A Slice of Heaven

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Hartman Creek near Waupaca, Wisconsin

There is something quite beautiful about the way the pine needles shimmer in the late afternoon summer sun (that I’ve never been able to capture with a camera).  This place seems to me like a slice of heaven.

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Mist from campfire smoke and water vapor.

Even tainted by sin, God’s creation remains wondrous.  But the greatest beauty of all is God’s mercy in Christ.  In him all things will be made new.

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Mist on the creek.

Christ is much more than just a slice of heaven.  He is life itself.  (John 14:6).

God’s blessings to you.

Long Weekend

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Mountain biking, hiking, and watching the sunset at High Cliff.

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The pictures in this post are from Labor Day weekend 2016 A.D.

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Swimming, watching the waves and clouds, enjoying the cool breeze, meditating, praying, and reading Tainted by Morgan Busse on the beach at Whitefish Dunes.

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Hiking at Whitefish Dunes.

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Mountain biking at Peninsula.

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Biking the Sunset Trail, mountain biking, picnicking, biking the Sunset Trail again, and more mountain biking for good measure.  That landmass on the horizon is Chambers Island (just west of Adventure Island).

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At the end of the day at Peninsula State Park, a sudden realization.  Also thankful for the car I purchased brand new sixteen years ago.  199,000!  That’s worth one last photo before leaving.  16 years, 199,000 miles.  Thank you Lord Jesus.

Cool Mountain Biking Video

One of my favorite activities is mountain biking.  The video above shows a joy in exercise, the outdoors, companionship, and biking.  I love it.

Give me joy.  Give me life.  Give me wisdom.

Have a blessed Labor Day weekend!

Some Interesting Clouds

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I think these might be stratocumulus clouds, but I’m not certain.  When these clouds appeared, there were a number of pictures on TV, and I think there may have been a specific name for them, but I cannot remember it.

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The entire sky reflected the amber light of the setting sun.  The show lasted for about one-half an hour.

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The light itself shown with golden shades of heaven, as God revealed Himself to be an artist.

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Even the afterglow was beautiful.

Then the light retreated back across the clouds, and faded away.

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Live forever.

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The life we live in this world is short.  Like the flowers of the grass, we are here today and gone tomorrow.  But the word of the Lord endures forever.  (1 Peter 1:24-25).  And we have His promise of forgiveness and life eternal.  Hold fast to His word of promise.  Live forever.  (John 11:25-26).

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Encouragement from John Chrysostom:

“Do not be downcast, or give up your zeal, or become sluggish.  Rather, press onward with more eagerness; even the apostles, when they preached, although they were scourged, stoned, and constant inmates of the prisons, not only after deliverance from dangers but also in those very dangers did they announce with greater courage the message of truth.  Paul is to be seen in prison, yes, even in chains, instructing and initiating (Acts 16:24-25) and moreover doing the very same in a court of justice (Acts 26), in shipwreck, in tempest, and in a thousand dangers (Acts 27).”

Do not be downcast … do not cease good works … never fall back!

“Imitate these saints, and do not cease good works, so long as you are able.  Although you see the devil thwarting you ten thousand times, never fall back!  You might be shipwrecked, perhaps even with your wealth.  But Paul, carrying the Word, which is far more precious than all wealth, was going to Rome and was shipwrecked.  He sustained innumerable hardships.  He indicated this when he said, ‘Because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us’ (1 Thessalonians 2:18).  God permitted it, thus revealing the more abundantly His power, and showing that the many things that the devil did, or prevented from being done, neither lessened nor interrupted the preaching of the Gospel”

— John Chrysostom, Homilies on the Statutes, 1.30
as quoted in A Year with the Church Fathers:
Meditations for Each Day of the Church Year,
2011 CPH, page 253.

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Hiking Near the Mississippi

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The pictures in this post are from Perrot State Park in Wisconsin on the mighty Mississippi River.

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The two pictures above were taken on the way up to the top of Brady’s Bluff.

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Trempealeau Mountain stands up in the midst of the waters.

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Brady’s Bluff stands 520 feet above the Mississippi, and provides a commanding view of the river and Minnesota.

Dreamy Hartman Creek

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These pictures are from a hike in Hartman Creek State Park near Waupaca, WI.

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Fishing is popular in this area.  Two canines helped in this photo.

Is the word “canine” related to “Canaanite”?  A Canaanite woman came to Jesus, and cried, “Lord, help me.”  And Jesus answered,

“It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”  She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”  Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith!  Be it done for you as you desire.”  And her daughter was healed instantly.

— Matthew 15:25-28, ESV.

Just wondering about the etymology and God’s grace.

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The sun came out after after a rain shower.  Back-light illumination is one of my favorite ways to photograph vegetation.

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Rain fell as mist floated across the water.

Hartman Creek is one of my favorite places to go mountain biking.  It has an extensive single-track and double-track trail system.  However, I generally do not take pictures while mountain biking, opting instead to enjoy the sights and scents without electronics.

God’s blessings to you.

Independence Day 2016

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The American spirit flashed bright.  Don’t let the darkness of socialism destroy that spirit.

Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and citizens.  The mere Politician, equally with the pious man ought to respect and to cherish them…  reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

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As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit.  One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible, avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it; avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertions in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burthen which we ourselves ought to bear.

— George Washington, farewell address, 1796 A.D.

Remember the spirit of 1776.

Happy Fourth of July.

Grace is like a passing shower of rain.

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This is a passing rain storm as seen from the peak of Rib Mountain, Wisconsin.

When it rained, it rained hard.  But when the sun shined, it shone with warmth and brilliance.  Energized by yellow sunbeams, mist rose above the splashed ground.

The Lord sends blessing and adversity.  Sometimes he curses.  (Genesis 3:17-19).  But even his curses are good.  For “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”  (Romans 8:28, ESV).

I form light and create darkness,
I make well-being and create calamity,
I am the Lord, who does all these things.

Shower, O heavens, from above,
and let the clouds rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit;
let the earth cause them both to sprout;
I the Lord have created it.

Woe to him who strives with him who formed him,
a pot among earthen pots!
Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’
or ‘Your work has no handles’?

— Isaiah 45:7-9, ESV.

We are here because God gave us life.  Our very existence shows that we belong.  Do God’s clay pots have no handles?  Did he make us wrong?

Who has made man’s mouth?  Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind?  Is it not I, the Lord?  Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.

— Exodus 4:11-12, ESV.

The Lord calls to us.  Jesus is our righteousness.  (Jeremiah 23:6).  No matter what our calamity or circumstance, he has a place for us.  Because of Jesus we belong.

Happy 8th Anniversary Light from Light

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The first post on this blog appeared eight years ago in May 2008 A.D.  Happy anniversary Light from Light.

I chose the name Light from Light as a play on words between photography and the Nicene Creed.  Jesus Christ is the true Light from Light.

VDMA in the web address is a Latin acronym for, “The Word of the Lord Endures Forever.”  (VDMA).

The light of God shines out through his eternal word.  “Let there be light…”  (Genesis 1:3).

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For the eighth anniversary, I decided to post a photograph with a creature associated with the number eight.  See below.

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If one looks closely, one can see the sunbeams shimmering off its web and God’s creature at the center.  The Lord has a place for all of us.

God’s blessings to all the readers.  Thank you.