On June 1, my family and I stayed in Cincinnati, Ohio for a week. It was very relaxing and more enjoyable than we anticipated. While we were there, we explored the city, the outskirts, and nearby Kentucky. Cincinnati is a very beautiful city with a lot of history and rich culture. Here are some pictures we took of the places we visited. Hope you enjoy them!
Xavier University Commons in Xavier's beautiful campus. Xavier is a private, Jesuit school known for their quality academics and men's basketball team.
Looking down through the heart of the campus. This same walkway is even more beautiful at night.
A statue of D'Artagnan, one of the three musketeers. It represents Xavier's spirit of "All for One, One for All."
A statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.
Here is a statue of a scale. On its base is a small plaque that says, "Quo Vadis" which means, "Where are you going?"
A large display of Renaissance art depicting different scenes from the Bible.
In the same room, there is this column structure to divide the room and provide light. Its Greek style definitely gives credence to the Renaissance period. It also serves as a beautiful piece of art itself.
A statue of a dinosaur welcoming us to the museum.
An animatronic dinosaur with a moving head, jaw, and eyelids.
Missles in the museum's space exhibit.
A Curtis P-40 Warhawk with a cool paint job.
This plane is an older model. It was in the Wright brothers section with other breakthroughs in aviation.
A German Messerschmitt BF 109 flown in World War II.
This over grown bridge is an unintentional piece of art.
Over grown stairs that seemingly were forgotten in the past.
A view into downtown Cincinnati.
One of the towers on the end of a bridge that connects Ohio and Kentucky.
The Ohio River dividing Cincinnati, Oh from Covington, KY.
Took a trip with just my wife this time. We enjoyed some Thai and Vietnamese food.
Traveling a lot means that you will be in a car or in a plane often. During my traveling this spring and summer, I found some really cool stuff in the airports. Here are some pictures of beautiful art I found.
Column covered with colorful flowers in St. Louis, MO.
A very interesting art display in Philadelphia, PA. There is a tiny pin ball machine, a tiny ping-pong table, even a tiny walkman.
A panel of eagles at the St. Louis Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, MO. This airport features a variety of art that shows St. Louis's culture.
"Vivere est volare" means, "To live is to fly."
Another display of art with birds in Philadelphia, PA.
Beautiful picture of a simple moving walkway in St. Louis, MO. Architecture can be art and engineers can be artists just as much as the Mona Lisa and its artist Leonardo da Vinci.
Piece of art at the airport in Philadelphia, PA.
View from a plane on the way towards Philadelphia, PA from St. Louis, MO. The rise of clouds in the distance is the edge of a storm.
We can make really beautiful art. Whether it be visual art, architecture, music, or literature, art can express the deepest emotions that we all experience. God is an artist too, and these views from over the clouds are a testimony to His creativity.
I went for a hike with my family at Pinchot State Park in York county, PA. We enjoyed getting out in nature. this park is characterized by its large dam and various hiking trails. Our favorite part of the park is walking up the broad, rocky river bed. Here are some cool sights we saw.
Monster faced rock.
The side of the same rock looks like a lion.
An old, mysterious, stone structure by the water.
We lined up some rocks on an old log.
It's common to find these stone structures in the creek bed area. We made this one.
Pretty view of the creek.
Another day, my kids and I traveled to the Columbia River Park in Columbia, PA. It was a smaller park, but it was fun to walk under the bridge and up to the river.
The Veterans Memorial bridge.
Bridge stretching over the water.
A large grasshopper statue made of metal.
Here are some more nice pictures. My children and I visited this park after we visited the Columbia River Park. This park, Chickies Rock County Park, is a small spot of land with hiking trails that overlook the river. It is a very pretty place.
Overlooking the river.
View of the park.
If you want to visit these places that we did, or simply learn more about them, check out their websites.
I stopped in Zanesville, Ohio on my way from Pennsylvania to St. Louis on June 5th, 2020. I needed a rest on my journey and this town was a nice place to stop. My legs were almost numb from sitting the car for 350 miles, so I checked into the hotel and began to explore the town. I was quite impressed by the courthouse, many of the churches, and the buildings in Zanesville. I trust that you will enjoy the images below and the links provided that will give you more information on the buildings. I will post some more pictures of other travel sites soon. I have some awesome lake, river, mountain, and bridge pictures to post. Keep coming back to see the rest of the summer pictures! Get out and enjoy the road, be safe, but enjoy.
This may be the most beautiful courthouse that I have ever seen. You can find out more about this beautiful building by going to this site.
Image by Leslie K. Dellovade - http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/photos/53500, Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5249143
There are many beautiful church buildings in Zanesville. The downtown area is not that large and it is very easy to walk to see all of these places of worship.
This beautiful building of St. Nicholas church has a rich history. Check it out here. https://stnickparish.org/history
By Nheyob - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58398130
Market Street Baptist has a beautiful building with a history dating back to 1835. Here is an excellent article on the churches history.
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The steps going into St. John's Lutheran church make for an amazing photo-op.
You can learn more about St. John's Lutheran at this site. http://www.stjohnszanesville.org/history/
By Nyttend - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8497794
So there you have it. Zanesville, Ohio. If you are ever in the area, you love old buildings, and want to walk around, check it out.
Also, I got a really good rate at the Baymont Inn and Suites. The owner, a man from India, Sonny, would love to see you. It is close to some restaurants and easily accessible to downtown if you are one to walk and explore. Tell Sonny hello for me!
I met the man on the front porch tonight on my evening walk, on a no-named street in Zanesville, OH. I stopped here for the night on my way from the east to the west. I said hello to him, we did not exchange names. You know, just courtesy, especially from a southern boy like me. But he replied, and we kept on talking.
The old fella had just recovered from some hospital stays for things he wasn't even certain about. "Not sure what it was" he said, "maybe a heart attack, I just woke up in the hospital." He mentioned he was lonely, sitting there on the porch. We small talked about the news, he told me he used to drive trucks for a living "52 years" he was quick to insert. "Second chance" he added. That's what he was given. A second chance, his words, not mine. I mentioned Jesus must not be through with him yet. He smiled and said, "I guess not."
Who was the lonely old man, I didn't even catch his name, nor did he mine. I walked the street, and there were more people. Two ladies smoking, laughing. Two older men just coming back from a fishing trip, "they aren't biting too good right now" they told me as I asked walking by. Houses, just ordinary houses for ordinary people. They all need to know what the old fella said, that they are given second chances. Jesus loves them all. The lonely lost people of Zanesville and your town. They need to know that Jesus gives second chances, and more chances than that. "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10 NASB)."
If you would like to visit the people of Zanesville, this might be a good place to start. https://www.visitzanesville.com/
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I am a pastor and an author of children’s books. This blog comes out of a sermon that I preached in May of 2020.
Man, who wants to listen to a liar after all! No one likes to be lied to but in ways great and small, we all do it. You know, you don’t tell your boss that you were 5 minutes late. Or you didn’t declare all of your income sources on your income tax filing. It isn’t right and we all suffer from the lies we dish out along with the ones served to us. In 1 Timothy 4:1-5 (found in the bible) the Apostle Paul instructs the young minister Timothy that he will encounter lies and liars in his ministry. As a young minister he is to understand the difference and teach truth. Lets take a moment and look at some of the verses to see what the Elder Apostle had to say to the younger minister about lies in each of these five verses.
“But the Spirit explicitly, says that, in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1 NASB).”
Not everyone that comes to your church is truly interested in the bible, Jesus, or the Gospel. That’s not something that should alarm you. People often visit churches to search out their own faith or religion. Sometimes they come at the invitation of a friend or family member. But there are some people that come to church pretending to be a true follower of Jesus. They might go through all of the proper rituals and activities, but they do not truly believe what they pretend to believe. They are neither searchers nor visitors, they are in fact, liars. Paul told Timothy that in later times some of these people would “fall away from the faith.” These people will fall away simply because they were never truly believers at all. Its true! Some people are pretenders and at some point, will drift away from the church. John also talked about this in 1 John 2:19 where he stated that “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us (I John 2:19).” What would draw these pretenders away from the church? The answer to that question is quite disturbing. Paul states that these people fall away because they are “paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.” Wow! Following the teaching of demons, that sounds crazy. But, it’s true. We know that Satan and demonic forces are working against people, trying to deceive them and lead them astray (see also 2 Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 6:12-13). Don’t be deceived by demon chasing people that want to pull you away from God, Jesus, the bible, and the church!
“by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron (I Timothy 4:2 NASB).”
You hypocrite! No one ever likes to be called a hypocrite. But someone who tells someone else what not to do and then does it themselves is just that, a hypocrite. Paul tells Timothy that the pretenders in I Timothy 4:1 are not only being pulled from the faith by doctrines of demons, but also by hypocrites whose own conscience has been seared as with a branding iron. Ouch! Paul seems to be stating that these demon influenced leaders are not even following their own lies. The very mechanism of their inner being that should warn them against lying (their conscience) is seared. Consider the imagery, a branding iron, burning someone, cauterizing the nerves so that there remains no more feeling. Pain! No more feeling and no way for the damage to be easily repaired. That’s what those demon influenced people are, hypocritical liars with damaged consciences, leading people astray. Hypocrites! Quit leading other people into the lies that you don’t even believe yourself.
“men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth (I Timothy 4:3 NASB).”
In the words of Saw Gerrara from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stated, “everyday, more lies.” Just as there is an endless search for truth, there seems to be an endless supply of lies. What is required of a lie to be true? Only that it is believed. The Apostle tells Timothy that the demon influenced, conscience seared liars, have some specific lies that they like to peddle in the marketplace of truth. Two of the lies that they were teaching related to food and marriage. We all know that there are various dietary laws found in many different religions. Paul having a Jewish heritage, certainly knew this very well. But as a convert to Christianity, he no longer practiced those dietary laws and did not want others to be influenced by those restrictions either. In his letter to Timothy, he addressed the apparent deceptions of people trying to force dietary rules on the people of Ephesus.
God made food for man and beast. In Genesis 1:27-31, Moses records that God gave us plants, fruit, and vegetables to eat. Later in the book of Genesis, Moses records that God gave us permission to eat meat (Genesis 9:3). After that teaching on eating meat, there was a long period of time where the Israelite's were forbidden from eating certain types of food under the law (see the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy). But, those restrictions were eventually lifted and God told the Apostles that they could eat whatever meat they wanted (see Acts 10:15-16). This was great news for us all! Catfish, bacon, even deep fried Aardvark (if you like that) are all fair game to eat as far as God is concerned.
The other lie that Paul addressed to Timothy was that people were forbidden to get married. Why would someone forbid someone else to be married? God designed family and marriage in Genesis 2:18-25. This biblical design doesn’t imply that you must be married, only that it is good and honorable before God if you are married. There you have it, you can be married in accordance with God’s design and even eat bacon at your wedding celebration!
“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer (I Timothy 4:4-5 NASB).”
What kind of creature makes a good meal? That is sort of a morbid question. But think about, people eat ants and anteaters, bears and bunnies, cows and catfish, deer and dogs….yuck! Personally, I have many preferences on what type of meat I will eat. But if you search the world over, you will find that people eat all creatures from “A to Z.” Taste is subjective and usually comes from what you ate in your home as a child. Is it wrong to eat these creatures? Well, no it is not wrong. Perhaps it is not always healthy to eat anything that you want, but it isn’t sinful according to the bible.
Paul continued to address the lies in verse 3 about forbidden food with clear instruction, “For everything created by God is good.” Yes, even those weird creatures that some people find tasty, like tarantulas in Thailand, double yuck! In fact, to the person that is hungry, or in need, those things can be received with thanksgiving as a meal from God. Strange I know! Paul further stated that if we are concerned about food being forbidden, we can know for certain that it is “sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.”
There you have it. The liars and deceivers would have you believe that you can’t eat certain foods. Oh not because of health reasons, but because “god forbids it.” No he doesn’t! Eat your bacon and avocado chicken sandwich with a cricket lollipop for dessert if you so desire! You can pray to God and offer thanksgiving for your tasty meal. I will stick with a good old hot dog which is made from…well, thank you God for the mystery meat!
Clint Plyler is a pastor and author.