The difference between joy that’s sparked and joy that’s sustained

By Elizabeth Prata I'm a minimalist. I have been since before it was a thing. I like to live a quiet life in a tiny house. I live a low-impact, moderately frugal and careful consumer lifestyle. Living small and frugal, one needs to be sure that item brings into the home will have a valued …

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Sunday Word of the Week: Fruit of the Spirit, Joy

By Elizabeth Prata On Sundays I usually post a theological word with its definition, then an explanation, and use it in a verse. I also use a picture to represent the concept. This is my effort to maintain a theological literacy among the brethren and between generations, something I believe is critical. We have to …

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The command for joy in the unlikely book of Ecclesiastes

In the book I'm reading called Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches us to Live in Light of the End, by David Gibson, Gibson reprinted an essay by Presbyterian minister James Russell Miller (1840-1902) called Beautiful Old Age. The writing is lyrical in the way that educated men of two centuries ago could write. As Gibson …

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Bible Reading Plan thoughts: Reading the introductions

The Bible Reading Plan for today is to read Psalm 6-8. I've resolved of late to read the introductions of the passages and not skip them. Also, to read the endings and read the notes, like these in the Psalms I'm about to discuss. If all scripture is profitable, then I shouldn't skip the intros, …

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Linus dropped the blanket, Hallelujah the Lord is come

A meme going around on Facebook caught my attention. It involved the Peanuts Christmas cartoon show that is 51 years old this year, A Charlie Brown Christmas. The half hour program regularly plays in December prior to the Christmas holiday, and shows Charlie Brown searching for the true meaning of Christmas. As Charlie Brown becomes …

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