The Story of the Other Wise Man

The Story of the Other Wise Man has brought joy and meaning to myself and my family for many years.

I highly recommend reading this small book.

It is a legend of a fourth wise man (a scholar as the three wise men), who also studied the prophesies and the stars and set out to find and honor the new king.

The book and audio reading of the book (by Henry van Dyke) are available online.

Links and more information HERE.

Pastor Joke

A pastor had a habit, each time he stepped into the pulpit, of saying, “The Lord Be With You.” The congregation would always respond each Sunday, “And also with you.”

One Sunday morning they were having technical difficulties with the microphone and it wasn’t working.

The pastor he stepped into the pulpit and said, “There seems to be something wrong with the microphone.”

The congregation responded, “And also with you.”

My Prayer this Advent

My prayer this advent is that I better learn to understand and grasp the following by AW Tozer* on the reason Christ came to earth.

[This is taken from Day 1 of From Heaven: A 28-Day Advent Devotional]


Dwell With

Unite To

Dwell In

[*This was written at a time when the term ‘men’ was used for humankind. I believe Tozer meant this in a gender-neutral manner.]

Pax Romana

Notes taken while listening to espisode 3 of Romans video series on RightWay Media (by Mart De Haan [with Jimmy DeYoung]).

Ceaseria Phillipi (named in honor of Caesar Augustus) was the administrative center (for the Romans) of Palestine.

Herod was put in by the romans as the ‘King of the Jews’. He had a palace in Jerusalem. He also built up Ceaseria and had a palace there.  (Herod, of course killed all the babies at the time of Jesus’ birth.)

Roman tax in Jesus time was lower than US tax in America (today).

The Romans had lots of gods (to who laid the rail), but they didn’t have an answer for mortality and what happens after death.  This was a big flaw, a gaping hole, in fact, in the system of gods the Romans had.

The book of Romans (by Paul) was circulated throughout the Romans Empire and had widespread affect.

Much (most) of the New Testement is counter-cultural.

In chapters 3 and 5 of Romans explains how we ‘get right’ with God. This would have been welcomed by many at the time.

A Letter From Fred: Sweet Lorraine Song

Here’s a great story and song.

Fred Stobaugh charmed the globe as a 96 year-old songwriter, but his legacy might be as a marriage healer.

YouTube documentary, which tells the main story (#1 video), and 5 more videos that tell the followup story of the song (appearing on the View, going to a middle school, and more.).

#4 (below) tells of a middle school teacher who connected her 7th grade students to Fred’s story, an ultimately Fred himself. This lady has made a big difference in her students!

#1

#2

 #3

#4 – A middle school teacher, and Fred, have a impact on students.

#5 – A second song: Took Her Home

#6

This is a great Illinois story. I hope it can teach us the importance of relationships, marriage, and family.