2018.03 Mill Springs Mill

There are hidden gems in every part of KY, and some are fairly close to main roads and byways.  Mill Springs Mill is one such treasure.  Beautiful setting along the Cumberland River plus a load of interesting history, make this a must stop if one is in southern KY.

 

 

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2018.01.20 hiking/camping in Red River Gorge

Good times in the Red River Gorge with friends Tim Seever and Mike Stapleton.  The purpose of the trip: backpacking and camping fun, yummy food provided by Tim and good conversation.  Tim is starting a youtube channel that will include conversations (of a spiritual nature) me and him (and others) will have over the campfire or in the woods.  This trip was our maiden voyage down those waters.  I will have a link below when he edits the video.  The below video has nothing to do with Tim’s project, it’s me filming a few things of interest along the way.  What a beautiful place!!

 

2018.01 breaking the ice with Scripture

Late December 2017 into January 2018 it has been bitterly cold in Kentucky…well, it’s been cold everywhere.  On my travels, I drove by Cumberland falls and Flat Lick Falls and decided to vlog some insights on the “icy and cold” times we find ourselves in relationships (especially in marriage), and the remedy to work through these barriers and hindrances to growth/communication.  Once again, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to break through.  Colossians 3 provides a great framework for making this happen.

 

2017.12 Green River Lake and the Holy Spirit

Galatians 5:25 says: “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”  Part of the way I’ve tried to do that is to memorize and/or pray specific scripture passages.  Right now I’m using these in regard to purity:

Proverbs 3:5-6

1 Peter 2:11

Ephesians 5:1-2

Titus 2:11-12

Hebrews 13:4

Matthew 5:6

The following vlog is on location at Green River Lake in central KY…

2017.11 Wolf Creek National fish hatchery

I marvel at the creativity of man.  We can build massive dams, bridges, even harness nature through something like a fish hatchery.  In southern KY (not southern Indiana as I say in the video…that was a real “Pappy” moment), on the west side of Lake Cumberland is the Wolf Creek National fish hatchery.  What a wonderful place run by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  It includes the hatchery and visitors center that is all free and open to the public.  This ability to harness is a God-given gift (see Genesis 1:28-30) and man has used hatcheries like this to stock lakes, rivers and streams all over our country.

“This station currently produces approximately 1,000,000 rainbow, brown, and brook trout weighing 275,000 pounds annually. In cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, fish are stocked into 120 different public fishing waters in the state. No private waters are stocked. The majority of the fish are stocked in waters controlled by the federal government.”  (from https://www.fws.gov/wolfcreek/ )

Hard work goes into programs and projects like this.  In some ways that hard work is built into us as created by God.  In other ways that hard work is a result of the fall.  Either way we as men and women are called to work and to work through the challenges we face in that work.  Thankfully, when God “worked” all He had to do was speak and it came into existence.  God is cool like that.  But He is also mighty, majestic, wonderful, powerful, eternal.  And He can be trusted with our lives even when we feel weak or puny, maybe especially when we feel such.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authoritiesall things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

In thinking about Colossians 1:15-20, I am reminded of the who, what, why, when and how of creation.  As God spoke creation into existence it was through the Son, Jesus Christ that everything came into being.  Of course, this action is almost totally beyond my comprehension.  But based upon passages like this, I can understand the why:

Christ made the invisible God, visible to us.

All things were created for Christ.  All.  Your life, my life, everything.

Christ holds all things together.  All.  Your life, my life, everything.

Christ is preeminent.  (leading, foremost, best, finest, chief, outstanding, excellent, distinguished, prominent, eminent, important, top, famous, renowned, celebrated, illustrious, supreme, marquee)

God was and is pleased to dwell with His Son.

Christ reconciles all things in this world through His blood shed on the cross.

This last statement is transformational in the fullest sense of the word.  Fish hatcheries bring new fish life into the world and that is a wonderful thing to see and behold.  But that new life begins from other life.  However, through the cross Christ takes brokenness and our death and brings reconciliation…with us and the created order God established, but even more so with God Himself.  For those who have accepted the gift of Christ and the cross, this transformation cuts to the core of all we are, we are new creations.

I love that so very much…and I am eternally grateful for that gift God has given me through Christ.

 

2017.11 Ale-8-1 tour

I love living in central KY.  For the past 20 years it has been home.  When I first moved here in 1997, I didn’t know what to think of the local swamp water others were trying to get me to drink.  And I don’t know the occasion for my first taste, but I can remember it was not memorable.   But slowly over the years that little green bottle became more a part of certain festivities, especially the completion of a hike in the Red River Gorge primarily at Miguel’s Pizza.

Ale 8 provides a tour at it’s Winchester plant.  It’s simple, free and includes a cold bottle of yummy at the end.  Here’s to a new generation enjoying the benefits of KY swamp water at it’s best…

 

2017.10 Tom Dorman NP

I’ve known about the Nature Preserves off the KY River Palisades for many years but until recently I have never hiked them.  It was a great day to hike Tom Dorman NP, Sapphire especially liked it.  Along the way, I thought about the fingerprints of God and how they are all over the place (if you look), esp on people.  Reminded me of this chorus by Steven Curtis:

“I can see the fingerprints of god
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of god
And I know it’s true
You’re a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you’re covered with the fingerprints of god”

Steven Curtis Chapman “The finger prints of God”

 

2017.10 Casey, IL

I love traveling the blue highways, those off of the interstate places that offer more than big billboards and mileage markers.  But on I-70 between St Louis, MO and Indianapolis, IN, I would have missed this spot if it hadn’t been for the billboards.  The claim to fame here: everything certifiably big or close to it.  Rocking chair, wind chimes, mail box, token, pencil, birdcage, wooden clogs, that and more awaits a visit to this charming little town in rural IL.  Definitely a fun place to visit again in the future!

At the end of the video I stop at a big flag and share a few thoughts.  The cross on top reminded me of something bigger than what man can create.