Randy Bayne

Tag: Jesus

  • 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, […]

  • Amazing Love, My Testimony

    Amazing Love From the very foundation of creation God has had in place a plan to redeem mankind. Though the first humans, God’s ultimate creative work, created in His image, chose to rebel and turn away from their Creator, He was not willing to forsake them. Love deeper than the ocean, mercy reaching further than […]

  • Focus: Jesus

    If this post looks similar to my last post, it is, a little bit anyway. The time has come for me to write my annual Christmas post, and having done one a couple weeks ago I decided to use it as my template. Mostly because I really don’t know what is going to fall out […]

  • Christmas 2020: Still About Jesus

    Christmas 2020 will be celebrated differently than we have normally celebrated in the past. With all the “restrictions,” whether forced or self-imposed, it may feel like The Grinch has been successful at stopping Christmas, but just like in the Dr. Suess classic, Christmas will come just the same. Sitting with my morning coffee and looking […]

  • 6 Simple Thoughts on Social Media Posting

    social media

    Tucked away in the last chapter of a letter to a young pastor named Titus is a great list of things I think all of us need to be reminded of. These are things we should always be doing anyway, but in these final days before voting in the 2020 election begins, they seem to […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • The Essence of Christmas

    Merry Christmas

    Here we are, Christmas Eve. We haven’t sent Christmas cards this year. It’s not that we didn’t want to, or didn’t plan to, but I’m not even sure it’s a thing anymore. There are so many alternative ways to communicate that sending anything in the mail… Well, it just isn’t done. Besides, I’m not even […]

  • Lessons from a Lighthouse

    Pigeon Point Lighthouse, California

    Once upon a time, back when I was much younger, I spent my days sailing a cargo ship across the Pacific Ocean. My main task was making sure the ship was where it was supposed to be and to keep it headed in the right direction. Navigation. This was before the days of GPS; back […]