Learning about God, not only in his church but also in his nature

God gave us the minds, hearts, and souls to experience and learn from both his word and his nature. It’s good to learn about God in church (through worship, fellowship, and study) and while engaging in service and striving to walk in his ways. It’s also good to explore beyond human-built walls, within the miracleContinue reading “Learning about God, not only in his church but also in his nature”

David Frederick and Coffee Oasis: Goodness Embodied

The Coffee Oases in Kitsap County, created by David and Cindy Frederick, provide refuge, hope, and work skills for youth, many of whom are from troubled homes or who are in troubled situations. Dave died recently, and celebration of his life will be on 24 July 2021 at 2 p.m. at Crossroads Neighborhood Church [7555Continue reading “David Frederick and Coffee Oasis: Goodness Embodied”

Face-to-face with God . . . in his nature

In the quiet of nature, we find ourselves face-to-face with God’s love of life and variety of life, his cycles of life and death and life again, the immensity of his time and space, and with the wonders and wisdom by which he created the universe. At the seashore, on a mountaintop, in a forest,Continue reading “Face-to-face with God . . . in his nature”

Blessed and Cursed: Our Power over Nature

Earth brims with life. God obviously likes life and variety of life, since he put it in everywhere. Upon this blue-green jewel he put us, too, and he chose to impart some of him into us so that we may witness the wonder of his being and of his creation. But with that spark ofContinue reading “Blessed and Cursed: Our Power over Nature”

God’s Natural Wisdom

God, in his wisdom and through the millennia, has evolved and woven together a rich web of creatures and plants that sustains and propagates life and the variety of life that he obviously loves—because he made so much of it. We’re blessed to be able to explore, understand, appreciate, and care for (when we riseContinue reading “God’s Natural Wisdom”

Writing, like praying, is nice.

Wherever I’m at, and whatever situation I’m in—beautiful places, not so nice places—I can write about them and explore my thoughts. It’s a bit like praying. My thoughts and being are always wherever I am. Likewise, God is always here and everywhere, including when I look at the sunrise or when falling asleep in myContinue reading “Writing, like praying, is nice.”

God Made Birdsong for Human Souls

“The initial step for a soul to come to a knowledge of God is contemplation of nature.” —Irenaeus (120-202 AD) [Quoted in “Teachings on Creation through the Ages,” The Green Bible, I-98.] God made birdsong for human souls. Yes, birds twitter, chirp, and hoot in a symphony of life (as I appreciated during a recentContinue reading “God Made Birdsong for Human Souls”