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Avoiding Burnout

“To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, / is courage in a man. The coward despairs.” [Euripides, 422 B.C.]


Love’s eternal flame is inextinguishable—death’s horrors are unable to kill it; life’s busyness cannot suffocate it; demonic opposition will not quench it; fear never overshadows it; worry only intensifies it; hell’s…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on May 26, 2015 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Confession -- Good for the Soul

To review some reasons why confession is good for the soul, read my blog on this subject at

Added by Johnny Russell Almond on May 11, 2015 at 11:14am — No Comments

Jesus -- Our Greatest Friend

“They should have known that he was God. His patience should have proved that to them.” (Tertullian)

“He wakes desires you never may forget; He shows you stars you never saw before.”

     (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

“Is it any wonder that to this day this Galilean is too much for our small hearts?” (H. G. Wells)

“When Christ came into my life, I came about like a well-handled ship.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)


Here is a…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on May 6, 2015 at 10:38am — No Comments

"That I may know him" -- The Mind's Noblest Goal

“A person can be a person and not know Greek or algebra. But a person cannot be a person and not know God.” (Anonymous)

To be the person God intends us to be, it is imperative that we travel the Way to the Truth of Life [John 14:6].

To get to know the true God, we must live in fellowship with His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ [1 John 5:18-21].

To know a rich and satisfying life as a human being, we must stay close to the good Shepherd [John…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 28, 2015 at 1:23pm — No Comments

"That I may know him" -- The Heart's Dearest Treasure

"Christ is not valued at all unless he be valued above all." (Augustine)

Christ invites surrender like no other--He asks to be Master of the human heart.

Christ commands like no other--He demands obedience, not merely applause.

Christ reigns like no other--He rules an empire of love unrivaled by earth's fleeting…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 22, 2015 at 12:29pm — No Comments

"That I may know him" -- The Spirit's Deepest Prayer

 “Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.” (Marcus Aurelius]


To live without praying to our Father is to behave as if our Savior were still entombed. To “pray without ceasing” [1 Thessalonians 5:17] is literally to “come to rest” in grace.


To neglect conversation with Christ is to miss the joy of intimacy with the living Lord. To listen for His voice is the prelude to indescribable peace and incomparable…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 20, 2015 at 10:36am — No Comments

"That I may know him" -- The Christian's Best Ambition

“God is not in the business of granting wishes. God is in the business of raising the dead, not all of whom are willing.” (Barbara Brown Taylor)


To experience the power that raised Christ from the dead is infinitely superior to gloating in our achievements and possessions. Anything that we let take God’s place in our hearts is a false god unable…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 17, 2015 at 11:15am — No Comments

"That I may know Him" -- The Life's Highest Meaning

“There is no secret—only—only I am always at his feet, and he is always in my heart.” (A Hebridean princess)


Easter, the high and holy day of the Christian faith, has come and gone. But Jesus hasn’t. He promised to stay with us always, and He is still near. He promised never to abandon us, and He is still our faithful friend. The resurrected Christ keeps holding on to us—reaching out, embracing, calling our name. Jesus invites us to follow Him, to go on…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 14, 2015 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Agony and Ecstasy at the Cross

The agony of Jesus' sacrifice is the basis of our ecstasy--forgiven and free, we joyfully celebrate life. Read my blog on this subject at

Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 8, 2015 at 11:43am — No Comments

Cleanliness is next to Godliness?

“Cleanliness is not next to godliness nowadays, for cleanliness is made an essential and godliness is regarded as an offence.” (G. K. Chesterton)


To worship the holy God acceptably, we must prepare our inner being by washing with the holy water of His Word. Meticulous hand washing is meaningless ritual without inside purification. Dirt-free hands are good hygiene, but a pure heart is heaven’s prerequisite for holiness.


We are not what we think we…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 6, 2015 at 12:50pm — No Comments

A Prayer for Easter

                                                A Prayer for Easter


O God, on this Day of all days we bring You our grateful thanks.

How can we see what it means that You defeated human destructiveness?

How can we say how Your rising affects our apathy and disappointment?


Our hearts sing with praise for You, victorious Lord Jesus…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 4, 2015 at 9:27pm — No Comments

A World on Edge

“If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living.” (Seneca, Roman statesman; 4 B.C. – A.D. 65)


A review of current events does little to increase our optimism about the chances of world peace. It feels like “everything nailed down is coming loose” (the angel Gabriel in the musical Green Pastures).


Over the last year, fighting associated with Boko Haram in Nigeria has led to the deaths of over 6,000 civilians.




Added by Johnny Russell Almond on March 24, 2015 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

Overwhelmed or Overshadowed?

“I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining; I believe in love, even when it is hidden; I believe in God, even when he is silent.” (Air-raid shelter; Cologne, France; WWII)

On this first day of spring, we look in vain for the sun; but we believe it is still shining beyond the clouds.


When we are gloomy, God overshadows us with invulnerable joy. Guardian angels spread their wings over us, surpassing angst with ecstasy. When life gets dreary,…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on March 20, 2015 at 10:40am — No Comments

The Sun -- A Sermon without Words

“‘In our world,’ said Eustace, ‘a star is a huge ball of flaming gas.’ ‘Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is but only what it is made of.’” (C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)


NASA has released a breathtaking video sampling of the 200 million images captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory taken over 5 years in space. A kaleidoscope set to music, it provides unprecedentedly clear pictures of the sun’s activity. You can view it…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on March 16, 2015 at 2:32pm — No Comments

An Answered Prayer and A Prayer Reuest

After the Lord gave me the privilege and joy of writing Gentle Whispers from Eternity and it was published in March 2013, I began praying that God would bless this book to change lives and glorify His name around the world. This prayer is being answered in amazing ways.


Gentle Whispers from Eternity has now been published in Urdu, the language spoken by millions in Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan. The book is currently being translated into Telugu, the primary…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on March 5, 2015 at 4:07pm — No Comments

How in the world can we relax?

“To be ‘on edge,’ you are literally not centered — not being in your spiritual center.”  (Carrie Latet)


When life gets confusing, Christ is our personal Tour Guide.  If we trust and obey the Lord, He will accompany us on our wilderness journey to the promised land. Christ is our Comforter, Coach, Guide, Defense Counsel, and Teacher. He is right beside us—praying, cheering, advising, forgiving, and instructing. If we yearn for Christ to be more real to us,…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on February 25, 2015 at 11:18am — No Comments

The Ultimate Icon

Seventy years ago today, 33-year-old Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, having being rejected from serving in the Army due to poor eyesight, took a photograph that would become widely recognized and reproduced. The image records U.S. Marines and a Navy corpsman raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, site of the only Marine battle where the American casualties, 26,000, exceeded the Japanese. Not surprisingly, today’s USA Today headline describes this war…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on February 23, 2015 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Presidents Day - Lincoln on Progress

“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.” – Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president from 1861 to 1865


President Lincoln’s statement prompts us to reflect on several dimensions of the truth about progress.


Walking forward is the best course. Our Creator made us in such a way that walking backward is awkward. Physically, it’s challenging. Emotionally, it’s counterproductive. Spiritually, it’s discouraging. Our bodies can trip if we attempt this.…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on February 16, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A View from the Other Side

We’ve all done some moon-gazing—charmed by the beauty of this object reflecting light from the distant sun. At times we may have wondered what the “dark side” of the moon looks like. Now, thanks to a recently-released NASA animated video, we can get a glimpse of the other side. There are faith implications to consider. Read “A View from the Other Side” on my blog at…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on February 9, 2015 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Down-to-earth Living

“Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.” (President Theodore Roosevelt)


Private quiet time with God in rarefied spiritual heights is enjoyable. In fact, His company may be so sweet we consider constructing a shrine to revisit now and then; we may even feel we’d like to permanently move to our mountainside retreat. To escape the world’s polluted atmosphere and breathe pure…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on February 6, 2015 at 11:59am — No Comments


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