Some lessons I’m learning about Christmas.

I wrote this article below last year after Christmas (12/27/17).  I still feel very much the same about Christmas this year as I write this on 12/3/18.  This year, I've again attacked decorating my house for Jesus early, right after Thanksgiving, but this time I have done it in small stages, involving my granddaughters in … Continue reading Some lessons I’m learning about Christmas.

Happiness by Alcorn (A Personal Review)

Warning, this post is about 1600 words long -- you may want to relax and get a nice beverage when you have time to ponder this. A friend loaned me Happiness by Randy Alcorn.  I gave it a light read. It's a very worthwhile book.  I'm preparing this "review" and summary mainly for my own … Continue reading Happiness by Alcorn (A Personal Review)

Reasons to Live With Happiness and Joy

As part of my focus on cooperating with God for my practical obedience of God, I have been studying and meditating on Biblical joy/emotional happiness.  Studying it, thinking about it, and asking God for joy, is helping me hold all my thoughts captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ which is increasing my emotional joy … Continue reading Reasons to Live With Happiness and Joy


As part of my focus on my practical obedience of God (progressive sanctification process), I've been pondering Biblical joy/happiness.  The Bible clearly commands believers in Jesus to rejoice always.  (Philippians 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:16.) But what does this really mean?  My pastor recently preached/taught through 1 Thessalonians and I was really struck with his excellent … Continue reading Happiness/Joy