What I Believe


Compare yourself with those who on the Lord’s Day hear nothing except the dismal sound of the world. What a privilege it is for you to hear the proclamation of the gospel!
Bakker, Frans.


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Compare yourself with those who on the Lord’s Day hear nothing except the dismal sound of the world. What a privilege it is for you to hear the proclamation of the gospel! Bakker, Frans.

It is difficult to define Hiraeth, but to me it means the consciousness of man being out of his home area and that which is dear to him. That is why it can be felt even among a host of peoples amidst nature's beauty. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

. . like a Christian yearning for Heaven. . .


God's Minute

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He ever liveth to make intercession for them.--Hebrews 7:25

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, because of Thy good hand upon us in mercy, we have been spared during another night.  Help us to trust in Thee, to have no will but Thy will and to desire to be only what Thou wouldst have us be.  We pray that Thou wilt show us how large is Thy pity, how great is Thy love, and how infinite is Thy goodness; give us to feel that Thou hast called us with a holy calling; that Thou hast put us here to do Thy pleasure, and hereafter to enjoy Thee forever.  Breathe into us the spirit of prayer and teachableness, and enable us to give earnest heed to the truths taught in Thy Word.  We thank Thee for Thy holy Word, for Thy Church and for all the ordinances of Thy house, and for the way of salvation through Christ.  We bless Thee, our Heavenly Father, for all Thy gifts, but above all for Thine unspeakable gift, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  We rejoice in the assurance that He is now interceding for us.  May the weary and heavy-laden come unto Thee and find rest unto their souls.  We pray that Thou wilt send forth laborers into Thy harvest.  Be Thou to all Thine own as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.  Speedily fill the whole earth with Thy glory.  Make us all, O Christ, joyful in hope, patient in suffering, active in service and abounding in love.  We ask all these blessings in the name of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Saviour.


Robert Stewart MacArthur, D.D.,
Boston, Massachusetts

What Kind of Reader are YOU?

What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm

You're probably in the final stages of a Ph.D. or otherwise finding a way to make your living out of reading. You are one of the literati. Other people's grammatical mistakes make you insane.

Dedicated Reader
Literate Good Citizen
Book Snob
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You? Create Your Own Quiz
Making a living out of reading? Now, that's an idea!!! (I also thought it was fun to run across this meme just now since I have a quote from Seneca in the sidebar this week:
Otium sine litteris mors est et hominis vivi sepultra.
Leisure without literature is death, or rather the burial of a living man.--Seneca
HT: My literary friend, MissM, who is also an obsessive-compulsive bookworm

God's Minute

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I will, therefore, that men pray everywhere.--1 Timothy 2:8

OUR Father, we are Thy children by faith in the Redeemer.  We are Thy children when we are obedient and Thou art pleased; we are Thy children when we are wayward and in grief Thou dost chasten us.  We know that our sins are wholly displeasing to Thee, and they are painful to us.  For Jesus' sake, forgive our sins.

Accept our deepest gratitude for Thy tender mercies in all our past, for the promise of Thy grace in all our needs, for the assurance of Thy presence always.

Bless us in the duties to which we have been called.  Deliver us from the fear of man.   Keep us from measuring our duties by the conduct of others, and help us to be great in Thy sight.  Let us remember that there are but twelve hours in the day, and the night cometh.  Help us to see that the great questions are issues of eternity, and may we be kept in the love of God.

Guide, O Jehovah, in the affairs of state; bless all movements and men that promote our Redeemer's Kingdom; and give Thy holy benediction upon the homes wherein our loved ones dwell.  In Jesus' name.


Rev. J.M. Dawson,
Waco, Texas

God's Minute

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Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us.--Ephesians 5:2 

OUR Heavenly Father, we thank Thee for having mercifully kept us in health and strength, and for filling our lives with so much of comfort and happiness.

We pray for each one of those near and dear to us, and we beseech that Thou wilt keep them, and defend them from all evil. Enrich them with the blessing of Thy Holy Spirit.

Likewise we pray for all Thy disciples of every creed, wherever they may be, and that Thou wilt bring all those now separated from Thee to a vital knowledge of Thy goodness to them, and to a desire to become Thy humble followers.

As we pray "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven," so, O Lord, may we daily strive by all our acts to do all that we can for the upbuilding and extension of Thy kingdom on earth, and may our lives show to all men that we are Thine.

May we honor Thee by striving to obey Thy command to do unto others as we would have that they should do unto us, and so bring men to acknowledge Thee as their Lord and Saviour.




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Of all our many, many strings of lights only one strand of thirty-five lights works. That includes all of the lights that are woven in and around decorative items like my wooden Christmas tree.

Duds; all duds!


No Shopping Zone

decorating.JPGThe day after Thanksgiving is the traditional opening day for Christmas shopping.  All this week the television commercials were alerting saavy shoppers to the opening sales, some starting as early as 5 o' clock in the morning!

I will not be shopping with the hoardes of bargain hunters today.  Not that I don't like to get a bargain.  I do.  However, the thought of leaving my cozy house before dark to face the mobs so I can compete for one of a limited number of ridiculously priced sale items leaves me cold.

I have my own day-after-Thanksgiving tradition.  Today is the day that the boxes come down from the attic and I begin decorating for Christmas!  That is infinitely more satisfying for me.  The fridge is full of leftovers so the family won't go hungry if I don't cook today.  Tom always has the day after Thanksgiving off, so I have a helper to bring the boxes down from the attic and move the furniture.

Hopefully, if all goes as planned, this evening Tom and I will be sitting in the dark in the sunroom in front of a  sparkling Christmas tree.  I can't wait!

Let the fun begin!

elf.JPGChristmas fun began last night; after the Thanksgiving feast was cleaned up and the leftovers were stowed away, our family sat down and watched one of our favorite Christmas movies--Elf.)


God's Minute

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Evening and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.  Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee:  He shall never suffer the righteous be be moved.--Psalm 55:17

OUR Father in Heaven, look upon us, we beseech Thee, in Thine infinite love and compassion.  Dwell Thou with us, that being molded by Thy good Spirit, we may have fellowship with Thee as Thy children.  Help us at all times to trust Thee.  Appoint for us what Thou willest, and make us ready to receive with thankfulness whatsoever seemeth good to Thee concerning us.  Go with us in every mission on which Thou art pleased to send us, and in Thy service we may find rest.

Lighten our darkness, we entreat Thee, that we may behold Thy face, and in Thy tender mercy, do Thou temper the storm lest our weak faith fail.  Forgive our sins, and day by day deliver us from their power.  We commit all our loved ones to Thy keeping.  Do Thou watch over them and bless them.  And as Thou givest us a taste of Thy joy in loving our friends, lead us into the fullness of the joy of loving all whom Thou lovest, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


William Farquharson, D.D.,
Agincourt, Ontario, Canada

God's Minute

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Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.--John 16:24

O GOD, our Father!  We worship Thy name, and bless Thee for Thyself.  We acknowledge Thee to be the source and stay of our lives.  We are Thy creatures.  Thou wilt not leave us to suffer eternal want; Thou wilt not leave us to lack for daily bread.  We are Thy children; we believe ourselves descended from Thee.  O Grant that we may not plead Thy Fatherhood in vain!  Let us not stand either as aliens or orphans, but as the heirs of God through promise.  Give us, we beseech Thee, Thy Holy Spirit, that He may perfectly reveal to us Jesus Christ the Son.  Give us to know Him, that we may abide in Him, and that His Word may abide in us.  May neither prosperity nor the enticements of the world wean our thoughts and faith from Him.  Pardon our sins and cleanse our hearts, that we may become a habitation of God through the Spirit; that Christ may dwell in us and we in Him.  Guide and direct us in our intercourse with men.  May our words and influence become a savor of life unto life.  Show us how we may help to bring Thy Kingdom upon the earth.  Admonish us in the days of health, nor forsake us in sickness and the hour of death.  When our change shall come, give us to dwell forever in the house of Thy Fatherhood in Heaven, through the merit and grace of Jesus Christ Thy Son.


Horace M. DuBose, D.D.,
Nashville, Tennessee


A Thanksgiving Proclamation



Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor - and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness." Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed –  for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.



Thanksgiving Recipe 2006

pumpkin cheesecake2.JPGLast Thanksgiving I shared my recipe for Cranberry Salad. This year I am sharing a recipe for one of Jake and Sam's favorites: Pumpkin Marble Cheesecake.


1 1/2 c Gingersnap Crumbs

1/2 c Finely Chopped Pecans

1/3 c Margarine, Melted

16 oz Cream Cheese, Softened

3/4 c Sugar

1 ts Vanilla

3 ea Eggs

1 c Canned Pumpkin

3/4 ts Cinnamon

1/4 ts Ground Nutmeg

Combine crumbs, pecans and margarine; press onto
bottom and 1 1/2-inches up sides of 9-inch springform
pan. Bake at 350 degrees F., 10 minutes. Combine
cream cheese, 1/2 c sugar and vanilla, mixing at
medium speed on electric mixer until well blended.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each
addition. Reserve 1 c batter, chill. Add remaining
sugar, pumpkin and spices to remaining batter; mix
well. Alternately layer pumpkin and cream cheese
batters over crust. Cut through batters with knife
several times for marble effect. Bake at 350 degrees
F., 55 minutes. Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool
before removing rim of pan. Chill.

God's Minute

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Ye that fear the Lord, praise Him.--Psalm 22:23

HELP us, O God, this day to recognize ourselves as Thy children. May we call to mind and refresh ourselves with the teachings of Thy servant who declared that our birth is a forgetting; that "the soul that rises with us, our life's star, hath had elsewhere its setting, and cometh from afar." May we remember that we come from God, who is our home, and may we mourn the fact that we have forgotten the Imperial Palace whence we come and the glories we have known. May it be in our hearts to thank Thee, O Lord, that there is something in each of us which the weights and the frosts of earth cannot suppress, with lives as the embers of primeval fires; those high instincts, those first affections--shadowy recollections which are the master light of all our seeing; a primal sympathy, a faith that looks through death.

We thank Thee, O Lord, for the seasons of calm weather, when we have sight of that immortal sea over which we voyaged to this world, and back over which again, when the work of life is done, we shall travel to our eternal home. In full knowledge of Thy way, Thy truth, Thy life, as declared through Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, may we live to serve Thee every day of our lives.


James W. Lee, D.D.,
St. Louis, Missouri

Dictionary Word of the Day

subaltern \suhb-OL-tuhrn; SUHB-uhl-tuhrn\, adjective:
1. Ranked or ranged below; subordinate; inferior.
2. (Chiefly British) Ranking as a junior officer; being below the rank of captain.
3. (Logic) Asserting only a part of what is asserted in a related proposition.

1. A person holding a subordinate position.
2. (Chiefly British) A commissioned military officer below the rank of captain.
3. (Logic) A subaltern proposition.

It's been a while since the Dictionary Word of the Day presented me with a word I've never heard or seen before. I think subaltern will always stay subordinate to subordinate in my vocabulary.


God's Minute

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Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?  It is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of men.  Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.--Matthew 5:13-16

OUR Saviour and our Intercessor, Thou camest into the world not to be ministered unto, but minister, and to give Thy life a ransom for many.  Thou didst go about doing good.  Looking upon the young man, Thou didst love him.

Thou didst weep over Jerusalem.  In the spirit of Thy love and sacrifice for lost souls, inflame our hearts with a sacred passion for the redemption of men. O Thou, the sinners' Christ, pour upon us a tender and undying yearning to save precious souls!  Give us a greater zeal than our fathers had.  May we take no neighboring saint for our standard, but dwell with our God for power.


Arthur S. Phelps, D.D.,
Waterville, Maine

God's Minute

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But it shall come to pass that at evening time it shall be light.--Zechariah 14:7

WE speak to Thee, O Lord, our Father, not as aliens and strangers, but as children of the household.  Thou hast given unto us many and priceless tokens of Thy favor.  We have felt the touch of Thy hand upon our head and the joy of Thy benediction in our heart.  Cause Thy face to shine upon the dark places through which we may be called to pass this day and may the clouds be lifted; or, if the darkness be better for us according to Thy wisdom and Thy will, then be Thy promises a glorious beacon and Thy fidelity a star, and may we be made to feel that it is better to hold on to Thy hand in the dark than to walk alone in the light.  If we are not all that Thou dost intend us to be; if we are not in harmony with Thee; if we want for ourselves, and not for others; if our service be the hollow service of habit or the shallow service of display, show us how we are disappointing Thee, and starving ourselves, and robbing our fellows, and putting far off the one divine event toward which the whole creation moves, the Kingdom of God in human hearts and the union of man in the bonds of righteousness and peace.  Especially regard the unsaved.  Those who touch us on every side, whose hearts are kept back from Thee.  May our lives be so clean and so true that God's cause may ever have a witness and an evangel in the influence we daily exert.

John H. Wiley, Ph.D., S.T.D.,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

God's Minute

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 November 19

Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.--Romans 6:18

HEAVENLY FATHER, we thank Thee for the rest which has come to our bodies in sleep.  During the long hours of the night Thou hast been watching over us.  Thou art always mindful of us, not only in the night, but also in the workaday.  Help us, dear Father, to be as mindful of Thee as Thou are thoughtful of us.  Forbid that we forget our God.  May we not become so occupied with worldly affairs that we have no time or place for Thee.

As we talk to Thee, our sins rise like mountains from the deep.  We are ashamed of our weaknesses.  We confess everything, and plead for Thy forgiveness.  Leave us not in our humiliation, but take us by the hand and lift us up.  Give us the assurance that our sins are pardoned, and help us to live this day as the blessed Jesus did every day.

We pray for the discouraged and distressed; Lord, give them cheer.  We pray for all the people who are living in darkness; Lord, give them light.  We pray for those who fight against themselves, against each other and against God; Lord, give them peace.  We ask it all in the name of Jesus, for Thy glory and for our good.

Luther E. Todd, D.D.,
St. Louis, Missouri


God's Minute

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November 18 

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.--Ephesians 6:18

WE COME before Thee, our Father and our God, to worship, to praise Thy name, and to thank Thee for Thy great mercy and Thy many blessings.  We confess our sins, but we come with boldness to Thy throne of grace, for our trust is in Him Who is our Advocate and our Mediator.  We pray that Thou wilt show to each one of us Thy will for this day, and help us to do it, not going in our own selfish and sinful ways.  O Lord, grant that Thy will may be done more and more by all men, and that Jesus may not only be given a place in the throne room of our hearts, but may we let Him be seated on the throne and crown Him Lord of all.  Our Father, we ask that Thy Holy Spirit may be our comforter, our guide and our helper this day.  May we let our light so shine today--in the home, on the street, at work or at play--that others may be drawn to Him Who is the Light of the World.  We pray that it may be our earnest desire to know Christ better, and to make Him known.  Help us to watch and be faithful, so when He comes He may find us with lamps trimmed and burning. And all we ask is in His own blessed name.


Rev. J.L. Read,
Little Rock, Arkansas

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