“That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Basically, everything’s different, but nothing’s changed. Consider the evolution of the camera. In 1841, Alexander Wolcott built the first patented camera, which could take photos and produce images on a piece of paper. It was simply a box that used light to reflect images and the development of images on paper. The idea was to be able to capture an image of a moment in time and be able to share it with others. In 1839, Robert Cornelius built his own version of a camera and captured an image of himself standing in front of the camera—the original “selfie.”
Robert Cornelius’ selfie in 1839
Alexander Wolcott’s camera in 1841
Cameras and photographic process continued in … Read More »
A note to the reader: When my wife and I were expecting our first daughter, Jadyn, a good friend handed me a book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Dr. Meg Meeker. It really helped shaped my view of what my role was to be in her life, and I want to share some of it with you. It’s not my intention to only affirm those who have done it right or to stir up old wounds in those who have lacked this, but to provide a glance into what a healthy relationship between a daughter and her father can produce, protect, and propel.
Girls take cues from their fathers. Every girl wants a hero, and their father is most often their first. From their fathers, daughters first learn how to feel and think about drug use, delinquent behavior, having sex, smoking, … Read More »
Dr. James Dobson calls the age between sixteen (16) and twenty-six (26) years the “decision decade” because most of the decisions made during this time will set the course for the rest of a student’s life. A major portion of the decisions made during this time have to do with the subject of dating and interaction with the opposite sex. In
It was tough for me, at first, as a youth pastor to give clear instructions from God’s Word on the topic of dating to our youth group. The truth is the Bible does not give a solid “position” on dating. It is one of the many activities the Bible does not talk specifically about. However, the Bible does talk about character, values, and principles that people who follow Christ should do.
The questions we should be asking ourselves when it comes to dating should be, “What are you becoming in your dating? What fruit is being produced from your dating relationships for you and the people you date? How are you treating them and vice versa? What are you learning from dating? In all reality, the biblical position on dating has much more to do with the kind of person you … Read More »
Imagine along with me. Somewhere in the heavenlies, long before this world existed as we know it, we find God holding a small pulsating light of life. Michael and Gabriel gather near to catch a glimpse of this curious, never before seen form.
“What is it, Master?” asks Michael.
“It is something special,” replies the Creator. “There will be many, and each will contain a portion of My being,” He explains.
“They are not the same as us?” asks Gabriel.
“No, they are not. They will exist a little lower than you. They will be confined to only one universe, dwell in the realm of time, and they will exist in different stages of time. Each will have a specific purpose for when and where I place them. However, they will be free to make their own choices with the … Read More »