Winter Solstice 2017

A day chosen to start anew.

The end of the old and beginning of the new. The shortest day gives birth to the growing light as darkness is beaten back a little each day.

Family, friends, jobs, this old world, all is relative and passes with time.  The one thing that remains is God; the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.



2018, Day 70

1st Peter Chapter 3

10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

13And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

2018, Day 68 & 69

Psalms 137

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. 2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. 3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. 4 How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land? 5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. 6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. 7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. 9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

2018, Day 65, 66, & 67

Getting back into the trucking mindset after moving my boat. Picking up in JAX heading to the Roanoke area.

Luke 17

Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!

2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him

Just as forgiveness is Gods gift to us if we repent, so is forgiveness our gift to another. We are to forgive, if the offending party repent’s. But that forgiveness is ours to give as an act of love, it isn’t something to foolishly toss around. It is a precious gift given to us by the death of the Son of God, it should be just as precious when we give it to another.

Jesus said in another verse, “…70 x 7…”, but also said there as here, if they repent, if repentance is not included in our request to God for forgiveness we do not receive it. If one doesn’t repent yet they ask us to forgive, are we greater and wiser than the Creator? Do we foolishly toss out our forgiveness to others without thought? Yes we are to have that love already in our heart to forgive others, but if the offending party doesn’t repent, can that forgiveness be extended effectively?

Jesus said to forgive others, He said to be merciful to others, to love our neighbor as ourselves. All these build upon the concepts of forgiveness, as well as patience and longsuffering, these and other spiritual traits are extended to us by the Father, even when we do not deserve them.

True Godly repentance and forgiveness isn’t something we should flipantly toss around, it is a special gift from the Father, it should also mean and be precious to us.

2018, Day 64

Maiden Voyage

Partially towed and partially undersail, S/V Alchemy & I made our first trip together, from Sarasota FL to Placida FL.

Needing work on the rudder and mast, I didn’t want to risk getting her out to sea without company.

Spent three days onboard, had two crew for most of the trip, one went aboard the accompanying bayliner for the remainder of the trip, it was all good though.

Got her hauled out and her bottom cleaned. Then took her home to the boatyard.

Thanking the Lord all the way down.

Now comes the yr. long refurbishing and upgrading.

Sarasota FL.

Made it out to my boat.

Came out on a Bayliner 24. Got a two man crew onboard, two old sailors who can jerry-rig anything and make it work.

Heading out to sea in the morning to head her south.

First night aboard on the water.

Isaiah 42:10

Sing to the LORD a new song, Sing His praise from the end of the earth! You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it You islands, and those who dwell on them.

2018, Days 55, 56 & 57

Second Peter Chapter 2

4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

8 For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;

9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

The Scriptures tell us the Holy Spirit comes not only as the Comforter, but also to speak & to teach & to convict us of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.

The Lord knows how to deliver His children, the godly, out of temptation. The Old world was destroyed because of sin, those angels which violated their station as divine were cast into the pit, Sodom, and more were all judged because of their wickedness & because Gods righteousness and holiness calls forth justice against evil.

Yes, God is Love incarnate, His mercy and patience endures forever, but He is also righteous and holy. In our age, we have no memory for a comparison to understand or compare those two latter traits, we can only view Gods holiness through a veil, through Scripture.

So when you read or hear “God is love” remember to think of His holiness & righteousness as well.


2018, Day 53 & 54

Sitting in Charleston getting ready to go and pickup.

Thinking over the last couple of days about the shootings in FL, the political distress the US is in; the widening divide between groups in America, pondering the religious differences, mind went on a wide trip over various subjects. It settled on Christian persecution, whether in this country, where most think it doesn’t happen, to around the world.

Christians are being systematically marginalized, persecuted, killed, etc. This chapter in Psalms came to mind.

Psalm 74

4 Your foes roared in the place where you met with us; they set up their standards as signs.
5 They behaved like men wielding axes to cut through a thicket of trees.
6 They smashed all the carved paneling with their axes and hatchets.
7 They burned your sanctuary to the ground; they defiled the dwelling place of your Name.
8 They said in their hearts, “We will crush them completely!” They burned every place where God was worshiped in the land.
9 We are given no signs from God; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be.
10 How long will the enemy mock you, God? Will the foe revile your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the folds of your garment and destroy them!
12 But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth.
13 It was you who split open the sea by your power; you broke the heads of the monster in the waters.
14 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.
15 It was you who opened up springs and streams; you dried up the ever-flowing rivers.
16 The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon.
17 It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.
18 Remember how the enemy has mocked you, LORD, how foolish people have reviled your name.
19 Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever.
20 Have regard for your covenant, because haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land.
21 Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace; may the poor and needy praise your name.
22 Rise up, O God, and defend your cause; remember how fools mock you all day long.
23 Do not ignore the clamor of your adversaries, the uproar of your enemies, which rises continually.
As David prayed and sang, reminding himself and others about the calamities facing believers, he also set his petition to the Father. In verse 18 he reminds God about His covenant, asking for mercy for the faithful. When we pray, we need to keep asking the Father for mercy for faithful, for fellow believers.
We are reminded by our Savior that hard times and persecution should be expected when we give our lives to God.

In John 15 we read this;

18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

The Christian life is not all peaches and cream, it is not an easy path, there is no guarantee of a life of luxury when you accept Jesus as your Savior. We are to look to Jesus the Christ, the author and finisher of our faith.

With all the changes going on in the world, its not hard to see how this time in which we are living can be considered the endtimes, persecution is rising against Christians, soon it will hit a much more violent tone against the Jews forcing more of them to make their Aliya back to Israel. Quakes are happening more often, or so it seems.

Islam is headed for a more violent period of against others. The world is on edge and preparing for war with few leaders willing to avert what appears to be coming down the pike.

Everything seems to be in place for the Gog/Magog conflict written about in the book of Ezekiel, all of the players are aligning, Israel is getting ready for war, and verse twenty keeps coming to mind. “….20 Have regard for your covenant, because haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land….” From the school shootings, to shootings across the country and violence around the world, whether its thieves, rapists, pedo’s, murders, lies, deceit, greed, or any of the other vices of mankind, Father please have regard for your covenant and remember those who call upon Your name.