Author Archives: James Snyder

About James Snyder

The Reverend James L. Snyder is an award winning author whose writings have appeared in more than eighty periodicals including GUIDEPOSTS. In Pursuit of God: The Life of A. W. Tozer, Snyder’s first book, won the Reader’s Choice Award in 1992 by Christianity Today. Snyder has authored and edited 22 books altogether. He has recently signed a six-book contract with Regal Books based on the preaching ministry of Dr. A. W. Tozer. His weekly humor column, "Out To Pastor," is syndicated to more than 100 weekly newspapers. Through thirty-35 years of ministry, he and his wife Martha have been involved in three church-planting projects prior to their current ministry at the Family of God Fellowship in Ocala, Florida. The Snyders have three children and nine grandchildren.

I’m In Leftover Heaven

I do confess that I enjoy the holiday seasons just like everybody else. One of the main ingredients I enjoy more than anything else is the holiday cuisine. At our house, I must duly confess, it is the best. The … Continue reading

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Back in the Saddle Again…and Again

This is not my first rodeo when it comes to New Years. I have ridden this Bronco so many times I cannot remember how many. Well, I can remember, but I am not going to let that slip. Something to … Continue reading

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As The Old Year Fades, So Does My Memory

Memory is a very tricky thing, at least for me it is. Looking back over a year’s span of activity, my memory seems to pick and choose what it remembers. After all, I do not have the brain capacity I … Continue reading

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The Year Slipped into the Silence of the Night

No time in the year is busier than the Christmas holiday season. Under normal circumstances, it would not be too bad, except for the fact that the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is in charge. Not complaining, mind you, but … Continue reading

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Behold, the Christmas Grinch Cometh

I never have to look at the calendar to know when the Christmas holiday season is approaching. As soon as I lay down my fork on Thanksgiving Day, the battle drums begin to roll. Somebody, who apparently does not have … Continue reading

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Santa Claus Hasn’t Received My Letter yet!

In first grade, our teacher asked us to pen a letter to Santa for Christmas. She asked us, “Name one present you would like Santa to bring you for Christmas.” Then we were to write a letter to Santa, who, … Continue reading

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Nice Is a Matter of Perspective

Sitting in the living room the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and me were enjoying some hot apple cider tea and listening to some Christmas music. The song came that referred to Santa’s nice list and naughty list. I was … Continue reading

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Black Friday Always Results in Red Monday

I’m not sure who come up with this term “Black Friday” but I am definitely not for it. To me, Black Friday is rather devious and I know the only purpose is to get their teeth into my money, which … Continue reading

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Poor As I Am, All I Can Give Is Thanks

It was a pre-Thanksgiving evening and the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were enjoying some hot cider tea. Nothing goes down quite as nice as a hot cider tea. It was rather a quiet evening and I happened … Continue reading

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As The Cookie Crumbles, So Do My Excuses

Several weeks ago, I was at home alone when the doorbell rang. I answered the door to find representatives from a local Girl Scout troop doing what they do so well; selling Girl Scout cookies. The Gracious Mistress of the … Continue reading

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This Fall Was a Major Trip for Me

This past week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said to me rather casually, “I guess you know today is November?” She’s always joking with me and I assumed this was one of her jokes. “You can’t fool me,” I … Continue reading

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Is the Whole World Crazy or Is It Just Me?

Driving across town the other day I was nearly hit by four different vehicles. One ran a stop sign, another swerved in front of me and almost hit me and I’m sure the other two were on their cell phones. … Continue reading

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Have You Seen My Glasses? And Other Trick Questions

The only person who asks more questions than a lawyer is the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. I am not saying that questions are bad, at least not all of them. What I am saying is, some questions can be … Continue reading

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Why Did I Get Up This Morning?

All day long, I’ve had this burning question in my mind. One of those questions you just cannot shake and as the day progressed, it loomed larger and larger until I had to address it. Personally, I would like to … Continue reading

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Why I Am Suspicious of All Yard Sales

One of the passions that I really do not have is going to yard sales. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is another story. It is my sincere belief that yard sales were created with her in mind. There is … Continue reading

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