The Boxing Day Gift Quiz

Thoughts from Mark "Hat" Rackley

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

  • 2 Corinthians 9:12-15

The church in Corinth was commended for seeing a need and providing a gift. The Apostle Paul spends the entire chapter talking of generosity born from the heart.

Since Boxing Day is not celebrated in the USA, it may seem strange to have a quiz for it. For those who celebrate Boxing Day…

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Our very hefty Christmas dinner

Sui Generis

Isn’t Christmas just a wonderful time of the year? The air is heavy with the celebration, the joy, the aroma of wonderful dinner. Ah! It’s just a day past Christmas, and I can’t wait for the next one to arrive.

From a very recent conversation with a fellow blogger, I got this wonderful line, “Christmas was quiet. Full of memories. Full of next year.”

Mine on the contrary was loud and vibrant, but what really caught my eye was the wondrous effect of Christmas on all of us. We may not celebrate it in the same way, but we are always making memories. Always etching a little bit of color in our rather monotonous lives.

Not many might like holidays, but while I do, I might as well live them to the fullest.

Christmas means loads to me, and so does Christmas dinner. I have wanted to write an…

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Caturday Picture Show: The Holiday Coloring Contest!

The Oceanside Animals

Lulu: “Hello friendlies! Lulu here! We are pre-empting the Caturday Matinee this week to present the Paper Bob Holiday 2020 Coloring Contest!”
Chaplin: “Who’s Paper Bob? Is he like Flat Stanley?”
Charlee: “I hope not. The last time Flat Stanley showed up, he stole a car and took Dennis on a car chase all around Southern California.
Lulu: “I don’t think Paper Bob is anything like Flat Stanley. See, Mama and Dada bought some flour and stuff mail order from Bob’s Red Mill and there was a coloring contest included in the package. I got hold of it and I thought it would be fun for us animals to do something with Paper Bob.”
Chaplin: “You mean like eat him?”
Lulu: “Uh, no. Well, maybe we can do that later. But first I thought we could have our own contest where we all make a little picture with…

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So Many Mixed Emotions


I’m working now with inspiratons from tonalist artist Charles Warren Eaton, often known as “the pine tree painter”. Today’s painting — the 12th in my series of 31 — does indeed feature pine trees. I cropped the view a bit since I was painting on the vertical, and index cards don’t correspond to the usual sizes and proportions of canvases. As I always do, I tried to capture the “essential elements” of the painting — the tall pines and one tall, bare tree, and a scene with a lake and distant hills in the background.

Here is my painting:

When I first finished it and stepped back to view it, I hated it. I hated the colors. I hated the trees. I hated those hills in the background. I shook my head in dismay and hoped for a better painting the following day.

Later, I looked at my Pine Trees…

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Don’t let your past failures leave you hopeless about your future success! ~ Kindness – Wisdom💥

I chose a long time ago . To believe in who I am. I will not walk in someone else’s shadow. Whether I fail or succeed I will know that I lived my life! Sometimes we must get hurt in order to grow, we must fail in order to know, Sometimes our vision clears only … Continue reading Don’t let your past failures leave you hopeless about your future success! ~ Kindness – Wisdom💥

“…Unless we dare”

Mariana Dynasty

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

“How can Life grant us boon of living…

Unless we dare

The soul’s dominion?

Each time we make a choice, we pay

With courage to behold the restless day,

And count it fair.”

― Amelia Earhart

“…Unless we dare”

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Sermon for Saint John’s day

Anglican Catholic Liturgy and Theology

Feast of St. John the Divine, December 27, 2020

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Today is, according to the Prayer Book, the feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist. This John was one of the twelve apostles, a son of Zebedee and brother to Saint James. Our Lord gave these brothers the name ‘Boanerges’, the ‘sons of thunder’ (Mark iii.17), because of their impetuosity. John and James, together with Saint Peter, were our Lord’s closest disciples. This inner group of three were the only ones present for several events in our Lord’s life, such as the Transfiguration and the agony in the garden of Gethsemane. St. John tradi­tionally is considered the author of the fourth gospel, the three epistles called by his name, and the Book of Revelation.

In the 19th century radical German scholars began to doubt the…

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