So, what is Always Rejoicing? It’s stories, essays and poems. If you want to know where to start, try “Useless” or “Walking On Oil”. “The Three Little Pigs” is another of my favorite tales. I’d also recommend the essay on commercialized Christmas. Look through the Menu System at the top of this page.
I enjoy writing. I always have. There’s a lot of material I’m working on, including the Staley’s Store series. Future stories include one about the son of King Saul, the king of Israel before King David. This is not a static site. New stuff is added as soon as it’s ready. So, drop by frequently.
Why “Always Rejoicing”? It’s because I struggled with St. Paul’s admonition to rejoice always. He said, (in effect) “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say Rejoice.” There have been many times when I did not want to rejoice in anything. Especially God. Once I began to understand what St. Paul was actually talking about, I began to accept his admonition. And so I try to write things that are based on “Joy”.
Some of the items posted here are such that you may not see them as “joyful”. And, in the common, worldly sense of the word, that’s true. But “JOY” is not something that makes you laugh. This is not a comedy site. I do try to include as much humor as I can. So you will find some funny material. You may even find a bad pun. But that’s not “JOY”. Things that we view as “funny” vary with individuals and with culture. “JOY” is not an emotion. It is a spiritual state. It is that place where we feel Heaven. It’s what St. Paul meant when he told the Philippians to “rejoice in the Lord, always”. The items posted here should, in some way, point toward Heaven and Joy. Unsure? Please leave a comment. I’ll do my best to respond in a helpful manner.
Pagans, I’m not going to force Christianity on you. Feel free to read the stories and essays posted here with complete confidence that you can, with diligence, maintain your pagan notions. However, if you do stumble into Truth and decide to seek Jesus, that’s a bonus for you! (See below.)
In addition to the stories, essays and poetry you’ll find here, there are two other parts to Always Rejoicing. The second part is called Forever Stone where you can find a discussion on the history and state of The Church. The Forever Stone site explores “Christian Unity” —that is, “…in one accord” as indicated by Acts 1:14 and other verses… Exploration is (usually) done through the device of an ‘adventure’; not necessarily a story, but some form of narrative. It is an exploration and therefore only the Holy Spirit knows where it will go. I can certainly tell you that it is going places I never expected. The essays/adventures you will find over there are written in sequence. So it’s best to read them in the order they are posted.
Third, there is a Bible Study. This is my effort to study the Bible. It is set up for others to read, with the idea that many will be new to Christianity and the Bible; but others will be used to studying the Bible. I hope it is useful to all who venture over there.
So, there’s a lot of content here. This site was officially launched in July of 2019. Some of the things posted here were written many years ago. Others are very recent. And it’s a lot of work to keep adding to all three sections. But it’s also fun. Plus, I truly believe I’m writing what the Lord wants me to write. That makes it even more fun.
The “Menu” is at the top of the page. I’ve tried to put some information on each of the categories, as an aid to you. The category, “Chewing The Cud” is where I have placed some essays. The “Books & Movies” category is where I comment on the work of others.
If you are using a computer or large tablet, you should see “Recent Posts”, “Links” and a copyright notice. The links include some sites I have found interesting, including “GodSaidWriteBlog” which is the website of a friend. On smaller screens, like phones and some tablets, the links & etc are found at the ‘bottom’ of the page. The standard menu icon should appear at the top of the page.
Finally, I would like to emphasize that almost everything posted here is fiction or my personal opinion. Some illustrations are (I hope) public domain. I do my best to give proper credit. I have based some stories on Biblical characters or events. These stories are fiction, or “historical fiction”. While I make every effort to reflect what the Bible says—to avoid heresy—I am using poetic license in order to tell the story. Enjoy the stories and other items I have written just as you enjoy Lord of the Rings or The Ten Commandments movie. If you do find spiritual advice in what I have written, please confirm that advice with Holy Scripture and, if needed, your pastor.
So, click or tap the main menu, then enjoy Always Rejoicing.