Missives

A collection of apologetic and encouraging notes for Christians in need of some power-boosts from time to time.

The latter days of wintertime begin various garden activities at the Kluth estate. One of the most urgent matters is to prune the blueberry bushes. It is an art form that's been slowly developed over the years, and you only get one chance a year to do it right.
Historically, Malachi (c.465-420 BC) speaks to the third wave of expatriate Jews returning to Judah and Jerusalem after 70-years of exile in Babylon, and after Zerubbabel completed rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem in 516 BC.
"For much of his adult life, Jesus resided in the small fishing village of Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee. It was here during the infancy of early Christianity that He began His ministry in the town synagogue (Mark 1:21)
The prophecy of this book is entitled, The burden of the word of the Lord (v.1), which intimates, (1.) That it was of great weight and importance; what the false prophets said was light as the chaff, what the true prophets said was ponderous as the wheat, Jer. 23:28.
John Newton, the celebrated English preacher and hymn writer, realized that he was a trophy of divine grace.
The Word of Christ is, of course, the Word of God. The false teachers came to Colossae with man-made traditions, religious rules, and human philosophies. They tried to harmonize God's Word with their teachings, but they could not succeed. God's Word always magnifies Jesus Christ.
It's hard to displace a Texan from Texas. They are quite comfortable with all the largess their state affords them: big skies, an international reputation, plenty of land, bright sunshine...
Borrowed Tools. Over the years I have been collecting tools using a decision process when I first became a homeowner: if I can buy the tool for less than the cost of any minor repair job, I will buy the tool and learn to do it myself.
In God's good providence and timing, and for purposes and reasons known only to Him, my construction project began precisely when material prices went sky high. Lumber in particular ran three times the normal cost.