The Green Tatoo

Ever-Increasing Light A Messianic Daily Devotional “Because I love Zion, I will not keep still. Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch” (Isaiah 62:1). Side-by-side on a rickety and scarred…

Confessions of a Desperate Heart

I am always moved and convicted when I read the sayings of the Desert Fathers. Those monastical, earthly saints inspire my spiritual life to greater heights. They lived in desert caves away from worldly wiles to know their Creator and Beloved Savior in His suffering of death and joy of resurrection. Their sacrifices allowed them…

Oh, to be a Hermit…

… I always wanted to be one — in a modern sense, not the ancient idea — at least I don’t think so… Society today calls a hermit someone who just doesn’t want to be with people all the time — someone who draws strength from being alone and actually loses energy by being in…

Anti-Semitism vs Anti-Zionism

I believe that Helen Thomas’s remarks were anti-Semitic. Basically she called for the ethnic cleansing of the state of Israel. That call was purely racist. Any demand for ethnic cleansing is outrageous and should not be tolerated. Anti-Semitism is anti-Zionism in post-modern language. The media endeavors to soften the rhetoric by saying that anti-Zionism is not…

Light Bulb in a Moscow Graveyard

Life is full of revelations, and some of them I have chronicled here in my blog over the last two years… it seems many of them come to me late in life… The first time Wayne and I visited Moscow and walked through the graveyard of their Russian leaders I had a moment of illumination……

Stars and Promises

When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you ordained; What is man that you are mindful of him? For you have made him a little lower than the angels and crowned him with glory and honor.  You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands, You placed all things under Your…

Jingle your Crotals

Sleigh Ride by Richard de Wolf In Medieval times, warhorses wore crotals. Symbols of wealth and prestige, the single bells were made of silver or gold. Archaeologists have discovered crotals in England dating back to the time of the Roman Empire. Englanders viewed them as protection against evil and disease. Some believed the bells brought wealth and…

Icons

Seekers, pilgrims, and believers have venerated icons for centuries. An icon is an image, picture or representation. It stands for a person or diety symbolically by representing it concretely or by analogy. Veneration means to regard with feelings of respect and reverence. Some early Christian icons were painted on the musty walls of catacombs. Later they were drawn and…