Kidron Valley and Jerusalem Walls
Kidron Valley and Jerusalem Walls

I snapped this photo of the Kidron Valley beside the Old City walls of Jerusalem. It’s impossible to fathom the history that occurred simply in the space of this photograph. Not the least of which is Jesus and His disciples crossing the Kidron Valley to enter the Garden of Gethsemane (John 18:1).

Sometimes it’s enough just to ponder a photograph.

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas from the Stiles Home!

Today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)

I’ll be taking it easy until next week, and I hope you do the same! Until then . . .

Merry Christmas from the Stiles home!

Rolling stone tomb near Megiddo
Happy Easter—He is Risen!

He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead. —Matthew 28:6–7

He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. —Romans 4:25–5:1

(Photo courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Lincoln postcard on preparation.
Abraham Lincoln on the importance of preparation.

Years ago as a little boy, I found this old framed postcard in an abandoned box in my grandmother’s garage. I keep the frame on my desk and look at it often.

Lincoln’s birthday always reminds me of Lincoln’s statement about the importance of preparation:

I’ll study and be ready and maybe the chance will come.

Tell me what you think: How are you preparing for a future potential, should God will it? To leave a comment, just click here.

Ramat Rahel stone manger with child
What Christ’s Manger was Like

Thanks to Christmas cards and holiday movies, we usually think of Christ’s manger as a wooden crib with straw. But it wasn’t so.

Mangers were carved from stone, like the one above. Archaeologists have found mangers at a number of sites in Israel, such as Megiddo, Tekoa, and Ramat Rahel (above).

Tell me what you think: How did you picture the manger? To leave a comment, just click here.

The Grand Tetons, September 2013
The Grand Tetons from my iPhone

Cathy and I just returned from vacation in Wyoming and Montana. We stayed with some friends in their cabin and enjoyed some of the most beautiful scenery we’ve ever seen. (taken with my iPhone 5 and I did no touching up of the photo!)