Welcome

Don Merritt (that’s me) is just a regular guy who has had a half-century of living life.  I’ve had experiences that are quite normal and typical… and some that are less common. I’ve been busy for a long time in activities that range from politics to writing to running a business to teaching Seminary… and to being a husband and father.

I am finished ghost-writing for others and writing things from a purely technical point of view; it’s my turn to write about the things that are really important in life: God, hope, faith, understanding and encouragement for others.  It’s my hope to do so in a way that you will find interesting, unusual and non-threatening… and at the same time challenging.

In the final analysis, I hope that what you find here will be encouraging and give hope and insight that will enrich your journey through life.

Finally, I’d just like to thank you for your visit to The Life project today. It’s always a little humbling when people stop by and check out my work, and I appreciate it more than you can know.

356 comments on “Welcome

  1. Hello, For the past few days since I returned from vacation I have taken some time to read your blog and have enjoyed them. More recently I have been found by several other bloggers who share my love of Christ. Thank you for reading and I look forward to more of your posts.

    • I have read a few of your “drashes” and enjoy your work for the Lord. I am also very appreciative of the fact that you are also reading my blog (messianicmoment). I feel we are on the same page. I didn’t get the answer to God’s greatest attribute exactly correct- I thought it was forgiveness, but I hope you’ll agree forgiveness is pretty close to restraint. I especially like the idea that when people ask why God takes so long to avenge wrongs, it’s because he is waiting for the sinner to turn from their sin. If you really want to see God restraining Himself, read 1st and 2nd Kings and realize how much time He gave the Northern Kingdom to do T’Shuvah (atonement) before He finally acted. Same thing for the Southern Kingdom, especially since they should have learned having seen what happened to their Northern brothers. Oy- what a patient, forgiving and restraining God we have!

  2. I “Like” it ! Cool! kinda the same idea of writing differently from your perspective. Cool. And Thank you for liking mine today. Nice to meet you Don! Mine was Jesus-isms and Debating the Bible just to remind you. look forward to reading more of your blog in the future.

  3. Don,
    I thank you for visiting the blog (Last Dys Resource) and I look fwd to visiting your blog and reading more in return–I know we do not have much time to do this as ‘time’ is drawing to a close, but it looks like you have some good stuff here and I look forward to that.
    May you be blessed, my brother In Christ,
    Novusanima

      • Don,

        Thank you for your kind response. I’m going to be adding you to my blogroll; I love how you say ‘the important things’ with such simplicity, care, and sincerity. You pair these truths/thoughts with beautiful pictures that add to these messages . . . It’s wonderful you have such an encouraging spirit, and it shows; it is much needed in these times.
        Be Blessed, brother
        N

  4. Hello Don,
    You recently stopped by my blog and “liked” one of my posts. Thank you for that!

    I’ve enjoyed perusing your blog and will definitely be back for more. I especially like your Sunday Bible Study notes. I try to post my sermon notes every week on my blog, and I find it such a blessing to re-think the sermon as I re-write it forthe post. Do you find that to be true, also?

    God bless you!

    • Thanks for stopping by Terrie!

      I’ve enjoyed your sermon notes myself…

      As to your question, I write up my class notes on Thursday and schedule them to post on Sunday, so there’s no re-write like you’re doing, but they help me to do a better teaching job on Sunday. The real blessing for me comes when I look at my blog stats for Sundays. Every Sunday the majority of blog hits are from countries where it is illegal to teach the Bible, and they are hitting my class notes. I’ll never know how this came about, but it has been a very consistent pattern for quite a few months now. To be able to get the Word of God into places where Christians are being openly persecuted for their faith makes the extra effort more than worth it!

      Keep up the good work you’re doing and I hope to hear from you again, God Bless!

      • Ah! I see I was a bit confused. You are writing your notes up in order to teach. I am writing notes as I hear our pastor’s sermon. Both ways a learning process. =)

        Was interested and blessed to see that you are getting readers in countries where the Gospel witness is limited. God has his ways of getting out His Word!

        Thanks again for you encouragement.

          • I am blogging because I want to work on my writing and sermon prep. I considered blogging for a while before I chose to try it. Your story of how God is using you to help feed those where the Gospel is being persecuted has inspired me.

            I have been praising God this evening for what he is accomplishing through your blog. He can’t be stopped! Amazing… Praying for you and the ministry that God has chosen you for.

            • Funny thing you should say that; I wanted writing practice as well and that was my biggest motivation is starting a blog. It didn’t turn out as I had supposed it would, and it has reached people and places I never would have imagined at first. I’m sure you will find the same thing with yours. It is always an amazing thing to watch God’s plans unfold, particularly when we didn’t anticipate there being a plan involved!

      • This is what I love about internet ministry and outreach. From one’s kitchen or basement, or wherever one would put a computer (even from a smart phone), the world can be reached with the gospel. When I first started my blogs, I would have never dreamed I’d have readers in nearly 200 countries. For crying out loud, I didn’t even know there were that many!

  5. Don, thank you for stopping by my blog and liking one of my articles at Studying the Way. I have snooped around your blog a little today, and believe I have found myself a fellow blogger to follow. Looking forward to reading more of your writing. Thanks for your encouragement.

  6. Hi Don! I wanted to stop by and thank you for liking one of my recent posts. I appreciate you taking the time to consider the personal application of the questions. And thank you for sharing your talents and passion.

  7. Hi Don. As 2012 comes to a close, I just wanted to stop by and personally thank you for following my blog. It really means a lot that out of all the blogs out there, you decided mine was important enough to read and subscribe to.

  8. Thank you for taking the time to visit “Encouragement for every day.” I pray that it was a blessing to your heart. I look forward to sharing more with you in the future. God Bless you and the work you are doing here.

  9. Thanks for finding my attempt at blogging at “Jeffrey’s Space” . My real aim is to make Christ known and by His Grace bring glory to God and so fulfil man’s chief end. I will follow your blog and trust to receive spiritual stimulation and blessng.

    Every Blessing jgmtheo

    ps Just an observation, some of us with challenged eye-sight find reversed out print quite hard to read. I have bumped this to 200% to make it clearer.

  10. Thanks for the “like” on ~Just Thinking~ Looking at your “Author page” .. I believe I shall return a time or two… to your blog. So many “just real people” are needed for “such a time as this”…. thanks for being one of them… MMcC

  11. Hi Don, thanks for visiting my blog and for the like on “Back to the Basics.” I’m glad to find you here and look forward to reading your Bible study notes.
    God bless,
    K.D.

  12. Hello 🙂 Greetings from Indonesia. Thanks for visiting my blog and for the liked on “Yes, Jesus Loves Me”. I am so honored.
    ow, i love your blog. God bless your vision, Don 🙂

  13. I have been led to some of your blogs, and the one about the Prophets, is especially well researched, and articulated, especially in light of current events happening in the United States currently. Thank you!

  14. Hi Don!
    Thanks for following my blog. I really look forward to looking into yours and reading about life. I really want to soak up all the wisdom God has given you so my life may be filled with wisdom as well.
    God bless you more!
    – Zer

  15. Thank you so much for liking my blog! Writing has always been enjoyable for me but life has been insanely busy for me for many years! Now that my circumstances have changed, I’m trying my wings! I will be following your blog as well! God bless you!

  16. Hey Don…I like the fact that in your about me section, you say you have been around for atleast half-a-century and have come to the conclusion that the most important things in life is:God who in my opinion and experience (short time i have been around-25 years) gives everyone who believes hope, as long as one lives by faith, and the Holy Spirit gives them understanding to His word and love of Jesus Christ to encourage others.

    You remind me of Solomon in the bible…after having it all (the kind of life most people only dream about), He still concludes ALL is vanity

  17. Thank you so much for taking the time to read our women’s ministry blog and liking it. One awesome byproduct of writing a blog is the number of connections I am able to make and the great blogs I am able to follow. It is comforting to know we can reach out to other believers and share experiences. Looking forward to reading your blog. Blessings…

  18. Nice to meet you, sir..Thanks so much for taking the time to read my little post.
    I’m glad you enjoyed it.
    Am looking forward to reading your excellent Blog.
    God Bless..

  19. Thank you for stopping by my blog site, Being Christian and Transsexual – Life on the Planet Mercury, and liking my recent post, I am Fearfullly and Wonderfully Made – Part 2. I have a busy schedule today, but I hope to read some of your posts soon. ~ Lois

    • Hi Dan!

      First off I’d like to thank you for the honor you have given me by nominating me for the Liebster Award and your kind comments. You and others who show such encouragement mean more to me than you know and in many ways encourage me to continue blogging, so again thank you so much!

      Second, here’s the sticky part I should decline the honor at this point because I’ve already received it; https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/liebster-award/ The confusion is caused by me, I must admit, for I removed the award logo from my page a short while back when I “remodeled” after it had been there for a couple of years… so how could you have known? I’m sorry about that, it hadn’t occurred to me that I would be though of for it again.

      Anyway Dan,thank you for thinking of me, and keep up the great work! Don

  20. Meandering through your blog I have found several interesting posts; always enjoy the insight of others. Too, thank you for taking a look at my recent post, My Ideal Bookshelf. I am fairly new to blogging so appreciate you stopping by my blog.

  21. Hi Don, have been wanting to thank you for your loyal support of our American Photo Colorizing blog. Let me know if there are any family photos you’d like colorized, and I’ll give you a very nice Christmas price to thank you for “LIKE”-ing so many of our photos. It has been a great source of encouragement for me, as we build our humble business. Here’s a little “Praise Report”: I’ve just been commissioned by actress, Maureen O’Hara to colorize dozens of photos spanning her entire career. God is good – and He’s been guiding our business from Day 1. It’s nice to see your blog is Christ-focused. I’ve just subscribed. Blessings, Dave

    • Hey Dave! What a great praise report! Sounds like a great opportunity for you guys to get some work and referrals. I always enjoy hearing how God is working amongst His people and heaping blessings on them. I really love what you guys do with the old photos, particularly the Victorian era ones, they seem to come alive and add a touch of humanity to the old black and whites that is so much appreciated by history geeks like me. I also appreciate the offer, I just wish I still had some old black and whites, but a flood took care of that a few years back.

      Thanks so much for stopping by; may God bless you and your business!

      Don

  22. Thank you for visiting our Blog Don, mostly mine at the moment, Ron is very busy with Church responsibilities which is constant but he still supports me and encourages me to keep going regardless of opposition.

    Looking forward to what you will share in the future and will come back soon and look at your Bible notes, hope you won’t mind my sharing as I’m lead in response.

    Christmas Love, Joy and Blessings from both of us – Anne.

  23. Don, thank you for stopping by to read and like my post. I look forward to reading your blog. God bless you richly as you continue to teach others about our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ!

  24. Thank you for stopping by our blog! Please join us when we continue our Bible study entitled Rebuilding the Temple. The study resumes on January 12, and will last until May 11. Thanks again! ~Ta`Mara

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  28. Hi Don,

    Just wanted to thank you for the kind encouragement you’ve provided to my blog lately, by liking many of my posts. I followed you today and just worked up the courage to give you a big thanks! On days when faith may be small and troubles loom, the encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ keeps us going.

    Thank you for making me feel welcome in cyberspace. 🙂

    Kind regards in Christ,
    Naomi

  29. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’ve enjoyed reading your words here within. You are God’s pen, (not entirely true since you used a computer). Thank you for writing a site that is filled with the love of God. Be blessed! Meghan

  30. Thank you Sir, for visiting my blog and liking my post, am happy you found me, looking forward to your blog for growing in the Lord. I have a prayer request, please do remember me and my family in your prayers.

  31. Don, I noticed that you stopped by my blog site (Revelations and Insights) and “Liked” my post “Seeing Shape in Nature–Seeing God in Shape.” Thanks so much for the visit. I decided to check out your blog and LOVED your recent post on being a recovering premillenialist. I could so relate to your story starting with the avid reading of “The Late Great Planet Earth.” I have found my own recovery so aided by delving into the Hebrew roots of Christianity. So many of those niggling little inconsistencies have been dissolved. I’ll look forward to reading more from you.

  32. Don, thanks so much for liking my post on prayer. I hope that you found it to be a blessing, and I hope that my future articles will be an encouragement to you as well!

  33. Hi Don,
    Thank you so much for liking my recent blog Stepping Into Community. I truly appreciate it. I just spent about an hour reading yours. You are such a blessing. I’m looking forward to feasting more as I follow your bog.

  34. Glad you found one of my posts so that I could find you! Good stuff on your blog. Keep writing and encouraging us! And may our sainthood grow in numbers daily.

  35. Thank you for stopping by and reading.
    I love the fact that you have decided to start to write about things that you are passionate about!
    Blessings, and may you receive a 100 fold return on all that you have poured your life into thus far …
    God is Good!

  36. Thanks for liking our stuff Don! We would love for you to share it on your page to get the word out there and help make this film happen! Again, thanks, from all of us at Daniel Waltz Films.

  37. Good afternoon Don -my time 17:35 Bedford UK – Well from your liking my post this morning, i got to look at your blog. I took the time to read your post “Jesus: Superior to the Angels”. I often wonder how easy it is for me to forget what it is I have inherited from God by being a co-heir with Christ. Thank you for liking my post this morning and I look forward to reading through your other posts.
    Kindest regards in Christ,
    Larry

    • Hey Larry! Thanks so much for your kind comment. I’m with you on this one, I have that problem myself… and then pause to consider all we have in Christ; Amazing! incredible! How could I ever take it for granted? Thanks so muc for dropping in, i look forward to more of your work!

      Don

  38. I appreciate you liking my blog–which led me to yours. I value anyone who is courageous enough to speak truth without hesitancy. To present truth without holding back. To live truth even if it becomes uncomfortable. You make me think. I also appreciate that. Thank you for your kindness.

  39. Don, thank you very much for reading my blog and for the “likes.” It’s always encouraging to be appreciated, especially when I’m preparing my next post!

  40. Nice to “meet” you Don. How are you? I’m glad you liked my post about sincerity. It sounds like you are posting some interesting things as well. If you have not already, I would like to personally invite you to follow my post. Also, I have posted the 1st chapter of my book “In His Glory, A Book of Miracles” to my website under sneak preview and I have posted an Easter goody for everyone under Lagniappe. Please take a look a look and let me know what you think. There is a link to my website on the blog. Have a blessed day.

  41. HI Don. Thanks for reading and liking my latest blog post. Its only because of that, I have found yours. So far I have read the post about the movie Noah (which provoked a bit of thought about how I see Jesus in the Biblical Noah story – yup I found him there), KJV (I struggle to really understand it too because the language is archaic) the First part of The Journey (more food for thought and I may just join you on the journey even if I am a bit late to the party). I haven’t had any formal Bible school training but I really enjoy learning more about God’s endless and all encompassing love which is found in Jesus.

  42. Don, thank you for stopping by my blog – which has in turn led me to yours! Looking forward to your continued explorations in the Word. Be blessed!

  43. Thank you, Don, for stopping by for a snippet of My Precious Life. Your visit led me to you, and a ton of lovely reading. May I ask how you found me?

  44. I liked your statement of your Life Project. As yes, we are works in process. I would describe it as life lived by grace–prevenient (preparing) grace; accepting (justifying) grace; sustaining (sanctifying) grace, all learned through my Methodist upbringing and adult (and I hope fairly mature Christian faith nurtured by John wesley’s thought. Thanks.

  45. Hi Don…thanks for stopping by “Unwalled”….glad that my post “The Gospel Message Rap Style” was a blessing to you….you’re welcome to visit again……:)…….Kim

  46. I’m impressed with your site. I love that you taught seminary. Thank you for liking a post of mine I’m just getting started and trying to figure out WordPress, so it will be very humble for a while. What is your favorite bible? I would like to follow your example.

    • Thanks! Glad to have you in the ‘neighborhood’. I use the NIV normally simply because it’s easy to understand; but there are plenty of others that are very good as well. All the best for your new blog!

  47. Hello, Don. Thank you for liking “What do you want?” on hisdeeplove. I like the idea of presenting simple faith to people. Keep writing; I’ll come back to read from time to time. Meanwhile, I invite you to drop in from time to time. Hannah

  48. Congratulations on your work. Excellent. Thanks also for the support, we appreciate it, especially as we are ‘new on the block.’ Blessings

  49. Mr Don, you are a blessing to us. As beginners, we do appreciate your interest. Blessing on your work, I can see you are a professional, even in the quality of the blog. Greetings, Gerard and Alida.

    • I’m glad you stopped by! The best thing I can tell you is to read ‘Blogging 101 and 201″ on “The Daily post” which is an in-house blog done by WP… if you haven’t seen it yet… and do what they tell you. They know what they’re talking about, and I wish I had done some of those things years sooner!

  50. Hi Don! I read through the first couple of blog posts on the “Spiritual Journey”, and am excited to continue reading through them! You are clearly a devoted follower of Christ, and I am looking forward to the edification process which I am certain to experience as I begin my own journey into taking a more intentional look into my spiritual discipline. I want people to see and hear Christ, not Dawn – when they read my words and when we meet face to face! Thank you for being a part of that process. I especially loved the action steps you outlined in your post on Personal Prayer.

  51. Hi Don! Thanks for your like. It’s ‘s always nice to come across brothers and sisters in Christ (especially when they have great sites to explore!)

    • I don’t know if you’ve noticed that this is an “award free” blog, but with that said, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the thought. It’s the kid of encouragement that keeps me going through difficult times and helps me to continue to be humbled at the opportunity that blogging brings, and even though i can’t accept, my gratitude isn’t diminished. Thanks so much for thinking of me!

      Don

  52. Thanks so much for the like on my post today. I’ve looked around a bit–very nice combination of projects and pursuits you love. I especially enjoyed a few of your more personal stories.
    Gratefully,
    Elouise

    • Meredith, thank you so very much! I really don’t quite know what to say…

      It means a great deal to me that you would be so kind as to think of me for an award, but since The Life Project is “award free” I’m afraid I must decline.

      Please understand that this in no way detracts from my appreciation of your kind thoughts, and to be honest with you, such kindness is a very great encouragement for me, and thus, I appreciate your thought more than I really know how to express: Thank you so much!

  53. Don: Thank you for stepping into my blog and reading my post on ‘Golden rules!’ it’s great to be appreciated from people though very far away…….Thanks again…..

  54. Your “Welcome to The Life Project!” summarizes the journey about which I am also blogging…as you know from your visits and humbling remarks…May the Spirit guide us both in finding Jesus and spreading His good News.

  55. Hi Don. First, thank you for liking some of my illustrations on Abstract Psalms.

    I have been reading your blog and took in the podcast for the first time today. The inquisitorial and interactive nature of it appeals to me and is a refreshment. The issue of ‘command’ and love’ as motivations for obeying Jesus is one I have been pondering from another angle as well – so it has really got me thinking…. may your work bear much fruit, as I suspect is the case already. Warm regards indeed. Philip.

  56. HI, Don. Thank you for looking at my blog, Life Lessons Book Nook. I will be following your blog, It is so refreshing to have another honest, compassionate site that shares the gospel and encourages people. We all need encrouagement. By the way, you have the same name as a missionary our church supports. He and his wife, Carol, perform music, much of which they write themselves. They travel to small churches and help out any way they can while blessing the church with their music. They may be on hiatus now, though, due to health problems. Once again, thank you so much for coming to my blog. May our Lord continue to bless you as you serve Him.

    • Thank you so much! I really appreciate your comments, and to hear about the missionary connection. Last time somebody told me about somebody with the same name as me, it was a guy under indictment for tax fraud in Detroit… this is much better! 🙂

  57. Hi Don,
    Thanks for visiting our blog. Thanks for being the voice of the Gospel too. There are just too much noise out there in our world that being true to Jesus is so essential. May the Lord bless you in all that you do.
    B&R

  58. Hi! Thank you for stopping by my blog! 🙂 I really appreciate what you have here and thank you for your proclaiming of what’s truly important. God bless,

    Jennifer

  59. You recently visited my blog and “liked” one of my posts. Thank you for that! Your about page really speak about you. You have great experience in many fields. Best wishes and prayers

  60. Thanks so much for “liking” my Born Again. . .” post today. I know you’ve liked some of my posts before and I thought i was following you! Apparently not, but I am now! Have a blessed day!

  61. Reading articles on your blog didn’t feel like ‘mere reading’, Don. You talked to me, gently, and, as I see it, with concern. Of course, the general purpose of reading is to listen to an author, and in that sense it is natural to ‘feel’ being talked to, but this was different. It was personal. Real. God bless you for writing. Continue to do so in Christ, and for His glory. He must be doing amazing things with what He enables you to share! Thank you for visiting the blog I just started (peektopeak.wordpress.com).

  62. Thank you, Don, for your insights and lessons, and also for following my blog (messianicmoments.wordpress.com) as I just start to enter this world of blogging and ministry. I appreciate what you do and hope to be able to spread God’s word and lessons as well as you have been doing.

  63. Just found your blog, co incidence I am not sure all I know is that it spoke to me and it has helped me to rise from my slumbers in a way as your words on taking action , about reading Matthew and your thought on how to pray have been welcomed into my heart , welcomed home really and for this I thank you.
    Kind Regards and Happy Days to you. Kathy.

  64. Thanks for visiting my blog. It’s a real encouragement for me. I am enjoying yours and hope to learn a lot! Bless you .

  65. HI
    I wonder what your thoughts are on this
    Question which came up in bible study today
    Is soul and spirit the same or different?
    What is the bodies connection to either or both?
    Is the soul the mental part of the body?
    Is the soul and spirit them same?
    Which parts are eternal?
    Is the body a living thing without the mental part?
    God breathed in the Spirit, so is the Spirit God in us or part of us linked to God?

    • Hey Chris,

      I think it’s safe to say that the answers to most of your questions will depend on one’s doctrinal point of view,. As for me, I would see the terms soul and spirit as being used interchangeably most of the time in the context of human existence. The combining of body and soul is that a human is a soul in a body, not a body with a soul. I don’t see the soul as the mental part of the body, but I would say that the soul contains the human consciousness that includes higher mental functions such as reasoning and will. The eternal part of a human is the soul (spirit). It would seem that there are cases in which a human body lives on when the cognitive mental functions are severely damaged, so as a scientific question, I would say that a body is a living thing without the mental function remaining intact, as long as the motor function isn’t too badly compromised. In the beginning, God breathed his spirit into Adam. Both he and Eve were told that if they ate of the forbidden tree, they would surely die; they did it anyway, so they were expelled from God’s presence and lost their relationship with him due to their sin, and eventually they died physically. It seems to me that spiritual death happened immediately when they sinned, losing what God had given them, and that was only restored when Jesus took sin away from us by the cross. As hs followers, we receive the indwelling of the spirit again, restoring that which was lost in the garden. Well, that’s the quick and easy version, anyway.

  66. Thank you so much for all your great writings, and thanks for liking my post on The Screwtape Letters! You are an inspiration and I’m humbled you took the time to look at my blog. Thanks again so much!

  67. You are embarked upon a worthy project.:0)It is us ordinary folk through whom God chooses to glorify Himself. May He be glorified in you and may your work be according to His purpose.

  68. Don….We don’t know each other, but I am enjoying what you are writing. You are helping me to look up and look outward. This is good. Thank you for your thoughtful and heartfelt posts. I really appreciate what you are sharing.

  69. Thanks Don for stopping by my blog page and encouraging me as I seek to make the scriptures relevant to today. Enjoy reading about your new venture back into writing about your passion: God, hope, faith, understanding and encouragement for others. May the Lord bless you as you fulfill this dream.

  70. Hi! I believe you’ve liked a few of my posts here and there (much appreciated) – I immensely enjoy your blog and recommended it on mine through the Starlight Blogger nomination process (http://thesamaritansong.com/2015/07/18/the-starlight-blogger-award/). You’re under no obligation to participate, so please don’t worry about that – I just wanted you to know instead that the Revelation material in particular is a blessing and you are being upheld in prayer!

  71. Don – thanks for your “like” on one of my posts at http://nigelbaileyblog.com/2015/07/24/day-21-netley-the-world-is-our-parish/ – I’m always fascinated how people somehow manage to find their way to my little blog. We seem to share some interests in terms of faith and photography, so perhaps some of the keywords have been picked up somewhere along the line. Anyway, I just wanted to say “hello” and encourage you to keep writing. Every blessing, Nigel

  72. Hello, Don.
    Thank you for visiting hisdeeplove.wordpress.com and liking “Awesome Honor.” I hope you will visit again.
    I have enjoyed my short tour of your site: Very interesting.
    All peace, joy and hope be yours in Jesus.
    Hannah

  73. Hi Don

    Thank you so much for visiting kingspeech. I appreciate it much. I look forward to coming back and reading what you learned. God bless you and your family.

    Rolain

  74. Hey my brother thanks all the honor and glory is for HIM only, but I really like the quality that I’m getting here praise God! True worshipers that is what God is looking for, humble and broken hearts for what was done that day in that cross.

  75. Greetings, Don Merritt.

    Thank you for following my blog and for liking various of my posts – the encouragement is appreciated. Have now followed you in response and look forward to reading some of your posts.

    Blessings,

    Samuel S. Thorp

  76. Thanks for stopping by my new blog, Sir! And you are the first person who made me realize that my mom has also been around for half a century. Before, I simply thought she’s golden. 🙂

    • When I was a little kid, my Dad told me that ladies never go beyond 29, so I’m sure your Mom is looking and feeling great at 29 🙂 (Half a century sounds really long, doesn’t it?)

      • Yeah. She definitely feels like 29. But half a century isn’t that bad. It’s a long time to be around but we can always use the sage advice of those who has been around that long. 🙂

  77. Hey, I just wanted to tell you that your blog is at the top of my list of blogs that I follow. Your photography and lessons in God and life abound in inspiration. Are you a member of Inspire, a Christian writers forum? I just joined and am forming an online writers critique group for devotional/inspirational Christian writers. Interested in joining us? You would have so much to offer.

    I would also be blessed to reblog your writing, giving you full credit, on my site @
    OneHeart Publications pages I intend to create.

    Blessings,
    Margaret Montreuil
    Writing for those who love God
    http://www.margaretmontreuil.com

    • Margaret,

      First of all, thank you so much for your kindness and encouragement.

      No, I’m not a part of any sort of writers’ group; I’ve never really thought of myself as much of a writer, and certainly I’m not in your league!

      I would be interested in hearing more about your group, but I’m not sure what I’d have to contribute… I have so much to learn. 🙂 If you should find something here you’d want to re-blog, you are welcome to with or without attribution; all I really care about is giving glory to God.

      Thanks again for your kind remarks; I appreciate your encouragement more than you can imagine.

      Don

  78. Hi Don,
    Thanks for liking my post, ‘OakY-DokY’. If you don’t mind me asking, how did you find it, or what tag/category did you search to bring it up? Anyway, thank you and may you have a blessed holy week.

  79. Don,

    Thanks for stopping by BigSisterKnows recently.

    I just read one of your recent posts and really enjoyed it. I like that you’re focusing on making the great lessons of faith simple. God is complex, but His love isn’t complicated. I look forward to reading more.

    May God bless you in all your endeavors.

    Ashley

  80. Thanks for visiting and giving a “like” on that great music video “Jesus We Love You”

    I wish I could sing like him.

    • first and foremost, I thank you for thinking of me for such an award. Yet, mine is an “award free” site. Even so, I simply can’t tell you how much I appreciate both your kindness and thoughtfulness in making the nomination: thank you!

  81. Thank you for your inspiring words and encouragement from the Word of God. I’m entering seminary this fall and excited about the journey ahead. When you have a chance, please check out my blog revealed8.com. Looking forward to reading more from The Life Project!

  82. Thank you for visiting and liking my post. I am so glad it introduced me to your wonderful blog, I enjoyed reading a few of your post. Will continue to read others. So thankful to be able to share the love , grace and mercy of our Lord.

  83. Don, your recent post mentioned fellowship and the importance of it and how through the Grace of Jesus Christ, we can reenter into that fellowship with our Heavenly Father. I don’t know if there is such a thing as virtual fellowship but it is awesome to be able to make a connection through the internet. Also, thanks for stopping by hisnamebpraised and liking the post. Continued blessing to you and all who visit your site in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Take care, Doug

  84. Hi Don

    Thanks for the follow! How have you been and how’s your blog doing?
    I don’t know if you know that I moved my blog to a self-hosted platform. This has prevented me from connecting with WordPress bloggers like I used to. I would still like to remain in contact with your blog. Do you have an RSS feed I can subscribe to?
    If you would still like to follow my blog, may I add you to my mailing list? I send out one email per day with all the blogs posted for the day including blogging tips. You can also unsubscribe at any time if you feel you want to stop receiving the emails. If you are happy for me to subscribe you, please send me your email address.
    Also, I created a blogger tips group to connect with all my long last WordPress blogger friends, and to help all of us to learn from each other. I would love for you to share your knowledge in the group and connect with other bloggers. Here’s the link:
    Blogger Tips Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1601156120192716/)

    Finally, here’s a blog I thought you may find interesting:
    The Ripple Effect of Blogging

    Best regards,
    Greta
    Founder of Healthy Living
    http://www.healthyliving894.com

  85. Thank you so, so much, for reading and liking our posts. You’ve done that several times and wanted to let you know, its really appreciated. THANK YOU! I remember reading and so much liked your “Proverbs and Gangs’ post, i reblogged it, nearly two years ago. Thank you Sir, kindest regards.

  86. I located you today through Lorne Anderson’s blog. I would like to reblog two (because of the length factor) of your recent studies on Luke at Christianity 201. I was thinking of something like two from March 2, or 3; or some other combination of your choosing. There would be links back to your blog for people who want to continue further with you.

  87. For the person with the comment ahead of mine, the Firefox add-on they want is called “Invert Colors.” It takes about 3 seconds to download and then appears as an icon in the very top right corner. Converts each browser tab individually, and goes both ways.

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