. Means are ways we can understand and receive God. Jesus Christ is the one true God. He comes to us in words that we can understand and sacraments we can see, taste, and feel.
May we always appreciate the gifts of God, always grow in learning, and always stand in awe of His infinite wonder (both great and small).
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These pictures are from a Spring hike in the northern Kettle Moraine Forest near Greenbush, WI.
Exercise is good for the mind and body.
Truth and beauty are good for the soul.
Hiking in the outdoors combines beauty and exercise.
This particular trail used to be open to mountain biking, but now is limited to only hiking and cross country skiing.
It was a good hike and a beautiful day.
May God bless you.
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Light from Light is six years old. In recognition of this anniversary, I would like to give away a copy of the Christian Book of Concord bonded-leather-cover second edition from Concordia Publishing House. This is similar to the regular hard-cover second edition, except it has a bonded-leather-cover with gold trim on the page edges and it comes in a gift box. The condition is new, never used.
If you would like to enter the drawing for a free copy, just fill out the form below. However, you must be at least 18 years old, may enter the drawing only once, and you must be a resident of the United States.
After the winner is chosen at random, all names and e-mails will be permanently deleted. The deadline for entries is 12 noon on Monday, May 5, 2014 A.D.
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