Author Archives: Kelly Irvin

Bringing in the New Year, or Not

Growing up in the Church of God, I learned clearly why I needed to reject holidays like Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. These major holidays are very easy to identify with their pagan origins and the gods they honored. Yet, for some reason, I would come to New Year’s Eve, which is given no religious significance […]

Conforming to Christ on Christmas

As people across the globe enter into Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I am reminded of and sobered by God’s declaration that His thoughts and ways are not like our thoughts and ways. 1Isaiah 55:8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. […]

A Poem for Thanksgiving!

November 4, 2015 A Thanksgiving Prayer So strangely wonderful is this day Given a value by us all. In such a noble and humbling way To honor the Great amidst we small. A land borne of ideal Having no chance, it did seem. But with strong will of steel We were by God to redeem. […]

Beware of Wolves!

January 23, 2014 I live in Gravette, Arkansas, about 20 miles from where we meet for church services in Cave Springs, so much of my attachment to “goings on” relates to my local community. I subscribe to the Westside Eagle Observer, a newspaper serving western Benton County, to keep up with area news and activities. […]