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Thanks for visiting this site. It's my home on the internet and my personal filing cabinet where I store resources I use all the time, and which I make available for free to anyone with access to the internet.  

I launched the website in 2010 and began filling it with resource useful to Christian pastors, teachers, leaders, and individuals regarding matters of faith. In 2013, I began building the Personal Finance section, designed to help people manage their money through all stages of life. Also in 2013, I started the IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) section as a place to post wide-ranging items, primarily social and political content. You can receive notifications of additions to this site by subscribing to my email or RSS feeds.

For a quick overview of this site, browse the Navigation bar in the left panel. You can collapse, or expand (at least to 2 sub-levels). In some cases, there are more levels.

The most frequently visited and most current links also appear on the horizontal navigation bar across the top of each page.

Another way to find things on this site is to type the keyword(s) into the Search box in the upper right corner of any page. This also searches attachments and linked Google Docs.

You can freely use any materials on this site (including attachments). Copy them for yourself or your organization. When you distribute them unchanged, please leave my name attached. When you change one of them to fit your application, it becomes your own, so please remove my name. If you think my contribution is significant to your finished product, you can give me an annotation of some sort - but this is not required. When you use my preaching or teaching materials, you do not need to credit me. Finally, if you own a website, feel free to point to pages on my sites.

This site,, also offers a portal to some of my time. I'm available to serve Christian churches and non-profits through preaching, teaching and consulting. I also make time for individual spiritual inquiries. And, I also occasionally do online premarriage counseling, especially for couples who live too far apart for personal counseling from one of their pastors.

For more, follow the link to What Tim Offers.

A snippet about Tim

In May 2010, I retired from 18 years as senior pastor of New Life Nazarene Church, Cupertino, CA. Robin and I continue as members and regular attendees at New Life. If you are in the area, please come worship with us. Most Sundays we hang around to chat.

It is a church full of wonderful people. When I retired, there were three different language congregations - English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. A Spanish language congregation started worshipping there in January 2013. 

Before the vocational ministry years, I spent 22 years in engineering and business management. During that time we were active in local churches in Ohio, New York, and (mostly) California. My secular career was in integrated circuit development at (mostly) National Semiconductor, and as Vice President of Operations through the startup years of Cadence Design Systems, an electronic design automation company.

As surprising as it seems, the same woman who married me in 1967 remains as my partner. Along the way, we raised two kids and now enjoy three grandkids.

For more, go to Tim's Bio.

Thanks for visiting!
Tim Isbell

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  • Meditations for Epiphany The Christian calendar includes seven seasons (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Ordinary Time). I just published a collection of twenty Responsive Prayer Meditations for the third season ...
    Posted Jan 2, 2020, 7:46 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Christmas Season Meditations - now available The Christian calendar begins with Advent and has seven seasons (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Ordinary Time). I have just published a collection of my meditations for ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2019, 1:25 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Advent Season Meditations At the start of Advent in 2018, I started writing meditations for a full Christian year. Instead of writing articles for humans, I address each meditation to God. I did ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2019, 7:35 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Politics and The Way of Jesus A subset of conservative evangelical Christians believes God wants them to exercise dominion over society by taking control of political and cultural institutions. Such far-right thinking is called dominionism ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2019, 4:39 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Where Nazarenes fit (a Christian Holiness tradition) I am an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. Occasionally, someone asks where we fit among the Christian traditions. First, I ask if they are familiar with any ...
    Posted Sep 4, 2019, 11:48 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Is climate change an apocalyptic threat? Here's the problem: We residents of wealthy nations now know that our use of fossil fuels to produce cheap energy has put the earth on an accelerating track toward ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2019, 8:02 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Paschal Mystery All of us suffer interim deaths in our life, such as the death of our youth, the death of our dreams, the death of our wholeness, the death of our ...
    Posted Jul 2, 2019, 9:51 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Strategy for Living Through the Snares I needed an epiphany this Epiphany Season - a fresh strategy for living as a Christian among the snares of the world. By snares, I mean living in a world of ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2019, 8:57 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Characteristics of God - Revised I know, this sounds like a really odd title. You probably already know that God hasn't revised his core characteristics in, well, forever! But in 2018 God revised my ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2019, 11:51 AM by Tim Isbell
  • The Romance I counseled, taught, and preached about an intimate romance with God for many decades. Since 2010 I intended to write a single, concise article that makes this concept more widely ...
    Posted Jan 2, 2019, 8:47 AM by Tim Isbell
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