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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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  • 2 new Advent readings for 2020 Advent offers a simple way for pastors and worship leaders to add a meaningful tradition to Christmas season worship. And it provides a great way for non-musicians to participate ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2020, 2:01 PM by Tim Isbell
  • A Tool for Dwelling on Scripture For many years my weekly reading, reflection, and prayer anchored to a set of (usually) four scriptures. In March 2020, I started using these sets as the core of a ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2020, 6:58 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Holy Anger in the Streets The protests on American streets encourages me more than anything I’ve seen in my 73 years. The achievement of a favorable future for our nation and the world remains ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2020, 8:51 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Ordinary Time meditations are posted Ordinary Time is the seventh and last season of the Christian calendar, extending from Trinity Sunday through Christ the King Sunday (around Thanksgiving). During Ordinary Time, the lectionary fills in ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2020, 8:46 AM by Tim Isbell
  • The Easter Season meditations are available The Easter Season begins on Easter Sunday and extends for 50 days, through Pentecost Sunday. It is the time Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the promise of the eventual ...
    Posted Apr 9, 2020, 8:30 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Holy Week Meditations, including "We could use a little mercy now." I just published Responsive Prayer Meditations for Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday and continues for six more days through the Saturday before Easter Sunday. This time I decided ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2020, 8:57 AM by Tim Isbell
  • The Season of Lent is coming I just published eleven Responsive Prayer Meditations for Lent, which begins on February 26 with Ash Wednesday. Lent continues until Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 5. I trust ...
    Posted Feb 17, 2020, 8:45 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Paul's Gospel script still fits I’m teaching a class on the book of Acts and, at the same time, reading N.T. Wright’s book, Paul - A Biography. Half of Acts describes Paul's ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2020, 7:45 PM by Tim Isbell
  • 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
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