Friday, December 30, 2016

My Pretty Girls



My 1000'th Blog Post: The 20 Most-Viewed Posts from Rhett Wilson

I have set this post to run until December 30, 2016.
 
This blog post marks my 1000'th one on Faith, Family, and Freedom.  

Curious to see what were my most-viewed articles from the past 1000 posts, I compiled a list.  Some of the top twenty surprised me.


So here they are from #20 to #1 . . .


 #20 - When the Godly Get Depressed



Depression strikes many believers.  This article, based on a sermon I preached on the prophet Elijah, generated a lot of response.  I hope it helps someone.



I was happy to write this tribute of my great-aunt Frances Hendrix when she died. 



I shared a story in the book More Christmas Moments by Grace Publishing.   



This link takes you to an article I wrote for Home Life magazine in 2014.  The article explains a dramatic provision of the Lord in my life.



I wrote this devotion about how to respond when you are unjustly criticized.



I wrote this article in honor of our sixteenth wedding anniversary. 




Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt person to ever run for the office of POTUS.  I review Gary Byrne's book Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate.



I offer seven traits to pray for future leaders of our country.

 

 
I wrote this tribute to my dear Pa-Pa on his 100th birthday.







This prayer guide helps people to intercede on behalf of our nation in light of an upcoming election.

 



I wrote this article for The Clinton Chronicle, revealing some of the atrocities of Hillary Clinton as depicted in the books Crisis of Character and The Case Against Hillary Clinton.




This is my favorite poem I have written.  It received an award at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in 2014 and was published in Home Life magazine in 2015.



This article challenges believers to fast and pray for the United States.



In 2016 Christians debate whether or not they can vote for Donald Trump.  But in 2012, it was whether or not they could vote for the Mormon Mitt Romney.  Here was my contribution to the discussion.



One of my most well-received sermon series through the years is one on the differences between our preferences, convictions, and absolute truth.



I love this picture of my beautiful girls. 






I believe that pastors probably have the most difficult job in America.  Many churches recognize October as Pastor Appreciation Month.  I wrote this article hoping to challenge Christians and churches to encourage and affirm their pastors.  It pleased me that the article has been viewed many times.



Rossie was a man in a church we served.  His death surprised many people, and I wrote this short tribute in his memory.



My father died in 2008.  In 2011, my parents would have been married fifty years.  I wrote a letter to my mother in celebration of that day.

 



Shocked, I discovered that this posting from October 2016 was viewed over 18,000 times in one week. 


Monday, December 26, 2016

Cherished Traces of a Merry Christmas

Here's a great word for the day after Christmas . . .

"The silence inside my small house made it feel huge and empty. No laughter. No little feet racing around. No clinking silverware, crinkling gift wrap or squeals of surprise. 

I peered through the streaky glass of the sliding doors to my backyard, a window to a typical winter day in Michigan–gray and dreary. That’s how I felt too. The holidays were over and I was alone again. 

On Christmas Eve, my house had overflowed with family–my three children, their spouses and my nine grandchildren. We spent the afternoon devouring appetizers and decorating cookies. My grandkids enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather, racing in and out to the backyard to play."

Read the entire article by Diane Kalusniak  at Guideposts here.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Prayer

by Peter Marshall


We yearn, our Father, for the simple beauty of Christmas -- for all the old famliar melodies and words that remind us of that great miracle when He who had made all things was one night to come as a babe, to lie in the crook of a woman's arm.

Before such mystery we kneel, as we follow the shepherds and Wise Men to bring Thee the gift of our love -- a love we confess has not always been as warm or sincere or real as it should have been. But now, on this Christmas Day, that love would find its Beloved, and from Thee receive the grace to make it pure again, warm and real.

We bring Thee our gratitude for every token of Thy love, for all the ways Thou hast heaped blessings upon us during the years that have gone.

And we do pray, Lord Jesus, that as we celebrate Thy birthday, we may do it in a manner well pleasing to Thee. May all we do and say, every tribute of our hearts, bring honor to Thy name, that we, Thy people, may remember Thy birth and feel Thy presence among us even yet.

May the loving kindness of Christmas not only creep into our hearts, but there abide, so that not even the return to earthly cares and responsibilities, not all the festivities of our own devising may cause it to creep away weeping. May the joy and spirit of Christmas stay with us now and forever.


In the name of Jesus, who came to save His people from their sins, even in that lovely name we pray. Amen.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

That's What Christmas is All About, Charlie Brown



Holiday at Peace


My family loves downtown Greenville, and this weekend we enjoyed attending the Holiday at Peace concert by the Greenville Symphony at The Peace Center.  This was our fifth time to attend, and it has become a Christmas tradition for the Wilsons.

Here we are Christmasing in Greenville . . .








Friday, December 9, 2016

Simple Ways to Remember Christ this December


Everybody is rushing this time of year.  Last Friday, we had an outpatient surgery, a basketball game, a piano recital, and a choir rehearsal all in one day.  Whew! 

We all need simple ways to help us reflect on Jesus during the December days.  As we go about the weeks before Christmas, let's take time to worship Christ in our spirits - and take opportunities to share Him with others.

 
Some simple things that help me experience Jesus in the midst of a busy December . . .

1.  Make sure and start every day with the Lord - with some prayer and Bible meditation.  I often remember Johnny Hunt's words, "If you give your time to the Redeemer, He will redeem your time."
 
2.  I love Christmas music, as does my family.  However, in the midst of the "fun" holiday music, I keep a CD or two in my car or computer of Christmas music that says a lot about the Lord.  For my personal tastes and wiring, no Christmas music helps me worship Jesus any more than the classical kind.  I keep CD's handy of The Robert Shaw Chorale and the St. Olaf Choir.  They bless me greatly  as they sing classic Christmas carols about the Lord - His redemption, incarnation, birth, holiness, etc.  My tastes may not be yours - but find something that helps your spirit worship Jesus - even in the midst of holiday rush.  Today I was listening to BEAUTIFUL STAR by The Centurymen.

3.  I keep some easy reading handy - on my desk, in my bathroom, in my backpack, in our den.  By easy reading I mean Christian writing that is not too elaborate.  I have a few simple books by Max Lucado, Jack Hayford, and others that contain simple meditations that can be read in 2-5 minutes.  I read one this morning over breakfast on Jesus being the Bread of Life, and my mind and spirit have meditated on it all morning as I have been doing other things.  One of my favorites is Come . . . and Behold Him! by Pastor Jack Hayford.

 
4.  It always helps me in December, after everyone has gone to bed, to sit down by the lit tree for just a few minutes and "be still and know that [He] is God."  A few quiet moments to reflect, give Him thanks, and perhaps read a few Scriptures.

Perhaps these simple things may help you, in the midst of the holiday rush, to connect with Christ.  It is as we connect with Him that we have something to share with others.

Christmas Moments - Encouraging and Inspiring Stories


 Looking for a good, easy Christmas read for you or someone you love?

Christmas!  For many people the holiday season is steeped in traditions such as decorating, family gatherings, food, Christmas programs, parties, and carols.  

The books Christmas Moments and More Christmas Moments are great coffee-table books filled with encouraging and inspiring stories of the Christmas season.  Authors share personal stories about the joy, excitement, change, sorrow, loss, and beauty of Christmases.

In Christmas Moments, I share a story of God's provision for me one Christmas.


In More Christmas Moments, I share about one of the favorite gifts I ever gave my wife the year we agreed to not spend any money on presents.

All proceeds from the books support Samaritan's Purse ministry.  Books are available from Grace Publishing, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.