Why “Always Rejoicing”? It’s because I struggle 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? Questions? Please leave a comment. I’ll do my best to respond in a helpful manner.
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Finally, I would like to emphasize that almost everything posted here is fiction or my personal opinion. The illustrations are (as best as I can determine) public domain. I do my best to give proper credit. Please do likewise. 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 your pastor.
While much of the way this site works is “standard” for websites & blogs, there are some things specific to this website. I include these details in case you are not familiar with all the icons & website conventions. Also, the menu has some quirks. These details may help you.
The “Home Page” is this page (where you are now). Click on the Celtic Cross at the top of any page and you will return to the Home Page. There are icons and buttons on the Home Page that will take you to featured stories or useful pages.
On Larger Screens there is a menu at the top of every page. In addition, for most Posts, there’s a sidebar on the right that contains a “Contents” menu as well as a couple of useful “widgets”. Computers are not always perfect: Sometimes the menu at the top of the page expands outside of the screen. If this happens, made the window narrower, when the little ‘hamburger’ icon appears click on it and then on the tiny arrow next to the selection. Clicking on the words (selection) will take you to the “Cagegory” instead of expanding the menu.
On Small Screens (phones & tablets) there is the standard “hamburger” icon for the menu. You will need to tap the teeny-tiny arrow to get the menu to expand. Tapping directly on the Menu Item will take you to the “Category Page” for that category. Thus tapping on “Main Menu” will take you to the “Home Page”. Tapping on the tiny arrow will expand the menu. On small screens the sidebars are moved to the bottom of the page. This is standard for most websites.
Everyone should find a list of recommended websites (links) and a Miscellaneous Menu in the Footer.
If you want to know where to start, try “Walking On Oil”. It’s relatively short. And my pastor liked it. “The Three Little Pigs” is one of my favorite tales. Another good tale is “The Fifth Commandment”. The essay “Commercialized Christmas: It’s Not What You Think!” is also a good place to begin.