Bible Bee Nationals Have Begun!

Join in for the Semi Finals on Friday and the Finals on Saturday via live webcast. From wherever we may be, this is one event that is an honor to pray for, enjoy and tell others about.

Last year it was an honor to meet some of the Kennedy family at their booth.

Ought I to Vote?


Taking the liberty to vote, especially in light of conscience, is much more than taking advantage of an option, right, or privilege. It is the duty of civility, a responsibility that reflects the fear of the Lord and love for fellow citizens, bestowed by responsible men upon responsible men to limit irresponsible men. In this way we as Americans are sure to be given at each election the leaders which we most exactly deserve.

“You have the highest of human trusts committed to your care. Providence has showered on this favored land blessings without number, and has chosen you as the guardians of freedom, to preserve it for the benefit of the human race. May He who holds in His hands the destinies of nations make you worthy of the favors He has bestowed, and enable you, with pure hearts and hands and sleepless vigilance, to guard and defend to the end of time, the great charge He has committed to your keeping.”

-Andrew Jackson, 1837

Farewell Address, next to last paragraph

(Source: American Patriot’s Bible, pg. 1425)

Fall Blessings

I am so grateful for the incredible family times the Lord has blessed me with! Taking Sauntina and Marilee out for walks, making pickles with the bounty of cucumbers from our garden, starting up the bell choir and visiting Graue Mill have all been highlights over the past month.

O The Deep Love of God

The Lord led several of us this year to begin getting more involved with a local church here in Chicago, and it has been precious getting to know the families at Marquette Manor Baptist Church. They invited Jonathan and I to sing in the choir, and Esther has joined the orchestra.

Esther was asked to play for the offertory on October 12, and she had the brilliant idea (she is always full of brilliant ideas) to put together a violin/piano duet of “O the Deep, Deep, Love of Jesus.” One day as we were singing “The Love of God” in church, she was struck with the thought, “I wonder if we could arrange these two songs together!”

Whether in a home fellowship, or a small country church back home in West Virginia, or a gathering of believers in the Chicago suburbs, it is marvelous to see the deep love of God that binds His body together. (1 Cor. 12:12-27)

O The Deep Love of God from Daniel Staddon on Vimeo.


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A Few More Smart Quotes

What a blessing that today we still have the ability to reference words of such men as Isaac Newton, George Washington, G.W. Carver or, again … Albert Einstein:

“Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler”

“The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible”

“The religious inclination lies in the [consciousness that all nature] is in no way an accidental game, but a work of lawfulness”


Today, another note in the song creation sings!

A Few Good Links:

The Neely Team
Some wonderfully hospitable and fun friends of ours from North Carolina!
In the Gap
Training and equipping youth and young adults to effectively influence children, model integrity, be positive leaders, and passionately love Jesus Christ.

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