Life-condensed

Do You Hear That? The Ice is Singing

Need a moment of tranquility and beauty in all of this depressing darkness? Watch this lovely young lady embrace the cold and ice. It’s like a visual piece of poetry. Breathtaking.

Now that you’ve watched it, don’t you feel more peaceful? I do. I love how she appreciates the small things. I love how she embraces nature and allows it to soak into the fiber of her being. She’s an artist and the ice and mountains inspire her. Watching videos like this inspire me.

It makes me want to write a story.

Perhaps I will.

I personally love the cold. I love the fresh, crisp air. The stillness. The twinkling of lights as the sun warms up thousands of ice crystals. It truly is heavenly.

This reminds me of our trip to Alaska. The fjords and the ice glaciers. The ice really does speak to you and the sound is other worldly so I understand her eagerness to capture the conversation. It really is like you’ve been transported to another world and all of your responsibilities and anything that is weighing heavily on your heart suddenly doesn’t matter anymore. Or at the very least, it’s been put on hold. This makes me want to go back to Alaska. I pray we will have an opportunity to do so someday soon.

Being in nature, watching this video, gives you perspective. Something I feel like we all need, especially right now with the world weighing so heavily on our shoulders. We need something to right our equilibrium because everything feels so topsy-turvy right now. We need light and beauty, there has been too much darkness and ugliness.

We need God and all of His beauty.

This video, this glimpse into nature’s balm, is God’s gift to us. But we are so far removed from it that we have forgotten it has existed or we don’t know how to access it anymore. It’s there, you just have to look for it and then embrace it when you find it.

I know it sounds weird, but this video gave me a lot of peace. I feel like someone has rubbed a cooling, very pleasant, balm on my soul. I hope it gives you peace as well.

This is also a good lesson on taking a moment to appreciate the world around us. Not necessarily nature, though definitely that, but rather, the little things that go unnoticed or taken for granted. I need to start training my brain to pay more attention.

Perhaps that will be an upcoming goal for 2021.

(photos from Unsplash)

Abundant Life

Teaching: Why Study the Bible?

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

If you would like to read my views on religion and how we got started with the ministry, you can read this.

Let’s get started:

Over the past several weeks, I’ve posted various reasons why we can trust the bible and what is says; I’ve even posted an entry providing scientific evidence that the bible is true.

Really, what more proof do you want?

Now that we know we can trust the bible, that it is indeed a tool that God has provided us to live a more abundant life, we next have to ask the question, WHY study the bible? How exactly does it benefit you? How will it help you find peace and happiness?

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In addition, I’d like to set the stage for upcoming teachings. Even though many Christian faiths study and use the Bible in their teachings, WHAT is taught is not always accurate or a true representation of what the Bible is REALLY teaching us. It truly is up to us, the individual Christian, to research and understand what the Bible is saying as opposed to just taking someone’s word for it – no matter how well educated or well intentioned the person might be, mistakes are made, misunderstandings happen and the Christian is left more confused than ever.

Here’s an excerpt from a wonderful, and in-depth article that lists “22 Principles of Biblical Interpretation: How to Eliminate Apparent Bible Contradictions.”

Many Christians agree that the Word of God is “the Truth.” Yet from one Bible come thousands of differing interpretations about exactly what “the Truth” is. It was never God’s intention that people read the same document and come away with different ideas about what it is saying. God wants us all to be likeminded about His Word.

1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.

One of the major reasons why people have different ideas concerning what the Bible says is that they use different rules or standards for interpreting it. We believe that the following principles, called “canons of interpretation” are essential to understand and apply if there is to be any hope of Christians getting to the truth when they read the Bible.

In order to understand future Teaching posts here on WFK, I hope you’ll consider reading the rest of the article. As it’s necessary to understand the rules of English before learning the language, it’s necessary to understand the correct way to approach the Bible before you can learn, and live, it.

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about God’s wonderful message, please visit the Truth or Tradition website. You can also keep track of the ministry through their Facebook page.

Thank you for visiting and God bless.