Write By A Stone

 

Influencing the Quality of Marketplaces

Influencing the Quality of Marketplaces

Today I visited the marketplace to buy food and while there I caught up on news with a former coworker. Marketplaces serve many purposes. Identifying our reasons for using marketplaces discloses the type of people we are going to be in marketplaces. Marketplaces are...

Reflections on Memorial Day 2021

Reflections on Memorial Day 2021

Memorial Weekend 2021 raised my mind and heart to a new level. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall visited Santa Rosa Beach. I joined other people in setting up the Wall and taking it down. The Wall was open to the public 24/7 from Friday until Tuesday morning. My...

Every Day Is Mother’s and Father’s Day

Every Day Is Mother’s and Father’s Day

My wife told me that Valentine’s Day is every day. She is an astute thinker, so I am going to try to be like her and declare that Every day is Mother’s and Father’s Day. Yes, I know, I have combined the two special days. Someone might think that this detracts from...

An Approaching Asteroid and the Coming God

An Approaching Asteroid and the Coming God

The approaching asteroid Apophis has a new timeline that gives us earthlings about 100 years to party, build indestructible caves, or live expectantly of a new world.[1] The impact of an asteroid on the earth makes most people think about the end of life as we know it...

Our Pandemic and India’s Bubonic Plague 1898

Our Pandemic and India’s Bubonic Plague 1898

Please join me on a brief historical excursion that looks and feels like our contemporary pandemic. I am researching an ancestor’s journey in 1898 to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. This great-great uncle, twenty-five-year-old George E. Stone, made the journey to begin...

Lies

Lies

I thought I was reading today’s headlines during my recent evening Bible reading. Jeremiah’s prophecies in chapters 28 and 29 contain many references to prophesying lies, speaking lies, and believing a lie. The other correlation to today’s news in these chapters is...

Purpose for Going from 2020 to 2021

Purpose for Going from 2020 to 2021

Having a purpose for going from 2020 to 2021 is the pressing challenge for all of us. We want the passing year to pass and the New Year to be brand spanking new.  It doesn’t happen by simply wishing it, and a lot of people are too tired to make 2021 the best year...

Begin with Eternity in Mind

Begin with Eternity in Mind

Old men think about eternity. It’s a long, infinite time and it’s nothing new for old men to think about it or the afterlife. The ancient Preacher declared. “[God] has also set eternity in their hearts.”(Ecclesiastes 3:11, NIV) The Rev. Samuel Zwemer told a story...

You Irritate Me, Therefore I Exist

You Irritate Me, Therefore I Exist

I watched the movie Defiance last week with my wife. It is based on a true story about an ever-growing group of Belarus Jews who flee from the Germans during World War II. They find refuge in the forest. They got irritated with each other at times under their...

Alone But Not Alone

Alone But Not Alone

After my brother-in-law returned home from twenty days of hospitalized isolation for COVID-19, I asked him, “What would you speak about if you preached a sermon about your experience?”  He replied, “The Holy Spirit.” I asked him to elaborate. He said, “I was alone but...

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