Nao Santa Maria

I had the pleasure a couple of weekends ago to see the Nao Santa Maria. She is a full size replica of Columbus’ Santa Maria. She looks big from the port. Onboard you learn she had a crew of 45. She would feel a lot smaller with 45 men on deck. Don’t think well some were below deck. Nope, below deck was supplies for the trip.

Nao Santa Maria is a traveling museum that visited our local port. You can self explore over most of the ship. She does have a few modern upgrades as required by law. I really enjoyed visiting her. You can learn more about her at

Blooming Good Time

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It has been four months since hurricane Michael wrecked havoc on Callaway Florida. As far as restoring buildings, and property back to pre storm conditions, we are years out. There are still hundreds of homes in our county that need to be bulldozed. I guess that about ¼ of the homes, which equates to about 15,000 units, are not safe to live in. You just can’t believe the number of people living in campers in their front yard while figuring out what to do with their homes.

But nature doesn’t care. My azaleas are blooming like crazy. They bring beauty to the area. Many plants are staring to bloom. Soon no-one will notice the crushed forests for they will be covered over with green vines (see note). I predict that nature will swallow the destroyed wild areas faster than man will be able to restore the developed areas. For now I for one am glad to see the flowers.

Note: This part of Florida has a wild grape variety that grows on every thing that does not move. It would give the kudzu of Georgia a run for its money.

Standing on the promises of God


We sing a hymn about standing on the promises of God. I don’t know what inspired the writer of the hymn but for me what Caleb said in Joshua 14:9-11 is the epitome of standing on the promises of God.

“So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.’ And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive,” as He said, “these forty-five years, ever since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.”

God made a promise to Caleb. Caleb had to wait 40 years while the disobedient died out in the wilderness. Then he had to wait 5 years as they moved in to conquer the land. And after claiming his inheritance he still had to conquer it.

What an illustration for us. To often we are ready to give up when God doesn’t answer I prayers before the sunsets. Caleb waited 45 years. We expect God step in some miraculous way to answer our prayers so we don’t have put in any effort. Caleb claimed his inheritance knowing he was only going to get it by charging in with sword drawn.

The difference is that Caleb knew the promise of God and we just assume that what we want is promised by God. The only way to know the promises of God is to study them. You have to read the Bible.

Photos In the Last 30 Days

Just some photos I wanted to share with the world.

Hurricane Michael

Tomorrow will be 4 weeks since Hurricane Michael hit my home. My church has major damage. My flock, their homes range from minor damage to completely destroyed. It is a blessing that none were injured by the storm. Now we start with the rebuilding process. You think the storm is scary but it quickly passes. The process of navigating the rebuild, hiring contractors and working with the insurance in monstrosity of a task. One of my prayers for the last three years is when to start the remodel of the church. God says now. 😊

Cherished Painting

Painting by Faye Dasher

This is one of two sail boat pictures my mom painted when I was a little boy. I cherish both of them.

I have always been fascinated by boats. Recently I have been thinking of building my own sailboat. I don’t know if I every will. The one I would like to build cost more than I have. Even if I had the money I have no place to build it. So perhaps it is one of those dreams that will have to wait until I am on the new Earth. 😇  I am patient. I can wait a 1000 years if necessary. It would be a lot of fun to sail along the shore with Jesus.