Randy Bayne

Tag: faith

  • The Importance of Knowing Who You Are

    This morning I read Colossians 3:12-17 in my Bible. It is a passage in which the Apostle Paul gives us a list of virtues we ought to have, and ought to display.

  • Immanuel – God with Us

    This Christmas season I have been thinking a bit about Immanuel. Not the person, but the meaning. God with Us. This post was started a few days ago, posted, and then realizing it wasn’t quite what I wanted to say I took it back down to do some editing.

  • Recognizing Light

    mason jar light

    “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:5 When the only thing someone has ever known is darkness, it is hard to understand the Light. So the Father sent the Light into the world in the form of his own Son. It was an incredible plan. An unbelievable […]

  • Come out of the darkness

    Now that we have moved beyond Thanksgiving I guess we can start talking about Christmas. Yesterday the fall decorations were packed away and taken back into the attic until next year. Soon, maybe even today, the holiday decorations will be brought down and our Christmas season will officially get underway. That means I can begin […]

  • The Chaos Doesn’t Scare Me

    Bible and a blue cup

    The chaotic would we live in is nothing new. Some would argue with me, and some have. That’s fine. They’re entitled to their opinion, and I am happy to leave them to it. Though I find other’s opinions valuable, I continue to reserve the right to disagree. When it comes to there being nothing new, […]

  • Love Each Other

    “Love each other in the same way I have loved you,” Jesus commands us. What exactly is the “way” Jesus loves us? Jesus continues with the answer, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus loved us with a sacrificial love. It is a love that […]

  • Steps of the Godly

    Life doesn’t always take us in a direction we want to go. That’s no surprise to anyone. We all go through difficult times. They are inevitable and built into the fallenness of our human condition. Though we at times will walk paths filled with heartache and difficulty, we can have confidence, as children of God, […]

  • God’s grace is still enough.

    white and black letter b

    Following the 2016 election a lot of people went into instant panic over the realization that Donald Trump had won. It wasn’t unlike the panic that occurred following the 2020 election of Joe Biden, with the exception that four years ago there wasn’t an attempted coup. There was panic in 2016, and some who claimed […]

  • The Moon and the Stars Which You Have Set in Place

    Moonrise

    I originally posted this in November 2014 and while reviewing my past posts decided this one should go up again. No re-writing. This is it as it originally appeared. The Moon and the Stars Which You Have Set in Place It is one of those things that is only seen about once a year, and […]

  • Grounded and Working Faith Defeats COVID-19

    Coneflower

    The test results came back. Negative for COVID-19. Not what I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong. I am definitely thankful. Relieved too. It is a little surprising though. Having had all the symptoms, and spending a few days discovering new ways to eject my lungs, I was certain a test would show I had […]

  • Faith is Greater than Fear – A Follow-up

    Dog Beach Del Mar

    This is a follow-up to a short article I wrote linking to one my pastor wrote for his blog. Vacation Extension After getting home from San Diego I would have time to spend writing, processing pictures, telling stories, and posting to my Website. Oh, and finish reading the book I started before the trip. Sheltering-in […]

  • One thing for a Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas If I am going to write a Christmas post, now would be the time. Not doing it now would mean not doing it at all. I’m pretty sure I won’t be taking time for too much writing over the next week or so. It feels like Christmas got here awfully quick. Didn’t we […]

  • Prayers for the President

    Prayer, hands folded on open Bible

    It seems like there have been a lot of calls for prayers for the President since the Trump administration took office in 2017. More than I have heard during any previous administration. Certainly more than I heard during the entire length of the Obama administration. Maybe there is a perception that the current occupant of […]

  • 3 Steps Toward Using Your Talents for Ministry

    Lincoln Presbyterian Church

    If this sounds a little familiar it is because I wrote and posted this same post last year. Something reminded me about using talents in ministry last week. I honestly don’t remember what, but I did remember that I wanted to update and re-post. We all have so much we can give to God. There […]

  • Stop the Clanging. Show Love.

    Love written in stone

    Let us not merely say that we love; let us show the reality of our love by our actions. – 1 John 3:18 Above is how I read 1 John 3:18. Does anybody disagree? It’s a fairly simple, straightforward verse. It doesn’t take a Greek scholar to understand it. Don’t just say you love. Love. […]